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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 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.

The Painfully Slow but Slightly Encouraging News About Green Ships

When will there be a critical mass of new wind-assist and/or alternative-fuel ships that shift economies and the scales of production in a meaningful way to offer efficient and lower-cost alternatives?

The Resourceful Sailor Makes Rigging Alignment a Top Priority

While working aloft on the tricolor, The Resourceful Sailor noticed that the toggle and triangle plate connecting the masthead to the dual backstays were misaligned, awkwardly loading the clevis pin.

Good Jibes #74: Alan Olson on Building Tall Ships

Hear what goes into building a tall ship, how to sail from Minnesota to the Caribbean, abandon ship, dodge hurricanes and winter, and about Alan’s five years at a Buddhist monastery.

More Sailors Needed on the Working Waterfront

Cal Maritime

Can sailors solve the supply chain issue? More sailors are needed in ports and aboard ships to help keep the commercial maritime world working.

Want To Have a Say in What a Pedestrian Bridge Over the Oakland Estuary Might Look Like?

How tall will the bridge be? How will it affect boats sailing on the Estuary? How often does the City expect the drawbridge section to be opened on a typical high-water-traffic day (aka the weekend)?

Why Is San Diego Bay More Welcoming Than San Francisco Bay?

Our trip to San Diego for the start of the Baja Ha-Ha again highlighted some of the differences between how San Diego Bay and San Francisco Bay welcome sailors.

‘Eleonora E’ Salvaged Three Months After Sinking at Dock

We’re happy to report that a few weeks ago, ‘Eleonora E’ was successfully re-floated and hauled out.

San Rafael Dredging Could Be Completed by End of November

When fully complete, the San Rafael Channel will reach its authorized depths of six to eight feet.

Rent Control Comes to Bay Area Floating-Home Marinas. Are Liveaboards Next?

After an Alameda houseboat marina proposed raising berth rates fees this summer, a series of events at both the city and state level have led to rent control for the majority of floating-homes — about 500 — in the Bay Area.

Want To Learn To Splice Rope? Join Jeff Zarwell for His Upcoming Class

splicing

Join Jeff Zarwell for a two-hour rope splicing class, next Wednesday, at Spaulding Marine Center in Sausalito.

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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