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Rules & Requirements For Cruising

By Little Gidding - Published February 28, 2006 - Viewed 1104 times

RULES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CRUISING

From Cory:

I was just curious about any rules there are when boating overseas from Canada? Can you please tell me what I would have to do to travel from Canada like you. I notice you have been gone since 1994. Wow, wish it was me. Here in Winnipeg it was -50 yesterday and I'm fed up with winter. I have never owned a boat but I want to buy one and travel to Hawaii or somewhere warm. Please e-mail me and let me know of some hope, please.

Hi Cory,

Yes, there's hope. Just about anyone can get a boat and sail away if they have the desire. What it takes is a bit of money and a lot of determination. Seagoing boats are not cheap, but if you're willing to invest in an older vessel without the latest bells and whistles, there's probably something affordable out there with your name on it. It really comes down to your personal comfort threshold. Can you survive without TV and refrigeration and daily hot freshwater showers? Of course, you can bring all these amenities with you if you have a big enough budget. The greater challenge will be deciding to quit your job (and the comfort of a reliable income) and leave the security of family, friends and home.

As for "rules", travelling by boat to foreign places isn't a lot different from travelling by plane or car except that the entry procedures are often more detailed. In some countries there are restrictions on where you can take your boat. You'll need registration papers for the boat to prove that it's yours, a passport to prove who you are, and a measure of patience for dealing with forms and officials. Not a big deal, really.

Hope this helps. Good luck in realizing your dreams. By the way, it's sunny and 83 degrees F here in the Bahamas right now. Thought you'd like to know.





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