Shortly after Reggie and young Nahum were settled into their work I went to the immigration office. The guy at the counter told me for the second time that the FM3 wasn't ready. Instead of going away I said "Catorce dias pasado. Hay una problema?" (14 days passed. Is there a problem?) He went away for a few minutes then came back with an explanation that I could not understand. I asked him to speak more slowly, then he said the work "penalty" in English. Huh? ... er ... What penalty? Something about my having two documents instead of one. Huh? The penalty was over 500 pesos. Eventually an English speaker was brought out and he "explained" that I was here in Mexico on two documents, a tourist card and an FM3. What tourist card? I've never had a tourist card. Last year I got my first FM3 with no mention of a tourist card. None of it made any sense to me so I told them that I would get help from Eco Naviera.
I visited Eco Naviera two hours later and after looking at my copy of the notice of the penalty, the experienced man could make nothing of it either. He said that maybe I had made a mistake in my on line application. I told him that I had been pretty careful in filling out the document, which had been checked and passed as OK when I made my personal application. Had they detected a problem then they would have asked for more money at that time.
I made it clear that I'm not concerned with the money, but I must (1) understand what the penalty is for and (2) be assured that the claim is legitimate. I found it suspicious that they were happy to keep asking me to come back with no explanation, and it was left to me to ask them if anything was wrong. Eco Naviera will look into it tomorrow morning.
|Aft Seat Planked|
|Companionway Step Planked|
By the time Antonio and I got to the boat Reggie and Nahum had already left for the day. Reggie had hung in there until he got the rest of the cockpit laid out. In the photo of the companionway step, notice how Reggie has angled the planks to match the line of the hull. This is the mark of a true pro. I expect him to start on the bow tomorrow.