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WORKING WATERFRONT: West Coast

Latitude 38 Working Waterfront News Central

Since its inception, Latitude 38 has been able to cover, inspire and connect the people in our sailing community thanks to the businesses that support sailors and sailing. This includes boatyards, sailmakers, marinas, boat builders and numerous trades and craftspeople. Over the decades, the space available along our critical public waterfront continues to shrink.  Our Working Waterfront page is dedicated to covering these stories to bring awareness to the jobs, facilities and services that are vital to our nation's commercial and recreational maritime infrastructure. Enjoying the 12-month sailing season up and down the California coast is one of the prime features of living in the West. A working waterfront is one that works for all California citizens and retains space for these important waterfront facilities.

Finding Sailing Friends at Svendsen’s Spring Fling Marine Expo

Tammy Walker and and Ken Chin - Olson 911S Kowloon

It was great to connect with so many sailors at the Svendsen’s Spring Fling.

Incomplete Coverage: A Partial Eclipse of Sailing News

Pacific Puddle Jump 2024

Even the moon can’t cover it all everywhere but, like the moon, we cover a percentage of the news — the sailing news!

News From the Side Pocket of the Duffel Bag

VX One

Spring is here, so we’ve packed our duffel bag for sailing and found some news in the side pocket.

Tall Ship ‘Stad Amsterdam’ Hosts the Blue Tech Future

Hans List, Martha Blanchfield, Sune Blinkenberg

The clipper ships of the late 1800s were the most technically advanced use of wind for power in their era. A new generation of technology leaders met aboard the ‘Stad Amsterdam’ as they create a blue wave, developing the sustainable systems of the future.

Good Jibes #133: Jeff Rutherford on Wooden Boat Restoration

In this week’s ‘Good Jibes’ we chat with Jeff Rutherford, a wooden boat restoration specialist who’s been bringing classics back to life since 1982.

Help Name Alameda Marina’s New Park ‘Svendsen Maritime Park’

Svend Svendsen

If you have stories or memories of how Svend Svendsen or his Boat Works made a difference in the community, innovation, or in your life, share them now to support naming the new park at Alameda Marina ‘Svendsen Maritime Park’ in his honor.

USS ‘Potomac’ Heads to Dry Dock at Bay Ship, Alameda

The 165-ft historic FDR presidential yacht USS ‘Potomac’ will be dry-docked at Bay Ship, Alameda, on March 11.

‘Random’ — The Boat Sailed by the Godfather of Richmond Yacht Club

Known as Richmond Yacht Club’s flagship vessel ‘Random’s keel was laid at the Nunes Brothers yard in Sausalito, in 1949.

Richardson Bay’s Iconic Wooden Yacht ‘Vadura’ Demolished

Richardson Bay’s iconic wooden yacht ‘Vadura’ has met her end at Svendsen’s Bay Marine in Richmond.

Revisiting the 1927 Schooner ‘Northern Light’

Schooner Northern Light

A browse through the decades of ‘Latitude 38’ landed us on a photo of the 140-ft-long schooner ‘Northern Light,’ launched in the Bay in 1927.

Working Waterfront Issues and Resources

Numerous groups and organizations around the country are working to help preserve maritime economic zones.  Working Waterfront Organizations:

National Working Waterfront Network

Sausalito Working Waterfront

San Diego Working Waterfront

Port Townsend Working Waterfront

San Francisco Bay fill map circa 1969.
Map of Bay fill and conversion to resevoir in 1969. San Francisco Bay might have disappeared or looked dramatically different without the attention of those who recognized and protected the Bay for all Bay Area citizens.

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