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Re: Cruising from US to Bahamas and south Boat Documents needed?
I think the Bahamas are both the most lenient to US boats and among the most inconsistent. It seems to depend on the individual C&I officer and which island you're clearing into.
I understand that a federal form of documentation is technically required abroad, but how could every clerk in every C&I office around the planet know what all the others look like. I think that is why some tell of getting away with State registrations. The agent probably didn't know the difference.
Personally, I don't need the stress and would want the correct documents. There is enough I can't control.
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