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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.

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


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

Mexico-Bound Cruisers Are Passing Through San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay is a waypoint for many boats on their way south as they head off to parts unknown.

Where’s Your Greatest Waterfront Dining Pleasure?

Pasta Pelican Alameda

What’s new for visiting yachters and Bay Area cruisers? A disrupted world means a lot has changed, and much of it for the better.

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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