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LETTERS have her Atomic 4 engine rebuilt. Since my partner was more mechanically inclined than I was, he generally took care of those issues and I did the grunt work to keep the boat looking good. There was no formal agreement on this, but we were lucky that each partner was able to do what he most enjoyed. We set up 'work days' about every three months or as necessary to take care of issues requiring both of us. As a result, we had a boat that was in good shape and almost always ready to go. My overall experience was very positive and worked well for both of us. However, when my kids grew older, I wanted to spend more time on the boat and do some things differently, so the partnership lost a lot of its attraction. I ended up selling my half to my partner's grown kids using the formula outlined in our contract. Everybody walked away happy. Today I cannot imagine sharing a boat with anyone other than my wife. But now is a different time and place from when a partnership was the right thing to pursue. By the way, you can count my wife and me among those who love sailing and living in Mexico. Last year we cruised as far south as Zihua and as far north as Puerto Escondido. We loved it and always felt safe. We can't wait for the start of the Ha-Ha to return to those wonderful and warm waters, and the wonderful people of Mexico. John Foy Destiny, Catalina 42 Alameda / Punta Mita, Mexico ⇑⇓"PARTNERSHIPS HAVE WORKED FOR ME" For two sets of three years each, I had an 'operating partner' in my Triton and then my Ericson 35, both of which I kept moored at the Corinthian YC. Although I continued to cover berthing, taxes and major expenses, in both cases the operating partner covered all operating costs — annual haulout, hull polish, interior upkeep, and so forth. In return, the partners got relatively unlimited use of the boats. This arrangement was never reduced to paper, but since we were old friends, we never encountered any problems. I wasn't doing any regular long cruises, so use of the boat was primarily for day and weekend sails. From my perspective, this arrangement reduced some of my expenses, while insuring that the boat got used and checked more frequently, since I was living in the East Bay for much of that time. As I write this, I'm watching my Seawind cat swinging wildly on her mooring while we await the arrival of Hurricane Irene — just downgraded to a tropical storm. I'm a little nervous, since I lost my first East Coast boat, a cold-molded 34-ft sloop, off a mooring in Rockland, Maine, 12 years ago in another tropical storm. Despite our much shorter sailing season here, at least we don't waste a lot of time worrying about earthquakes or tsunamis! Mike Herz S.F. Baykeeper, Emeritus Damariscotta, Maine Readers — We'll have more letters on boat partnerships in a future issue of Latitude.
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⇑⇓WHY BOGIE DIDN'T LIKE TO SAIL WITH "DAMES" After 31 years in the film business, I am looking for a new career. Years ago Latitude ran a piece about actor Humphrey Bogart's 55-ft schooner Santana, which was, other than actress Lauren Bacall, the love of the great actor's life. After she spent many years berthed on the San Francisco waterfront, a new owner bought the vessel and had her refit.
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