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The Legend of the Lost Soul Lives On!
May 2012 - Issue #141
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All The News That Fits! What You’ll Find Between The Sheets This Issue
Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine
About the Photo on this Page:
This photo was captured by Chuck Lions and it shows us why we go sailing in the British Virgin Islands. The place? The Baths on Virgin Gorda; one of the most beautiful places in the world, and best visited by sailboat.
About the Cover:
The Lost Soul graces the cover once again, this time to celebrate her coming back into the fold. If you want to see more of this iconic vessel just turn to page 34.
79 Welcome to Our First Special Section of 80 From the Editor
81 Making Dreams Reality How one couple got past the "what ifs?" to "what's next?" 82 What Works Taking your dog south of the border? Here's good advice on dealing with the local canine population. 84 Boat Buying 101 The steps you'll go through and what to expect when you're ready to take the plunge. 87 Toilet Training Your Cat Get rid of the litter for good!
20 There is a Difference
22 Capt. Woody’s World Capt. Woody 26 From the World Letters from cruisers the world over. 28 New Design:
Catana 47 Lighter and faster than ever, this new Catana will get you where you're going quickly and comfortably.
30 The Admiral's Angle Gwen Hamlin Cruising from the female perspective. 32 At the Chandlery Kewl stuff for your shopping pleasure. 34 Feature Boat:
The Lost Soul See "the stuff of which legends are made." Here she is in all her glory!
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Hard Aground A humorous look at boats and the living aboard lifestyle.
46 You Think That Was Dumb? Get a laugh at someone else's expense.
113 Call of the Sea YOO HOO! Have you heard it?
51 Subscription Form
08 Scuttlebutt All the news that fits!
92 Just Do It But you don't have to do it all at once. Here's some steps to make the transition aboard easier.
111 Healthy Cruising Keeping healthy allows you to enjoy cruising that much more.
50 L&A Inside Info & Contributors' Guidelines The latest on what we're up to and how to send us "stuff."
90 Common Mistakes These people already made them so you won't have to.
41 Hauling Out in Baja You're going to have to do it eventually, so here's how and where to "git 'er done."
48 Cap'n Bucko Our Lats & Atts product tester lets us know how well stuff really works.
88 Loving Living Aboard See why this couple are still in love with the lifestyle after 23 years.
52 Underway! Slices of life from cruisers the world over. 46 There's This Place: Freeport, Grand Bahama Island A new, very cruiser-friendly marina makes this a stop-over must. 64 Flotsam & Jetsam News and stories from cruisers around the world. 96 Miami Boat Show Cruisers' Party . 98 I Found It at the Boat Show New boat goodies to check out. 100 Internet Ads Here's the links to all the best kewl stuff for your boat. 106 Noah's Ark Cruising from a pet's point of view. 108 Bubba Whartz He's a one-of-a-kind, thank goodness!
114 Galley Gourmet Recipes and tips for good eating aboard. 116 Blackbear the Pirate Pirate lore vs. pirate facts. 118 Boating Thru the Ages An irreverent history... uh, lesson? 120 Sea Urchins Cruising from kids' point of view. 122 Innovations Brand new stuff you'll definitely want for your boat. 123 Dockside Marine Classified Ads. 128 Lats & Atts Cruising Club 129 Mackie White & Ad List 130 Boat People Folks who have made a way of life out of most people’s dreams, and folks who are planning to do just that.
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The secret to happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but in liking what one has to do.
By Bob Bitchin Every month I sit down at my 'puter and stare into space, wondering how the hell I am supposed to come up with an inspiring or humorous diatribe that I have not already covered in the 15 years I have been doing this. Well, this one is pretty easy, because I just learned I am being reunited with my true love. No, Jody doesn't have to worry. It's not a woman, it's a boat The Lost Soul. Okay, there are those out there who get their panties in a wad whenever I refer to her as THE Lost Soul. I know the proper way to refer to her is just her name, Lost Soul. But to me she is more than that. She is The Lost Soul. She is the vessel that saw me safely over 75,000 miles of sailing. It was on The Lost Soul I kidnapped Jody and taught her the true joy of sailing through a storm; to see the warmth of a sunny day on the other side. She is the boat I met "The Damned Kid," better known as Captain Woody as we sailed the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean Seas together. For 18 years she was my home as well as my mode of transportation. She was the reason I woke up enthusiastic in the morning, and the reason I went to bed exhausted late at night. It was The Lost Soul that taught me how to scream, "I hate boats!" 6 Latitudes & Attitudes
at the top of my lungs, as well as filling my heart with pride as she saw us through more storms than I'd like to admit we sailed through. Sure, I screamed that I hate boats plenty of times, but I always loved my boat. Jody cried when we sold her five years ago, and I had to hide my tears as we drove away from her sitting in her slip in Nuevo Vallarta, waiting for her new owner. As I've said before, the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference, and I can tell you this. I was never indifferent about The Lost Soul. The more you are involved with the boating lifestyle the more platitudes you pick up. We are all familiar with the old saying, "The two best days of having a boat is the day you buy it and the day you sell it," right? Well, I have to call bullpuckie on that. I can tell you for a fact that those days fall far short of even entering into the top 1,000 days you have a boat. The day I bought Lost Soul (yes, I left the THE off on purpose!) was probably one of the scariest days of my life. She had been abandoned in Hawaii and left at anchor for years, and when I found her in Channel Islands Harbor she was dilapidated as all hell. Pretty much nothing worked on her, and I knew I had bitten off more than I could chew. The day I sold her? Probably the saddest day I can remember. We
got a very good price for her, and actually made a profit on a boat after owning it for 18 years. Not an easy thing to do, for sure. But we don't buy a boat with our heads. If we did no one would own a boat. We buy a boat with our heart; with the vision of seas to be conquered and new lands to be discovered. So what, you ask, has brought all of this soul-searching to the forefront of my alleged mind? Simple. We are getting her back. I am writing this before going down to pick her up. She is sitting in San Diego, and Latitudes & Attitudes has made a deal with the owner for the company to take her under their wing. As I am part of Latitudes & Attitudes, the duty falls on me to oversee her. There is a reason I am writing this prior to going down to see her. It's a simple reason. I have found the happiest day of a boater's life. It has to be the feeling you get after years of knowing you made a mistake by selling a boat that has become so much a part of you that you don't feel whole without her, and you get her back! In my mind's eye she is just like I left her five years ago. Her varnish will be bright, her stainless sparkling and her sails a brilliant white. Okay, I know the reality of the boating lifestyle. The three little words you will never hear a boater speak come to mind: "The boat's done." But, that said, sitting here I can imagine all of the voyages ahead of us. I have forgotten all the reasons I used to shout out, "I hate boats!" Oh, I know I will remember them soon enough. But for now, I just want to sit here and think of the pleasures and adventures Jody, Captain Woody and I will have as we set sail for our next voyage on The Lost Soul. So the next time you see me, I may be shouting, "I hate boats!" but know that underneath it all I will actually be living the best days of owning a boat. www.seafaring.com
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Don't expect more from today than you give it.
May, Two Thousand and Twelve
A LL T HE N EWS T HAT F ITS
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New Boater Tricks So, new boater guy was having problems. Seems that no matter how hard he tried, he just couldn't get his brand new 22-foot Bayliner to perform properly. It wouldn't get up on a plane at all, and it was very sluggish no matter how much power he gave it. After about an hour of trying to make it go, he putted over to a nearby marina to see if someone there could tell him what was wrong. A thorough topside check revealed that everything was in perfect working order. The engine ran, the out drive went up and down, and the prop was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys jumped in the water to check underneath. When he came up, he was choking on water he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still strapped securely in place, was the trailer.
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About time to replace your worn out Lats & Atts T-shirt or hat? Or maybe you're just looking for something new and unique? We're moving forward with expanding our logo product line, which will be sold exclusively through our newly formed Latitudes & Attitudes Chandlery. The new Chandlery will showcase new and exciting cruising clothing and unique and one of a kind products for the serious to causal sailor. The Latitudes & Attitudes Chandlery is scheduled to be open for business sometime in late May, early June. Be sure to keep reading or checking our website (www.seafaring.com) to get the latest updates and information. For licensing information please contact DJ Doran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the Good Ship Because Planning to build a boat? According to maritime superstition, there are good times to begin and there are very bad times. What are they? (Answer pg. 17) www.seafaring.com
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Here's a Zippy Idea
As much as we cruisers love being on our boats, sometimes we need a little change of scenery, right? The folks at Broad Creek Marina on Hilton Head Island agreed, so they've added a zipline to their variety of adventures. ZipLine Hilton Head is a 2-1/2 hour tour consisting of 8 ziplines reaching heights to 75 feet, traversing 3 suspended bridges and zipping up an aerial staircase. You'll get to soar above live oaks and enjoy vistas of Broad Creek. Other Broad Creek Marina Adventures include kayaking, parasailing, dolphin nature tours and great burgers, BBQ and steamed shrimp at "Up the Creek Pub & Grill." Not enough for you? Coming soon are a ropes course, bungee trampoline and a rock climbing wall. Obviously, this is not your ordinary boat marina, and you certainly won't have any excuse for getting bored!
Choose being kind over being right, and you'll be right every time. - Richard Carlson
The Female Perspective
Women are Angels, and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly.... on a broomstick. We're flexible like that.
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Celebrate Sailing Everywhere!
Sailors from around the world will be celebrating sailing and the summer solstice on the weekend of June 23rd by participating in the 12th annual Summer Sailstice. This global celebration of sailing invites all sailors to sail 'together' regardless of where or what they sail. Sign up is free and you become eligible to win some great prizes. How great? Well, the 2011 grand prize was a BVI charter from Footloose Sailing Charters. All you have to do is go sailing, and you can do it alone or you can join one of the many groups that celebrate Summer Sailstice by pledging funds for favorite charities, conservation groups, etc. When you sign up you can find out what events are being organized in your area, or create your own. Visit www.summersailstice.com.
Not So Fast
He who laughs last thinks slowest.
Somalia may not have a functioning government, but it has one of the best mobile phone communications systems in the world. As a result, Somali-based pirates are using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging to do their business. The shipping industry and government intelligence agencies are monitoring social media to get a better understanding of how the pirates operate to improve their counter-measures. Meanwhile, the pirates are able to stay ahead of the game thanks to increasingly sophisticated technology and ample online access. It's coming down to a technology race between commercial shippers and the pirates.
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America's Cup to be Televised!
For the first time since 1992 the America's Cup will be shown on network television. The NBC Sports Group will present live coverage of the 34th America’s Cup on both NBC and the NBC Sports Network beginning on September 7, 2013 from the Cup’s host city of San Francisco. The first two days of racing will be broadcast over-the-air across the United States, with the remaining races airing on cable on NBC Sports Network. To change the way people understand the sport of sailing, the 34th America’s Cup event organizers have made a significant investment in the production of nextgeneration broadcast images, anchored by onboard agile HD cameras and 14 microphones on each America’s Cup boat. The backbone of this new visual experience is also a breakthrough in sports broadcasting – augmented reality from a helicopter called LiveLine. Created by the same Emmy award-winning team that developed the yellow first-down line widely used in the broadcast of American football, this revolutionary graphics system enables embedded technical aids for viewers, such as ahead-behind lines so audiences can clearly see who is leading the race. Okay, who's NOT getting excited?
Another Boat Show Op
For those of you in the Northeast that are ready to spend a day by the water, SailQuest Boat Show will take place at Milford Lisman Landing Marina in Milford Connecticut from May 18-20. This is a family-oriented show that will feature new sailboats, trawlers, downeaststyle powerboats and select brokerage yachts for sale from 20 to over 50 feet in length. There will also be a variety of companies offering small boats, gear, other products, and service such as financing and insurance. Just some of the new boats you'll find there are Cutwater, Catalina, Hanse, Jeanneau, Island Packet, Hunter, Lagoon, Beneteau, J Boats, Minor Offshore, Nordic Tug, Ranger Tug, North Sails and FirstBoat. Never sailed before? You'll have the opportunity with certified instructors offering introductionto-sailing trips. What's more, admission and parking are free! For more information and updates on vendors go to windcheckmagazine.com or facebook.com/SailQuest.
Fatalities in Fiji
A Canadian couple were killed by an explosion aboard their yacht, Oblio, in Savusavu Bay marina in Fiji. The couple, Sean and Sharon Cody, were owners of Windward Apparel Company and partners in Bamboo Clothing Fiji in Savusavu, and were very well liked by the community. A New Zealand tourist aboard a neighboring yacht reported hearing a small explosion around 7:30 PM which was following a few minutes later by a large explosion which engulfed the yacht in flames. Mrs. Cody died instantly, however Mr. Cody was rescued from the water and rushed to the Savusavu Hospital where he died the following morning. He had suffered burns to 85-90% of his body. The cause of the explosion is still unknown. w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
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The real question is not whether life exists after death. The real question is whether you are alive before death. - Osho
For Whom the Bell Tolls
So far, no one knows, but some very clever thieves managed to evade an array of laser systems that measure millimetric shifts in the Costa Concordia shipwreck, plus 24-hour surveillance by the Italian coast guard and police, to steal the ship's bell. The bell was mounted on one of the Costa Concordia's decks which is submerged in 26 feet of water. Investigators suspect more than one person since the bell is very heavy.
The Malts Cruise 2012 will be setting sail on July 8th. After a parade around Oban Bay, you'll explore the lochs and islands of Scotland's west coast and finish with a traditional ceilidh on July 19th in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. The cruise includes plenty of free time to set your own itinerary, and rendezvous in beautiful locations like Tobermory, Rum, Loch Harport and Plockton. Social activities ashore include beach barbecues with local specialities, crew suppers, ceilidh dancing, an eagle-spotting walk, guided tour of a castle and a real chance to meet the locals and understand a little of the wildlife and culture of the region. The cruise includes complementary visits to Oban, Tobermory and Talisker distilleries to see how the whiskies are made, and to try a dram to two! Bring your own boat, or charter locally - there are skippered and bareboat charters available. For more information see www.worldcruising. com/maltscruise or email email@example.com.
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Upcoming Share the Sails Have you been wanting to do a Lats & Atts Share The Sail but just didn't find a date or location that worked for you? Well, your choices are about to increase dramatically! Captain Woody has been busy setting up new opportunities in a variety of locations. The first will be in the beautiful San Juan Islands in just a few months - August - conveniently timed with the Northwest Cruisers' Party. The next will be in one of the most popular cruising areas ever, the British Virgin Islands, in November. If you were thinking of a destination a little farther away, say Europe, plans are underway for Greece in May, 2013 and a European canal adventure in June, 2013. If you're not on the email list, get on it. Shoot your edres and preferred destination to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, stay tuned to the Share the Sail link at seafaring.com for updates.
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Pacific Northwest Cruisers' Party The 11th Annual Cruisers' Party is coming up! Join the PNW pirates and Brethren of the Sound August 10-12 at the 12th Street Yacht Basin in Everett, WA and find out why this event has become legendary. At last count 49 boats already had their dock space reserved. For all the details and to reserve your dock space or find out where to stay, check out the seafaring.com bulletin board or go to pnwsailors.com
October 4-8, 2012 U.S. Int. Sailboat Show
October 19-21, 2012 So. Cal. Cruisersâ€™ Weekend
The Latest Update on Coming Events
In choosing a path, always choose the most challenging. The easy road is crowded and boring in the bargain.
Cruising Club 2011 Award Winners
The Cruising Club of America celebrated its outstanding sailors of 2011 during the annual Awards Dinner on March 2, 2012 at the New York Yacht Club. The Blue Water Medal went to Thies Matzen and Kicki Ericson (pictured) for a commendable 24 years and 135,000 miles of sailing the oceans of the world with a focus in the high latitudes of the Southern Ocean on their 30-foot wooden sloop Wanderer III. (Photo Credit CCA/Dan Nerney) The Cruising Club of America is dedicated to offshore cruising, voyaging and the â€œadventurous use of the seaâ€? through efforts to improve seamanship, the design of seaworthy yachts, safe yachting procedures and environmental awareness.
The Power of Tides
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the first-ever commercial license for a U.S. tidal energy project, which will use New York City's East River tidal currents to generate electricity. The project, owned by Verdant Power and licensed for 10 years, will install as many as 30 turbines on more than 21 acres along the strait that connects the Long Island Sound with the Atlantic Ocean in the New York Harbor.
From the Good Ship Because (answer to the question on page 8) If you're going to build a boat, then you should begin construction: on a fair day with a fair wind and a coming tide; on a Wednesday; when the moon is full or close to reaching that state; when gulls are overhead or porpoises are at play near shore. Do not begin construction: on the 13th day of the month; on a Thursday or, worse, a Friday; on an unfair day with an unfair wind, a going tide and heavy surf; when birds are absent; when women are present.
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Scotch Bonnet, a 10-meter yacht which was abandoned off New Zealand's North Island after being dismasted early last October, arrived on the New South Wales coast of Australia in mid March. After 164 days crossing the Tasman Sea, the boat drifted quietly ashore. Her sails were dragging in the water, but her cockpit was mostly intact and the life rings were still attached. Plans were underway to refloat Scotch Bonnet and tow her to safety, but from there her fate is uncertain. Unless the owner or insurance company take responsibility for her, it will be up to the International Marine courts since she was abandoned at sea. The owner has been contacted but was out of the country at the time.
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Words of Wisdom from the "Duke"
"Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday." -- John Wayne
For all you Benenteau owners, the 2012 Rendezvous Schedule is a busy one. Here's where to find a rendezvous near you... May 19th – 20th Austin, TX Contact: Tasha Barlow email@example.com 512-261-6193 June 1st – June 3rd Deltavilla, VA Contact: Anne Hutchings firstname.lastname@example.org 804-776-7575 June 15th – 17th Telegraph Harbor, Thetis Island, BC Contact: Liane Watson email@example.com 604-685-2211 July 27th – 29th Dartmouth, MA Contact: Sandy DeMello Sandy@Southwharf.com 508-994-4444 July 27th – 29th Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Mississauga, ON Contact: Peter firstname.lastname@example.org 905-891-0191 August 3rd – 5th Two Harbors, Catalina Contact: Barrett Canfield email@example.com 619-224-7784 Aug 24th – 26th Lake Erie Contact: Terry Freeman firstname.lastname@example.org 440-967-0260 Aug 24th – 26th Port Ludlow Marina, WA Contact: Allan Johnson email@example.com 206-284-9004 September 1st – 3rd Seward, AK Contact: Deborah Altermatt firstname.lastname@example.org 907-224-3160 September 28th-30th Pt. Richmond, CA Contact: Debbie Reynolds email@example.com 510-236-2633 www.seafaring.com
wind grabbed the main and jib and in a nanosecond, we went from zero to sixty. At least. It’s hard for me to gauge speeds over eight knots. Inches from the water, I reached a hand down. Ouch. On contact, it felt as if I’d slapped a wooden board as hard as possible. “Hold this, move astern and lean outwards,” Bill said, switching places with me. Sliding with him and Paul further aft, I grabbed the plastic thing hanging from the shroud that looked like the handle on an outboard pull string, hooked the lifeline with my feet, and leaned out as much as I dared, which seemed too far. Precarious even. “What you want to watch for,” said Bill, is the leeward Another gorgeous afternoon on Gorda Sound. Blooming pontoon. You don’t want it to bury itself, or else we’ll pitchpole.” bougainvillea, palm trees, the green hills overlooking the Pitchpole? When a boat goes head over heels? Like what various mooring fields scattered around this big protected happens in places like just off Cape Horn, going the wrong bay of multiple shades of blue. Boats sailed in place around direction, in a huge storm? For sailors of bigger boats, the their mooring balls and anchors, propelled by the over“pitchpole” word has the same effect on the worry meter as generous trade winds stealing anything hanging from lifelines “quicksand” does for a beachcomber, or “gopher hole” for a unattached by multiple knots or six laundry pins. Not good horseback rider. Dangers to avoid. But, the water was warm, wind for laundry day, but excellent for the kite boarders that we were wearing lifejackets, and were just having a little looked like a cloud of colorful flies zooming back and forth outing on a Hobie. And, it was fun. Exhilarating. A total rush. in the distance beyond . . . . Or, for an outing on a Hobie Cat. “How can you tell if you are about to pitchpole?” I I was on my way to a pool where I’d seen a couple I knew interrupted Bill and Paul’s discussion about charter lounging with drinks when two other new friends I’d met a business colleagues. They had industry connections. day earlier, Paul and Bill, roped me in for a sail. They wanted “The lower pontoon starts to bury itself in the water,” Bill replied, to go check out a small fleet of Lasers racing around some “and then the rest follows. As if on cue, from skimming across cans—when not capsized by the strong winds. I’d never sailed the flat waters of Gorda Sound, the leeward pontoon suddenly a Hobie before, it was a good day to try something new. tripped, caught its toe under a wavelet, and dug in. The rushing While checking out the craft selection at the Sailing Center, sound of wind turned watery. Paul released the tiller, I let the jib a man got dinghied in and dropped off. A young lady staff free, and somehow, the craft headed up and righted itself. Rushing member put on her life jacket, preparing to go retrieve the craft sound of wind resumed, pitchpole averted. We were a team. he had abandoned. “I just didn’t have the strength to pull that I adjusted the jib sheet accordingly, Paul steered, and Bill sail back out of the water again,” he explained, sheepishly. advised as we tacked back and forth across the bay, threading I knew just what he was talking about. Over twenty years between the moored boats, around the racing Lasers, taking ago, my one and only experience with a Laser had taken place in note of how many were capsized and how focused on staying this very spot, just off the beach at Bitter End, an ideally situated, upright were the skippers of the ones still afloat. Muscles sailing-oriented, Virgin Island resort. My younger global sailor straining, it looked like a lot of work. They hardly looked self had climbed into that little boat, steered out toward open up as we zoomed past, watching for gusts that could send water, then capsized. In front of what felt like a thousand eyes. us screaming along even faster, or not. Good thing nobody I remember pulling myself upright, trimming the sail, and as was really looking because just like that, we pitchpoled. soon as it filled, immediately going over again. That’s when I Sometimes, things happen quickly and one second you’re quit, called for the dinghy and another craft retrieval specialist. flying across the water, grinning from ear to ear and thinking First of all, I was pregnant and worried about too much the day couldn’t get much better, and the next, you are being straining, but more important, except for reality show types, catapulted from the somersaulting pontoon, aiming away from who enjoys having a learning experience with an audience? a landing on top of Paul. And, you can’t really remember the In spite of, or because of, this failure, over the years spent exact sequence of events that got you there, in the water, hanging introducing people to life directed by wind on cruising boats, onto a catamaran lying on its side. But, the water is warm, I’ve advised many to join local sailing clubs with little Optimist you’re wearing a life jacket, and life is still pretty good because dinghy sailors, or Sunfish. When flummoxed by the points things just got really exciting. A first pitchpole. Awesome. of sail and the aerodynamic principles of sailing, it is easier Laughing and reliving the last ten seconds millisecond by to understand what’s going on if closer to the action, where millisecond—did you see how she flew over Paul and into cause and effect isn’t cluttered by extra fiberglass and line and the sail?—Bill told us to release all the sheets, clamber up dodgers and deck space and engines and cabins. But, since onto the lower pontoon, stand, reach up to the airborne one, I had fast tracked straight to bigger boats, I hadn’t practiced and pull and jump and yank until we all flipped backwards much of what I preached, and found a life jacket that fit while with a righted catamaran, followed by terribly ungraceful wondering what kind of memory the Hobie would provide. scrambling up onto the trampoline that would result with Before the girl returned with the rescued Laser, Bill, Paul, and some impressive bruises. Minutes later, we were back in I pushed off from the beach. I hoped these two guys knew what position—Paul at the tiller, me with the jib sheet, and Bill they were doing, and we wouldn’t need to hail the dinghy and quietly instructing between animated outbursts of processing. send the girl back out again to fetch our boat. But, Bill was savvy. It was still a gorgeous day on Gorda Sound. Like I could He instructed Paul on how to drop the rudders and control the still so vividly recall the twenty-year-old Laser capsizing, mainsheet, pointed me to the jib sheet and the webbing under which this pitchpole wouldn’t be easily forgotten. I’d known Paul you’re supposed to hook your feet before leaning overboard. He and Bill for twenty-four hours, and a little afternoon sail reached for a handle hanging from the shroud and kicked back. The had given us a Hobie story that would last much longer.
