Originally Posted by Sunspot Baby
A U.S. boat can come and go from just about any U.S. port at will. No checking in and out...
Wherever you're going make sure to have your boat documents or registration
aboard. If leaving the country, have your passport and get a customs
One kind of visa you will need in the US is the plastic one that pays mooring fees
; perhaps you have that figured out already? If you ask your questions before leaving where you are, telling the marina or port officials where you are going: you'll pick up a wealth of knowledge in no time. If you were painting boats you already know to ask permission to moor; not just tie up and march to the nearest bar or theatre.
Keeping copies of service
records onboard should do no harm most countries you could be visiting. May even help getting reciprocal medical
care abroad when you are lucky. We are relatively friendly in Canada
, for example. Are you really limiting your sailing to the US?
Now how about a cruising plan? The US Coast Guard or somebody should be interested in that, in case they find you near somebody who needs towing into port and want to ask if you can assist.