boat and leaving on what we hope will be a circumnavigation. We have no specific schedule, and are sticking to it. Our beloved boat is Hot Ice, a Robert Perry-designed Cheoy Lee 44 based out of San Francisco. We're now spending the rainy season at the Balboa YC and the Perlas Islands. Last year we spent the Central American rainy season in Ecuador. We plan to continue west in March of next year. Frank & Ellen Atteberry Hot Ice, Cheoy Lee 44 San Francisco / Panama Frank and Ellen — We forwarded your information and photo to Richard Woods, the Brit who designed and built Eclipse, and who, along with his girlfriend Jetti Matzke of Oakland, was taken off the cat in the black of night by a helicopter from the U.S. Navy. We had complete coverage on the incident in the February Latitude. Here's what Woods, who is currently at Saturna Island in British Columbia, had to say in response to your report: "Thanks very much for that information. Based on the photo, Eclipse is now missing her mast, davits, rudders, companionway door — even cockpit loudspeakers! It also appears that the interior headlining is down, and all the stanchions are bent. But someone has The core of 'Eclipse' easily survived her no-handed cleaned the trip around the Pacific, but her extremities didn't decks. We're fare quite so well. still not sure what is happening with Eclipse, but two people building my boats are looking into it. "At this stage, I think Eclipse will stay in Panama and be refitted by someone else. Dockwise quoted us $17,000 to ship the boat up to British Columbia, where we are now. And if we also had to pay even a small salvage fee, it could be more than I spent building the shell. After that, it would cost about $50,000 for a new engine, rig, electronics, interior, rudders, and so forth. I think it would be less expensive to start from scratch. "We are now no worse off than we were on January 20th when we got off the cat. In some ways we're better off, as we now know that an Eclipse can survive storm-force winds unaided, and continue to float for six months in the Pacific without anybody aboard. "Jetti and I are now sailing our Merlin catamaran, a smaller design of mine. But I still have to convince her to trailer it south in '07 so we can sail it on San Francisco Bay." ⇑⇓ARE CROCS IN MEXICO DANGEROUS? In the March '06 Changes titled What's Shaking In Banderas Bay This Winter, you opine that crocodiles are not dangerous to humans. In August of '93 on the Rio Ameca near Marina Vallarta, an 8-year-old girl was seized by a crocodile, but fortunately was saved by her quick-acting uncle and a neighbor, who forced the croc to release the girl. She only suffered a few cuts. This was reported in Conservacion de up reptile prehistorico en la bahia de Banderas in Mexico, Vol 3, 2001-02. Page 68 •
• August, 2006
The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.