Once again the Grand Poobah of the Baja Ha-Ha is strongly urging people not to buy boats that have current Temporary Import Permits (TIPs) for Mexico, and/or didn’t properly clear out of Mexico. If you have bought such a boat, as at least five people who have entered the Ha-Ha have done, you’ve saddled yourself with a potentially big and expensive problem. Indeed, the Poobah would make it a condition of any boat purchase that the owner 1) Certify that the boat does not have an active Temporary Import Permit, and 2) Have proof the boat properly cleared out of Mexico, assuming she was ever taken there. No boat can have two TIPs!
If you’ve already bought a boat with a TIP and no proper proof of leaving Mexico, the Poobah advises contacting Fito at Marina Coral in Ensenada. He’s done a lot of work with Ensenada officials there on just these problems.