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Old 29-01-2012, 06:21   #1
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Joining a Vessel in Trinidad

Boat is not there yet, Captain can't sign papers. I don't want to buy a return ticket from there. Going to BVI's then leave from St. Thomas. I wonder if I have the St Thomas to home ticket if that will satisfy the immigration officials. Any thoughts?
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Boat is not there yet, Captain can't sign papers. I don't want to buy a return ticket from there. Going to BVI's then leave from St. Thomas. I wonder if I have the St Thomas to home ticket if that will satisfy the immigration officials. Any thoughts?
Stay in St Thomas till the boat arrives... then join it
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Old 29-01-2012, 07:42   #3
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Stay in St Thomas till the boat arrives... then join it
I guess you are a nightclub comic! You have missed the point I want to join the boat in Trinidad, Thanks, B.M.
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Re: joining a vessel in Trinidad,

Buy a ticket from Trinidad to St Thomas or wait wherever you are until boat arrives and captain can fax you proper papers to get you into Trinidad to sign on the vessel.
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Re: Joining a Vessel in Trinidad

Hi Chester,

You don't need anything to buy your ticket down, just to check in at the airport (and sometimes to clear C&I at your destination).

Presumably you have a copy of your US Documentation for the boat. As owner, you can write a letter on your own behalf stating that you are flying to Trinidad to join the boat with the intention of leaving Trinidad by sea. I can send you a draft letter if you like.

A fax or scan/e-mail of the cruising permit would dot the i's and cross the t's but shouldn't be necessary.

Think of the paperwork (letter, Documentation, Cruising Permit) as the equivalent of an ongoing ticket. It assures the airline that they aren't going to get stuck with repatriation costs if you get in trouble, and the T&T government that you aren't planning to become a burden on their society.

Incidentally, schedule is a moving target. I don't buy my tickets home until I have feet back on the ground. Simply too many things that can and have changed.
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Re: Joining a Vessel in Trinidad

Auspicious is spot on. Only problem I had was that I had a fax of the crew letter not an original. They gave me heck for that but let me by. Thats the TT customs people. If you have a copy of the boat doc and an original you should be fine.

Clearing out is a trip too! Have fun.
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