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Heading South: Latitude 38's Guide to Sailing and Cruising the Coast of Mexico and Central America

Cruising News for Mexico and Beyond

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The Grand Poobah Recalls the 79-ft Ketch ‘Miramar’


The spectacular ketch ‘Miramar’ has a long history and is always stunning to capture on film.

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Jeanne Socrates Is Still Singlehanding Across the Oceans

Jeanne Socrates

Jeanne Socrates was leaving to singlehand her 38-ft sloop ‘Nereida’ to French Polynesia and beyond.

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Greet ‘Hokule’a’ at San Francisco Maritime Museum on Sept 24

Hokulea Arrival after Circumnavigation

How did they do it before Starlink, GPS, Expedition and always-on navigational tools? The well-traveled Polynesian voyaging canoe ‘Hōkūle‘a’ will be in San Francisco on September 24 to show you how.

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It’s Not Too Late To Ha-Ha; Sign-Up Deadline Extended


The sign-up deadline for the 29th Baja Ha-Ha has been extended to Sept. 10, to allow for any last minute sailors who are inspired after attending the ‘Latitude 38’ Fall Crew List Party on September 7.

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Weather Forecasting for Cruisers: GFS vs. ECMWF


Tracking and preparing for the weather is every sailor’s concern. How did the two primary weather-models compare during Hurricane Hilary?

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Cruising Resources - Articles From the Latitude 38 Archives

Read the 2023 First Timer’s Guide to Mexico

First Timer's Guide to Mexico
First Timer's Guide to Mexico

Latitude 38's First Timer's Guide to Mexico Update for 2023.

Why Cruise Mexico?

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.

Fitting Out: The Cruisers Back Porch

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.


Favorite Sailing Apps

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.


The Info on AIS

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.

Offshore Communication

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.


Communications: Idiots Guide to SSB 

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.

Small Boat Adventuring in the Sea of Cortez

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.


Cruising Notes—Things to Know Before You Go

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