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Old 15-06-2013, 17:24   #1
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Three visits from US Custom and Border control in less than 24 hours. Apparently different units don't talk to each other.

When the US Coast Guard visits they ask the same questions.

And I hear Americans complain about Aussie red tape....
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Re: Going for a record

Shanedennis,

Possibly they were training. Perhaps they compare answers. IMO, they seem over-paranoid to me as a yachtie, but it does happen. I have no reason to think you were specially singled out.

Americans complain about the fees for the Quarantine inspection. They are high. No one likes 'em. And if they've stopped in NZ first, NZ's Quarantine inspection is no charge. Most yachties hate to give up their good food, too. So, I agree, there are complaints.

We have frequently been overflown by Australian Customs, polite and business-like they were.

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I left.
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Re: Going for a record

Yes, where?
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Soo Locks. They stopped us as we came off Lake Superior, again when we fueled up at the downtown marina and then again this morning.

The guys this morning told me they were a different department of CBP. Apparently the guys with four big outboards patrol the Lake and the guys with two big outboards are the patrol the river.

They are always very nice and professional (and I always have our passports and ships registration handy).
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Three visits from US Custom and Border control in less than 24 hours. Apparently different units don't talk to each other.

When the US Coast Guard visits they ask the same questions.
Let me guess: you were flying a pirate flag?
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Close enough - Australian, with US courtesy flag of course. I think we are the first Australian registered sailboat across Superior in a very long time.

Not many recreational boats on Superior right now. Apart from half a dozen ships and two fishing boats, we did not see any other boat on the open lake (for about 500km). We encountered two big power boats making the same trip while in port. I think CBP is just excited to see somebody.
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