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Archive for June 2014

Keeping a Weather Eye

Mariners transiting Mexico’s Pacific coast are keeping their eyes on two tropical storms that are currently circulating offshore.  This wind speed probability map from NOAA confirms that Tropical Storm Elida could definitely be troublesome, especially since it is currently moving closer to shore. More »

Mexico Streamlining Bureaucracy

As this file shot from a recent Baja Ha-Ha rally reminds us, hundreds of boats typically head south to Mexico each fall. Recent initiatives by Mexican government agencies will make immigration and boat importation easier this season. More »

Don’t Miss the Vintage Boat Show

These two eye-popping beauties were berthed side-by-side at a recent Master Mariners’ show. On the left is Elizabeth Muir; at right is Bounty. latitude/Andy
©2014 Latitude 38 Media, LLC If you have a soft spot in your heart for antique boats with polished bronze hardware and gleaming varnish you won’t want to miss the annual Master Mariners Boat Show this Sunday, from 10 a.m. More »

Alternative to a Cat Haul Out

Knowing how often sail drives need servicing, it might be wise to invest in an air-filled lift bag like this one. Escapade
©2014 Latitude 38 Media, LLC One of the frustrations with owning a catamaran is if a sail drive — which most cats have — starts leaking, you have to haul the boat out of the water to replace the seal.  More »

ETNZ Confident on Cup Challenge

The Chairman of Emirates Team New Zealand, Dr. Keith Turner, announced today that ETNZ can now mount a challenge to AC 35. This significant development allows ETNZ to move forward to the next stage without government funding. More »

Anchored Boats Must Get Legal

The view is spectacular from the multi-million-dollar homes of Tiburon and Belvedere, except for the derelict boats in Richardson Bay (foreground). latitude/Andy
©2014 Latitude 38 Media, LLC Richardson Bay, which lies between Sausalito and the Tiburon Peninsula, has a colorful history that includes construction of liberty ships during WWII, and a long tradition of boaters living aboard. More »
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Multiple Rescues

An American couple was rescued approximately seven miles offshore from Key Largo last Friday evening after having fallen off their 30-ft fishing boat Fishhawk while it was traveling at high speed. More »

Save Your Strength and Sail

Why row when you can sail? Being a handy fellow, John Chille (left) quickly fashioned this reefable sail for two weary paddlers. © 2014 Meta Allegretto A couple of weeks ago a young couple walked into Beacon Marine, Ventura Harbor’s Chandlery. More »

Singlehander Loses Boat In Nature Reserve

Exactly one year after leaving Southern California aboard his Los Angeles-based Salt Peter, singlehander Peter Rudiger has lost his sailboat to Komakame Reef, which is three miles to the southeast of the southernmost landmass of New Caledonia, about 40 miles from Noumea. More »