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Old 16-08-2016, 12:32   #16
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Re: Sailing from FL to Cuba

Despite the inability of DC insiders to communicate in simple English it's not that complicated. The 14 day limit is real and do not overstay it without a damn good reason. About all you need to do is figure out which of the 12 categories of permitted travel you want to claim, retain an unsupported "log"of spending and interactions with locals, deny participating in any 'tourist' activities and most importantly get your plans pre-approved by the local USCG office. There may be a simple one page form you need to file but you can modify it over the phone before you go if your dates change. They only care about the 14 day limit in Cuba, you do not need to travel directly from or to the US.
There is no real reason to travel in a group. Cuban law enforcement is more effective than ours. Watch the local regulations on where you may go ashore, allow no locals on board, etc. Catching lobsters might be illegal, check before diving. I'm reasonably sure that fishing and netting bait is ok.
Despite the Cuban Mafia propaganda from Miami Western tourist have been visiting Cuba without problems for years. If you do not go there looking for trouble you are unlikely to find any. To me, loudly criticizing the government qualifies as looking for trouble.
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Old 16-08-2016, 15:58   #17
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I am going to leave Fl some time in Nov.go to Cuba and then into the ragged islands and into Georgetown.
My question is all the different regulations from the US and can only stay 2 weeks.
I want to stay longer and I am going into the Bahamas and not back to the US.after Cuba Has any one done this and what is the real deal.

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Old 16-08-2016, 19:30   #18
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I have sailed to Cuba from Sarasota 6 times, a few times single handed on a Pearson Triton, I have a 501-c3 and go to help kids at a orphanage. I can not say enough about the wonderful Cuban people.

Once it was to ruff to enter Marina Hemingway Marina and I was given permission to enter Havana Harbor, alone on the Triton I surfed the large swells into Havana, Castle Morrow on my left and Havana on my right, it was a bucket list moment I will never forget.

I was told to dock at the cruse ship pier, OK I thought. The next day the official said I needed to pay 65 per day dock fee, I went ballistic and said I would return to the sea and perish, rather then pay the crazy fee.

They marched the Admiral of the Cuban Navy, the Police and of course undercover Cuban men with beady eyes on to my boat, I explained I was alone and the 12 bags of toys and cloths were for the Cuban Orphans.

They smiled and said as soon as the weather cleared I was free to go on to Marina Hemingway.

True story,

If your going feel free to contact me, and take a few things to the kids at the Orphanage.

Never felt in danger, rented a car, rented a motorcycle no problems ever,
just use common sense, don't get blind drunk and walk home alone from the bar, hell I don't do that here in Sarasota fl.

My big and I mean big warning is watch your weather, Gulf Stream, winter time with cold front coming down it can get nasty quick, summer time squalls are a pain but pass quickly. The entrance to Marina Hemingway is ok but only during the day in my opinion.

Just go before Starbucks and Taco Bell are on every corner,

Just My 2 cents, have fun,
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Old 30-08-2016, 15:01   #19
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Where are you located on the Gulf Coast? I am in Tampa.
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Old 30-08-2016, 15:08   #20
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I have sailed to Cuba from Sarasota 6 times, a few times single handed on a Pearson Triton, I have a 501-c3 and go to help kids at a orphanage. I can not say enough about the wonderful Cuban people.

Once it was to ruff to enter Marina Hemingway Marina and I was given permission to enter Havana Harbor, alone on the Triton I surfed the large swells into Havana, Castle Morrow on my left and Havana on my right, it was a bucket list moment I will never forget.

I was told to dock at the cruse ship pier, OK I thought. The next day the official said I needed to pay 65 per day dock fee, I went ballistic and said I would return to the sea and perish, rather then pay the crazy fee.

They marched the Admiral of the Cuban Navy, the Police and of course undercover Cuban men with beady eyes on to my boat, I explained I was alone and the 12 bags of toys and cloths were for the Cuban Orphans.

They smiled and said as soon as the weather cleared I was free to go on to Marina Hemingway.

True story,

If your going feel free to contact me, and take a few things to the kids at the Orphanage.

Never felt in danger, rented a car, rented a motorcycle no problems ever,
just use common sense, don't get blind drunk and walk home alone from the bar, hell I don't do that here in Sarasota fl.

