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WHEN IS A BOATING LICENCE REQUIRED?

A boating licence is necessary to drive a motorboat of more than 6 hp, whether at sea or inland. It should be noted that this obligation is not necessary for a sailboat, even one equipped with a motor, but it is strongly recommended that you take it because 95% of the programme also concerns sailing.

BOAT LICENCE TO GO TO SEA

There are 2 levels of the boat licence depending on the navigation area and the distance from a shelter:

- To sail at sea within 6 miles of a shelter, you will have to pass the coastal licence. To obtain this licence, you must pass a 30-question code test and follow a practical training course in an official boat school.

- To go beyond 6 miles from a shelter, you must pass the offshore extension (often called the "offshore licence") which is a 1.5 hour test based on navigation exercises and tidal calculations.

BOATING LICENCE FOR INLAND WATERS

Here again, there are 2 levels of boat licence, this time depending on the size of the boat:

- The "Inland Waters" licence allows you to drive boats up to 20 metres in length on inland waters only (rivers, canals and lakes). It is obtained in the same way as the coastal licence, but if you already hold the latter, only the code test is required.

- The " Large Inland Boating " extension allows you to drive boats of more than 20 metres. You must follow a practical training course in an official boat school.

It should be noted that to navigate on closed lakes such as Lake Geneva, a coastal licence may be enough.

RESTRICTED RADIOTELEPHONE OPERATOR'S CERTIFICATE ( RRC)

The CRR is required to use a VHF and the various communication devices on board in non-French waters, such as international waters which start 12 miles from the coast.

