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Although developing rapidly, the Baltic states still have few facilities for yachts. Most will be found at yacht clubs, rather than marinas.
Ship’s registration papers
List of crew, with dates of birth and passport numbers.
Report to Customs ?
Yes, at port of entry Klaipeda. Notify Customs of all valuable items on board eg cameras, watches, radios, etc, as these may be checked later against receipts and money-changing dockets. Keep a record of all your financial transactions, and all bills and receipts. It is illegal to make trade, or sell goods.
Enquire at Klaipeda yacht club about visiting other harbours in Lithuania.
Difficult. The yacht club may be able to help.
At yacht club.
Shore power 220V AC
At yacht club.
Butane not obtainable. Propane possibly obtained through yacht club.
Cheaper than UK.
Lita may not be taken out of the country. Take a supply of low-denomination US dollars, Deutschmarks and Finnish currency.
Only accepted in large tourist shops and hotels. Cashpoints at large banks in capital, Vilnius, but not in small towns yet.
Can change in banks.
Klaipeda coast radio station monitors Ch 16.
Must have certificate of health and proof of rabies injection.
New telephone boxes have been installed all over the country, which locals say makes international dialling easier than phoning the next town! Buy phonecards from newsagents and post offices.
Dialling code to UK
81044 then the number, omitting the first 0.
No VHF or other broadcast services available at time of writing.
2 Antakalnio, 2055 Vilnius. Tel: (00370) 2222070. (Very helpful.) Visit www.britain.lt or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Embassy in UK
84 Gloucester Place, London W1U 6AU. Tel: 020 7486 6400/1/2
Visit www.travel.lt or www.tourism.lt or e-mail email@example.com
Charts and books
The Baltic Sea. RCC Pilotage Foundation. Imray.
On arrival in Klaipeda, look for the very useful booklet, Klaipeda in Your Pocket, written in English. This has up-to-date information. Things are changing rapidly in the Baltic states. Try to find a really up-to-date guidebook before you go.