Papers (and evidence of ownership
(Bill(s) of Sale) if Registration does not also prove).
Insurance Papers (if you have any).
Passports for all crew (ok, not really "ships papers" - but as Captain, yer responsible to make sure all crew have them and
To be honest that's about all on my list when visiting France
I would also add for some circumstances might be useful to also have evidence that you are still resident "elsewhere" - particularly if staying somewhere for longer periods / wanting to show you are a genuine visitor (ie will be leaving!)..........and not wanting to become a resident local for tax purposes (personally or / and boat).
On the letter of authorisation front - in practice for most pleasure vessels the owner is an individual who is also the captain, so not needed - as owner can do WTF he wants
For a Captain who is not the Owner their may be circumstances where he / she needs to prove (to Govt Authorities) that they are authorised to use the Vessel. In practice with a husband & wife (she owner / he Captain - or vice verce
) 95% of the time the Owner will be around to give that authorisation, either in writing, verbally or simply by being their...........but their may be circumstances where Owner is not around (returned home for a visit?), boat needs to moved (bad weather
? / damage?) - and is then inspected (at sea? / in new port?) where it would be useful to have the blindingly obvious written down........into a Letter of Authorisation......after all, even being married don't give folk automatic authorisation to use the others assets at will.
I dunno about other parts
of the world, but my limited experiance of delivery
skippers has involved a letter of authorisation to the Delivery Skipper
- setting out the area the boat to be used in (not route
specific to allow for diversions), the purpose of the trip (delivery
) and a time limit on the Authorisation (allowing for delays)......also has owners contact details to allow verification to ownership
docs and by contact.
A Written authorisation would also be usual practice where a Company owns the Boat, albeit if captain could prove he was Director / Owner he could simply show he (as the Company) was giving himself permission.........but IMO a 3 line letter clearly stating this makes things simpler.