Originally Posted by sloopguy
I'm an American and I'll be doing like my 15th BVI bareboat
trip Feb 2014. I want to do a BVI to Culebra roundtrip. I am seeking info regarding what obligation I have regarding Customs and Immigration. When I check out of BVI, do I need to ck in at St. John before proceeding to Culebra? Do I call ahead to San Juan
or to Culebra? Also, how long a transit on the beat/reach back to USVI/ Jost Van Dyke? Any help much appreciated.
First make sure your charter
company is aware of your plans and is ok with it.
Next ask them if your charter
boat has a US Customs Decal Sticker affixed to it. If it doesn't you, and all of the others onboard will have to go to the customs office at the airport
in Dewey and pay a $35 fee for not having the sticker. If the boat does have the sticker and all onboard are US citizens then you should be able to clear in over the phone
by calling 1 (877) 529-6840 or (787) 729-6600.
Backing up, I'm not sure if you are required to clear into the USVI at St John, since that would be the first available location, or if you can go directly to Culebra. I'd suggest you call the numbers I've listed and ask or do a search online.
Return time to Jost is a tough call. Are you sailing, motoring, motor
sailing? How fast will the boat go? How big are the seas? I've taken as long as 5hrs in a 46' cat that would do 8kts on flat water
to go 15 miles from Culebra to the west edge of St Thomas in nasty conditions motor
sailing into 25kts of wind
and 10-15' seas. I've also made the same trip in just over 2 hours under sail on my old 31' mono when an odd south wind
was blowing. How many nails does it take to build a house?:-). It depends!