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LETTERS play safely and/or take care of their business. My congratulations to everyone who gave consideration to 'the other guy', which is the reason that we could all have so much fun and be safe. Gordie Nash Arcadia, modernized Santana 27 Sausalito

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Gordie — A little courtesy on a big Bay can do wonders. Congrats to all. ⇑⇓BAJA HA-HA XXI ENTRY NUMBER ONE On the assumption that there will be a 21st Ha-Ha this fall, I'd like to request that my boat be allowed to be entry #1. I like to think that I am qualified for this honor, as my boat and I have already done seven Ha-Ha's, which is more than any boat but Profligate. Furthermore, I have sailed every mile of every Ha-Ha — even though it has meant that sometimes I've had to miss the party at Squid Roe. And I love that party. Furthermore, I will be sailing with all-women crew. Not that there is anything wrong with it. After all, I've been married twice and have a boyfriend. What's more, my all-female crew will be anatomically correct, which is more than I can say for one member of my friend Bill Lily's supposedly all-women crew from a year ago aboard the Lagoon 470 Moontide. Patsy Verhoeven Talion, Gulfstar 50 La Paz, Baja California Sur

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Patsy — Will there be a 21st Baja Ha-Ha starting from San Diego on October 27? Given that things seem to be working out, albeit it far too slowly, for impounded boats, we believe there will be. And if there is, we can't think of anyone more deserving to be #1 than you. ⇑⇓OPINIONS ON CRUISING WITH A WATERMAKER I'm in the process of outfitting my boat for a proposed two-year cruise to Mexico and across the Pacific, so I was most interested to read Chris and Anne-Marie Fox's review of their two-year cruise with their Islander 36 Starship. As I've recently been pricing watermakers, I was struck by #2 of the 'Decisions We Were Most Happy With' — which was not getting a watermaker. I was surprised to read their saying "not having a watermaker wasn't a problem." They said that their Islander 36's 100-gallon capacity, combined with their conservative water use, meant they could go without. And had they decided to get one, they would have needed another power source or else had to use their main engine a lot more frequently. I would be interested in hearing from others who have cruised across the Pacific without a watermaker. If you had to do it again, would you get a watermaker or go without again? The other big expense I'm looking at is an SSB radio with a Pactor modem. I know these are just about ubiquitous among modern cruising boats for a number of reasons — safety, staying in touch with family and socializing — but has anyone crossed the Pacific without one and not missed having the combo? I'm pretty sure I'll get the SSB because I have family who will be worrying about me, but I'd still like to hear from those who have gone without. Emmett Thompson Westward We Go, Peterson 44 Vancouver, B.C. Emmett — When we started publishing Latitude, no cruising

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Latitude 38 March 2014  

The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 March 2014  

The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.