IN LATITUDES Grinols on Capricorn Cat back when he used to take everyone on those snorkeling trips out of Z-town, and that was great, but Renee and I love our Peterson 44 too much to ever give her up." The couple have also already made reservations for the Annapolis Boat Show. "We loved Annapolis when we were back there with our boat a few years ago — except it was so cold when we left that we had to wear socks on our hands. We can't wait to return." Having spent well over five years cruising both in Mexico and in the Caribbean, Barritt is the perfect one to ask which is better for cruising. "They are so different but so good that the only solution is to have a boat in both places." — the wanderer 02/28/07 Cruise Notes: "We gave ourselves two years to decide whether or not we would really like cruising," report the Nichols family — parents Carl and Yvette, and kids Joel, 14, and Kyle, 11 — of the Friday Harbor, Washington-based Formosa 46 Liberty. "But
after seven months, we're going back home. Having made a unanimous decision, we're going home to literally sell our farm so we can do long term cruising." By the way, Carl and Yvette told us there were two things that made them buy their boat, which is actually a near copy of a Kelly-Peterson 46. The first thing was the solid pilothouse-like enclosure around the cockpit, and the second was a special helmsman's seat that fits into the aft companionway. Let's talk about the cost of cruising, shall we? During our interview with Barritt Neal of the Peterson 44 Serendipity, he told us that he was paying about $870/month — everything included —
The Nichols family have literally decided to sell the farm! Left to right are Carl, Yvette, two unidentified friends, Kyle and Joel.
for his berth at Marina Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta. That's based on a three-month stay in the high season. It's not cheap, is it? In fact, he says it's about $70/month more than he paid at Crew's Inn, a very nice marina in Trinidad, which has all the amenties, including a crew lounge,
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The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.