Originally Posted by wayne.b
That's not entirely accurate. You are not required to divert to a closer port of entry if you are en route
to a different port. We've checked in many times at Nassau
and also Green Turtle Cay. No one has ever questioned that strategy and of course we always give our last port of call as somewhere in the US. What does get you into a gray area legally is stopping to anchor
. You are definitely not allowed to get off the boat
, same with stopping at a non-port of entry. You should start flying the yellow Q flag as soon as you enter Bahamian waters.
I WOULDN'T ARGUE WITH ANYTHING YOU SAY. However, relative to most of the Bahamas
, you're leaving out the most important fact - there's no police (Nassau excepted)!! And even if you did happen on to one, he would try to sell you a ride in his cab or braid your hair (watch out for lyce), rather than ruin your day with Government
We and 1,000's more, sail from Florida
to the Grand Bahama Bank, north of West End, then on to Sail Cay to anchor
and rest up, before heading to the Abacos to check in. Never a question or problem. Sometimes I even remember to put the yellow flag up, sometimes not. As a Bahamian would say: "No Problem". They take Government
Rules much less seriously than we do!!
The USA hires high school
grads with tennis shoes and a buzz cut. Fills them full of UURAA and now they are a solution chasing a problem, with 1200 hp mounted on the transom. None of those guys work
for the Bahamas
, they can't afford them, but then they don't need to afford them, they use ours who come and go at will.