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Susancruiser 30-03-2012 12:33

Grand Cayman, Anchorages, Pets
 
Any suggestions for a marina or anchorage in Grand Cayman for a boat with a 6 foot draft? We like to have 10 feet of water. Does anyone have any experience checking into Grand Cayman with pets? We have two cats on board that never leave the boat. Thanks.

Matt sachs 30-03-2012 13:02

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We were in Grand Cayman last month and asked about that. I was told that you are not allowed to live aboard. period. They are very concerned about appearance, and don't want to see laundry hanging from someones boom. I was also told you will get a huge fine for dropping an anchor unless its an emergency. Don't know about pets, and didnt see any sailboats on seven mile beach. I did, however, see plenty of big sailboats in the bay. This dosent really answer you question, but thats what I was told. :)

s/v Holiday 30-03-2012 13:24

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We brought or dog with us and were required to have current rabies shots, a Titer test, and she had to have a microchip. Our dog file is bigger than the one for the boat.

CJ

Matt sachs 30-03-2012 13:31

Re: Grand Cayman, anchorages, pets
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by s/v Holiday (Post 919893)
We brought or dog with us and were required to have current rabies shots, a Titer test, and she had to have a microchip. Our dog file is bigger than the one for the boat.

CJ


Is what I was told accurate about living aboard?

s/v Holiday 30-03-2012 15:42

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Hi Matt,

I have not heard that yet. I know of a few people living on their boats and have been doing so for years. I know cruisers can stay for up to 6 months with no fees. Just grab one of the free moorings provided. Anchoring is allowed but it must be in the sand away from the reefs.

There is a great cruising guide online for free at Cayman Islands Cruising Guide

Check it out and it might have more info than I.

Cheechako 30-03-2012 16:16

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Yeah, I've been to Cayman 3 times by air and not seen many boats. Not really much there of great interest anyway. They are set up to milk the tourist dollar. No matter where 4 of us ate, it was very difficult 15 years ago to eat for less than $150.

Boatguy30 30-03-2012 16:42

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Best anchorage is in a artifical harbor on the west side of the north bight. Near the yacht club/ marina which was still mostly closed down due to hurrican damage 3 years agoi. No problems for 6 feet. There is a launch ramp across from Costco type store you can take your dinghy to.

I would imagine if you don't say anything about the cats the immigration guys will see them but not ask. Long way from town at that anchorage. You can take a free mooring off the town, but very rolly.

There are some liveaboards about, but import duty is so high on a boat that you're better of in an apartment on shore I would guess. Ironic as is such a tax haven for megayachts!

Won't see any large yacht flying the CI flag in the CI!!

s/v Holiday 30-03-2012 19:21

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Originally Posted by Cheechako
Yeah, I've been to Cayman 3 times by air and not seen many boats. Not really much there of great interest anyway. They are set up to milk the tourist dollar. No matter where 4 of us ate, it was very difficult 15 years ago to eat for less than $150.

Must have had a lot of drinks. I eat out at nice places here all the time for under $40 for the 2 of us.

Lots of great diving here as well

Cheechako 31-03-2012 10:08

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Yeah, I was there for the diving and it is great. We tried to find retaurants off the beaten path but werent very sucessful...

caradow 31-03-2012 10:23

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Cheechako, please inform me where in the Caribbean they are not set to "milk the tourist dollar". There are a lot of less unsophisticated islands but they all milk the dollar in their own ways. After all, other than boat building, fishing, a few fruits and vegetables and ganja there is nothing left other than tourism and that's where you fit in. These people have children to feed too and it is not like they can go to work in a silicon valley. However don't forget that the Cayman's other than great diving, and having one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean is also an amazing financial center for it's size. By the way you can also eat cheaply in Manhattan if you know where to go.

Cheechako 31-03-2012 10:36

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Yeah I hear ya, but I guess it's a sliding scale. Cayman being near the top. Bahamas (other than Paradise Isl)...hell... they dont seem to care if you want to spend money! DR is more just a "normal" culture... not waiting... drooling for the next cruise ship. Etc etc... there are a lot of places with real forests and palm trees and a non tourist attitude. Too much rock and low scrub on Cayman for me to think they should be expensive. But hey, whatever turns a person on is good. I had fun there, it's just different than other places I guess.... Maybe my initial post was a little strong (?), just hard for me to imagine wanting to visit there by sailboat... JMHO

caradow 31-03-2012 11:05

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Cheechako,
the only thing I could add is just don't forget if you are in the Cayman's it's also just an overnight sail to Cuba!
cheers and good sailing

bobconnie 31-03-2012 11:18

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:thumb:To us it's just a stop, to rest up if we need it ! and we have picked up a few fruits and veggies there a time or two, but it's not really a place we would care to stay even for the diving ! theres so much good diving thru out the Carrib I really don't worry about that! LOL And I catch plenty of fish at sea !! LOL most of my diving these days is to ck the anchor and the wheel !! just 2 cents from a old guy

