Heading South: Latitude 38's Guide to Sailing and Cruising the Coast of Mexico and Central America
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If you’re a regular visitor to this site, or are a regular reader of Latitude 38 magazine, you already know that our phenomenally successful Baja Ha-Ha rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas has grown into the second largest cruising rally in the world. Not only does it feel great to get away from…Read More
During the 17 previous Baja Ha-Ha rallies, entrants have come from all along the West Coast — including many from Alaska — and there have been a few dozen Australians, New Zealanders and Europeans who’ve participated after buying boats on the West Coast. But never before has an entrant made as big an effort to…Read More
And they’re off! On cue, the breeze kicked in just before the 11 a.m. start of last year’s rally off Point Loma. latitude/Andy© Latitude 38 Media, LLC It always amazes us how many sailors seem to be champing at the bit for May to roll around so they can sign up for the Baja Ha-Ha…Read More
Latitude 38’s Associate Publisher, John Arndt, performing the fireman’s carry on Crissy Fields while scampering away with a keg of suds at the close of Strictly Sail yesterday. latitude/Doña de Mallorca©2011 Latitude 38 Media, LLC It’s all over but paying off the credit card bills. We’re talking, of course, about the Strictly Sail Pacific boat…Read More
Whenever you have a big crew, there is always the chance of some friction. Here, for example, Jen, a intensive coronary care nurse from Arizona appears to be trying to make a point to her husband Andy about his not being able to bring home the bacon because of a work-related injury as a firefighter.…Read More
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Read the 2023 First Timer’s Guide to Mexico
Latitude 38's First Timer's Guide to Mexico Update for 2023.
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.