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Pacific deliveries - Cruising gear recommendations: www.captainwoody.com rooms with flames, the rest I had to imagine. We all met at the Navy fire training facility. They had big metal buildings with natural gas powered flames shooting across the rooms inside. We suited up, grabbed a hose and they sent us into uncertain death. It was awesome. There was something very soothing about the heat and the flames. Some of the folks didn't like it though. There's no ride like that at Disneyland. What do you do after a hot day at inferno alley? Day 4 we got in the pool. Again, at one of the Navy facilities, we had a pool and one of them liferafts you never hope to see at sea. I As someone who prefers to make his living on the water, was fired up to pile in and feel what it's like being inside, on the I must keep up on certifications and otherwise display my water. I've seen the liferaft pull cord deployment at a couple of competency for filling out paperwork, take tests and pay fees. I our Lats Seminars but I've never played, I mean trained, with got my first license from legendary Maritime Institute back in the one in the water. First we had to prove that we could swim. nineties. My license is in it's third issue. It has served me well. Then it was into the gumby suits, I mean immersion suits and A Coast Guard license is what's usually required to get paid into the water. They really do keep you dry. And in the San to run boats in the states. In the rest of the world, an even better Diego sun? They keep you toasty. It was fun climbing (or being known certification is the hard to get Yachtmaster. One of the pulled) in and out of the liferaft. I could see the challenges of differences is that the Yachtmaster requires you to demonstrate the maneuvers on a bumpy sea. that you can run a boat. One of my back up plans is to return And then some day 5 testing and back patting. It was a great to running private yachts for megalomaniacs (kewl word). I can week with some unexpected adventure mixed with a high end go skipper a globe trotting yacht for 5 years and make enough learning experience. And it was good to hang out with Rags to retire. To that end, I recently went after my Yachtmaster. and Kathy. The final Yachtmaster course is going to be end You used to have to travel to England or worse to get your of summer sometime so you have til then to get your STCW Yachtmaster. Not so anymore. knocked out. And then sign up for the Yachtmaster course so we Great friends and Lats family members Rags & Kathy own can have a full fun class. If you mention Captain Woody when and run the Maritime Institute. If you've attended a Lats & you sign up, you'll still pay retail but they'll give you a classy Atts seminar, watched Lats & Atts TV, done a Share the Sail Maritime Institute hat. We can do that, right Rags? or lost a yellow shoe, you've probably met Rags and Kathy. A couple months later my friend (and top crew) Octavio They are based in San Diego but hold classes all over - www. called me and told me about a jobsite out by Vegas that MaritimeInstitute.com. It is the premier Coast Guard licensing desperately needed sea captains. What? 24 hours later I was school on the planet. So trusted is Maritime Institute that both onsite at the Vegas Tunnel Construction on Lake Mead being the Navy and Coast Guard use MI to train their seamen. introduced to my tug boat. One of the requirements to work a And they now offer the Yachtmaster. I got Rags on the boat on the site was that I had current CPR and First Aid proof. phone and he explained the route to Yachtmasterdom. First I hadn't brought them but no problem, MI emailed my certs right up, STCW basic safety course. What does STCW stand for? over. That's how they roll. Safety Training ... I'm back, I had to look it up. I was way off. I told the VTC folks that I had never run a tug before ... but “Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping.” From how hard could it be. I've parked yachts between other yachts. the brochure: “This five (5) day course is comprised of First Aid What the heck is a flanking rudder? My boat had normal rudders & CPR, Basic Firefighting, Personal Survival Techniques, and behind the props of course but Dirty Diana also had rudders in Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities. Students are trained front of the props. They seemed almost useless when ripping and must demonstrate proficiency in all disciplines.” around the bay solo but connected to a barge with 8 cement Sounds like an adventure? It was. The Maritime Institute trucks, you could generate a lot more twist. They were useful facilities are awesome. They have the whole second floor of a for turning the barges in close quarters. I know what you're beautiful building right off of Shelter Island. I used to teach thinking. What's this got to do with cruising lifestyle? Nothin'. Coast Guard classes and I would carry around a whiteboard Just expanding our horizons. and some markers, that's all you got. The MI classrooms have In other news: Grenadines Share the Sail is full up. Thanks all the extras right there: projectors, displays, flyers, handheld to Scott and Dream Yacht Charters for helping us organize boats right of way boats, a full ship med kit wall display and a few and giving our readers free trips at our big boatshow parties. In full immersion suits hanging in the back so you can gumby up May we have 8 giant catamarans heading out for 10 days from during breaks. Martinique to the amazing Tobago Cays. By the time you read There was an impressive amount of information passed this we'll be finalizing plans for our next Share the Sails - San on to us in the 5 day course. All made lively and entertaining Juans Aug 2012, BVI Nov 2012, Greece May 2013 and a by our instructors Stuart and Kevin. I enjoy learning new European canal adventure June 2013. If you're not on the email things but there were some unexpected highlights. As part of list, get on it. Shoot your edres and preferred destination to the course I got my First Aid / CPR renewed ... bonus. I was firstname.lastname@example.org. putting it off. We got to use the high end CPR dummies and I hope you've enjoyed this break from sail adventuring. Soak learned the new 30 compressions and 2 breaths system. And it up cause we are heading out in a couple weeks to move a that was just day one. little cruising boat down the Mexican Riviera, San Carlos to Day 2 we went over fire theory. Do you know why? Because Puerto Vallarta. If we survive ... I should just get the story in Day 3 they were going to put us in full fire suits and breathing by deadline. So prep the ceviche and have a coldy waiting, this apparatus and toss us into rooms with flames and hot metal, should be a fun one. people screaming and roofs collapsing. Actually it was just -Quality, Balance and a Clean Wake-
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International Marine Bureau
The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast by the IMB's Piracy Reporting Center. The IMB defines Piracy as: "An act of boarding or attempting to board any ship with the intent to commit theft or any other crime and with the intent or capability to use force in the furtherance of that act". www.icc-ccs.org/prc/piracyreport.php
RECENTLY REPORTED INCIDENTS March 19, 2012 - Around 520nm NO of Mogadishu, Somalia: About six pirates armed with guns in a skiff chased and fired upon a container ship underway. Master raised alarm, increased speed and crew mustered in a safe place. The onboard armed security team returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack. No injuries to crew. March, 18, 2012 - Balikpapan Inner Anchorage, Indonesia: Three robbers boarded an anchored bulk carrier. They broke into the forward store and stole ship stores. Duty A/B and 3/E spotted the robbers and raised the alarm. Upon hearing the alarm, the robbers escaped in their waiting boat. Port authorities informed. March 17, 2012 - Gulf of Aden: A skiff was noticed approaching a product tanker underway. D/O raised alarm, informed the Master and security team. Master increased speed, altered course and contacted warship for assistance. About 5-6 pirates armed with guns and RPG in the skiff closed to 4-5 cables and fired upon the tanker. The onboard armed security team returned fire resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. A warship dispatched a helicopter to the location. No injuries to crew and ship March, 17, 2012 - Abidjan Anchorage, Ivory Coast: Robbers boarded an anchored LPG tanker during heavy rain and inbetween security rounds. They stole ship stores and escaped. The theft was noticed during the next security round by the duty A/B. Port control and ships in the vicinity informed. March 14, 2012 - Boma Anchorage, Dem. Rep. Congo: Ten robbers in two boats boarded an anchored Refrigerated Cargo Ship. They took duty A/B as hostage and attempted to enter the forward cargo hold by breaking the entrance hatch seal. Robbers escaped after 30 minutes with ship cargo and stores. The hostage A/B was slightly injured after being kicked in the back. Port control called but no reply received. March 11, 2012 - 210nm ENE of Socotra Island, Yemen, (Off Somalia): Five pirates in a skiff doing 22 knots chased and fired upon a container ship underway at 21 knots. Pirates closed to the port quarter of the vessel and fired a RPG towards the bridge. Master increased speed, enforce anti-piracy measures and crew mustered in safe area. After about 20 minutes of chasing the pirates aborted the attack and moved away. 24 Latitudes & Attitudes
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If baseball were any slower it would be farming.
From the World
LETTERS FROM CRUISERS THE WORLD OVER Send letters to: Lats&Atts, Box 668, Redondo Beach, CA 90277 Letters are edited for space considerations.
There was a picture in the Oct. 2011 issue showing a wooden boat called Rogue Dog from Miami Beach, FL by Mike Spiegle. I have a Bellamy trawler that looks very similar from the back. I would like to find more information regarding the manufacturer of my boat and was hoping to get in touch with someone with a boat with the same manufacturer to see if they have any further information. If there is anything you can tell me about this wooden boat and how many were manufactured, if it is a Bellamy, I would appreciate it. Mine was also built in 1970. Thanks. A fan of your magazine
And the Winner Is...
As a long time attendee to the Miami Boat Show, and a long time reader of Lats & Atts, my granddaughter, Autumn Elora, and I attended our first Lats & Atts party last Saturday night. Much to our surprise, we were the Grand Prize winners of a WinchRite Cordless Winch Handle! As I was sharing the news over the phone with my wife later that night, she suggested trading our fifth stink potter for a sailboat!! What a Woman!! Thank you for a memorable evening dancing under the stars in Miami. Now, who has a "winchless" 33 footer for sale in Florida... The New owners are cool. Bob is a big ol' bear. Jody is hot! And could sell wind to a sailor. And winning the WinchRite? PRICELESS. Mark McDaniel Merritt Island, Florida another intelligent mind ruined by Lats & Atts
From the Mouth of Babes
I was playing with my youngest grandchild while he was playing with his toy pirate ship. I asked what those things were on the front of the ship (the anchors) He quickly answered, "Hookers." You can only imagine our laughter and all the following comments... like "the more hookers you have on a boat the better." "This is one time that 'big, heavy hookers are preferred.'" "One needs to be sure his hooker is tied to his boat so he does not lose his hooker." RC Trotter Dodge City, KS
Frankenstein Cat Hybrid
The want for a nice cruising cat lead me on a winding path, to say the least. It all started when my wife, Stella, decided she did not like the heel while sailing our 39 Corbin that I had built from a bare hull. 26 Latitudes & Attitudes
We decided to try catamaran sailing, but on a fire fighter budget it seemed out of reach... until I found an aluminum bare hull 39 catamaran in an estate sale. The price was very cheap, and before you know it it was ours. I almost turned it down when I began thinking about all the work I would need to do and my stomach and mind became unsettled. But calm thinking prevailed and I began three years' construction. Here's where the hybrid electric motors came to be. The boat was originally built with an intake for a jet pump in front of the rudder post but I scrapped that idea. There was enough room for a diesel behind the rudder post, but not enough for trannys. I wanted to use Sonic Sillette outdrives. They looked like they would be the perfect solution until I learned that it would cost about $12,00 - $14,000. That was way out of budget. The Sonic Sillette looks almost like an outboard lower, but with the tranny on top, so I thought that an outboard has the tranny in the lower unit and might work. I purchased a 35 HP long shaft outboard and removed the motor from the top and to my surprise, the shaft stood up high enough to put a Love Joy coupler on with some slight modifications and a recess for a bearing around the shaft. I then fabricated a platform from aluminum to mount my 3 phase electric AC motors on top. The shift lever is on the side of the upper leg. The first water tank test was awesome. I had to put a cover on the tank and keep the hose running full blast just to keep water in the tank. This little 5 HP motor was really churning it up. So I built twin motor number 2 to match. An electric 5 HP is rated to equal a 20 HP. Now, how to fit them to the cat was another thing all together. The Sonic Sillette would pivot upward to bring the prop above the waterline when sailing and doing maintenance. I really liked that feature, but the Frankenstein motors would not tilt forward because the tall hull and fabricated motor covers prevented tilting. Well, more gears were turning in my head and the solution hit me. A very tall jack plate would do the trick, so back to the pile of aluminum and welder. The jack plate works with w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
a remote controlled winch inside the hull and cable out over a roller down to the motors, and moves the units nicely in and out of the water. As for electrical power, we purchased a Lister Petter marine diesel and coupled it with a 3 phase 12 kW generator head. It's very compact and light weight, mounted just behind the tramps in the generator room. In the rear floor of the pilothouse are two 12V DC relays that turn on/off the 208V AD switches to the motors. We also get 120V AC from it for house use. So far I have no idea of the speed we will obtain with these crazy looking motors, but have the option to up the HP and RPMs if needed. We plan on launching in May and don't know what to expect but have high hopes. Fellow cruisers, please don't laugh too much if you see us out there on the water. We are only a little crazy, but I think deep down we all are in some way. Gene Byrd
From Living Aboard's "Sounding Out" - In
response to the question: What are your favorite cruising grounds? After splashing each spring, I leave my slip several times each week. With Lake Ontario a mere 10 minutes from the yacht basin, I've got 7300 square miles to rattle around in. Day cruises to Oswego or Great Sodus Bay are common destinations. And as a sailor, sometimes I simply put Pleiades on a fat beam reach and head off "out there" with no intended destination. To me, it's the sailing that's important, not the next landfall. A swim off the stern if the wind dies is perfectly Jake, and because I sail in fresh water, there's nothing living in Lake Ontario that eats people! I like that. Rich Finzer Part-time liveaboard Latitudes & Attitudes 27
by Zuzana Prochazka The newly launched Catana 47 appeared on US shores at the Miami boat show this year where I toured the boat that is now a lighter, faster and fully updated version of
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her predecessor, the Catana 471. The new model is 1500 pounds lighter due mostly to the use of Twaron in the infused sandwich construction. Twaron is an engineered fiber that is stronger than steel but half the weight of fiberglass and has been used in other high-end yachts like Hylas. The Catana’s slimmed down weight means she can sail faster and with her 64’ mast and two deep daggerboards, she’ll sail well upwind but with the boards up, can also glide along nicely downwind. A trait all Catana’s share including the 47 is twin helms – one on each hull (with one set of engine controls on starboard.) This doubling-up of systems is good for redundancy in case of failure but it does leave the helmsman exposed when hand-steering. Catana owners I’ve spoken to don’t seem to worry much about that because they insist they use their autopilots most of the time so they do not spend a lot of time out in the elements. That’s an argument for a really good autopilot. With the helms outside, the covered cockpit is dedicated to entertainment and storage. It’s an ideal place for six or more guests to congregate and the sliding door seamlessly connects the interior with the exterior. There are two line boxes on the rear beam, one storage locker under the seat and two large lockers under the cockpit sole so there’s plenty of room for gear and toys. Accommodations The interior of the Catana 47 is by Linea Concepts and takes the accommodations a step above the basic utilitarian surfaces of production catamarans – as it should since Catana builds semi-production boats focused on luxury. www.seafaring.com
The salon of the boat in Miami was bright due to the panoramic views from the large windows, liberal use of light wood and the white upholstery on the circular settee. The standard layout of the 47 includes an L-shaped galley on port with a three-burner stove, twin sinks, and a sliding window to the cockpit that is handy to pass food outside or to remain part of the conversation even when cooking. A front-opening fridge is to starboard next to the entryway. I was glad to see a full nav station, a feature that is fast disappearing in production cats these days. The Catana 47 still offers a dedicated interior place for electronics (choice of Simrad or Garmin), charts, and a workspace even if much of the navigation these days is digital. In the three cabin version, the owner’s stateroom is on starboard and five steps down behind a roller door. For long range cruisers, a smart idea here is the separate desk which keeps the clutter off the dedicated nav station but still provides an area to attend to ship’s business. It’s a small but useful space that is often overlooked on other designs. Forward is a good-size bath with an electric head and a separate stall shower behind a glass door. Aft, is an ample bed with a foam mattress and there’s plenty of storage throughout for everything from linens to clothes. Twin guest cabins are in the port hull. The forward cabin has a full-sized berth and the aft cabin has twins separated by a narrow table. Each cabin has a head and shower combination and it seemed to me that for a cruising couple without a full boat of guests, one of these heads would make a great wet locker. I noticed the overall effect of the interior was more upscale than most cats, featuring a nice finish, plenty of LED lighting, lots of wood to break up the white surfaces, and a compact and efficient layout. Systems & Performance When you build a lighter boat, you can put more stuff on it without detracting from performance. The Catana 47 carries almost 180 gallons of water and 160 gallons of fuel both of which will get a cruising couple a long way. The boat is powered by twin 40 HP Volvo diesels with Saildrives in engine rooms that can accommodate an optional genset and/or watermaker. The Catana 47 has a base price around $750,000 depending on the exchange rate with the Euro and that’s w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
FOB the factory in France. Electronics, commissioning and delivery will take it up from there. According to the builder, on her initial sea trials, the Catana 47 was clocked at nearly 25 knots. She is expected to reach 20 knots regularly so this is a fast boat that will have the ability to reel off the knots on long passages. And in the end, getting there might be half the fun, but it seems being there is always more than half the fun. Odd math, I know. For more information, visit Catana.com.
CATANA 47 Designer: LOA: LWL: Beam: Draft (shoal/deep): Sail Area (100%): Ballast: Displacement: Water: Fuel: Mast Height: Ballast/D: Engines:
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by Gwen Hamlin - www.womenandcruising.com
Choosing the Cruising Dinghy Outboard
Once you’ve selected a dinghy that you believe will best serve your needs when cruising (see last month’s Admirals’ Angle), it’s time to start outfitting it so that it WILL serve those needs. Many sailors allow this to evolve, but some forethought can make a huge difference in how easy your dinghy will be to run, use, hoist aboard and launch. The first thing you will shop for is an outboard. You may be offered a package deal for one when you buy your dinghy. Proceed cautiously; just because it’s a deal, doesn’t always mean it’s a good deal for you. First, read the placard on the transom of the dinghy to determine what range of horsepower (hp) and weight the dinghy can handle, and understand that there’s an upper limit for safe operation. Next, zero in on what performance you expect. Will you mostly use it to putter around an anchorage, or do you expect to make long trips where you will need enough power to get you and any load (e.g. multiple people or scuba gear) up on a plane? Finally, as you weigh brand names, consider the ability to get service in remote destinations. Just as there has been a trend in recent years toward bigger tenders, there has been a trend toward more horsepower. Logical: it takes more oomph to move heavier dinghies. There is, however, also the factor of modern mankind’s addiction to speed, and speed in a dinghy is a lot more dangerous than people realize. In my sailing career I’ve known several people who’ve been run over by their own dinghies after being thrown out after hitting a wave at speed. Usually they were travelling solo in an overpowered setup without using the kill switch. It’s not a pretty way to go. So when choosing horsepower, remember that half the point of cruising is to slow the pace of life down a notch. Also remember weight. Bigger outboards are heavier. Unless you have a catamaran or a very big monohull where you can carry your dinghy with the outboard in place, you will be manhandling your outboard and gas tank between the dinghy and the big boat every time you haul or launch your dinghy. In the store a bigger outboard may seem manageable, but picture yourself and your partner dancing around with it on deck in rolling or bumpy seas. We’ll talk later about ways to help manage this. Finally, because big outboards can be harder for smaller women to pull-start and tilt up, they can cramp our independence. You don’t want an outboard you can’t use on your own! These days, in North America, your options in shopping new outboards are largely confined to four-stroke engines. Four-stroke engines have pushed out two-stroke models because they are quieter, smoother, have better fuel economy, and meet stricter EPA pollution standards. I guess it’s the good-citizen choice. However, if you already have a 2-stroke model, the reality of third world cruising is that you aren’t likely to encounter “4-StrokeOnly Waters.” Two-stroke engines have been in use all around the world for 80 years, which means in the smallest port you’ll likely find someone with knowledge and maybe even parts to fix it when there’s a problem, perhaps not as likely with a 4-stroke. For these reasons, some cruisers actually weigh the advantages of buying used two-stroke engines or waiting to buy new models outside the country where often prices are lower. Many cruisers carry two outboards: a larger model – 10-20hp (with 15hp being average) – to use when taking bigger dinghies farther 30 Latitudes & Attitudes
distances or carrying more load, and a small 2-3hp back-up motor that’s easy to hand up and down between deck and dinghy and which can certainly get you around most harbors while using much less fuel. To give you an idea of real situations, our dinghy was a 10’4” AB RIB with a 15hp Yamaha (2-stroke) that would plane satisfactorily with us and our scuba gear or a third person, but not with the scuba gear and a third person. On the other hand, when our previous Johnson was stolen, we borrowed friends’ back-up 3hp Honda and were astounded that it could actually move our heavy dinghy and gear to a dive site. It took a lot more time, of course! Speaking of theft, larger outboards are a very tempting item in many cruising grounds. Ours was stolen shortly after the Mexican government issued an edict that offshore fishermen must carry a spare motor! The first line of defense against theft is an outboard lock, a tube or channel designed to slide over your outboard’s mounting screws. Second is not to leave your dinghy floating overnight. Instead, hoist it out of the water either on davits or alongside using your main halyard and a 3-point lifting harness (most inflatables come with eyes for this purpose and you can customize a harness from cable and Nicopress® fittings.) Raise it level with the deck against small fenders, secure the bow forward and stern aft so that it can’t shift around in wind or chop, and, in questionable areas, add a locking cable between the outboard and the mother ship. In addition to keeping your dinghy and outboard safe, this habit alleviates worries about careless knots or lines chafing through and keeps crud from growing on your dinghy’s bottom. Another defense, less against theft than accident, is to have a short cable securing your mounted outboard to the one of the eyes on stern of the dinghy. Outboards put out a lot of torque and can spin themselves off the transom if bolts aren’t tightened enough. Now that you have your new dinghy and outboard, you have to figure how best to carry them aboard for passages. Before buying, hopefully you scrambled around with measuring tape to be sure the dinghy will fit on your foredeck or in your davits. Personally, I don’t favor davits, especially for long trips and heavier dinghies, except, of course, on catamarans. I don’t like the weight aft, the issue of shift and chafe in swell, the risk of getting pooped, and, not the least, the obstruction of my fishing deck and sightlines aft. We had davits but only used them in marinas. I (and I think the majority of monohull cruisers) prefer to hoist the dinghy aboard with a halyard and carry it upside-down on the foredeck. This keeps the underway boat a more compact unit, especially in heavy seas. If, however, it will interfere with getting around on deck, hopefully it’s not too late to consider an inflatable you can deflate and stow away instead of a rigid hull. Underway, cruisers typically carry their outboard(s) on a special mount on the stern rail, arch or amidships by the mast, since most outboards ride best upright (with prop lower than the head). A mount on the stern makes it easy to integrate a small hoisting arm with block and tackle to facilitate manhandling the outboard between deck and dinghy. We positioned ours so that, with the dinghy secured bow and stern alongside the quarter, one of us could lift the engine from its mount and lower it – using a three-part tackle hitched to an outboard harness (ours was homemade from cable) – directly to the dinghy transom where the other would bolt it down. Never did we have to “dance” with our 15hp outboard and never was there a chance of dropping it overboard! Being prudent types, we still often hitched a safety line to the outboard handle. Equipped with the right dinghy and outboard and a system for getting them aboard, the next step to the perfect cruising dinghy is to accessorize it so that it gives you the best service possible. More next month! www.seafaring.com
A look at some of the neat “stuff” you’ll find at your local chandlery
Put a Lock on It
Get a Trickle Out of This TheAnchorCharger™ is a solar powered marine battery maintainer for boats 30 feet and under. Mount it while you're anchored, moored or docked and it will trickle charge your battery so you don't need to worry about getting your engine started again. For more go to anchorcharger.com.
Tired of picking towels up off the cabin sole? Or worse, having them ToweLocs® blow off the lifelines? With ToweLocs ® you can keep them hanging in place regardless of how much things are heeling, bouncing, or blowing. They come in two sizes, 1/2" and 1" length posts to accommodate varying thicknesses of towels, and have a safe and easy-to-use cap that locks. They also come in a wide variety of styles and colors to match any interior. Think of them as towel jewelry. You can check them out at towelocs.com.
Because Rust Never Sleeps DuPont® Teflon™ Penetrant loosens rust and protects metal, plastic or rubber surfaces that require long-term lubrication and defense against saltwater corrosion. It's also a low-odor, non-staining lubricant so it can be used on marine gear without damaging the finish. You'll find it available at Lowes nationwide.
Come and Get Me! Put Your Best Foot Forward And when you do, make sure your best foot is wearing the new Sebago Crest Vent. It features Triwater Technology which cushions vibration or compression under the foot, provides toe and heel protection, drains water through built in channels and vented mesh panels, and delivers optimal grip with a slip-resistant nonmarking rubber sole. The 360 degree lacing also gives a more secure fit around the foot and ankle. For more info on this and other great styles visit sebago.com. 32 Latitudes & Attitudes
This compact little unit, the Kannad Marine SafeLink R10SRS (Survivor Recovery System), is worn on your lifejacket. Once activated it sends alert messages, GPS position and a special identity code directly to AIS receivers within an approx. four mile radius. The GPS updates every 60 seconds for superb accuracy. Go to kannadmarine.com. www.se afar ing.com
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have.
If you call these folks, be sure and tell ‘em you saw their stuff here in Lats&Atts. That way we can con ‘em into sending us big bucks to advertise, and then we get to add more pages. Neat, huh!
At the Chandlery
The Lost Soul
A Cruiser is Reborn After 25 Years By Bob Bitchin
Lost Soul 2006 - 1996 Photos by Bob Bitchin & Andy Wilson
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As you may have noticed from the cover and my editorial, our old boat, the Lost Soul, has come back to us. To say we are excited is an understatement. For those of you unfamiliar with her, here is a look at her. These photos are from an article we did in our 10th Anniversary issue, just before we sold her, a little less than five years ago. But this will give you an idea of why we are so stoked to get her back. Lost Soul started life as a Formosa 56 ketch named Fairweather. For her first decade she sailed the South Pacific as a cruising boat. Her story gets a little sketchy after that. It is said she was www.seafaring.com
Main salon - port looking forward.
