My 5 week sentence for being stupid enough to have mail sent to me in the Bahamas
is complete. The USPS web site says that International Priority Mail takes 6-10 days to arrive in the Bahamas
. They Lie. Mail sent to me February 13 by international priority mail finaly arrived today. This is the first time I have been out cruising long enough to worry about getting mail. The lesson has been learned. Despite a cost of $80-$120 to get the email
sent by Fed-ex, UPS, or DHL it is much cheaper in the long run to pay it and be able to move on with ones journey. It will still take a week or two to get your mail as it will be inspected by customs
and that can take a week or more. While Georgetown
is a nice place to visit, I wasn't planning on taking up residency and after 5 weeks I have so much growth on my anchor
chain I'm wondering if I'll actually be able to pull it up and leave in the morning. In any case the smell coming out of the anchor locker
is likely to be special.
Speaking of anchoring
, it was blowing 30+ last week with gusts to 40 and out of about 280 boats in Georgetown
only two dragged (probably a new record). The funny
part is that one was attached to one of the new government
balls. The mooring
actually broke and provided a little excitement just after cruisers midnight.
Speaking of Red Tape
, I came in at Bimini
and they could only give me a 90 day entry permit
. My original itinerary did not present a problem as I had planned to be back in civilization (at a Bahamian port of entry) in plenty of time to get an extension. The extra 3 weeks here has now put a bit of a crimp in that schedule, so I went Immigration here in Georgetown to get an extension before heading out into the boonedocks of the southern Bahamas. Sorry the man says you have too much time left on your current
, we won't give you a new one until you have less than a week on your current
one. I tried to explain that I would not be at a port of entry until after my current one expires. Too bad he says but you must get the new one before the current one expires. So I say well why don't you just give me the new one now. Sorry he says, can't be done.
Mr. Thompson Headf of Bahamas Immigration, was at the Georgetown regatta
and promised to address and solve the issue of short entry permits for the people while allowing the boats in for a year. Maybe, the instructions are in the Mail?
Oh well I guess there are worse places to be stuck.