I've got a 4.80 m boat with outboard, and in Turkey that means I need a Turkish "Captain's Licence". If the coast guard stops you, you may pay a hefty fine if you haven't got one. This is difficult because you need Turkish to pass the exam and you can't take a Turkish person to "translate" for you.
I recently learnt that you don't need a Turkish licence if you've got an International Certificate of Competence. I've just discovered that there is a two day course for this in Marmaris, in English, approved by the Royal Yachting Association, so I've just registered for it. It's in early May and run by the East Aegean Sea School, an English company. See here for a link to their website http://www.turkeycentral.com/links/ Apart from not needing to know Turkish the great thing is that it's mainly practical, on their boat, and you don't need to sit an exam. I hope to see you there!
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