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  • <h2><strong>Straight Brass Divider</strong></h2> <p><strong></strong>Brass compass for esthetics with fine stainless steel tips for accuracy of measurement.</p> <p>Interactive instructions online at <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/PickseaVideo" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">PickseaVideo</a></p> <h2>Features of the Flash-Tide Straight Brass Divider</h2>
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  • <h2>One Hand Brass Divider</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">One hand brass divider for aesthetics with fine stainless steel points for accuracy of measurement. The one hand divider is an indispensable marine instrument for measuring distances on a nautical chart whatever the scale, for determining its position in latitude and longitude or for positioning a point on the chart.</p> <h2><span>Features of the One Hand Divider</span></h2>
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  • <h2><span>Preparing for the Offshore License (Courses, exercises and mock exams)</span></h2> <p><span>This manual of courses, exercises and mock exams allows you to fully prepare for the offshore license and also to learn how to navigate offshore. </span></p> <h2><span>Flash-Tide Offshore Manual Features</span></h2>
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  • <h2 style="text-align:justify;">SHOM chart 9999 for the offshore licence exam</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">The SHOM chart 9999 is the official chart for the offshore licence examination which allows you to navigate beyond 6 miles from a shelter. The 9999 chart is also used to do all the exercises to prepare for the exam.</p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;">Training and preparation for the offshore licence (theory test)</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">After passing the coastal licence (and perhaps also the inland waterway licence), you want to extend your navigation area to the "high seas"! To do this, you need to obtain a offshore licence to sail motorboats beyond 6 miles from a shelter (it is also very useful for sailing boats). You can read the article "Everything you need to know about the offshore licence".</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">The chart 9999 is the official chart to take the offshore licence exam. Of course, this SHOM 9999 chart also allows you to work on all the exercises and mock exams in your school boat or as an independent candidate, to prepare for the tests for the offshore extension of the sea boat licence.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">The SHOM 9999 chart is a special marine chart but it contains all the information of a real navigation chart (scale of latitudes and longitudes, coasts, probes, dangers, beacons, lighthouses, currents, ...). You can plot routes and bearings and position points, or measure distances as on a real chart. See the article "Determining a route in direction and distance" on our blog.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">The SHOM (Services Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine) is the public organisation in charge of collecting data (soundings, currents, coastline, ...) and distributing this information, in particular in the form of nautical charts. Find here all our other SHOM charts.</p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;">Characteristics of the SHOM 9999 Special Offshore Permit Chart</h2>
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  • <h2>Marine Plotter Compass</h2> <p><span>Brass marine compass with fine stainless steel tip for navigation. Pencil fastening by screw (adjustable height).</span></p> <h2><span>Features of the Flash-Tide compass</span></h2>
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  • <h2>New Breton Reporter</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">The New Breton Reporter retains all the features that have made it so successful over the past 40 years, but it has been completely redesigned by Nautic Training instructors to improve its readability and usability.</p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;">Features of the New Breton Reporter</h2>
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  • <h2>Rule Type Cras</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">A two-coloured red and black cras ruler with a special design that makes it easier to read than other cras rulers.</p> <h2>Characteristics of the Cras Type Rule</h2>
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  • <h2>Brocémer Navigation Protractor Ruler</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">The Brocémer navigation ruler is one of the "Breton protractor" type rulers. It is much appreciated by candidates for the offshore licence because it is simpler, more practical and more intuitive than the other models of rulers.</p> <h2>Characteristics of the Brocémer protractor</h2>
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  • <h2><strong>The essential pack to prepare your offshore licence</strong></h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">A set of quality tools to pass your offshore licence! Picksea is the owner of the Flash-Tide Instruments brand and our teams manufacture in France, in Lorient, all models of <a href="https://www.picksea.com/en/106806-cras-navigation-rules">rules cras</a> or Breton. Picksea is also a SHOM agent. We are therefore the best able to provide you with a pack composed of the best products at the best price.</p> <h2>Composition of the offshore licence pack</h2>
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  • <h2>All the possibilities of the Cras rule and the Rappporteur Breton</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;"><span>The Antares protractor ruler is both a tricolour Cras ruler AND a Breton protractor. It can be easily adapted to any skipper or sailor, whatever his or her initial training or practice habits. </span></p> <h2>Features of the Antares rule</h2>
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  • <h2>Polaris Tricolour Ruler</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">The three-colour red, green and black cras ruler is very popular with boaters and boat licence applicants because it is more practical and easier to read than traditional cras rulers.</p> <h2>Features of the Polaris Ruler</h2>
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  • <h2>Standard Cras Rule</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;"><span>This black ruler is very popular with boaters and boat license applicants because it is more practical and easier to read than other brands of rulers.</span></p> <h2><span>Features of the Standard Cras rule</span></h2>
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  • <h2><strong>The essential Vagnon code for coastal boating licences to prepare your licence: <span style="color:#ff0000;">Written and designed by the experts at Picksea!</span></strong></h2> <p>Discover the new edition of the Vagnon code - coastal option boating licence! More coherent teaching, content structured according to the chronology of a sea trip, 10 tests to validate your knowledge and learning, around 150 questions... What is the objective? A 100% success rate % and more competent boat license candidates!</p> <h2>Characteristics of the Code Vagnon boating license coastal option</h2>
