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Originally Posted by freelittlewing View Post
Hello... I've done some search regarding these issues but I couldn't get much higher.
As a free spirit I think I should be able to sail around as I wish with no custom regulations.( like pirates)
But I've found that, countries like Turkey and Greece charge transit log as soon as you enter their coast.
On the other hand I've read that If you put the quarantine flag on, you can stop by a cove and spend a night or few days without stepping on the land and then move on.
My question is : Can I simply take a boat ( something around 7 mt long, 9.9 hp engine catamaran with sail) and sail by the shore of the countries with out any cost ? any decleration ?( I have issues with demanding authorities)
And can I make a quick stop and grab some fuel, water, vital stuff and swim back to boat ?
Is this possible around Med or Indian Ocean or Australia and Pacific and Atlantic ?

I hope you got the picture. Thank you very very much.

Hoisting the Q flag is an internationally recognized request for customs officials to come aboard, inspect your vessel, and grant you free pratique (permission to go ashore). So if you are trying to avoid contact with officialdom, that would seem counter productive.

Is your plan possible? Well, do you feel lucky? Odds are that if you pursue this plan over a period of time, you will eventually get caught, sooner than later. Most likely when the local coast guard boards your boat for inspection and discovers that you have not cleared customs.

Before you depart, be sure to get a competent attorney on retainer and pay him in advance. Also, if Turkey is on your itinerary, you should watch the movie Midnight Express before you go.

In other words, don't try it.

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