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Old 02 May 2017, 03:42   #1
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White Smoke Flares in France?

HI

Am taking my RIB to the Med (by road).

Someone mentioned to me that the French require boats/RIBs to carry white smoke flares.

Does anyone know if this is correct?. Also any other advice most welcome.

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Old 02 May 2017, 06:34   #2
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Hi Simon

The RYA have a country by country section describing what you need. I think though to access it you need to be a member.

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White Smoke Flares in France?

I've had a look in the RYA website in the members section & cant find any mention of white flares, that doesn't mean however you don't need them. I've been ribbing in France for over 20 years & in my experience all they are interested in is paperwork & I have it in spades we've been searched a few times, at sea, at the ferry port & actually had the Douane visit the campsite & search the tent(they didn't find owt, it was next door)
HOWEVER if you do carry flares, they must be in date, fines have been issued to U.K. Boats for carrying out of date flares on board. Ergo, I no longer have any pyrotechnics aboard, I rely on PLB, DSC, AIS & laser flare. Technically there is no legal requirement for U.K. Citizens to have an ICC in France, but it doesn't hurt. Your boat must be registered (SSR) & you must carry the original registration document onboard, not a copy. That said, I don't
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the French require boats/RIBs to carry white smoke flares.
It's the same as the flag they tend to carry - just more visible...allegedly
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