Confusion About VHF Radio Licenses for U.S. Boats Cruising in Canada

There’s been confusion about VHF radio license requirements for U.S. pleasure craft cruising in Canada. Here’s the straight scoop on the situation: For some time, the U.S. has not required pleasure craft under 20 meters (65 feet) to have station licenses or individual operator permits for travel in U.S. waters. For foreign travel, a station…

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Great Link for Weather Buoy Data

Waggoner reader George Johnson directed us to www.ndbc.noaa.gov to get complete, near-real-time observations from weather buoys and land stations in B.C. and U.S. waters. The web site is easy to navigate and its information is extremely useful. With a few clicks you can get complete data on wind speed, wave height, air temperature, barometric pressure,…

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Weather Information by Cell Phone

I was reviewing the advice on crossing the Strait of Juan de Fuca and found it to be very helpful. I would like to add my own tip for those who have one of the newer cell phones that surfs the Net. You can add the specific NOAA pages to your favorites and pull up…

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Nexus/Canpass/I-68 Comparison

You need to pre-clear if you want to clear either U.S. or Canada Customs by telephone. For U.S. Customs, pre-clearance is by Nexus or I-68. For Canada Customs, pre-clearance is by Canpass. Here is a quick comparison of the three programs. For more complete information about Nexus, I-68 and U.S. Customs, see U.S. Customs Small…

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Nexus Border Crossing Phone-in Pre-clearance Changes

Effective April 30, 2007 Nexus border pre-clearance can be used in place of Canpass for telephone check-in into Canada. After phone-in, Nexus card holders still must land at a designated landing site at an agreed-upon time, although as with Canpass they may depart without penalty if a Canada Customs officer does not show up to…

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Canadian Customs Clearance Number Reminder

I would like to underscore your recommendation that U.S. boaters in Canadian waters post their customs clearance number in a side window (Waggoner Cruising Guide, 2008, p. 16). We have seen increased vigilance over the last few years in northern B.C. waters. Customs officers can be seen walking the docks at Prince Rupert Rowing and…

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Nexus Cards Easy & Convenient

Hi Bob, I just got NEXUS cards for my family. Here’s the story. Feel free to post it in your website. Regards, Raul Biascoechea M/V Moondance NEXUS Membership—Easy and Convenient After having I-68s and experiencing the convenience of calling in, rather than stopping at a port of entry, my wife and I decided to get…

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Food Restrictions from Canada to the U.S.

We couldn’t reply via e-mail because Richard’s mailbox was no longer available. Bob, The customs restrictions on food when crossing into Canada and back to the US seem to have changed from time to time lately, and it’s a crap shoot deciding what we can bring across. Do you know an authoritative web site where…

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Beef, Beef By-Products Restricted by U.S. Customs

Uh-oh. The Waggoner says beef and beef by-products can enter the U.S. Customs officers at the Seattle Boat Show said no. Don’t bring beef or anything that has beef in it into the U.S. This includes canned food such as the ever-popular but never opened cans of Dinty Moore stew. Note that food and other…

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