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SameBoat 06-27-2010 03:46 PM

Stay out of Georgia
 
Georgia has many beautiful anchorages and historical areas. We anchored off St. Marys - a beautiful town with nice people. Then the state DNR came by and told us that as liveaboards we could only remain in the state for 30 days per calendar year. We felt like trolls living under a bridge somewhere! So we were kicked out of the state. Plan accordingly.

sailingdog 06-27-2010 05:33 PM

I'd be curious as to know the reason for that... Last I checked, boats in transit did not have a time limit to cross a given piece of coastline according to federal laws.

RichH 06-27-2010 06:10 PM

"Thank you very much for the information Mr. Officer. I have documented receipts in my possession that I have been outside of Georgia and only entered your state on XXX/xxxx/XXXX, today is yyy/YYYY/YYYY which means that IU have ZZZ days left to stay in your fair state; however, I plan to leave your state as absolutely as soon as possible and patronize those businesses in those other states that are more friendly to maritime travelers. Have an nice day and Good By".
.... and then send a copy of those discussion to the Georgia governors office with a cc to "vacation in Georgia" office responsible for marketing Georgia as a friendly vacation destination.

Better to bypass Georgia altogether than travel through all the oxbows on the ICW there anyway.

FSMike 06-27-2010 10:36 PM

Georgia's probably not the only state with such restrictions. The secret is never never tell anybody you are a "liveaboard". You are a cruiser passing through, you are in transit, you are a transient yachter, but you are NOT a liveaboard. In some areas liveaboards are boaters that don't move, and they are treated differently from cruisers/yachts in transit, etc.
Having said that, Georgia has become an unfriendly state to boaters. I hate saying it because I grew up there and loved the years I spent on the coast.

MARC2012 06-28-2010 12:23 AM

I was there several yrs. ago when the law was passed,30.days/yr.Will skip next timeThink 1/2 river fl.

RichH 06-28-2010 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by sailingdog (Post 617398)
I'd be curious as to know the reason for that... Last I checked, boats in transit did not have a time limit to cross a given piece of coastline according to federal laws.

Just about all states have such laws for how long you can remain within their sovereign borders ---- without having to PAY the differential of sales taxes, etc. between what you actually paid in your 'home' state and what they demand from the citizen of that state. Same for automobiles, trucks, etc. too. BoatUS.com: Government Affairs

as for cruising sailors, Florida HAS to be the MOST UNFRIENDLY state for visiting boaters .... not only do the 'revenuers' come after you, but the FWC will be visiting you often to make sure that when swimming if you momentarily duck under the water you will get a fine if you dont have a 'divers flag', the potty police have become legal thugs (especially Volusia County), and no matter that FL has tried to make sense of the inane 'anchoring laws' the local govts. seem to enjoy ignoring such state laws and relish employing gestapo tactics including armed intimidation to board you and threaten at any time.

Dolby 07-19-2010 05:40 PM

Had no problems in any of those states....just glad we're out of the US now...with very little intention of ever returning....

PalmettoSailor 07-20-2010 07:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Dolby (Post 624047)
Had no problems in any of those states....just glad we're out of the US now...with very little intention of ever returning....

If you feel that way about our country we're glad you're gone too.

PalmettoSailor 07-20-2010 09:11 AM

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Originally Posted by SameBoat (Post 617381)
Georgia has many beautiful anchorages and historical areas. We anchored off St. Marys - a beautiful town with nice people. Then the state DNR came by and told us that as liveaboards we could only remain in the state for 30 days per calendar year. We felt like trolls living under a bridge somewhere! So we were kicked out of the state. Plan accordingly.

While I don't doubt it was an unplesant experience, I don't think that's exactly what they told you. In this country they can't throw anyone out of a State, no matter how much the person might deserve it. What States can do, is make you WISH you had left. I believe what you were told was that if you stayed more than 30 days, you'd be considered a resident and subject to the same taxes as every other resident. They weren't throwing you out, they were giving you friendly advice.

These are the same laws you'd face if you rented an apartment, pitched a tent, or set up your RV for more than 30 days so they don't discriminate against boaters, this just happens to be a boating forum. Go to aviation forums and find out about the rude suprises airplane owners have had sprung on them for taking an airplane into a State for more that 30 days.

Vasco 07-20-2010 09:42 AM

Have anchored off Cumberland Island, GA. many times, never been visited by DNR. Also many cruisers go to St. Marys for their Thanksgiving get together. I've never been but have been told it's very friendly and everyone has a great time.


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