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Old 25 March 2003, 13:18   #1
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Rules

Getting ready for the summer and I was going through the Greek Coastguard rulebook about safety gear on boats (of any kind inc RIBs).

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SAFETY GEAR Requirements in Greece FOR ANY TYPE OF CRAFT

Approved life raft (open type) for 5 people fixed at a visible position aft
Horseshoe with buoy of an approved type and 15 mtrs rope fixed at a visible position aft
Blow horn manual
VHF portable
Radio with batteries
Standard manual inflated approved life jackets 50, or 100, or 150, or 275 the number of which should be equal to the permissible number of persons on the licence of the boat plus one
A 7 ltrs baler with 10 mtrs rope attached
Set of oars of sufficient length for the boat
Towing rope of 30 mtrs
Additional ropes 2 x 30 mtrs 14mm diameter
Knife
Handheld compass,
Watertight flashlight,
Up to date charts of the attended area,
Whistle
1st aid kit
A line of an anchor attached minimum weight 12 kgs, with 8 meters chain of min 8mm, and 30 meters of rope of min 14mm,
3 red parachute flares
3 red hand held flares
2 red smoke flares
Spare engine if cruising over 3 miles of the nearest coast

The people fllow in the sea behind!! LOLOL

Aren't you lucky in the UK with no regulations what so ever??
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Old 25 March 2003, 15:11   #2
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Aren't you lucky in the UK with no regulations what so ever??
- They will come soon I'm sure. To be honest, probably no bad thing I reckon. The mandatory items for Greece are sensible, although oars AND spare engine? And what's an "approved open life raft"?
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Old 25 March 2003, 15:20   #3
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And what's an "approved open life raft"?
Will take a photo of mine tmo am and will post it to see. Is nothing like you think and you may have a laugh abou it!!
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I was out on my Avon on Sunday and as usual saw the powerboat/cabin cruiser brigade out with their 45k boats and the even more expensive totties and not a life jacket between them. at least twenty boats like this. I also saw a small RIB (Avon 4mtr)
with a dad and two kids under 10. The kids had lifejackets on but not the Dad sensible.

I for one would like to see Mandatory safety regulations and safety equipment carried on boats so I applaud the Greek manifest. I am not sure about the liferaft but I guess it would come in handy in case of Fire. Or for the odd Sib challenge.
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Yeah, I agree that getting a liferaft is a bit on the extreme side..... it's almost erring to the side of commercial craft with that kind of requirement, but it's all in the name of safety I guess.

I do wonder however if having a sib on board would count as a liferaft though..... one of the things I was looking at was getting a sib, which I could blow up from 12 volt electrics on the boat. Could land the boat on the beach then, drop off the folks on board, back out, drop anchor, and then row in on the sib, thus reducing risk of getting the rib stuck on the beach on an outward tide

There are way too many people about on the river here though that do not wear lifejackets, which is kinda annoying when you see them going bombing past at 45 knots

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The approved type life raft

This is what the regs mean with the phrase 'type approved liferaft'
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OK, cheers Manos. That sort of gives us a clue. I hate to sound ungrateful, as I know that you're the one running around here taking photos and getting info and stuff, but that just looks like an orange rectangular package

We need to know what it looks like when deployed

There's only one thing for it - you'll have to go and inflate it and send us another picture

Go on - you know you want to see if it works
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I was out on my Avon on Sunday and as usual saw the powerboat/cabin cruiser brigade out with their 45k boats and the even more expensive totties and not a life jacket between them. at least twenty boats like this.
Do you wear a parachute when travelling by airliner ?
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Hello, Dirk's off again-this should be fun.

I am strongly against regulation. There is a huge diference between being sensible and making laws about it. If you don't want to be sensible then it is you who will suffer. If you dont want to be sensible then also accept the consequences and don't moan about it.
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