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Old 02 January 2014, 10:55   #1
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New to boating, Lake Garda, Italy

Hi I'm a novice to boating, but just bought a Valiant V520 RIB.
We are taking it to Italy (Lake Garda) this Summer. We have booked a campsite on the South/West coast with a buoy.
Does anyone have any tips and advice on where to re-fuel on the lake, speed limits and whether I need a licence. It has a 90hp outboard. Also when we visit a village can we just moor up anywhere ? or do we have to stick to marinas, with what looks like a "pay and display" set up.
Many thanks for your help in advance. Jed.
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Hi, good question as i fancy doing this myself, in fact you have just prompted me to do some research, are you staying at campsite Molino?

I will watch this thread develop with interest!

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Old 02 January 2014, 11:18   #3
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We're staying at Piantelle. We stayed at Cloudia Camping on the South/East side but it's really busy on the roads on that side whenever you want to go anywhere, although it is the most popular side with more to do.
We had a small 3m inflatable last year, but couldn't really go far, which is why we "upgraded" to something that would be easy to tow and get us round the lake quicker and easier.
My only concern is whether I've bitten off more than I can chew at this stage though.
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Quite a lot of information here on a previous thread.
http://www.rib.net/forum/f53/garda-l...aly-27221.html

I suspect you'll need to get you powerboat licence RYA level 2 as your boat is over 40hp which gives you International Certificate of Competence on completion. It's a 2-day course but worthwhile as the lake is deceptively dangerous with prevailing winds.

More details on the course here: http://www.rya.org.uk/coursestrainin...es/Level2.aspx
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Thanks for the link.

Sorry VAT ?? have I missed something?

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I read most of that link early but couldn't find the answers to my fuel, parking questions.
If anyone has these answers along with any other helpful tips, it would be really appreciated.

Thanks Jed.
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Thanks for the link.

Sorry VAT ?? have I missed something?

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Have a word with Mick...he's your man for Lake Garda info
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Thanks for the link.

Sorry VAT ?? have I missed something?

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Well we are off again this summer it's well worth the trip Plenty of fuel at the south end of the lake none that I know of top end though. There are visitors buoys & moorings at most towns on the lake but not many. Get a red ensign and if your towing a ringo or the likes get an orange towing flag and enjoy.
Not sure about the PBL2 or Icc as I have them but worth doing
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Hi - over 40hp does need the ICC. You can just stake the assessment in 1 day if you are confident with the content. I hired a boat last year. Great fun. Gets deceptively choppy with the wind from certain directions. We'll worth getting some local wind and weather advice if taking kids out etc.
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Thanks Mick,
So have you ever been stopped?
What's a red ensign? and do I need an orange towing flag too?
Where near me could I do a course and what course would you recommend?
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Thanks Mick, So have you ever been stopped? What's a red ensign? and do I need an orange towing flag too? Where near me could I do a course and what course would you recommend? Many thanks guys. Jed.
Pugneys Country Park run inland PB2 courses. You can call them on 01924 302365.
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Thanks Mick, So have you ever been stopped? What's a red ensign? and do I need an orange towing flag too? Where near me could I do a course and what course would you recommend? Many thanks guys. Jed.
As 58 says pugnys or rother valley country park.
Red ensign http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/red-ensign
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Nice boat Jed, Ive just sold mine, with a 90 Etec, you'll have lots of fun with that. Mine with a ski prop, 6 up would happily sit just under 30 knots all day.

Ive been to Lake Garda, but I hired one of their boats. I go to Lake Annecy every year and can highly recommend. I need insurance, lake map, proof of purchase, international licence and ski flag. Im sure garda's not much different.
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Cheers Oli.
Questions if I may.
Whats a ski flag and where do I hang it?
You refer to a lake map. I have a navman on the boat (not looked at it yet) so will there be a lake map on that or do you mean a paper version??
Whats a ski prop?
cheers pal. Jed
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