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2 days ago
Topic:
Offshore/Ocean Medical Kit

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 729
Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 729
Topic: Offshore/Ocean Medical Kit
James ours is listed on the Forum and I am happy to help with access to prescription only items when back in the UK early August. Pick what you want.
3 days ago
Topic:
Greek sailing DEKPA

Malcome
Posts: 1
Malcome
Posts: 1
Topic: Greek sailing DEKPA
Hi all, We have a sailing permit "DEKPA" which we were not able to get stamped this year as we weren't in Greece and our yacht was put to bed in the boat yard "Volos" August last year. Consequently in ran out in May 2018. we intend putting the baot back in the water this year. I presume I will need to go through the whole process of getting a new one. I see on some forums that the Greeks have brought out a new form for DEKPA which everyone has to complete and change to before September 18, but I also hear that they may stamp an out of date one if a good enough reason for it being out of date is given ? ? does anyone have any further info. regards Malcome
6 days ago
Topic:
Portugal from Cruising Information Community

Daria Blackwell
Administrator
Posts: 720
THE GUADIANA RIVER - note from PO Cascais John Duggan

The Guadiana river is now marked all the way to Alcoutim with plenty of depth everywhere. Spent last night at Ayamonte which has been fully dredged so ignore any warnings on cruising websites. 32 euros a night up to 12 meters so cheaper than the Portuguese side and no hassle manoeuvering in the tide.
6 days ago
Topic:
Portugal from Cruising Information Community

Daria Blackwell
Administrator
Posts: 720
SHOALING AT THE ENTRANCE TO LAGOS

Ingrid, our Port Officer in Lagos, kindly arranged a berth for us in Lagos for a night but warned us of shoaling at the entrance to the river. Apparently, sand had been delivered to a nearby beach and the storms over the winter took all the sand and deposited it in the mouth of the river. She advised us not to enter within one hour either side of low tide with Aleria's 8.5 foot draft. We went in at about half tide and had a low reading of 11 feet at the entrance.

The marina is dredged to 3 meters depth and we had no problem there. They are very full in July with only two slips available when we were there and none for a catamaran. They are allowing an OCC member's cat to stay at the reception pontoon for the night to collect gear being delivered there.
6 days ago
Topic:
Offshore/Ocean Medical Kit

james.fiske
Posts: 1
I am getting the final items together before our departure from the UK in August '18.
We are off to Canaries and then ARC to St Lucia in November. A winter around the Islands and then maybe Pacific bound or back to work.....

Ive researched med kits online and they range from the sublime to the ridiculous in size, value, contents etc.
I am trained to a reasonably high standard (MCA/STCW '10 Advanced medical Care Aboard ship) but still require doctors advice from ashore.
Does anyone have a sensible medical kit list that has worked for them. Most off the shelf ones seem to have items i don't need and are missing items i do want to carry.
Many thanks in advance.
James
S/Y Gitana
edited by james.fiske on 7/10/2018
8 days ago
Topic:
VAT & EU Registration & Brexit - help requested

Gorm.Gondesen
Posts: 1
To my knowledge there’s a rule in the EuU saying that if your outside EU- Vat Area for more than 3 years then you have to pay VAT again based on the current value of the boat at the time of return to EU-VAT-Waters. So if you return within 3 years there’s no problem.
9 days ago
Topic:
Haul out facilities on Maine coast

Cate.Basingthwaighte
Posts: 2
FYI we pulled out at Yankee Marina and Boatyard up Royal River, Yarmouth to overhaul our saildrive and it was fabulous.
The river entrance is not to be trifled with but there is plenty of depth and the yard is happy to send someone to guide you in. Keep a close eye on the buoys and don’t miss any if you are coming in on your own.
The yard has a 60 tonne travel lift. Everyone is really friendly, helpful and happy. They really can’t do enough for you. Deborah runs a tight ship and is very approachable which made life very easy.
We lived and worked on our boat for two weeks and they have lots of gear you can hire including a power sander etc but also are happy to let you borrow the odd tool if you haven’t got the right one. Facilities are good including a washing machine and drier. They also have a small car you can borrow for local jobs.
Yarmouth is a pretty village and has everything you need within walking distance. There are also good bus links to Portland, Freeport and Brunswick.
We really can’t recommend Yankee Marina and Boatyard enough as we thoroughly enjoyed our working stay there.
9 days ago
Topic:
Cruising Guides, Printed and on Line

