I've just returned frm a very pleasant cruise
in the Leeward islands
and whilst I was there I searched the forums
for a definitive answer on whether it was acceptable / legal
to spend a night at anchor
There seem to be many conflicting views, so I'm not sure I'll be any the wiser after posting
this, but curiosity has got the better of me.
We saw plenty of boats (particularly in Montserrat and Statia) coming and going without anyone going ashore. Sometimes they would fly the yellow flag, sometimes not. I read on one thread that if you do this you shouldn't fly the yellow flag as it indicates an intention to clear in, others have said the opposite.
Some posts talked about the right of innocent passage
, when I spent time googling this I became even more confused!
Do clearing in customs
care about this practise? When clearing in it seems you are always asked for times etc of departure as well as having to show the last clearance. It must be obvious sometimes that a yacht has anchored overnight elsewehere, unless you falsify the time.
Anyway, for future reference, what are peoples views?