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• December, 2015
LETTERS San Diego's quiet Glorietta Bay. In fact, I'd taken the photo when I sailed her down there. And hey, that was my comforter in the master and our candlesticks in the salon! The broker located in the south of England was using the photos I'd left when I sold her a decade before! I immediately sent an email of interest, and asked if there might be a complete set of photos to see the boat. And I asked what condition she was in. The broker was kind. He said the boat was a "great value," that the owner was in the process of updating her, and he could show me the boat — by appointment. I responded, but never heard back. I know she was the queen of the Sea Wolf fleet when I berthed at MPYC guest dock on my sail southward. George Hernandez, the original importer, had tears in his eyes when he told me she looked better than the day he had sold her new. David Barten s/v Ikani San Diego ⇑⇓ OUR OLD BOAT IS NOW IN MADAGASCAR My wife and I were in Antigua with our San Francisco-based Liberty 458 Murmur for the 1996 Sailing Week mentioned in the September 30 'Lectronic. If I'm not mistaken, that was the year that the Wanderer continued on to Cuba with the Ocean 71 Big O. I remember stopping by Big O and the Wanderer inviting me aboard for a beer. I mentioned that we'd come Down Island, having made stops in the Dominican Republic. The Wanderer asked about the advisability of having crew flying in there to meet Big O before continuing on to Cuba. I suggested flying to Puerto Plata from New York via American Airlines. Those were great times, and I'm glad I was able to do that kind of cruising in my mid-50s. We eventually sold the Liberty to a young 50-year-old who renamed her Solstice. She's now in Madagascar on her way around the world. Doug Murray Murmur, Hunter 356 South Beach, San Francisco Doug — We remember it all well. After finding out that our Panamanian 'almost girlfriend' Tania had lied and was actually seven years younger than the 24 she claimed to be, we decided to work on the relationship we'd just started back in California with one Doña de Mallorca. Indeed, we took your advice and flew to Puerto Plata with Doña and suitcases stuffed with clothes and medicine we would give away during our illegal (to the United States government) two-week cruise of the north coast of Cuba. Not that there wasn't some excitement on the way to Cuba, what with having to get rid of all the leftover fireworks from St. Barth and later having Big O searched at sea by six Coasties armed with automatic rifles. Those were great times, but hey, while we're no longer quite as wild as we once were, we're still out there creating memories to recall — hopefully — when we're 100. In a typical month, we receive a tremendous volume of letters. So if yours hasn't appeared, don't give up hope. We welcome all letters that are of interest to sailors. Please include your name, your boat's name, hailing port and, if possible, a way to contact you for clariﬁcations. By far the best way to send letters is to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail them to 15 Locust, Mill Valley, CA, 94941, or fax them to (415) 383-5816.
The December 2015 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.