Main salon - starboard looking forward.
abandoned in Papeete for a few A Walk Through the Boat years, left at anchor there. Then a The aft of Lost Soul is all skipper was hired to bring her back master cabin: 6'5" headroom to the States. He sailed her as far as and a king size bunk that runs Hawaii, and then left her anchored athwartship, lots of cabinets, a under the airport's flight path. TV/DVD player, and a Handcraft Main salon table open. Vagrants moved aboard and Mattress. It has an opening 12" soon sold a couple of her hand center port for ventilation. A carved wooden doors as well as the MarineAire air conditioner is under the bunk. sails. It was about then that Stephen King (no, not that As you enter the main salon from the storm room one!) entered the picture. He partnered with the owner you find a staircase with banister (not a companionway and made him a deal. He would fix her up and live ladder) that leads you down into the main salon, past our aboard, and they'd sell her. own mermaid. This is the main room of the boat and Enter a large, tattooed ex-biker with a penchant for is made for comfort and entertaining. On the port is a salty sailboats. I first spotted her tied up at a dock in settee that opens using hydraulic lifts to expose the dual Channel Islands Harbor. She was thrashed. There were a Technautics reefer systems, one for the reefer and one for bunch of people working on her, and you could see she the freezer. In the sections next to them are plenty of open had seen some miles. storage areas for Jody's pots and pans. But she looked salty, and I thought I could see a lot On the starboard side is a "U" shaped settee and of miles left in her. And so it was I made an offer, it was dining table which opens to hold charts. There are two accepted, and I was soon sailing her all over this big blue round stools that open for storage, and can be used ball we live on. for either coffee tables or stools at the table, located In all we figure we put over 75,000 miles under her amidship. Beneath the settee is an emergency Edson hand keel. Add to that the original 10 years, and we figure she'd bilge pump on one side, and a Xantrex 3000 charger/ seen over 100,000 miles of waterways. During the next 10 years as we started Lats & Atts she was our home, and we did the occasional sail to Catalina Island and over to Hawaii a couple times. But in all she was tired, and she had a few problems. When the mag started to generate some $$ we decided to make her new again. We estimated about $150,000 would bring her up to snuff. We were about 50% off. By the time we'd finished it was closer to $300,000. But we also ended up with a boat we couldn't have duplicated for $1,000,000. It took two years, but here's what we had Aft cabin. Note opening port center aft. when finished. w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
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Foreward guest cabin - starboard looking aft.
Foreward guest cabin port cabinet holds washer & dryer.
inverter on the other. Under the center seats is the second of the two MarineAire air conditioning units. Under the main salon floor there are four fuel tanks holding a total of 400 gallons of diesel, and 225 gallons of water. There's an additional 55-gallon day tank. The entertainment system is a 32" flat screen TV, with a full surround sound system run via the inverter. Behind the TV is a full sized sub-woofer. Going forward, beneath the custom clock board carved with a likeness of our mascot, Atty "The Dude" Tude, you enter the guest cabin. On the port side is a single berth and sitting area with storage beneath, and the new Alston 120 volt stacked washer & dryer at the head of the bench seat. There is a hanging wet locker aft. On the starboard side is a full king size Tempur Pedic mattress. There are pullman curtains for privacy, and a flat screen TV/DVD player hooked into the ship's KVH DISH system. Going forward you pass another hanging locker to starboard and enter the forward head. Here we have a sink, Wilcox-Crittenden head, and hand-held shower. Forward from the head is the chain locker. It holds 400 feet of 3/8" chain as well as 300 feet of backup anchor rode and spare halyards, sheets and line. When you enter the boat at the stairway, if you were to turn to the right instead of coming down the stairs to the salon, you would enter the navigation station and the crew quarters. The nav station is at the bottom of a Nav station winding stairway, amidship starboard. and has a GPS, Globalstar phone system, weatherfax, 36 Latitudes & Attitudes
SSB/Ham radio and SailMail Pactor unit for communications at sea. Here are all the manuals and instructions for the systems on the boat. Just aft of the nav station is the crew cabin. This has dual berths with opening ports and full headroom. On the port side of the boat opposite the nav station is the full galley. This was redone to Jody's specifications from the hull out: full 1-1/2" granite counter tops, new Scandvik sink and faucets, as well as water filtration for the drinking water, and backup foot pumps for both salt and fresh water in case the water pumps decide to take a day off. The reefer and freezer both have R65 insulation of vacuum panels set behind foam and PVC sheets for protection. They are well insulated. The upright reefer also utilizes a heavy plastic curtain to keep the cold in when opened. Between the galley and the nav station is the battery and electrical room. This small room is located underneath the stairway and has plenty of room for the four Rolls deep cycle batteries that are the house bank (about 3,000 amps) as well as the Rolls 8D isolated starter battery. We also have the autopilot brains and pumps located in this area, along with the Allcraft stainless water heater and the Xantrex controls. It is also home to our 55-gallon trash can, which sees us through long passages. Just aft of the battery room and amidship is Crew cabin - aft the engine room. of nav station. This is totally sound insulated, and is home to the www.seafaring.com
The galley - port side amidship, looking aft.
Perkins 135HP normally aspirated diesel and the Borg Warner Velvet Drive transmission. It also houses the HRO System 10 120-volt watermaker system, and the Spectra 12-volt Catalina watermaker; one for use when the generator is running, the other for use when motoring. Also in the engine room is the KTI FilterBoss system and the TransferBoss. These are two monitored The battery room below units that transfer and polish the fuel, either the entry staircase. between tanks or from tank to engine. They both have pressure gauges and alarms, so if we have a filter clogging, we can just switch to a clean one and keep the engine running. Just behind the engine room, and under the large hanging closet amidship, is the generator room. This houses the Fischer-Panda 8 kW generator, with a one-gallon day tank (gravity feed) right above it. On the port side, opposite the engine and generator rooms, is the workroom. This was originally dual berths similar to the crew cabin, but we needed a good place to keep spares, tools, and to work on things when they go wrong, which is a usual occurrence on any boat. We put w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
in a three-inch-thick mahogany bench, with storage underneath and above, with numerous drawers, and storage areas. We also put in our own hardware store full of nuts, bolts, screws and washers. The workroom is also home to the Engine room starboard. icemaker (below the Below - looking forward. workbench), as well as our coffeemaker, which sees us through night watches. Aft of the workroom is the master cabin, which also has its own private head with shower. It features a Wilcox-Crittenden Skipper head, Scandvik shower facilities, a hanging locker and full length mirror. But the real fun of Lost Soul is above deck. The deck is all 5/8" teak over new hardwood subdecking, with MAS Epoxy and fiberglass to keep her strong and dry. Forward is a bow pulpit with a mount for our Herreshoff swivel canon from Ye Olde Cannon Maker, which doubles as a bow seat when the canon is not in place. There are double bow rollers, one sporting a 110-pound Bruce anchor attached to 400 feet of 3/8" chain, through a Muir 3500 windlass. On the second roller is a stainless CQR which has 60 feet of 3/8" chain and 300 feet of nylon 7/8" rode. We also carry a 65-pound high-tinsel Danforth and a 33-pound Bruce for a lunch hook.
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Just aft of the bow and anchor area is the foredeck box. This was built to store dive tanks, deck furniture, dive gear and extra anchor gear. It also is used for sleeping when in the tropics, as it has a 4" foam cushion. The headsails are from North Sails and are controlled with our original 15-year-old Harken furling system. It still works perfect after all these years and miles. We run a six oz. cloth on the headsail and a nine oz. on the staysail, which doubles as our storm sail in bad weather. The Quantum main and mizzen were made to use with the Forespar Leisurefurl in-boom furling system. All sails are controlled from the cockpit, including raising, lowering, and even reefing. This is the best system we have ever used. To make it even easier, we added a couple of Andersen electric 58 secondaries, which we use to raise, lower and reef the sails, as well as to furl the headsails when we are in tough weather. The main and mizzen sheets are handled by Garhauer travelers. The one on the main is the new non-fouling traveler, and believe me, it doesn't foul. We opted for both control lines to lead out the port side for ease of handling, and we use the Spinlok snap locks to secure them. They are most kewl! Our sound system is by Polyplanar and it rocks! A waterproof subwoofer is behind the aft box on deck, and two 5" x 7" speakers hide beneath the custom table. We also have two 6" x 9" speakers forward of the house. For extra power we are running nine solar panels. In perfect conditions we can pick up almost 40 amps! The two flip-ups work great!
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Inside the storm room looking foreward.
We have an Engel 35 mounted in the storm room with the insulating blanket, to keep cold cervezas within easy reach. The Galleymate stainless barbecue from Australia rounds off our entertainment package. Inside the storm room we have added Bowmon opening windows to allow air to pass through. The instrument panel has grown to include a Raymarine radar/chartplotter, as well as the new Raymarine autopilot. We also have a B&G autopilot, Northstar navigation system, the B&G H1000 instrument package and a computer screen for The Cap'n and Fugawi navigation computer systems. On the top we have an ICOM VHF and the Polyplanar stereo system with iPod input. For the dodger we used the Sunbrella two-tone fabric. It comes with one color exposed to the sun, and Year Built another inside. We also used Sunbrella Builder mesh fabric for window covers and L.O.D. covers for our Lexan hatches. On the rigging we put several sets L.O.A. of Baggywrinkles to protect the seams Draft of the sails when running downwind. Displacement That will give you a rough idea of why we are so stoked to get her Engine back. Over the next few years we Fuel hope to have a number of our readers "crew" with us. If you'd like more info Water on how to do that, just got to www. seafaring.com/lostsoul.
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1981- Refit 2003-2006 Formosa Boat Company 56 feet 68 feet 8 feet Net
135 HP Perkins (6-435) Diesel
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Hauling Out in Baja
An Existential Experience by Phil Hall
hink about it. For weeks, months, you’re on the move: sailing, motoring, motor-sailing, riding out “screaming blue northers” at anchor, dinghying around little coves, snorkeling, swimming, always moving. And then you’re on the hard. On jack stands, on concrete, your boat’s not moving, but you’re still on it. Getting up in the dark night, down the clanking, somewhat scary ladder, to make your way through the dark shop to the head. Living with sounds of sanding and hammers and dust, your life has suddenly changed. Being on the hard in the yard is somehow “weird” after months of cruising. But you do it, and if you can get through it without any major “issues” and you get all of the work done in a reasonable amount of time and if it doesn’t cost you two fortunes, then you count yourself lucky. Jesse Brett, (S/V Koae), our guru in boating matters, says: “cruising is working on your boat in exotic climes.” We’re doing that, and you will too if you come down here. Some boat yards will let you work on your boat while you’re in the yard, some won’t. At Puerto Escondido, BCS, you can. We did. The Hidden Port We could have hauled out a number of places in northern Mexico: Ensenada, BCN, Cabo San Lucas, w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
BCS, La Paz, BCS, San Carlos/Guaymas, Sonora, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, but we were moving and we wanted to keep moving, and we did until we got to Puerto Escondido, BCS, home of Hidden Port Yacht Club and a popular hurricane hole. We took a look around. “I’ve weathered three hurricanes here,” Ray Wyatt (S/V Adios) said, “and I wouldn’t hesitate to ride out another.” He’s one of the local ex-pats who call Puerto Escondido home. Fonatur, the Mexican bureau of tourism, has a marina facility in PE with a few slips, and some nice docks with showers (sometimes hot water), laundry, PEMEX fuel dock, water taxi and (sometimes) internet access. Construction was completed on the facility in 2007. They also have a concrete yard with a travel lift (remotecontrolled, no less). The first time we saw it, we were impressed with how clean the yard is. Fonatur was President Vicente Fox’s baby. Based on projections that hundreds of thousands of boats would come to Mexico from the U.S. and Canada if there were more facilities, Fonatur embarked on an ambitious program. They initially planned to build 120 Fonatur facilities down the Pacific Coast of Baja, all along the Sea of Cortez coast of Baja and the west coast of mainland Mexico. They actually built 20. Politics and Latitudes & Attitudes 41
politicians change; economic realities change. Banks crashed and so did dreams and ambitious plans. In August, 20ll, prices in Puerto Escondido took a dramatic jump. Now, to get a mooring at the Fonatur facility in Puerto Escondido will cost you $4.50 pesos per foot per day, plus 11% tax. For a 36-foot boat, that is $180 pesos, which is $17.13 USD per day. The new weekly rate is $1,119 pesos per week, which is $106.56 USD. The monthly rate is $4,196 pesos for a 36-foot boat, which is just about $400 per month. (That’s August, 2011 prices, subject to change without notice.) The cost for a mooring or anchoring in the bay is the same. There is no free anchoring in the bay. Free water taxi service is provided via a panga operated by Fonatur, for times when there’s a “blow” or when you need them for any reason. These guys are good, as you’ll find out when your boat is pitching in big swells and you’d rather not take your dinghy to shore. Most people give a tip to the panga operators. We do. The piece de resistance in PE is the yard. Elvin Schultz, the owner of Puerto Escondido Marine Services (PEMS) leases part of the Fonatur yard in PE and works on boats there. The yard in PE is in two parts; Elvin rents a small part of the yard from Fonatur and Fonatur operates the rest. Whether you stay in Elvin’s part of the yard or at Fonatur’s, the cost to haul and splash your boat is the same: about $418.62 USD, including tax, for both events.
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But lay days in Elvin’s part of the yard are about 1/3 that of Fonatur’s prices (if you can get in). Elvin has a small piece of the yard, with room for not more than three or four boats. Once again, prices are subject to change. Elvin knows something about the Fonatur project. He was in Puerto Escondido before they came here, back in the days when you could anchor for free in the Hidden Port. “There are only four of the Fonatur facilities that are turning a dollar,” he told me. “The one in Mazatlan, San Carlos, La Paz and here in Puerto Escondido.” Now, the whole thing is for sale. They tried to sell it as a single entity, but that didn’t work out, so they are trying to sell the facilities piecemeal. So far, that hasn’t worked out either. The Fonatur facilities are very similar to one another, with a basic floor plan. If you learn your way around one Fonatur facility you can find your way around any of them. The buildings are pale green steel structures, easily recognizable whether you’re in Guaymas or Puerto Escondido. The staff is friendly and helpful at every Fonatur facility we have visited. You can usually find someone who speaks English. Elvin (PEMS) has a big shop with such useful things as saws, drills, a big vice, sanders, buffers, grinders; all of which he will rent to you by the day. A sander costs $100 pesos a day (about $8 US dollars), mas o menos
(more or less). If you want to wax your boat, he has a buffer for $200 pesos a day (about $17). It will cost you about $35 USD for Elvin to hydrowash your boat when you haul it out. We bought our paint from Elvin for $370 USD (2 gallons of Proline 1076). He may have the paint you want, or he may not. It would be best to check ahead. Check the PEMS website. Many of the people we talked to brought their paint down with them from the USA. We did our own sanding and painting, but Elvin was there to help when we needed him. He was enormously helpful with such things as pulling our prop and shaft and replacing our cutlass bearing. We talked to some yachties who had hauled their boat in Guaymas. They liked Marina Seca Guaymas. Marina Seca Guaymas' prices to haul and splash your boat in May, 2011 were about $200 USD. That may have changed, but if not, with the new increased prices in Puerto Escondido, Marina Seca Guaymas may be a better bet. We originally liked the cleaner yard in Puerto Escondido, but with the new prices in PE, the balance may have shifted across the sea. After we left PE the first time we sailed up to Santa Rosalia, a quaint and interesting backwater if there ever was one. We spent a few days there and then sailed over to San Carlos to meet some friends and check out the yards. If you’re thinking of scoring parts in San Carlos, you might think again. The pickings are not great. There are two small chandleries in San Carlos, and their selection is limited. I did find a 1 1/4 inch limited clearance zinc that I needed for my prop shaft, though, and I hadn’t been able to find that in Puerto Escondido or Loreto. There are a number of hardware stores in Guaymas, but it’s fairly hard work to find everything you need at one location. You find paint rollers here, sandpaper there, masking tape at another. Having said that I will say that this stated opinion of mine is based on limited experience. I talked to others who recommend the San Carlos/ Guaymas experience. The problems with Marina Seca Guaymas are several: One, it’s a dirt yard. Secondly, it is some distance from El Centro Guaymas, so unless you have a rental car (another expense), you’re going to spend time hustling rides and buses, looking for the things you need to complete your job. Marina Seca Guaymas is cheaper than Puerto Escondido, and we did talk to yachties who had a pleasant experience there. It’s all a matter of balance. w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
But after looking at these other yards we decided to hall out with Elvin Schultz in his yard in Puerto Escondido. It’s concrete and clean, and a breeze always blows off of the bay. “I’m not out to gouge anyone,” he told us the first day, and he was as good as his word. When we got his bill we were surprised to see that it was below our original cost estimate, despite extra lay days spent waiting for a cutlass bearing. When we first met Elvin, we made arrangements to have a “little chat” about costs and time to do the work. We took careful notes. When it was time to haul our boat, we typed everything up, printed it and presented it to Elvin for consideration. Based on what we had given him, his wife Connie, who is his bookkeeper/business manager, typed up a cost projection based on our presentation. This included costs for hauling/splashing, materials, tools, lay days, Elvin’s labor and the labor costs for yard help (for example, for sanding). We could have hired Elvin to do everything, but we wanted to do as much of the work ourselves as we could. We agreed up front that Elvin would be available to give us advice and help when necessary, and he was always there when we needed him. The first hitch was the cutlass bearing. We hadn’t anticipated it. We got the boat out of the water, hydrowashed it, then went over the prop shaft, prop and rudder. When you lift up on the shaft, if you have any play in it, you might need a cutlass bearing; or, if you’ve heard and/or felt vibration in it when underway. We talked to Martin Hardy, an old salt with a small chandlery in the marina facility. He’s knowledgeable about many things concerning boats. “If your cutlass bearing has any play in it, you should replace it while you have the boat out of the water,” Martin advised us. We consulted Nigel Calder, a renowned author of books on diesel engines and the like. He’s our guru on the Latitudes & Attitudes 43
subject. In his published work he cited 1/16 inch as the tolerance limit. That seemed like about what we had. We decided to replace the bearing to be safe. But first we had to find a cutlass bearing as we had not brought a spare with us. If you come down from the U.S. or Canada on a boat, BRING A SPARE CUTLASS BEARING. There were five or six boats waiting for cutlass bearings while we were in Puerto Escondido. You can get parts in Baja, but it is not necessarily easy, cheap or fast, and lay days add up in a hurry. The local chandlery in Puerto Escondido did not have a cutlass bearing of the appropriate size in stock. Martin has a man in Chula Vista, California who puts together parts orders for him and puts the parts on the bus in Tijuana. It’s hard to order parts directly from the U.S. because of things like tariffs and shipping.
There were a couple of other obstacles awaiting us. First, the week that we hauled was Semana Santa and it’s hard to do business anywhere in Mexico during “holy week.” Second, the week after that was Loreto Fest, a celebration of yachties from all over the place who pour into Puerto Escondido by the hundreds. We were stuck in the yard for over two weeks. But, we got her all done. One of the things you learn about doing business in Mexico is you have to be patient. If you’re not patient, you might not be happy in the end. We got a lot of things done on our boat: refurbished two sea cocks, refurbished our head (the toilet), did some plumbing work in the galley, refurbished our manual bilge pump, painted our bottom, raised our waterline, painted a new boot stripe, repainted our “racing stripe”, replaced our secondary fuel filter (Elvin helped us bleed our system after we replaced the filter), waxed and polished our hull and replaced our cutlass bearing. 44 Latitudes & Attitudes
Following is some relevant price information. NOTE: these are just a few examples to give you some idea of what you are up against. This listing is not meant to be exhaustive. You may also check some of the websites listed below. Puerto Escondido: Price to haul and splash your boat $420 USD inclusive (includes 11% IVA tax). Cost to hydrowash your boat - $35 USD from Puerto Escondido Marine Services (PEMS). Cost for equipment rental: Buffer -$200 pesos/day=about $17. USD Sanders - $100 pesos/day=about $8. USD You can buy sanding disks and buffing pads from PEMS or you can buy them in Loreto (or bring them down with you). Paint: Best to bring your own. Paint is considered “hazardous material” by the Mexican government and must be shipped by a special conveyance. You can’t very easily call up to the States, order some paint, and have it shipped down. We bought two gallons of Proline 1076 from PEMS for $370 ($185/gallon USD), but that was a one-time deal and Elvin might not have paint when you get down here; or he might. Check out the PEMS website. Yard Labor to help you sand, wash, wax: $25 USD/day. Professional help (Elvin) to pull your prop and shaft and/or cutlass bearing, or to do it for you: $45/ hour USD. Contact Information: Contact S/V Seawind II email@example.com, or avschrenk@ mac.com - Phil Hall and Anna Schrenk Jesse Brett - www. bettermarineservices.com. 661 310-6862. Electrical is his specialty. He’s in Chula Vista, CA as of this writing. Puerto Escondido Marine Services (PEMS) - www. pemsinpe.com. This is a good website - lots of relevant information. Elvin Schultz, manager. Call for “Sea Lover” VHF on channel 16 or 22. Call for FONATUR in Puerto Escondido - 613 1330985. You can reach them VHF channel 16 or 22. Also, check out their website - Google: FONATUR Marina Puerto Escondido. Lots of info. Marina Seca Guaymas - Gabriel Larios Rizo, Manager. 622 221-7200, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.marinasecaguaymas.com. We’ve heard a lot of stories of various people’s experience hauling out in Mexico, some of them not too pleasant, but our experience in Puerto Escondido was a good one. Elvin Schultz (PEMS) has a great sense of humor and a lot of patience. We wouldn’t hesitate to haul out there again. www.seafaring.com
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Turns out you CAN fix stupid, but it takes forever because the parts are back-ordered due to high demand in Washington DC.
