Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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It really does vary. The only place that confiscated stuff from us (eastern Caribean and through South Pacific) was Oz. On arrival they took a bit of meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and our garbage and only charged us $330 for the process. We knew this would happen in Oz so made a point of not having much left for them to take. The quarantine guy said they had cleared a large powerboat that morning and taken something like $1000 in meat. I suspect that NZ might be similarly strict but do not know the details.
In a couple of places (Vanuatu for one) we were told that we should use a particular garbage can for our waste and it was common for us to be told that we could not remove any foods from our boat to shore but consumption onboard was not a problem.
As I said it really depends on where you are. I don't think you would have any problems at all in Bermuda - they have not agricultural industry to protect.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.
Last edited by killarney_sailor; 12-05-2011 at 11:38 AM.