My wife does the checking in...we only 'yellow flag' it if we just stop for fuel or a night's anchorage. Anything more is an abuse of the country you are visiting.
Her rules are:
She is always polite and professional
'If asked "where is the Captain" she replies, "I am" and shows her USCG Master's license.
Her forms are correct and legible.
She always has the correct change in US and local.
She treats them with respect and after 3 yrs and 25 countries not a single port authority has done anything but treat her as a fellow professional.
Her technique for boarding is to put on her Grandma hat on the theory that young CG guys would never harass someone that looks like Grandma!! and could wup their ass with one hand.
Last edited by Yorksailor; 03-19-2011 at 04:23 PM.