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  •  Well Kindly Go Fuck Yourself Then (1+ / 1-)
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    We went to the Cay Sal Banks a large uninhabited atoll off the coast of Cuba.  Although Bahamian waters, guys who had been there previously had been boarded by the Cuban Navy, who weren't hostile.   It's only about 90 miles from Florida.

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:27:53 PM PST

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    •  So you and a group decided to go... (0+ / 0-)

      on a yacht charter to a location known to have problems with pirates when there are so many other locations you could have chosen the same distance from Florida?

      Were you going on a yacht charter or a hunting trip?

      Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

      by reflectionsv37 on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:35:06 PM PST

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    •  And where did you clear customs... (1+ / 0-)
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      in the Bahamas since you were sailing to an uninhabited atoll? Seems you have little respect for the immigration laws of other countries.

      Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

      by reflectionsv37 on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:40:08 PM PST

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      •  Well This Was Pre 9-11 (1+ / 0-)
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        And I don't know what the rules were, but it was Ok with the guy that chartered us the boat in Big Pine Key, and we had our own captain who was a by-the-book guy.  And there were probably lots of Cuban fishing boats that went there (we didn't see anyone) and the Cuban navy was around, but they weren't administering anything.   I'm pretty certain the closest port was in Cuba.  I think the Bahamians just left the area alone.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/...

        It was a dangerous area for a boat of any size to just be motoring around as many of the tiny  islands weren't even on the charts.  The bottom was carpeted with boat wreckage often from several eras scrambled together, including tool boxes, clothing, and anchors just a few weeks old (that's creepy).   i got a little ships bell, nothing special, but a nice memento.

        There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

        by bernardpliers on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 07:53:52 PM PST

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        •  You might want to read... (0+ / 0-)

          this comment by pelagicray. You're fortunate you didn't end up in jail for thinking you can just sail on into to any country you want, unannounced, and bring your assault rifles with you. Pirates or no pirates, they don't care.

          And if you think the examples in that post are extreme, do some reasearch and see what happens if you do that in some of the countries in Southeast Asia.

          And by the way, you don't clear Bahamian customs in a Cuban port. Obviously, your "by the book" captain didn't know what he was doing. All of you illegal entered another country and illegally brought firearms into that country. Ever stop to think what would happen to a boatload of people from another country who showed up in US waters armed with assault weapons?

          Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

          by reflectionsv37 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 01:52:40 PM PST

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        •  Are you under the impression that before 911... (0+ / 0-)

          no other countries had immigration policies?

          Standard procedure for entering another country, and these date back 100's of years, is to proceed to a port of entry, raise your "Q" flag, a yellow quarantine flag and await instructions from officials. These rules were in effect back then primarily as a health issue so that the crews of these vessels couldn't  bring diseases into a country.

          These procedures are still in effect for nearly every country I've visited although some now require pre-authorized visas before you even get to this point.

          As an example, the country of Fiji requires all foreign vessels to arrive at one of 3, may be 4 now, ports of entries. Any vessel that even drops it's anchor in Fijian waters, even if they never step foot on land, before clearing customs is subject to severe penalties. I personally know of one vessel, back in the early 2000's that was fined $5000USD for doing just this.

          Before you and another group decide to sail into some other countries waters, it would behoove you to first read up on the rules of that country and make sure you properly clear customs according to the rules of that country. Failure to do so might just get you labeled as a "drug smuggler" or more appropriately, "armed revolutionary".

          Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

          by reflectionsv37 on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 02:19:30 PM PST

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      •  And When I Say "Pirates" I Mean Drug Smugglers (0+ / 0-)

        Who would kill everyone on a pleasure boat and load it with drugs so they could openly sail back into US waters.

        There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

        by bernardpliers on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:43:04 AM PST

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