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We have to rent Sailboats 42ft 45 ft 55 ft but legally in
Mexico only a local skipper can drive here, is not a trouble of
aptitude is legal!!
if you came to Cancun in your own boat is at your own risk , many people
lost boat or have year of legal process to get back after pay a lot of
If you crash a reef, lost the boat and lost many things more. Damage of
reef national park is a Federal crime.
For this reason local skipper is recommended to people who came with
your own boat to this area.
You can drive and use sailboat with captain outside reef area and
Captain allow to use it, but and critical places this is not possible
Chetumal, Q. Roo. NOV 2013- The two
maritime accidents in the Xcalak National Park in less than five months,
prompted the leadership of the National Commission of Natural Protected
Areas (Conanp) pactara a meeting with the authorities of the Ministry of
Communications and Transport (SCT) to work on a draft coastal zone
signage, as some of the crew know that it is a low area.
Added to this, the director of the Conanp, Maria del Carmen Garcia
Rivas, said they will work flat out to remove the ship "Serenity", as in
integrating the damage report surfaced about 30 or 35 square meters of
reef, also discloses that the engine of the ship has no fuel, so it is
presumed that drifted until it ran aground.
In the last four years, in the coastal area of Xcalak Reefs National
Park is registered stranding seven smaller boats, two of them in 2013,
they are the "Ayla" and "Serenity".
This led to the Conanp resume signaling project in the area for foreign
captains know that the place is not deep, making it easier for ships to
run aground and affect corals.
Chetumal, Q. Roo.OCT 2013 - The mass
sailboat ran aground reef where "Ayla" is at risk of further damage in
case of hydrometeorological phenomena register at the start of the 2013
Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. The boat is
still not removed Atoll National Park Xcalak due to lack of budget for
According to the director of the protected area, Maria del Carmen Garcia
Rivas, on March 23 this year, the ship sailing after suffering a
breakdown was stranded on a slab of rock and coral with an estimated
damage of at least 50 meters square reef.
From that date until now been two months and 12 days without having been
removed from the site, because this requires an estimate of 100,000 US
The venue of the Attorney General's Office (PGR) in Chetumal has asked
the Ministry of the Navy of Mexico (Semar) through the 11th Naval
District, establishing a working strategy to withdraw the place.
By RNW Quequi. - And smashes sailboat aground reef
The sailboat named "Orion", 30 feet long, ran aground in the third barrier
Nizuc, initially affecting an area of 60 square meters draft and a second
from 28 square meters to 88 meters total devastation.
In response Profepa staff, along with the National Commission of Natural
Protected Areas (Conanp), attended the scene to make the assessment of
damages, and secured the boat "Orion" for having stuck inside " National
Park West Coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc "causing
damage to more than 60 square meters of reef ecosystem in the first contact,
but as the boat moved caused damage to another 28 meters.
The blow to the coral reef caused the hull is dragging out, causing the
total detachment, fragmentation and pulverization of coral colonies, which
is why we proceeded immediately to make the yacht insurance, thereby
avoiding a greater loss of the reef ecosystem.
Within the damage observed four scleractinian coral species: Acropora
palmata (listed species under special protection according to
NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010), Porites asteroids and Diploria clivosa Diploria
strigosa and a kind of hydrocoral: Millepora complanata, gave to meet
What happen if you crash with a reef? You can end
in jail, you will need attorney and a lot of money.
Do you know that Mexican Caribbean have many protected
areas by National park reef? Cancun Puerto Morelos is one
Cruises company contract a local skipper to drive in this
area ? and you ?
Do you know legal process to get a boat inside Mexican
Bringing a sailboat or yacht to Mexico from US
Legal process to sail or yachting with your own
boat in Mexico
Cuba is all about regulations, and as long as a visiting
megayacht knows and understands that, the Caribbean island nation can be a
rewarding place to visit.
So was the message from Jose Miguel Diaz Escrich, commodore of the yacht club at
Marina Hemingway in Cuba. Escrich conducted the “Cruising in Cuba” seminar at
the St. Maarten Charter Yacht Exhibition in December. Through an interpreter, he
told the standing-room-only group of more than 50 captains, crew and industry
attendees that all megayachts are welcome in Cuba, and he offered several
suggestions for making a visit pleasurable.
First, the official rules:
Foreign-owned pleasure craft must enter and leave through an international
marina, where they can clear customs and immigration and obtain a cruising
permit from the harbormaster. It is best, Escrich said, to file a float plan
with the expected itinerary, dates and times. Vessels must clear in at each port
The process of clearing in can take three to four hours, he said. Getting a
cruising permit can take two to three days, but it is granted, he said.
Visitors must have a valid passport, but it is not necessary to obtain a visa
prior to arrival, Escrich said. (Cuban/Americans, however, are the only group
who need a visa to enter.) When entering through a marina, immigration
authorities will give each visitor a visa card at a cost of $15 for 30 days. It
can be extended for 30 days.
