Originally Posted by Sergey
Hi Scott, I plan to clear at west end too. Do I have to get a slip? Can I anchor outside and use my dingie to visit customs? Thanks
As others have said, tie up to the sea wall to clear customs. This does not obligate you to stay at the marina. If you do choose to stay at the marina, it is nice but expensive. I opted for a slip a few weeks ago when the weather
got strong NW and it was $100 for a 30-foot boat, and that's without power.
I've anchored in both Cross Bay and the anchorage north of marina on the banks. Cross Bay is not a place you want to be if there is even a slight chance of west through NE wind
, but I find it's fine in a gentle prevailing SE wind
, having gentle surge in those conditions.
The anchorage north of the marina is on the banks and has a lot of current
. The bottom is fairly scoured with elevated sections of dense sea grass
. There are however, good sand spots to drop the hook in. Between the shallow water
of the banks and the island it offers reasonable protection from most directions. Beware of being here when a strong northerly clocks from NW-N, as the waves will break on the bank where you need to enter and exit. (odds are if you just crossed the stream, there will not be these conditions) The deep water
area is much, much larger (and deeper) than my garmin
maps indicated. It's a short dingy ride to the beach by the beach bar/restaurant.
I prefer to do a day sail to arrive at WE, but if you do a night sail, you can clear in when they open and move on to Mangrove, Great Sale
or Grand Cays/Double Breasted that day.
I think the issue with boat items and customs come when people have them mailed or bring them on the plane. I've never had or heard of customs giving people a hard time at check-in regarding boat parts. My experience is they mostly just want your cruising permit money, (which they've always wanted in cash.)