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Galapagos: Forget Cruising Permit for Small Yachts!

Date Published - November 16, 2007

by Otto & Marita Ulrichs, S/Y Truant 2

Immigration and customs procedures and supposed new rules each year confuse nearly every sailor approaching the Galapagos archipelago. Agencies in the past made a lot of money by providing sailors with an official cruising permit called an “Autografo”. One agency now finally in… Read More

Dockwise Yacht Transport Increases Destinations and Schedule Flexibility

Date Published - November 05, 2007

Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) has announced a cooperative partnership with BBC Chartering & Logistic to expand global shipping options for its clients – owners and captains of private yachts. The strategic alliance allows DYT to continue offering its unique float-on/float-off yacht transport service with its own fleet of four semi-submersible… Read More

Boater fined €150,000 after delaying ship

Date Published - August 22, 2007

Boats anchoring off Ibiza are advised not to anchor at the entrance to the Port of Ibiza.

A leisure boat owner was recently fined €150,000 for anchoring there and delaying the arrival of a commercial ship.

The area around the mouth of the port is regularly used by leisure skippers as an… Read More

Piracy attempt NW of Cape Verde Islands

Date Published - June 11, 2007

I’ve just completed a crossing from the Canaries to Barbados (on “Arioso II” registered in Vancouver). On this passage we experienced what we are certain was an attempt at piracy.

A fishing vessel (probably 60-70′) from the Cape Verdes altered course to intersect our HR 40 sloop about 250nm NW of… Read More

UK Customs To Set Up New Unit For Yachts

Date Published - May 21, 2007

HM Revenue and Customs in the United Kingdom have announced and that it will soon be creating a new Pleasure Craft Unit of Expertise (UoE) to support its operational and National Advice Service staff. They believe the new unit will help improve working relations between HMRC and the yachting/pleasure craft… Read More

Chagos Regulations Now Online

Date Published - March 28, 2007

The BIOT (British Indian Ocean Territory) Administration has now put online all the information you need regarding regulations for a visit to the Chagos Archipelago. The permit request form, BIOT laws and regulations (in English, French, German and Spanish) and the permitted mooring sites can now be found on the… Read More

Information from BIOT’s Environmental Adviser On Designated Anchorages

Date Published - March 06, 2007

There has been some comment from yachts, directly or via the BIOT Administration, on the yacht mooring locations and the new rules that come into force on 1 April 2007.

I will be visiting the Territory in early March on my annual visit for the BIOT Administration, as their Environmental Adviser…. Read More

Procedures Required For Visiting Libya

Date Published - January 21, 2007

This information has kindly been provided for us by Salem Altoaish of United Tours, Libya.

Private Yachts calling Libyan Ports for tourism are welcome in Libya, those private Yachts shall have a tour program in each port they visit and this should be done through a local tour operator.

Here are the… Read More

Galapagos Restrictions

Date Published - November 03, 2006

Yachtsmen visiting the Galapagos Islands will be limited to a 5 day maximum stay under new rules imposed by the new Port Captain at Wreck Bay. For several years, permission to stay up to 20 days has been granted and is still being given in Academy Bay on Santa Cruz.
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New Zealand Citizens Now Need Visas For Torres Strait Area

Date Published - May 26, 2006

On 22 July 2005 in an effort to clamp down on people smuggling, the Torres Strait area became an excised migration zone which means that visa applications cannot be granted in this region. All non-Australian passport holders travelling on non-commercial vessels arriving from a place outside Australia into an excised… Read More

Access to the Tunisian Port of La Goulette Is Now Prohibited

Date Published - March 02, 2006

The small port of La Goulette located next to the Tunis ferry and passenger terminal is no longer a port of entry and access to it is strictly prohibited. The small marina is now administered by Club Nautique de la Marine Tunisienne (the Yacht Club of the Tunisian Navy). As… Read More

Yacht Insurance: Further Comments

Date Published - February 06, 2006

Noonsite has received a lot of emails concerning the difficulty of obtaining yacht insurance, especially for the Red Sea area. Here are the latest comments.

We had Turkish insurance (underwritten by Alliance) for several years on our US-flagged boat. It was a no-hassle policy, but it really did not have much… Read More

Yachts Experience Difficulty Finding Insurance

Date Published - December 06, 2005

We are Canadians on a Canadian documented vessel planning to leave Thailand for the Red Sea and the Mediterranean in January. I have been requesting insurance companies and even individual marinas in the Med to let me know what the requirements are and where I can get this insurance. Pantaenius… Read More

Ice packs and little auks: from Greenland to Spitsbergen

Date Published - October 11, 2005

Vagabond is now back in Longyearbyen, after a summer on the East coast of Greenland, as a logistical base for 2 scientific projects. After over 9 months frozen in ice on the East coast of Spitsbergen, on 13 July Vagabond finally found her way out of the ice and sailed… Read More

New Australian biofouling protocol for arriving yachts

Date Published - October 04, 2005

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is introducing biofouling management requirements for arriving international yachts (among other vessels).

The first component will be a voluntary phase-in period commencing on 1 Oct 2005. During the voluntary period AQIS will trial water line inspections, gather information about current maintenance practices and educate… Read More

Panama Canal Authority Tightens Screws On Yachts

Date Published - September 16, 2005

Noonsite has received a report from the owner of a yacht that had just transited the Panama Canal and is now moored at the Balboa Yacht Club on the Pacific side, that Panama Canal Authority launches had been going around telling anyone aboard the outer 5 rows of boats that… Read More


Date Published - May 23, 2005

A nautical symposium is taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, from 26 to 27 May 2005.

The symposium is named YANGON TO MANILA BAY: A NEW CRUISING PLAYGROUND, after the arc of water around Malaysia and surrounding countries. A key objective of the symposium is to discuss… Read More

Dockwise preferred transport partner for Swan yacht owners

Date Published - July 20, 2004

Nautor’s Swan has selected Dockwise Yacht Transport as a preferred supplier to their members of the ClubSwan. Dockwise Yacht Transport is a premier yacht transporter and can offer the owners of a Swan yacht reliable and safe transport of their precious yacht to racing, cruising and social events around the… Read More

French Yacht Completes First Polar Circumnavigation

Date Published - October 01, 2003

Nuuk, Greenland, 23rd September 2003,

While crossing the Davis Strait on 20th of September, the yacht Vagabond reached the Labrador Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Her crew is proud and happy today of her success through the North-West Passage, following her success through the North-East Passage, the 2 arctic routes that… Read More

Free weather service for yachts transiting the Red Sea

Date Published - April 12, 2003

A transit of the Red Sea has previously had to be made without access to accurate weather information, making the passage for the last 600 miles north to Suez hard work against the predominate 20 to 25-knot northerlies. However there are lulls and southerlies, but predicting these locally has been… Read More

Turkey: First-Hand Experience of Obtaining a Residence Permit Visa

Date Published - June 07, 0212

June 2nd, 2012

Our thanks to Bill & Judy Rouse of SV BeBe for this link to their website with information on their first-hand experience of obtaining a Residence Permit Visa under the newly introduced system.

Further Information added 7th June 2012

We were in Turkey yesterday (traveling by silver bird) and folk… Read More