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• February, 2006

LETTERS "Well," said the harbormaster, "some lawyer found a loophole in the state regs, and there you go." "What kine of loophole, bra?" I asked. "It's sorta like this," said the harbormaster. "If an individual registers their boat slip with the harbormaster as an LLC corporation, and that corporation pays the slip fees, then the corporation shares can be sold to another party — meaning another boatowner with another boat — for whatever fee the market will bear. As far as the harbor is concerned, there has been no change in ownership." What a great system. It means the slip fees stay way low, it creates a very expensive secondary market for slips, it allows private individuals and their lawyers to profit wildly on taxpayer-owned property, and means nobody but rich-fucks can afford slips. I heard the going rate is $80,000 extra to get a slip. The State of Hawaii needs to get out of the harbor business by turning the operation of their marinas over to private firms. It's much better for common folks. In other news, Suzie and I just got back from New Caledonia, which is an amazing place. It's like the Hawaiian Islands in terms of weather, but it has a huge fringing reef that makes for great cruising, and great windsurfing. It's French, so the food is good, too. Naturally, there are lots of froggie boats — hard-chine aluminum liveaboard cruising boats. We'd show you some great pictures, but we left the memory card for the camera at home. Jonathan 'Birdman' Livingston Punk Dolphin, Wylie 38 Pt. Richmond / Lahaina, Maui Jonathan — Are you trying to suggest that some wealthy people and lawyers conspired to get the wealthy people favorable treatment? Shocking! But the slip transfer thing is complicated. On the one hand, there's a need for people to be able to transfer the slip when they sell their boat, or else in areas where there are no open slips, they'd never be able to sell their boat. And whoever owns a slip should be able to replace their old boat with a new one. Nonetheless, everybody knows there are loopholes and abuses of the system. Of course, there's a similar system to Lahaina's in Santa Barbara, where the supply/demand ratio for slips is also way out of whack. We met a Santa Barbara couple who had sailed all the way to the Caribbean in anticipation of a Med cruise — but had to rush back home. Why? Because after a million years their name came up for a slip, and if they didn't occupy it quickly enough, they'd lose out on it. Although it's not a complete solution, we think one way to alleviate the problem is to have a 'use it or lose it' policy for boats kept in the water. Boats that aren't used a certain number of times a year would have to go into dry storage until such time as they would again be used frequently enough. ⇑⇓STILL ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT My only real criticism of Latitude, which I love to read, is the same one I have for Cruising World and, frankly, most of the sailing publications — the target audience appears to be the cruising wannabes. We see their boats sitting dust-covered in marinas all around the Bay, decked out with lots of expensive gear, much of which just makes the boat a pain to daysail. The truth is that few people have the time to do more than daysail. I think there would be more happy sailors afloat if smaller, easier-to-own, and easier-to-use boats got more attention in the sailing media.

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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.