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Ha-Ha Preview and Reunion This Weekend

Tammy, a Montessori teacher and veteran of last year’s Ha-Ha, hopes to make the Preview and Reunion to speak on horticulture on cruising boats.latitude/Richard© Latitude 38 Media, LLC The Grand Poobah would like to remind all past and future Ha-Ha participants that there will be a super-casual Ha-Ha Preview and Reunion at Two Harbors, Catalina,…

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Southern California Ha-Ha Preview & Reunion Party

The Grand Poobah wants to remind everyone that the Baja Ha-Ha will be hosting a free Ha-Ha Preview & Reunion at Two Harbors, Catalina, on August 9. It will be a super-casual event directed toward folks signed up or thinking about signing up for October’s San Diego to Cabo San Lucas rally. But it will…

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And Then There Were 92

Barritt, Renee, and a friend, standing beneath the Colombian flag at Cartagena, one of the many great places they’ve visited. Serendipity© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Perhaps thanks to the new online sign-up for the Baja Ha-Ha, the entries for this fall’s 15th running of the 750-mile cruisers’ rally from San Diego to Cabo are running…

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Ha-Ha Entries Pour In

Entries for the ‘Fabulous Fifteen’ Baja Ha-Ha have been pouring in since we decided to ‘tip-toe’ into the 21st century by offering online sign-ups at www.baja-haha.com. If you’re still happily working your way through the last century, you can also sign up the old-fashioned way — see the website or the June Latitude 38 for…

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Baja Ha-Ha Online Sign-ups Go Live!

Four months from now, hundreds of cruisers will be making final preparations for the 15th annual San Diego to Cabo rally. latitude/Andy© Latitude 38 Media, LLC It’s live! As we write this, the Baja Ha-Ha cruising rally’s brand new online sign-up procedure has just been finalized and is now ‘live’ — meaning that potential entrants…

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Cruising Resources - Articles From the Latitude 38 Archives

Read the 2022 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 2022.


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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