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Old 30 June 2017, 09:00   #11
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How far up the rivers are you going? I "think" any stretches that are tidal are generally free.
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How far up the rivers are you going? I "think" any stretches that are tidal are generally free.
Many rivers are tidal (to some extent) up as far as the first weir. That could be tens of miles of river. You would need a licence on it despite it being "tidal".
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Old 16 July 2018, 18:11   #13
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Hi all,
New member here . Just bought a honwave t38 with 20hp outboard.
I will be getting insurance,but do I need to register the sib to enter harbours particularly Poole harbour?
I understand you need a licence for rivers n canals .
Can anyone point me in the right direction.
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Old 17 July 2018, 03:36   #14
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Hi all,
New member here . Just bought a honwave t38 with 20hp outboard.
I will be getting insurance,but do I need to register the sib to enter harbours particularly Poole harbour?
I understand you need a licence for rivers n canals .
Can anyone point me in the right direction.
Many thanks
I have put a detailed response on the thread you started abut this, as have some other posters.
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Old 17 January 2019, 03:50   #15
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In France, as well as obligatory insurance (a good idea to have it anyway), for sea use all boats with power have to be registered with an annual fee related to size and age of the boat. There are also strict requirements on safety gear to be carried. In addition to that, if the engine is more than 6hp you have to have a licence to operate it. RYA PB2 is ok for up to 10m. Hopefully for me, that will still apply after brexit :-(
Compared to that that, I don't object to the relatively small fees in some parts of the UK.
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In general, boating on tidal rivers is free BUT most harbour authorities demand "harbour dues" either for boats moored or regularly using the river.

As for visitors it varies in my experience. Some areas - Torbay, Dart, Salcombe, Fowey don't charge for visitors who stay for just a couple of hours - but will overnight.
Others charge for any time at all tied up (e.g. Yarmouth). Some authorities add harbour dues slipway launch fees, others have free slips, or don't add a harbour dues fee.

All depends on how busy an area it is in reality and the infrastructure / sophistication of the harbour authority I think.
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I bought a 30 day explorer license when we got our SIB as we live right near a canal.
I used it a few times but have to admit to it being out of date on the last few occasions.

I have never been challenged and the place that sold me the license said “it’s the first one we’ve sold”

I’m unlikely to buy another license at over£100 so have avoided the canal for the last few years.
Although we did buy a key and windlass handle for the bridges.
If l do decide to go on the canal again l’ll get a day pass.

We went on the River Dee in Chester and a day pass cost £20.
The yearly pass for Windermere is only £15, but last year we went to Coniston for the week and there was no fee payable.
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