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Old 06-02-2011, 08:54   #1
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Transporting a Boat to Cancun from Florida

Hello ladies and gents...

I was wondering if someone can answer a few questions for me...

I just found the boat of my dreams in Florida (2001 410 sea ray) and plan to have a captain deliver it to me in Cancun. I am Canadian and will be registering the vessel in Canada.

My question is. What kind of issues will I and or the captain have with importing this to Mexico? As well what steps should be taken prior to delivery date? And obviously being present on the delivery date would be advisable I assume?

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Old 06-02-2011, 09:32   #2
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We are presently 20 miles from Cancun. We entered at Isla Mujeres using an agent...No problem encountered, total fees $200. However, they want to see a Zarpe and since US doesn't issue them you need to get form 1300 off the internet and have some official stamp it.

http://forms.cbp.gov/pdf/CBP_Form_1300.pdf

We then had to go to Cancun and get a boat import certificate. You need this if you are staying for more than 10 days or so but it is good for 10 yrs including re-entry and costs $50.

Marina Puerto Isla Mujeres and Marina El Cid in Puerto Morelos are both excellent and safe marinas (lack of theft and safe from bad weather especially the one in the Lagoon in Isla Mujeres) with low long term rates ($20-$25/day for our 55 ft boat)

Another advantage of a good marina is that they have good relationships with the Port Captain and immigrations so they can smooth the process.

The agent is a guy who works at the marina, has a copy machine as they want 6 copies of every form and everybody is his cousin. Well worth the $50.
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As a Canadian registered boat, you will have to check out of Florida, which will get you the paperwork the port captain in Mexico will want. You will also need a TIP (Temporary Import Permit), which you can get online, or easily get in Cancun after you arrive. The TIP will allow you to keep and use the boat in Mexico for 10 years.

You will also need to write a notarized letter giving the captain permission to take the boat for the voyage.
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You also want to add the captain to the insurance as an authorized operator!

I used to deliver a boat from the Tampa area to Cozumel every year for the owner to vacation on for two weeks. The Mexican Officials were very easy to deal with (at least the ones in Quintana Roo were)
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Thank you all for your info you have provided. I am very excited too live aboard part of the year in Cancun.

Has anyone one stayed at La Amada marina? I think that is where I am going to keep it.
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