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Old 30-11-2009, 05:39   #1
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I would like to cruise Cuba. We (wife and I) hold both a British and USA passports.

Where can I get insurance from to cover Cuba and East Coast USA? And what problems do you think exist?

Our boat is both registered in US and in UK (SSR Part 3).
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Old 30-11-2009, 05:50   #2
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At least in UK, Pantaenius (Pantaenius UK - Yacht Insurance) will insure your boat. We're getting Pantaenius (Sweden) when going next year. The insurance covers, first Europe, down to Portugal for approx $800/year and then from Portugal, to and including, the Caribbean for approx $3000/year.

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Old 30-11-2009, 05:52   #3
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Andrew.

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Old 30-11-2009, 06:42   #4
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We on Ivory Moon cruised Cuba January and February this year, having left from Florida, with insurance from Commandeur, a company based in the Netherlands. Can send you details any way you want.

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Interesting question, Andrew, given there could be several wrinkles associated with a Brit AND U.S. registered boat plus dual citizenship. Will you be Crossing in your boat and therefore arriving first in the Caribbean? And how is your boat "registered" in the U.S. - presumably USCG document? And what comes next - onward to the Canal?

If your A to all those Q's was 'Yes', I'd recommend a route up thru the Bahamas to the USA's east coast, do your visiting there, and then circle back down to the W Caribbrean via Cuba's N and/or S coasts. I say this because I wouldn't have complete confidence that U.S. citizens on a U.S. boat can visit Cuba with impunity, no matter your British citizenship and boat registration, and of course you would be clearing into the U.S. on your arrival - no matter what flag you arrive under.

It's also an interesting puzzle that you are looking for insurance coverage for both USA coastal and Cuban coastal waters, as those coverages are often mutually exclusive - Pantaeneus being one such example. Is full coverage a requirement for you while in USA waters? After all, the weather's pretty benign and there's an inland waterway all along the east coast...so another option for you to consider is binding coverage with Pantaeneus and supplementing it with liability only coverage for the period you visit the USA. Alternatively, and if your stay in the USA is an extended one, you could hop between policies altho' (re)survey requirements and premium costs may make that unpalatable.

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Ivory Moon is New Zealand registered and has a crew of an Australian and a New Zealander. There is growing interest in cruising Cuba among americans here on the Rio Dulce. Get in before the best spots are gone!

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We have been in the US (US Passport) for many years and have had the boat insured with a US company for several years. We are currently in the Bahamas.

Details of "Commandeur" would be good ........ website is in Dutch ..... Double Dutch!
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We correspond with a person named Jannie at

jannie "at" commandeur.nu

whose english is adequate for answering our questions and setting up the policy.

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? registered in UK and USA? Only if you are registered in an individual State of the USA, like Florida, Georgia, etc. You can only have one "Federal/National" - Documentation for a vessel. For sailing to foreign countries you will need a Federal/National level documentation of the vessel. U.K would be preferred as you would have no problems in Cuba if intercepted by the USCG enroute. Also quite a few island countries do not recognize "State Registered vessels" anymore.
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We have a policy with Admiral Marine Insurance, based in the UK. I'm covered for Cuba.

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I would like to cruise Cuba. We (wife and I) hold both a British and USA passports.

Where can I get insurance from to cover Cuba and East Coast USA? And what problems do you think exist?

Our boat is both registered in US and in UK (SSR Part 3).

We are Canadian registered and flagged and are heading to the Bahamas and Cuba for the winter months. My insurance is through a British company, Osprey, and we have secured coverage that includes the Bahamas and Cuba.
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