Originally Posted by Charlie
Here is the quote from the publication:
[I]You leave Norway
by ship at 10:00 p.m. on July 6 and arrive in Portugal at 6:00 a.m. on July 8. Since your travel is not within a foreign country or countries and the trip takes more than 24 hours, you lose as full days July 6, 7, and 8. If you remain in Portugal, your next full day in a foreign country is July 9.
Only true if you are on an American flagged vessel, as you are then considered on American 'territory' and therefore under American jurisdiction, until you pass into the jurisdiction of another Country (signified by the raising of the host Country courtesy flag in acknowledgement). I'd bet very strongly that no Government
would want to go to Court in defiance of this age old principle. It's why things that are legal
in your home Country can legally stay on the boat while in another Country where they are illegal (usually stored in a bonded container capable of being sealed, or placed into bondage ashore until you depart the Country).
If you want to avoid it, I'd suggest reflagging (but verify first) to the jurisdiction of another Country.
It's how I see it anyway.
'Airport' territory is considered as not entering the Country where the airport
There was an amusing film about somebody trapped in an airport
for a considerable period, which sort of covered this situation without going into detail (including the export of the same substances permitted to export for animal treatment, but prohibited from export for humans). It was quite good.
PS. As I am going to be cruising under a Red Ensign, this unavoidable principle is likely to serve me rather well. It's why I am not annoyed at the prospect of paying VAT on my boat in the UK, and will get in the SSR to be able to fly the Red Ensign, asap. As a British citizen under a Red Ensign, it actually rocks, as it counts for my number of days 'resident' per year.