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Kent and Iris,
With regards to Mediterranean countries, it is my understanding that most require a competency license these days. In Italy we sailed for 3 seasons before getting our ICC licenses and the license was never requested. In Tunisia, they didn't ask either. I am aware of a number of requests by authorities in Greece and Croatia for a license which pushed us to get this handled. If you want your ICC license and will be doing the testing in the States I believe that Mark Thompson with RYA in Florida is the only option. He is a great guy and we enjoyed the process. I will be very interested in the responses you get for the Pacific etc. Since we also hope to be there in a few more years.
On Jun 2, 2019 11:22 AM, "karkauai via Groups.Io" <karkauai@...> wrote:
This discussion has made me realize that I really don’t have a clue about rules and regulations in countries we’ll be visiting on our 5-10 year cruise in the S Pacific and Med. I’ve sailed the Caribbean extensively and have never been asked for any paperwork other than USCG boat registration, passports, and occasionally insurance coverage.
Iris has a 6-pack coast guard license, but I don’t know what it says about sailing in open waters, etc.
I am not licensed by the US Coast Guard, or any other agency.
If she flies home and I’m sailing single-handed for a while,
will I be required to have any papers that show competency as we sail around the Med?
What about Central and S America and the S Pacific?
Other than Noonsite, are there any internet resources that spell out in detail what paperwork, insurance, taxes, permits, etc are required of cruisers?
Thanks for any ideas about how to assure we will have everything we need.
On Jun 2, 2019, at 6:26 AM, James Alton via Groups.Io <lokiyawl2@...
Mohammad and Aty
Thanks for the advice and for the offer to help find an agent. I am not sure of what the cost for this service my be but this option certainly sounds appealing for at least our first entry into Greece to insure that all of the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed. Mostly likely we will arrive in Greece from the North so a suggestion for a Port of entry and of an agent there would be very helpful. We will be sailing around the boot of Italy from Sardinia and we want to visit Croatia and Greece for sure. The gulf of Kotor in Montenegro looks appealing as well. My wife would really like to see Venice so if the conditions are good we will head up to the North end first and work our way down the West coast to Greece. If the conditions are not favourable for the trip North up the Adriatic the general plan is to cross to the West coast to Croatia somewhere, any suggestions on a port of entry? We will have a bit over 4 months this season so we will need to plan to be outside the Schengen area for a bit over a month so I think Croatia and Montenegro are our two options in that regard. Any general routing suggestions from those familiar with this area would be appreciated.
On Jun 1, 2019, at 3:09 AM, Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...
There are several agents in most ports of entry in Greece. Most agents have counterparts that they work with in neighboring countries. We always ask for referrals from the agent we check out with for the next port of entry for the country we plan to check
This system has always worked for us. I find that most good people like to do business with people who have similar philosophy in business.
Let me know where you intend to check in at and I can try to find you a referral.
Mohammad & Aty
On Jun 1, 2019, at 2:11 AM, James Alton via Groups.Io <lokiyawl2@...
Thanks for the excellent information in your reponses. Was it very expensive to hire an agent to handle your paperwork? Any suggestions for locating or hiring an agent?
On May 31, 2019, at 4:49 PM, Mohammad Shirloo <mshirloo@...
We just had our agent in Corfu handle the tax payment for us since the website kept crashing and not everyone knows the exact process yet.
It was pretty painless. Our information is 8 Euros/meter per month. So for a 12 meter yacht, that comes out to 96 Euros.
On May 31, 2019, at 7:29 PM, Gerhard Mueller via Groups.Io <carcode@...
You can either put your boat on the hard or deposit your boatspapers to the next Hellenic Coastguard to not to pay this tax.
If you are a happy owner of an Amel Sharki (11.95 meter) you pay only 33,- Euro each month when cruising in Greece waters.
Be careful about the Hellenic Coastguard. Last weekend a motorboat owner was fined with 100,- Euro in Messinian Bay in front of Kalamata because his driving license was not in greece language.
The website for registration the boat tax (see link above) is very strange to handle.
Amel Sharki #60
Currently Kalamata, Greece