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Old 21-08-2012, 06:02   #1
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Crossbow on Boat?

Hi,

I am starting a circumnavigation and plan to take my hunting crossbow onboard, as well as a couple of metal detectors for beach hunting. Does anybody think that this could cause problems with customs somewhere? The crossbow has optical sight, and it looks serious. It has sentimental value for me, I do not even fish these days. The metal detectors are for beach hunting and I use them only where it is allowed. But of course, all these would stay on board at all times.

Any personal experiences with such things are welcome.

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Old 21-08-2012, 06:12   #2
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Illegal in Qld Australia without a permit, and illegal to import into Australia with out permit, so if you are planning on coming this way, talk to Australian Customs first.
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The cross bow is likely to at least raise some eye brows and probably more. The metal detectors not likely to be a problem.
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Old 21-08-2012, 09:06   #4
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Illegal in Bermuda. Surrender to Customs on arrival.
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Illegal in India too.
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Re: Crossbow on boat?

Why not just store it and avoid the hassles?
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I wonder how even having metal detectors on-board would go over in Greece?
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Why not just store it and avoid the hassles?
I may have to do just that. How is the situation in the Caribbean, Panama, The Pacific islands?

Honestly I didn't expect it to be that bad. In my view this is very simple weapon compared to many. My logic was - I can have a speargun (right? can I?) and crossbow is not much different. It is even traditionally used for fishing.

But, well..
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I may have to do just that. How is the situation in the Caribbean, Panama, The Pacific islands?

Honestly I didn't expect it to be that bad. In my view this is very simple weapon compared to many. My logic was - I can have a speargun (right? can I?) and crossbow is not much different. It is even traditionally used for fishing.

But, well..
Some countries even a speargun is considered a weapon and must be declared and possibly surrendered until departure.
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I may have to do just that. How is the situation in the Caribbean, Panama, The Pacific islands?

Honestly I didn't expect it to be that bad. In my view this is very simple weapon compared to many. My logic was - I can have a speargun (right? can I?) and crossbow is not much different. It is even traditionally used for fishing.

But, well..
Just my passive opinion but if you have any kind of weapon onboard, you may just be attracting trouble.
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The crossbow has optical sight, and it looks serious. It has sentimental value for me
As regular on CF someone turning up with a sentimental attachment to a crossbow does not come as a complete surprise.........

........but for officialdom it may come accross as a bit odd. and officialdom generally doesn't like odd.
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Re: Crossbow on boat?

In some situations the wording that seems to get their attention is when an arrow, or spear, is "mechanically held or released". I did a lot of bow hunting in the US and found a lot of places that were fine with compounds and even with mechanical releases had a different set of rules with crossbows. Maybe because they can be stored cocked and loaded?

same thing with spear guns. Bahamas, no mechanically held spears. slings or pole spears only. Nothing that can be held and is fired by trigger.

Here, even slings are illegal, but I don't think they would prosecute someone down there stabbing lionfish to death with one.
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In some situations the wording that seems to get their attention is when an arrow, or spear, is "mechanically held or released". I did a lot of bow hunting in the US and found a lot of places that were fine with compounds and even with mechanical releases had a different set of rules with crossbows. Maybe because they can be stored cocked and loaded?

same thing with spear guns. Bahamas, no mechanically held spears. slings or pole spears only. Nothing that can be held and is fired by trigger.

Here, even slings are illegal, but I don't think they would prosecute someone down there stabbing lionfish to death with one.
In the Bahamas you can not fish with a speargun, but you can have one on board, they don't care. Guns are allowed, but give them an excuse to board you to "check the weapon". Always check ahead or be prepared to loose it...
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