When I had my other boat and we were in Cuba
around 1987. We had 4 guns on board. I had 2 shotguns and one guy had a 9mm and the other had a 22 sniper type rifle with a scope
and laser.. and a soldier of fortune magazine.
Anyhow we checked into Cuba
and I declared my shotguns. The other 2 guys just hid theirs. The guy who check us in was wearing 30 year old shoes and carting a 40 year old briefcase. My buddies were a little stupid but hid the guns.
Fast foward 40 days later on the Island of Youth, formerly Isla de Pinos. We were checking out of the country and not only did they bring the dog to search the boat but divers for under the boat and 5 guys to search everywhere. One of the military spotted the soldier of fortune magazine and a single
22 bullet. hmmmm Does that fit the shotgun he says. So the search intensified and they found the sniper rifle. hmmmm any more guns boys, the commandant says. The guy with the 9mm says, they will never find it. Well they did find it and were under arrest. House arrest on the boat, all 5 of us. They took all the guns, declared and undeclared. and ammo.
They said DO NOT USE THE SINGLE SIDE BAND nor talk to anyone. I knew that Cuba had used listening devices like the Russians. The said they were scanning the SSB
frequencies and if we communicated with USA they would take our radios out.. They said they needed to find out what Havana wants to do with us they told us.. My friend started yelling that he was the son of a US Senator (he made it up). I am calm and calculating.
I decided that they had put a bug on the boat and were monitoring us. I got on the SSB
one night late and called my girl in the USA. I calmly told her how stupid were were to forget to declare a couple of our weapons. Really I went on and on about how we forgot and we were sorry and very very stupid.
I knew they were listening (the cuban military) so I really hammed it up.
2 days later we were released handed our guns back, they counted out all the bullets to us one by one. We all shook hands and hugs and all that and we told them that we loved Cuba and its people. The asked me one thing. "please don't go back to USA and give bad propoganda against cuba. We agreed and told them we loved Cuba. We made friends for life there in Cuba.
2 weeks after we sailed two private US planes from Usa dropping propoganda leaflets over cuba were shot down and the pilots dies.... oooopps
I still love Cuba and the people and Hemmingway and all the history
I am going back. Panamajames