Originally Posted by geckosenator
What happens if you dont have that much money, or refuse to pay?
We didn't know about this fee at all tgill we arrived. It was $1,800 each so $3,600 they wanted and I just didn't have anything like that in my account. The wanted it in CASH. They pointed me to the bank over the road. A letter of funds, or travel insurance
would NOT suffice. CASH COLD FOLDING CASH.
We arrived in the Marquesas
after a 21 day passage
and we were totally out of fresh water
(we now have plumbed salt water
so we use far less fresh) and food
Getting to Marquesas
is 3,200 nms and the longest trip you will do in your crusing life.
We arrived and went to the Police station where the female officer told us the fee and I said I just didnt have it. And I asked what I could do, if I could stay for a few days without clearing in so I could get water
. She said "I can't advise you what to do. the law says you must clear in."
To make it worse there is no water at the Hiva Oa anchorage.
We stayed about 3 days without clearing in and then went to another island which we knew had water on a commercial dock
for free. We also knew it was not a port of entry and the police there were NOT ALLOWD to check boats' papers into their island. this is so cleared in boats don't have to clear in to cach island they visit.
So we thought we were pretty safe ducking in for water.
Well we were loading with water with the local copper pulls us and says he wants to see our papers... we said we were too busy and would anchor and come visit him,.
Of course we fisinhed loading water and shot off
I was expecting a navy
ship to start following or something. That 12 miles to international waters were a long 12 nms!
So we had another 1,600nms (?) to go to Tonga
We missed all French Polynesia
We will pick it up next time, but wow we needed to be flexable to just head
to sea again after such a long passage
This is one of the reasons why I slag off at people wanting to sail the world for $500. It just can't be done! Unless you want to do it non-stop. And whats the damn value of sailing the Pacific and not seeing French Polynesia