Originally Posted by Topspin
I assume, that all boat licenses required in Australia (boat safe, MROCP/LROCP) will be legal
in that case (because the boat is Australian). Should I try get an ICC
somewhere just in case?
In theory (my mis-understanding of international maritime law of which I know less about than, say, my understanding of the other sex), if you are transiting through a country, which includes being in their waters AND anchoring
, then the requirements of the country of registration of the vessel apply (e.g. life rafts, skipper
qualifications, etc.). Note the word "transiting" is the key! It doesn't mean resting there for a week or a season.
If you're not transiting, then the local maritime laws trump you immediately which means the skipper
qualifications come into play for the country in question. Many (most?) countries maritime laws seems to read something like "if you're a citizen of the country, you need to do X,Y,Z" and crafily leave the opening where you are in the country for some time and NOT transiting, but you aren't a citizen.
Good countries to travel to will ignore your lack of their qualifications as long as you're quiet and respectful and the boat looks ok. Bad countries will lock you up and throw away the keys (which make starting the boat harder
In reality, if you're traveling back to Oz in a reasonable time (which is probably slower than when the convicts came out) then you shouldn't need anything other than whatever is legal in Oz.
Now if you're going to do something a little different like come back via the canals of France
, then it changes and an ICC with CEVNI is needed (unless your French is really really good and you can get French boating
qualifications through studying there, in which can only the CEVNI is needed I think).
In German rivers and canals, you'd be ok with an ICC unless your boat is 20m long (used to be 15m I believe). Note this is less than the <24m ICC power vessel qualification - I don't know what you do if you're in that 20-24m power vessel range! Note that since sailing is not allowed on the rivers, a sailing vessel IS a power vessel...