Madcap Sailing

31 December 2018 | Gold River Marina, Nova Scotia, Canada
06 August 2018 | Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
26 May 2018 | Gold River Marina, Gold River, NS
18 May 2018 | Gold River Marina, Gold River, NS
24 March 2018 | boat in Gold River, NS and crew in Halifax
22 May 2017 | Whittaker Creek, Oriental, NC
15 May 2017 | Boat in Oriental, crew in New Orleans and Nova Scotia
26 April 2017 | Oriental, NC
26 April 2017 | Oriental, NC
20 April 2017 | Ocean Isle Marina, Ocean Beach, NC at Mile 335.6
17 April 2017 | Dewees Creek, near Charleston, NC
14 April 2017 | St Simons Island
12 April 2017 | Fernandina Beach, FL
11 April 2017 | St Augustine, FL
07 April 2017 | Vero Beach, Florida
03 April 2017 | Ft Pierce, FL
30 March 2017 | Ft Pierce, Florida

Getting Settled in Isla Mujeres

16 January 2016 | Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Beth / hot, windblown and tired
There has not been much that’s quick and easy about coming into Mexico this time. When we arrived 4 years ago, we pulled into El Milagro Marina, and Julio had the officials right there, ready to do all our paper work. This time, we were anchoring and although we really like our agent, Dorita, it has taken a lot more time. A couple of pluses though – because we went over to Cancun to get a 10-year importation certificate for Madcap last time, we didn’t have to go over to Cancun; and because we were not at a marina, no one felt it necessary to search the boat.

Jim left our paperwork with Dorita on Friday afternoon when we arrived, and it wasn’t just a sheet or two! 2 original passports and 7 copies each of: passports, crew list, vessel registration, proof of boat insurance (or a form saying the Captain would be responsible for any damage done while we are in the country) exit permit from Belize, import permit to Mexico - it all added up to a thick folder. But the officials don’t work Friday afternoons. We had an appointment for 9 am on Saturday to complete the process. (There was some overtime charge. At this time, I am not sure exactly how much – but Jim handed over 2900 pesos total.) None of the officials showed up till 9:30 and then they came one after another with not much wait between them except for the Customs woman who had to come from Cancun. First, the Sanitation/Health man, then Immgration, then Agriculture, and then we went for brunch while we waited for Customs. Each officer carried a clipboard with many forms, carbon paper, and a stamp. And boy oh boy do those stamps get used. Each person stamps whatever they require from the papers we took in, adding more of their own. I counted 37 stamp,stamp,stamp,stamps from the Agriculture man! And he didn’t even have a self-inking stamp – he carried the old-fashioned stamp and inkpad. None of this is done electronically, so it is cumbersome, but they were all polite and welcomed us warmly to their country.

We collected all our official documents from Dorita after brunch – except for the receipt, which would not be available until Monday. We discovered that it is very important to have that receipt – and copies of it – because if one flies out while the boat is here, the immigration officers at the airport will not accept the little insert in the passport as enough proof that you have paid your immigration fee on entry. Without the receipt you may have to pay it again.

We learned another thing from Dorita about the boat importation permit. They are good for 10 years, so if we bring Madcap back into the country before the end of January 2022, we have no problem. However if we do not cancel that permit, and come back sometime after that, we may have to pay a huge fee – about 20,000 pesos! As Dorita said, normally a permit just expires and you get a new one. Not so with importation permits in Mexico. Of course this cannot be cancelled (or applied for ) online. You must personally appear at the office over in Cancun. It appeared to be optional but recommended 4 years ago, but it seems to be necessary now.

By 1 o’clock we were finished and we went for a walk around El Centro. It’s funny, I remember finding the place vibrant and interesting when we arrived last time, while this time it just seemed hot, crowded with bikes and golf carts and hawkers calling us to come into every little shop along the streets, and tour guides thrusting signs at us to join their excursions.

We visited the grocery store by the square, and went to Adrian’s Internet Café just 2 doors up to get a sim chip for my iPad. No luck on that score – the Patron was not in and he was the only one who knew how to do it. By then we had had enough of the hustle and bustle, and we knew there was more bad weather coming so we needed to see about moving Madcap yet again.

The wind was expected to pick up to North 20-25 kts on Sunday, and we didn’t want to be blowing around in the main anchorage with no protection. So we dinghied into the lagoon, checked on the depths and available space and decided to move. We felt much more comfortable, but the disadvantage was no internet connection. Oh well – we were still fatigued from the trip, discouraged by the thought of more wind, wishing we could connect on internet, and generally out of sorts, but at least we were safe and settled.
Vessel Name: Madcap
Vessel Make/Model: Bayfield 36
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: James D Bissell (Jim) and Elizabeth Lusby (Beth)
About: Beth and Jim have spent several winters sailing southern waters on s/v Madcap. They love Halifax in the summer, but loved to spend the winters exploring warmer places - the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras.
The Madcap crew left Ottawa in 2007 to go sailing in the Bahamas. After a highly successful year, they returned to Canada, settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in the fall of 2009 they left to do it again! Journey #3 (2010/11) took them back to the Bahamas and then on to Cuba for several weeks [...]
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