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Old 05-01-2014, 09:29   #1
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Register EU boat in Aus - what electronics need to change?

If you have an EU registered boat fully equipped with EU compliant electronics and you import it into Australia, what electronics have to get replaced and what are ok for Aussie authorities?

For the sake of the discussion, assume that all of the EU gear is new, compliant with current CE certification.

I assume that the items that may or may not cause an issue will be anything with a transmitter, such as an EPIRB, personal EPIRB, VHF with DSC, SSB, AIS transceiver and sat phone.

Obviously, any item that has an MMSI number requires reprogramming.

I know that in Aus the EPIRBS must use 406MHz, so is reprogramming the MMSI on an EU 406MHz all that is needed to keep Aus happy?

I assume or at least hope that the AIS transceiver should be ok as hopefully everywhere transmits on the same frequency?

I have no idea whether an EU VHF or SSB could be registered in Aus. The VHF is so cheap it could be replaced but I'd hate to invest in an SSB and find out that they don't like it.

I assume that an Iridium or Inmarsat satphone would be ok.

What are people experiences with this?
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