Crew, I have assembled all ship's documentation in a nice binder entitled "Thunderbird 1".
As for clearing customs and immigration, the "bible" is Latitude 38's, click here.
I am looking into the FCC VHF license and Mexico insurance now.
ATTACHED: Latitude 38's First Time Cruiser's Guide to Mexico
I read the Lattitude 38 advices and I think that all we need as paperwork is:
- Radio Licence
- Blue book of the boat (kinda name certificate)
- Copies of crew passeports
By the way, the CF number on the boat is erased and need to be put on again
Someone with a steady hand can paint the numbers back. They don't need to be perfect, just readable.
I will apply for the FCC license ASAP.
I have the Title and Certificate of Number all set and in the name of International Rescue Group.
I need to write a letter assigning the captain to the boat.
For crew who simply fly in to join the boat in Mexico, make sure to have a valid passport!
That reminds me - a US passport or ID card IS NOT ENOUGH! For entering and departing by sea, you must have a full passport.
On Alaska airline, according to their website, two CO2 cartridge were OK in checked luggage IF with the PFD and two spared were allowed. But I did not declare them and nobody asked.
If you tell the airline, then you get into a whole bag of pain when it's an assistant who is unsure or doesn't know the rules, which is most of them, so they would take the protect-your-arse action. You'd be almost certainly told to ditch it before travelling. I would simply do what you did - pull the CO2 cartridge out of its socket BUT KEEP IT IN THE PFD to make clear what it's for, don't tell the airline and check it in my baggage. My personal risk estimate tells me that it would be more likely to join me at my destination that way.