Unlike in the States or Canada where every fishing boat must have permits, insurance and all the safety equipment one thing noticed and confirmed with some fishing boats operators... in Mexico that IS NOT ALWAYS A MUST or at least the authorities are not as strict, but when they DO have their checkups you may be in trouble so the suggestion is to always make sure that the boat and you have all the proper permits and, most important of all, that you and the boat are insured... you never know.