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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

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Once again it is impossible to get this community (the sailing community as a whole) to get together on anything for the benefit of the community.
Obviously 3 or 4 hundred dollars is not a bad deal for 5 or 6 months anywhere, but that wasn't my point.
For those who only wish to spend a week or two, it is outrageous. For me it would mean not stopping for fuel on the trip from the Caribbean to the US, because my budget just doesn't include an extra $400.00 for a two hour stay.
I used to stop in Great Inagua whenever I was passing, just for an evening ashore for the best crack conch ANYWHERE, but I'm not paying an extra $400 (or $300) for dinner.
Whether we go or not, the big yachts with unlimited budgets will continue to go and ripping off the little guys does not appreciably enhance the lives of the Bahamian citizens.
Perhaps none of you who responded negatively to this post will ever sail to the Caribbean via the Bahamas and back, never need fuel on a windless 1200 mile trip (fuel management or not, 1200 miles w/o wind is stretching it for most of us), or just need to duck in for shelter for a couple of nights.
But some day in the future when fees are exorbitant for every island group, you may not be able to take that long dreamed of bareboat vacation because those fees are the straw that broke the camel's back.
I am truly sorry that so many of you cannot see the greater picture here. As someone who has sailed the Caribbean and the Bahamas since the late 70's, I have watched with dismay this trend to squeeze every penny that they can out of folks just trying to enjoy a life of freedom away from the rigors of modern society.
I see your point.

Maybe they should have a staggered fee system?

- 48 hrs = free
- 2 weeks = $50
- 6 months = $300-400
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For just gas and go I don't think you need to check in.
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For just gas and go I don't think you need to check in.
Wrong! Unless you want to be arrested and have your boat impounded and/or be heavily fined.
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For just gas and go I don't think you need to check in.
Not so, and a BIG gamble especially if you wind up in front of an ultra-über-officious customs official.
If you 'touch land' w/o clearance (or dire emergency) in most places in the world, you're vulnerability for being in real-deep-doodoo is quite high .... in the caribbean basin especially the French controlled islands and the TCI, etc.
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

I agree, the fee can be onerous but you should also consider: The only other taxes you pay in the bahamas is import taxes. They also have to have some way to finance stuff associated with cruising boats like aids to nav. It is actually a small cost in comparison to everything else. You'd pay more for two nights in a hotel.
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OMFG ROFLMAO


I could fund every single nav aid in the Bahamas with a paper route


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I agree, the fee can be onerous but you should also consider: The only other taxes you pay in the bahamas is import taxes. They also have to have some way to finance stuff associated with cruising boats like aids to nav. It is actually a small cost in comparison to everything else. You'd pay more for two nights in a hotel.
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OMFG ROFLMAO


I could fund every single nav aid in the Bahamas with a paper route
That is funny. Sadly, very close to the truth.

When we headed down to the Exumas in May, the NW Channel and Mackie Shoal lights were working. On our way back in late June, neither were working. OTOH, Bimini did have all new buoys marking the channel going in.
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

You guys are making me smile - reminds me of the old Herman cartoon. Herman is at the Travel Agent and says he is looking for out of the way, secluded island with a fantastic night live, five star accommodations and gourmet chefs.

And you all want it free too!

If I could afford a fifty foot yacht, that fee would be nothing!

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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

Please don't take this personal.

Complaining about an entry fee to paradise is right up there with buying a power boat & complaining about how much it costs to fill her up.

Wonder what the poor people are complaining about today...
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

I have no problem shelling out $300 bucks to sail in the Bahamas. They surely don't seem to be getting rich. Tourist income is the mainstay of their small economy. Suck it up. You get a fishing license with the permit to boot. I'd hate to see them raise it to the point of diminishing returns but, if put to good use, the fee is reasonable for long-term cruisers. There is certainly a problem with short-term visitors having to pay the whole amount but I would guess that The Bahamian Gov't. doesn't have a whole lot of resources to make it more complicated.
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