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Old 08-01-2015, 09:36   #16
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Re: Crossing to Bahamas

Originally Posted by DannyK View Post
Not much experience. Bought the boat in NJ and got it down to Charleston. Ran into some pretty good waves on the Albemarle Sound as well as one day on the ocean. Not sure if I want to tackle 5-7 foot waves. Is there a certain direction the wind goes that it becomes a definite no on crossing? Am I better off to have the wind at my back. Also, what will I need to do when returning to the US? Any customs on re-entering?
Yes! Check-in in the Bahamas = $300

Bahamas — Noonsite
Boating Entering/Exiting Policies | The Official Site of The Bahamas

Upon return:

You'll need a US CBP sticker for the boat $27.50 (should have before leaving)
If you're not a participant of the SVRS, you'll have to physically report to an Immigration office within 24 hours of calling the 800 # upon return.

USA — Noonsite
Pleasure Boat Reporting Requirements | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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Old 08-01-2015, 20:58   #17
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Re: Crossing to Bahamas

DannyK, if the boat is a recent purchase and/or you have never taken a boat to the Bahamas, please let us know now.

We could probably offer up a whole lot of useful information.

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Old 08-01-2015, 22:20   #18
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Re: Crossing to Bahamas

DannyK - Allow me to raise a flag with respect to anybody's Customs & Immigration procedures! Nothing can ruin a trip, nor add more unnecessary expense to it than running afoul of another country's law enforcement. As they say "Ignorance of the law is no excuse!" Forewarned is forearmed! Research the procedures and necessary documentation prior to leaving, then enjoy your trip without apprehension.

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