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  • <h2><strong>Everything you need to prepare and pass your offshore licence!</strong></h2> <p>Everything you need to prepare and pass your offshore licence: complete pack of materials, map and book</p> <h2>Features of the Complete Offshore Pack</h2>
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  • <h2 id="prod-h1" class="prod-name">Ruler and Compass Dry Point Kit</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;"><span>Set of equipment to prepare for the offshore licence or to equip your boat, including a cras 2000 ruler (Flash-Tide) and a dry point compass (Flash-Tide)</span></p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;"><span>Features of the Ruler and Compass Kit</span></h2>
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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea. </h2> <p>This book will help you to know the international regulations to prevent collisions at sea (or RIPAM in french). <span>This document contains all the rules set out in the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972, as amended from time to time.</span></p> <h2>All the Shom's regulatory works on our website</h2> You can find on Picksea.com all the regulatory books of the Shom, like the good uses of the nautical documents 1F, or the book on the maritime signalling 3C.</div>
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  • <h2 style="text-align:justify;">SHOM chart 7066 : from Ile Vierge to Penmarc'h</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">The SHOM 7066L chart is the marine chart of the tip of Brittany. It can be used for navigation but above all it is used as a support for professional maritime exams: Captain 200, Chief of the Watch 500, Captain 3000 or Unlimited. It exists in folded or flat version.</p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;">Characteristics of the SHOM 7066 chart</h2>
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  • <p>This edition is the essential manual for the preparation of the Offshore course License, which authorizes the operation of a French motorized pleasure craft, day and night, without limitation of distance, tonnage or power.</p>
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  • <h2>Pack of 2 official 9999 marine charts from SHOM</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;"><span>The nautical chart of SHOM 9999 is the official chart of the exam of the <strong>offshore sea permit</strong> which allows to navigate beyond 6 miles from a shelter. It is also on this chart that you will do all the exercises to prepare you for the exam </span></p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;"><em>Why buy 2 charts?</em></h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">The fact of doing many exercises on the chart (with a lot of deletion) often makes it unusable for the exam and this is why many exam centers require a new chart for the exam. It should be noted that the organising administration keeps the card as a copy of the exam (except in the case of failure).</p> <h2>Training and preparation for the offshore licence (theoretical test)</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">After passing the coastal licence (and perhaps also the inland waterways licence), you wish to extend your navigation area to the "high seas"! To do this, you need to obtain a deep-sea licence to sail motor yachts beyond 6 miles from a shelter (but it is also very useful for sailing). Read our<a title="Tout savoir pour passer le permis hauturier" href="https://blog.picksea.com/tout-savoir-passer-permis-hauturier/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> article "Everything you need to know about the offshore licence"</a> to find out more.</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">The chart SHOM 9999 is a special marine chart but it contains all the information of a real navigation chart (scale of latitudes and longitudes, coasts, probes, dangers, beacons, lighthouses, currents, ...). You can plot routes and bearings as well as position points, or measure distances as on a real chart <a title="Déterminer une route sur le carte marine" href="https://blog.picksea.com/determiner-route-direction-distance/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">See the article "Determining a route in direction and distance" on our blog </a></p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;">Characteristics of the Marine Chart 9999 from SHOM for the Offshore Permit</h2>
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  • <p>A book published by SHOM listing all the symbols, abbreviations and terms used on SHOM charts. All these terms are declined in English and in French for a perfect reading and understanding of the charts.</p>
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  • <h2>Vagnon test - coastal option boating licence to pass your exam</h2><p><span>This Vagnon test is the complement to the Vagnon Code for Pleasure Craft, coastal option. All the questions of the official exam are classified by theme and the answers are at the end of each chapter. You will find the t</span><span>The following topics were discussed: </span><span>Beaconing - Cartography, weather - Tides - Lights and ship's marks - Port and sound signals - Rules of the road and helm - Speed, autonomy, fishing - Ecology - Nautical leisure - Safety equipment and safety of the ship - VHF... 100% up to date with the official exam.</span></p><h2>Characteristics of the Vagnon test for the coastal option</h2>
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  • <h2>An indispensable manual to prepare for the offshore licence - <span style="color:#ff0000;">Written and designed by the experts at Picksea!</span></h2> <p>This guide to offshore sailing is intended for those who wish to learn about offshore sailing and for those who plan to take the offshore sailing licence exam. It has been designed to enable you to:</p> <ul><li>acquire the knowledge necessary to master offshore navigation as well as those necessary to pass your offshore exam</li> <li>to progress in your learning thanks to a proven method</li> <li>to check your knowledge thanks to tests and exercises throughout your training</li> <li>to prepare yourself with confidence for the offshore exam thanks to the mock exams proposed in this book</li> <li>to put into practice what you have learned on a simulated offshore sailing trip</li> </ul><h2><span style="font-family:'novecento_wide_medium', sans-serif;font-size:16px;">Details on the Offshore Navigation Training Guide</span></h2>
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  • <h2><strong>The offshore licence pack with Breton plotter !</strong></h2> <p>Pack of material to prepare the offshore licence including the official chart 9999, a plotter (Flash-Tide) and a one hand divider (Flash-Tide)</p> <h2>Features of the Offshore Plus Pack</h2>
