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Old 08-12-2018, 04:54 PM   #1
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Cuba Rules

Anyone got a handle on the current rules for a private US documented boat going to Cuba? Or a link?

We are toying with the idea of the Keys, Cuba and the T&Cs for our Carribbean trip next year.
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Old 08-12-2018, 05:25 PM   #2
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Menzies

We looked into it a few year ago (before Trump) and you needed a humanitarian reason to get US permission. Not difficult to do all the paperwork and we were ready to go but I understand that window is now closed. I do know guys who enter Cuba from the Bahamas and leave Cuba through the Bahamas, not sure you would get caught but if caught the penalty could be severe. We would still consider a trip to Hemingway Marina if it is legal.
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Old 08-12-2018, 07:35 PM   #3
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If you find out Menzies, let me know as I would like to do that same trip.
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If you are considering going over the winter, no matter where you leave from, be prepared for marginal weather windows. The northeasters against the stream and even east winds makes for an unpleasant trip across.
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Maybe join “Cruising and Sailing: Cuba” on Facebook. There are 4K plus members and the information is pretty up to date. We joined when we’re getting to ready to go three years ago unfortunately we never made it.
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When you get to the Keys, ask around, especially around Boot Key harbor in Marathon. Lots of those boats go to Cuba.
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Get with the TMCA folks. (Texas Mariner Cruising Association) as they have recently cruised as a group to Cuba. I'm sure they can help you get all your ducks in a row. It's not as tough as it may seem.

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It was easy before Trump, you needed to prove a humanitarian reason. Now I understand it has changed, you can check with our state department.
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