Category Archives: Boating

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Pleasure Boaters Be Warned!

Clearing U.S. Customs Regulations for Pleasure Boaters

Recent changes in Homeland Security Laws have made it necessary for all pleasure boaters entering U.S. waters from foreign ports to contact U.S. Customs and abide by the following guidelines. This will ensure a safe and convenient re-entry.

What Alternative Inspection Programs Do These Ports Accept

Local Boater Option (LBO) Program

Participants in this program may report their arrival to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) by calling one of the telephone numbers below. Unless directed by a CBP officer, a participant in this program does not have to report for an in-person inspection.

Visit SVRS to apply online for LBO participation and schedule an appointment for an interview at one of the authorized enrollment centers.

Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS)

In March 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Protection developed the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) for the Florida area of responsibility (AOR). SVRS is a web-based automated online reporting system created for the LBO participants to expeditiously report their intended arrivals from foreign ports. In addition, the web-based system will facilitate the enrollment of new applicants for the LBO program. New applicants will be able to enroll and make an appointment for a face-to-face interview with a CBP officer at an authorized reporting location of their choosing. Once participation in the LBO program is granted by CPB, the participant will receive an email with their Boater Registration (BR) number and password for SVRS. Current LBO participants must apply online for a password to access the float plan functions of SVRS.

The program is designed  to provide LBO participants an easy-to-use web-based tool to record and update their intended international travel on a private vessel by filing a float plan.

Float plans consist of biographical information of all persons intending on traveling, vessel registration information and itinerary information. Once a float plan is entered and activated, SVRS will issue a float plan number. The float plan will be verified by CBP prior to the vessel’s return to the United States. Upon return to the U.S., the LBO participant who filed the float plan will contact the CBP Small Vessel Call Center (SVCC) to make a formal notification of arrival. Persons traveling, who are not LBO members, must report to their nearest CBP office for immigration processing within 24-hours of arrival.

To file a float plan, go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Small Vessel Reporting System online at

What telephone number do I call upon arrival into Florida?

The Florida Small Vessel Call Center (SVCC) can be reached at 1-800-432-1216 or 1-800-451-0393.

To make a formal notification of arrival on a float plan filed in SVRS, call 1-877-330-7327.

What information do I have to have when I call?

Vessel masters must have the following information available:

  • Name, date of birth and citizenship of all persons on board (including passport number);
  • Name of the boat and/or boat registration (BR) number;
  • CBP user fee decal number (if 30 feet or longer);
  • Homeport and current location; and
  • Return contact number.

Vessel masters who files a float plan in SVRS only have to provide the float plan number.

After formal notification of arrival is made by the master of the vessel, those persons onboard who are not members of the Local Boater Option (LBO) program or have been selected by CBP for an inspection, will have 24-hours to report for a face-to-face inspection at one of the following reporting locations during their hours of operation.



Daytona Beach International Airport (Daytona Beach)
720 Catalina Drive, Suite 100, Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Phone: 386-248-8043

Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale)
1800 Eller Drive, Suite 104, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Phone: 954-761-2000

Fernandina Beach
403 North 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32024
Phone: 904-261-6154

Fort Myers – SW Florida International Airport (Fort Myers)
11000 Terminal Access Road, Ft. Myers, Florida 33913
Phone: 239-561-6205

Fort Pierce – St. Lucie County International Airport (Fort Pierce )
2990 Curtis King Blvd, Ft. Pierce, Florida 34946
Phone: 772-461-1733

10426 Alta Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32226
Phone: 904-714-3100

Key West
Federal Building, 301 Simonton Street, Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: 305-296-5411

Port Manatee (Manatee)
400 Tampa Bay Way, Palmetto, Florida 34221
Phone: 813-634-1369

Port of Miami (Miami)
903 South America Way, Terminal H, Miami, Florida 33132
Phone: 305-536-4758 Ext. 5

One Air Terminal Parkway, Melbourne, Florida 32901
Phone: 321-674-5796

Orlando (Customs House) (Orlando)
9043 Tradeport Drive, Orlando, Florida 32827-5314
Phone: 407-240-4462 Ext. 0

Panama City
140 Richard Jackson Blvd, Suite 160, Panama City, Florida 32407
Phone: 850 636 6785

880 N. Reus Street, Suite 101, Pensacola, Florida 32501
Phone: 850-433-3205

Port Canaveral
200 George King Blvd, Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920
Phone: 321-783-2066 Ext. 2

St. Augustine
394 Estrella Ave, St. Augustine, Florida 32095
Phone: 904-209-0099

St. Petersburg
14700 Terminal Blvd, Suite 120, Clearwater, Florida 33762
Phone: 727-536-7311

4662 Air Cargo Rd, Tampa, Florida 22614
Phone: (813) 348-1714 Ext. 0

West Palm Beach
1 East 11th Street, Suite 220, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404
Phone: 561-844-1703 Ext. 249

For other ports throughout the United States, visit

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The Why’s of Waxing Your Boat

A good coat of wax goes a long way to keep scum, algae and other particulates from staining the hull. Thus, less cleaner is needed. You should Wax your boat twice a year or for regular washing use wax soaps, soaps that use leave a coat of wax after washing.There are going to be times that you might not want to put on an extra coat of wax, or it is simply not necessary. For spot cleaning, that does not require a water rinse, stick with a phosphate-free cleaner to wash the outside of the boat, and remove it with a sponge or mop. If you keep your boat in the water, use a spray wash that can be wiped off for spot cleaning and does not require a water rinse.

Cleaning with warm water and vinegar

Out of the hundreds of practical uses for vinegar, this one is great for us boaters. The stuff is amazing. Use it to clean the interior wood, ceiling panels and toilets, wash any mold that develops off the walls and on your ceiling. Clean chrome railings with apple cider vinegar on a soft cotton cloth, and a fresh cloth with a dab of baby oil will restore it to a bright shine. Not only is it environmentally friendly, but it works! For a homemade yacht or boat hull cleaner combine one part white vinegar and one part warm water. Add one part salt to this mixture, and use it to clean brass.

Want to keep your propeller to look shiny and new even after a whole season in the water?

Try painting your propeller with egg whites! When your boat is out of the water paint a coat of egg whites on the prop, let it dry and then repeat 3-5 more times.

The bilge area is definitely known for hiding dirt, sludge and oil residue.

Many “boat smells” can be traced to the bilge. A biodegradable bilge cleaner will allow you to get the bottom of the boat clean, but you still may have to get your hands dirty. These specific cleaners will break down oil, gas, grease and sludge, while cleaning and deodorizing the area. They will not affect metals, plastics or paint, so are very safe to use. You can probably get to those hidden compartments by putting the sprayer on a fan setting and shooting into the limber holes. Keep the bow high and the plug out. Use a wet dry vacuum to get the dirty water out so it doesn’t pump overboard.

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DIY Boat Cleaning Tip

Here at IMPACT MARKETING we love our boats! Whether it’s to get us to our favorite fishing spots or take us to exotic water destinations. Whether you’re in a sailboat, fishing boat, cruiser or ski boat means something different to each boat owner. However, there is a common thread that binds us together as boaters, the experience of freedom that boat ownership brings. It’s a lot of stress-relieving, marine -loving fun. Boat maintenance on the other hand, not so much, but it still has to be done. As a proud boat owner, you do want to keep your prized watercraft in spiffy condition, right?

Caring for and cleaning your boat not only adds value to your purchase by protection and restoration, but can also stop the spread of invasive species which is believed to cause damage to marine life.Here are a few boat cleaning tips that are cheap, simple and environment friendly.