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Old 04-09-2010, 06:28   #1
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US Cruising Permits ?

We are a Canadian boat preparing to head south to the Caribbean. Our boat will be trucked to MD and we will wait in the Chesapeake for weather. I've started the process to get a decal do I need additional cruising permits?
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:33   #2
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This is something I've never had to think about, so I can't offer firsthand experience, but a quick search of the CF archives came up with this article from Here's an excerpt...

Foreign yachts:
The captain must report the arrival of the yacht to Customs immediately and make formal entry within 24 hours. On arrival everyone must remain on board, except for the captain going ashore to report the arrival of the yacht. Documents needed include registration papers, a declaration of both ship's stores and crew's possessions, last port clearance, and a crew list. Clearance must be completed with Customs, Immigration, Health and Agriculture. Sometimes the Customs officer performs some or all of these other duties. On departure from the USA, yachts must clear out with Customs.
Foreign-flagged yachts (including Canadian ones, even if they are in possession of a CRUISING LICENCE, are required to notify Customs (Homeland Security) IMMEDIATELY when moving to a new berth, even if it is in the same port or face a possible $5,000 fine. See the USA reporting article for more information.
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You may also want to look at the Md tax situation. Not sure it applies but it may if you are going to stay in Md for any time. If it does then you may want to consider Delaware as an alternative.
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