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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 07:32 AM
Bringing a rowboat into Mexico


I'm thinking about buying a 20-foot rowing shell and carrying it on top of my truck camper. These are long, narrow, lightweight rowboats with a sliding seat and long sweep oars. Sort of shaped like a kayak.

Do you think a TIP will be needed? If so, how much do they cost?

Does anybody know where I can read the actual regulation?





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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 08:26 AM


go to: http://www.sat.gob.mx/aduanas/vehiculos/importacion_temporal...

It is in English.
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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 08:30 AM


Perfect, thank you.



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puzzled.gif posted on 5-19-2018 at 11:50 AM
"Including the tows for their transportation"...?


Did I read that right? I have a boat that I have taken to Baja twice, and it was just under the size requiring a TIP. If I have to include the length of the trailer tongue, it would be just over the exempted size.

[Edited on 5-19-2018 by AKgringo]




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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 12:01 PM


boat tow area...only on some boats

boattow.jpg - 48kB




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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 12:07 PM


Thanks for the tutorial! Most of my boat time has been in inflatables, or much larger vessels than the one I hope to bring down there.



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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 12:15 PM


Quote: Originally posted by AKgringo  
Did I read that right? I have a boat that I have taken to Baja twice, and it was just under the size requiring a TIP. If I have to include the length of the trailer tongue, it would be just over the exempted size.

[Edited on 5-19-2018 by AKgringo]


The Spanish version might clarify things. I've never heard of a "boat tow" like B&S guessed and a quick google search didn't turn up anything.

The phrase "including the tows for their transportation" sure looks like it should read: "including the trailers for their transportation".

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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 01:32 PM


I just checked the overall length of the trailer, which is 15'3" (4.64 meters). The boat is 13'4" (4.06 meters) with the outboard removed for transportation.

The cheapskate in me wants to avoid paying the 51 dollars, but how much hassle would it generate if I "miss it by inches"?




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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 02:43 PM


What kind of boats and equipment can be imported temporarily through this procedure

Recreational and sports boats of the boat, yacht or sailboat type of more than four and a half meters in length AND their trailers, destined for competitions and sporting events.








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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 02:44 PM


You will not have any trouble with a 13'4" boat. I would also doubt that the OP will have any problem with a rowing shell even if it exceeds the 4.5m. You can always just go into the 'declare' lane and ask for the official word.

The last couple years we've tried to get a TIP at the Mexicali West crossing. They've just checked the HIN and registration and told us we didn't need one for our skiff... apparently any smallish open boat is considered a lancha. Our boat is 16'6" centerline and pretty beamy.

We registered it this past year with the marina in La Ribera and though they did want to see title paperwork, registration, etc. they had no interest in whether or not it had a TIP.
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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 02:46 PM


4.5 meters is 14.7 feet




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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 04:40 PM


Upon further thought, the boat I'm thinking about buying isn't registered, no CF numbers, and has no title. I think that's usually the case with boats like this. It's like a kayak in that respect.

I'm just worried about what the Mex officials will say. Of course, I don't want to be turned around.




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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 05:11 PM


According to the CA link, no CF registration is required for vessels that are propelled by oars; https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/boatsinfo/boatreg



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[*] posted on 5-19-2018 at 05:38 PM


I can only pass on my experiences relevant to this discussion. Before I moved here, I ferried my kayak, which exceeds the 14.7 ft into and out of Mexico a dozen times at least. Since I moved here, I've had probably 50 kayaking visitors including a couple of tandem Hobies, that are close to 18 ft in length. Not once was I or any of my visitors questioned about TIPs for these human powered vessels.
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[*] posted on 5-20-2018 at 07:25 AM


Quote: Originally posted by SFandH  

The Spanish version might clarify things.

That's here, and indeed the translation should be "trailers".

It's ambiguous in both languages, but I think the 4.5m refers to the boat, not the trailer; that's mentioned in the paragraph as part of the thing you can import.




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