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Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

It seems the Bahamas are getting out of hand with their fees;
If you're sailing north to the Bahamas anytime soon, you might want to take note:
Bahamas: Fee for pleasure vessel effective July 1st 2013
(1) A temporary cruising permit shall, on approval of the inward report by the Customs authority, be issued on Form No. C39 upon payment of ó
(a) a fee of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) for a pleasure vessel not exceeding thirty-five feet in length;
(b) a fee of four hundred dollars ($400.00) for a pleasure vessel exceeding thirty-five feet in length.
I think it's time the cruising community showed a bit of solidarity and let the Bahamas government know that these fees are not acceptable.
Even if this is a six month cruising fee, most of us have little or no desire to stay that long and as minimum fees they are outrageous!
Consider you are on a voyage from the VI to Ft. Lauderdale and you need fuel. You stop at San Salvador and purchase some of the most expensive fuel on earth and have to pay $400.00 on top of that!
If you plan a three week cruise to the Bahamas next winter, your cruising fee will be $400.00 for that three week period.
You have a medical emergency and need to stop at Great Inagua to get a crew member stitched up, nothing major, perhaps, but a necessary stop; add $400.00 to the medical bill.
This has to stop. If we allow the Bahamas to get away with this, other Caribbean Islands might soon follow suit.
Put off any planned voyage to the Bahamas and write to their consulate in Washington informing them that you had planned a voyage to their lovely island chain, but just didn't feel like getting screwed!
Let's see if we, as a group can stop this trend before it becomes so widespread that once again the only folks out yachting will be the rich.
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

I have heard the fee had gone up, but went back to the old fees.

These still show the same (old) fees at this time-

Boating Entering/Exiting Policies | The Official Site of The Bahamas

http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Ba...rc=Formalities

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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

The proposed increase in entry fees supposedly has been dropped.
Apparently the Bahamas took notice of what happened in the Turks & Caicos Is. after the increase to draconian entry (and exit) fees and noted that 'Provo', Cockburn, etc. are now vacant of essentially all foreign recreational watercraft less than mega-yacht size. Not a good thing for economies that depend on tourism, huh?
Its also noted that in the TCI you dont have to land; as if you enter their territorial waters, they'll come out and escort (capture?) you in to pay their fees.
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

I won't be surprised if the Bahamas raises the fees. I'm afraid it's just a matter of time.

We just left there in late June, and hope to return in a few months. Honestly, I don't think an extra hundred bucks will keep us away, but don't tell them that. I sure miss the water there. Nice people too.

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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

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I won't be surprised if the Bahamas raises the fees. I'm afraid it's just a matter of time.

We just left there in late June, and hope to return in a few months. Honestly, I don't think an extra hundred bucks will keep us away, but don't tell them that. I sure miss the water there. Nice people too.

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I think they'll raise then quickly withdraw once the Cuba situation clears up. Cant wait for more competition for my cruising dollar
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Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

I also heard it went back and it's still 150 and 350 on Bahamas website.
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

The best way to protest is to avoid the country. I don't believe in boycotting to support another's cause. If one is willing to pay, they should be free to go.

However, this fee is already high and has been around so long, it seems there are plenty willing to pay. I suspect the number of boats in Florida outnumbers the available slips in the Bahamas by a thousand times. Unfortunately, they seem to be charging what the market with bear.
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

It's been a while since I've sailed there but it would seem structuring the pay schedule more incrementally could give them the revenue they want, maybe more. That a 31' boat pays the same fee as a mega yacht is kinda nuts.
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

I do agree with you there. A MegaYacht uses more resources, causes more damage, and is more of an eyesore than a 30foot sailboat.
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Re: Is it time to boycott the Bahamas?

Or, one big spender is worth 12 cheapskates!!
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