You Think That Was
Fishing Equipment for Sale
The summer was fast approaching and plans for the sail up the west side of Vancouver Island became intense. Five sailboats would be making the journey from Seattle to Hot Springs Cove, British Columbia. A competitive fishing derby among the boats would be on the itinerary once we got to Barkley Sound. I had been diligently saving money for months so I could buy the fishing gear I needed to participate in this contest for catching the biggest salmon. My wallet was bulging with 100 dollar bills when I entered a huge warehouse-sized store where serious fishing equipment is sold. A salesman noticed my glassy-eyed gaze and introduced himself to me. I told him I was in the store to buy everything I needed to catch a salmon. Salesman Mark became my new best friend, forever. Two hours later we had a cart overflowing with everything from a state-of-the-art carbon fiber fishing pole, to a lead filled, 10-pound downrigger weight shaped like a fish. I didn’t know a downrigger from a spinner so Mark patiently explained the purpose for each item he put in the cart, and how it was to be tied, clipped, or dangled. I even discovered that fish “smelled humans” so it was necessary to smear this foul smelling gooey gel on the line and lure before it was attached to the downrigger and lowered into the water. This information made me wonder how I, an inept novice, would be able to catch a fish smart enough to smell me and know what I was up to? This wasn’t going to be as easy as I thought. On the day of our derby I hauled all my new fishing gear out to the aft deck and tied, clipped, and fumbled my way through all the steps Mark taught me. With the lure deployed I sat staring at the tip of the fishing pole watching it bobbing up and down in rhythm to the waves. I wondered if I would know when there was a “fish on,” the words Mark said I was to yell to the helmsman when I had a fish on the line. Suddenly the tip of the pole bowed down with a swift jerk and flailed about violently like a dog playfully shaking a rag. “Fish!” I yelled hysterically, “I caught a fish!” After much excitement and exhaustion a whopper of a salmon was hauled on board. It flopped around in the net, trying to escape. Mark must have held little hope that I would be successful at landing a salmon because he never told me what to do after bringing it onboard the boat. Fortunately, my husband came to my rescue with a black plastic garbage bag, a towel, and a hammer. 46 Latitudes & Attitudes
The food I buy is already dead. Seeing the hammer made me panic, then dissolve in tears when I realized what I would have to do to be a real fisherwoman. It was little consolation that I had caught the biggest salmon at 23 pounds. That night, while eating the most wonderful salmon in the whole world, I thought about the money I spent on all the equipment to catch this fish. I calculated I would need to catch 200 salmon before I would see my investment pay off. Or, consider this one fish cost me $1,000. All my “lightly used” fishing gear, including the downrigger and 10-pound weight shaped like a fish, is for sale on eBay. I am keeping the foul-smelling gooey gel to remind me of a lesson learned. Fish can smell me coming miles away. by Arlyene Dews
Our adventure started in Port Elizabeth, Bequia, located in the group of 30-plus islands known as St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean. We had the opportunity to visit family members cruising in the area on their 51-foot Morgan sailing vessel and after a few days of sailing, anchored in Port Elizabeth for sightseeing. An expedition to Mustique, 10 miles away, was planned, and what better way than by taking a fully crewed and catered, 100-foot antique wooden sailing vessel for the voyage? The sun was shining, the trade winds were blowing and it seemed an opportune time to take advantage of the 35-year-old freighter and mail boat, now retired, and run as a charter business for tourists hoping to enjoy the flavor of yesteryear. Masts were wooden, sails were canvas, and the tiller/steering wheel sat in the middle of the steering box mounted high on the stern deck. This wheel poked out of a large groove, obviously as old as the schooner, and wobbled back and forth under the watchful eyes of the elderly captain(reputedly also the boat’s builder). The crew was made up of an assortment of laidback, friendly Bequia locals, the captain, the ship’s owner, and a very decorative and curvaceous young blonde girl who acted as waitress and cook onboard. The cheerful crew filled the air with shouts, gestures, and high pitched squeaks and chirps, possibly to enable communication over the sounds of the rigging and water. Our tourist group of approximately 15 people were given pastries, tea, coffee, wonderful ginger cookies, treated to champagne, fed lunch, and given an opportunity to nap, tour, or snorkel on the beaches of Mustique for the day quite a decadent excursion! The trip proceeded uneventfully to Mustique with a stiff breeze, and our day was spent lolling in the sun and sites of this beautiful Caribbean island. It wasn’t until the return voyage that we got more excitement than the brochures promised. Port Elizabeth is a busy port, filled with hundreds of pleasure boats at anchor, a large commercial area, and also the local ferry dock for the inter-island ferry. www.seafaring.com
So many boats fill the harbor that an aisle is formed, leaving space barely wide enough for the ferry to make its stately, if not top heavy, passage on its daily run to St Vincent and back. Envision our return on the schooner at sunset, slowly proceeding down this aisle, a bride without a groom, heading for the mooring buoys, unfortunately located inside the bay next to the ferry dock and shore. In the relaxed atmosphere of our return the ship’s owner gave the captain a break and took over the helm. The captain disappeared down below, never to be seen again, leaving the hapless owner in control of a 100-foot juggernaut inexorably proceeding down the aisle with unstoppable momentum, and possibly no reverse. As passengers we were not aware of any problems, even when the owner left the helm in the charge of the cook in order to search for the captain. The cook touched the wheel dubiously, then disappeared into the galley, choosing to control dishes rather than sailing vessels. Oblivious to impending danger and with no captain at the helm, we sat on the deck and enjoyed the expanding view of Port Elizabeth as we proceeded down the length of the bay with the momentum previously generated by the aging engine. It didn’t help that the stiff wind was with us, adding to our forward motion. Our ignorance was soon cured when we became aware of shouts, squeaks and whistling noises from the crew on the bow of the ship. In a desperate attempt to communicate with the missing captain, the lookout at the bow of the ship worked himself into a crescendo of noise, getting more frantic the closer we got to shore and the numerous ships at anchor there. Our progress was audible….the closer we got to ships at anchor with the large bowsprit, the intensity of the noise rose, and as we missed our unintended targets the noise subsided, only to rise again as the next aquatic victim became apparent. At this point the crew had one goal - to snag a mooring buoy and halt the forward progress of the ship before a collision or beaching occurred. A buoy was snatched with the unintended effect of swinging the huge ship in an arc and removing the canvas and metal top structure of a nearby cabin cruiser with the bowsprit. At this point the crew’s shouting, shrieking and whistling subsided and we assumed the vessel was under control until the noise started up again. The deadly bowsprit was on a collision course with another anchored ship. This process was repeated yet again until the ship had done a 360 and slowed down enough to finally and SAFELY be brought to a halt. Despite the ending drama of the voyage, no major harm was done to any of the other boats involved in this fracas due to the deft buoy snagging. The owners of the damaged vessels were only too happy to have old canvas replaced with new. Perhaps this collision sequence is a normal happening for the old schooner, but since the price charged for the charter couldn’t cover the cruise and the repair costs, perhaps not. Jacquelyn Watt w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
Back in the deep dark ages (the 70s) I met a bloke who was cruising single handed on a 32-foot ferrocement yacht called Corsica. His name was Graham. We never knew his family name, so as was and still is the custom, we called him “Graham Corsica.” Now Graham had an interesting story about his tender. Well, a tender or two. It starts with Graham having a coldie or three at Airlie Beach in the Whitsundays in Australia. Graham had a couple too many, and on returning to the beach he found that his tender had gone AWOL (absent without leave). So, being a yachty, and being among yachties, he grabbed the nearest tender with an outboard and went looking for his. After a little while, and being unable to find his dink, he (foolishly) went to the good ship Corsica and retired, leaving the borrowed dink tied to the back of his boat. Unfortunately, the owner of the borrowed dinghy returned to the beach to find his tender had disappeared. He was not pleased, so he rang the local constabulary (read cops). The boys in blue sorted the problem out in the morning, but the disgruntled owner was not to be appeased. He pressed charges and poor old G had to front court, where he was fined and warned by the judge that he should move on. That was okay, he was going anyway. Graham still needed a dinghy, so he looked around and found a sabot for sale (kid’s 8-foot sailing dinghy) with a sail and quite complete, so he bought it. All was well for a while, until Graham was in Bowen Harbour, north of Airlie. He was sailing the sabot around the harbour when he heard a little voice on the bank yell out, “Hey Dad, there’s my sabot!” Graham was then approached by the dad who said (angrily), “That’s my kid’s boat, did you pinch it? ” So Graham thought about this for about 10 seconds and handed the sabot over to the kid and his dad. He then moseyed off north, dinghyless, until he got to Cairns, where he ran into an old acquaintance and related his tale of woe. The acquaintance, being a decent fellow, said that Graham could buy his spare dinghy, which was definitely unencumbered. It was a nice little Clinker model. So Graham got his new dink and all was well until he got back to the Whitsundays. He was happily anchored up in Nara Inlet when a trawler wandered in and came over close. The skipper stuck his head out of the wheelhouse and yelled, “That’s my dinghy, are you the thievin’ bastard who pinched it? ” Graham replied that he was not, and the guy must be mistaken because he acquired this dinghy by lawful means. The skipper then told Graham to look under the center seat where he would find the name of the trawler carved. Guess what? Last we heard Graham had given up on dinghies and was swimming ashore. Ken Proud Latitudes & Attitudes 47
Cap'n Bucko Before: Not what you'd call attractive
Anchors are one of the hardest working items you'll find on a cruising boat. As such, they are also usually one of the most unattractive; a rusty, corroded hunk of metal hanging over the bow. But, they don't have to be. This issue I tested the Anchor Refinishing Kit from Sea Tech & Fun USA. The Anchor Refinishing Kit consists of a two part 100% solid epoxy with anti-corrosion resistance components. The package includes latex gloves, a brush and mixing spatula. The epoxy comes in a 3 to 1 mixing ratio by volume. You only mix what you need for each coat. To begin the refinishing process, I mechanically prepared the surface of the anchors with a 3M Auto-Pak Power Rust and Paint Stripper. It's a one-piece stripper, with a built-in mandrel, that quickly removes rust scale from metal surfaces. It is made of a synthetic material
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that molds to any surface and won't rust or splinter like wire brushes. The builtin mandrel enables easy attachment to a standard electric drill. I utilized a 18 volt cordless DeWALT drill motor. Experience has proven that this is about the easiest way to remove rust from metal surfaces. Once the scale was removed, I soaked cotton rags with acetone and cleaned the anchors of contaminates. I mixed the resin thoroughly to ensure that the aluminum, zinc and thickening agent were evenly dispersed. In a separate disposable cup I measured out the exact 3 parts resin to 1 part hardener and mixed the two components until they were one uniform coating. Using the brush supplied, I applied the first coat to the anchors. The first coat took about 15 minutes to
make certain I had complete coverage. This was plenty of time as the mixture has a usable life of 35 minutes at 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature has a large impact on epoxy based systems. Warmer temperatures reduce pot life and curing rates whereas cooler temperature increase the pot life of the mixture and slow down the curing process. I coated the anchors in the sun. It was a warm day in the low 70s. The dark grey anchors absorbed the sun's rays. They were warm to the touch, but not hot. I allowed the first coat to cure overnight, then repeated the process two more times in order to achieve the recommended three coats or about 6 mils dry film thickness. Now that the anchors are back aboard on their bow rollers, they look great and as long as they remain there, I am certain the coating will provide a corrosionproof barrier. This is an easy "do it yourself " project that gives any vessel with rusty anchors "instant gratification."
After: A pair of pretty anchors!
I am very interested to learn about the durability of the coating when we put the anchors into service this summer. For now, I have reduced the rust stains on the deck as far as the anchors are concerned. Now I can start looking for other stain producers. To order the Anchor Refinishing Kit or to obtain additional information you can Email Sea Tech & Fun USA at email@example.com.
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A Word from the Idiot Who Bought This Thing By DJ Doran
It has been nearly 3 months since we purchased Latitudes & Attitudes and man it has been a wild ride so far! I can only say that if you ever sailed through a force 5 hurricane wondering if you were going to ever make it to a safe port that would be sorta like what the last few months have been for me. Fortunately I am surrounded with able-bodied deckhands and crew and it now appears that we are finally sailing into calmer waters. Having said that I wanted to take this chance to tell you about some of the new things we have done. I have been listening to what You, the readers have said you would like to see changed or improved, such as fewer grammatical errors and fresher content. You should be able to notice those changes taking place already, but we know we still have a long way to go. I will continue striving to provide you with entertaining content as well as a boatload of useful information. It is our goal to make Latitudes & Attitudes your one-stop resource for unique and useful products and real information about the cruising lifestyle. Over the next few months you will see further improvements in the look and feel of the magazine, such as increased content, bigger photos, etc... You may have noticed that we merged Living Aboard into Lats & Atts and have started featuring a section for our readers who live aboard whether cruising or in
the marina. We have also added some other new features such as a new product review column. We have also begun the process of completely redesigning our website which will offer our users better functionality and easier navigation. These changes and a lot more take time, and of course, money, but they are coming! Last but not least, and as I am sure you have heard, we have acquired Bob and Jodyâ€™s Formosa 56, Lost Soul. Bob, Jody and some volunteers and crew will be working hard to get her shipshape for her debut appearance at this year's Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show in Oakland, CA on Saturday, April 14th. Go to seafaring. com to sign up for a free boarding pass! After the show Bob and Jody will sail her up and down the West Coast during the remaining 2012 year, making appearances at selected boat shows and parties. Everyone at Lats & Atts is working hard to improve what Bob and Jody have created and so far I think that we have done a pretty good job of it. We have managed to keep the personality and feel of the magazine as it was intended and, in fact, I think that we are more entertaining and irreverent than ever! I look forward to your continued feedback regarding what you would like to see in the magazine. - DJ
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Underway! Slices of Life From Cruisers Worldwide
by Howell Cooper, at Grabbers, Great Guana Cay, Abaco
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by Mark of Mary, Penni & Andrea, Green Bay
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by Debbie McChesney in the BVI
by Christianne Minkiewitz of Chris, Santa Cruz Island, CA
by Chris Hunke of Melissa Smith off Bequia
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by Tom Kirsey in Spanish Virgin Islands
of Kathy off Ft. Myers Beach, FL
by Carol Johnson of Ruby
by Bob Bitchin of leg tattoo, Miami
by Mike Morse in the San Juans
by Mackenzie Sillem of Kris in Barbuda
by Randy Jenkins Sr of son Randy at Sandy Spit, Jost Van Dyke, BVI
by Rick Knapp on Lake Erie
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by Gayle of Allen, Diamond Lake, OR
by Don Boudreau of Shelly Crowe, Jost Van Dyke
by Lee Ann Rock of Faith, Bahamas
by Roberta of Richard
by Eric Olson, BVI share the sail
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by Bill Root of Cool Change, San Diego
of Cynthia Hathaway, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas
by Ron Scheeley off Cuba
by Tem McInville of boat builder Juan Guerrero ready to depart Belize
of Caitlin & Dad Carl, Sea of Abaco
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by Tim Adams in the Sea of Cortez
of Katy & Tim in St. Lucia
by Marilyn Webb, 18 Years in the making
by Tim Welsh of Josh (Captain Woody Fan)
of Cap'n Stan, BVI
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by Ron Thom of Olivia at Sidney, BC
of Mike, Bobbi & Dibley, Potter's Cove, Narragansett Bay
French Bread at Union Island, by Diane Nelson
of Stuart Stachan in the Gulf Stream
by Mackenzie Sillem of Kris in Barbuda
by Steve of Kevin 300 nm south of Bermuda
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There's This Place:
"Freeport?? Why are you going to Freeport?" This was the usual response from cruisers when we told them where we were headed next. Neither George nor I had ever been to Freeport, other than a quick stop at West End to clear in, but we had never spent any time on Grand Bahama Island. We had decided long ago to keep our minds open and give every place a chance, no matter what the multitudes said. We had first heard about Freeport from Mr. Robert Flowers, owner of the convenience store in Fox Town, Abaco (and uncle of the football player, Chad Ochocinco). Freeport was where he and his family went for weekend vacations. I asked him why, and he said that "it has a little bit of everything. Beaches, National Parks, golfing, shopping, and it's clean." The seed was planted, and our curiosity was piqued. Freeport just happened to be on the way to the Berry Islands and the Exumas, our next destination. So we went, stayed for a week, and, to our surprise, had a marvelous time. Freeport was not the "Nassau North" we had heard about. Like many cruisers, we are chea...I mean frugal. An online search showed one marina offering cruisers 2 free 60 Latitudes & Attitudes
nights - just pay power and water. No minimum stay required. Their regular rates were $1/ft, and they offered a 25% BoatUS discount too. As we motored through the channel and into the marina, it was obvious by the number of boats docked that cruisers had done their research. Sunrise Resort and Marina (formerly Running Mon Marina) is located a couple miles south of the International Bazaar, in a quiet neighborhood away from the more touristy area of Lucaya. The resort sits on a picturesque canal, and every suite offers a marina or canal view. There are currently 52 boat slips available and a layalong dock for larger boats. They also have 30 rooms and 1 suite in the resort, and offer large discounts on the rooms for those who want to get off the boat for awhile. When the resort changed ownership in 2000, they hired Ta'Shar Cuccurullo as Manager, and she and her staff have taken hospitality to a new level. With 11 staff members, Ta'Shar says they "all do a little bit of everything." This was evident as I watched the maintenance worker, Robinson, tighten a bicycle chain one afternoon and fix a loose sidewalk tile later the same evening. They have a low staff turnover rate as Ta'Shar www.seafaring.com
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island by Carolyn Huffman
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tells them, "You have 2 choices. You can either be an employee at this resort, and when you're tired of that, you can become a paying customer." Ta'Shar serves as Secretary on the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board. When she enters a room, you feel you are in the presence of royalty. There's even a picture of her and the Prime Minister hanging on the wall of her office. Awestruck, I completely forgot the occasion of the picture, but it's still impressive. As is Ta'Shar. An extremely intelligent and elegant woman, Ta'Shar peppers her conversation with little pearls of wisdom, and I felt like I should be taking notes. As a savvy business woman, Ta'Shar knows that she has to think out of the box in order to attract people to Sunrise. "Sunrise isn't for everyone, we know that. But we think we have enough to satisfy most people." The resort is an older building, however, it's been well maintained. Renovations are planned for sometime in the future, but in the meantime, they take meticulous care of what they have to work with. The rooms are comfortable, spacious, and immaculate. A small fridge and coffee maker is available in every room, and some have their own microwaves. There's a public microwave located in the laundry room. They offer a free shuttle service into town twice a day. Bahamian law prevents them from providing round trip shuttles - it's illegal to take jobs away from the taxi drivers. However, it's an easy walk, less than a mile, to a wonderful and inexpensive cafe and a well stocked grocery store. There are public buses that take you to the airport and Lucaya Marketplace for as little as $1 each way. A beautiful beach is a mere 10 minute walk from the resort and was one of our favorite places to spend an afternoon.
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But what separates Sunrise Resort and Marina from the rest is their hospitality. Ta'Shar and her staff are there to meet your needs, if at all possible. All you need to do is ask. If they can do it, they will. If not, Ta'Shar will help you find an alternate solution. When she overheard some cruisers worrying about the bad weather that was preventing them from leaving, she sent out an email to everyone in the marina offering further discounts if they wanted to stay longer to wait out the weather. This was in addition to the 2 free nights. Ta'Shar's philosophy? "We have to respond quickly to change. This is the only way to meet everyone's needs." The marina provides a clean bathroom and shower for cruisers, and there is a washing machine and dryer available for a nominal fee. There is a pavilion with a swimming pool, pool table, ping pong table, small book exchange, elliptical machine, and plenty of tables and chairs. Sunrise makes the pavilion available if you want to throw your own party - they only ask that you clean up after yourself. Additionally, there are currently 6 beach cruiser bikes available for guests along with a sit on top kayak and paddle boat.
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A word about security. They have a security guard on site 24 hours, along with security cameras all over the resort, "not to spy, but to be aware of what's going on." There is only one way into the marina and resort, and gates are locked at 8:00 PM. Everyone who enters the resort after 8:00 PM. must go through a side gate and greet security. Freeport is a city, and like any other city, you have to use common sense when traveling at night. As our courtesy driver, Jackelope, from the rental car agency, said to us, "When you come to the Bahamas, don't forget to bring your sense. Tourists bring everything dey can, but dey leave their sense at home." We drove around the entire city during the day, including the small industrial area where the best grocery stores are found (according to a local), and we felt safer than at home (Metro DC area). Save More, Sawyer's and Solomon's are the places to shop for groceries, and they are conveniently located on Oak St., all in a row. However, if you don't want to rent a car or use a taxi to lug your grocery bags home, the Stop
& Shop around the corner from the marina is well stocked with some excellent deals (limes were 15 for $1). Have some extra time? Rent a car and visit Lucayan National Park. Visit on a Sunday when they're technically closed and avoid the $3 entrance fee, if you're really on a tight budget. (We visited on a Monday.) Across from the park entrance is a path that takes you to Gold Rock Beach, one of the most gorgeous beaches we've ever seen. The International Bazaar is within walking distance from Sunrise. There are a few stores and eateries open, but the biggest attraction is the Perfume Factory. Family owned, they offer free 5 minute tours of their working fragrance production factory, and you have the opportunity to design and bottle your own customized perfume. Need to fuel up? Knowles Yacht Yard, conveniently located right next to Sunrise, offers some of the best prices on diesel fuel we've seen in our travels, save for Nassau, without the hassle of actually going into Nassau - $5.25/gal at the time of writing. (Bring cash to avoid a 4% credit card surcharge.) Sunrise Resort is ideally located to serve the yachts crossing over from the U.S., regardless of their next destination. At only 75 nautical miles from Lake Worth Inlet, or Port Everglades, it's the perfect place to stop, check in, and get your bearings after crossing over from the states. A radio call from a couple miles out ensures that there are good hands to direct you to your slip and take your lines. Customs and Immigration services are provided for free, and they come to the marina. We spoke with one cruiser who said they had asked for 150 days and received 180 days instead "in case you want to stay longer." Not all resorts in Freeport welcome sailboats. Sunrise is one of the few that do, and they've established a few rules to make everyone happy. Please don't hang clothes off your lines or grill on your boat (for insurance reasons). However, you may use your grill dockside, just not around the pool. "We want to make this feel like your backyard." Our own backyard has never looked quite this nice. Sunrise Resort & Marina loves cruisers. And they want us there. "Just come. Come and try us out. If you enjoy your stay, then tell others. If not, that's okay. We will thank you for w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
coming anyway." Ta'Shar personally emails every guest after their visit and asks if they enjoyed their stay. If they have, she asks them to tell others about Sunrise. Judging from their ranking on TripAdvisor (they are currently the highest rated resort in Freeport), people are talking. When I asked when their on-site restaurant was going to open, Ta'Shar explained that they would need to be at 60% -70% occupancy in order for the restaurant to make any money. "When Grand Bahama becomes what it used to be, it will be open for business." "We are trying to do our part to bring the Grand back to Grand Bahama." Based on our visit, I have a feeling their restaurant will be opening sooner rather than later.
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Flotsam & Jetsam Cruising News From Cruisers Around The World
Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention, 2012
by William Barnhart photos by Keith Bennet Two thousand, eight hundred thirty-three miles, one way. Whoa! What some people will do to get out of Ontario, Canada in the winter and come to the sunshine, sailing, and camaraderie found at the Annual Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
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Nestled in the shadows of THE authentic London Bridge, at the Convention Center of the London Bridge Resort, 389 attendees, 232 crews and 196 registered boats migrated to this winterâ€™s Shangri-La for the annual gathering of trailerable pocket cruiser sailboats during the week of February 13-19th. This feast for the small sailboat enthusiasts featured 56 different boat brands, 78 different models, and 49 boats being the only representative of their class. Big boats, small boats, wood boats, fiberglass, plastic, homebuilts, even an aluminum boat from France, found itâ€™s way to this year's event. This dedicated group of trailer sailors made their pilgrimage from 26 states, four Canadian provinces and five countries for the intoxicating winter escape found on the basin of the lower Colorado River. The large reservoir of Lake Havasu sits on the boarder between California and Arizona, and is formed by Parker Dam. It consists of over 30 square miles of surface area and has a capacity of 648,000 feet of water. The lake is surrounded by breathtaking vistas of rugged mountain and beautiful desert fauna. An easy three-hour drive from Las Vegas, or three and a half hours from Phoenix, the drive alone affords one many a photo opportunity of this spectacular region. Many sailors made it a point to arrive several days before the official start of the event to take advantage of the wind, water and weather, to make new friends and reunite with sailing pals from previous years. On Saturday before the start of HPCC, big horned sheep perched on the cliffs above the cool waterway, casually watched as 50 boats tacked the 7.5 miles to the quiet waters of Steamboat Cove for the annual barbecue-on-the-bay. The wind gods smiled upon this year's event with constant winds hovering between 18 and 22 knots www.seafaring.com
both day and night. There were three days of racing including the RudderCraft Long Distance Challenge, the Pocket Cruiser Cup sponsored by Sage Marine, and various class races for Montgomerys, Potters, and MacGregors. The brisk winds made for wonderful racing conditions in the fleet of racing veterans, weekend wind-dancers, and white knuckled new-bees alike. The unusual spirit of cordial cooperation and courtesy dominated the races which built a delightful amity among the skippers. They seemed far more entranced by their shared wintertime escape than the thought of a trophy, place on the podium, or some racing regulation dispute. There were only a few reported incidences of vessels trading gel coat, and these were due more to the conditions than any issues of right-of-way. The week-long event also hosted a variety of engaging seminars. There were lectures on Sailing the Inside Passage, Celestial Navigation, Sail Trim around the Race Course, Outboard Maintenance, Electrical Power from the Sun, Boat Building, Multihulls, Favorite Sailing Destinations Around the Country, and many others. The famous small boat guru, Howard Rice, flew all the way from Micronesia to give his presentation about his incredible sailing experience of rounding the Horn BOTH ways in a sailing canoe. A wooden Sailing Sherpa was being built on site by volunteers, which was then donated to the local Sea Scout Troop. Also, a successful used book sale provided the future sailors-in-training with the proceeds. The convention center buzzed with attendees during the three days of the scheduled trade show, where a large number of vendors engaged in commerce with this dedicated client base of sailing enthusiasts. On the weekend, the docks and seawall under the arches of the famous transplanted English bridge were packed with these captivating trailerable boats. These little ladies had put on their best dress for a chance to meet the public at the Saturday morning Boat Show and Shine, where the community of Lake Havasu came out in droves to view the boats, meet the skippers, and admire the ships that had come to their community to sail in their home waters. Following the morning boat show was the “Parade of Sails” where all boats (with a mast height of less than 34’) sailed downwind, under the London Bridge and out into beautiful Thompson Bay. The London Bridge Resort hosted the event. And while many sailors stay at this facility, others stayed at the Nautical Inn which has its own sandy beach which worked well for the retractable keel boats to beach w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
and tie off. Other sailors stayed on their boats at the Lake Havasu Marina during the event. With his huge and steady hand on the tiller of this ship called HPCC, organizer Sean Mulligan has nurtured and grown this gathering from a few small boat owners to one of the premier boating events of its kind in the country, in only five short years since it’s inception. The statistics seem to indicate an almost 50% growth in the number of attendees each year, and it is no wonder. The friendships that are made, the sailing, the love of small boats, and definitely the weather, keep these sailors coming back year after year. Oh, and did I mention that the event is TOTALLY FREE? The costs are absorbed by the vendors, and the sailors' only expense is their lodging, food and transportation. For those traveling up to 2,833 miles the cost is not exactly chump change, but yet they continue to come. For anyone that has attended HPCC, their reasons for attending become like the waters of Havasu, crystal clear. We all have it marked in red on our calendars for the next 10 years. I know for me and my boat, it is a wintertime sail that will NOT be missed!
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Things That To “Click Click Click” In the Night
by Peter F. TenHaagen You are new to boating, and enjoying one of your first nights at anchor. Ahhh, the restorative peace and quiet, waves gently lapping at your hull. A zephyr of a breeze keeps you comfortable as you finish the day’s chores, put the dinner dishes away, and prepare to go to sleep. Your head hits the pillow softly (well, I guess that was unnecessary), your breath is minty fresh from just brushing your teeth and you begin the process of transitioning from the conscious world of daytime to the etherial world of dreams. You snuggle into the sheets, move your arms and legs into that perfect position, your mind starts to get a little fuzzy as sleep begins to take hold... and then it starts.
