Originally Posted by hellosailor
Grace, you may find sailing out of Florida's coasts problematic. If you're not a US citizen, every time you wander offshore, ther you go, may need to formally re-enter again. You might want to make sure about that before you make plans. Sometimes border policies (anywhere) can get messy.
That's something to think about for sure. I don't know whether Grace can get a "local boater" option from Homeland Security. Probably the folks to check with are DTOPS. Florida also has its own set of registration rules. They don't allow documented vessels without state registrations. I don't know how the rules apply to foreign registered boats but you'll need to check with Florida DMV. Florida also has a proficiency requirement now which can be obtained online.