Years ago there was a printed brochure
"By pleasure boat to Finland" and it was available on the web,
too. I couln't find it anymore. But I have collected you a few links, where
you find at least some information on boating inFinland.
There are some special rules on Saimaa
canal. There is an email address at the end of this page http://www.fma.fi/e/leisure/canals/saimaa.php?page=saimaa_luotsaus Maybe the Finnish Maritime Administration
could tell you more or send you a printed brochure on Saimaa canal, and
a general brochure on boating in Finland, if available.
When you enter the Finnish territorial
waters, you must have 4 copies of a Vessel's Report. See page http://www.raja.fi/rvl/home.nsf/pages/76A79F1C8AFC663EC2256CBC00313370?opendocument
International Regulations for Preventing
Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREGs) apply both to Finnish coastline and inland
There are only a few minor exceptions
to the COLREGs rules written in the Finnish law for inland waterways. But
they are so insignificant that if you navigate as described in COLREGs,
you are quite OK.
As for the equipment on your boat, the
rules for the Flag State always apply. That is, your boat must be equipped
as required by the Russian law. And you must fly the Russian flag from
sunrise to sunset and whenever moving.
There are a few "road signs"
you should be familiar with. You can see their pictures in http://www.finlex.fi/pdf/normit/15533-SE_2003_06_23_NR3_SE.pdf and you can find English explanations
of the similar signs in here: http://www.ybw.com/pbo/pboeye/alsace/multimedia/cevnired.pdf
For safe boating you will need the chart
series "L The Saimaa Lake District, southern part." and "S
The Saimaa canal" http://www.fma.fi/e/services/charts/karttaj.php?page=charts_inland_waterways If you cannot get them from a chart
agent in Russia, you could buy them from the web: http://www.troilmarin.fi/
I recommend this book for the Guest
harbours on lake Saimaa: http://www.finnlake.com/saimaa/
Septic waste is not allowed to let to
sea or lakes in Finland. Finnish boats are equipped with a septic tank
and there are vacuum suction stations in most guest harbours. Even if you
don't have such a tank, you are not allowed to let septic waste to the
sea or lake.
Hopefully the above links help you when
planning your sailing trip to Finland.
Best regards, Veli-Veikko Niskanen
"Alexander A. Krasnikov"
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Inland water sailing rules request
I am a yachtsmen from Russia. In summer 2007 I'm planing to visit Finaland with my folding sail catamaran for leisure sailing on Saima lakes. Unfortunatelly I unable to find the Finnish rules of inland waterways sailing, yacht equipment requirements etc. in English. Could you please help me to get such document?
Best regards, Alexander Krasnikov
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