Originally Posted by Thomea
Wow Fleetwoodjack. Sounds like the harbor folks are paid to give people a hard time. Does anyone on here recommend a good school
to get the STCW? Maybe I should work
on that before I go abroad
You can obtain an ICC
. Not sure of the price
, but any euro license
can be obtained locally. Call the Porto Montenegro office for details.
We had no issues with clearing in unlike Fleetwoodjack, who apparently failed to do his homework... Dropped in....then complained.
I really get tired of folks doing the same... just dropping in on some foreign country without doing any homework, then getting mad at the locals or local officials when they get ticketed, fined or turned away for not having the correct documents. In our case here in Montenegro, the official at check in told us to display our cruising permit
sticker on our mast
.... we are the only boat
I've seen actually doing it. We've had no issues nor have we been approached by any officials, whereas I watched as a complete anchorage was cleared of all boats except ours, they were asked to move or face fines, and of course all the boat
owners were complaining. Just put the damn sticker on your boat as directed to do so.
Unlike Fleetwoodjack, here's what I went through prior to entering Montenegro instead of just dropping in:
The other lesson I've learned is... Don't argue with the officials, just smile and politely do as they ask. Then they leave you alone and in fact can be quite helpful. This has worked well in the UK, Spain
and now in Montenegro.