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Old 30 July 2014, 16:55   #1
Country: UK - England
Make: F-RIB 360
Length: 3m +
Engine: 20hp outboard
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SIB use in Spain questions ???

New to all this SIB stuff so please bear with me.
Soooo, I've done some digging around the forum a few months ago and hopefully I'm doing things correctly.
I'm off to Northern Spain, using the SIB in the Gulf of Roses so thought I'd better check I've got it right with you guys.
I'm using a 3.8m Sib which falls within the length restrictions of 4m?
I'm using my 9.9hp Honda motor instead of my 20hp Tohatsu because of the 12hp limit there without gaining certificates/licences to do so?
Need to take my purchase documents for the Sib?
Need to take my insurance documents?
Need to attach a Union UK flag to the transom to identify the vessels country's registry?
Anything else I've missed or got wrong
Any help would be very appreciated as I'm departing next week and I really don't want to transport all this gear to find out I've got it wrong
Many thanks and any advice gratefully received in advance

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Old 31 July 2014, 06:55   #2
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Country: Other
Town: Madrid-Almeria
Boat name: SEPIA
Make: honwave
Length: 3m +
Engine: Honda BF20
Join Date: Feb 2010
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- less than 4 meters long, less than 15hp, no need for license.
- but you do need registration and insurance.
- flag is mandatory but I bet you do not get billed for not having it in such a sib, for sure. Roses is Catalonia, I would not skip there with a spanish flag in my boat...
- 3 flares, homologued personal floating device (100N jacket) - and specially fit if there are children, anchor and lines, paddles, medical aid kit, signaling mirror, fog horn, PVC repair kit. Silly but mnadatory.
- keep away 200meters from beach when buoy signaled.

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Old 31 July 2014, 12:42   #3
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Country: UK - England
Town: St Helens
Boat name: Wine Down
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Length: 8m +
Engine: Inboard
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You need a Red Ensign,not a Union flag. Make sure you fly it when on the water, it will reduce the chance of a pull by the Gaurdia.

I would also suggest you get the boat part 3 registered (SSR) and put the number on the transom in the correct size letters, it only costs 25 and the Spanish do love the laminated card you get. The SSR and the insurance certificate (in Spanish) are the only things I have ever needed in Spain, because if the boat is UK flagged, local laws dont apply, only International ones.

Roses is a fantastic place to boat with some of my favourite Cala's on the mainland, but dont underestimate how rough it can get in the afternoons. Quite often its a 20 minute flat calm trip out to a Cala, followed by a very wet 1hr slog back in the afternoon. Keepan eye on wave heights and dont be afraid to head home early if its starting to get rough. The other piece of equipment I would suggest is a Bimini, you get very burnt, very quickly on the water.
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Old 01 August 2014, 09:51   #4
Country: UK - England
Make: F-RIB 360
Length: 3m +
Engine: 20hp outboard
Join Date: Apr 2014
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Many, many thank's for your replies azzurro and Landlockedpirate
Despite my best efforts of research I've missed all this important information.
I'll had better get busy to at least gain the 'minimum kit' or paperwork to use it there as I leave this coming Wednesday
Glad I asked the questions and cheers for the extra local details.
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