gym, pool, and everything else. It's true, many marinas in Mexico — particularly those in places such as Banderas Bay where the demand for slips far exceeds the supply — are more expensive than typical marinas in California. But before you get too discouraged, consider the report from Martin Vienneau of the one-time Sausalito-based Brewer 45 Crystal Wind, who has also been cruising in Mexico, and who is also featured in this month's Changes. According to Vienneau, he and his Japanese pal Teruo spent the last five years having a great time cruising in Mexico on just $15,000 a year. That includes "everything", says Vienneau, including a trip back to the U.S. for him, a trip back to Japan for Teruo, dining out frequently, and all the maintenance for the boat. But here's the critical thing — they only stayed in marinas about 1% of the time. As always, the key to budget cruising is staying out of marinas — it's easy in Mexico because there are so many free anchorages — and avoiding tourist restaurants and bars. Some cruisers lived on less and some lived on more, but he figured the average is about $23,000 a
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Most winter nights there are anywhere from 25 to 40 sailboats anchored off La Cruz. They pay nada for the privilege.
year. Hmmm, that's not too bad, is it? By the way, having made it back to San Diego, Vienneau is about to return to Mexico in the fall for more cruising — with his ex-wife of 20 years! "She's the
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head honcho for her husband's architectural magazine, but she's giving it all up to go cruising with me. We remained good friends even after we got divorced, and her husband has told her, 'Go for it!'" How civilized. So what's it cost to circumnavigate? We'll have an excruciatingly detailed report on that in the June issue. But it's probably less than you think. "Jon Feldman of Eugene died of cardiac arrest on March 12 while aboard Gertrud, his beloved Bristol Channel Cutter, while near Loreto, Baja," reports Mark Reed of the Portland-based Southern Cross. Feldman and his partner Cathy Ellis had just weighed anchor when Feldman began experiencing chest pain. Ellis, an RN, issued a mayday, began treating Feldman, and then altered course for Loreto. Feldman went into cardiac arrest 30 minutes later and could not be revived. Jon and Cathy had purchased Gertrud in Seattle approximately seven years ago, and had sailed extensively in the Pacific Northwest, including a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island in '04. They passed through the Bay
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The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.