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Topic Review (Newest First)
07-13-2007 11:01 PM
rljend Hasn't anyone heard of C&BP's "Local Boaters Option"? Prior to going to the Bahamas this year, we took our passports and boat papers to the Customs office at the local airport and after filling out a couple of forms, we were issued a registration card. Upon arrival back to the States, we just called the nearest office and gave them the skipper's number from the registration card. Couldn't have been easier. BTW, the penality for not clearing is $5000.
06-29-2007 07:34 PM
sailingdog Just a hunch...
06-29-2007 05:02 PM
TXS-ALAMO SailingDog, as a matter of fact she was very cute. How did you guess?
06-29-2007 12:53 PM
camaraderie Hutch...DETAILS needed!! Where in WPB did you pull into and WHERE is immigration there? Sounds a whole lot more convenient than Ft. Pierce where we had an easy hne checkin but it was a cab ride to immigration.
06-29-2007 12:44 PM
hutch5151
Clearing In

I found clearing in after visiting the Bahama's this spring rather simple. we planned our return to West Palm Beach, entered a marina near the port and called customs. They asked us a few basic questions, got our customs sticker number, gave us a clearance number and told us we had to clear immigrations within 24 hours. The next morning we walked approximately 1/2 mile to the customs and immigration office in the port to clear in. To our suprise, no lines, and a very courteous and helpful customs/immigration officer. He cleared us in and helped us pre-register with immigration numbers so the next time we clear in we just have to call. I think the key is to plan your return to a port with a customs and immigration office nearby.
06-29-2007 11:28 AM
arbarnhart
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Originally Posted by sailingdog
ROFLMAO BTW, I don't see a sextant or a GPS on that thing...
Don't need no GPS; it is navigated by PBR.
Besides, from out in the Gulf, you can always smell which way Texas is...
06-29-2007 12:26 AM
sailingdog
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Originally Posted by TXS-ALAMO
A friend's boat just returned from a three week trip to Mexico. On his return, he did't go to the Galveston Yacht Club to check in with customs, but proceeded directly to our marina. The next day a friendly female customs officer drove to the marina and spent most of her time BSing with my friend. No problems, no hassels, just friendly competent work.
But was the customs officer cute???
06-29-2007 12:25 AM
sailingdog ROFLMAO BTW, I don't see a sextant or a GPS on that thing...
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Originally Posted by arbarnhart
All right; you talked me into it. Wish me luck!

06-28-2007 05:30 PM
TXS-ALAMO A friend's boat just returned from a three week trip to Mexico. On his return, he did't go to the Galveston Yacht Club to check in with customs, but proceeded directly to our marina. The next day a friendly female customs officer drove to the marina and spent most of her time BSing with my friend. No problems, no hassels, just friendly competent work.
06-28-2007 04:29 PM
arbarnhart
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Originally Posted by sailingdog
But, we all wanted to watch you do it...it'd give us something interesting to watch on TV and to talk about while you were out there.
All right; you talked me into it. Wish me luck!

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