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Old 16-09-2020, 12:19   #1
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Sailing St. Lawrence Seaway - Border Issues?

Next spring, I'm planning to move my sailboat to Prescott Ontario, opposite Ogdensburg NY on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Today it's blowing a good 15+ knots from the SW, straight downriver. I have no problem with tacking upwind to the thousand islands, but my question is: as a Canadian licensed sailboat, if we happen to occasionally cross the line (the Intl. border), while in transit upriver, would that draw unwanted attention (like boarding!) from the US authorities.

This would be strictly in-transit sailing and I'd leave my class B AIS xmit on at all times, mostly for benefit of ship traffic in the channel. I'm well aware of the requirement to clear into USA before anchoring or docking there, using ROAM app for example.

Anyone with first hand experience on the US-Canada border, from the perspective of Canadian citizens sailing on the Seaway - I would appreciate your input. Thanks!
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