The captain is responsible for notifying the authorities of air travel for a
yacht’s arriving guests. In answering a question from a captain, he said that
private, foreign aircraft are permitted to land in Cuba.
After arrival, the captain has six hours to clear in and should let customs
officials know of the yacht’s intended departure six hours in advance. While in
the marina, luggage control will be carried out by customs authorities upon
entry and prior to departure. No drugs, pornography, bombs or fire arms are
permitted. Yachts carrying guns should deposit them with the coast guard and
when the boat leaves, they will be returned, Escrich said.
Authorities will conduct a health survey, checking on the health of crew members
and placing pets in quarantine. Yachts must declare provisions and keep all
trash onboard, though a garbage disposal can be requested from the harbormaster.
Escrich also suggested these procedures that are not required but which would
make a visit easier:
Captains should make radio contact with port office authorities upon crossing
into Cuban waters, 12 miles out. Channels 16 and 72 are the Port Authority; Ch.
19 is the Tourist Authority. HF (SSB) 2760 is the National Coast Network, and
2790 is the Tourist Network.
“If you don’t make radio contact, there will be a guard waiting for you at the
dock,” Escrich said. “Calling in enables the authorities to organize for your
The dockmaster or harbormaster is on Ch. 16. If the marina doesn’t answer, the
coast guard may or may not answer, depending on whether the officer speaks your
“Regardless, he knows you are approaching,” he said.
After making radio contact, provide information on the yacht, its registration,
last port of call, number of people on board, etc.
Once moored, wait for the authorities. Escrich said yacht crew and guests are
not permitted off their vessel until cleared in.
Once cleared in, proceed to the dockmaster’s office with a float plan to get a
“We are well aware of the fact that the megayacht sector of the world is
growing,” he said. “In addition to a growing fleet, there are new marinas with
slips for megayachts being built very close to Cuba. All these bring, as a
consequence, an approach to Cuba, an itinerary.
“There’s also a mystique about Cuba because of the political and social system,”
he said. “For some people, that is a good thing, for others doubts. There are
people who think if they approach Cuban waters, police will approach them with
guns. That’s not true. Cuba knows about international maritime traffic and we
stick to international regulations in the protection of human life.”
Escrich also promoted Cuba as a “virgin” cruising ground with pristine coral
reefs, calm seas, beautiful beaches and temperate climate. In the past four
years, 115 megayachts have visited Cuba, he said; 75 percent of them 40m or
Marina Hemingway in Havana is the most popular megayacht marina with seven slips
for large vessels.
Marina Darsena Varadero (about 87 miles east of Havana on the north coast) has
two slips for yachts up to 70m. Santiago de Cuba in the southeast has one slip,
depending on the draft.
Several other marinas have bays for anchorage, but no slips because of draft
constraints, including Marina Vita, Marina Cayo Largo del Sur and Cienfuegos,
which Escrich said has one of the most beautiful, well-protected bays in all of
All told, Cuba has 15 marinas with 789 slips, most of them for smaller vessels,
he said. Nine of the 15 marinas offer clearing-in/-out capabilities with
government officials on site.
He did suggest cruising the south side of the island during winter when the
northerlies from the United States make the north shore rough. And he noted that
the west end has the best scuba diving, but there is no marina so yachts have to
“I am one of those people who thinks and dreams of a better future for Cuba and
for better development for recreational boating in Cuba,” he said. “We really
have the conditions that give us great potential to develop this.”
One captain asked whether charter yachts need a charter license.
“In Europe there are different regulations for commercial or private vessels,
licenses for charter, etc.,” he said. “There is no such thing in Cuba.”
Escrich met with representatives of the largest brokerage houses in Europe
during the Monaco Yacht Show this fall, he said, and they are working on details
for chartering in Cuba. Most likely, there won’t be a license, but a flat fee of
about $15 per person per day.
Several captains asked about deviating from the filed float plan.
“If you previously filed a professional float plan, you can deviate from it a
little without incident,” Escrich said, leaving those captains a little
uncomfortable with the vagueness of the regulations.
A note about American vessels and crew: Escrich noted that Cuba welcomes all
visitors; it is the U.S. government that prohibits its citizens from spending
money in Cuba or helping the Cuban economy in any way. [For more about American
crew traveling to Cuba, even aboard foreign-flagged vessels, visit
http://www.megyachtnews.com and search for The Triton’s front-page story in the
July 2006 issue.]
“I don’t care about politics,” Escrich said. “The truth is that up until 2003,
there was a friendly bridge between Florida and Cuba. I attended the Miami boat
show four times, the Ft. Lauderdale show once. We don’t want to do anything that
will cause any problems for our friends. There will be better times.”
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