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Cuba?

I would like to sail from Key West to Havana, but I have no idea if it is legal and/or a good idea. Has anyone done it before or heard of someone who has?
Any info on the topic is appreciated.

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It's not legal as a US citizen, though I'm not sure exactly how much trouble you'd get in.

I'm sure others will post better details
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Either by a political junket of sorts or I believe for filming/documentary purposes, you can get a permit or permission. And as a US citizen you can go as well. The big NO NO is spending any US cash there. Supposedly you tell our customs guys that you didn't. Then they'll engage you in a bit of a stare-out contest where I suggest that you don't blink first. And then you'll be fine.

P.S.--They won't stamp your passport no matter how you arrive. That's even better...........

Tell us how it goes---Cuba has been on my top ten list for many years...
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It is not legal for Americans. You can get a big fine and lose your boat. It is no longer possible just to say you didn't spend money and get away with it.
Whether or not you agree with the law...I suggest you obey it.
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This is what noonsite says http://www.noonsite.com/Countries/Cuba

Add CIA factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat...cu.html#Issues

Your paperwork would have to be well in order. Even at that you could lose your boat with no diplomatic resolution.

Can't really say it is a place of interest to me. Stay away from Git'mo if you don't want you boat ventilated with .50 cal rounds.

Unless you have some pressing need or divine guidance, there are other places to sail.
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The USCG frowns upon boats leaving from US waters heading to Cuba...and monitor them fairly closely from what I've been told. If you're a US-flagged boat, then you might be in some deep sh!t if you get caught.
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Actually Cam, it is illegal for anyone from any country to leave US waters or even plan to leave. The consequences are far more serious than a staring contest as Rick seems to suggest. A US citizen would be a fool to try and play games with Homeland Security. Anson, if you are an American, DON'T GO.
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Actually Cam, it is illegal for anyone from any country to leave US waters or even plan to leave.
uhmm, i dont get this part, please specify
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U.S. officialdom is completely mental when it comes to Cuba. Where laws don't exist, they have a tendency to bluster and fabricate.

http://www.the-triton.com/megayachtn....php?news=1978

Legal catch-all justification for seizing vessels on the high seas that may visit Cuba, or may be *suspected* of carrying terrorists/drugs/condoms/Cohibas:

http://www.hofstra.edu/PDF/law_lawre...y_vol33no1.pdf
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It is not legal for Americans. You can get a big fine and lose your boat. It is no longer possible just to say you didn't spend money and get away with it.
Whether or not you agree with the law...I suggest you obey it.
I admit that I didn't search for the latest info, but your reply is news to me, Cam. Is this a new goody, or a different take/twist to the existing regs?............

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