Originally Posted by The Miss
Hi Gordon, How long could you place on hold for? How have you found the Albatross Marina? We are yet to decide after the Bodrum boat show
where to place our boat for the five months while we complete work. When will you be heading to the Atlantic, as I am wondering if our paths will cross. Cheers the Miss
Love this thread! So much useful information for newcomers to the market. We are about to join the rest of you in the Med in May on our new Helia 44. We have spent a great deal of time looking at health insurance
and checking a number of forums
,etc. on this issue. I have a background as a travel agent and am quite familiar with travel insurance
policies. Most people do not realise that the majority of travel insurance
policies will NOT cover travellers on a private yacht OR any vessel travelling more than 10-15nM from shore. Read the conditions VERY carefully! Having said that, if you need to see a doctor or have an emergency
you will be coming ashore in any case and I suspect it would be easy enough to tell a doctor that you are visiting (no need for them to know how you got there). There are a few European countries (Italy is one of them) which a have reciprocal medical
agreements with Australia
at public hospitals. Problems can arise if there is a dire emergency
which requires you to be airlifted home. If your insurance company denies you coverage because you did not comply with their rules it can be a costly lesson.
I have found that sure save travel insurance is one of the few that do not exclude private vessels nor do they have an "offshore" clause. This could change,
I also got a quote from Health
Insurance International but it was much costlier due to the fact that my husband is over 65 years of age! If you have a pre -existing medical
condition, this can also raise the cost of travel insurance.
As we are flying in and out of Europe
the first time (in MAy and out November) we are being very careful to abide by Schengen rules so we can come back in MArch 2015 to collect our boat again from Turkey and sail through there Med again and out across the Atlantic. We aim to try and get stamped in and out of every port to validate our 90 days in our passports should anyone check.
We are also planning to try the Woolworths SIM cards on our next trip to see how well they'd work. We have set up a euro account with HSBC here in Sydney
and although we cannot get an ATM card to withdraw the euro in Europe
, we can do bank transfers to Europe at a reasonable charge. We have also obtained credit cards from 28 degrees (GEMoney) which do not charge overseas transaction fees
. We'll have to deal with the falling dollar but generally credit cards have reasonable exchange rates as they buy foreign currency in bulk.
For cash we plan to use either travelex cash passports or ANZ money
cards (same thing).
We just completed a Marine
First Aid course which was great! Highly recommended for everyone.
One other item that has been mentioned by our local yacht club is the ICC
(international certificate of competency). Apparently this is something that more and more yacht charterers in the med are asking for. As we will have our own vessel we don't feel the need for it however the club says that some marinas
in the Med require it. Any feedback on this?
Love the fact that we Aussies stick together and support each other even on the High Seas! Look forward to seeing you all out there.