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post #31 of 47 Old 10-19-2008
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Greetings group, this is my first post, and really the reason I joined, to see about sailing to Cuba. We're both published medical writers, and would like to include Cuba in our research of medical care abroad, as well as make marinas, anchorages, etc., enroute Panama.

I've emailed the U.S. State Department to see if we qualify for one of the licenses that are granted to journalists.
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When I was 12 yrs old (30 yrs ago)we sailed to Cuba with our sailing club. We had to get all sorts of permits and filled out a ton of forms(my parents, that is). It was on a cultural/educational type visa, approved by both countries. I'm not sure if they still have the same deal today, but it was an awesome trip for a kid. Stayed for 3 wks and loved every minute of it.

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I have never sailed to Cuba but I do know that if you want to go they will not stamp your passport, instead they stamp a peace of paper and take it from you when you leave the country.

They love American tourists, It is the US government that does not alow you to go not the Cubans. I know americans that go all the time but they fly from the Bahamas or Grand Cayman to Cuba.

There was a really great artical in an issue of " Latitudes and Attitudes" about a US Ketch that sailed there and they had nothing but great things to say.

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Yeah...the idiot went there and risked a huge fine and confiscation of his boat and had no insurance coverage and broke our laws.

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I believe that captain was a citizen of the U.K. I'm curious about our jurisdiction over a foriegn national in a foriegn country. Or did he break our laws because of a treaty we have with the U.K.?

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If you're a US-based sailor, don't go to Cuba if you don't have the right paperwork... you can lose your boat if you do so.

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Dawg...the guy in latts/atts was USA. I just used the Brit as an example of what can happen in a place like Cuba where there is NO recourse to government or insurance.
Brits/Canucks etc. cannot be detained by the USA...but they MAY be refused a USA cruising permit when they try to enter the USA after visiting Cuba. US agents DO walk the docks at marina Hemmingway taking pictures and boat names. I have NOT however heard of anything bad happening to a foreign boat returning to the USA other than some harrassment...no fines, no permit refusals etc. ... but would suggest cigars be left with Raul.
If anyone has different info it would be useful to post it here.
US boats should not think they will "get away with it" if they enter from another country.
As I have said before...until and unless the law is changed it is not a good idea for US boats.

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I don't expect you'll have much trouble sailing to Cuba...all you have to do is get your sails up and point your boat in the right direction. However, once you get there, you may find you're not as welcome as you'd expect.

The real problems will begin upon your return to the US.

Now, if you're going to try to live in Cuba... The best way seems to be becoming a member of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, or be an Iraqi insurgent. I understand the southern tip of Cuba has nice weather most of the year.

OR... You could pick a place to sail to that doesn't have all the legal ramifications and political controversy...

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Re: Sailing to Cuba

There are many warning about possible confiscation of the US flagged vessel violating Cuba's embargo. I know that the previous owner of my boat sailed her to Cuba and had a great time there. My understanding is that, with all those scary talks, so far not a single boat has been confiscated after sailing to Cuba.
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Re: Sailing to Cuba

Heck Beyoncé and jayZ were there a few months ago, tons of pictures circulated around the media. Claimed it was for charitable reasons...yeah right...

Anyway, I had a friend head to Costa Rica last year and he spent two months there. He met some people from Europe and they talked him into taking a long weekend in Cuba. They jumped on a flight, spent 3 nights, ate and drank and stayed in what he claimed was a pretty nice resort. Stamped a piece of paper on arrival and he was told to keep it and return it upon departure which he did. He has tons of pictures, I'll see if he'll send me a few and I'll post some.

Interestingly enough this same friend has been trying to give up his US citizenship and leave the country, with his money I may add, and he really can't be done under the current administration. He's a retired CEO and has quiet a next egg and all the advice he was given is that he would need to pay any estate tax that is due if he wants to leave the country...
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