Originally Posted by delite
Jackdale can you tell me if you are considered to be clearing in to the US if traversing US waters? For example between Tsawwassen BC and Mayne island BC where you are departing from a Canadian port and making land again in a Canadian port without stopping in the US.
Technically if you do not drop a fishing line, moor, anchor, tie to a dock, or raft to a vessel in foreign waters, you have not landed. That said, if you happen to be at a point of entry and CBP folks are present, they may decide they want you to clear in anyway. Furthermore, the CBP claims to be monitoring the waters near the border, and if it appears to them that you might
be coming from foreign waters, they will assume you are
coming from foreign waters.
When I was moored in Point Roberts (a U.S. point of entry bordering Tsawassen), I was leaving my slip one day when the motor stalled and wouldn't restart. I drifted over to the guest dock, which happens to also be the customs dock at Point Roberts. There happened to be some CBP personnel there and they made me and my crew clear in even though we had just left my slip and were clearly on our way out
of the marina.
They err on the side of caution, and so should you.
And now I'll take this opportunity to complain about the unreasonable "closing times" of the U.S. points of entry... if you arrive too late (5pm in the winter!) they threaten you with a $4000 fine. Okay I'm done.