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Old 30 January 2016, 03:23   #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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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, 04:04   #3
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Perhaps if you give an idea of where you are visiting?
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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.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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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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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ha, ha

I was sure that it is wiser to rent a boat not owns it if you use it a few days per year. So I was sure that it is popular in UK. I know where Nottingham is almost in the center of UK. So maybe we visited them and spend some time talking, drinking and helping in garden :boring (her husband is real Englishman and he really tooks care about garden).

And I will plan another trip by cheap airplane near London and go to Southampton.
The problem is very similar to some Top Gear part when they compared buying cheap old cars to use a train between 2 cities in UK ...

Many thanks for all info. I will think about them. It be nice to see some people in real. I think that the last possible solution is to tow my RIB to UK (only if I go for more than 1 week). In such case will I be able to use it ? If is it registered in Poland ? I bought it from UK ... But it was hull only. All setup and rigging has been done in Poland (where I have bought engine also)
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Or it is possible to hire a SIB delivered to an address. Didn't seem that cheap when I looked.
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Mat, you can use your own boat here no problems, some slipways will require proof of insurance to launch - other than that I am willing to bet you never get asked for anything, but obviously wise to bring your paperwork anyway.
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I have full insurance in Pantaenius.

So I have below mentioned insurances:
a) Hull Casco
b) Third Party Liability
c) Personal Accident

It has automatically renewal feature.
b) is require in Croatia and Greece.

Do I need to inform nearest marina/coast guard that I will use my boat ?
I have always copies of all documents for such purpose.
I have also 2xMMSI and 2 radios (SH: portable HX851 and fixed GX2200E)

I did it in Greece (visit coast guards) but sometimes they looked at me that I bother them without reason. Maybe it is standard in UK
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Matt we (the UK) are probably the least regulated country in Europe. You can just about pitch up anywhere on the coast & launch. You will generally find that the authorities are more interested in paperwork with the Queens head on it, rather than qualifications 😏
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Some marinas or slipways will ask about third party insurance that is all.

You don't need to tell the CG or other authorities you are going out.

You can (and it may well be sensible to) radio them with your plans, but they don't routinely check up on you to make sure you are back at the planned time.

If you are using it near a major port you may be required to call VTS by VHF to advise them (or even seek permission) to cross certain areas.
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You will generally find that the authorities are more interested in paperwork with the Queens head on it, rather than qualifications ��
You mean GBP ??

If yes it is proof that (thanks to read RIB.net) I have been started to understand more of British humor and sarcasm (hope you will not charge me for that lessons)

If not ...
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it isn't known as rip off britain for no reason!

yes, he means GBP
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You mean GBP ??

I have been started to understand more of British humor and sarcasm...
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yes, he means GBP
Although there are other possibilities...
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