Originally Posted by Privleoplag
As per the op, which cert is better for the eu or mediterranean.. the only ones that qualify from the u.s. are US Sailing bareboat cruising
or ASA bareboat chartering (104)
and I'm not sure of which coast guard courses do. From what I understand though, the ICC
is preferred when it comes to sailing courses. This is only what I have read and understand from my armchair vantage point, but I've been doing a lot of homework as we are in the process of booking a med charter. ASA courses are on our short list. If it were'nt for wanting to charter in the mediterranean, none would be on the list at the moment.
This is not factual
Firstly only Croatia
legally requires competency certification
, no other EU nation mandates certification
above which your own country requires
. Some like to see an ICC in the absence of anything, but its not a legal
requirement, ( it might be a requirement of a charter company but thats different and you can usually exchange experience instead) .
Note that chartering in another country and sailing to Croatia
, is not the same as "chartering" in croatia.
Croatia accepts a huge range of certification including , many US Sailing and ASA certifications not just 104. Note that the Moorings seem to want 104 ( and have incorrect prerequisites list as well. ( very dubious document) . see http://www.croatia-yachting-charter....ng-croatia.pdf
for the full list acceptable to croatia, ( not in alphabetical order)
As to certs, its worth noting that Croatia actually gives quite a bit of credence to the RYA shore based YM cert, which can be done online without ever stepping on a boat!!!!
Note while its recognises Uk MCA commercial
qualifications, such as master and OOW, its does not recognise similar US certificates.
The above document should be used when talking to charter companies as some have dubious reasons( like owning schools) for a particular requirement,
Note that if you do do all ASA courses upto 104 ( or equivalent ) the ASA/USS Sailing will issue you with a "International proficiency certificate for Yacht Helmsman Navigating in Mediterraneam Waters", which seems to be the closet thing to a US ICC.
why the US just doesn't sign UN res 40 and institute a proper ICC system is beyond me, or not sign re 40 and US Sailing/ASA offer ICCs. ( by direct assessment)
NOTE: if you are a US yachtsman, with a VHF
in EU waters, you need a proper FCC VHF license
( and ships radio license
as well ) but you know that as its "foreign waters"
Note that in french waters ensure that your flares are in date, and your life-raft is within its service
interval. Despite what people say, the French safety
requirements do apply to all pleasure boats within its waters. But the hot button requirements seem to in-date flares and liferaft
( from personal experience)