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Old 28-12-2012, 10:28   #16
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Problem #3: Corrosion if stored on deck, and draining the gas and ... "


Answer: Diesel motorcycles - the only way to go!
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Old 28-12-2012, 11:25   #17
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Licensing the driver and vehicle in each foreign country.
No, many countries are signatories to the 1968 or 1949 1929 UN or international treaties on driving licences etc. more then 70 countries are signatories and many many more abide by it.

In essence you should get your "International Driving Permit" ( which is typically given by having your own permit) and once you have your own insurance cover there are no other formalities. This only applies to short stay tourists of course.

in the US such permits are obtained from the American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance's National Automobile Club
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Ahh yes...lesson learned.... "dont ask, play dumb!"
So even one of those foldable pedal bikes peeps carry..aren't allowed in the bahamas?
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Old 28-12-2012, 12:15   #19
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Don't forget to consider the actual weight. A true "motorcycle" - even a smaller one, is very heavy. It won't be easy to get on and off the boat, can't be carried in a dinghy, and is likely to throw off the balance of your boat.

A "motor scooter" is a different matter, but will still suffer from corrosion and regulation, and will not be much better than a bicycle for most applications.
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Old 28-12-2012, 12:18   #20
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Ive been looking at the foldable battery powered bikes.
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So even one of those foldable pedal bikes peeps carry..aren't allowed in the bahamas?
That's what I had when I was there last. Don't know what possessed me but for some reason I decided to ask if there were any requirements for a bicycle when I cleared customs. Don't recall all the details but I would have to import the bike, have it inspected, pay duty, get some sort of permit, etc, etc, etc. so decided I would just fold it up and store it.

However, got to Nassau and saw a lot of locals riding bikes and none had any sort of tag or marking on it so I figured to hell with the paperwork and rode it all over town for a week or so and was never questioned.

So technically I think I was supposed to go through a huge pile of BS to legally ride the bike in the Bahamas but practically it was no problem at all.
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Can be done. (Although I don't think I would cross the Pacific like this).
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Re: motorcycle on board, how hard can it be
Back in the 70's and '80's, I carried a small Honda moped below deck on the Daedalus. We easily hoisted it thru our hatch all assembled and swung it out onto our 9' Whaler. We only used it in remote locations and never delt with registration and such. In fact, I didn't even think about it. In the towns we walked and in the cities we used public transporaton. See Album #2, photo 14 of 49. You will see a load of beach combing stuff. All exhibited in our Biophilia Museum today. www.biophilia.net
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However, got to Nassau and saw a lot of locals riding bikes and none had any sort of tag or marking on it so I figured to hell with the paperwork and rode it all over town for a week or so and was never questioned.
OMG wow, and you have no idea how close you were to spending the rest of your life rotting in a Bahamian prison... Reminds me of the kid who is being held in Mexican prison for divulging a rifle when he was crossing the border.
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Can be done. (Although I don't think I would cross the Pacific like this).
This is not even safe for crossing the bay.
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Actually more secure than it looks. Wheels were tied off to the Toe Rail bikes leaning on foams and tied across to each other ... they never moved an inch. We were in protected waters though.
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A friend of mine with a 17metre Jungert (custom) kept an FLH and a customised Harley (his n hers) in his transom along with his dinghy etc... no problems... just reverse in, lower the transom (hydraulic) put the ramp out and ride em off...
Another carried a Honda monkey bike that he charged all over the place on... no good for distances but great for local stuff....
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Actually more secure than it looks. Wheels were tied off to the Toe Rail bikes leaning on foams and tied across to each other ... they never moved an inch. We were in protected waters though.
My concern is about the lack of access to the bow of the boat.I guess a better sailor than me doesn't need that, but for me I would be nervous piloting a boat that I can't walk across in a few seconds.
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Haaa i remember the old Di Blassi from my father, good for dock races and rides around the marina,,,,
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buy a di blasi r7e gas powered and folds up small, only good for local trips 10-20 kilometers, 30 kgs in a bag and will fit in any dinghy that has capacity to take extra 30kg load like this
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