Cruising Reports

Galle: Updates from Cruisers

Date Published - February 02, 2019

This report began with the experiences of two cruisers who visited Galle in spring 2013. We have since had subsequent comments from cruisers visiting Galle (see the bottom of page) and more recent submissions that appear at the top of the report…. Read More

Madagascar Cruising Notes

Date Published - February 01, 2019

Long-term cruisers Des & Nell of SY Gambit (and the ex-Madagascar relay station for the Peri-Peri Net) used to be based on Sakatia Island (near Hell-Ville). They have now returned to South Africa, but have sailed the country extensively and continue to offer advice to cruisers visiting Madagascar. Here they… Read More

Summer 2014 in Mediterranean Spain by Nick Ellis

Date Published - January 30, 2019

For their 4th year of extended cruising Nick Ellis and his wife Judith sailed there Bavaria ’39 “Onaway” from Marina de Lagos, Portugal, east into the Mediterranean and up to Barcelona during the summer of 2014…. Read More

Visiting Penrhyn (Tongareva)

Date Published - January 29, 2019

This is the best place I have visited on our travels. Yes, you need to anchor off Omoka to check in and to get there from the NW pass, you need to have good light. The pass itself is not difficult, keep to the middle, but from there on there… Read More

ISDMT Tax Crackdown for Liveaboards Begins in 2009

Date Published - January 29, 2019

Fist posted 9 January 2009 – with subsequent updates

See article, written June 2008, for background information on ISDMT Tax.

ISDMT (or Matriculation) Tax, is levied on boat owners who stay in Spain for more than 183 days in total (aggregate not sequential) in any one year. It is exactly the same… Read More

Small Caribbean Island’s Waste Management: How Cruisers can Help

Date Published - January 22, 2019

Waste management is a problem for all the small islands in the Caribbean, one that only gets worse during the sailing season as hundreds of yachts a day dispose of their garbage on these tiny islands. A big percentage of yachts are buying much of their groceries and items in… Read More

Peru, Callao: 5 months and $6000 to clear in!

Date Published - January 19, 2019

We entered Peru based on comments made on noonsite and accepted it might cost us in the region of $2000 to clear in as the benefits of land travel outweighed the cost.
So, we made all of our radio calls at 08.00 and 20.00 as advised, writing times and positions of… Read More

French Bureaucracy

Date Published - January 19, 2019

This report highlights the importance of retaining historical documentation in case you need to prove your date of entry into the EU…. Read More

France – Old Engines will be Refused Service

Date Published - January 19, 2019

The law in France is such that any mechanic working on a marine engine will be held responsible for any incident that may subsequently arise from the failure of the engine. As a result, there is a reluctance for engineers to carry out work on old engines…. Read More

North Biscay Cruising Guide

Date Published - January 19, 2019

This beautifully produced cruising guide could well be described as the flagship of the Royal Cruising Club’s Pilotage Foundation. The original source of this guide goes back to the end of the 19th century when Frank Cowper published a book under the title of “Sailing Tours – Falmouth to the… Read More

France: Recommendations from Cruisers

Date Published - January 19, 2019

The following comments are from sailors who have recently cruised in French Waters and contributed to a survey run in co-operation with Segeln magazine, about Mediterranean cruising recommendations…. Read More

Mediterranean Almanac 2015-2016

Date Published - January 16, 2019

Mediterranean Almanac 2015-2016By Lucinda Heikell with Rod HeikellPublished by Imray (2015)See for  2016 supplementISBN 978-1846235986This is a very useful almanac covering all of the countries bordering the Mediterranean as well as the Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands. It is in a very similar format to the well-known Reed… Read More

European Black and Grey Water Regulations

Date Published - January 10, 2019

January 2019: The regulations regarding the discharge of black and grey water from cruising boats in various European countries (including foreign flagged vessels) are becoming increasingly strict in an attempt to reduce the pollution in our seas. Below is the latest information available on the regulations in force…. Read More