We recently bought a boat in Florida
and sailed it through the Bahamas
to our home in the Turks and Caicos
Islands. We cleared into the Bahamas
at West End, and I was surprised that they only gave us permission to stay for two months. I had heard that the cruising permit
was good for a year.
In any case, we paid our $300 and worked our way down to the TCI. We left Calabash Bay on Long Island
and intended to stop in Clarence Town. But when we radioed the marina there they were full. So we kept going. We pulled into Abrahams Bay on Mayaguana for about three hours, and then decided to keep going. It was already dark, and we didn't think to try to contact Customs
there. This was our first such trip.
We had no probs getting our cruising permit
for the TCI, even though we are residents here. They didn't ask for any paperwork from our last stop in the Bahamas.
My question is whether or not we should have done anything with these two immigration cards when we left the Bahamas. I still don't understand the cruisng permit thing there. A year for the boat but only two months for the people on it? WHats up with that?