There are a lot of strange replies and stuff in the above posts along with some very good answers - you need to do more research
. As to the reality in the Caribbean
, as mentioned by some only the "Territorial/Outlying" islands of France
and maybe the U.K. are sticky about have Federal "level" documentation
. Most of the independent little countries are not very strict about it although you will have a much easier time with USCG documentation
- - There are a huge amount of small powerboats and older sailboats that are purchased in Florida
and other east coast
States by people from the little island countries and then brought down to the islands without anything more than the last State registration
. These little countries do not even look to see if the vessel is has a current
registration (especially if a little money
is passed before checking in as a "service incentive"). There are thousands of expired US/State registered boats in the islands that are not even "registered" with the government
of the island.
- - But as others said you will need a current
passport for yourself. For the boat you just say you are taking it to the island of "XX" - somewhere beyond where you are. All of this is possible because there is very, very little actual examination/checking of what you put on the "entry" form for the island.
- - From the US east coast
you will have no problems going to Bahamas
with a State registration and then you can go to the Turks and Caicos
and re-register the boat there. Or even work your way to the BVI although you have to pass by Puerto Rico
and the USCG and there is a good chance you will be intercepted for "inspection" which would be embarassing if not a major problem.