Our detailed guide to European destinations.


EU member?




Ship’s papers

Ship’s registration papers.

Crew papers

Passports not required by UK citizens.

Report to Customs?

Not if arriving from an EU country. Yes if arriving from non-EU country – if no customs post, report to nearest Garda (police) station.

Berthing charges

Considerably cheaper than UK.


Widely available in harbours on east and south coasts; very few fuel berths on west coast.


Widely available on east and south coasts; less so on west coast.

Shore power 220V AC

Available in some, not all harbours/marinas.


Irish Kosan is in differently shaped bottles that need different connectors. To overcome this, see Calor booklet.

Camping Gaz

Easily available.


Punt (100 pence).

Credit cards

Widely accepted.


Widely accepted in shops, restaurants etc.

Travellers cheques

Take in sterling. Change in banks.

Emergencies ­ VHF

Emergency VHF calls should be made on Ch 16. Search and Rescue co-ordinated by the Irish Marine Rescue Service, with lifeboats, other rescue craft and helicopters on call. Liaises with Britain and France. A list of Ireland’s many Coast Radio Stations is given in Macmillan Nautical Almanac. In non-emergencies, these should be contacted on their working channels.

Emergencies ­ phone

Marine emergencies. Dial 999 and ask for Marine Rescue.

Ambulance 999

Police 999

Fire 999


Allowed in with a certificate of health from a vet.

Telephone boxes

Use coins or cards obtainable from newsagents.

Dialling code to UK

0044, then the number, missing off the initial 0.

Weather forecasts

Radio 4 shipping forecasts and gale warnings. Coast Radio Stations issue forecasts on VHF, see Macmillan Nautical Almanac for frequencies and times. The Irish radio station RTE Radio 1 issues regular forecasts for Irish waters. See RYA weather booklet. RTE Radios 1 and 2 also issue gale warnings.


Similar rules to England. Check with your car insurance company.

Other information

Beware of salmon driftnets off the south and west coasts, especially May to July. These are extremely common, hard to see and can be up to 3 miles long.

British Embassy

29 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Tel: 003531 2053700. Visit or e-mail

Tourist office in UK

Irish Tourist Board, 150 New Bond Street, London W1Y OAQ. Tel: 020 7518 0800. Visit or e-mail

Charts and books

Admiralty charts.

Macmillan Nautical Almanac.

Sailing Directions, East and North Coast of Ireland.

Sailing Directions, South and West Coast of Ireland.

Both published by the Irish Cruising Club, obtainable in UK from nautical bookshops.


English and Gaelic. English spoken everywhere.


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