Originally posted by seafariskye
I take it is differerent where you are, Manos, if so ---- briefly how??
I will speak about Greece as I know it best but I believe that the same or similar regulations apply to Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Holland, Germany and may be other EU countries too.
1. To buy a boat: You can purchase a boat of any type size etc with any type/size engine without having any qualification what so ever.
2. To Sail a boat: For a person to sail/motor a boat a certificate of competence issued by the Greek Coast Guard ONLY is needed (other EU or Internationally recognised certificates i.e. an ICC is sufficient). The person has to undertake tests (practical and written) at the Greek Coast Guard stations at any port or harbour in Greece (usually test dates are every month from March to October). The tests are NOT private chit-chat but actual tests under the presence of an officer.
3. Note: Greek Coast Guard is policing the Greek seas and has enormous powers to impose fines, confiscate boats and can also imprison people if they do not obey the law.
4. Safety: All crafts should abide by the safety regulations a part of which was the beg of this Thread. If the Coast Guard finds that a craft does not comply the fines are very high (starting from Euro 500) to confiscating the boat or imprisonment.
5. Sailing areas: All boats/crafts etc should NOT sail/motor at speed (4 knots max) if they are closer than 200 mtrs from the shore. Not compliance is imprisonment.
6. All the regulations apply to all crafts (foreign or Greek flag) of ANY SIZE
I can't think of anything else right now.
Also I forgot to post at the beg of the thread that one of the safety requirements on the boat is a fire extinguisher (5 ltrs min) for boats over 5 mtrs LOA. For boats of 10 mtrs and over other regulations apply