Paperwork - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  

Quick Menu
Boat Reviews  
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Marine Electronics
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here

Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 

LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-28-2013
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Milton, DE
Posts: 592
Thanks: 2
Thanked 7 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 10
Flybyknight is on a distinguished road

There has been a controversial thread (aren't they all?) about Mexican authorities confiscating boats for a lack of proper paperwork.
OK I'm not the brightest candle on the cake; more likely the dullest knife in the drawer.
I have a passport, and the latest boat registration certificate and sticker.
I sail into Canada, or Mexico. Now what do I have to do to keep out of trouble?
(Please show how detail oriented you can be)
old geezer.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 12-28-2013
capta's Avatar
Master Mariner
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: somewhere in the Windward or Leeward Islands
Posts: 1,834
Thanks: 20
Thanked 94 Times in 89 Posts
Rep Power: 4
capta is on a distinguished road
Re: Paperwork

Generally you need a clearance from your last port (not usually available if leaving the US), valid and up to date registration for the vessel, a travel document for yourself and anyone else aboard and probably some local currency.
You will be asked to fill out an entry form or several, usually in multiple copies, and visit both immigration and customs in the order that country requires. You will be granted entry and pay immigration fees, but rarely customs, UNLESS it is on their "overtime" hours (which can be quite expensive).
If you are registering a firearm, many countries will need it at that time, with more paper work.
The officials rarely examine the paper work intently; I once cleared out of SV&G and into St. Lucia without any problems, even though I'd put the wrong month on the forms. That's 4 officials; 2 customs and 2 immigration, who failed to notice my mistake! Always be cheerful and courteous and do consider your dress when dealing with officials in a foreign country.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 12-28-2013
mad_machine's Avatar
Sea Sprite 23 #110 (20)
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Posts: 3,209
Thanks: 5
Thanked 69 Times in 60 Posts
Rep Power: 3
mad_machine is on a distinguished road
Re: Paperwork

true.. unless you really did wash up on the beach, don't look like you just did. Not saying you should wear a suit, but something presentable couple with decent hygiene will go a long way towards being treated well
Art Haberland

In the end all that matters is how fully you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things that did not belong to you -Buddha


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Old 12-28-2013
Dog Ship's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Dolphin Beach, B.C.
Posts: 571
Thanks: 1
Thanked 18 Times in 18 Posts
Rep Power: 4
Dog Ship is on a distinguished road
Re: Paperwork

This is a link to the CBSA, Canadian Border Services Agency.
You will find everything you need to know there.
Enjoy your stay, but leave your guns at home.,d.cGU

And if you are planning a trip to Mexico you will find your information here,
We have three rules;
No screaming.
No bleeding on the sails.
No slobbering on the charts.

Last edited by Dog Ship; 12-28-2013 at 09:59 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Paperwork... ckmeans General Discussion (sailing related) 6 08-03-2012 01:42 PM
Obtaining PHRF paperwork jnorten Racing 4 02-05-2010 09:01 AM
Paperwork ready for you @ $$$ The Daily Sail $$$ NewsReader News Feeds 0 04-20-2006 07:18 AM
DR Paperwork -- where? EscapeArtist Seamanship & Navigation 7 11-01-2002 05:32 AM
Paperwork Needed for Voyaging SailNet Cruising Articles 0 07-31-2002 09:00 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:47 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) LLC 2000-2012

The store is owned and operated by a company independent of the forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.