Essential Documents and stuff to be carried on board when visiting foreign ports (doesn’t hurt to have them on board in the UK either).
- UK part 1 registration certificate (preferred)
- SSR Certificate (does not prove ownership)
- Bill of sale
- Proof of VAT paid if boat newer than 1st jan1985,
- Proof of age of Boat.
- Insurance policy (in date?)
- Ships Radio license, including VHF/DSC handhelds, epirbs. ( now free)
- VHF operators License. (does not have to be owner)
- Minimum ICC ticket. Day skipper and above will normally suffice (does not have to be owner)
- If using inland waterways, Cevni is a must. (Caen constitutes ‘inland’)
- Passports of course.
- EHIC, (European health insurance card) E111 is now invalid.
- Crewlist (especially Holland. names, passport numbers.
- In-date flares.
- Up to date/adjusted charts
- In-date lifejackets for the berth capacity of the vessel
- If liferaft carried, must be indate of service.
- All Receipts for any fuel purchased anywhere
By the way, we always carry original documents on the reasoning that originals, if lost, are easy to obtain once back in the UK and as a rule, photocopies are not accepted in most EU ports. We also recommend you sign up for the MCA CG66 ID scheme.
Welcome to Europe!