Dick
Posts: 258
Hi George, The Arctic and Northern Waters guide was quite helpful in our Atlantic crossing stopping at The Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland last season.
9 days ago
Topic:
Cruising Guides, Printed and on Line

Dick
Posts: 258
Hi George, I wrote a few years back:
1. We used 3 cruising guides: Norwegian Cruising Guide by Nickel and Harries (lots of hiking/walking suggestions), RCC Norway by Lomax, and Havneguiden (can be downloaded with harbor pic s, diagrams and some English descriptions). They complement each other well. No one guide does it all. There are many duplicate harbor names so if you look up a harbor, make sure it is the one you want information about.
10 days ago
Topic:
Cruising Guides, Printed and on Line

George.Curtis
Posts: 19
Charts and cruising guides - Norwegian Waters from Fling Fish 2014-1

Our favourite is the Norwegian Cruising Guide by John Harries and Phyllis Nickel, OCC, available in both electronic and paper versions from www.norwegiancruisingguide.com. (Reviewed in Flying Fish 2010/2, and currently updated to May 2013).
The Havneguiden harbour guides, with summaries in English, are complementary to the Norwegian Cruising Guide with diagrams and photos, particularly of natural harbours, including indications of where it is possible to tie up alongside.
We also used Den Norske Los, which is only available in Norwegian but is very useful and comprehensive.
10 days ago
Topic:
Cruising Guides, Printed and on Line

George.Curtis
Posts: 19
ARCTIC AND NORTHERN WATERS, including Faroe, Iceland and Greenland by Andrew Wilkes. Published by the RCC Pilotage Foundation / Imray Laurie Norie & Wilson Ltd.

Recommended in Flying Fish 2018-1
12 days ago
Topic:
VAT & EU Registration & Brexit - help requested

Tony Brighton
Administrator
Posts: 16
Hi,

Posting below on behalf of a new joiner (Chris Bromley - in process) seeking help. Chris, resident in the Caymans, is buying a VAT-paid, Irish registered boat currenty in N.Spain and planning to go to the Caribbean then back to Europe.
Rgds
TonyB


What I'm hoping to find at this stage is authoritative advice on registration and VAT. I have heard that even though VAT has been paid, if a vessel spends time outside European waters VAT may be charged again on her return! The protection against the yacht being levied twice over is to keep the registration within Europe, I am told. The Dutch and Belgian registries were recommended on the grounds of easy to negotiate administration and reasonableness of charging. I decided not to apply for British registration because should the UK succeed in exiting the EU, the European authorities may then not regard the registration as a reason not to re-impose VAT - which would close off the prospect of a future Mediterranean voyage.I have phoned the UK register, but no one was able to say what the position would be in a year or two. Then again, not being resident in the UK, British registration would have to be within the Part I listing which I have heard is onerous and may need a dedicated measurement and tonnage survey.

In contrast to the British registry for which application can be approached through the UK. gov. office or web site, I could only find links through private companies to the Dutch and Belgian registers. Their various requirements are similar but not identical. The companies most attractive to me offered registration irrespective of location, nationality or European residence and the reassurance of being able to voyage anywhere under a maritime flag respected worldwide. On phoning, the information given out was that registration could be done even though I'm resident in Cayman and intend to keep the boat there, but that Dutch or Belgian registration would not permit the boat to be taken outside European waters. I read out over the phone the website home page introduction to protest that this was the opposite to what was on public / internet offer (and how indeed could either authority prevent movement outside Europe) and received a message the next day accepting there was no geographic restriction but now noting there was a requirement for residency in respect of Belgium. Reading over the opposite terms offered on the website did not result in a correction this time but I understood that Dutch registration would remain open to me. Terms for the branch of the Dutch register relevant to my craft set an upper limit on its speed capability way above its hull speed but this makes me wonder if the register is actually meant for small planing and coastal craft: I don't want to be clearing into the U.S. or Cuba, for example, only to find out the ship's papers are not acceptable. Another thing I didn't know is that marine insurance includes a tax payable to the registering authority. According to my prospective insurer, it's quite expensive at about twice the rate for Holland as for Belgium, but the registry agent could provide no supporting information on an insurance tax for either jurisdiction. I'd still be keen to get chapter and verse on the reputed rule restricting application to residents of Belgium even though the Belgian website states just the opposite.

