Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Greater Vancouver B.C. Canada
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I sail back and forth from USA to Canada and Canada to USA all the time. I also have full documentation to do so. As a Canadian I live 15 minute drive north of the 49th and I moor my boat for 4-6 months in Point Roberts Marina, an American port. Even with border crossing I can get from home to my boat in 15 minutes but then I have a valid passport, a Nexus pass (must have) and a Can Pass (must have). The Can-Pass is for water border crossing (Canada) as is the Nexus for water USA, although the Nexus is also valid for land (nexus lane). To get the Nexus you also need to have a valid passport (at least as a Canadian the US customs require it). With the proper documentation it is very simple and expedious. I live in the Pacific Northwest and sail back and forth from the San Juans & Gulf Islands, I also have to drive back and forth through the land border each time I go to the marina or back home. Lots of crossings and they track you well. I have seen my GPS fill all 12 slots with eyes in the sky on many occasions, but then there is plenty of cross border water traffic in these parts. I believe they are in the process of integrating all crossings, air, land & water into the one Nexus, but they are a bit slow in the process.