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Sailsman10 08-27-2000 06:30 AM

Sailing SW Florida / Cuba
As things open up in Cuba I would like to sail over to Cuba but am worried about government regulations on spending money and so forth. Where can I get detailed info on these matters?

JDSails 08-28-2000 10:03 AM

Sailing SW Florida / Cuba
Go to for all details. I am a 3 trip veteran.

DaveSchaefer 08-29-2000 10:09 AM

Sailing SW Florida / Cuba
I''m currently working on a story on this topic for a boating magazine. My book, Sailing to Hemingway''s Cuba, will be out next month from Sheridan House...spent a month at Marina Hemingway near Havana.
For web info: (you will need Adobe Acrobat to download materials), or
or fax-back service, 1-202-622-0077

DaveSchaefer 08-29-2000 10:14 AM

Sailing SW Florida / Cuba
For a magazine story, I''m look for case histories of boaters who have been fined or otherwise prosecuted by Treasury for violating the embargo by sailing to Cuba.

JDSails 08-30-2000 07:00 PM

Sailing SW Florida / Cuba
Where is your homeport and boat name?
perhaps we have met..There are a few people who have met fines by US... St. Petersburg should be on your list of marinas to gather info...

DaveSchaefer 08-31-2000 07:03 AM

Sailing SW Florida / Cuba
The boat is an Endeavour 32, "Dream Weaver" out of Burlington, Vermont. I have been in touch with ST. Pete and have included a report on the "Cease and desist" order to organizers of Tampa-Havana race. Also talking to US Treasury Public Affairs for their point of view, case histories, etc. Any stories? Your boat? I was headed down west coast of Florida from Fort Myers to Marathon in Feb. 99.

Cruisingdad 11-30-2006 11:41 AM

I have not been to Cuba, but can tell you that many people push to Key West or the Tortugas (preferably the Tortugas), overnight there, then punch across. If I am not mistaken, from the Tortugas to Cuba is only 60-61 miles... so it is closer than the mainland of the US.

If you are a US Citizen, I would probably not make that run while Bush is in office. The immigration is very lax in Fort Myers ( I have only seen a Customs boat there once), but I have been warned the US tracks boats in and out of Cuba. I do not know if it is true.

It is really a crock. I do not see the point of an embargo against a country when the rest of the world does not follow suit. Either get the rest of the world involved or try another avenue... but enough of my political chat.

PS The tortugas are beautiful and worth the stop. Better than Key West if you like beauty and seclusion... but I guess you would miss CatMan if you don't go to Key West!

TXS-ALAMO 11-30-2006 11:48 AM

I wouldn't expect any lifting of restrictions on sailing to Cuba after the President leaves office. There was none under previous administrations. My suggestion is to expect consequences if you sail to Cuba and are caught.

Cruisingdad 11-30-2006 12:16 PM


Nah. Fidel is just waiting until Bush leaves before he dies. The final crusade, HAHA. Of course, I have heard his brother or whatever is even worse than he is.

TXS - You were a judge, correct? You ever precide over anything like that?

camaraderie 11-30-2006 02:51 PM

Castro is a brutal dictator and his brother is no better. You are consorting with the enemy if you go there and regardless of what the rest of the world does, you are violating our law if you spend ANY $$ there. Any American who goes there in violation of our laws should be both ashamed and prosecuted.

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