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Old 15-08-2016, 15:40   #1
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Sailing from FL to Cuba

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 15-08-2016, 16:02   #2
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Re: Sailing from FL to Cuba

Best to go as a part of a flotilla, not alone.

Depending on where in Fl. you are coming from, you can find folks getting together from Tampa, Ft. Myers, Miami, etc.

Get with the flotilla organizers and they will fill you in on what you need to do.

Best advise is not to go alone in the waters around Cuba. ( Yet )

I'm thinking about going down there myself just to see what it's like before it gets totally overwhelmed, but I won't go unless there are a bunch going.
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Old 15-08-2016, 19:34   #3
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Re: Sailing from FL to Cuba

We went with the two week permit but lots of boats go with out. Really just about your willingness to take a chance with getting caught. Neither the Bahamas or Cuba could care less if that's what your asking.


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Re: Sailing from FL to Cuba

You are supposed to get a Coast Guard “Permit to Enter Cuban Territorial Seas” – fill out Form CG 3300 by visiting Cuba Travel Restrictions. Allow for at least a few weeks.

If you want to stay more than 14 days, you are supposed tor apply for and receive an approved SNAP-R Export License for your vessel – https://www.bis.doc.gov/index.php/li...edesign-snap-r. This process may take up to two months and could involve several phone conversations.

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Hey, what's with this "The Cruisers Daily" pop up add? It blocks out a big portion of my screen and I can't get rid of it. I would like to read all responses to your quest but can't. Scram Cruisers Daily!
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Seeker that pop up ad only appears once a day. I go through the Daily Cruiser when it enters my e-mail box and only need to close the box once.
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Old 16-08-2016, 08:54   #7
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Where are you located on the Gulf Coast? I am in Tampa.
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Old 16-08-2016, 08:57   #8
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I did close it out yesterday and today it would not close, (X) out so I had to leave the site and come back. It was then gone. Not tragic, but irritating. Thanks
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Old 16-08-2016, 08:59   #9
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Re: Sailing from FL to Cuba

We have done Cuba twice now - first time as part of the Pensacola to Havana Race (Nov 2015), and recently as a "planning trip" for the 2017 race (sailing for Pensacola to Isla Mujeres, on to Cuba, and return to Key West). The info provided by the waterway guide is correct. But even if you go for less than 14 days, to do it legally, your trip should comply with one of the categories under the General Permit. There is information about our trips on our blog (see link below, scroll back to November and May/June of this year). Also, I have just written an article for Pensacola Yacht Club's 2017 race site on "Things to Think About". Give it a day or so to get posted and then check out Home. if you have any problems, send me a PM and I will forward the article.

Have a great trip - its a fun place to visit.

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Re: Sailing from FL to Cuba

Waterway Mike - I went to the link you provided for the export license and immediately was lost. A couple questions:
  1. This appears focused on businesses, not individuals. Can an individual get a CIN?
  2. Why an export license? I do not want to "export" my boat. You never do this for any other country. Doesn't make logical sense.
  3. The OP wanted to go from Cuba to the Bahamas, not back tot he US as I expect anyone not going to Havana and back would have some variation of. Does this link still apply?
  4. Do you need a zarpe going into Cuba?
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Whatever you do, don't even think about not following U.S. Laws, Rules and Regulations. If you run foul of any agency of the Federal Government, you'll be regretting it for a long time and ignorance of our laws is not a useful defense.

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Re: Sailing from FL to Cuba

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Waterway Mike - I went to the link you provided for the export license and immediately was lost. A couple questions:
  1. This appears focused on businesses, not individuals. Can an individual get a CIN?
  2. Why an export license? I do not want to "export" my boat. You never do this for any other country. Doesn't make logical sense.
  3. The OP wanted to go from Cuba to the Bahamas, not back tot he US as I expect anyone not going to Havana and back would have some variation of. Does this link still apply?
  4. Do you need a zarpe going into Cuba?
The journey to easy and open travel to Cuba for us USers is a slow boat. Right after the rules were eased, one needed to get specific OFAC and BIS licenses and those rules were more geared to group visits under one of the authorized reasons for travel. Perhaps someone on this forum cruised there when the BIS license was required for all travel and can walk you through the SNAP process. I tried to follow the CIN instructions and ended up at an error page!
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Re: Sailing from FL to Cuba

Thorne, what do you mean with quote:

Best advise is not to go alone in the waters around Cuba. ( Yet )

We found everything in and around Cuba to be very safe when we were there in may/june. Do you think it is unsafe?
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Thorne, what do you mean with quote:

Best advise is not to go alone in the waters around Cuba. ( Yet )

We found everything in and around Cuba to be very safe when we were there in may/june. Do you think it is unsafe?
Just like the folks who posted just before this one said.....

Don't break the law.
Good luck on figuring out what the law for Americans is this week.
Hope the web site "You" are using works and is the right one.
and on and on.....

Until everyone gets all the groves greased so that Americans can come and go with a minimum of hassle, it is best not to play lone wolf, and flotillas have been making the trip for years with fewer problems.

I really would like to do some diving there before it gets too touristy. So I did a whole lot of research on "the best ways and places to go by boat".

I found it is a matter of "where" you go that makes a difference.

Where did you go? Can you give details?

Did you check out the HUGE marina they have created to handle the influx of Americans. ( forgot the name of the place )

My research showed that crime was not a huge issue in the tourist areas, but the further you get away from the big tourist areas the more entertaining things got.

By crime I don't mean just a bunch of guys who mug you for your money. You can find that in any American city.

At this point American tourism is getting ramped up ( daily flights from us cities ) so it is going to be a bit like the wild-wild west for a while.

I personally enjoy going to small coastal towns and making friends, but some might not, like it where the facilities are not, uh, premium.

Myself I like the less traveled waterway's.
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Where are you located on the Gulf Coast? I am in Tampa.
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