Captain Gavin Bladen on how red tape, chance, green turtles and plenty of good will intertwined to make the 44.2m sailing catamaran HEMISPHERE the first foreign flagged yacht to charter in Australia Living by her motto 'sometimes you have to step off the beaten path for the bigger rewards in life’, HEMISPHERE is no stranger to remote and infrequently visited cruising grounds. She is currently on her second circumnavigation and in no rush to complete it. She has cruised through 60 countries and thrives on giving her owner and charter guests amazing and unique experiences. During our first visit to Australia back in 2015, we tried to set up HEMISPHERE to charter legally with the support of AIMEX (Australian International Marine Export Group), Superyacht Australia and tax accountants who were having in-depth discussions with Infrastructure and Customs on how to utilise the new Temporary Coastal Trading Licence. HEMISPHERE established an ABN (Australian Business Number) from the Australian Tax Office and obtained permits from the National Parks and GBRMPA (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority). In the end we abandoned the process as red tape suffocated the opportunity, so we continued our circumnavigation.