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Click, click, click. What the hell is that? If you’re a conscientious mariner you have to get up and figure it out - it’s not the kind of thing that can wait until morning. Okay, where is it coming from? Click click click click click. You begin opening hatches and compartments, sticking your head inside where possible or directing an ear if that’s the best you can do. A little louder in the locker under the bed? Or no, it sounds like it’s coming from farther aft. You open the engine hatch - yes, it’s louder here. Click click click click click. You get your best flashlight and try to combine your senses to zero-in on this god awful clicking which is getting faster now. You pan around with the flashlight - looking for - you don’t know what you’re looking for which makes it all the more frustrating. Maybe it’s coming from back by the stuffing box? You open another hatch and peer into the gloom, flashlight beam finally landing on the propeller shaft and - well - there are no unusual leaks. Nothing seems to be moving anywhere, but the clicking - that dreadful clicking - goes on. Click click click click click. Eventually exhaustion takes over and you have to give up the search to go back to bed, but your promised night of peaceful sleep is history. You toss and turn, listening, drifting off to sleep, waking again, click click click, and then finally it’s morning. Bright sunlight assaults your eyes as you try to make the adjustment. But wait - it’s gone - there is no more clicking. What the...? So here’s the explanation, and a good argument to keep plenty of earplugs aboard. Sitting in the water, despite
your best efforts at applying the most deadly bottom paint the law will allow, things will grow on your hull. Slime just looks ugly to you, but to marine shrimp and other little critters, this is a dinner feast laid out just for them. They particularly like to feed at night, and the noise these little creatures make when they are pecking at the growth on your boat’s bottom just does not seem possible. On a recent maintenance dive on my trawler’s hull I was using my electric deck compressor (hooka) to change the zincs and remove some errant barnacles from the prop, cutlass bearing holder, and the very bottom of the keel, which I use early in the season to verify the exact depth. In other words, I get sloppy and erase the paint from the bottom of the keel by running aground here and there and barnacles take notice and move in. Okay, so I changed the shaft zinc and was just looking around to estimate what scraper to bring down to remove the barnacle growth when I saw this little tiny shrimp darting in and out between the running gear, having a little snack. Eventually I saw perhaps a dozen of them, maybe half an inch in size, while I worked. Having long since learned about those middle of the night clicking sounds, I still marveled at how their masticating resonates throughout a hull to create such high sound levels. The other night the clicking was coming in waves, and sounded for all the world like a huge purring cat was curled up beneath my boat. Out came the earplugs, sleep followed, and dawn came gently, as it was intended to do.
by Deborah Akey Pulling the fuel cutoff knob is a bit like flushing the toilet. Like the engine noise, the week's cares flush away into Kintala's wake and the “shush-ing” of the water against her hull as she slices through the waves eases the knot in my shoulders. The gulls circle the boat looking for their evening meal, then settle onto the water to watch the sun set with us, their endless vocalization stilled for
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the day. Kintala's sails reflect the last of the sun's glow against the deepening navy sky. I close my eyes and breathe deeply. No sirens, no horns, no road-rage expletives, no bus exhaust, no rap music blaring from a pimped-out Chevy blowing the stop sign at the corner. In half an hour we'll be anchored in the cove and I'll fix dinner without a microwave, food processor, blender, or hand mixer. I'll knead bread sans Kitchen Aid dough hook, I'll wash the dishes with a non-electric foot pump, and we'll spend the evening reading by oil lamp rather than the blue flicker of a TV. Our weekend life is a far cry from the work week in our condo in the central west end of St. Louis, but it's one that we hope to adopt full-time very soon. Our family thinks we're crazy, and acquaintances look askance at us whenever they hear of our plans to sell everything and sail away on our 42-foot Tartan. â€œWhy would you do something like that?â€? they ask. So why, indeed? It's a hard question with a multi-faceted answer not easily understood by someone who doesn't sail. There is the need to be rid of the noise of the city, the confines of the cubicle and the hectic pace of living today, but to claim that as the whole answer cheapens the reality. How can I adequately describe the feeling of 68 Latitudes & Attitudes
accomplishment to someone that sailing on and off an anchor gives me, or prop-walking the boat to a perfect landing on the dock or weathering a nasty blow and having the old girl deliver me safely through it? How can I describe the caress of the breeze flowing over my face from the V-berth hatch as I rock to sleep gently in the anchorage, or the smell of baking bread wafting out into the cockpit as I read the piece of literature that I always told myself I'd get to some day when I had time? Oh yeah. Time. To read. I guess the best answer is a simple word. Freedom. Everywhere there are efforts to control my life, to fill it with an ever-escalating volume of input. Working in a windowless cubicle for a living, hammering out design jobs for a marketing firm, my day is handed to me in minutiae ad nauseam. The relentless deadline pressure to complete projects with which I have absolutely no meaningful connection drains me emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. The television programmers attempt to feed me a list of things they feel necessary for my happiness, providing a parade of fashionable role models to that end. The news networks fill my mind with fear and leave me looking over my shoulder every time I exit my car in a parking garage. There is the illusion of freedom to choose the way www.seafaring.com
I want to live, but it occurred to me recently that my life had changed course somewhere along the way, choreographed to some score written by the author of The American Dream – someone else's dream. Then through a bit of serendipity, I was introduced to sailing. It was an epiphany. As a weekend liveaboard, I'm untangling myself from the maze of competition for my attention, opening myself to new things. Would I have seen the flock of white pelicans soaring above me this morning if I had been stressing on the commute? Not likely. Would I take the time to feel the elasticity of a perfectly kneaded ball of bread dough yield under my hands? More than likely, I would buy a highly preserved loaf from the store on my way home, late from work. Being free doesn't mean living without responsibility. Every choice I make is balanced with an equal measure of it. Is it risky? Sure. There's no one to blame if I fail, but neither can anyone else claim responsibility for my success. I could sit in an armchair watching my life pass me by in Technicolor, but I've decided to live it by sailing. It's not for everyone, for sure. It's demanding, it's difficult, it's challenging, it's sometimes scary, it's peaceful, it's amazing, it's infinitely rewarding. The boat is nearly ready for the ocean. The days are ticking off the calendar. Anybody need a condo???
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Crossing the North Atlantic
by Carol Eames Only 2% of sailors cross the Atlantic Ocean by taking the North Route. When an opportunity came up for my husband, Garry, to do such a trip, he thought about it for about a minute, looked at me for affirmation and started to pack. After all, it was to be a trip of a lifetime and who was I to say, “Don’t go!” I had absolutely no concept of how I was going to handle the situation from an emotional point of view, since we had never been apart for more than a few days during our entire marriage. To be honest, six weeks didn’t sound, at the time, so terribly long, but as it got closer to departure, the romantic adventure started to seem scary. We had no idea how it would change us. Garry and I are proud owners of Kindred Spirit, a ‘73 C & C, and most of our 15 years of sailing have been on dark, cold Lake Ontario in Canada. By mid July the lake gets warmer and we often sail off with friends in a flotilla through the Thousands Islands, switching back and forth from Canada to the US shores. We can get a good sail in at 6-7 knots heeling gently, knowing that we can, at the end of the day, anchor with all the conveniences of home. Lake Ontario can be wild and unpredictable, but we tend to be fair weather sailors. The summer Garry sailed across the ocean was a wet one here in Ontario, so it didn’t seem so bad that Kindred stayed at dock half the time. I love sailing, but can’t do it singlehanded as my husband can. Garry packed up his short list of items: polar down sleeping bag, heavy duty foam pillow, long johns,
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layers of clothing, expensive rubber boots, gloves, toque and all weather jacket and pants. He also took ear plugs and his computer. Garry drove to Ottawa with his friend and sailing colleague, Stan, and they left for Belgium the next day. He would email me or phone on Skype until this became impossible. Once out to sea the crew was told they could make a satellite call once a week as this method of communication was usually for emergencies only. It was also very expensive. There were four crew members: Garry, Stan and two Belgium sailors, Olivier and the Captain, Michelle. The captain had navigated this craft, a single-masted, 47-foot steel hulled vessel of about 17 tons displacement, now registered as the Arctic Tern II, from Europe to Antarctica and back, so he was confident that sailing to Canada via the Northern Route would be the fastest with the winds mainly from the northeast. The sloop is designed as an icebreaker with a reinforced bow. It is interesting in other ways too. It has a stainless steel painted deck, huge sheeting winches and a five-foot dagger board. The owner of this boat, Geoff Green, just happened to be a former student of my husband and Stan happened to be his dad and our best man at our wedding many years ago. Today Geoff Green is a modern explorer. Now in his 40s he has traveled by icebreaker many times to Antarctica and to the Arctic. He is the Executive Director of Students on Ice, a charitable organization set up to provide unique educational and scientific opportunities for students and educators to visit both Arctic and Antarctic regions. He would arrange for those interested in learning more about the environment at the Poles to travel to these locations first hand. Once he had his parents chaperone and lecture on a trip to Antarctica and he has had the great-grandson of Shackleton on board and world famous scientist, David Suzuki, among others. Geoff wanted his students to be ambassadors for preservation and conservation. His new boat would be used to take students to the Arctic and also study the whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The only problem was the boat was in Belgium and he needed a crew to get it home. That is how Garry got invited to participate in the voyage. Nieuwpoort, Belgium - June 17-24th According to Garry’s journal, this time was spent getting the boat ready. The ship had not been cleaned since the last Antarctic trip, so it was rather ripe! The boat required repairs and paint and the mast needed to be stepped. The engine required tuning, decals needed to be put on and all the provisions bought and put in place. Stan and Garry had also brought inflatable survival suits and a huge tube with new decals in it, bedding and a satellite phone from Canada. The survival equipment was great in theory, but you wouldn’t last long in 6 degree Celsius (36F). Garry once asked his Belgium Captain, Michelle, “Just at what point would you put your life jacket on?” Michelle and Olivier were out on the deck where huge seas slapped over the bow. Michelle laughed and said a life jacket would only delay hypothermia. He did eventually put his jacket www.seafaring.com
on as the boat rocked through a wall of water in swells of 30 feet and large icebergs. He seemed to be fearless and enjoyed splashing frigid water over his head for his routine bath. Michelle was married to the sea. I was told from the start that the trip would be about four weeks. It turned out to be 23 days on the sea and the rest of the six weeks coming and going trying to get the boat ready. Every day Garry stayed in his small B&B, eating in a café and sharing a bottle of wine with Stan, I found myself getting a little jealous. I had always wanted to go to Italy, so of course, I romanticized Garry’s time spent touring Dunkirk and the shopping trips. What I didn’t realize was he would soon be living in basic quarters with poor sanitation and crashing noise, divided V-berth bunks with netting to stop you from falling into the galley, no fresh meat after the first few days (no refrigeration), little fruit, lots of tofu with olives on spaghetti, cabbage and potatoes if Garry cooked them, rice, couscous, and tea or instant coffee. This was not my idea of cruising. The last glass of wine was enjoyed in Belgium. There was no alcohol drinking while the boat was under sail. Appetizer dinner drinks were fruit juice.
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The trip started in Niewpoort, near Oostende, in late June and after a brief layover to mount the roller furling for the genoa, the crew entered the North Sea and headed north. They held course for the Orkney Islands off the northeast coast of Scotland without tacking and at 5:30 AM and with tide and wind in their favour, they passed through the Orkneys. At nearly 59°N there was good light to see where they were going and it was an incredible experience to see just how fast the current moved them through the islands even though they were making barely one knot under sail; 10 knots over land. The boat passed west of Scotland and into the North Atlantic within a week of leaving Belgium. Their last sighting of the UK was the light on Sula Sgeir, a lonely rock about 50 miles north of the Outer Hebridies. With the Captain, Michelle, on call at anytime, the rest of the crew shared the watch four hours on and eight hours off. They kept a keen eye out for shipping and recorded position, atmospheric pressure and surface water temperature twice a day. Although the crew had a sextant for navigation, all the plotting was done by GPS. The radar provided additional help in spotting icebergs and growlers
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toward the latter part of the crossing, but it was used sparingly due to the increased battery consumption. The route took them more than 300 miles south of Iceland, south of Greenland and into the Strait of Belle Isle and eventually to September Isles, Quebec. They passed through two storms between Iceland and Greenland, but otherwise, the weather was mostly “kind” but rather grey. The only repairs during the trip were those in which one sail needed to be mended after a storm and where the engine stopped working just as they were navigating into Canadian waters past several large icebergs. The Arctic Tern is equipped with both an autopilot, which was seldom used, and wind vane steering (Otto), which did most of the work. When there was no wind, the crew played cards after the chores were done. During one of these times, Garry had his toothbrush fall overboard and Olivier climbed the mast as the boat circled several times, to direct Garry with his pail to scoop it out of the sea. Olivier said for a few Euros he had a second brush. Garry was determined to get his back and he did on the last sweep. The crew wore layered clothing but their clothes were always wet and salt got into everything. The onboard homemade bread was like a bowling ball and canned food became the norm as the crew got closer to Canada. They were not alone though. Dolphins joined the boat as it traversed the North Sea and later there were several sightings of more dolphins, seals and whales across the Atlantic and through the Strait of Belle Isle. There were many birds (gulls, puffins and gannets) sailing the skies; lost ones tried to land themselves on top of the mast. Islands were coated with what appeared to be white snow but on closer observation, bird guano. Seals hung lazily at the edges of the islands, near Skerry Rock. Further out to sea the crew saw pilot whales jumping ahead, then squealing as Arctic Tern glided close to a pod. No one was hurt but their noise made it clear that they didn’t appreciate the vessel’s presence. The following are paraphrases from Garry’s diary. “On July 4th, we hit Gail Force 8 winds and Olivier and I steered and gave Otto a break. This kept up for 24 hours and left the crew the next day repairing leaks. The days passed and the sea settled down with genoa and reefed main keeping us at a steady 4-5 knots. Then a doldrums, so Olivier decided to try the immersion suit on. It only took him 30 minutes to don the suit. He floated like an astronaut at sea and had fun taking underwater pictures of the bottom of the hull. He stayed a half hour in the suit in the freezing water and came out quite comfortable and warm. In the next few days the crew hit fog and temperatures dropped. The Arctic Tern made good time; 144 miles in a day was its second best distance but the landscape was changing as we approached Canada.” “July 6th. We awoke to the jarring of a Beaufort 6, rolling swells and windswept seas. “Otto” kept us relatively stable and on course even though the seas kept 72 Latitudes & Attitudes
building and water slammed into the boat at the bow, wave crests hitting the side of the boat sending water into the cockpit and over the cabin top. Olivier wanted to steer in Gale force 8 and turn “Otto” off. This Gale lasted 24 hours and Olivier held on for the first two! I spent the night dodging leaks - a repair job for a calmer day.” “The next day the boat slowed down and there was a chance to take the sails down and use the engine for an hour and a half. In the days to follow we experienced dead calm. Michelle did some fishing. Sometimes the crew played cards to pass the time. The Arctic Tern spent much of a week making steady distance. The meals became more limited with each day from shore and the crew lived on a steady diet of cabbage, corn beef, pasta, couscous and beef jerky. Most foods were now dried or canned and the crew was cold, and layered in damp, salty clothing. They kept themselves comforted with hot cups of tea and sugary snacks as well as a daily nap to prepare them for their night watch. The boat itself was stable, but walking in it was extremely challenging and simple things such as bathing with a foot in each pail and having a pee were
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tricky. One step could send you crashing into something at any moment.” “After a few more days of increased wind and poor sleeping conditions, the Arctic Tern hit fog. Olivier turned the radar on every 10 minutes and with only 30 meters of visibility, the Captain, Michelle, decided to change direction a little to avoid large ships as the boat got closer to Labrador." The sloop moved slowly and cautiously assisted with use of the engine until the Arctic Tern would reach five knots. During these slower days Garry had time to reflect about how amazingly wonderful being on the sea was and how vast and clear the stars were. And although he had to remain vigilant at all times, he still found the ocean to be profoundly spiritual in its natural beauty. “By July 16th, the crew headed towards large icebergs. Seals and pilot whales were popping up out of the water to greet us. We could see growlers ahead of them. (Growlers are large pieces of ice that could damage the vessel.) The icebergs were like curved mountains of swirling ice cream. Birds rested on their peaks. The crew
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got within 10 meters of a magnificent iceberg whose side was sheer and not forgiving to seals, which were trying to get up on it for a rest from the icy water. I hoped to raise the Canadian flag as we hit Belle Isle.” “The following day Killer whales appeared on the horizon and then two large bow whales circled the boat, diving to display their rounded dorsal fins.” July 18th the engine died and the plan to arrive in Corner Brook, Newfoundland had to change to September Isles, Quebec. This change of plan set the crew back a few days and sailing with the wind became difficult. With inconsistent wind there were moments when the vessel would turn around and face the opposite direction it was supposed to be in. As they crawled towards September Isles, Geoff informed them by phone that a large weather system was coming. The winds finally picked up so by nightfall the waves were higher than houses! The boat was dead running and the crew took over steering so that the boat wouldn’t jibe. This would prove to be the roughest seas yet with walls of water all around the boat. She had to be anchored out from the harbor at September Isles because the wind was too fierce to sail into harbor. With no engine, the crew waited until morning and used the small inflatable lashed to the port side to nudge Arctic Tern to the dock. They had been at sea 23 days, many in which they never saw land. Garry lost his toque just as they were rounding September Isles, but he didn’t care as he had made it in one piece. As for me, I was relieved!
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A Conversation with “Normal People"
by Lanea Riley I was well in to my first surfing lesson in San Jose del Cabo with Conor, my husband, as my instructor. I had flashbacks of being a little kid learning how to ride my bike at Bellvue Elementary School again. Conor would hold the surfboard to steady me and when the right wave would come he would give me a big push and yell, “Stand up! Stand up!” Well, I felt like I was a little kid until my husband brought me back to reality. “You are learning pretty well for someone just learning how to surf… in their 30s.”
Oh yeah, that’s right. I am in my 30s. What am I doing on a surfboard?! Whatever. I chalk it up alongside our silly cruising adventure to mid-life crisis prevention. So I finally catch my first wave of the day conveniently just as a group of 10 tourists are walking by on the beach. And they clap for me! Oh my gosh! I immediately think they are the nicest people on Earth. Or really drunk. I’m not sure which but I don’t mind either way. This new surfer girl in her 30s will take all the encouragement she can get. We finally finish our lesson and Conor paddles the board back to the boat and I walk. I come across these incredibly nice/drunk people and they are asking how to get back to their hotel without having to walk. They had walked quite a ways down the beach and were looking for an easier way back. One man has no shoes. I offer them the bus routes to get back. But these people are hotel people. Hotel people don’t take buses in foreign countries. Only weird hobo boat people like me do that. So I offer to walk them to the marina office at Puerto de los Cabos where they can call for a cab. “So where are you staying?” asks the shoeless man. “Here in the marina.” “They have a hotel here?” “Yes, but I’m staying on a sailboat. My husband and I left San Francisco in mid-October and sailed down here.” Mouth agape. Oh… this conversation with the shoeless man is going to be fun, I think.
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“You sailed? That’s pretty far. You stop at night, right?” “No. We sail at night. Sometimes there isn’t a place to stop at night.” I answer. “Oh. Are you ever scared?” “One night I was scared, but nothing ended up happening that night. When we did hit high wind and seas I wasn’t scared. It’s not bad.” “How long are you going to be gone?” “Well we quit our jobs, so until the money runs out” “So, another month?” “Maybe until the end of the year.” Mouth agape again. Gosh, I forgot how crazy our plans sound to a landlubber!
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“Do you have property?” “No, we don’t have kids or a mortgage yet which is why we decided to go now.” “Yeah. Once you have responsibilities you can’t do something like this.” “Some people who do this are our age. Most are retired. A handful do it with kids on board. I know of a family of four who cruises on $1400 a month.” Now this man with no shoes literally stops walking to stare at me with a look of shock. The conversation breaks up as we are nearing the marina office. His wife asks about me and he says, “You wouldn’t believe it if I told you.” I could tell he couldn’t quite wrap his head around the whole idea as he paused for quite some time before continuing. “She left San Francisco in mid-October with her husband and sailed down here and she is going to continue until the end of the year. And then they will go back and start their careers all over again.” I understand that this makes me instantly both intriguing and strange to the group. His wife asks her husband, “Why don’t you do something like that?!” “Take a couple showers under a bag of water and we’ll see how long you last!” Mr. Shoeless chirps back. I had filled him in on our solar showers we take in the cockpit when at anchorage.
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They ask where I’m headed next, we wish each other a safe trip and go our separate ways. Them to catch a normal cab to their luxuriously normal hotels, then back to their normal lives and normal careers. Me to my boat. As soon as I arrive Conor paddles up. He gets the surfboard out of the water and then we decide to try out the inflatable kayak. I’m so thankful that this is the type of normal life I’ve chosen to live right now.
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What an exciting issue! Living Aboard Magazine is now being published inside Latitudes & Attitudes. Sections of the magazines that are similar have been combined into Lats & Atts allowing the focus of Living Aboard to be issues for liveaboards and those who dream of living the lifestyle. For those of you new to Living Aboard Magazine, let me start with a bit about my background. I became a liveaboard on our sailboat with my husband, dog and kids 10 years ago. We are currently cruising Mexican waters minus the kids who have grown and gone. We are loving it. We made the dream a reality in 2002 when we found our dream boat, bought her, refitted her for cruising and left for a two year cruise in the South Pacific. We returned to California and life in a slip when Bob Bitchin asked me to come work at the magazine. We assimilated to living on our boat in a marina and continued to do so for several years. I yearned to be out of the slip and back cruising again so, we spent a couple of years refitting the boat and planning and scheming for another cruise... this time without a time frame. In November of 2011 we threw off the dock lines and headed to Mexico. This cruise has been very different from our last one. We have adjusted to cruising with a smaller crew. Cruising with kids was very rewarding. Cruising as a couple has its own rewards. We have spent time in anchorages as well as in marinas. We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting cruisers as well as locals. We have gotten to know each other again in our new roles as a cruising couple. There have been many changes in just a few months, in our lives as well as in the magazines. Change can be a good thing! So, now for this month's new and improved Living Aboard
Magazine... Whether you are living on a boat now, dreaming of doing so or just curious about the lifestyle, there is something here for you. This issue focuses on making the dream a reality and living aboard with pets. The issue has articles from liveaboards sharing just how they made the dream into reality as well as the pet owners sharing their expertise on what works for them. In What Works, a regular feature in Living Aboard, the always informative and humorous Capt. Holly Scott tells pet owners how to teach dogs Spanish. If you are a cat lover, make sure to read the article on potty training your cat by Clifford Quesnel. If you are still in the dreaming and planning stage of making the move don't miss reading Boat Buying 101 by Capt. Frank Lanier as well as Common Mistakes by John Torelli. There are many other very informative and enjoyable articles in this issue from people who have made the dream a reality. As always, I enjoy reading all your submissions so please keep them coming. Who knows, one day you might read your story here. See you on the water...
