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Solved my bahamas cruising permit problem
My permit had expired while the boat was out of the water in a yard. When I went to renew, they wanted $500 cash which I didn't have (that was in March). Everybody has advised me to not go back to customs with an expired permit as tghere would be nasty consequences ranging from be kicked out of the country to massive fines. They all reccomended instead simply sailing down to Spanish Wells and checkin in like it was my first port to start as a new permit for $130.
I decided to chance it as customs here has been so friendly. Yes, I had to pay the year I am arrears and he admonished me ab out not arranging to pay it on time but I really could show my efforts to call Nassau, e-mail them and send them letters to no avail so he allowed me to pay my arrears.
Now, what to do, I can pay for another year ($500) or simply pay 10% of the boat value (about $600). It's a no brainer, I pay $600 and can keep my boat here indefinitely.
Meanwhile, the weather in Marsh harbor is not very good, nasyt thunderstorms coming so we are just waiting.