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For display advertising rates and information please call Latitude 38 at (415) 383-8200 and speak to at ext. 108, or at ext. 107.

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Since the publication of our first issue in 1977, Latitude 38 has championed a way of life with a style unique among sailing magazines. Often imitated but never matched, we've gone from that funky regional publication to a laid-back California standard to an "alternative" authority for sailors across the nation and around the world.

Style, readability, wide-ranging demographics, long shelf life: those are just a few of the reasons Latitude 38 offers advertisers the best value in the market today. Another important one is reasonable rates. Like everybody else who discovers the magazine, you'll be in for a pleasant surprise.


Latitude 38 has the largest distribution of any marine publication in Northern California. We distribute 35,000 copies on the 1st of each month. Approximately 60% are delivered free to marine businesses, clubs and recreational areas in Northern California. 25% are delivered free in Southern California stores with an additional 15% split between subscribers and the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Mexico. Our monthly circulation is frequently increased due to our participation in Northern and Southern California boat shows.


  • All display ads and art materials: 13th of the month prior to publication
  • Cancellations will not be accepted after deadline date.


Ad Sizes in Inches
  • Full Page: 7 1/2" wide x 10" high
  • 1/2 Pg. Vert.: 3-5/8" wide x 10" high
  • 1/2 Pg. Horz.: 7-1/2" wide x 4-7/8" high
  • 1/4 Pg.: 3-5/8" wide x 4-7/8" high
  • 1/8 Pg.: 3-5/8" wide x 2-3/8" high
  • Full Page Bleed Ad: 9.125" wide x 11.625" high
    (image area 7 1/2" x 10")
  • Double Truck (2-page spread): 16" wide x 10" high
  • Double Truck Bleed: 17 5/8 " wide x 11 5/8" high
    (image area: 16" x 10"/less gutter)
Ad Sizes in Millimeters
  • Full Page: 191 mm wide x 254 mm high
  • 1/2 Pg. Vert.: 92 mm wide x 254 mm high
  • 1/2 Pg. Horz.: 191 mm wide x 124 mm high
  • 1/4 Pg.: 92 mm wide x 124 mm high
  • 1/8 Pg.: 92 mm wide x 60 mm high
  • Full Page Bleed Ad: 232 mm wide x 296 mm high
    (image area 191 x 254 mm)
  • Double Truck (2-page spread): 406 mm wide x 254 mm high
  • Double Truck Bleed: 448 mm wide x 296 mm high
    (image area: 406 x 254 mm)

To download templates for full page & double truck ads in InDesign and Illustrator, click here. (Zip file titled "Lat38AdTemplates")


We accept four-color ads, black & white ads, and spot color ads. Our 'house' spot colors are as follows:
  • Red: 100% Magenta, 70% Yellow
  • Blue: 100% Cyan, 25% Magenta
  • Green: 80% Cyan, 90% Yellow
  • Yellow: 100% Yellow
  • Use 4-color process for spot colors


Artwork must include a proof copy for verification purposes. Please read below for specifics. (Note: We cannot accept film, or files in Corel Draw, or Microsoft products such as PowerPoint, Word or Publisher. We no longer accept files in QuarkXpress. Color ads sent for black & white reproduction are not considered 'camera-ready' and may not work at all in black & white. Latitude 38 will either return the ads for a corrected version, or, if possible, make the necessary adjustments with our normal graphic service charges added.)

All color ads must be in CMYK, not RGB.

Artwork should be provided as:

  • PDF files with fully embedded or embedded subset fonts.
    - Black type set to overprint and be black only; avoid four-color black or gray type.
    - White or light-color typeset to knock out.
    - No crop marks, registration marks or printer's marks.
    - No OPI. No RGB.
    - Black & white photos at 200 dpi with small highlight areas at 0% and mid-tone range 30-40%. Shadow areas can now be as dark as 100% black.
    - Four-color photos at 200 dpi, small highlights 0%, mid-tones 50-110%, and darkest areas not exceed 240% total color density.
    - Photoshop Color Settings for color photos:
    Newsprint: US Newsprint (SNAP 2007) CMYK Color Setting for photos to print on newsprint pages.
  • Native files along with all fonts and images in InDesign or Illustrator CS5.5 or earlier.
  • Photos alone can be sent as TIFFs or JPEGs, at 200 dpi. Logos, line art or files containing text at 600 dpi. Photos sent separately do not need to be adjusted to the above specs.
  • Artwork can be sent to our FTP site. Please contact us for log in information. Once you've uploaded, please let us know it's there.
  • Or Email artwork to . Maximum email file size is 15 MB.
  • Or Mail a CD to Latitude 38, 15 Locust Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941, Attn: Production
  • For art questions call (415) 383-8200: at ext. 102
    or at ext. 106.


Some tips from the graphics department:

• Keep the World Wide Web. Keeping the www. in front of your web address will help ensure that a link to your website is maintained in our digital editions. Also, fonts must remain fonts (not outlines), and will be lost if you export your file as a JPEG rather than making a PDF.

• Red on black or black on red is invisible to the 10% of men who are color-blind. And red on black is hard to read on newsprint for the rest of us.

• Multiple colors on type. Imagine lining up an overlay for each ink that makes up your text color… this is what the press must do. Do you really need all that ink? The fewer inks, the better the registration, especially for 12-point or smaller fonts. Black or gray text should always be black only.

• Gray in color ads. Similar to the above tip, if you want a background, shape, or text to be gray, use a shade of black only, rather than all four colors, to avoid unintentional color shifts.

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On all new accounts payment is due with the space reservation. After three ads have been placed, terms are NET due the 19th of the month. Bills must be paid on due date in order for Frequency Discounts to be taken. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted. Returned check fee: $25.

Co-Op Ads: There is a 30% surcharge on all co-op ads with four or more dealers.

Advertising Agencies: Recognized agencies may take a maximum 15% discount. Frequency discounts do not apply. Agency discount of 15% does not apply for bills paid after due date.


For advertising rates and information please call Latitude 38 at (415) 383-8200 and speak to at ext. 108 or at ext. 107.

Latitude 38
15 Locust Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-8200 • Fax: (415) 383-5816

Publisher reserves the right to change rates with a 30-day notice to contract advertisers.
All ads produced by Latitude 38 Media, LLC are the property of Latitude 38.

This page was last updated on October 2, 2018.


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