I would like to add to this thread, Our boat was stranded in Massawa for three months owing to a number of sinario's I stopped there for a change of crew as the crew I had couldn't carry on. Please all check dates and holidays carefully before reaching Eritrea. It was their independence celebrations and nothing happens during that time. My new crews visas were refused for no reason. I sat in the Port at over 40 degree for nearly a month not a nice experience. I became sick and had to return home, the winds had changed and I was fortunate enough to be able to moor my boat safely near the hotel
but had to get military permission to even move her,
Luckily I returned to the boat last week to find her in good condition, Again getting visas for my self and the crew member
took time but beware flying into Asmara to collect the boat I still needed a travel permit
within the country, I was out of the Port in two days,
There are some fantastic people there but their hands are tied,
Also beware no credit cards and fuel
is ridiculously expensive.