When we went through Croatia
they asked for 'licence to drive boat' on a standard Australian Motor
vehicle Licence there's an area for 'Marine' licences to be nottated i.e. ski-boat, speedboat or 'Recreational Marine
Drivers License' that is the all encompassing term the Australian powers to be came up with.
So on my 'Motor Vehicle Drivers License' there are the letters 'RMDL'
allows you to drive any vessel that is not being used for 'reward or gain'
anywhere in Australian waters. Croatians like any free world country accept that because the vessel is Australian flagged and i'm the owner on the registration
Now along comes Joe Plodinski from Poland
a HANSE 52 from a Croatian Charter
company, he has no license
but he has sailed as crew and seems slightly competent, they arrange for him to sit with a licensing officer in a Cafe and he gets his Croatian Certificate to sail. (750 kuna later approx)
The document STEEL SAILS
posted clearly states in it's header "For Croatian Flagged Vessels'
they are doing this because they just offered deals for all resident vessels to become 'Croatian Flagged' prior to EU entry at a VAT discounted rate of between 5 and 10% TAX.
Foreign Flagged Transient yachts, ie us people, they charge for cruising permits, vignette's and mooring fees
wherever a facility has been placed, other than National Parks that was the only times they put there hand out.
One other thing upon clearing out they scrupulously go through your documentation
looking for a reason to levy a fine or two, usually around 600 Kuna....