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Re: Feríners inbound!
I never take crew into any country they are not a citizen of, visa or no visa, unless they have supplied me with an open ticket to their country of origin (the country they hold a passport from).
The vessel is responsible for repatriation of any crew member denied entry for whatever reason. Should the vessel (in the form of the captain or owner) not have the funds to repatriate the crew member, the vessel can be impounded by the government of the country and sold for the cost of any expenses necessary to satisfy repatriation. While this is all happening, many countries will incarcerate the parties involved and these costs will be added to the bill.
These days things are a bit more severe. I've heard of a number of sailing boats refused entry into Caribbean and Pacific island nations and literally turned away, some without enough provisions to reach a port in their country of origin.
We know of two American cruising boats headed for Tahiti (2k nm) right now, after being denied entry into the Marquesas. They will certainly be denied entry into Tahiti, leaving them only American Samoa or Hawaii (3k nm). They were warned and I wonder why they didn't sail for Hawaii directly from the Marquesas. So, instead of a 2 nm voyage when already light on provisions, they chose over 5k nm? What were they thinking?
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
ďBelieve me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.Ē ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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