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07-05-2014 08:30 AM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

There are no hard and fast rules for what is on a boat stamp. We got one made in Staples from a file done on the computer. It is circular, has a drawing of the boat in the middle and the name, hailing port and country, and official number around the outside. It is self-inking which is nice.

In the countries that care, Indonesia being the buggy, but I seem to remember that Vanuatu and South Africa were pleased we could stamp documents, they don't really care what is on the stamp. It is more that you can stamp it since it makes it look official.
07-04-2014 08:09 PM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

Boat Stamp? Interesting. Can I see some sample? Thank you.
07-04-2014 12:32 PM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

Hi my name is Emily and Im in the Philippines and have a dream to be on a sail boat and travel around. We ( I have 2 friends) are not rich but we can be deck hands or also pay shared expenses.Are you still looking for crew or do you know anyone who will be island hopping here or going to Bali or Borneo or even Thailand?. Of course we would like to travel and work but we can also pay money if thats required maybe the more expensive the shorter our dream. We have character references if required and please if you cant help us give my email to someone who is interested.
Thank You
04-06-2014 03:24 AM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

Miss Indonesia (OK, I made that one up). Now THAT would have made it worth it. Ahem...beautiful scenery around these parts....oh yes indeed...
04-05-2014 11:54 PM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

We had ours made in Kupang, about 3 bucks. The officials love it! Fun to be banging away with your own stamp for a change. I think we pretty much wore out the ink pad over the next three months.
04-05-2014 03:12 PM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

I don't think they much care what is on the stamp, just that you have one so it makes the document look more official.
04-05-2014 03:04 PM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

What type of information do they want on the stamp? I have one but I'm not sure if it is appropriately complete, information-wise. it has s/v Obelisk, my name and owner/skipper on it. Do they want documentation number, hailing port, etc?

This will be the first place I have really used it officially.
04-05-2014 11:49 AM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

In Indonesia, the attitude to stamps was more like, 'You don't have a boat stamp? How can you cruise?"

We heard of people arranging CAITs outside of the rally, but with an agent.
04-05-2014 09:59 AM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

Stamps! they make officials pee their pants out of happiness! we had one ofr our boat
04-05-2014 08:38 AM
Re: Darwin to philippines (indonesia)

Originally Posted by killarney_sailor View Post
In Vanuatu we filled in a form that was 7 or 8 pages long. When we left we filled out the same form - the only difference was a checkbox at the top of the page for Incoming and Outgoing. They had so many forms that all their filing cabinets were full and they had piles of overflowing boxes on the floor. Just the way it is.
Ha, I had the same experience in Vanuatu! In a twisted sort of way, I like the challenge of dealing with the bureaucracy, so long as the end result is that I get to cruise their country. In Brazil, I decided to disregard all advice and handled all the formalities myself, in Salvador and speaking no portugese. That one took me the better part of two days but I did get to see a ton of the city on my way back and forth between offices...

I am definitely not a rally person and I will be heading back to Vanuatu > Solomons > PNG before Indo, so Darwin is really out of the question
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