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Making Dreams Reality ❇ ❇ ❇
by: Rachelle Radonski Dream to live, or live to dream? This question has never really had an answer for my husband and me. Nick, my husband of four months, has always been a wonderful dreamer, and I an adventurer. So combined, we have truly discovered the joy of living our dream! About three years prior to our marriage, Nick told me that he had always dreamed of living on a boat. I fancied the idea as we walked through different marinas, searched craigslist, and talked with different brokers. All the while I was thinking that this was just another fad and would pass soon enough. But as I was driving up to Bellingham, WA with $10,000 in my pocket, the sheer excitement and panic of actually buying a 30-foot sailboat was almost too much to bear. But that first night sitting in the settee of Bora Bora, I was filled with the feeling of accomplishment as well as the thought of… “What the hell are we doing?” We traveled the hour and a half up to Bellingham about two times a week for a month, getting Bora Bora ready to sail down to Everett, WA where we would make her our home sweet home. Now I have to admit that all through that month I had many thoughts of turning back. I mean… I had only been sailing once in my life, much less live on a boat full time. But the day we set off from Bellingham, past the beautiful San Juan Islands toward Everett, was the day that I was completely convinced that we had made the best decision of our lives! The freedom to do as we please, roam where we may, and only having to follow the rules of Mother Nature suited us perfectly. w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
So once in Everett, Nick began to show me the ropes of our new baby. We quickly became one with many tools of the trade… sandpaper, sewing machines, paint brushes, and varnish, and after a summer of hard work and no play, we were relaxing in the cockpit of our perfect little boat! All through this process we got very familiar with comments like, “Don’t sell everything just yet, because WHEN you move into a house you’ll need it,” and “How do you expect to live in the winter?” A lot of our friends and family could not see how it was possible to live in such a small space, but what Nick and I quickly realized was that they were the ones living inside the little box. We officially moved on board the last week of October and four months later we’ve never been happier! Everyday is an adventure, especially when it snows over a foot at the marina, and all the yummiest restaurants close due to bad weather… woosies! So we’ve quickly learned that it’s definitely not an easy way of life, but by far the most rewarding. We are so humbled by our daily chores, but at the same time, filled with so much pride that we can live so simply. We really have conquered our dream and most importantly, learned how easy it is to do so. So now were onto the next dream… which at first was cruising our way to the gulf, but now it’s raising our baby on Bora Bora. What can I say… being on a boat is very romantic! So to make a long story short… whatever your dream is, just go for it! It very rarely goes as planned, and that’s the best part! There shouldn’t be any question of “what if?” Only, “What’s next?” MAY
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Pets in Paradise by Holly Scott I suppose there are hundreds of articles out there about the “best” way to live with your pets. They cover just about everything from food, feedings and dishes, barf, pee, poop, mats, cat boxes, litters and potty training, shipboard security officers, pet security underway, beds, hair management, fleas, shots, passports, PFDs, dinghy do and don’ts, to leashes and sunscreen. But I have never read an article about teaching your dog to speak a foreign dog language, or learning foreign dog customs. Gracie is my Border Collie mix rescue dog. Her hair is a bit shorter that a pure bred, she is about the same size at 40 pounds or so. She’s very devoted, quite smart, and not too hyper, tolerates the cat but hates big trucks. The vet’s guess was that she was about three years old when we brought her aboard. The whole boat thing was new to her and it took a few days to get the hang of it, but she settled in pretty quickly. She only walked off the dock once. Then we went to Mexico. Just for the record, the cat never noticed. The first time we went ashore for a potty run, was in Turtle Bay, which is about half way down the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula. It is a small town as opposed to a village, with dirt streets and lots of seemingly stray dogs. Big dogs. With scars on 82 L I V I N G A B O A R D
their heads. Running loose along the beach and very interested in the new girl in town. Sheesh! Poor Gracie had her tail clamped down tight – which is tough when you REALLY have to go potty on dirt, after three days at sea. We finally found an appropriate place to get her business done, and then had to deal with the other dogs. They don’t have and never have had leashes. It made Gracie look like the dorky kid on the playground, except it made her feel a bit more secure. There was a mad rush for the sniffing of everyone’s goods. Maybe frenzy is a better word. Then, the play posture by the locals. Did we dare? Would she be mauled as soon as she was off the leash? Somebody threw a stick toward the water and off they went. The next time they flew by, I took off the leash and she joined the pack. Some kids showed up and chased the dogs and the dogs chased them, laughing and rolling in the sand. Life off the leash is grand!! They finally exhausted themselves and trotted back to the shade of the palapa where the humans were visiting and enjoying a Pacifico or two. Big happy dog grins. Oops, no water anywhere – note to human for the next shore trip. The kids couldn’t pronounce Gracie, so called her Crazy instead. This happened everywhere. It turns out that the local dogs guard their houses/ territories without visible fences. Each dog is resting but also keeping watch in the front yard, and has decided where the boundaries of their yard stop. They just watch www.seafaring.com
as long as you don’t cross their "line." If you get too close, they stand up, and if you enter their territory they bark or come to ask you to leave. They possibly rip your leg off if you don’t listen, but we’re pretty sharp like that. Of course, this was all news to Gracie, who didn’t speak dog OR people Spanish, and didn’t know the customs. We had a few minor mishaps till we caught on. Very few dogs just wander around, most are guarding something and stay close by. There are a few exceptions however. Now and then, some big scary looking dog decides to follow you. Or maybe lots of little ones. You quickly leave his territory but he continues to follow, maybe even with his hackles up. Your mouth starts to go dry and your heart speeds up a bit. Your dog looks at you for advice. Now what? Here is how the locals advised us. All Mexican dogs are scared of being hit by a thrown rock. All you have to do is fake them out. Here are the steps to be used - in order. Work through the steps only until you get the proper results. There is no need to actually throw a rock or proceed to any unnecessary steps except in cases of extreme emergency. 1. Stop walking, turn and face the dog – it’s all about posture. Make eye contact and look like you are in charge. Possible “Git!” in a deep forceful voice if needed. 2. Bend over as if picking up a rock. Making sure to maintain eye contact.
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3. Cock your throwing arm back and take a step forward as if you are about to let that rock fly. More meaningful words to the dog – English is fine. 4. Go ahead and "throw" your imagined rock, by making a throwing motion. Scan the area for a real rock. 5. Quickly grab a real rock or two and repeat the above steps. Assure the bad dog that you are serious – perhaps some cuss words in English. Avoid the F bomb. (Ugly Americans, etc.) 6. Throw the real rock in the general direction of the big scary dog. Make some noise!!! 7. Grab a big fat rock, take aim and throw it right at the devil that is about to attack you and your dear dog. Scream/yell for help in any language you want. The locals will know how to deal with that dog. Really bad dogs don’t last long in a town full of kids and nice dogs. We never had to go past step six, but it can happen. The really bad dogs go to the big yard in the sky, as most towns don’t have shelters or pounds. They either catch on and learn some manners or disappear. Once you get back to the boat, grab a wet rag and clean your dog’s feet. The dirt and sand will get everywhere if you don’t! Yes, they sell dry dog food in Mexico. Canned too. Fish and rice work fine between shopping trips. Gracie says “Come on down!”
Boat Buying 101 ❇ ❇ ❇
by Capt Frank Lanier The basic steps for buying a boat sound simple enough – find boat, fall in love, buy boat, then sail off into the sunset in search of paradise (and those drinks with the little umbrellas in them). Things tend to be a bit more complex in reality however, particularly as the days of purchasing a boat on a handshake and a man’s word are long gone. In addition to the owner, today’s buyer can expect to deal with yacht brokers, marine surveyors, bankers, underwriters and lawyers, as well as plenty of paperwork (purchase contracts, survey reports, documentation requirements and the like). Even the simplest deal will typically involve at least three people – the owner, a yacht broker, and a marine surveyor. In this article we’ll look at the key elements of a basic boat purchase and what you the buyer can/should expect from the various people involved. Although our example focuses on buying a used boat, much of it can be applied to new vessel purchases as well. In a typical boat buying scenario the buyer makes an offer to the owner (via the broker) in the form of a purchase contract, a document that formally conveys the proposed terms of sale (amount offered by the buyer, conditions of acceptance, closing dates, etc). The purchase offer is normally accompanied by a good faith deposit (generally 10 percent of the sale price) which is then placed into a bank trust fund or escrow account 84 L I V I N G A B O A R D
administered by the broker. After the purchase contract is received and reviewed the seller either accepts it, rejects it, or proposes a counter offer. The Purchase Agreement Once signed by both parties, the purchase agreement becomes a legally binding contract between buyer and seller. As with any business transition the cardinal rule is to get everything in writing – payment terms, accessories that convey with the boat, obligations agreed to between buyer and seller (as well as when they’ll be fulfilled) should all be in there. The purchase agreement is a broker drafted document that should reflect what the buyer wants to communicate. In other words, don’t be afraid to insist it be modified to include terms you want (or exclude stipulations you don’t) prior to submission to the owner. A key example of the above is inclusion of language stating that sale of the vessel is contingent upon the findings of a marine survey. With this, the purchase contract now additionally serves as a safety net, allowing the buyer to cancel the deal without penalty (should serious defects be found during the survey) or renegotiate selling price with regards to the correction of less serious problems. The Broker When called to discuss a boat listed, a professional broker will listen closely to the potential buyer to www.seafaring.com
help determine if the boat they’re calling about is the best value to meet their wants and needs. They should also objectively describe the condition of each vessel beforehand (to help the buyer decide if it’s worth a look) and provide amplifying information, such as the vessel’s history, outfitting, how long it’s been on the market, and how motivated the seller. Professional brokers will additionally assist with the required paperwork to make the sale as efficient and painless as possible, from the initial purchase offer to the bill of sale, as well as licensing and registration (or documentation and titling), taxes, certificates of ownership, etc. They’ll also manage the escrow account, which helps both buyer and seller avoid potential problems that may occur in private sales (i.e. the buyer fails to honor the offer and deposit or the owner absconds with the funds prior to sale). It’s important however, for the buyer to keep their relationship with the broker in perspective. Yacht brokers are essentially the marine equivalent of a real estate agent in that boat owners hire them to list, represent, and sell their property. Like real estate agents they also work on commission, meaning that while they have a duty to both buyer and seller during any transaction, it should never be forgotten that they work for and are paid by the seller to make the deal happen. Buyers also have the option of retaining a broker to represent their interests while helping to locate and purchase a boat. Good ones not only step you through the entire boat buying process, but also help determine and find the type of boat that best suits your needs, assist with financing, and help negotiate a contract with the seller’s broker once a boat is found. The Marine Survey Once the purchase offer is accepted and agreed to by both parties, the next step is having the vessel surveyed by a competent marine surveyor. Inexperienced buyers may view a marine survey as just one more red tape festooned hoop they’re forced to jump through to purchase or insure the boat of their dreams, but in reality the money spent for a good marine survey is the best investment they’ll ever make when purchasing a vessel. Blisters, delamination, and rot are just a few examples of what can be hidden beneath that new paint job or shiny coat of varnish. A competent marine surveyor can ferret out such issues BEFORE they become the buyer’s problem, often saving them potentially thousands in repair costs (while subsequently paying for the cost of the survey many times over). w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
Finally, if the vessel being purchased will be financed or insured a survey will almost always be required by the bank, underwriter (or both) in any case. As such, it only makes sense to have the survey conducted prior to purchase – at least then the buyer has the option of negotiating repairs and such with the owner (or finding a better boat). A pre-purchase condition and value (C&V) survey is likely the most comprehensive inspection a vessel ever receives. A typical C&V survey includes examination of the vessel's structural integrity, electrical systems, electronics, propulsion system, fuel system, machinery, navigation, and other miscellaneous on board systems, as well as examination of the vessel's papers, registration, hull number and all safety equipment. The haul out portion of the survey includes an inspection of the hull and all underwater machinery (props, shafts, rudders, etc.) while the sea trial provides the surveyor valuable insight on how a vessel and her systems operate and interact in the real world. Each survey report will include a recommendations section listing deficiencies and problems noted during the survey. Coupled with the personal observations of an experienced surveyor, the findings of a C&V survey are an excellent tool to aid the buyer in assessing whether a vessel meets their particular needs. What the survey won’t say however, is whether or not to purchase the vessel. The surveyor’s role is to provide an unbiased, expert analysis of the vessel’s condition to assist the buyer in making an informed decision on whether or not to proceed with the purchase. Finding a Marine Surveyor It’s the buyer’s responsibility to research and select the best surveyor to represent their interest. The best recommendation for a marine surveyor is reputation and word of mouth, however even then you'll want to research each possible choice to ensure you select the most qualified surveyor to inspect your particular vessel. Even highly competent surveyors can have different backgrounds or specialties – if buying a racing sailboat for example, you probably don’t want a surveyor whose primary experience or field of expertise deals with commercial fishing vessels. While marine surveyors are not licensed by any state or federal agency, they can be accredited or certified by certain membership organizations. A good place to start your search for a reputable surveyor is by contacting the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) or the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) and obtaining a list of member surveyors in your area. Some banks or insurance companies may provide a list of surveyors they accept, but you’ll still want to research the qualifications of any surveyor before hiring them. Brokers may also supply a list of recommended surveyors. In most cases this is provided in a good MAY
faith effort to help the buyer find the right surveyor, however be aware that in some cases surveyors may be listed because the broker has found them “easier” to work with, in that they may be a bit more lenient when surveying a vessel. In any event, you’ll want an independent surveyor whose only interest in the vessel is to provide you, the buyer, the best survey possible. Research any surveyor thoroughly (regardless of what list they’re on) and make your own decision based on the results. What to Expect Buyer expenses to this point typically include the surveyor’s fee and cost of the haul-out, which normally takes place at a yard chosen by the owner. The owner in return is normally responsible for transporting the vessel to and from the haul out facility, as well as any costs associated with the sea trial (vessel captain, fuel, etc). The broker will orchestrate the survey, haul out, and sea trial in efforts to ensure each goes smoothly, however it’s a good idea for the buyer to be present during all phases of the survey. This provides the opportunity to observe firsthand the surveyor’s inspection of the vessel, as well as ask any questions that may come up during the survey. That being said, buyers should refrain from bringing anyone who does not have a direct interest in the purchase (friends, relatives, small children, pets, etc) as they can cause unnecessary distractions for the surveyor.
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Finally, if a potential surveyor refuses to allow clients to accompany them during the survey, find another one – you are paying for the survey after all, and should be able to observe all phases of it if desired. After the Survey Upon completion of the survey, the next step is discussion of the problems and recommendations noted in the report. Resolution of a problem generally falls into one of five scenarios: 1. The seller corrects the problem. 2. The seller reduces the sale price and the buyer corrects the issue. 3. The seller splits the cost of repair with the buyer. 4. The buyer takes the repair cost out of hide (an option some may consider palatable if the vessel is a particularly sought after model or the price is already just too good to pass up). 5. The buyer cancels the sale and is refunded the deposit, minus any agreed upon fees paid out by the broker on the buyers behalf. Once resolution of issues have been resolved to both buyer and seller satisfaction, the sale is concluded and the search for those tropical drinks can begin in earnest! ***Frank Lanier is owner of Capt F.K. Lanier and Associates, Marine Surveyors and Consultants of Chesapeake, VA and can be reached at (757) 287-3770 or via his website at www.captfklanier.com.
Toilet Training Cats â?‡ â?‡ â?‡
by Clifford Quesnel A few years before retirement, and in preparation for our sailing life, we decided that we needed to train our two aging Siamese cats for life on the boat. Carrying boxes of litter was not appealing to us because of weight and space and the prospect of finding the stuff in third world countries was grim. So, we decided to do an extended cruise around Vancouver Island, a situation that kept us in constant contact with Napoleon and Pacha, who were 12 years old at the time. Here is how we trained our babies. From a drug store we purchased a plastic toilet apparatus used to take a hot water sitz bath. (It looks like a reversed head.) It fit right on our Raritan head. We placed two inches of our regular cat litter in it while decommissioning their regular litter box. We placed each of our cats on their new litter box and they started to use it immediately. It was so funny to see them jump up on the head and take their position to do their business. They would have their front paws on the toilet seat rim and their hinds in the litter material. We let them use it for a week to make sure they were used to it, then removed the cat litter material. We cut a hole in the middle of the apparatus with a hot knife, leaving a rim inside of about one inch to accommodate their hind legs, and placed the litter material at the bottom of the head in a plastic bag for easy retrieval. The cats continued to jump on top of the head with their front paws on the toilet rim and their hind legs w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
on the one inch rim. We kept them on this regimen for a week or so, then decided to remove the one inch rim completely with a hot knife so our cats were forced to place their four legs on the toilet seat. The training was complete. Within a few days we removed the litter from the toilet as well as the apparatus. We quickly noticed that their stools were rather hard and it blocked the choker valve of the toilet. To remedy this we used a modified plastic spoon, which prevents the flushing of the stools while allowing us to place them in the garbage once a day. It was as easy as that. Funny thing is that they only use the head they were trained on and never the other one. However, we noticed that on land travels they would use the toilets we find in motels, etc. ***A cruise on a 50-foot Atlantic sailboat in the Greek Islands in 1997 was the trigger of Clifford and Lynne's retirement dream of sailing the world on their own sailboat. Upon their return from that cruise, they immediately joined Granville Island sailing school and for several years perfected their skills. They departed Canada on July 31, 2010 aboard S/V Taya, and that October sailed to Mexico. They are still enjoying both the culture and the people of Mexico. Their future plans are to go south to Ecuador and the South Pacific. MAY
Loving Living Aboard ❇ ❇ ❇
by Anne Mott One weekend roughly 23 years ago, friends of ours invited us on a cruise to Pelican Cove anchorage on the island of Santa Cruz, part of the California Channel Islands group. That was it…we were bitten by the boating bug after that one short trip, and within a month we’d purchased a sailboat of our own and had her tied up in a slip in Ventura Harbor. By the following month we had joined the ranks of the liveaboard boaters. This bold move had friends and family members shaking their heads in disbelief and wonderment, undoubtedly placing friendly bets on the side as to how long our love affair with boats and life on the water would last. During the process of looking for a boat, we visited numerous brokers in the Santa Barbara/Ventura/San Diego area, and being so new to boating, knew very little about boats, let alone what made one a good seaworthy boat and another a piece of junk. This fact was duly noted and promptly acted upon by one of the brokers, whose resemblance to a used car salesman peddling his wares from a corner lot was remarkable. He showed us the worst of his inventory first, trying, for instance, to interest us in a sailboat, the builder of which is far better known for its classic old motor cruisers than for its sailboats. Fortunately, we had read lots of magazines and cruising books and had looked around enough to have a pretty good idea of what we wanted, so we were not easily swayed by this crafty broker. We settled instead for 88 L I V I N G A B O A R D
a nice clean Downeaster 32 in good condition which we found through a broker in Ventura. It was a stocky, wellbuilt coastal cruiser which we felt would get us safely to the islands and back in the typical weather conditions for that area. We found a slip in Ventura Harbor, then joined the waiting list for a liveaboard slip to become available, which surprisingly took only about a month to occur. In the meantime we became sneakaboards on the weekends, when we’d drive from Santa Barbara to Ventura on Friday evenings, sneak aboard as quietly and unobtrusively as possible in the hopes that nobody would notice us, and then leave again on Sunday evenings. On our first sneakaboard evening, as we crawled around the salon in darkness, groping and feeling our way along, Jeff reached into one of the storage lockers behind the settee to explore what was inside. As he did so his hand bumped into something, and all of a sudden this god-awful screeching sound erupted forth from the locker, scaring the living daylights out of us. Jeff had just been introduced to the button on the air horn that was stashed in the locker. So guilty were we feeling that we were convinced marina security would shortly be charging down the dock trying to locate the source of that outburst. We huddled quietly together on the couch, giggling nervously as we waited in fear for that knock on the hull, but none came. We were safe. We decided to call it a night while we were still ahead of our game, and headed for the V-berth! www.seafaring.com
Once our liveaboard status was granted, we moved aboard and lived for eight years on Oasis. She proved to be a solid, dependable little cruiser, carrying us safely to and from the islands on many occasions. However, after eight years aboard, she was starting to feel a little cramped and it was time for a change. Since we really loved the liveaboard lifestyle and were not about to give it up, we opted to buy a bigger boat. Within a month or two we had located a Westsail 42, and sold the Downeaster shortly after putting her on the market. What we really liked about the Westsail was that she was also a solid, well-built blue-water cruiser with a center cockpit and an aft cabin which gave us lots of privacy. About a month after buying Outrider we decided it was time to share our extra space with a new crew member, a kitten from the Camarillo Humane Society. We named him Perkins, after the diesel engine which powers the boat. Our main priority was to keep him safely on the boat at all times so that he would not wander around the dock or get onto other boats. That was quite a challenge as he was a rather curious creature. We tried using a collar and leash on him, but he nearly strangled himself in the process. Next we tried using a spray bottle on him, squirting him with water when he got curious about life beyond the confines of the boat, and it seemed to help. Finally though, after falling in a couple of times, he became less and less curious about life on the dock and now seems quite content to just observe the world
from the safety of the bowsprit. In hindsight, we were glad that we had never had him de-clawed, as he had used his claws to dig in and get a grip on the wooden dock beams in order to pull himself out of the water. At first it was challenging to figure out where to keep his litter box, food and water bowls, but we found appropriate places for everything and soon settled into a comfortable daily routine. We were concerned that he would be lonely and bored during the day when we were at work and he was left on the boat, but that fear was dispelled the very first weekend we were home with himâ€Ś he slept all day and only became active in the evenings, so obviously that was not an issue. One thing I would do differently if I had it to do again would be to train Perkins to use the head instead of a litter box, as it would be much simpler, less messy and take up less space. Also, when cruising long-term as we are, itâ€™s sometimes hard to find decent litter in some places, and then finding the space to store enough of it to keep kitty happy for the duration is another issue. Perkins is now almost 15 years old, and despite a recent health scare, continues to enjoy life aboard Outrider with his parents, who are still loving the liveaboard lifestyle after 23 years. I guess we know who won the bet! ***Anne is currently living aboard in La Paz, Mexico. She loves to play the guitar and is an aspiring photographer and freelance writer.
