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Old 12-06-2008, 18:42   #1
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Departing Mexico with Newly-Purchased Sailboat

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Does anyone know what is required to depart from Cancun to the US with a boat just purchased and currently located in Puerto Morales Mexico?
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Old 16-06-2008, 00:10   #2
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Hi there and welcome aboard.

Sorry no one has replied to your query. Unfortunately I am not up to date with importation rules frm Mexico to the USA.
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Old 16-06-2008, 05:20   #3
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Here's what Noonsite says about clearing out of Mexico Noonsite: Mexico

"Procedure on departure: The port captain, customs and immigration must be visited with six more copies of the crew list (in Spanish), and a departure clearance form obtained from the port captain. Although this document may not be requested when clearing into the next country, it is necessary have it in the event of being stopped by a Mexican Navy boat while still in Mexican waters. If wishing to stop anywhere in Mexico after clearing out, this should be put on the outward clearance by the relevant official. The cruising permit and tourist cards must be returned."

As long as you have proper ship's papers, showing your ownership of the boat, clearing into the U.S. should not be an issue. If you plan to keep the boat in the U.S., issues surrounding "importing" the boat will be dictated by the relevant laws and regulations of the state in which you plan to keep it. Each state has it's own set of registration requirements, taxes, and/or fees.
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Importing a Boat into California:

Generally, every sail-powered vessel over eight feet in length and every motor-driven vessel (regardless of length) that is not documented by the U.S. Coast Guard which is used or on the waters of this state are subject to registration by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The vessel must be located in California.

Vessels previously registered in other states must be registered in California within 120 days of being brought into the state, if it will be used upon California waterways the majority of the time.

The documents required to register and title a new vessel or a vessel being registered for the first time are:

* Application for Vessel Certificate of Number (BOAT 101).
Goto: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/boat/boat101.pdf

* Proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale, certificate of origin, bill of lading, invoice, or out-of-state title.

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* A bond for the vessel value if proof of ownership cannot be provided and the vessel's value is $2,000 or more.
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I think you will also need a passport to get back into U.S. waters now.
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Wait a minute...the BOAT needs a passport? (Sorry... )

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I think you will also need a passport to get back into U.S. waters now.
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Well, mcevoym showed up on June 12th, joined, made the one post, and disappeared. Hope his new boat didn't sink!
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