Boat licenses in the Balearic Islands - What you need to know

Are you planning on renting a boat? But you do not know what licenses are allowed on the Balearic Islands or if any is necessary? In this blog post we clarify all questions about boat licenses in Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca and show you a list of all valid licenses. 

The Balearic Islands are among the most popular destinations when it comes to chartering a boat. Many tourists and locals therefore always ask us questions about what conditions apply to rent a boat. If you have one of the patents listed below, you can easily rent a boat! If not, scroll down to see what other options you have!

Accepted boat licenses in the Balearic: 

Argentina

  • Patron de Yate Vela y Motor
    • must stay within 12 nautical miles of the coast
  • Timonel de Yate Vela y Motor
    • navigation in inland water and boats up to 20 meters of length 
  • Piloto de Yate Vela y Motor
    • without any restrictions 

Austria

  • Schiffsführerpatent 10 M 
    • Navigation in inland water, boats up to 12 meters of length and for up to 12 passengers 
  • Befähigungsausweis (Yacht-Master-Licence) 
    • Sailing yachts up to 20 meters off shore

Belgium

  • Brevet van Yachtnavigator Brevet de Navigateur de Yacht
    • permit for long-distance pleasure boats
  • International Vaarbewijs
    • Navigation in inland waters
  • Klein Vaarbewijs
    • Navigation in inland waters

  

Bulgaria

  • Berechtigungszeugnis 
    • in inland waters and only boats up to 100 kW

Canada

Pleasure Craft Operator Card

  • Pleasure craft boats without any limitations 

Chile

  • Patron deportivo de bahia
    • Navigation in inland waters
  • Capitan deportivo costero 
    • Navigation within coast view
  • Capitan deportivo de alta
    • without limitations

Croatia

  • Boat Leader's
    • Pleasure craft boats without going more than 12 miles from the coast

Finland

  • Kansainvalinen Huviveneen Juljettajankirja (International pleasure boat licence) 
    • Boats up to 24 meter in length and up to 500 kW

France

  • Permis mer cotier
    • Motor boats - No more than 5 miles from an accessible shelter or beach
  • Permis mer
    • Motor boats, without any limitation 
  • Carte mer
    • Motor Boat sup to 37 kW, less than 2 tons, in day time navigation, no more than 5 miles from an accessible shelter or beach 
  • Permis A
    • Motor boats - No more than 5 miles from an accessible shelter or beach
  • Permis B
    • Motor boats, without any limitation
  • Permis C
    • Motor boats, without any limitation

Germany

  • Sportführerschein Binnen
    • Navigation within 3 sea miles of the coast
  • Sportküsten-Schifferschein
    • Navigation within 30 sea miles of the coast 
  • Sportboot-Führerschein See und Sportboot-Führerschein 
    • Navigation within coast view
  • A: valid in inland waters
  • R: valid within coast view
  • BR: valid within 12 meters of the coast 
  • BK: without restriction in the Mediterranean sea, in international waters up to 30 sea miles of the coast
  • C: no restrictions

Ireland 

  • International Certificate of Competency 
    • Pleasure boats up to 80 GT or 24 meters length
  • Yachtmaster Ocean Certificate
    • all boats, without any restrictions

Italy

  • Patenti per il comando e la condotta di unita da diporto
    • boats (motor and sail) up to 24 meters of length  
  • Patente per il comando delle navi da diporto
    • no limitations 
  • Patente di abilitazione per imbarcazioni da diporto 
    • within 6 nautical miles of the coast 

Netherlands

  • Klein Vaarbewijs NºII
    • Navigation in inland waters. Motor or Sail 

Poland

  • Patent Zeglarza Jachtowego
  • Patent Sternika Jachtowego
  • Patent Jachtowego Sternika Morskiego
  • Patent Kapitana Jachtowego
  • Patent Sternika Motorowodnego
  • Patent Starzego Motorowodnego
  • Patent Morskiego Sternika Motorowodnego
  • Patent Kapitana Motorowodnego
  • Patent Motorzysty Motorowodnego
  • Patent Mechanika Motorowodnego

Portugal

  • Patrao Local
    • Navigation within 10 nautical miles of a port and 5 miles of the coast
  • Patrao de Costa
    • Navigation within 25 miles of the coast 
  • Patrao de Alto Mar
    • without any limitations 

Sweden

  • Förarintyg 
    • Pleasure boats up to 12 meters in inland waters
  • Kustskepparintyg
    • Pleasure boats in costal and inland waters
  • Utsjöskepparintyg
    • Pleasure boats in high sea, costal and inland waters

Switzerland

  • Hochseeschein / Hochseeausweis
  • Permis B
    • Motor boats and sail boats up to 300T
  • Führerscheine der Kantone
    • Navigation in inland waters

UK

RYA - Royal Yachting Association 

  • Costal Skipper
    • boats up to 24 meters of length, within 20 nautical miles of the coast
  • Yachtmaster Offshore
    • boats up to 24 meters of length, within 150 nautical miles of the coast
  • Yachtmaster Offshore with commercial endorsement
    • Vessels less than 200 gross registered tons, not more than 150 miles from the coast
  • Yachtmaster Ocean
    • Vessels up to 24 meters of length, without any limitations
  • Yachtmaster Ocean with commercial endorsement
    • Vessels less than 200 gross registered tons, not more than 150 miles from the coast
  • International Certificate for operator of pleasure craft
    • Vessels up to 24 meters of length, without any limitations

Uruguay

  • Zona A: Navegacion Oceanica 
    • without limitations
  • Zona B
    • within 15 sea miles of the coast 
  • Zona C
    • within 15 sea miles of the base port
  • Zona D
    • within 5 sea miles of the base port 

Venezuela

  • Licencia de Patron deportiva de segundo 
    • Vessels less than 40 gross registered tons, not more than 12 miles from the coast

 

Licence free boats:

To rent a sail or motor boat with less than 15 HP you do not need a navigation license in Spain. Therefore you also have the option to take a boat out on your own, without the need of any previous experience or hiring a captain. Click here to see all our license free options. 

Charter a boat with captain:  

Would you like to charter a bigger boat or even a yacht? Then hire a captain! A captain is available at 150 - 250,- € per day and can be rented with most of our boats. If you would like to have more information on why a skipper or captain is advantageous click here

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