Matt sachs 31-03-2012 15:05

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Quote:

Originally Posted by s/v Holiday (Post 919994)
Hi Matt,

I have not heard that yet. I know of a few people living on their boats and have been doing so for years. I know cruisers can stay for up to 6 months with no fees. Just grab one of the free moorings provided. Anchoring is allowed but it must be in the sand away from the reefs.

There is a great cruising guide online for free at Cayman Islands Cruising Guide

Check it out and it might have more info than I.

That's great to know. I love the diving there.

annk 02-04-2012 08:21

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Susancruise are you looking to keep your boat in Grand Cayman or simply passing through?

We were there last year and were not made aware of any non-liveaboard rules. we stayed a month. Picked up a free mooring as directed by the harbour master. Off seven mile beach. Stayed there until it got a bit too rolly then moved round to the other side of the peninsula. Pretty shallow entrance through the reef but plenty of boats seem to do it.There are a couple of marinas in there. We anchored in a small cut that was very protected but a bit hot and buggy. Good dinghy access to shore though :-)

You won't see many cruising boats as it's pretty much off the beaten track for most.

We found the place expensive but some good grocery stores to provision in if you are heading to Cuba.

They are strict with animal quarantine,you need to check out whether they are happy that the cats don't leave the boat. Okay maybe if you are at anchor but a bit more of a problem in a marina.

daydreamer 10-04-2012 08:48

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Quote:

Originally Posted by s/v Holiday (Post 919893)
We brought or dog with us and were required to have current rabies shots, a Titer test, and she had to have a microchip. Our dog file is bigger than the one for the boat.

s/v Holiday - did you have to get involved with the "pet import permit" when checking your dogs in to the Cayman Islands?

Similar to Susancruiser, we hope to visit with two cats that never leave the boat. But that import permit looks daunting.

Thanks.

Dave 10-04-2012 09:12

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I was in GC a couple of years ago in September for sail repair. Customs were very friendly and gave us the GPS coordinates for getting in and across North Sound to the remains of the Yacht club where we tied up to a cement wall. The yacht club manager "Junior" was a great help and super nice guy offering his cell phone and pick up truck so that we could get our main sail over to Mendez Upholstry for repair. (September - most yacht services were closed). Great people !

All you can eat Tacos $5.00.

Dave L38 #38

s/v Holiday 10-04-2012 21:30

Quote:

Originally Posted by daydreamer

s/v Holiday - did you have to get involved with the "pet import permit" when checking your dogs in to the Cayman Islands?

Similar to Susancruiser, we hope to visit with two cats that never leave the boat. But that import permit looks daunting.

Thanks.

Yes we had to go by the book. It is a lot to fill out but if you follow the info on the Internet you should have no problem. All very nice people to deal with and we called ahead to talk to them to be sure we had everything we needed.

susan 238 16-04-2012 09:14

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Does anyone have any experience checking a cat into Panama or countries between US and Panama? I have the usda form 7001 completed with the titlers test reflected but it was done in December.

Looking for help or advise or experience. What I have read indicates a 10 day period which I cant meet on a sail boat.

Susan from Erie spirit

Boatguy30 16-04-2012 16:11

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We found a kitten in Antigua, Guatemala and brought here back to the boat. Long story, but biggest issue was getting her on the bus back to the Rio Dulce. Bus driver made us put here in a cardboard box under the bus and I had to roam the streets of Guatemala City for a bodega with packing tape!

We had no issues in Columbia as no officials went aboard (2005) or in San Blas. When we measured for the canal we took the cat to a friends boat during the appointment on the flats to avoid any hassles.

My wife flew back to the US with the cat from Tahiti as NZ was going to be a major hassle. The only papers we had on the cat were from a Columbian vet and my wife was declaring like 12 countries since left the US, but nary a question. Airline form LAX to Michigan made here buy an FAA cat carrier in the airport. Had flown air france in a canvas tote bag under the seat, but they did make here go thru the carry-on x-ray belt in tahiti. She never went ashore at anytime between the Rio Dulce and Tahiti.


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