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Old 26-01-2011, 16:07   #1
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US Clearance - Bahamas Clearance Issues

So I have sailed my newly bought US Documented vessel from grenada to the Bahamas.
2 issues.
I cleared Turks and Caicos with the intention of clearing into the Bahamas at Mayugana.
However, due to weather, etc, etc. I kept going and am now anchored near Nassau. My 'Q' flag is still flying - I intended to clear in the morning.
But, now I'm thinking just to go straight thru to Miami...
Not sure if this is ok????
Other issue.
I do not have a customs "decal". Not sure how to enter US waters. I need to pay duty on the boat etc.
Should I just go thru to Miami and call customs.
Or clear into the Bahamas, and reasearch over a beer or three at atlantis??
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Old 26-01-2011, 16:35   #2
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Well, is $300 an issue? That'll be the fee for Bahamas Clearing. Otherwise, keep the Q flag flying and catch the SE breeze over to Florida. Call US customs asap and they'll tell you to pass by to their office to clear. Shouldn't be an issue. You'll be there in less than 24hours.

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Old 26-01-2011, 16:41   #3
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If you clear into Bahamas they will charge you $300 for a cruising permit unless you can convince them you are a 'yacht in transit' and stopped to make repairs!! However, the last person I know who broke their rules got a big fine.

If you go into Miami immediately go to Homeland Security at the Cruise Ship dock. If you can't go without 'passing go' call them on their 24 hr number which then gives you 24 hrs to go to Homeland Security.

I have done it 10 times both in US CG documented vessels and a Brit one.

US documented, probably no duty due but customs will certainly tell you.

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