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Documents Required on Board

Firstly, it should be noted that it is mandatory to have the lease contract on board, so great care should be taken not to forget to bring this document with you. Of course, also do not forget the skipper’s valid boating licence and marine radio certificate.

The rest of the documents, which you will find on board, are the following:

  1. Navigation Licence: this licence contains the vessel’s and engine’s technical specifications. It also states the vessel’s navigation limitations (categories A, B, C, D, see note further down), displacement and maximum number of persons on board. Check that the licence bears Port Authority approval for lease;
  2. Boat Safety Certificate: The safety certificate is a document issued by the Port Authority stating boat compliance to safety regulations. This document must be renewed periodically (after eight years the first time and every five years after that), hence a validity check is recommended.
  3. Ship Radio Licence. This document allows and regulates the use of radio equipment on board and it is necessary with an VHF device on board. This document has no expiry date.
  4. Liability Insurance for the Vessel. This insurance must cover the lease, charter activity and third parties on board.
  5. Kasco Insurance. This insurance covers damage to the vessel you are on. It is not mandatory, so check with the charter company whether the boat has this policy or not and, in any case, make sure that your liability is limited to the sum of the security deposit, with the exception of malice or gross negligence.
  6. Should the yacht be equipped with a tender using an outboard engine, there must be both the “certificato d’uso motore” [marine engine certification] (or the newer “Dichiarazione di Potenza del Motore” [Engine Power Certificate]) and the liability insurance for this outboard engine.


Navigation Limits

Navigation conditions are assessed by the skipper, who is also responsible for the use of the vessel within the navigation limits related to the design category of the boat.

Boats bearing a CE marking have navigation limitations stated by their design category:

  • Category A ('Ocean'): vessels in this category have no navigation limits.
  • Category B ('Offshore'): vessels in this category can navigate with significant wave height up to 4 meters (rough sea) and wind up to force 8.
  • Category C ('Inshore'): vessels in this category can navigate with significant wave height up to 2 meters (moderate sea) and wind up to force 6.
  • Category D ('Sheltered Waters'): vessels in this category can navigate with significant wave height up to 0.3 meters (smooth sea) and wind up to force 4.

The ‘significant wave height’ is the mean wave height of the one third highest waves.