Stanley Yacht Services: "Cuba Ahoy!" Not So Fast ... Captains Await The All Clear To Head South

Monday, February 23, 2015

"Cuba Ahoy!" Not So Fast ...
Captains Await The All Clear To Head South

Plotting On Pause:
Course to Cuba Remains Cluttered
As we wrote in December, word from the White House about re-establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba sparked a lot of interest in our industry. That said, how does the phrase go ..."stand by to stand by"? It seems like yacht owners, captains and crews are doing just that as they await official word confirming U.S.-Cuba travel restrictions have been lifted.

But there's more to cruising to Cuba than simply finding an open slip at Gaviota Varadero. Between specialty visas requirements, narrowly defined permissible trip purposes, and the legality of insurance coverage for vessels and crew members alike, the course to Cuba remains a tricky one to chart. Read more about the procedural considerations here:

Open Cuba talks have U.S. yachts and crew poised to set sail
Current obstacles aside, mariners seem eager: ready at the dock, lines singled up, shore cords unplugged and coiled up on the foredeck (metaphorically speaking, of course). We certainly wouldn't mind docking our charter yacht at one of the proposed new marinas in Cuba when everything is sorted out. What about you? Do you have plans to point your bow south? For recreational, charitable, or professional visits? Let us know in the comments below!

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