We went through exactly the same situation a couple of years ago. You have to be an EU citizen to get an ICC, so as that was a no-go, we decided that we would like to have a certificate in the document folder that showed some sort of qualification beyond the Australian boat license
, and we ended up going for a bareboat skipper
and VHF radio
course (Which was a lot of fun), and got some nice pretty certificates for the file.
Over that 6 month season in France, Italy
, and Turkey
, our documents were checked by various officials four times. Now I couldnít understand exactly what was being said, but from what I could figure out, they didnít care one bit about our sailing qualifications, they just wanted to know if we were EU citizens with a foreign flagged boat trying to avoid VAT!
As we didnít fall into that category we had no trouble at all.
(We didnít sail into Spain so canít help you there, and FYI we were told that the Croatian Authorities require a VHF radio