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Common Mistakes Boat Buyers Can Avoid ❇ ❇ ❇
by John Torelli Finding the right boat for any purpose, including a day of fishing, weekend outings on the bay or long range coastal cruising, can be an adventure itself when you consider all the choices available today. Taking things one step further and finding the right boat suitable for a couple to live aboard full time, can be outright intimidating. Having built two boats within five years, which we lived aboard in San Diego, CA, taught us a few important lessons we plan to use as we start thinking about our third boat. While we are not experts in this process or lifestyle, we do believe others considering life aboard might benefit from a few mistakes that we hope to avoid this time around. We are talking about: unrealistic expectations, emotional 90 L I V I N G A B O A R D
purchasing, underestimating the cost of ownership, purchasing the wrong boat, and most importantly on our list, not listening to the first mate. Unrealistic expectations is probably the simplest of the five mistakes to avoid, as long as you are willing to do your homework and perform the research required to make accurate and honest decisions. Our approach starts with serious soul searching and honest discussion on how we plan to use the boat over the next three years. Three years is about as far as we like to project due to life’s countless opportunities for change. Once we have agreed on a budget and usage plan, the search begins for the right boat. Safety and quality are top on our list, which usually results in us looking at higher end builders and smaller boats due to their higher costs. This www.seafaring.com
is something that both of us accept and has proven to be a good decision over the years. Once we have identified the builders for the type of boat we are interested in, we then research each company, its product line, reputation and financial health. Between the Internet, magazines and boat shows we can narrow our search down to one or two builders within a year. Next step is to make contact with the builder or in some cases the dealer. We schedule time aboard the selected boats either at the dealer or with owners of the same make /model boats, followed by sea trials. After we decide on the right boat, we take a break from the entire process for a couple of weeks, then re-examine everything one last time before starting the negotiation process. Underestimating the cost of ownership is probably the most common mistake made by first time buyers and liveaboards. When we started researching our first trawler and the cost of living aboard, we had a very difficult time locating real time, comprehensive and accurate information. Items like bottom cleaning and replacing hull zincs weren’t something that appeared in our visions of long summer cruises, barbecues on the aft deck and sipping margaritas during mid-summer sunsets. Add in monthly slip fees, insurance, boat washing, semi-annual waxing, property taxes, fuel, oil changes, spare parts, and Satellite TV, and the cost mounted up quickly. All these costs were on top of our monthly boat payment, making total cost of ownership significantly greater than we planned for. Now that we have gone through this experience twice, we would like to believe we are better prepared for trawler number three. Despite all our learning, we still add 15% to our bottom line budget for those unexpected items that will undoubtedly occur over time. Purchasing the wrong size or even type of boat, even after all your research, is another mistake many people make. We came very close to making this mistake on our first liveaboard boat when we heavily factored in our plans for long range (1,000 mile) trips. While the boat we chose was specifically designed for long offshore cruises, we had to give up on a larger boat with more living space in exchange for safety and quality. Thankfully, the layout on our Nordhavn trawler offered us the space we required to satisfy our liveaboard lifestyle nicely. A characteristic of the boat that did result in some getting used to was the slow speed of a full displacement hull. When you take your wife, who is used to fast cars and day boats, and ask her to settle in for a nine-hour boat ride at 6.5 knots, you should expect some push back. I can remember telling my wife, during one of our first trips, of a cartoon I had seen of a snail sitting on the back of a turtle with the wind in its face saying, “Weeee!” as the turtle moved ever so quickly. In our case, we were the snail and the Nordhavn was the w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
turtle. While she came to appreciate the journey more than the destination, she will not let go of the snail and turtle joke. Lesson here is to make sure the size, type and speed of the boat meets your needs or there is a very strong possibility no one will be happy, even on a liveaboard. Not obtaining the first mates approval is a guaranteed recipe for disaster at sea! Over the years we have spoken with many couples from coast to coast and listened to the first mate express concern about living aboard while the captain was going forward full throttle. Any serious reservations by any member of the crew or liveaboard party need to be listened to and discussed openly and honestly prior to making the commitment to move aboard, or it will end in disaster. We believe an indication that we may not be very far off on our assessment is the number of relatively new and expensive boats that go up for sale less than a year after purchase. While we managed to escape this mistake, it was not without compromise on both sides. Maybe the secret to successful boat ownership and living aboard is the same as marriage itself: “compromise.” Bottom line is, even with the right boat, budgets large enough to manage the QE II and the best of relationships, if spending time on the water is not an equal passion for both parties you may easily find yourself in very treacherous waters. Buying on emotion is the single largest mistake anyone can make. That being said, emotion is part of this great adventure and it is not easy to contain at times. While those with years of boating experience are less likely to fall into this trap, newcomers to this lifestyle need to be careful. If I can offer one suggestion to any new perspective boat buyer it would be to never sign a contract during a boat show. Most reputable manufacturers do not have to use artificial boat show pricing to try and lure buyers. A reputable builder with a quality product should have nothing to fear by perspective buyers educating themselves prior to making their decision. So take your time and do your homework. Even after you have found the perfect boat and the first mate is totally onboard, step away for a week or so and then ask yourself if you still have the same level passion and desire to truly take on this lifestyle. If the answer is still yes and the level of passion is still high, then fulfill your dreams and start your journey. ***John and Maria Torelli have been boating for over 30 years and owned two Nordhavn trawlers. They lived aboard both boats in San Diego, CA for five years and recently wrote a book about the lifestyle and its true cost. The book, entitled “Life is a journey, why not live aboard a trawler” is available online at Lulu.com. They can be reached at N4061@ yahoo.com and enjoy discussing the great lifestyle of living aboard. MAY
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by Terri Potts-Chattaway There are a million reasons not to do it. Can we really afford it? What about the house? Can we survive in such a small space? Will I be able to handle the boat in bad weather? There are pirates out there! And my favorite; the boat isn’t ready. By the way, is the boat ever ready? Then there are the logistical questions, like, where do we keep the cars? Do we keep the cars? How will we pay our bills, get our mail? And finally, there are our landlubber friends and family who, when we tell them we are going to sell the house, get off the grid and go cruising, they look at us dumbfounded and ask, “Are you crazy!?” Maybe. Maybe it seems that way because society dictates the “American Dream” is the ability to buy a big house, have two cars in the driveway and keep up with the trendiest and greatest gadgets; a big screen television, Blue-Ray and DVR, the latest iPad and the newest phone. You get the picture. I am not saying there is anything wrong with this picture. In fact, we are incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to work and obtain such luxuries. It is just that my husband, Jay, and I have found that in order to keep all this wonderful stuff we have to work six days a week with little time to enjoy it or each other. Besides, now that the kids are grown and the house is empty and quiet, what is the point? I would argue that instead of the “American Dream” being simply about owning a home and gaining material wealth, the true meaning is found in the freedom to chose the kind of lifestyle we want to live. Only once we have jumped on the hamster wheel, with the comfort and security years of hard work have provided, it is truly a challenge to jump off without faltering. 92 L I V I N G A B O A R D
That is why Jay and I decided to do it in steps. First we put the house up for sale. For us, it just didn’t make financial sense to keep it. Once it sold (which took over a year) we succeeded in pairing down our belongings to fit into a 10 by 25 storage unit. Quite a feat! Nevertheless, it was daunting to face a lifetime of learned behaviors and a house full of memories and figure out how to let go. And the questions continued. How do we choose what to pack and what to toss? Who of our children gets what and what do we absolutely need to keep? It turns out, not much. Still, this part of the process proved to be so profoundly difficult, for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which were both physical and inherently emotional, that I would guess it might turn out to be the hardest part of our journey. Next, instead of moving straight from a four-bedroom house to our Hardin 44’, we chose to move to a twobedroom furnished apartment that was a month to month rental. This allowed us to adjust to smaller living quarters while continuing to work on the boat to get her “ready.” Our ketch was built in 1979 and although she sails like a thoroughbred, we have had to update practically all her systems. She also flaunts a lot of teak, both inside and out, which is a never-ending project in itself. The apartment has turned out to be a great respite from the inhalation of oil and propane, dust and varnish. Then I began chanting a mantra; six months of apartment living and working on the boat, six months of shakedown cruises, December 2012 - San Diego, and January 2013 we leave for Mexico. I figure if I keep saying it out loud, then my husband starts repeating it, then it happens! Well, it’s worth a try! www.seafaring.com
The shakedown cruises begin in August of 2012. This is when we spend lots of time sailing around the Channel Islands (Southern California’s own little paradise) testing our skills and the durability of the boat. We will sail with friends and we will sail alone. There will be some night sailing and lots of sailing through the windy lane. We will spend weeks at a time off the grid to see how our solar array computes to energy and tallying our water usage. Sailing is almost always a challenge with surprises along the way. The only way to really be prepared is to practice, practice, and practice. One has to know the limits - of both the boat and oneself. The cars will stay at our daughter’s home until we decide just how long we intend to cruise. The mail goes to a P.O. box in a Mail Stop Center where we are familiar with the owners and they will forward it to us as needed. Paying bills is getting easier every day with wifi networks available almost everywhere. Taken as a whole, these logistics can be overwhelming, but taken one by one they can be handled in an efficient manner. And the biggest question: can we afford it? I say we can’t afford not to. Both my husband and I are facing retirement and the window of opportunity is getting smaller. And like Bob Bitchin says, I really would rather “live my dream” than “dream my life.” Finally, there is much conversation amongst cruisers regarding pirates. The thought of being attacked is
terrifying, no doubt. But there is lots of information as to where they are and we have no intention of sailing in waters known to be frequented by pirates. I really believe that it is all you can do, other than to be aware of your surroundings and who and what is lurking around at any given time. All these are valid concerns, of course. But I dare say if we are honest with ourselves, we will find they are rooted in fear and attachment. Fear of the unknown and attachment to our stuff and the only way of life we have ever known. Truly, the most difficult step is the first one; making the decision to let go and then sticking to it. That is why every once in a while, when Jay and I lose sight of the dream, when we are inundated with fixing and sanding and varnishing, we untie the lines and set sail. A cool breeze, a warm sun, a calm sea, and a few dolphins playing on our bow… we know... we’re not crazy, we’re alive and living our dream! ***Terri Potts-Chattaway used to be a television producer. She started the Channel Islands Women's Sailing Association in Oxnard to support, encourage and educate women sailors of all levels of experience. Terri and her husband are making plans to start cruising. Meanwhile, they sail on their 45-foot Hardin ketch in California and on their 18-foot catboat out of Edgartown Harbor in the summer.
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HARD AGROUND Not A Yacht Happening more “U” than the “V” in the forward “berthing” canal. by Eddie Jones She demands our next boat have a head equipped with a A few days ago I sold the last boat in our fleet so there’s toilet that doesn’t have to be pumped like a car jack and not a yacht happening in my slip. auxiliary propulsion that does not require a starter rope. While celebrating our newfound liberty with a couple What she wants, in other words, is a rich husband. of cold beers I asked my wife what features she wanted I told her that by definition a “yacht” was any boat we in our next yacht. She cringed the way she will when I couldn’t afford, and since we’ve never been able to afford mention another recreational activity that sometimes turns any of the boats I’ve owned, she’s already sailed on a her stomach. Then she walked down the dock to go riding number of fine yachts. on our neighbor’s jet ski. That should have been my hint “If you insist on buying another sailboat,” she replied, that my wife has grown tired of the kinds of derelicts I “and I pray you do not, but if you do, then at least get keep bringing home, but nobody’s ever accused me of something we can live aboard for longer than a weekend being the freshest fry in the Happy Meal. and not some old worn out boat like you did last time.” My wife wasn’t tracking my movements too closely “I thought our last boat was just about perfect.” when I purchased our last “yacht,” an ancient Piver 30 “Seriously, Eddie? You thought that was a yacht? If the trimaran. By the time she said, “No, we don’t need another listing broker is an insurance adjuster working from a RV sailboat - certainly not one that looks like a doubleat a busted boat auction, it’s not a yacht yet. If showering wide trailer on water skis,” I had the boat sitting on the involves standing naked in the cockpit with a sun shower mud in my slip. It was a reckless move that strained our strapped to the boom, it’s not a yacht yet. If paper towels marriage, but I learned in church years ago it’s easier to double as dishes, and plastic wine glasses would make receive forgiveness than permission. Actually I learned a nice addition to the galley, it’s not a yacht yet. If the this playing church softball, but I still consider it sound freshest item in the icebox is a six-pack of beer, it’s not theological doctrine. a yacht yet. If the ONLY item in the icebox is a six-pack When it comes to cruising my wife is fussy. Her idea of beer, it’s not a yacht yet. If the icebox is really just a of the perfect passage begins when the anchor is set, sails Styrofoam cooler you found in the marina parking lot, it’s are furled and a nest of cushions has been configured not a yacht yet. And if it’s a boat you think could use just a in a corner of the cockpit. After I’ve fled in the dinghy little more fixing up, then it is absolutely not a yacht yet.” to explore some remote stretch of distant shoreline, she Sometimes I think my wife lacks the vision to see the melts into the cockpit and naps in the shade of the dodger. potential in these broken-down derelicts gathered near the During these quiet moments of pink sunsets and sea back of the boat yard but then I remember she married breezes, she will reluctantly admit that she enjoys our time me even after her dad complained that I was a work in on the water. It’s the sailing part that turns her stomach. progress. Actually, I think he said I was a piece of work. If sailboats are built to heel then my wife is bound to Or maybe I should get to work. In any case, it doesn’t squeal. During our last passage I was down below fixing matter now: I’m too busy cruising to work. I’ll leave that lunch while she lay in the cockpit with a cold dishrag drudgery to the yacht owners. draped across her forehead. Every few minutes I’d poke ***When Eddie isn’t rescuing broken-down boats and my head into the cockpit to make sure the autopilot bringing them home to his wife he’s writing pirate novels was still automatically taking us off course and to see for kids and romantic suspense for adults. Grab a copy if she had fallen over or jumped in. During one of these of his award-wining novel The Curse of Captain LaFoote inspections I brought her lunch on a plastic plate and (captainlafoote.com) and the hilariously funny Bahama asked, “Do you want to eat this sandwich yourself, or Breeze (bahamabreezenovel.com) where ever fine and notshould I just throw it over the side and save you the so-fine books are sold. trouble?” She gave me that look: the one I get when I mention that other activity. I decided right then to keep my mouth shut the rest of the passage. I felt fortunate one of us could. My wife tolerates our aquatic camping lifestyle because she knows this is my passion, but she’s made it clear that she’s ready for a boat that keeps her warm in the winter, cool in the summer and dry year round. She wants a boat with something other than a camping stove in the galley and a cooler in the cockpit. She wants enough counter space to drain the pots, plates and bowls and insists on 94 L I V I N G A B O A R D
Lats & Atts Cruisers' Party Miami Strictly Sail
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Here, CEO DJ poses with long-distance folks who came from Brazil and South Africa.
The tip jar for the beertenders was filled! 12 kegs in 2 hours. Hey! Cruisers get thirsty!
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Once again an estimated 900 cruisers from all over the world came to celebrate the cruising lifestyle at the annual Latitudes & Attitudes Readers' Appreciation Party held at the Miami Strictly Sail show at Bayside Marina. Eric Stone handled the entertainment even though band members Steve and Shelly Hall were in an auto accident on their way to the event (they are okay!). They say a photo is worth a 1000 words, so you can see just how much this event was enjoyed by those who attended. A raffle was held with proceeds going to the Mystc Seaport Museum to help with the refitting of the Charles W. Morgan, the world's only remaining New Bedford Whaler. So, if you are in Miami next year, why not stop in?! 225 pizzas were downed in record time by the hungry crowd.
The crew from E-Marine helped celebrate!
These cuties were our ticket pullers for the raffle. Okay guys, try to have a little fun will ya?
The happy winner of the Winchrite. His daughter looks a little puzzled though.
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The happy winners of the Dream Yacht Charter Caribbean Charter, Grand Prize for the raffle.
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New ATN Dorcap Turns Hatches into Air Vents & Dorade Boxes
Etienne Giroire is a world renowned sailor who has created a bunch of products to make sailors' lives easier. His company, ATN Products (yes, Etienne is pronounced ATN) has come up with the perfect answer to get air below decks when you are in the hot tropical climates. The Dorcap has two settings: maximum airflow and rain risk. The maximum airflow position significantly increases air pressure. Its design, rigid system, and absence of lateral leakage, provide an air stream which penetrates to the interior of your vessel. This doubles the airflow of an open hatch. The 'rain risk' position enables airflow identical to that of an open hatch without the inconvenience of rain entering the boat. The Dorcap can be used for
Etienne Giroire all types of hatch openings: towards the bow, rearwards, or crosswise. Only the installation method between the deck and the hatch changes. If you'd like additional info on this, or any of Etienne's other innovative sailing gear, you can go to his website at www.atninc.com to check it all out.
The Kiwiprop - An Innovative New Propeller for Sailing Yachts
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While we were at the Miami Strictly Sail Show we ran into Jamie Hollman at the Kiwiprop booth. The Kiwiprop is a unique feathering propeller that eliminates gears, aligns the blades with the streamlines not the shaft, minimizes corrosion potential from the lightweight composite blades, and offers users easy variable pitch adjustment. With the Kiwiprop, the individual blades are always free to "weather vane" in the actual water flow, bringing them to a minimum drag position that doesn't cause autorotation. This modern, lightweight three-bladed feathering propeller has proved much smoother and quieter in operation than equivalent two-bladed units and offers the additional benefits of variable pitch, full lubrication, minimal corrosion potential and full reverse thrust. An additional benefit is, if you have to change a blade, it is a simple job. For more info go to www.kiwiprops.co.nz. www.seafaring.com
Spade High Performance Anchors
At the Miami Strictly Sail we ran into Rob and Evan at the Sea Tech & Fun booth. They have the Spade Anchor. Spade anchors dig deeply into the sea floor. Once they are within the sea floor, the concave shape of anchor is designed to compact the sea floor and not move! The manufacturer of the Spade anchor never refers to an anchor's weight, but rather to its effective surface area. The remarkable efficiency of a Spade anchor is due to the size and shape of its effective surface: Spade anchors of the same surface area will have the same holding power, no matter the material of which they are made. The anchor is manufactured in three materials (steel, aluminum, and stainlesss steel), and in ten sizes. Hi-tensile steel versions are hot-dip galvanized. If you want to check it all out and see which one is right for your boat you can go to their website at www. spadeanchors usa.com.
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New Prop Protector
The BVI Welcomes Boaters
The Prop Protector booth is located across from our booth at the Miami Strictly Sail, and while we were there we checked it out. It's a simple shaft driven rope cutter, rotating with the shaft and instantly cutting any rope, weed or debris picked up or snagged by the propeller. Made from high grade (316) stainless steel, the Prop Protector is easy to install in minutes with your boat out of the water or between tides. The clamp-on version can even be fitted by a diver if underwater installation is required. The Prop Protector sits on the shaft, between the propeller hub and the stern bearing, waiting to cut anything that threatens to entangle it. There are no moving parts to fail - just a razor sharp marine grade stainless steel blade - ready to slice through most marine debris. So if you have a problem with seaweed or other debris hampering your prop, check out the Prop Protector at www. prop-protector-usa.com.
We are often asked where the best sailing in the world can be found. The answer is simple. The BVIs. For the past 15 years, at most boat shows we have run into Perla George from the BVI Tourism Board. She has been inviting people to come sail the British Virgin Islands for years. Thinking back, there is really no other place we know that works as hard as the BVIs do to show boaters how much they are appreciated. In this time of bad economy and world unrest it is a real pleasure to find a place that is as welcoming as Perla George the BVIs is for boaters, either chartering or on their own boat. If you have never been to the BVIs we at Lats & Atts suggest you contact the BVI Tourism Board by going to their great website at www.bvitourism.com. There you will find videos and photos showing what it's like there, as well as links to each island, showing what they have to offer the cruising sailor. The site is designed with the boater in mind. So the next time you are thinking you need to get away... we suggest you go to www.bvitourism.com.
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Scratch a dog and you'll find a permanent job.
Noah's ark Standing the Dog Watch by Carrie Brownhill
Some might think that Captain Cooper’s size, a mere six and a half pounds, might put him at a disadvantage when sailing a 38’ catamaran. “Not so,” claims the charismatic Yorkshire Terrier, adding “Well, it helps to have a well-trained crew. I don’t single-hand much.” Cooper has been sailing since he was a youngster. He remembers a family vacation on the Chesapeake Bay when he was six months old. “It was a cold, windy week in September. We were sailing on the bay, which was very choppy, and I have to admit I found the experience frightening. I spent a lot of time tucked inside someone’s sweatshirt. Still, even at that young age I already preferred to be at the helm.” He goes on to relate that it was on that same trip that he learned to love visiting distant places. “We anchored in the creek near Urbanna, Virginia and took the dinghy over to land. It was raining so hard, Noah’s Ark wouldn’t have looked out of place. I didn’t care. I couldn’t wait to climb onto the dock and start exploring all the new smells.” Cooper’s crew adds that he looked like a drowned rat, provoking smiles from the locals. Nevertheless, the woman in the thrift store was kind enough to allow him to come in to look for board games to play on the boat - and a towel. Less than a year later, Cooper had his most traumatic sailing experience to date. While motoring in calm water on the way to St. Michael’s on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, the catamaran was rocked by a power boat wake. Cooper was jogging on deck at the time and lost his balance. “I forgot the first rule of sailing,” admits Cooper, “one paw for yourself, three paws for the boat.” It was time to put all that dog overboard practice to the test. Unfortunately, no one saw Cooper go overboard and the attention of crew 106 Latitudes & Attitudes
was lax due to the benign sea conditions. It was at least 20 minutes before the crew missed him and turned back. The boat slowly retraced its earlier course, and the minutes went by with no sign of Cooper. The crew peered anxiously through binoculars at distance dots that eventually revealed themselves as floating ducks and seagulls. Finally, as it seemed all hope was gone, someone suggested that the radio might be used to request help. A couple of calls on the VHF produced a result. A nearby sailboat reported hearing another boat talking to the Coast Guard about a found dog. After further calls, a rendezvous was arranged with the rescuers. When the two boats finally met, Cooper was already dry and partying in the cockpit with his new friends. He seemed surprised by all the fuss. Cooper believes that he owes his life to the fact that he was wearing his Outward Hound personal flotation device. Not being a strong swimmer (“water is for Labradors”), he made a habit of wearing a PFD while underway. Not only did the life jacket keep him afloat, the convenient handle allowed his rescuers to retrieve him with the help of a boat hook, a significant advance over going swimming. “And anyway,” Cooper adds, “chicks dig it.” Cooper continues to sail most weekends when the weather is good. In true maritime tradition, the captain always has his nose into the wind, checking on the sea conditions, the weather, and any nearby vessels. Although not a strict disciplinarian, Cooper is a paws-on captain. During a voyage, his strident tenor is often heard, both voicing disapproval and encouraging his crew to greater efforts. Despite the frequent outbursts, his crew is fiercely loyal and claims that “his bark is worse than his bite.” Cooper’s 1991 Prout catamaran, Kimarah, is constantly being refurbished and upgraded. This year the cockpit was enclosed with insect screens, keeping out the biting flies and allowing Cooper to relax at the helm without his PFD. (A harness and jack line are used whenever the enclosure is unzipped.) Cooper hopes to eventually retire and cruise the islands on Kimarah, perhaps eventually crossing the pond to his ancestral home in Yorkshire, England. “You never know, I might even participate in the Round Britain and Ireland Quad Pawed Race,” he muses. Truly, there’s no telling what this adventurous Yorkie will get up to next.
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Bubba Outwits Police -
I had, in what I now must admit was a moment of misjudgment, loaned Bubba Whartz, live-aboard and live-alone sailor, my automobile for what I thought was going to be a half a day. He brought the car back two days later. I found it in my driveway on the morning of day three, keys in the exhaust pipe as we had arranged. There was a note on the driver’s seat. The note read: “Had a little trouble with the fuzz. Don’t worry.” Any time that I get an admonition from Bubba that I am not to worry, I do exactly the opposite. Trouble with the fuzz? I developed a bad case of consternation immediately. It got worse when, as I was trying to figure out how to interpret Bubba’s note, a Bradenton Beach police car drove up and parked in the street in front of my home. A burly officer got out and walked up my drive. “Are you Morgan Stinemetz?” the officer asked, after introducing himself as Officer Henley of the Bradenton Beach Police. “Yes, I am,” I said, looking at the huge amount of paraphernalia the officer carried on his belt. He had handcuffs, a gun, extra bullets, some kind of club, a pouch with rubber gloves in it, an asp and several other things I did not recognize. How do these guys run? “Is that your car?” “Yes, it is,” I replied, figuring that the question did not need to be asked. Someone had rather obviously already run my license plate, and that was why the officer had come to my address and already knew my name. Police officers ask questions they already know the answers to in order to do something called “establishing their authority.” “Where were you on the night of February 6?” asked the policeman. “I was right here. I had a Super Bowl party here at my house for some friends, and I was hosting that,” I explained. “Can you prove that?” “Do I need to?” “Sir,” said Officer Henley, “someone driving your car has some charges pending against him, and we are trying to locate that person. If it was not you, then who was it?” “I have this note from a guy I know saying that he had some trouble with the police when he was using may car,” I said as I handed Henley the note Bubba had scrawled. He looked at it and observed, “It’s not signed.” “You know, I noticed that, too, Officer Henley,” I commented. “What is this all about?” “The person who was using your car was stopped in Bradenton Beach on a random traffic stop. However, he chose to stop in a puddle that had formed after we had some rain. And then he failed to follow the instructions of the officer who stopped him,” Henley said. “Are you talking about one of those really huge puddles you guys get out there,” I asked. Bradenton Beach is infamous for poor drainage. One regular puddle has to be a couple of acres big and looks like a small lake. “The biggest.” “Well, it wasn’t me. It may have been my car, but I was not in it.” “Do you have a red baseball cap, one with a Peterbilt emblem on it?” asked Henley. “No,” I replied, as the radio in Henley’s police car crackled into life with a lot of police code talk. Henley turned and walked toward the car, saying, “I have to go on a call right now, but I will be back.” It took me 30 minutes to get to The Blue Moon Bar that morning. And as luck would have it Bubba was already having a beer when I 108 Latitudes & Attitudes
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got there. Doobie was polishing glassware behind the counter in a tight ultra-suede outfit that had sort of a cowboy style to it. It deserved a second look. In fact, most of her leather outfits deserve a second look. “Bubba, I just had a police officer come by my house. He said that my car, while you had it, was involved in some incident in Bradenton Beach. What did you do?” I asked the sailor, who immediately signaled to Doobie to bring a couple of beers. “Nothing,” replied Whartz. “Then why are the cops looking for you and talking about you not following a police officer’s instructions?” “They aren’t looking for me,” said Bubba with a snort of laughter as Doobie brought two glasses of beer. “They don’t know who I am.” “What happened when you had my car?” “It was early in the morning, and I was driving through Bradenton Beach, obeying the law,” Whartz began. “I picked up a police tail along the way. You know how they sometimes tail you real close just to see if you’ll run? That’s what the officer did. So I slowed down. He stayed right there, so I slowed down some more. We had gone about a half a mile at 15 miles an hour when he turned on his blue lights. I saw a great big puddle up ahead, and I just stopped your car in the middle of that puddle. The police officer stopped on the edge of the puddle. He was not going to put his cruiser into the water.” “How far away was he?” I wanted to know. “It was a large puddle,” said Whartz. “He was back there about 40 yards.” “Then what happened?” “Nothing. He used the PA system on his car to tell me to get out of my car and walk back to him. I figured that it was his idea to stop me, and so I just ignored him. I just sat there. He wasn’t going to get his feet and shoes wet slogging up to where I was on the off chance he could make a collar. And I wasn’t going to help him by walking back to where he was, even though I had no shoes on. What we had was a Mexican standoff.” “How long were you there?” “I think about 90 minutes,” said Bubba. “I fell asleep for awhile, but it wasn’t for long. It was early in the morning and I knew this guy wasn’t going to wake anyone else up to come down and raise hell with me for stopping in a big puddle. I just outlasted him. Obviously, he got another call, because he eventually left. That’s when I pulled out and went on my way, down to Longboat Key.” “Then you didn’t do anything wrong?” “Not one thing,” Bubba confirmed. “All I did was pick an inconvenient place for a police officer to question me. I think that showed good judgment.” I excused myself and went outside to call the Bradenton Beach Police on my cell phone. I asked for officer Henley and was patched through. “This is Morgan Stinemetz, Officer Henley,” I said. “I have found the guy you are looking for.” “Great,” said Henley. “Where does he live?” “He lives on a sloop,” I answered. “What’s a sloop?” asked Henley. I knew right then that Bubba Whartz had skated. He was home entirely free. I went back inside and bought another round. Bubba may make mistakes from time to time, but he makes some great moves, too. You have to appreciate the dichotomy. w ww.se afaring.com
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Healthy Cruising Beach Fitness
As a follow up to the last Healthy Cruising column, my cross training has been bumped up a notch or two by beginning the P90X program. If you have not heard about it, I highly recommend it. The premise is full on cross training… muscle confusion for faster and more balanced results. The program has a variety of daily workouts, including yoga! Each day offers something new, focusing on different parts of the body and different goals from cardio to strengthening and flexibility. The program comes with a pre-program fitness test, nutritional guide, and workbook to chart your workouts and progress. Most of the strengthening programs use a band or weights, however, if those are unavailable (like in my case), using isometric movements have been working just as well for now (remember it is all about modifying and making it work!). With all of that said, if you are on your boat, unless your vessel is much larger than mine, this program may be more challenging to pursue due to space being needed for some routines. However, if you can familiarize yourself with the programs, maybe write the routines down, taking your practice outside to the beach is an option. Which brings me to the topic of this column: Beach Fitness. Some days we just have to go to the beach! What can I say? On those days, after working our businesses we may not want too, or have time for, our P90X workout. So, we have created our own fitness program for the beach, still getting in a good hour or more of fitness activity, and utilizing the gifts of nature to enhance our program. Power walking or running on the beach is a natural. If it is a cooler, breezier day, I will walk in the deep sand, working muscles in my legs and feet that miss out when walking on a flat surface with shoes on. On warmer days, walking in the surf offers not only the cooling effects of the water, but resistance as well. Depending on the beach layout, starting in the deep sand one lap, then moving deeper into the water with each pass, adds some variety and keeps you cooler longer into your workout. Some beaches are fairly steep; zig-zagging the beach or walking up and down toward the water adds some incline to your beach walk For a cross training walk, at the end of each pass or even half way in between, stop and do some squats or lunges. If you have a band you can bring with you, throw in some bicep or tricep curls. Once you have completed your walk, you can throw in some abdominal or upper bodywork. Get creative! Being the pirate yogini that I am, you didn’t think I could write about beach fitness and not talk about beach yoga did ya? Practicing yoga on the beach may look different based on the softness of the sand, and there may be some modifications made, but we are used to that aren’t w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
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we? I like to use a big Mexican blanket or sheet, so there is plenty of room for movement. Adding a bit of gentle yoga to your beach fitness routine insures that you are stretching out the muscles after your walk or run, or choosing a power yoga session instead of a walk or run gets in an all over body workout. On a side note, there are some really good apps out there for you techies with smart phones that not only measure distance and speed, but calories burned, and have the option of adding a monitor to measure heart rate. Pedometer Pro has a place to input your body measurements and goals, and using your GPS (assuming you have service) maps your route. There are several more out there as well, including MotionX-GPS, iMapMyRun, iMapMyRide and iMapMyFitness. These last three work together with each other and can be connected with other friends for added motivation. And now for the fun stuff… let’s go snorkeling! We have been doing a lot of snorkeling since we have been here this season, and are loving the water workout we are getting. Snorkeling with the intention of exercising the body, only adds to the experience. Focus on how the body is moving. I have recently been taught how to use the core of my body with straight legs to add core work versus bicycling the legs for forward movement. This same theory can be applied to kayaking and paddle boarding, when the core is used, the effort is lessoned, and the power is increased. Speaking of water activities… there are many movements that can be done in the water, keeping the body cool while getting in your workout. If you have ever been to a water aerobics class, you know how powerful these workouts are, using the natural resistance the water offers while keeping the impact down. Walking or running in chest deep water offers not only cardio, but some strengthening as well. Try leg lifts while treading water for some core and shoulder work. And we mustn’t forget plain old swimming; doing laps up and down the beach is a great alternative to movement on land. Stay tuned for some short video clips on my website showing ideas and proper form for beach fitness. Who’s up for the beach today!?! Peace, Love, & Laughter Kim Hess, Pirate Yogini Find us on facebook: Tropic Yoga & Sail Adventures
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When did you first hear the Call of the Sea? Share the story with Lats&Atts readers. Keep it to between 500-750 words, and send it as an email to: email@example.com. If selected you will receive a cheap and shoddy gift from the Lats&Atts Seafaring store. This series is sponsored by the Call of the Sea Foundation. For more info go to www.callofthesea.org.
