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Old 10-17-2019, 11:16 AM   #1
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Boat size and license requirements

It is really confusing to try to understand what, if anything, is required to skipper a powered boat >24m for non commercial use. Even more confusing is what the requirements are for a motorsailer.
Does the country the vessel is registered in govern this?

This thread seems to suggest there are no requirements
Yacht size and licence requirements - UK?

"'Once again that is not strictly a representation of reality. While coastal states may impose their local laws on foreign flag boats, the reality is that most (including almost all European states) do not, respecting one of the key underlying principles of maritime law which is "comity". that is respecting the laws of other countries - in this case the flag state. The only country in Europe of any note that does not do this completely is Portugal, and only for the last 3/4 years. even then it only applies to foreign flag boats that are deemed resident, essentially there for more than 180 days in a year."

"As a matter of COMITY, many countries will not require licenses any different from what the flag state requires. But not all! Many Mediterranean countries require some kind of license no matter what the flag state requires -- Croatia being particularly notorious for enforcing this."


it seems Europe has settle upon ICC for boats under 24m but I am not clear what applies to >24m

In this thread I wish to assume that the owner *IS* competent at skippering, has spent time with his boat to be able to handle it, and has adequate experience in boats <24m
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