Originally Posted by hellosailor
Gord, if it is a pleasure cruise
and not a delivery, it might be a mistake to put "Letter of Delivery" as the binding document. First question that an official might ask is "And where are you delivering the boat to?" Oh, no, I'm on vacation
...Now there's a discrepancy to explain.
Also depending on where the OP is coming from, the citizenship, the flag...It might be of use to have a "Power of Attorney" (general or limited) drawn up to ensure that the OP has whatever rights are necessary for whatever might come, and to have all the papers not simply notarized but also signed off by a "legate" which is basically the same thing but better respectred on an international basis, requiring some extra time and money
IIRC the Portuguese also want all vessels in their waters more than a certain length of time to conform to their own internal safety requirements, so looking into those restrictions might also be in order.
Hold on lads, this is a bit over the top
A simple original letter from the owner to the son is all that is required. It should simply say that he has permission to use the yacht. Carry originals of registration
documents and insurance
. You will not be asked to provide notarised copies ( if you have originals) and the officials will simply copy the originals if neccessary.
Note that one or two " over zealous " officials on the Algarve ( you know who they are ? ) have on occasion pressurised certain foreign vessels to believe they should conform to Portuguese safety standards. In practice this means flares , the usual safety equipment
etc that any well found boat should have , the situation is the same in France
. Legally the basis is in dispute , bu its no big deal and most port officials couldn't be bothered.
There have been claims that vessels equipped with licensed VHFs and designated offshore
must have the full GMDSS A3 complement of equipment
. I've seen it written on web sites. I know of nobody that has been challenged for not having a HF set.