My Call of the Sea can be traced to Huck Finn. Ever since I read of his travels on the Mississippi, I wanted to travel on the water. Living in the Southwest desert as a kid however, didn't lend itself to rafting. Then, on a long weekend, my dad and uncle took me and two other boys to the Colorado River to go fishing. What a great weekend! I don't remember if any of us boys caught any fish, but I remember the swimming and we had to build a raft and get to the other side of the river. It didn't matter that the river was narrow enough at that spot to swim across. Swimming wasn't the same as floating across on a raft. The next summer I was in Indiana with creeks and rivers galore. When we weren't working in the fields with my uncles, us kids were down at the creek. We must have built half a dozen rafts that summer. We could probably float all of a quarter of a mile before they came apart. A few years later a friend's uncle took the two of us to the Salton Sea where we both learned to water ski. After that the goal was to own a skiboat. This didn't happen for quite a few more years, but we wandered the boat stores and dreamed every chance we got. After a summer at a private beach at Lake Arrowhead, I was bound and determined to stay on the water. One of the neighborhood guys had joined the Navy during the summer and went to Hawaii straight out of boot camp. When he came home with his "sea stories" I was hooked. It was off to the Post Office and the Navy recruiter. It took the recruiter and me a few weeks to get my mom to sign the papers, but she finally relented and it was off to San Diego. After boot camp and a Navy school I reported aboard a destroyer in Norfolk, Virginia. I reported aboard on a Friday and the following Monday we got underway for South America. I was w ww.sea f a r i ng.co m
at sea and where I belonged. For 21 years I was at sea or near the water. One of my duty stations was in San Juan, Puerto Rico on tugboats and while I was there I met a couple who had a 27-foot sailboat. After they took me sailing the first time I knew what I wanted to do when I retired. Later I was stationed with a fellow sailor who had sailed all of his life. When we'd come into port after a week to a month at sea, we'd head to the sailing center on the base and check out a sailboat for the day or weekend. The other guys on the ship thought we were crazy. He'd been stationed at the Naval Academy before reporting aboard, and when we were in port we'd go up to Annapolis and take the "Plebes" out sailing on the Luders 44s. After retiring from the Navy I was lake sailing on Prindles or the Force Five. Then a friend moved to San Francisco and bought a beautiful Santana. Sailing on San Francisco Bay was an experience like none I had experienced before. The Naval station at Alameda was still operating and I was able to rent sailboats there, so if my friend was away on business or some other activity I was still able to sail there. Of course, any trip to San Diego required a trip to Coronado Island to rent a sailboat for at least a day. While on a trip to Washington, DC I met up with an old Navy buddy and he had his boat on Lake Erie. Old in this case meant that we hadn't seen each other in 20 or 25 years. He invited me up to Lake Erie to go sailing and a couple of years later I was able to get there. We sailed out to the islands and had a wonderful weekend. He's a delivery skipper and two years after that, we made a delivery of a 47-foot boat from Sandusky, Ohio to Canada, across Lake Erie, up the Detroit River to Lake St. Clair, across to the St. Clair River, then up to Lake Huron and across it to our delivery port. It was a great week on fresh water. When you got spray on you it felt entirely different than sea spray. Over the years there have been charters on the Chesapeake Bay, in the San Juan Islands of Washington, Mexico, and of course the British Virgin Islands. All were great. Now, though, I am retired and I am on my own boat, loving every minute of it. Joe Rose San Juan 34, Bravo Zulu
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"My idea of fast food is a mallard." - Ted Nugent
by Ann E. Mott Turning 50 is a major milestone in one’s life - having your sister jet in from halfway around the world to help you celebrate it along with your husband and a few friends, makes it even more special and memorable. This was the case when I reached the half-century mark last February. My sister flew in from France, a friend flew down from Southern California, and we were joined by a couple of cruising friends here in the beautiful city of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. My special day was celebrated in style as we toasted to life, good health and friends with a few bottles of lovely French champagne, followed by a delightful dinner at our favorite restaurant, Rancho Viejo. There we were grandly entertained by a lovely old mariachi musician plucking away at his rather outof-tune violin, along with his son, a virtuoso at mimicking the sounds of raucous roosters and barking dogs as he performed his evening’s repertoire of songs, straight-faced and very serious-looking, all part of the act. A few days after my birthday, fully recovered from all the celebrations and ready for a nice relaxing break, we headed out to the beautiful islands of Isla Partida and Isla Espiritu Santo, just a short 20-mile trip from La Paz. It was a calm, sunny, warm day as we left the marina aboard our Westsail 42, Outrider, and motored out to the islands. We spent a total of six days in the anchorages of 114 Latitudes & Attitudes
Caleta Partida, Ensenada Grande and El Cardonal, never once experiencing the bothersome corumuel winds from the south that can sometimes howl through La Paz and make their way out to these islands, turning many of the anchorages on the west side of the islands into veritable washing machines, and dangerous lee shores. Most days were spent hiking, snorkeling or swimming, and usually included some form of fishing, whether from the inflatable dinghy, Outrider or using a spear-gun whilst swimming. We were successful on most occasions, and enjoyed leisurely dinners in the cockpit of freshly caught fish, either grilled or barbecued. We soon decided that a change of menu was needed to keep the crew happy, so my sister, Gill, came to the rescue one evening and spiced things up wonderfully with a recipe that allowed us to use the leftovers from the previous evenings’ meal of grilled fish and mashed potatoes…fish cakes. Assembling them was a bit of a messy process initially, but definitely worth it as these were the tastiest little cakes I’ve had in a while, and very easy to make since everything is already cooked. The crew was pleasantly satisfied and no complaints were heard. A few days later our wonderful island sojourn was over and we reluctantly returned to the marina. We tied up to the dock, poured ourselves cocktails, and sat watching the glorious sunset from the comfort of the cockpit just as the pesky corumuel kicked in and came blasting by on its way out to the islands. Life was good! The only thing missing now was my oldest sister, Vivienne. Ingredients as fish
Method pepper, parsley, dill and onion; mix it all evenly. a ball, and then flatten to about ¾” thick.
sides, approx. six minutes total. We served them with a mayonnaise and curry powder dip, as well as a squeeze of lemon juice, and a nice green salad. Garnish with a little parsley or dill. www.seafaring.com
43 Beneteau 1988 Three cabins and two heads, Sugar scoop transom. Large and roomy go anywhere cruiser. Lots of good gear and ready to go. Rebuilt engine with less than 100 hours. $119,000 obo.
41 Ft Morgan / Catalina Classic 1988 Center cockpit sloop. Hard top and Arch with dinghy and OB. Gen set and A/C. This yacht is a ten and ready to go cruising to the Island right now. Great price at $110,000 obo.
44 Ft Island Packet cutter 1994. Great full keel yacht with two private staterooms and heads. Bow thruster, new autopilot RM. Just returned from Bahamas cruise and ready to go again. Located in Maryland. $199,000 obo.
The Development of Navigational Tools & Techniques - Pt. 1©
by Steve Buckley Unless you are a sailor, seafaring swab or captain of a vessel you may not have that much interest in a brief history on the development of navigational techniques and tools from the time of the ancient mariner. I believe I can make it a bit more interesting for you, however, by taking you back to the year 1492 and you know who, or at least you should know who. Just in case, I’ll jog your brain a bit with a few lines from an old poem that you are hopefully familiar with. In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. He had three ships and left from Spain; He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain. He sailed by night; he sailed by day; He used the stars to find his way. A compass also helped him know, How to find the way to go. We find here in this simple rhyme the only two navigational tools of the time. But they were not what I was referring to when I said I’d make it more interesting for you. How about that little rhyme? The reason I bring up Captain Columbus was this; he was not just a remarkable navigator, being incredibly lucky or really ahead of his time, which one we’ll never know for sure, but he was also a pirate! Not to start a controversy or anything, but I did say I would make it more interesting, and believe it or not, Columbus was a pirate. In fact, his piratical ambitions were the real reason he made the journey in the first place. “Arrrrhg, Columbus was no pirate!” says you. “He was a scallywag of a pirate, to be sure,” says I! He started out like most ship captains, receiving a Letter of Marque, his coming directly from Queen Isabella I, of Castille and Leon. It took some time, but he finally convinced her that he was going in search of a new trade route to the spice and silk laden Far East. The land journey through Arabia was costly, time consuming and dangerous, and his success would give Spain a leg up on the Italians and Arabs that controlled the Spice trade, bringing Spain great riches from this lucrative business. However, this was all a complete ruse, as he was really going after the gold and silver that he had heard was 116 Latitudes & Attitudes
to be found in a distant land that lay across the ocean to the west, well before the west coast of India. Don’t get me wrong, Columbus was a great adventurer and explorer who took an incredible risk and accomplished an incredible feat, but make no mistake, he knew there was a payoff. He knew there was a far more valuable treasure to be had, one of gold and silver and precious stones, and by the time he sailed he also had a pretty good idea where it was to be found, and it was not in the Far East. He not only knew what direction he needed to go, but I firmly believe he knew his exact destination, and that it was no accident that he practically hit the mark on his very first voyage when he arrived in the Bahamas. This is supported by the fact that on his subsequent voyages he established his base of operation on his target destination, Hispaniola, which makes him the first to set up a pirate strong hold on that strategic island that would come to play a major role in piratical activity for the next 250 years. Columbus then proceeded to pillage and plunder throughout the islands, like a good pirate, enslaving the natives and taking what he wanted from whomever he wanted. If that’s not a pirate, then I don’t know what is! So, how is it possible that he knew where he was going, you might ask? Well, it is because he learned from all those who went, or came, before he was even born. Who all came here before Columbus, you might now be asking? Let’s see; the Norse or Vikings, the Celts, the Irish, the Greeks, the Phoenicians, the Egyptians, the Carthaginians, and perhaps even the Trojans, the Chinese and the Moors to name a few, and there were most likely others, as well. Adventurous mariners acquired a great deal of knowledge about the world well before Columbus, and while closely guarding the secrets of their discoveries, certain bits of information became known among the brotherhood of sea rovers. Columbus was a well educated and well connected mariner, and most likely was in possession of certain maps, in fact, he was a map maker himself. I believe that he knew that there was a large mass of land that lay to the west, between Spain and India, and he knew where he had to go to find what he was looking for. Educated folks like Columbus were well past the stage of thinking there was a danger of sailing off the edge of the world, even though most common folks still believed the world was flat. History books tell us that he believed he had arrived on the west coast of India, but if so, why did he not press on to establish the supposed new trade route he had just established? Why, because he found what he was really after right from the start. But I digress too long! The real question to be asked, at least as far as this article is concerned, is how did he know which way he should go? How was Columbus, or any sea-mariner for that matter, able to navigate across thousands of miles of open-ocean and pretty much land where he intended given the lack of navigational tools that could guide him, regardless of whether or not others had already been there? Stay tuned for the next issue... www.seafaring.com
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Boating Through the Ages Part VIII: Propellers, Whaling and the Great White Fleet If you were asked to design something for your boat that was almost always bound to break and ruin your day, could you possibly come up with something more fitting than a huge circular wooden wheel thing hanging off the side, or one on each side, especially when that huge wooded wheel thing was your only source of power? No, of course not. Few of us can claim to be that stupid, but that’s exactly what was going on in boating with all those paddle wheelers during the mid-nineteenth century. The boating community was begging for a better mouse trap and the propeller was to provide the solution. A propeller is nothing more than an underwater screw (sounds good already, huh?) which spins its way through the water, pushing the boat along with it. What’s more, the power is transmitted to the propeller via a shaft that is required to pass through the hull. This means that you have to have a hole in the bottom of your powerboat. This concept flew in the face of accepted boating notions (in other words, it was how sailboaters thought) and at that point the essence of the difference between sailboat-versus-powerboat thinking was established. Powerboaters had the unmitigated guts enough to purposely cruise around with a gaping cavity bored out in the very bottom of the hull. Call it stupid, but after a few beers and a dare, even a sailor will 118 Latitudes & Attitudes
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admit it’s a pretty cool idea you just can’t wait to try out for yourself. Before moving on I must concede that there was one group of sailors who deserve our respect, if not even, our admiration. They would be the whalers, best immortalized in Herman Melville’s The Great White Whale, or Moby Dick. It’s not the whalers fault that steam engines and propellers weren’t yet invented while they none-the-less tried to make the most of what sailing had to offer as a substitute for the manly pursuits of powerboating. History is clear on this point, as evidenced by the way whalers worked out those severely pent-up frustrations over not having propellers and belching black smokestacks, as most all real men preferred. But, did they vent their frustrations by beating the dog, wife and kids as is so often done today when the male of our species has a bad day? Most certainly not! They did the decent, honorable and truly masculine thing which was to leave the wife and kids for years at a time, sign onboard a flimsy craft, curse the biggest creature on the planet, chase it down from the Arctic Circle to Cape Horn, and hand-to-hand, kill it. The modern day equivalent would be akin to storming Jurassic Park armed with nothing but a tin cup, a Bowie Knife and a bad attitude (a-la Rambo) calling “Here, T-Rex, you big-toothed ninny.” In www.seafaring.com
addition, whalers wore lots of peg-legs and eye patches, had dirty talking parrots and carried around harpoons. They were real men. Is it any wonder we honor them with one of the best power boats ever built, the Boston Whaler, while we don’t see any boat manufacturers producing a line of Joshua Slocums, Gary Jobsons or Dennis Connors now, do we? Since the steam engine and propeller had permanently assured the future of pleasure boating, it was assumed safe to let the military once again bask in the maritime limelight for a spell. The world had become a tense place due to some international misunderstandings and counter-contentions which came to be known as World War I, and afterward we had a national Commodore primed and ready for the ultimate regatta. Following the powerboating script to the letter, that great president, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt had a marvelous idea for keeping the peace. In a macho display of boating prowess that has not been duplicated since, that old Rough Rider instituted a rigorous naval building program, consisting primarily of battleships, which he then ordered painted white (as is done with yachts to connote a quite personal command of the havoc they could reap when all those 16-inch gun turrets were brought to bear), then had that fleet sail to ports around the globe in an awesome display of naval dominance. Teddy wanted to send a thoughtful, polite,
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direct, yet diplomatically sensitive message to the governments of entire world: “Don’t ever, EVER screw with us again or we’ll blast your wimpus navy into such little bits that you’ll need a microscope to navigate!” In classic T.R. style he discretely drove his point further home by finishing the construction of the Panama Canal so the Great White Fleet could deliver its formidable might even more quickly to wherever it may be needed should some country get a bit too adventurous. It is a shame that the annals of boating history do not more frequently recognize the unequaled contributions of “Mr. Walk Softly and Carry a Big Stick” as it regards powerboating demeanor. Yet, over the next decade or so Commander Mitchell and the aeroplane proved that even a mighty navy has an Achilles Heel. Aircraft carriers became the focus at the expense of big-gunned dreadnoughts, which so disheartened naval architects that they turned their attention to smaller, speedier craft like PT boats. This development was a windfall for the progress of pleasure boats since many of the lessons learned and concepts perfected while on the expense account of military R&D could be applied directly to pleasure boat design and construction. All we had to do was get through another little international skirmish know as World War II and the halcyon heydays of boating were just around the corner. Next time: Internal Combustion Motors and Rum Running
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Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly. Cruising with kids adds a whole new aspect to the thrill and enjoyment of a voyage. These glimpses into life with the â€˜little peopleâ€? bring back a youthful magic to even the most hardened sailor. Have a story to share? Send it to: L&A Sea Urchins P.O. Box 668 Redondo Beach, CA 90277
by Austin Hunt We can be a...different bunch. That is, if you manage to find us. If you're starting out on the East Coast of the United States and are planning a Pacific hop, you'll see that our numbers go way down past the Panama Canal. In the Caribbean there's no shortage of us. Most of us over there are sailing parttime (during the school breaks and/or parental work hiatus), or we've been going between the East Coast of the U.S. and the top of South America for a few years. But once you cross the canal, we're harder to find...and we're different. We're different out in the Pacific and beyond because the boat life is our life. Our families have taken cruising one step further and made it full time. Out here you can't always just decide that vacation is over and be home in a few days. Your vacation has become your life, and as most of us out here know, life is work... so it's not really your vacation anymore. When cruising has become your life, you of course start to become a cruiser. And when a kid becomes a cruiser (and so, a "boat kid") they start acting like the ones around them... Problem is, there usually aren't too many around them. Us boat kids are few and far between out here. We're usually surrounded by other cruisers that are our parents' age or older. This is where we start becoming different, and the younger a boat kid is, the more different they will seem from "land kids" their age. I've met some pretty young kids out here that seem like little Yodas; they're small but so flippin' smart! Since this lifestyle is what the younger ones have grown 120 Latitudes & Attitudes
up with, most of them become fairly independent and responsible at a much younger age than normal, which is usually a good thing for the parents. However, this life seems to take away a bit from their childhood, or at least the "normal" childhood that most of us know. But if they're raised from young enough on the boat, this is their normal. I started living aboard our first boat (Roughhouse) with my parents and older brother when I was nine, so I had my fair share of a normal early childhood. For the next five years (during which time we switched to our current vessel, Barbara Ann) we sailed a drunken course between Annapolis, Maryland and northern South America with many other cruising families, so there was almost always someone to hang out with that was around our age. However, once we decided on a Pacific crossing, the other families began thinning out. But, luckily enough for my brother and I, when the time came to cross the Panama Canal we were joined by friends of ours on another boat. Throughout all of the Pacific islands between the Galapagos and New Zealand, Barbara Ann was accompanied by one cruising family or another, sometimes a few. Apparently most cruising parents out there learned that their boat kids preferred traveling with others their age... However, once we left New Zealand I didn't see another person within a few years of my age until several months later up in Darwin, Australia. Even now, sailing between Thailand and Singapore, they're still hard to come by. Occasionally I'm able to spend a few weeks with some, but usually it's maybe a few meetings of a few days each; hardly enough to develop more than a superficial friendship. But we make the most of it, even if our www.seafaring.com
only similarity is our shared sense of loneliness. Into the Pacific and beyond, it seems that people between the mid-teens and early twenties are hard to come by. You can find them easily enough on land, but the fact that you'll be leaving them in a few weeks is a bit of a deterrent. What have we got in common with the land kids, anyway? Most of the time it usually isn't our language... At 19 years old now, having been cruising for more than half of my life, my time aboard is coming to an end. Within the next few months I will be flying to California where I will be attending university. For the past few years I've felt a slowly growing need for something more stable, a life where I can make friends that I know I won't have to leave in just a few weeks. But I appreciate this chance I was given in life, having experienced things that most people never will. I've been told numerous times by most people out here that I'll miss the boat life, and I'm sure I will miss quite a bit about it once I'm gone. For now though, I'm excited about a future life back on land, something that most people would call boring compared to what I've been doing for the past 10 years.
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I've met many families and future parents that are interested in the boat life for their family, with their main questions being about the social life for their kids. Most parents are worried that their kids may turn out socially awkward. The answer is that there will always be a social life for them, it just won't be the one they would have if they were to lead a "normal" grounded life. The community out here accepts members of all ages, chewing them up and spitting them out socially...different.
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navnet tztouch by furuno I walked away from the Furuno booth at the Miami boat show with a good feeling – I felt like an electronics expert. And I felt like that because in five minutes, with zero instruction and without so much as a glance at the manual, I could competently use their new NavNet TZtouch-enabled multi-function displays (MFDs). I’ve never before come across such an intuitive suite of products that incudes radar, chartplotter, fishfinder, AIS, weather and more. Furuno is the first to bring true multi-touch technology to the marine market – it’s not just drag-and-drop and pick a window anymore – instead, think iPad-like pinchto-zoom and swipe capability. Furuno combined their TimeZero technology with a true multi-touch MFD and now as soon as your fingers make contact with the screen, taps, pinches and swipes become instant commands. Furuno also kept their RotoKey rotary knob so you have two ways of making selections and adjustments. I was an instant genius. In addition, free custom apps let you wirelessly view and control TZtouch from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod. That means your iOS device becomes a remote monitor and control system from anywhere on the boat. (Other platforms like Android smartphones and tablets are planned for the future.) TZtouch also has wireless connectivity to hotspots, allowing you to download updates, such as real-time weather data, via the Web. And of course, Furuno still includes their 2D and 3D charts and aerial photos of key areas and harbors – but now you can move between them faster and easier than ever before. 122 Latitudes & Attitudes
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Boat People Meet some folks who have managed to make a lifestyle out of most peoples’ dreams. Boat people can be found on oceans and seas scattered around the globe. They can be spotted easily. They are the ones who have a glazed look in their eyes as they scan the horizons. Here are a few we’ve seen. Have you seen any lately? If so send a photo to: L&A Boat People, Box 668, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Chuck & Corinne Kanter have over 30 years of sailing experience, and they share their love for the lifestyle through their books. This pic was taken at the Lats & Atts Cruisers' Party in Miami. They live the lifestyle and love it. You can find their books on their website at www.sailcopress.com.
Jody & John sailed into the El Cid Marina in Puerto Morelos aboard Hula Girl, all the way from Perdido Bay, Alabama, to take part in the Lats & Atts New Year's Party. Okay, we know people will sail a long way for a free beer, but this is carrying things to an extreme. It looks like they really suffered. (NOT!)
This is Capt. Gray Beard. He is also known as Capt. Chaos and he's been creating that for a long time, having been sailing on Long Island Sound since he was four years old. Presently he is the captain of Bold Venture, a 24-foot Bayliner Buccaneer, and sails out of East Norwalk, CT.
Geronimo is a cruisers best friend when visiting Mazatlan, Mexico. He runs the El Cid Marina there, and if you ask folks that stay there, it's the best place to stay on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. We plan on heading back down to see him on Lost soul ASAP. Hey Geronimo, keep a cervesa cold for us!
“It’s a way of life,” for Captain Barrett Clisby, seen here on S/V Island Girl, his 50’ Gulfstar in Biloxi, Mississippi. “Nothing like it.” Clisby is all things nautical. He is a scuba diver, amateur treasure hunter and just recently he has written a historical fiction novel, “Lost Treasure of the Fourth Reich.”
Stanley and Sylvia Dabney have had the misfortune to be next to the Lats & Atts booth at the Miami Boat Show for 15 years. They are one of the original founders of Valiant Yachts, and have been helping new cruisers find their perfect boat at Offshore Atlantic Yachts for more years than they will admit to.
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