My big and I mean big warning is watch your weather, Gulf Stream, winter time with cold front coming down it can get nasty quick, summer time squalls are a pain but pass quickly. The entrance to Marina Hemingway is ok but only during the day in my opinion.

Just go before Starbucks and Taco Bell are on every corner,

Just My 2 cents, have fun,
Ok sounds great what is the name of the orphange I have some stuff for them. How is the crusing twards the raged islands going their next Cheers
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Re: Sailing from FL to Cuba

Not what most cruisers will tell ya but the reality is there are dozens of Americans that go to Cuba every month that we saw while we were there. No one had permission. Just our experience

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Old 31-08-2016, 11:16   #22
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Thanks for the info. I wish I were closer as Everett, WA is a long hard sail, tack/jibe away.
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I will dig up the info , right now busy getting boat ready for the wind and rain, great that your going you will have a blast.

Thanks the kids will appreciate anything,
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My big and I mean big warning is watch your weather, Gulf Stream, winter time with cold front coming down it can get nasty quick, summer time squalls are a pain but pass quickly.
hi stumbled across this thread via search engine...I am entertaining the idea of sailing Tampa to Cuba in JULY...aware of mozzies/noseeums, thunderstorms, heat and chance of hurricanes...other than that looks like I'd have predominantly E-SE trades??? Is that right? Is this a good time to go?

With a short vacation window it seems like it might be a better option than cooler seasons that could have a norther hole one up for a week at a time...

Thanks for any advice...
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Hi I have gone in the summer, summer thunderstorms are strong but brief, I have crossed the Gulf Steam and it was like a lake, hard to believe, but it was.

Don't underestimate the current going there, , My record on the way back is 10 hours from Havana to Key West , alone on a C&C 27, wind was perfect.

Go GO GO, before it;s a Cancun, Mexico,

Be wary of schedules, they have caused me to put my rear end out there in the wind and waves when waiting a few days would have been much better. Just my 2 cents.

If you do go please contact me and take a few things to the Orphanage if you can, they would really appreciate it, toys, dolls,cloths shoes, kids from 2 years to 16

I would be happy to answer any questions,

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Hi I have gone in the summer, summer thunderstorms are strong but brief, I have crossed the Gulf Steam and it was like a lake, hard to believe, but it was.

Don't underestimate the current going there, , My record on the way back is 10 hours from Havana to Key West , alone on a C&C 27, wind was perfect.

Go GO GO, before it;s a Cancun, Mexico,

Be wary of schedules, they have caused me to put my rear end out there in the wind and waves when waiting a few days would have been much better. Just my 2 cents.

If you do go please contact me and take a few things to the Orphanage if you can, they would really appreciate it, toys, dolls,cloths shoes, kids from 2 years to 16

I would be happy to answer any questions, Sorry yes SSE trades, but many times not much wind in Summer.

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Popeye,

Thanks for the reply. I would happily bring items to the orphanage! Boat will be otherwise lightly loaded. In regards to the items you bring...are they all new? Lightly used but very presentable? How do you obtain your items? Purchase? Donations?

Regarding schedules...I still work...so...I'd be following a schedule regardless for now....hence my attraction to summer...I'm not a local...so have much to learn about your region...but it seems to me like the summer is more predictable...ie; trade wind sailing being too light to just right...please inform me if I'm wrong on this perception.

the prime season of autumn to spring sounds like ideal to too heavy (northerners)...causing longer delays than anything other than a hurricane in Summer...

Very open to opinions and input here....I'm here to learn...

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Don't underestimate the current going there, , My record on the way back is 10 hours from Havana to Key West , alone on a C&C 27, wind was perfect.

Go GO GO, before it;s a Cancun, Mexico
-wait, averaged 9 knots with current on a C&C 27? (it is 90 NM ya?) that's almost too fast if you're doing an evening departure, will arrive in the dark!

-yes, it's been on my (sailing) bucket list for too many years...time to go...

-I know it "all depends" but what would you plan on (timewise) from Sarasota to the Keys in July???

Thanks again...
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Hi John,

Used stuff is fine, Summer is great time, to go I am in Sarasota, so I am close to you,

Before I went I asked friends with kids to donate stuff, MY daughter is 19 now but back then she was 10 so her old stuff was fine.

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