So, I'd be most grateful for authoritative advice on the intricacies of private yacht registration. I should have preferred to go for the British part 1 listing for which the charge appears to be several times less than the Dutch or Belgian versions, but absolutely not if it risks the much larger cost of European VAT in future voyaging. I'd appreciate too any other advice you may wish to give, including the matter of changing the MMSI which I believe may need equipment to to returned to the manufacturer for resetting.
18 days ago
Topic:
CREW WANTED FOR TRIP FROM IPSWICH TO THE HAMBLE

Paul.Foskett
Posts: 1
Paul Foskett
Sailing Vessel Oyster Moon (Oyster 47)

I am looking for one or two crew to help me sailing back Oyster Moon from Fox’s Marine Ipswich to the Hamble River.

The dates are flexible re the trip, but should take place between the 14th to the 31st July 2018.

Subject to weather the trip should be completed in either one or two days.

Please advises dates you are available and brief details of your sailing experience.

As I now live in Antigua, please contact me via email on Paul.Foskett@hotmail.com
20 days ago
Topic:
selling via private sale

La Aventura
Posts: 2
LA AVENTURA IS FOR SALE !
Jimmy Cornell & Bill Dixon Custom Design - Aventura 40
La Aventura has been continuously invested in, kept up-to-date, well maintained and looked after throughout the 23 years with the current ownership.

The present owners, since purchasing La Aventura from Jimmy in 1995, have sailed to 73 countries and covered approx. 50,000 miles. All passages have been without additional crew and sailed just two handed.

Their adventures includes a circumnavigation of the UK, and north for 2 seasons in the Baltic, Eastern Europe and into St Petersburg, Russia – before sailing into the Med in 2000, to spend 11 summers. One of their highlights was being participants in the 2010 Eastern Mediterranean Rally from Turkey including Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon and Israel.

In January 2012 La Aventura crossed her track back to the Canaries and then across the Atlantic to the Eastern Caribbean. The last 6 years have been spent exploring the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Panama, Cuba and east coast USA.

La Aventura has just been a participant in the OCC Azores Rally and is now sailing back in the south coast of UK, having just completed a voyage from the Western Caribbean, back across the Atlantic via Bermuda and the Azores.
Price: UK £125,000 Tax Paid.
Contact details:- 4sale.laaventura@gmail.com
22 days ago
Topic:
Western France, Northern Spain - Winter months

Dick
Posts: 258
Hi Bill,
Atlantic France, the Spanish Rias, and the Portuguese coast are not regular cruising grounds in the winter, and many of the entrances are closed and or dangerous an uncomfortable percentage of the time. Getting caught out is always a real possibility. In fact, even in the Med, most cruisers hole up for the winter and choose not to move around. The same can be said for Northern European cruisers: most hole up in some good location. We spent 3 years at St. Katherine Docks and relished every moment. When we left the boat in Lerwick, The Shetland Islands, for the winter, we went back to the US: too cold, windy and not enough sun for us: great place and people though.
It is in Northern Europe where an enterprising boat might cruise during the winter. Northern Europe is largely protected from the winter Atlantic swells, although moving means dealing with cold damp weather. All that said, we got better and better with cold weather sailing over our years in Northern Europe, so much so that we returned to N America via Iceland and Greenland and are now in Newfoundland where it remains impressively chilly. The English Channel is only an overnight and weather windows for an easy-ish passage from the UK to the Netherlands do come up regularly all winter. We crossed from the River Orwell to Cuxhaven, Germany in a sleety April. Also we would regularly spend the last month or 6 weeks (mid-Sept till Nov.) of our season cruising the Netherlands having a great time protected from the storms that certainly were raging regularly in the N Sea. And then leave for the UK when a good weather window came up.
I would consider the Netherlands for all or part of of a winter. Six-Haven in Amsterdam could provide a home base and it usually has a cruising community: it is nice to have company. From there, most of the Netherlands is protected water, mast up, and, we found, an utter delight (and it is impressively large and most speak English. Each town was as interesting, or more so, than the last. With under 6 feet draft you can consider getting into Germany (thinner water sometimes in the canals to the east) and with a good weather period the outer islands (Erskine Childers “Riddle of the Sands” territory) would be quite workable, again in protected water. Belgium borders on the S and can be got to on the canals. You could start with a month in the UK, say Ipswich or London. The River Orwell (Ipswich) has excellent marine facilities (Suffolk Yacht Harbour for one). While London has… well: London. What’s to say. And then cross to the Netherlands. Lots of possibilities.
Enough for now. Come back with questions. If I think of further ideas, I will post.
Exciting plans. We miss Europe.
Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy
22 days ago
Topic:
Western France, Northern Spain - Winter months

