Originally Posted by denalione
Heck, this has to be the politest conversation on this topic I've ever seen.
What exactly constitutes a "sealable locker" or "custom's locker"? Is there some standard to which they need to be built to?
Typically, it is a locker that cannot be opened in any way other than a door that is sealable by the customs agent.
If you have a regular wood locker in your boat that you can put a hasp on for a padlock, it may be acceptable by one customs agent and not another (even in the same country). If it is percieved to be accesable by some other means, other than the sealed door, it may not (and probably won't) pass. A welded closed locker on a steel
boat, with a steel
door and unaccessable hinges, would probably pass. Even then, some countries will not allow firearms unless you have a 24-hour guard (like on a commercial
ship). Some, won't allow them at all
The bigger issue is the fact that YOU
are liable for the contents of that locker NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS.
That means if your boat is broken into and the contents removed, you are resposible for any duty or laws that may have been committed by the removal
of the contents. A VERY
risky proposition when it comes to firearms.
I would say that if that happens to you, get on the next plane out of the country or be prepared to spend a long time in some very nasty jail, where you don't understand what Buba is telling you to do. The other alternative would be just to leave the country without checking out and sail back to your home
port (just hope that the thief wasn't a cousin of the customs officer and he sees you leaving). If you check into another port (without clearing Customs from your previous port), there is the chance of being arrested at that port.