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So the key, if I understand it, when in Foreign Ports, ie the Bahamas, is to keep the radio turned off?
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That's what I do. My radio is usually off anyway and the only foreign port I go to is Canada, which lies about a mile south of my present position.

Yes, Canada is south of Detroit, strange though it may seem.

Actually, I usually don't even go ashore in Canada, just anchor and swim.

Seriously though, it's pretty much impossible to sail in this area without crossing the border into Canada. Even stepping on shore, usually just requires a phone call. A friend once told me that my flare gun is prohibited in Canada too, though every boater I know has one on board.

I'll remember to use the cell phone, if I have to call a Canadian port. I've always been pretty casual about crossing but Homeland Security has changed a few things over recent years. Around here we sometimes go to Canada just to eat lunch.

Those grand fresh-water seas of ours - Erie, and Ontario, and Huron, and Superior, and Michigan, - possess an ocean-like expansiveness...They contain round archipelagoes of romantic isles...they have heard the fleet thunderings of naval victories...they know what shipwrecks are, for out of sight of land, however inland, they have drowned full many a midnight ship with all its shrieking crew. --from Moby Dick

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VHF License

A VHF license is important for Croatia. Look at http://www.sailing-advisor.com/saili...uirements.html.
They have step by step instructions. It should not be $200.
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