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Surf School licensing changes

Surf's upASMAA Welcomes the “Capitania do Porto de Lagos” new Surf Schools licensing process for the beaches of Amado, Cordoama and Arrifana in the Western Algarve.

Lagos, Algarve, Portugal (9 May 2013): ASMAA, The Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association announced today that a major breakthrough has been reached in what ASMAA’s members perceived as being an unfair licence allocation process for above beaches.

SOLAS V - comply, or you are breaking the law!!

SOLAS V. If you and your boat don't comply, you are breaking the law!! SOLAS V. If you and your boat don't comply, you are breaking the law!! It is not a legal requirement for British people to have a ‘license’ to operate a private vessel in either British or International waters, nor are our yachts and motor cruisers required to be put through any kind of inspection process prior to their use at sea.
This leads us to think that we can go to sea without any knowledge of navigation and in any vessel however badly equipped.

Importing a boat into Portugal

Importing a boat into PortugalI am often asked by people for advice on importing a boat from outside the European Economic Area (EEA). My answer is always to exercise caution because what at first may seem to be a very cheap boat may well become an expensive nightmare.
Firstly, I think that we all know that VAT of 23% must be paid on boats that are imported from outside the EEC, in addition to this there is an import duty of 2%. These two taxes are based not on what you paid for the boat but on the estimated value of the boat in Portugal, the valuation of the boat is the responsibility of the Customs in Portugal.

Round the World in a Concrete Boat

Mike Colyer & Bob SimpsonIt gives me enormous pleasure occasionally to meet people who are off on a long voyage who have previously done sailing or motor cruising courses with me. Two such people called into Vilamoura last week in a 46 foot ferro-cement long-keeled ketch called Leobhan.
The owner and skipper is Mike Colyer aged 38, a civil engineer who worked for local government in the east end of London.