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Old 30 January 2016, 04:23   #1
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Can I rent a RIB in UK and use Polish cert. of competency ?

Maybe this summer I will visit my wife sister in UK.
This is an opportunity to rent a RIB and have some fun.

- I have certificate of motorboat competency from Poland
-- it allows me operate all boats inland waters
-- and boats of hull till 12 meters in internal Sea waters and other Sea waters 2 NM far from land

- I have also RYA SRC certificate.

Is it enough to enjoy RIBbing in UK (I know that some GBP is welcome also ...)
Or I can forgot about it or have to pass some tests in UK ??
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Old 30 January 2016, 04:44   #2
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No qualifications are required to drive a boat (for fun) in the UK. RIB rental is very limited and they "may" require RYA level 2 certs, but I suspect not.
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Old 30 January 2016, 05:04   #3
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Perhaps if you give an idea of where you are visiting?
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Old 30 January 2016, 05:42   #4
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Matt, as already said, your biggest problem will actually be finding a boat to hire, if you do, it won't be cheap. IMHO your best bet would be to try & meet up with a fellow Ribnetter here in the UK & blag a trip or two out on their boat. You'd certainly be welcome with us, if we were out & about in the right place at the right time.
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Whereabouts in the UK are the family? How would you arrive here (ferry, flight, train)...
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Bembridge marine do self drive hire.
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Bembridge marine do self drive hire.
They do, but they require RYA L2 and the boats most be kept within the Solent and IOW, IIRC?
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The Family is near ... Nottingham
I visited them 8-10 y ago and was upset about lack of famous forest when Robin Hood used to play ...

Jun-July I'm going for 1 month to Greece.
I think that August maybe be good to visit UK.
A lot of people will go for vacation I suppose.

Normally I will use cheap fly (there is airport near Nottingham).
You have ruined my plans ... I was sure that there are plenty boats for rent in reasonable price.

I'm going to give up on this idea
We are 5 persons family.
"kids" are very slim but they all are 170 175 cm height (twins 13 y old, daughter 16-en). So I do not want to cause a problem and load a bunch of people for someones boat.

Maybe if there be some RIB.net cruise in August I will go by myself explaining that it be business trip ... and in this case will ask to join someone boat.

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It is strange that I can go to Croatia, Greece and rent a boat shows my certification or use mine and in UK it can be a problem. Can you provide me email to Bembridge Marine ? I will sent them scan of mine documents and ask them.
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Old 30 January 2016, 09:03   #9
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Mat, Bembridge post on here, his user name is Jim Robinson (I think!). I don't think certification will be the problem its just very few people rent boats without skippers at all, and those that do are expensive. Bembridge are relatively sensibly priced.

But more importantly Nottingham is not exactly near the coast. I guess the obvious options might be N Wales or the broads from there (or bite the bullet and go south coast). there was someone experimenting with a sort of bare boat charter arrangement in Wales, Ill see if I can find their details again. The broads is one of the few areas where hire boats ARE common, but not for fast boats.
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Or, and this would be a hugely controversial suggestion... And possibly bonkers...

I think Tim m is in a little business which seems to deal it boats at the bottom end of the market in the Notts area. He might be able to help with charter, but the paperwork is complex for a one off...

Can you buy a boat from him (for the cost around the deposit some of the big guys will take anyway), then after your visit sell it back to him for a little less? That might be risky - If it's broken Tim won't want it back etc... If it breakdown it will be your problem not his... Etc.
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