I written it before on other threads, but here it is again. Every boat cruising to foreign countries should have a witnessed document that gives their partner full rights over the boat. One of you needs to be defined in the ships papers as captain
. If someting happens to him/her, the other may end up not be allowed to move the boat (actually may even be kicked off the boat) until the estate is settled. It can be very simple, something like:
In the event of my incapacitation or death, (boats name) first mate automatically assumes the position of captain
, with all the rights and privileges accorded that position, including, but not limited to: sailing the boat to any destination
of his/her choice, transport of the boat by any third party entity or person of his/her choice and/or sale
of the boat.
Signed by the captain (and make sure you have either a Notary or a couple of stalwart pillars of the community witness it).
I'm sure a lawyer would find lots of other phrases, but the above basically passes total control of the boat to the survivor.
Don't think these things don't happen - lots of stories (true) about authorities embargoing boats until the estate is settled (which can be a very long time) In some cases the authorities have kicked the surviving spouse off the boat until the estate is settled.