USA documented boat
with 2 Americans aboard.
requires captains license
or proof of competency. Yes; they required it from us the last time we renewed Transit Log. And denied entry to another American sailor at the same time who had no license
or proof of competency. This was August 2013.
requested copies of our captains licenses both times we cleared in; in Samos in May 2011 and in Kos in late April 2014.
Montenegro required captains licenses June 2014.
required captains licenses July 2014.
required copies of captains licenses when cleared in at Manfredonia in September 2014.
And every one of those countries also required copy of our radio
Others might report different experiences, but those were our personal experience in recent years. What happened with someone years ago is irrelevant. Things change. Another change is the amount of third-party insurance
required in order to clear into several countries. Check each country carefully just prior to planning to go there so that you have time to buy the required insurance
first. This insurance is closely inspected when clearing into all the countries I mentioned except for Turkey
(when we were last there).
FWIW, our licenses will expire late 2015. We will be leaving Canaries
in early January 2016. Both my husband and I plan not to renew our captains licenses as none of the Caribbean
countries require licensing. It cost us almost $400 each to renew our licenses that last time in late 2010. Once we leave the Med we should not need these again so we see no point in spending that much money
just to have a license which is not required anywhere we plan to ever sail again.