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Re: Cross border sailing
My understanding of international maritime law (Law of the Sea) of which Canada is a signatory (but not he USA), is that the this gives travellers the right of Innocent Passage when transiting through the territorial waters of another state. Transiting means no stops, including no anchoring. It probably also means no fishing, which is what I suspect is really behind the second story referenced (back in 2011).
If Canada were to enforce this "New for 2016 boating season: Pre-registration of travel information” statement there would be thousands of violators each year. People on the Great Lakes routinely cross the border while in transit. It would lead to enforcement and bureaucratic mayhem if we were suddenly expected to call in every time we tack back into Canada.
Why go fast, when you can go slow.
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