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  • <h2 id="prod-h1" class="prod-name">Protractor Ruler and Compass Kit</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">Set of equipment to prepare for the offshore licence or to equip your boat, including a Brocémer ruler (Flash-Tide) and a dry point compass (Flash-Tide)</p> <h2 style="text-align:justify;"><span>Features of the Protractor Ruler and Compass Kit</span></h2>
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  • <h2>Flash-Tide - Cras 2000 two-tone ruler</h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">The Flash-Tide Crash Ruler 2000 is a two-tone red and black crashed ruler that is very popular with boaters and offshore license applicants because it is more practical and easier to read than traditional crashed rulers.</p> <h2>Details of the Cras 2000 rule</h2>
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  • <h2>Exercises to prepare for the offshore licence</h2> <p>This exercise book allows candidates to practice on exam subjects in accordance with the training program. This workbook is a must for anyone who wants to pass the offshore licence and be ready on D-day!</p> <h2>Characteristics of the exercise book to prepare for the offshore licence</h2>
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  • <h2>Captain's Tools" set</h2> <p>Set of instruments to be used during navigation or for exams (deep-sea licence, professional navigation, ...). "The captain's tools" is the ideal gift for those who are passionate about navigation.</p> <h2>Characteristics of the box</h2>
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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Marine Signage</h2> <p>This book will allow you to know the maritime signage regulations and updated.</p> <h2>All the Shom's regulatory works on our website</h2> You can find on Picksea.com all the regulatory books of the Shom, like the good uses of the nautical documents 1F, or the book on the international regulation to prevent collisions at sea 2.</div>
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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Test Vagnon Pleasure Boating Licence inland waterways option</h2> <p>An essential complement to the Vagnon Pleasure Craft Code, Inland Waterways option, the Vagnon Pleasure Craft Licence Test, Inland Waterways option, allows candidates to review the programme themselves.</p> <h2>Find out all about the inland waterways licence on Picksea.com</h2> <p>You can find on our site everything related to the inland waterways licence, such as the Code Permis plaisance option eaux intérieures published by the prestigious brand Vagnon.</p> <h2>Detailed features</h2> </div>
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  • <div class="fiche-txt"><h2>Code Vagnon Pleasure Craft Licence inland waterways option</h2><p>For more than thirty years, this code has been the instrument of your success in the examination for the pleasure craft licence, inland waterways option, and the precious advisor for safe navigation.</p><h2>Find out everything about the inland waterways option on our website</h2><p>You can find on Picksea.com everything related to the inland waterways licence, such as the Inland Waterways Licence Test published by the prestigious brand Vagnon, or the DVD associated with the inland waterways option.</p><h2>Detailed features</h2></div>
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  • <h2><strong>The essential pack for passing professional maritime exams</strong></h2> <p style="text-align:justify;">A set of quality tools to pass your professional maritime exams! Picksea is the owner of the Flash-Tide Instruments brand and our teams manufacture in France, in Lorient, all the models of cras or breton rulers. Picksea is also a SHOM agent. We are therefore the best able to provide you with a pack composed of the best products at the best price.</p> <h2>Composition of the maritime exam pro pack</h2>
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  • <h2>Vagnon test for boating licence extension for offshore fishing to pass your exam!</h2> <p>This is the essential tool for candidates to revise the programme for the offshore extension licence. It complements the offshore extension code. This edition includes: a reminder of the principles of calculation (relative numbers, sexagesimal, speed and distances) and important definitions, 220 thematic exercises and 12 mock exams of the same type as those given in the exam.</p> <h2>Characteristics of the Vagnon test for boating offshore licence extension</h2>
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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>The Navigation Guide to discover the vast network of French waterways</h2> <p>These guides cover the main French waterways. At the beginning of each guide covering a different geographical area, navigation advice gives the gauge of the waterways concerned, the precautions to take and all the useful addresses for the navigator. A table of distances allows the calculation of the passage times between the main route marks, ports and stops. In each new edition, the EDB guide brings together the best addresses and good tips along the waterways, tourist sites, restaurants, markets, etc.</p> <p>For each river, canal, a map oriented North-South, recalls the marine charts at a scale of 1/50 000 for the canals and 1/25 000 for the rivers. All the markers and buoys are also indicated to allow safe navigation.</p> <h2>Characteristics of the EDB Guide Voies Naviguables Françaises</h2> </div>
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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>Boating Licence Candidate Booklet by Vagnon</h2> <p>In accordance with the regulations, this set of 2 booklets is compulsory to follow the training to drive motorized pleasure boats, coastal option or inland water option, but it is above all a real training tool:</p> <p><strong>It is a practical manual</strong> which details the objectives 1 to 18 of the practical training and the manoeuvres to be learned with access to explanatory videos</p> <p><strong>It's a reminder</strong> for you: everything you need to remember for the coastal exam and for sailing</p> <p><strong>It is the official regulatory support</strong> referenced and validated by the Direction des Affaires Maritimes</p> <h2>Find out everything about the boating licence on our website</h2> <p>You can find on Picksea.com everything related to the boating license, such as the boating license test and codes published by the prestigious brand Vagnon.</p> <h2>Features</h2> </div>
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  • <div class="fiche-txt"> <h2>The Vagnon code for the CRR licence</h2> <p>The Radiotelephone Operator's Restricted Certificate validates a navigator's ability to use the VHF, both from the point of view of technical functions and calling procedures. The possession of this certificate is mandatory to navigate outside French territorial waters.</p> <h2>Find all the marine radiotelephony on Picksea.com</h2> <p>You can find on our site everything related to marine radiotelephony, such as the Vagnon VHF Marine code and the GMDSS.</p> <h2>Features</h2> </div>
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