CmcC...I asked the question about this "offshore experience and here's the question I asked :
Is it absolutely mandatory that to depart NZ on a pleasure cruise, there MUST be one person on board that has completed an ocean voyage ?
It seems to me, that without definition, that person could just have been a passenger on one trip - that would not be of much use at all...and in fact I would not want to take such a person as a crew member..I would rather have experienced coast sailors...especially those that have skippered their own vessels.
I would appreciate clarification of this point and whether this is a case where an exception could be made ?
and the answer I got from YNZ :
Hi Alan, we have had a number of yachts in the past give trouble including one mutiny, and a few premature abandonments (costing NZ Money) some due to inexperience and some due to panic because they got out of sight of land. It is impractical to try and say how experienced they should be, I agree totally that some people who have had overseas experience (so called) are worse than useless. For Legal Reasons Maritime NZ insist we have on board a person who has completed an ocean voyage. Sorry
So there you go...all you need is someone who was a passenger ...once....
Typical bureaucratic BS, knee jerk reaction crap....
But its there !