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⇑⇓I DIDN'T HAVE TO FLIP A LIFERAFT I’ve been an avid reader of Latitude for many years, and especially enjoy the Letters section. But, I’m totally confused about your response to the letter about having to flip liferafts in order to get a six-pack license. I have an Operator of Uninspected Vessel license, with near coastal and towing endorsements, but there wasn't any requirement to flip a liferaft. Has something changed in the last year? I think it would be a great requirement, but perhaps you were thinking of the STCW ‘95 — which only applies to mariners employed on vessels greater than 200 Gross Register Tons (Domestic Tonnage), or 500 Gross Tons (ITC Tonnage), operating seaward of the boundary lines specified in Title 46 CFR Part 7." Jonathan Ganz Northern California

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Jonathan — We made that statement because when Doña de Mallorca got her six-pak certification from the Cal Maritime Academy a couple of years ago, she and the others in the class had to flip a liferaft. Indeed, that's w h e re t h e photograph that accomDoña de Mallorca was happy to take a swim for her panied the 100-ton certificate. letter came from. But now we've learned that she was flipping the liferaft because she was also getting a 100-ton certificate, not just a six-pak. We regret the error. ⇑⇓LOOKING FOR WEST COAST CRUISING GUIDES I'll be joining the Ha-Ha fleet later this year, then shipping my Pacific Seacraft 37 Solstice back to Vancouver on a Dockwise ship in '07. Right now I'm scouting out how I will sail my boat from the San Juans to Redondo Beach. The only cruising guides I have found for this trip are: 1) Exploring the Pacific Coast by Don and Reanne Douglass. 2) Charlies' Charts to the Pacific Coast by Charles Wood. 3) Cruising Guide: Central and Southern California, by Brian Fagan. 4) Reeds Nautical Almanac, West Coast. Have you written any articles about sailing from the Northwest to join the Baja Ha-Ha? Have you reviewed any of the above cruising guides and suggested which may be the best choice? We'll be bringing Reeds along regardless. Are you aware of any other cruising guides for the trip south from Cape Flattery? John Alden Solstice, Pacific Seacraft 37 Pacific Northwest John — The latest cruising guide for the area in question is Cruising The Northwest Coast, From the Golden Gate to Port Angeles: An Aid To Near Shore Cruising Along The Northwest Coast of the United States. It's written by George Benson, who

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Latitude 38 August 2006  

The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 August 2006  

The August 2006 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.