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Old 16-10-2016, 07:02   #1
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Post Matthew and Settlement Point

Headed to Abacos and on south for a few months. Leaving end of month. I've heard West End is shut down. Any suggestions on alternate route from ft. Pierce, Fl for customs check in? Usually run down to WPB then day jump to West End
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Re: Post Matthew and Settlement Point

Green Turtle for clearing in.

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Old 17-10-2016, 13:33   #3
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Re: Post Matthew and Settlement Point

I'd want to check on other ports of entry to see if they are open including Freeport, Walker's and Green Turtle. Like you, I prefer day sailing to over night sails.

According to policy: "Visiting boaters must clear Customs and Immigration at the nearest designated Port of Entry." (1) They are not supposed to bypass the nearest entry point, spend a few days sailing the banks, to check in days later at some other port of entry. You will be find stories here of some boats that attempted that being told to turn around. I would guess, at present however, they are likely not going to be as tough on that.

If Walker's is open, personally, I'd be tempted to cross to the banks day 1, anchor, and head up to Walker's the next day and enjoy cruising the upper Cays all checked in after. If Walker's is closed I'd be tempted to try emailing Bahamian Custom's and immigration and ask if it's okay to check in at G.T.

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Re: Post Matthew and Settlement Point

BTW, I just got an email from Old Bahama Bay saying the resort and marina (where customs and immigration are located) are now open and operating mostly as normal. They apparently didn't get it as bad as town. The email made no mention of customs and immigration.
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Headed to Abacos and on south for a few months. Leaving end of month. I've heard West End is shut down. Any suggestions on alternate route from ft. Pierce, Fl for customs check in? Usually run down to WPB then day jump to West End
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From Ft Pierce or St Lucie Inlet it's very easy (and common) to enter the Banks near Memory Rock, anchor for the night near Great Sale Cay (flying a Q flag), and then go onto Green Turtle the next day. If you dock at Bluff House Marina in White Sound, customs will come right to your boat for a very easy check in process.
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Re: Post Matthew and Settlement Point

Have sent email to customs. No answer at OBB nor customs in West End yet. I have considered jumping via Memory on to Great Sale but wonder if severe shoaling from Matthew may have occurred.
Good advice, thanks. I'll keep you posted⛵️
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