SIGHTINGS — cont’d or Markel, which has insured our cat, Profligate, for something like the last 15 years. And it's not a scientific study of how happy boat owners have been with their boat insurance claims. It's just a report on one random incident that happened to someone Latitude knew from the Baja Ha-Ha, and how it happened to turn out. Your experience may vary. By the way, it's always an excellent idea to read your boat insurance policy carefully, and go over possible claim scenarios with your broker. Policies vary in the way they are structured and what they cover. The better you understand your policy going in, the less likely you're going to be disappointed if you ever have to file a claim. — richard
mexican impounds — cont'd as those laws might be. Is it safe for foreign boats to stay in Mexico or head to Mexico from the US? This is not something we can guarantee in writing, but we and most industry experts believe it is safe to do so. AGACE has been roundly criticized by other branches of the Mexican government and leading Mexican newspapers. And various officials have said that any future 'audits' would not be as "abrupt" or severe. Other government officials have said that the TIP application will be redone to eliminate the problems caused by AGACE. Don't sail south without one. Despite AGACE's regrettable action, Latitude believes certain things are true: 1) Mexico is one of the two or three best countries in the world to cruise in — and for many reasons. 2) Up until AGACE's raids in November, which we believe were absolutely not representative of the overall Mexican government, the Mexican government had been taking important steps to make cruising in Mexico easier than ever, and a huge bargain compared to most other countries cruisers visit. And, 3) There will be a 21st Baja Ha-Ha in the fall. (Sign-ups begin May 1 at www.baja-haha.com.) — richard
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The March 2014 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.