However, the decal issue was making me nervous, esp as I will be leaving here in 4 working days. I therefore called Customs
in Eastport, and got the info from the "horse's mouth".
It is more appropriate for me, clearing in for a cruiser's permit
and leaving only once more in a calendar year to enter Canada
, and esp where I have never had the decal before, to pay the fee and get the decal when I clear into the US.
Likely, the next time I enter the US, they will prefer I already have a current
They also clarified that I have to call each state office as I touch any shore or dock
, and that I need only call Maine's office as I leave for Canada
. Quite reasonable for a country at "war".
Now, have you guys arrived at a consensus as to the best option(s) for clearing in? We seem to have Jacksonville
, Daytona Beach, Cape Canaveral, Fernandina Beach (can't find this on charts
- can you help?), and Lake Worth
(West Palm Beach, right?)Saving time in the Gulf Stream
to waste fighting a river current
and searching for a far-away office in a bad part of town doesn't sound like fun. Still, the charts
make the Jax option look rational wrt the crossing, and if you guys say it is worth it, then it becomes "Plan A". What are the most northerly Bahama ports
I might consider for clearing out?
I am glad to hear that many do attempt to use the Stream to their advantage in this area. When attempting to get experience for our travels, we once chartered a boat
("Footloose" and Vince Travato) from Miami
and back. His philosophy seemed to be to get a good weather
window but to spend as little time as possible in the Stream. This impression may have been the result of his course and the particular weather
Vasco: I once took my father to the boat
show">Annapolis boat show, and loved the place, at least during the show. Is it cruiser-friendly and economical for a stop? Got any other Chesapeake recommendations?
I hope I'm not stretching my welcome. I'm sure I will get more advice
from sailors as I explore the Bahamas
. There is comfort in having a plan, even if it is just to be able to ask (non-stupid) questions. Hopefully, this thread can help others, as well.