Cruising to Cuba

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Cruising to Cuba

Postby bob gresko » Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:24 am

spent 3 weeks in cuba on a 44' catameran in 2001 & had a terrific time inter-relating to the people & viewing the country . if i have my 36' trawler in florida keys ( from chicago ) next fall/winter...i would plan on going again depending on the " new " situation for travel by then. ..... should any cruiser be going to cuba in the next 9 months i would be happy to share our experiences ( albeit 8 yrs ago ) & pre-cruise ideas on what do bring to make it a memorable journey. captbobrev@aol.com 847 428 1184
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Re: Cruising to Cuba

Postby Georgs » Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:50 am

bob gresko wrote:spent 3 weeks in cuba on a 44' catameran in 2001 & had a terrific time inter-relating to the people & viewing the country . if i have my 36' trawler in florida keys ( from chicago ) next fall/winter...i would plan on going again depending on the " new " situation for travel by then.


Thanks for the info, Bob. Here's a post from Trawlers & Trawlering List about a hearing today in Washington:

Allowing US citizens to easily travel to Cuba by boat will affect most
readers on this list in some way. I'd guess that a large percentage
of Bahamas travel will be diverted for a few years and near-Caribbean
trawler cruising will be changed forever. There are 289 named beaches
along the coast of Cuba. Once on the coast, it's difficult to find
well-protected bays that are more than 40 miles apart. This is
perfect cruising grounds for our slow-moving power vessels.

There have been 2 bills in Congress to allow travel to Cuba for most
of this year. With so many, frankly more important, things happening
in Washington, these bills have been delayed. There is finally a
committee meeting on Wednesday to discuss the bills and find a way to
bring them to a vote.

The text below is from the Seven Seas Cruising Association. I'd urge
anyone with an interest in traveling to Cuba in their lifetime to
contact your representatives as described below and let them know that
you favor the removal of these travel restrictions that only face US
citizens (or US-documented boats).

Please note that this is not meant to bring up any type of political
discussion. This is solely about adding a major destination to our
future cruising itineraries.

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Travel to Cuba by US-documented boats and US citizens is currently
highly restricted.

There are two bills already introduced in the House of Reps and Senate,
respectively, to open travel to Cuba. The HR bill is HR874, and the
Senate bill is S428. They were initiated in February 2009. There is
apparently a committee meeting on 11/18/09 to discuss these bills.

For more info on these bills themselves:
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h874/show

HR874 was sponsored by William Delahunt of Massachusetts. His email
address: William.Delahunt at mail.house.gov

If you have an interest in telling your senators and congressmen of your
interest and position on this issue, you can click on "Senators" or
"Representatives" at the top of the opencongress web page, enter your
zip code, and find your own senators and reps and how to contact them.

Please note that the committee meeting is this Wednesday.

Thank You,
SSCA Board of Directors

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Jeffrey Siegel
M/V aCappella
DeFever 53RPH
W1ACA/WDB4350
Castine, Maine

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Re: Cruising to Cuba

Postby capn chuck » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:02 am

Here is a copy of our Soundings article on our cruise to Cuba. You can click on the page to enlarge it. Chuck

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Re: Cruising to Cuba

Postby bob gresko » Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:42 pm

I SEARCHING FOR ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE A MEDICAL,JOURNALIST RELIGIOUS, HUMANITERIAN, HISTORICAL OR ANY OTHER PERMIT TO TRAVEL VIA BOAT TO CUBA WE COULD TAKE MEDICAL SUPPLIES, BIBLES , CHURCH RELATED GOODS , WRITE AN ARTICLE ??? LETS GET TOGETHER CAPTBOBREV@AOL.COM OR BEST 847 428 1184
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Re: Cruising to Cuba

Postby capn chuck » Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:45 pm

Bob, Good luck, they have not given those permits for traveling by boat for several years now. Chuck
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