On the day of the “big launch” we had to first unwrap it…..felt just like Christmas! (and no, Ronnie didn’t shake it first to see if he could guess what was inside)
Whew! That took 45 minutes in the hot, hot sun! Cutting strings, detaching this, detaching that…..at least now we feel better about how much we paid to have the boat wrapped…..they did a better job than the factory probably did!
After we carefully unwrapped our boat the next step was to put her name on….do you people realize how difficult it is to name a boat? (by the way, we already had custom letters made BEFORE we knew we needed to have the name approved by the Belize Port Authority first…oops). Luckily they approved her name with no problem…..
Are you all wondering what amazing name we came up with?
Caye Da Di Sea……it’s “Key to the Sea” with a little Belizean twist.
She’s looking good and is ready for the water!
Now that our boat was ready it was time for the “big launch”. Since we only have a golf cart and there aren’t that many boat ramps on the island, we left the logistics of launching our boat up to our dockmaster Mr. Charley….
Mr. Charley’s plan was to use the big tractor….but where can we launch the boat? There isn’t a boat launch on our property. No problem – just use the main beach to launch your boat!
It was a very exciting day around here as the tractor prepared to bring our boat to the beach.
Hooking up the boat….
The guys trying to push the boat off the trailer….
Ok….we needed a few more guys…..
Once the boat was launched we were ready to hit the water…..luckily we planned ahead and already had our Captain’s Licenses! Click here to read how that experience went…..but wait, we still have one last step to complete:
We needed to register our boat!
Lisa called the Port Authority to ask exactly what paperwork we needed and which safety equipment needs to be on the boat in order to register it –
Here’s the answer she was given:
“For the paperwork you just need your QRP Customs Exemption Letter, the Bill of Sale and the Boat Title”
Easy enough we had all of that.
Lisa inquired…what else do we need? Do we need any specific safety equipment on the boat?
“You just need enough life jackets for the people on the boat, a throw cushion, be sure all of your lights work, be sure your bilge pump works, and that you have a communication system on the boat.”
Great – that’s not too much…so Lisa clarifies:
“So we don’t need a first aid kit on board?” – Their answer, “well – yes you need that.”
“What about a distress kit or flares?” – Their answer, “well yes – you definitely need at least marine flares on your boat when you come to register it.”
Lisa asks again, “Is there anything else that is required to be on the boat in order to register it?” Their answer, “ Oh yes, you need mooring lines and a fire extinguisher and a compass too”
Ok – so we now had the complete list of required items we needed in order to register our boat……one of the first lessons we learned living here is to always ask follow up questions to clarify answers……take the time to get all of the information and always stay positive!
It’s always best to ask as many questions as they will allow….and keep smiling!
We drove down to the Belize Port Authority with all of our documents and safety equipment and in less than an hour we were approved and registered!
As we were leaving the Port Authority we saw the carnival leaving the island….Ronnie said he’s pretty sure that the bus on the barge had people inside of it too!
Ok, that’s enough typing for the day….it’s time to hit the water!
Wanna read more about the logistics of shipping a boat from Florida to Belize? Click here!