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When 'Going Foreign', ie, leaving your home country (be it America, Canada or a European country) for longer than a typical holiday, or traveling to another country in your own boat, you'll face unfamiliar situations. Boating regulations will differ, while civic or immigration rules limit how long people may stay before their 'visitor' status changes. On the practical side, boat equipment may have to cope with climate differences, longer periods on board, or new mooring techniques.
A Warning! Our advice solely relates to privately owned leisure craft, less than 24m LOA. change Although regulations exist, that doesn't always mean local officials are aware of them, or apply then consistently. Also, in the past, local officials have tolerated the idea that foreign flag boats don't have to meet local equipment requirements; this tolerance is diminishing.
Mistakes. There will be mistakes and errors on this site, so treat all our advice with skepticism. When you find mistakes, add a comment to the page to keep us up to date. To see these comments, and add them, you'll need to create an account (free!) using the link on the right of the page.
The following pages will be added in to the "Equipping the Boat' section in 2016:
Last Reviewed May 2015