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operate the winch and communicate with me. Arriving in the Rio Dulce, we couldn't find the measurements for the bridge height and decided the easiest thing to do was to eyeball from the top of the mast. As I got to the second spreader, my ankle caught inside the shroud and I was very close to getting yanked out of the harness or having my foot torn off. Because the engine was running, my wife had difficulty hearing my frantic 'instructions' and barely stopped in time. Like most accidents, it was entirely caused by operator error — in this case my own inattention. We had several feet to spare on the bridge, so the whole exercise was unnecessary in the first place. Matt Stone Ex-Saga, Wylie 65 Napa ⇑⇓ OK, ONE MORE WARNING Some years ago there were reports — in Latitude 38 I'm sure — of electric anchor windlasses self-actuating. If I recall correctly, one or two cruising boats upped anchor and drifted off somewhere in Mexico. In one case the owners were ashore hiking and heard the chain clicking up and were able to get back aboard in time to save/capture the boat. The takeaway was to always turn off the breaker. I think it was assumed moisture had caused a circuit to close and turn the winch on. Cliff Shaw Rainbow, Crowther 10m catamaran San Francisco Bay ⇑⇓ HOW DEEP DO THESE WATERS GO? My wife and I spent Saturday night at Ayala Cove and it appears to have been dredged. Last year we could not get to any of the mooring balls unless it was at least a +4-ft tide. Saturday we came in close to high tide and had 11 feet of water. Even at low tide we had 8.5. We draw 8 feet and did not have any problems getting in or out. Maybe others can confirm or deny this. It makes spending a night in the cove much easier not having to plan around the tides as much. Greg and Lynn vanDalen Escapade, Cal 39 MkII Sonoma

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• March, 2018

Ayala Cove, as empty as you'll ever see it, on Christmas Day 2017.

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Latitude 38 March 2018  

The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

Latitude 38 March 2018  

The March 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.