Originally Posted by jlandells
I can't give you details for your own boat, but I've chartered on the Rhine recently. The skipper will need an ICC, but as long as the skipper is aboard, anyone else can drive.
One important point is that if you wear glasses, you'll be expected to have a spare pair, in case anything happens to your main ones.
As to kill cords, I was told off for connecting the one on my charter boat to my leg, as the owner said it would make the engine stop if I moved away from the helm. I tried to reason that this was the exact purpose of kill cords, but he was adamant that I keep it wrapped around the throttles! :O
Watch out for the commercial traffic - in Germany, they're known to simply drive over anything in their way, with no care to colregs!
Hope that helps!
Your're mostly right
I'll try to sum up some details:
kill cord obligatory not
liabillty insurance obligatory not
life jacket obligatory not
radar reflector obligatory not
(in radar monitored areas)
fire extinguisher obligatory not
ICC not really sure, if you need one
"Driving license" obligatory obligatory
radio not not
Generally there are no speed limits on the river. There might be some in Rotterdam, but I haven't been there.
The commercial traffic in the Netherlands isn't any better, so never get in front of a ship. They don't care and mostly they don't look.
There are non enviromental restrictions for the engines - so 2stroke ist not a problem.
Where do you plan to go?
The Waal (the Rhine in the Netherlands) i expect to be quite boring, because of the flat landscape. The best part is the middle rhine between Koblenz and Mainz. There are a lots of castles and the wine grows on both sides of the river at the hillside
If someone is interested in the "Rheinatlas", i can send the pdf-File. It includes handdrawed charts with harbours, risks, radio fequenzy.... It the shipping bible for all skippers. unfortunatly for you: in german....
If there are any further questions or if you need help with German authorities / hotels and so on, don't hesitate to contact me.
Best regards, Immanuel