Sailing in US waters?
20 June 2006
Although it is not directly related to long distance sailing, yet a number of green card holders having their own countries' Competency Certificates would like to know their eligibility to sail on US vessels in US waters. What all other documentations will they require and from which authorities in addition to their existing ones?
The United States does not require a certificate of competency to operate a marine vessel unless the person is doing it for hire (taking passengers). Then the person must hold a Captain's License suitable for the number of passengers. Further information should be available on the US Coast Guard web site.
The US still recognizes national sovreignty.
Entering the US on your own yacht requires the same documents as arriving via commercial transportation, plus proof of ownership of your vessel. Since 9/11, I understand that security is stricter, so you should check with a US embassy or consulate before arriving in the US.