Heading South: Latitude 38's Guide to Sailing and Cruising the Coast of Mexico and Central America
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A couple of months ago, we decided that we wouldn’t be too disappointed if we ended up with only 100 entries for the ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Baja Ha-Ha, which departs San Diego on October 26 for Cabo, with R&R stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria. After all, the local, state, national and world economies…Read More
Our fingers are sore from stuffing packets. Inside, sponsor flyers pitch attractive offers – such as up to 50% off on berthing along the coast. latitude/Annie©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Despite our gloomy economy — or perhaps because of it — there is no shortage of cruisers preparing to head south this year with the…Read More
Registration for the 2009 Baja Ha-Ha has been open for a month and 77 intrepid souls have signed up so far for the annual cruisers rally from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. It’s pleasantly surprising to learn that, at this point, entries are running on par with previous years, and considering the current state…Read More
After buying 50 grapefruit for less than $5 in Guaymas, Wayne and Carol took the wine treatment to ward off any possibility of swine flu. They’re headed back to California so they can do their second Ha-Ha this fall. Capricorn Cat©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC To be honest, we’re a little blown away by how…Read More
Ever think about getting a tattoo? This one indicates that the bearer is officially registered in the world-renowned San Diego-to-Cabo cruisers’ rally. latitude/Andy© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Some folks look forward to doing the annual Baja Ha-Ha cruisers’ rally for years. And by the time May 1 rolls around — the date when the San…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.