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It's also helpful if you can get a copy (or original even better) of the seller's title to the boat. They like to know for sure that the boat was his/hers to sell. We have no such document in Canada (unless it's a registered vessel) but in the US (at least in WA) they do.
We attempted to clear by phone on the water to avoid a 2 hour detour once, but were directed to a specific dock and told to call back. Once there everything was, in fact, done by phone. I suspect there was a web cam there and the officer was watching our boat as we described it and gave them all the rest of the info.
Be sure to have ID documentation in hand for all people on board for the delivery when you call - passports preferred.
Also both times we were personally inspected were Sundays - so don't expect an easier ride on the weekend.....
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 02-26-2008 at 12:46 AM.