Contrast this with Costa Rica where we have to traipse around town for couple days to three different offices and had the customs office reject the copy we made of our Coast Guard boat documentation. They insisted we send to the US for the original, and placed us in "bond" until they arrived.
In the last five years of cruising, through seven countries, never did anyone object to us presenting a copy of our boat documentation. The last time we were in Costa Rica they accepted it without comment
Being placed in bond meant we had to go into a "bonding" marina. Bonding means the marina promises the government they would hold Grace prisoner, not allowing us to leave until we presented the original copy of the Coast Guard document to customs. This all would be a minor inconvenience except the going rate for docking in the marina was $2.35 per foot per day. Grace is 40 feet long, so our nightly fee was $109 including taxes. We heard from several locals the marina was kicking back a portion of this to the head of the customs office. Nine days later we received our document and were able to leave, along with two uninvited guests, and return to Tierra Mar Marina, where we tied up to a mooring ball for $10 dollars a night.
Granted it's their country and we need to follow their rules but our copy was very high quality, and all the rest of our papers were in order. This was our third time dealing with Costa Rican officials, the other two times they had no problems with our papers. This office may have been taking advantage of a technicality to generate some extra income.
Mexico has had some issues with cruising boats in the past, when zealous officials harassed cruisers over technicalities, but if officials are out of line they are quickly brought back to reality. Mexico doesn't want to upset the goose that's laying golden eggs.
Anyway enough whining. Its good to be back.
On our way out of Golfito we passed a yacht transporter loading boats headed north. Leaving Golfito, they stop in La Paz, Ensenada and Victoria on Vancouver Island just 60 or so miles from Seattle. We begged them for a ride, but no luck. They were full. The fare for Grace to be transported to Victoria would have been $15k which is a very good price. We could have been in Seattle in a couple weeks and spent the summer riding our Harley with friends. Enough whining!
Entering the squall
The passage north was pretty uneventful. We did get stuck in one tormenta while motor sailing off the coast of El Salvador. There was a lot of lightening, thunder and rain, but no lightening closer then three miles except for one flash/bang strike I thought might have hit us. There was no drama on board, no smoke, fire or burnt out electronics, but the last time we were hit there was no drama either, electrical parts just started failing all over the boat. Since I wasn't sure if we got hit we motor sailed the rest of the way to Mexico in case electrical parts needed to restart the engine were damaged.
|The last heavenly blue we saw|
for several hours.
|The devil has a yacht too!.|