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IN LATITUDES surprisingly large restaurant on the bluff above the cove just to the west of the pier. "Annabelle's food was delicious, and it was inexpensive," says Chip. They also bought diesel from Annabelle that was delivered to their boat at $3.40 a gallon, a price that will give Californians a case of energy envy. Having already spent a lot of time in Cabo, both boats passed by this time in favor of Puertos Los Cabos Marina at San Jose del Cabo. They found that marina assistant manager Shirley Collins runs a pleasantly tight ship, and they enjoyed the less touristy town. The crews of the two boats had the biggest laugh at San Blas, where they saw an enterprising man riding around on a three-wheeled bike while smoking marlin on half a 55-gallon drum mounted on the bike's handlebars! The man does this every day, and goes around selling the fish on a route. When he dropped five pounds off at a restaurant, the four cruisers asked if they could have a nibble to see how the marlin tasted. In typically stranger-pleasing Mexican fashion, the woman who ran the restaurant lifted a big chunk of the smoked marlin right

fr om her husband's lunch plate and gave it to the cruisers to taste. Yum! The Neals and Prathers loved their stop at C h a c a l a , wher e the water was astonishingly warm. Then they rounded the corner of Banderas Bay to anchor at Punta Mita, where they found themselves in company with two Mexican naval vessels. The vessels were part of a security team for President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto, who was about to take office, and Felipe Calderón, the outgoing president, both of whom were staying at that the St. Regis Hotel in the so-called Four Seasons complex. The Neals and Prathers are loving Mexico as much as, if not more than ever. "When cruisers apply for U.S. passports, they should get business pass-

Food trucks are so old sombrero! Wait until Mexican 'smokers on bikes' catch on in the States. Fresh smoked marlin — so tasty!

ports, not the regular ones," advise Jim and Kent Milski of the Lake City, Colorado-based Schionning 49 Sea Level. "We were almost denied entry to South Africa because our passports were full," they write. "We had to get the American Embassy in Durban to glue some additional pages in. When we first got our passports, we could have gotten the

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The December 2012 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

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The December 2012 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.