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Old 04-24-2013
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Re: Insurance and cruising...

In the age of international flights, millions of pieces of luggage, and international shipping of thousands of containers, in the free flow of goods, it seems like the clearance systems for boats like fumigation and food restrictions are quite absurd. They are more revenue producers than systems to actually protect anyone from anything. Most of these systems were put in place to inhibit the spread of Yellow Fever and Smallpox, not a big issue nowadays. I'm sure the US must be a real PITA to clear in, especially since 911. We citizens even need a Homeland Security sticker to go 70 miles to the Bahamas and get back in...silly. Treating all boats as if we are criminals is really an intrusive blanket solution to what amounts to a NON problem. The theory is: Let's inconvenience everyone so maybe once in a while we may stumble upon something bad. It's government out of control.
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