Heading South: Latitude 38's Guide to Sailing and Cruising the Coast of Mexico and Central America
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While walking in Arizona, Pat McIntosh spotted a sailing dingy tied to a car roof. “Who’s got the car with the sailboat on top out here?” All the RV’ers looked at me as if they had never heard of a sailboat before.Read More
Sailors often ponder the question of whether to stay put, or sail away. Some know the answer before the question even arises, while others take time to deliberate. What would you do?Read More
While the word cruising suggests lounging on the aft deck or reading a book in a hammock, Fiesta de Veleros continues a long tradition of cruisers who appreciate the hospitality of the local Mexican community and give thanks by giving back.Read More
Sailing to Hawaii was not even Plan B for Frank and Mary Grace Stitch when they took possession of their new HH55 catamaran, Ticket to Ride.Read More
The glorious Sea of Cortez is calling. It is as beautiful as always and unaffected by the pandemic. However, ashore in La Paz, COVID restrictions are in full force with masks required indoors and outdoors.Read More
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Latitude 38's First Timer's Guide to Mexico Update for 2020.
Walk the docks of any marina from Vancouver to San Diego this summer and you're likely to find dozens of sailors fitting out their boats for extended cruising. Where are they headed? While some undoubtedly have lofty dreams of eventually cruising the South Pacific, the Caribbean or the Med, destination numero uno for almost all of them is Mexico.
A centuries-old adage claims, "You can tell a lot about a sailor by the cut of his jib." But when it comes to modern cruisers, nothing reveals more about their sailing style than the 'back porch' of their boat. That is, the stern section, which may house everything from solar panels to surfboards, and barbecues to radar domes.
One of the frustrating aspects of living in this 'app-happy' era of endless innovation is that is it seems almost impossible to keep up with the latest, greatest developments in technology — including smartphone, tablet and computer software related to boating.
Now more than ever, the modern sailor has lots to choose from when it comes to navigation and safety instruments. Communication devices such as the Iridium GO! and Garmin inReach (which also has GPS capabilities) have complemented the single-sideband radio and VHF. Chartplotters have digitized and dramatically simplified navigation, and radar has long been an important tool for identifying marine traffic, obstacles and weather.
With the ever-expanding assortment of communications devices designed for offshore sailing, comes the dilemma of deciding which ones belong on your 'must-have' list, and which ones you can live without — especially if you're on a limited budget. With that in mind, we'll share some tips and insights here that we hope will reduce your befuddlement.
Despite several advances in offshore voice communications such as satphones, marine single sideband (SSB) isn't going away anytime soon. That's because SSB, unlike satphones, allows an unlimited number of people to listen to a transmission at the same time.
You don't have to own a fully equipped 50-ft cruising boat to enjoy the spectacular Sea of Cortez, a vast, sparsely developed wonderland for sailors and adventurers.
Latitude reader Derek Rice and a buddy recently had big fun tapping into the region's magic aboard a 44-year-old Catalina 22 daysailer.