Here's what I got so far:
To cancel the previous owner's TIP the boat must be in Mexico. This is because the boat needs to go through a "check out" process which the previous owner never did.
To complete the check out process I need to bring the boat, original TIP, Bill of Sale
, Previous owner's passport copy (not sure why), my registration
to either the Ensenada or La Paz
Cabo doesn't handle TIP's, so since i'd be doing the Baja
Haha rally which stops in Cabo as the first official port of call, I could have the owner sign a letter stating that he allows me to use his boat in Mexican waters, and show that along with his TIP which will still be active. This way i can clear in Cabo, and then go to La Paz
to complete the TIP cancellation and creation.
I think the best thing for me to do is to go to Ensenada and take care of this before I go to San Diego
for the Haha start. This is dependent on weather
etc. Otherwise I'll just go to Cabo and use the previous owner's TIP and authorization letter to clear into port, then go to La Paz, who wants to stay in Cabo anyway.
This was confirmed by Dick Markie of Paradise Village, Yolanda of Eco Naveria, SV Prism (who had this problem last year). I'm still waiting on Fito to confirm.