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Old 11-12-2009, 04:38 AM   #15
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But I am pretty sure that is manageable in a year to circumnavigate.
Why would you want to do that? Surely the point of sailing around the world is to see something and not just to have a very uncomfortable time at sea? If that is all you want then just head our into the Atlantic, cross to the Caribbean and then head northwards until you reach Bermuda and then turn eastwards back to Europe. In general, you will have following winds, be quite uncomfortable some of the time and see a lot of water - which is pretty much what you would do if you tried to sail round the world at 6 knots within a year.

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..... You may also enjoy reading a story about a young, very unprepared couple who didn't know how to sail when they started their circumnavigation,



Hey. Im 22y old and I want to sail across the globe but first I must get my boat licence (driving license). I done this one year ago and now I save money and look for some sponsors to buy a ship etc. How this couple start sailing without "driving licence" for boat. U must know the maritime law. When u must wait and when u can go etc. Without licence they can have big problem with the coast guard police.
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Driving licence relates to power boats. Sailing isn't power boat unless you have an engine on board.

But you need to know much more than that!
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Experience is the key and some people, like me, gained all their experience without the benefit of any formal training. Sailing with friends, racing around the buoys, listening to seasoned sailors and common sense are great tutors.

Licensing is not necessarily common...but even where it is common, the granting of a license is the starting point, not the conclusion.
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Driving licence relates to power boats. Sailing isn't power boat unless you have an engine on board.

But you need to know much more than that!

In the Netherlands u need license if you boat is longer then 15meter (49feet) of if the boat speed is higher then 20kmh (10knots)



U can buy boat which u can sail without license and learn how to sail but if u wanna go threw panama canal u need to borrow a outside motor and with small boat and motor with 5hp u can easy go faster then 20kmh. Different countries different laws.
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Hi Marcin. The Dutch make great boats. I know...I own one made by the venerable Franz Maas in 1963. A lot of the licensing rules in the Netherlands are there because you have the world's busiest port which wouldn't function half as well if all the boaters were unaware of the rules.


In Australia it is easier (particularly where I am from in the Northern Territory) because we have a country the size of America with just the population of greater New York.

Sailing is in your genes (after all 'Yacht' is a Dutch word) and I hope you get to live your dream. Join your nearest sailing club and commence the learning. It will repay you with a lifetime of pleasure.
Best wishes and keep us informed and welcome to Cruiser Log
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Unfortunately in Australia it varies by state. In NSW you need a licence to travel faster than 10 knots. In QLD you need a licence if the engine is larger than 6 hp (4.5 kw). In VIC a licence is required for any engine size but you can get one with no practical test.


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I agree Haiqu. But, being, for the moment, domiciled in the US, "Bloody governments" take on a whole new meaning. The Oz administration by comparison, upon reflection, is quite the wonderful, streamlined, well-meaning organization.
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What a horrifying thought. Streamlined? They must be pretty bad over there, considering you still have to apply for Australian national registration via snail mail.


At least we only have six states here. And being a top-ender you probably didn't have much to do with any of them.
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