Bill Balme
Posts: 144
Looks like our cruising plans are changing yet again!

We're in the Azores and looking at heading to Scotland for the remainder of the summer. Question is where to over-winter - and bearing in mind that we are full time live-aboards. We're looking into western France and Northern Spain...
  • Is it normal to continue cruising through the winter months in these locations? (We'd like to move around from place to place if possible - rather than over-winter in one location.) We'd plan to stay in each location for 4 - 6 weeks, so have the ability to wait out bad weather.
  • Are there specific harbours that would be recommended for live-aboard cruisers?

Appreciate any thoughts you might share.


Cheers!
6/14/2018
Topic:
Fiji: Port Denerau

rachelle.turk
Administrator
Posts: 47
rachelle.turk
Administrator
Posts: 47
Topic: Fiji: Port Denerau
Port Denerau became an official port of entry to Fiji recently.
I booked 3 nights in advance from Tonga, this includes filling out and emailing a 7 page advance notice of arrival form, copy to the marina makes life easier on arrival.
As it happens there was no room on any fingers so I was put on the last available mooring at Fiji$25 per night. I was approx 100 metres from the waterfront cafes, bars, etc with a dinghy dock to tie up on.
I arrived at about 11 as instructed by the marina on channel 14, and was informed all the officials would arrive at 12, they did! Very pleasant and efficient too, all done in about 15 minutes.
Fees were Fiji$165 for customs and $320 for garbage, Bio Security, etc. As I didn’t have enough cash they were happy for me to pay at the marina office after a trip of about 50 metres to an ATM. The official walked over to the office to collect the cash.
There are no exit costs other than mooring fees.
The marina has a good travel lift and hard stand at reasonable costs, with power wash too.
Baobab Engineering is an excellent on site company with Yanmar and Mercury agencies amongst others.
I used Ravmarine, note the name, to check out a VHF problem, and it seems to be OK.
The marina has all the usual facilities and despite being full up and high season we’re very helpful.

Cheers,
Hugh Pilsworth,

BlueFlyer.
6/12/2018
Topic:
Tango

Richard Azar
Posts: 3
Richard Azar
Posts: 3
Topic: Tango
Tango will be spending the summer 2018 season in Stonington, Connecticut. We hope to cruise weekends in Southern New England with a summer cruise to Nantucket by way of Vineyard Sound.
6/12/2018
Topic:
Tango, Oyster 56

Richard Azar
Posts: 3
Daria,

Sorry for the delayed response. Just saw your question now (June 12). We normally keep her in Oyster Bay, NY. This season (2018) we are keeping her in Stonington, CT.

Cheers,

Rich

Daria Blackwell wrote:
Hi Rich,
Where's your home port on LIS? We sailed out of Rye for many years.
Daria
6/12/2018
Topic:
Haul out facilities on Maine coast

Dick
Posts: 258
Cate, My knowledge is way dated, soI would contact our OCC PO(s?) and members in the areas of interest. A lot of members are along the way. I would also call directly as not enough people read the Forum. I am sure they would not mind.
Good luck, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy, Holyrood Newfoundland, CA




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