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Old 09-26-2016, 03:43 PM   #81
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cap,whats the going rate for dockage per ft????
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:46 PM   #82
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Checked with the cruisers who have been to Cuba down here. The "papaya" thing is exclusive to Havana, you're OK elsewhere
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:43 PM   #83
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cap,whats the going rate for dockage per ft????

The rates are in CUCs (pronounced like kook). Which exchanges out at the official rate of 1 dollar = .87 CUC. Although on the street you can get 1 dollar = .90 CUC.
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The CUC or Cuban Tourist Peso is roughly par with the US dollar EXCEPT that the Bank of Cuba has a 10% penalty on the US Dollar.
Cruisers or visitors are advised to change their cash into Euros or Canadian dollars before leaving for Cuba and you come our ahead even with the exchange as there is no penalty on either currency.
The politicians in their haste to "open up" Cuba seem to have overlooked negotiating this penalty into history as it is still in place and probably will be until the US Gov't allows exports of food from the US to Cuba to be paid by letter of Credit or Bank transfer. Right now it is only Cash before Delivery.
Did you know that the State of Louisiana is one of the biggest exporters to Cuba? In 2014 the US sold 9.3 Billion in agricultural goods to Cuba and 2.5 Billion in services despite the embargo.

Effective desde 29/9/2016 hasta 30/9/2016

British PoundGBP1.2963
Canadian Dollar CAD 0.7596
Swiss Franc CHF 1.0344Yapanese Yen(*) JPY 0.9902
USA Dollar USD 1.0000
Mexican Peso MXN 0.0514
Danish Krone DKK 0.1504
Norway Krone NOK 0.1240
Sweden Krona SEK 0.1165
Euro EUR 1.1210
"Convertible" Cuban Peso CUC 1.0000
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Old 09-29-2016, 09:23 PM   #85
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No, it's currently a .13 penalty. At least everywhere we have gone so far.
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Hey Bill, the other 3% is the spread for the bank. 3% on buying and 3% on selling.
All banks work the same to some degree.
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Hey Bill, the other 3% is the spread for the bank. 3% on buying and 3% on selling.
All banks work the same to some degree.
Ah, I see.
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Old 09-29-2016, 10:05 PM   #88
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Yeah, who said Capitalism was dead in Cuba?
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Yeah, who said Capitalism was dead in Cuba?
Never was. At least for some folks.
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Never was. At least for some folks.
When do you leave Cuba? Has Matthew hit the headlines there yet?
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Got back in Key West yesterday around 5:30pm.

Yes they are aware of the storm.
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Downtown Havana from Morro at the mouth of Havana Harbour.
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Old 10-02-2016, 05:38 PM   #93
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The Sloppy Joes in Havana is open again. The building partially fell down at one point. The government came in and took over some of the apartments around in, including my friends grandmothers apartment that was part of the same building but did not fall down.

The government wanted to move them out and give them 3 other apartments in another part of the city. The family tied to fight the move but just like here, the government won that battle.

The amazing thing is as my friend's sister stood there telling us the story (she still lives in Havana and I had not met her till this trip) I realized that when I stood there 22 years ago looking the then closed Sloppy Joe's, her family was still living there. Long before I met her and her brother. I told her this and she laughed and said her brother who would have been a little kid at the time probably was riding his bike around me that day because that's where he always played as a kid.

Once again proof its a small world.
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The rebuilt exterior.
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We had an issue at the marina with the power on the dock. It started with some smoke coming out from under a large metal access plate on the dock that gave my mate a good shock when he was standing on it when spraying the boat down.

So the marina sent over their electrician to take a look at it. Turned out one of the hot wires feeding the power post was fried. To fix it the electrician cut back the burnt wire then cut open the main wire feeding the dock and pulled out some strands from it. Then twisted them together with the strands of the cut back wire that feeds the post using no mechanical connection/connector. Finally just wrapping the twisted bare wires up with electrical tape.

And from then on we had good power to the boat.

"Electrical codes? We ain't got no electrical codes. We don't need no electrical codes. We don't have to go by any stinking electrical codes!"
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:15 AM   #96
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More of the rats nest.
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Yowzah! There is so much wrong there with these pictures I don't know where to start.. In fairness, Let's just say he has a big ass watch.


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What? No GFI at the docks in Cuba??? Outrageous!
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I was warned about the limited detail that the Garmin electronic charts gives you for Cuba. And that turned out to be an understatement.

The picture posted below will show how poor the data is for Marina Hemingway when using the Garmin charts.

The picture in my next post is a screenshot of that kind of detail you get with the Navionics electronic charts of the same area.

As you can see by my track in the picture below, according to the Gamin chart, I was docked on the hard.
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This is the kind of detail you get with the Navionics charts.
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