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few questions that i hope u guys can answer.

#1. what are the rules for someone who as a kriminal records from canada and
sailing in states water ? is it possible if u never go on shore ect. ive heard
lots of different version about that.i know you cant cross land borders
but what about see zones ?

#2. what is the maximum size for a boat that can be hauled by a trailer in the
states. i mean with a normal pick-up.(F-250).

#3. is there a site around that as good info on offshore crossing, like best
date in year to avoid trouble and favorable winds ect.

any info on those subjects would be mucho appreciated.
thank you.
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#1-- Criminal records should not burden you unless you have a record for drug smuggling or child molestation or something like that. Simple possession charges or something minor along those lines would not be a problem for you. If you have any outstanding charges however, then if you are caught you face deportation and potential seizure of your boat.
#2-- Depends.
#3--Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes (It is a book, it will cover all you need to know)

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1 - I'd think it depends on the offense and if Canada shares that info with the US. If you're in the system, you may find yourself detained. If you've done your time, and you're not violating parole or probation, they may have an interest but, depending on your offense, may let you alone.

If your boat's foreign registered you're going to need a cruising permit if you plan on stopping at any US ports.

2 - Depends on the boat. I'd think 25-27' might be the biggest size. US roads have height and width restrictions. If your boat exceeds those specs then getting it down the road will become more difficult.

3 - ditto Jimmy Cornell or noonsite.com

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if memory serves, at least from the US side, certain criminal activities (iirc any felony?) preclude you from getting a passport, so you would have a hard time legally entering a foreign land. dunno if CAN has the same types of passport provisions.

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thanks guys for replies.
well right now i am in the process of doing my pardon, its nothing serious
not drug related and all that. BUT ive been told that if i try to cross the
border and they find out i have a K record i will never be able to cross
again even after i get my pardon. i have no idea if it realy works like that.
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well, you could always join the french foreign legion... after your four years(or whatever it is) is up, you get a shiny new french passport with any name you want!

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and maybe even a free wheel of brie!

or buy one of these, but i dunno how well it would actually work:

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hehe.
i have a passport and it works everywhere i have been so far.
but not in the states.
in fact its only in US that i cant go, that i am aware off anyways.
or maybe russia
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few questions that i hope u guys can answer.

#1. what are the rules for someone who as a kriminal records from canada and
sailing in states water ? is it possible if u never go on shore ect. ive heard
lots of different version about that.i know you cant cross land borders
but what about see zones ?
Even if you never go ashore, you can still be boarded and have your papers checked by the USCG since you will be in US waters and under their jurisdiction.

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#2. what is the maximum size for a boat that can be hauled by a trailer in the
states. i mean with a normal pick-up.(F-250).
Boats as large as 36/37 feet can be towed, but any that are over 8'6" will generally require a wide load permit.

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#3. is there a site around that as good info on offshore crossing, like best
date in year to avoid trouble and favorable winds ect.

any info on those subjects would be mucho appreciated.
thank you.
ike.
Noonsite, formerly Jimmy Cornell's website, is probably your best bet for customs info, but his book is a better resource for timing your passages. The coastal pilots and sailing directions will also help.

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Seems as if you entered from MEXCICO, you could get away with anything.
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