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ID: 59 Title: Quarantine reality check... I have a cat aboard ! Replis: 8 Read: 4406 Author: 5  Page:[1]  2  
Name: Tom Yang  Posts: 110    Vancouver Time: 2003-2-5_7:24:52 Quote    Reply
I checked out the newest book "World Cruising Handbook" by Jimmy Cornell: All the regulations about animals onboard look so formidable. Many cruising cross roads, such as Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii.... have strict rules showing on paper.
But, ..... I have a cat and I just can't abandon him when I eventually set sail. A cat onboard can prevent singlehander from "seeing" things all the time. Of course, I will do everything I can prepare for him before I sail into the horizen, all shots and medical papers,... etc. Most quarantine regulations don't give it a damn, though. From all the cruising books I've read, even many of them were old timers, I don't see much fuss about the quarantine problem. How do cruisers get this done these days? Well, maybe nobody wants to brag about it after they broke the laws. What about say it under the "3rd party" format, you know, "my friend did this and that...". I'm eager to hear about your experience and recommendations.
Name: Cliff Yang  Posts: 5  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-2-6_22:54:8 Quote    Reply
Forum looks great
Name: Cliff Yang  Posts: 5  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-2-6_22:54:56 Quote    Reply
Good Job!
Name: Cliff Yang  Posts: 5  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-2-6_22:55:49 Quote    Reply
Your cat looks stupid though
Name: Svjoanna  Posts: 1  **  Vancouver Time: 2003-4-7_12:25:48 Quote    Reply
It is impossible to legally enter the Bahamas with a cat aboard a sailboat. I waited two months for the official required agricultural import form after sending my application with a five dollar remittance fee. I took my cat to the vet for a checkup and clean bill of health certificate ($40). The Bahamian rules require you to clear in within 48 hours after the health checkup. This is a real problem if you have to wait for a weather window to cross the Gulf Stream from Florida or you reenter the Bahamas on the return trip from the Caribbean. After clearing Customs in the Bahamas, the animal has to be rechecked by a Bahamian animal inspector before for the animal to remain in the Bahamas. Needless to say after all that trouble I missed the 48 hr deadline. When I arrived the customs "didn't ask" about any animals aboard and I "didn't tell". My cat has since passed away and I don't plan to get another animal to live on board. Too much red tape.
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