It's a pain in the ass but I'd recommend switching out to Coast Guard (federal) documentation
if you can. Countries that deal with a lot of US boats know about the state licensing scheme, but the farther you get from the USA the more having your federal documentation in order can be handy. On the plus side it's free and easy to re-register every year.
I'd also have:
- Several crew lists. Each crew member
, nationality, their position, passport number, date of birth, and full name. This can really ease clearing into some countries as it shows that you're prepared and gives officials a lot of the information they need in one shot.
- Signed list of your last ports
- Logbook, filled out well and up to date.
- Any sailing or nautical certifications you have, photocopied.
- Copies of everyone's passport.
- Any insurance you carry, photocopied.
- Radio equipment
- Photocopies of the boat's dimensions, including draft
. Some places (this might be hard to believe) don't run into deep draft
vessels a lot; they just have flat bottom fishing
boats. So it helps to show them a picture of what your vessel looks like (including the keel).
That's a pretty overkill list and is really for world cruising. To help out, I'd recommend picking up Jimmy Cornell's books
Amazon.com: World Cruising Routes: Jimmy Cornell: Books