June 2015

How to sail a Spanish registered yacht

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(written by Karlheinz Witte; kindly reviewed by Jim Cooper)

Sailing in Spain means to take into consideration you are sailing:
– a Spanish registered yacht as a tourist
– a yacht registered in your home country
– a Spanish registered yacht as a Spanish resident

As such you will have no problem using your national license when sailing as a tourist or on a
yacht not registered in Spain. Sailing a Spanish yacht as a Spanish resident you should know
and be aware of laws and regulation having a “permanent” berth in Spain or chartering a yacht.

To avoid any problems when sailing a yacht registered in Spain as a resident you should ask
for a Spanish confirmation of your national license. Visiting the “Capitanía” of your home port
and showing them your national license they will check and inform your license is recognised
by the Spanish authorities or not. Presuming it is they will give you an application form
(solicita) to complete, asking for a Spanish confirmation of your national license.
Together with it you have to show them in original and to give to them one copy of
– your national license, you are asking for confirmation
– passport and Spanish NIE document
– as a Spanish citizen your ID card

If not showing on your national license in Spanish the area and additional limits you will have
to include a translation done by an official translator, what you have to show them as well in
original and to give one copy.
Done this you will receive round about 3-4 weeks later the Spanish confirmation (as shown
below) of your national license. And the most surprising, they didn´t ask to pay whatever.

 

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