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Old 12-20-2014, 10:57 AM   #61
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I would hope this is a good thing. I have two stories to tell. One is if Cuba is such a great place Why are Cubans risking all to leave? See story of Chugs. Story Two is the Cubans I met many years ago were wonderful people that like us and our $$. But I was in charge of a squad of marines that helped Cubans escape from Cuba to Gitmo in the early 70s/ It is a paradoxical situation. I do hope it works out as the people need to free.

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Old 12-20-2014, 11:13 AM   #62
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My last experience with the Cuban government involved being shot at by a bunch of "construction workers".
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:22 AM   #63
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The nicest people and the cleanest place i have ever been. They haven't figured out the souvenir or pan handling yet. I guess we will ruin that! Cuban Rum NO7
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Went to Cuba last month with friendly planet tours on a people to people tour. Great time and the most amazing thing was there were no Mac D's orKFC's. Saw a poor nation with buildings in need of repair but the people were great. The US influence was not there and this was as if time had stood still. Our guide referred to it as planet Cuba. Go on a tour now before we ruin the land scrape with our commission and influence. As far as cruising I think that fuel would be the greatest problem as it is exspentive and in short supply . Marina hemmiway was a sea walled marina with 50/30 amp service when you had it. Many sailboats from the us were there. The trick was to go to mexico or carribean leave then stop in Cuba on the way back. They "sponsored" you and long as you paid in cash then would not stamp you passport. You come back to the us and they cannot say it took you to long to get back. The reefs are bare but you still have big game fishing .
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Pretty soon all the Cubans will be here and there will be a bunch of Americans wandering around Cuba asking "Where did everybody go?".

In the first five days of 2015 the US Coast Guard picked up almost a hundred Cuban cruisers trying to get to the US.

Be careful as the Cuban Cruisers can be a bit of a hazard to navigation.
They actually build some amazing boats. I once saw a Cuban Catamaran built out of about ten steel drums with a BIG truck engine and transmission attached to what was obviously a homemade propeller. I remember noticing that it had an 8D battery to start the engine.

The Cuban Cruisers are also good to fish around. There are always dolphin fish under them. I once saw a huge marlin come out of the water in the middle of a cluster of Cuban Cruisers. He was chasing a big male dolphin fish.

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Old 01-08-2015, 03:24 PM   #66
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Have those dolphinfish been feeding on "blind mullets"?
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"Have those dolphinfish been feeding on "blind mullets"? "
No, but they've probably been eating smaller fish that have.


I remember when there was a place off Miami that locals called The Rose Bowl. The sewage was treated before being pumped out there, but it still could have benefitted from a pass through an Electro Scan.


A story went around that the U of Miami was doing plankton tows off Miami. They found a lot of tiny white fibers in their samples. Drove them crazy for a while. Yup, toilet paper.

Things have improved greatly since then.
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According to the NYT, the rules for traveling to Cuba will be loosened starting tomorrow. While the approved reasons for visiting remain in effect, apparently there will no longer be a need to certify with a license that you visited for an approved reason--rendering them moot.

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Under previous rules, Americans wanting to travel legally to Cuba had to justify their trips under 12 categories and then obtain a specific license from the Treasury Department to do so.

Among those categories are family visits; journalistic, religious, educational, professional and humanitarian activities; artistic or sports performances; and “support for the Cuban people.” Private firms arranged “people to people” programs to allow Americans to travel under those categories.

Under the new regulations, Americans will not need licenses to certify that they fit those categories. As a practical matter, experts say that will make it possible for many more Americans to travel without having to use such firms or satisfy government agents about the specific purpose of their visits. Moreover, travelers will be allowed to spend money in Cuba, which was previously restricted.
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:51 PM   #69
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A Cuban trucker tag team was in here yesterday to pick up a load of lumber . I had to ask them what kind of car they drove in Cuba . They both had a 52 Chevy with 4cyl Nissan diesels in them .
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Even if the US officials start looking the other way, I'd want to hear from someone on the Cuban side to see if they are in position to go with it too.
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I don't think it will be a matter of the US officials "looking the other way." The standards for requesting and receiving a license to travel will be relaxed. From what I have read, a simple declaration of a purpose consistence with the license requirements will suffice. You must still get the license. Some of the tour groups sponsoring the "people to people" exchanges are not happy. Many of them currently charge exorbitant rates for the trips $2,500 to $4,000 a day. For what it costs to get to Cuba and to stay there, those are truly ridiculous prices. They have been able to get away with those rates because there has been no legal alternative.
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Old 01-15-2015, 06:35 PM   #72
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Some of the tour groups sponsoring the "people to people" exchanges are not happy. Many of them currently charge exorbitant rates for the trips $2,500 to $4,000 a day. For what it costs to get to Cuba and to stay there, those are truly ridiculous prices. They have been able to get away with those rates because there has been no legal alternative.
Very good point. A little side market there. And I'm sure there are others who have been capitalizing on the situation. One example would be Dominican airlines.

There are always some against for their own reasons. I use to spend time when young in a very rural county of NC. They had no alcohol sales. Two groups would always band together. The conservative Christians and the Moonshiners and rest assured moonshine was big. Every small store carried it plus selling beer illegally.
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Even if the US officials start looking the other way, I'd want to hear from someone on the Cuban side to see if they are in position to go with it too.
The Cuban officials I've met have always been happy to see me come in.

Except one very pretty immigration lady who grilled me for a while when I flew in on a one way ticket. But between all the free rum they served on the Cubana flight in and her pretty eyes, I was in no hurry to stop talking to her anyway.
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The new easing of restrictions also allows US citizens to return with tobacco and alcohol. I read the limit was $100.00. The value seems a little low.

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I feel like a regular Ambassador, went for a week last June and now they open it up. Great destination, can't wait to Boat there.
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I wonder if the cigars will taste as good once they are legal.
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Speculation is the quality of Cuban cigars will drop due to increased production.
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:56 PM   #78
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I wonder if the cigars will taste as good once they are legal.
That's a reminder of the days when Coors was only sold out west. People would get requests to bring cases home all the time. I heard that often those flying on the company plane would bring several cases. Started selling it in NC and soon it was just another beer.
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I wonder if the cigars will taste as good once they are legal.

Good point. Steve- with all the water that has passed beneath your keel, it wouldn't surprise me to read on your blog that you are heading down there😊❗️


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Steve, I'd love to, and hope to some day, we have ageing, 90 & 91 parents one each, so need to stick close to home now.
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