Vasco: I quoted from the rules as printed. Your experience, and from your byline as a Canadian I assume, I do not question. The last time I cleared in to the USA and as the owner/captain of a US documented boat with a previously purchased customs required entry decal was in the spring of 2006. I did not have to show myself in person after I called in by phone
as required in the printed rules. Just my experience. I am aware of the new frequent crossing program but have not had a chance to use it yet. I think if you enter into a state other than Florida
that a US citizen might experience a different situation. Now I am opening up a new can of worms that I hesitated even mentioning because of the political aspects of the remarks but what the heck I will just say it. You are aware, I assume, that the current
US administration picks on Canadian boats because of their free and easy access to Cuba
and the fairly frequent travel that Canadian cruisers make to Cuba
. Its kinda like the way that Canadian border guards often really super inspect my camper for firearms and ammo when I make my almost annual pilgramage to my old home in Alaska
. Some folks just get more attention than others. This may or not apply in this case but one never knows. Cheer and fair winds.