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Free Publicity for Charter Boats

March 15, 2013 – Greater San Francisco Bay Area

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Hop aboard one of the Bay Area's many crewed charter boats and leave the pre-sail prep and post-sail cleanup to the professional crew. Photo Courtesy Adventure Cat
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Because we're wordsmiths by profession, it's only natural that we love words. But not all words. In fact, there are a few that we really hate, such as "comprehensive." Why? Because every time we attempt to put out a comprehensive list of something — such as the so-called comprehensive list of all Bay Area charter boats which appears in every April edition of Latitude 38 — we manage to leave out one or two newcomers.

Bay Lady
With her 90-ft length, the schooner Bay Lady is one of the largest crewed charter boats on the Bay. Operating out of South Beach Harbor, she carries up to 80 passengers. Photo Courtesy Bay Lady
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We don't want that to happen again this year, so if you are new to the Bay Area's charter fleet — and are running a legit operation — we'd love to hear from you.

As you'll see in the charter listings that reside on our website year-round, we poll all the sailing schools and list every sailboat available for bareboat rentals, plus all crewed sailboats which carry at least six passangers. If you'd like your crewed boat listed we'll need the following info:

  • boat name
  • brief description of boat and its history
  • passenger capacity
  • where berthed
  • available for what type of charters
  • phone and website
The sweet-sailing C&C 48 Incognito is one of many 'six-pack', as in six-passenger, crewed boats in the Bay Area fleet. Photo Latitude / Andy
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Running these listings in April — timed with the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show (April 12-14) — is our way of giving the fleet a free shot of publicity. But we only do it once a year, so waste no time in contacting us

- latitude / andy

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Where Have All the Outboards Gone?

March 15, 2013 – Oakland-Alameda Estuary

A recent rash of outboard thefts on the Estuary is a good reminder for boaters to secure their motors. "We recently bought a boat on eBay, and between the time we won it and the time we picked it up, the outboard had been stolen," writes an Alameda sailor who prefers to remain anonymous. "It was slipped from the docks of a local yacht club.

"The local outboard shop told us they've received calls from 50 or more people whose motors were pilfered in the last two months. Where are they going? The theives could be selling them on Craigslist without their serial numbers, but there are very many listed. It's also interesting that motors in the 8- to 9-hp range are being targeted, obviously because they're more portable than larger engines, yet are strong enough to push most boats.

"I think outboards should come with chips embedded into the drive system so you can track it, similar to having your pet chipped. Serial numbers on metal tags that can be pried off don't help much in tracking down your stolen property. Until that happens, West Marine has a clamp-on lock to prevent theft. Does anyone know how well these work?"

West Marine offers a corrosion-resistant stainless bar lock for $100. © 2018 West Marine

How do you secure your outboard against theft? Do you use something like West Marine's high-security outboard bar lock that sells for $100 or have you figured out a method of your own? Email with your solution (photos welcome!).


- latitude / ladonna

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The Evolution of Sailboats

March 15, 2013 – All Over the Sailing World

We've been in the sailing business for 40 years, and we've noticed two big in changes.

The first is how much easier and safer it is to sail, thanks to modern electronics such as GPS, AIS, radar, EPIRBs and such. In the old days, it took a lot of work to have a decent idea of where the heck you were, and god help you if had an emergency and needed help.

The second big change is in how much larger boats are for any given length. Today's 30-ft boats often have nearly as much useable space as the 40-footers of the '70s. We were reminded of this a couple of weeks ago when we walked down the docks of BVI Yacht Charters in Tortola and took a couple of photos of a new Beneteau Oceanis 41.

That's not a swim step, that's a dock! Photo Latitude / Richard
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This 41-ft boat has more cockpit space than a '70s-era boat twice its length. Photo Latitude / Richard
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Check out that transom! It's almost like the boat has her own little marina. As for the cockpit, there's probably four times as much useable space as a similar length boat of the '70s.

- latitude / richard

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Weekend Racing Preview

March 15, 2013 – San Francisco Bay and Southern California

teeth mounted on plaque
What the heck is that!? Read on to find out. © 2018 Sausalito YC

Before we talk about the photo above, let's look at this weekend's races. The SSS Corinthian Race, which starts and finishes off the Corinthian YC race deck in Tiburon, got 127 sign-ups (entry is now closed). St. Francis YC's two-day Spring One Design Invitational includes Express 27s, Folkboats, Knarrs, J/105s, Melges 24s and Open 5.70s. Late registration will be accepted up until 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.

Corinthian Race Finish
Gordie Nash's Arcadia finished in the lee of J/105s Akula and Jam Session in last year's SSS Corinthian Race. Photo Latitude / Chris
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The Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta starts today in San Diego. More than 100 entries range in size from J/120s to Ultimate 20s. Also in SoCal, on Saturday only: South Coast Corinthian YC hosts the Lee Storrs Regatta for keelboats in Marina del Rey.

Laser sailors will hit the road for the Laser Midwinters West, March 22-24, hosted by California YC in Marina del Rey. They're expecting 100 entries. See

The 800-mile Newport to Cabo San Lucas Race PHRF fleet start on Friday, March 22, and the ORR (Ocean Racing Rule) fleet starts the next day. Dorade is among the 35 entries.

Sign up for Oakland YC's Rites of Spring by tomorrow to avoid a late fee. Doublehanded, Singlehanded, and Women's Full Crew entries are eligible, and the race is a 'counter' for Latitude 38's unofficial Women's Circuit. OYC will have an optional skipper meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Register for Island YC's Doublehanded Lightship by March 20 to avoid a late fee. IYC will hold a skippers meeting on Wednesday, March 20. The DHL and ROS are both on March 23.

Also on March 23, a new race is coming to Sausalito YC. Harkening back to the 1960s, the race will start and finish off the club deck. Sailboats will sail a pursuit race; powerboats will also compete in a predicted log race. More information will be forthcoming in a seminar at the club on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. The names of winners of the Jaws Commemorative Race will go on the new trophy (see top of story). Sign up at

Many more regattas and sailing-related events pack the latter half of March. You can find a bunch more of them on our Calendar.

- latitude / chris

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