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Old 27-09-2016, 15:55   #16
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Re: Newly Enforced BVI Rules & Regulations

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But I wonder what the definition of "working on your boat" is. Is a permit needed for waxing the topsides, checking the rigging, washing the decks, cleaning the head, changing the oil, coiling a line, pushing the auto helm on button?

It's whatever they say it is at the moment you are being fined.


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Old 27-09-2016, 18:29   #17
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It also seems that provisions and spare parts on sailboats could also be subject to duty, as reported by two sailors who arrived in the BVIís from both the USVI and Sint Maarten.
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When I was there in the BVI at Nanny Cay boatyard in 2003 getting my boat ready to go offshore, Fedex and the shipping companies always charged duty on imported parts. They were simply not equipped to deal with duty free procedures.

I'd carry my receipts in to the BVI Customs office in Road Town and ask for a refund of the duty, the goods being for a yacht in transit, and they always cheerfully refunded my money.
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When I was there in the BVI at Nanny Cay boatyard in 2003 getting my boat ready to go offshore, Fedex and the shipping companies always charged duty on imported parts. They were simply not equipped to deal with duty free procedures.

I'd carry my receipts in to the BVI Customs office in Road Town and ask for a refund of the duty, the goods being for a yacht in transit, and they always cheerfully refunded my money.
Well of course, that is how they get paid. Based on how much income their station produces.

The men and women working customs in the BVI are proud to have their jobs and feel lucky they were able to land such stable incomes.
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Old 28-09-2016, 06:17   #19
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Re: Newly Enforced BVI Rules & Regulations

The temporary import permit is for those wishing to stay longer than 30 days. Usually, boats that haul out for hurricane season get these permits. But if you wish to stay or visit longer than 30 days then it is required to pay the $200 for a temporary import permit.
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Love the BVI's, but they are passing some regulations that are really going to push tourism away from them. The new fishing regulations will keep me from going back.
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Re: Newly Enforced BVI Rules & Regulations

St. Kitts Marine Works is only a short sail from St. Maarten and there is no restrictions on working on your boat. They do three pressure wash on haul out but for $100 they are welcome to it. Long term rates are half St. Maarten. There's no boat parts but you can order online and have delivered. Customs on site, easy paperwork.

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Good for St Marteen, where you can do whatever you want....
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Re: Newly Enforced BVI Rules & Regulations

Time Out Boat Yard on the French side run by and english guy and his French FG.
You can do all your own work... But if you run into a spot of bother, Custom Fit Marine has its main workshop there.
Plus theres a chandelry, plus v close supermarket.
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[QUOTE=MarkJ;2230584]Time Out Boat Yard/QUOTE]
Good place, nice people. Very popular, can be hard to get in during hurricane season.
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The idea of needing a work permit to work on your own boat makes me wonder if homeowners need a work permit to paint their house. What if they want to have a party, are they allowed to cook in their own home?
This will be suicidal for the BVI boatyards.
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