Super Snoopy 050 4:51pm, 27 August 2013
Just had a renewal notice for Super Snoopy's SSR. Does anyone else bother with the SSR and if so why (if you don't go across the English Channel). I know its only twenty five quid every five years, but that's twenty five beer tokens; more useful than a silly number on the back of the boat.
blueachilles 5 years ago
We have an SSR number. Blowed if I know why though......
spearhead_027 5 years ago
I don't see me ever needing to cross the Channel (and Biscay) again either, so will let both of mine lapse. Keep the number with the boat however, as you can subsequently return to it should the need re-arise. No penalty for the intervening "unregistered" period.
I seem to remember that there is an exception made for Ireland - you don't need to register at all to replenish your stocks of stout.
rothwell_neil 5 years ago
I have an SSR number, looks nice, no other use as don't need it in UK, Northern or Southern Ireland and that will be my cruising for the foreseeable future.
Super Snoopy 050 5 years ago
Nuff said, drinks are on me tonight.

By the way Neil, the Android chartplotter has been a boon this year. There is though the temptation to sit below and shout left a bit, right a bit to the poor soul steering when it's raining.
pjbharrison 5 years ago
I concur with your opinion of the Android tablet with Navionics, Alan.
It was particularly brilliant when the boats electrics failed on the crossing from Wales. It was 2am and the tablet plotter continued to work on it's own battery until we arrived in Wicklow at 4am.
Just make sure not to install Google maps App on the tablet too as it causes a conflict when it tries to overlay onto Navionics and the system crashes.
The tablet combined with tiller pilot is brilliant
AchillesHeeled 5 years ago
What happens if you cross the channel without an SSR number?
busy home [deleted] 5 years ago
Death by beheading.
hotfoot_24 5 years ago
If you are lucky.
AchillesHeeled 5 years ago
Gosh, will stick to the UK! Currently
in Scilly, where they don't seems to require it - fortunately...
I thought i needed the ssr for the isle of wight ;)
rothwell_neil 5 years ago
Navionics is excellent and as we keep testing tablets for work I always make sure I have the latest to help with testing. Currently testing the Samsung Tab 3 8". Perfect size and really good screen. Navionics lets you put it on any tablet you own at no additional charge so just keep loading on the latest one. Paid about £15 for Europe and used it a lot in Croatia.

Seems to me that the ideal is that you had an SSR as that is still with the boat in case you need it and then can reactivate if you decide to cross to foreign parts. In Isle of Man and Ireland they seem more interested in inviting you for a drink that what boat you are on!
Amrum 9171Y 5 years ago
Thanks for raising this, Alan. I now know!
Red Marlin 5 years ago
OK I am abroard in Turkey but my SSR is in constant use. Checking in and out of the country is an obvious must. But whenever we check into a marina they need to see our insurance and SSR. They need some documentary proof of the boats size for charging. Only problem I had was in Rhodes where the customs would not recognise the SSR as it says on top "this certificate is not proof of legal ownership". He gave me loads of hassle though, probably because I had come over from Turkey.
Fast Lex 5 years ago
Hi guys, next June I will be tempting to cross the channel (from Ijmuiden) do i need a SSR number? Thanks!
Super Snoopy 050 5 years ago
I believe that the SSR is a UK registry. I should image there will be a similar sort of thing for each of the rest of the countries in the EU.
Skykomish1 5 years ago
We are in an even worse situation with Skykomish as we are Lloyds registered and this is a lot more expensive than SSR I would let this lapse but have to say that the history with the boat plus the added advantage that this IS proof of Ownership tends to make me think that it may be worth keeping going as to re register is a Lot of hassle it seems
Fast Lex 5 years ago
Well I can ask around, but as far as I know we do not have this in the Netherlands. I myself don't have any papers of ownership of La Vallette, so I wonder what the UK customs will say when entering British waters :-0
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