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Puerto Peñasco gets tourism help

Puerto Peñasco gets tourism help

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 10/13/2014

PUERTO PENSACO – With four marinas and a long history of freedom from hurricanes, most U.S. boaters summering over in Mexico already know a bit about Puerto Peñasco, the northernmost boat harbor in the Sea of Cortez.


Mexico Cruising Guide Part 4: New TIPs resolves ‘paperwork Cha Cha’ problems

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 10/10/2014

The Mexico cruising “Class of 2014” will be the first to use the revamped TIPs -- or Temporary Import Permits -- for U.S. or non-resident boaters entering Mexican waters for the first time. Last year, problems with the TIP form – which ordinarily allows boaters to keep their vessels in Mexico tax free for up to 10 years – inadvertently lead tax investigators to impound 330 yachts in nine marinas.

Mexico Cruising Guide 2: Itinerary planning for winter and summer

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 10/8/2014

November 1 is the traditional start of winter cruising season along Pacific Mexico, because that’s when hurricane season (June 1 through October 31) is supposed to be over. 

Mexico Cruising Guide Part 1: Preparations for Mexico Cruising

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 9/29/2014

Dreaming of cruising Mexico? This fall, more than 25,000 U.S. boat owners are making plans for their adventures down south. Whether you own an ocean-going yacht or a fishing skiff on a trailer, you’ll be happiest if you prepare before you go.

Buoys will Mark New Desalination Plant South of Ensenada

Buoys will Mark New Desalination Plant South of Ensenada

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 9/18/2014

ENSENADA – A new desalinization plant south of Ensenada has just started construction, and although it’s not slated to be completed until 2016, a spokesman for the port captain’s office said any new hazards to recreational boaters will be marked with lighted buoys.

Yellowfin Tuna faces new regulations in southern Mexico

Yellowfin Tuna faces new regulations in southern Mexico

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 9/11/2014

MEXICO CITY – A feasibility study to protect the national supply of yellowfin tuna is considering an exclusion zone, a fishing ban and a quota or catch limit on that species along southern Mexico waters. 

FUBAR Founder Proposes Sail Rally to Mexico

FUBAR Founder Proposes Sail Rally to Mexico

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 12/26/2013

The cruise, for sailboats 40-feet and larger, would start in San Diego and end at Barra de Navidad in the heart of Mexico’s “Gold Coast” cruising grounds -- with stops at other ports with secure marinas. 

Mexico Boater Permits: Who Needs One, and Why

Mexico Boater Permits: Who Needs One, and Why

Shane Scott  |  posted: 11/27/2013

The new $23 online permit is required for pleasureboats crossing the border to fish or whale-watch in Mexico waters, but not for those who simply transit Mexico waters.

Mexico Cruising 101: What to Know Before You Go

Mexico Cruising 101: What to Know Before You Go

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 10/2/2013

Right now, more than 4,000 West Coast recreational boaters -- commonly referred to as “yatistas” -- are preparing to head south this fall into Mexican waters. 

Hotel Coral & Marina Hosts Fiestas del Mar, April 20

Hotel Coral & Marina Hosts Fiestas del Mar, April 20

Ambrosia Brody  |  posted: 4/12/2013

Boaters can enjoy wine tastings from the region’s top wineries and great traditional cuisine at Hotel Coral and Marina’s Fiestas del Mar celebration, April 20 in Ensenada.

Mexico Cruising 101: What Should First-Timers Prepare For?

Mexico Cruising 101: What Should First-Timers Prepare For?

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 10/1/2012

What do first-timers really need to know about cruising in Mexico? What surprises do they have in store? What should they take along? Here's what experienced cruisers had to say.

Panama Canal Transit Fees to Increase Oct. 1

Panama Canal Transit Fees to Increase Oct. 1

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 8/16/2012

Fees charged for all vessels that transit the Panama Canal are scheduled to increase dramatically on Oct. 1, so cruisers planning to “switch oceans” might want to plan their passage through the canal for September. 

Cabo Marine Show Set for July 5-7

Cabo Marine Show Set for July 5-7

posted: 6/7/2012

The third annual Cabo Marine Show is scheduled July 5-7 at a new location: IGY Marina Cabo San Lucas, docks K-M. The boat show will be open to the public and will feature exhibitions from more than 50 local and international vendors. 

Mexico Studying Vessel Traffic at Cabo’s Arches

Mexico Studying Vessel Traffic at Cabo’s Arches

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 1/18/2012

CONANP, Mexico's federal commission that protects designated nature zones, is counting exactly how many PWCs, jet boats, water taxis and excursion charter boats zoom in, out and around the iconic landmark arches at Land’s End -- and how that traffic affects protected flora and fauna. 

New Docks Installed at La Marina Acapulco

New Docks Installed at La Marina Acapulco

Capt. Pat Rains  |  posted: 1/17/2012

La Marina Acapulco (formerly known as La Marina de Acapulco) has new owners who opened new docks in December, alleviating the port’s shortage of guest slips.

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