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At 58 feet, Neil Kaminer’s Tribute was about 15 feet longer than the average entry in last year’s Ha-Ha.latitude/Richard©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Based on surveys returned by 99 of the 150 finishers in the last Baja Ha-Ha, the following interesting facts were learned: 1) As many have wrongly assumed, it’s not an event dominated…Read More
In the August 1 ‘Lectronic, we incorrectedly reported that Raymarine offers Type B transmit and receive Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) for recreational boats in the United States. This information was based on a call to a major marine retailer, but was wrong. Our apologies. What is true is that Type B AIS transmitters can be…Read More
Like many Ha-Ha entrants, the Kalewa crew had such a great experience the first time they did the event, that they’re coming back for another dose of sun and fun this year. latitude/Richard©2008 Latitude 38 Media, LLC With the Ha-Ha Preview and Reunion Party at Two Harbors, Catalina, on Saturday, the paid entry list stands…Read More
Head on over to Catalina for the weekend and stop by the Ha-Ha Preview & Reunion while you’re there. latitude/JR© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Been thinking of doing the Ha-Ha but want to know what it’s really all about? Done a Ha-Ha and want to reminisce with old friends? Then stop by the Baja Ha-Ha…Read More
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,…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.