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The next day we were walking through Paradise Marina where we saw Bill Vaccaro of the Chico-based Moody 44 Miela with a huge smile on his face. No wonder — he'd just caught 16 dorado. We told him about Patricia's fish-rafts. "We know where it is," he replied. "That's where we caught these". Speaking of fishing pangas, Rudi, a Swiss-German fellow who works at the Mañana restaurant in Punta Mita, but, because he is married a Mexican woman, belongs to a local fishing/tourism cooperative, told us he just bought a new panga. Care to guess how much they cost? We don't know how much the typical 27-footers used by fisherman cost, but Rudi's 32-footer, to be used for local fishing and tour groups, and which comes with a bimini top and toilet, ran $15,000. But that's without the engine(s). Because Rudi mostly stays inside the bay, he settled for a single 90hp Mercury. That cost another $12,000. So they aren't cheap. There are two problems with Galileo, the European GPS system that is/was

supposed to be operational by 2010. The first is that a survey has revealed that not one of the seven companies in the five-nation consortium are working toward completion of the project! The second is that they want to charge for it, which is going to be a tough sell since the U.S. provides GPS service to everybody for free. True, the commercial version of Galileo would be a little more accurate than the U.S. system, but at this point nobody thinks there are enough potential users of that service to turn a profit. While Galileo may take until 2011 to come on line — if it ever does — China has announced that their Beidou GPS system, which initially will only cover China and her neighbors, should be working by '08. The primary reason for alternative GPS systems is simple — the on-off switch

COURTESY BOB

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One of the things that we can't fathom is a sailboat in the snow — deep snow! Yet Rick and Jenna Fleischman continue to keep their Catalina 50 'Bob' on the dock at Warm Springs Bay, Alaska. Shortly after the photo was taken, Rick took off to get the engine replaced.

of the current one is controlled by the Department of Defense. Remember the old saying, "the best things in life are free"? We never understood it — until GPS and then Google came along.

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Latitude 38 April 2007  

The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 April 2007  

The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.