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• February, 2006

⇑⇓PERMANENTLY ANCHORED AT CLIPPER COVE There’s a world of difference between a skipper living on a boat in an anchorage for a few days while on a passage, and leaving one's unattended boat at anchor — such as was described at Clipper Cove in last month's Latitude. It’s the difference between pursuing a life-expanding activity that harms nobody else, and living the cheapest possible way by selfishly grabbing a precious resource. And if you look at San Diego's experience with anchor-out ghettos, the problem only gets worse with time. However, a buoyed-off area in Clipper Cove — but not in the prime area that’s currently used by the anchored-out boats — would be a reasonable gesture to those who want to live an alternative lifestyle. This would encourage weekenders to anchor away from the buoyed-off area, and would be easy for the police to oversee. Shore toilets and trash pickup services would have to be installed to satisfy the rest of us that the place doesn't become an aquatic slum — and I'm sure that the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) would agree. By the way, is anyone going to dredge the unmarked channel into Clipper Cove? It sure would be nice. Lyn Reynolds San Jose Lyn — It seems to us that you're missing the essence of the question, which is whether or not, and under what conditions, private individuals should have the right to use public lands for housing and/or long-term boat storage. If you're going to allow free land at places like Clipper Cove — and why not other public lands such as the Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Park and Yosemite? — we're sure you'd get about 10 million 'alternative lifestyle' folks who would be happy to accept the offer. Alas, based on past experience, we're also pretty sure those areas would quickly look like hell and likely become centers of criminal activity. And by the way, which police department would you expect to patrol an area of Clipper Cove buoyed off for 'alternative lifestyle' people? And who would pick up the tab for police salaries, patrol boats, and such? We're not against people being able to live on public lands in all cases — just most of them. ⇑⇓BEATING THE SYSTEM I have little sympathy for liveaboard anchor-outs because you'll never be able to convince me that they religiously empty their holding tanks into an approved shore station. The fact that they have found a way to 'beat the system' should bother all of us who take the privilege of boating seriously. Jack Buday Northern California Jack — There are mobile holding tank pump-out services, and for some anchorages they are subsidized by government agencies looking to prevent water pollution. But like you, we're not convinced that the rate of compliance is very high. ⇑⇓THE SWISS SOLUTION FOR MAL DE MER I read with some interest an article in the October edition of Yachting World magazine in which the 'illness' of seasickness was discussed. It's not an illness at all, but rather a condition caused by histamine produced by the brain when disturbed by 'illogical' movement. Histamine production can be cut by high doses of vitamin C. You have to take three, four or even five grams when feeling the onset of seasickness. Recovery comes immediately.

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Latitude 38 February 2006  

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

Latitude 38 February 2006  

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