Another thing is the rules and regulations
change all the time, and what is actually happening on the ground is different than what is published on the government
website. Once you get going you will get connected to the cruisers grapevine that will have the latest and best information: where to clear in and out to avoid hassles, exactly what paperwork and fees
to expect, how to get stuff shipped in at lowest cost and hassle, etc. On the West Coast
you can start to pick up on all this stuff by reading Latitude 38 online. Noonsite is good for basic information on most cruising destinations. For odd sticky questions ask here and you'll get twelve different answers, and one of them might be correct!