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Bay. Speaking as the Grand Poobah of 25 Baja Ha-Has, I have brought close to 3,000 boats through Turtle Bay in the last 25 years, and can think of only one reported theft. That was last year when two sailboards in the water behind the Ullman Sails boat were taken in the middle of the night. Two young men later claimed that they had found the boards drifting out the bay. Not many people — least of all the locals in Turtle Bay — believed them. But without proof nothing could be done. So some amount of money was exchanged to get the boards back. This theft was a variation of a common scam in the Caribbean that's as old as Columbus, where a dinghy is stolen, a notice is posted saying that a drifting dinghy was rescued, and that a reward was required. If you don't pay the 'reward', they sell the outboard to some local and cut the inflatable to pieces. Over the years, there were also a couple of thefts when the Ha-Ha fleet arrived in Cabo San Lucas. Several gas cans were snatched from the decks of boats, and in another case a dinghy was stolen when it was left on the bay side of Lover's Beach while the young operator went to the Pacific side of Lover's Beach. Yes, there is theft in Mexico, from both boats in marinas and boats at anchor. We're not sure if it's still true, but for a long time Stone Island just to the south of Mazatlan was the center of stuff being stolen from anchored boats in Mexico. So yes, you want to make sure your dinghy and outboard are secure, either lifted out of the water or double/triple locked to your boat. And you don't want to leave valuables on deck that can easily be snatched by somebody on a passing panga. I must note, however, that there are much worse places than Mexico for thefts from boats — San Diego, for example. There have recently been thefts from boats in America's Cup Harbor, boats at the various prestigious yacht clubs, and boats on moorings. And the once totally safe Police Dock seems to be getting more sketchy by the day. One San Diego thief, a 'mariner' who had been going around on his paddleboard in the middle of the night removing winches and other valuables from boats, was apprehended. But there are others. The bottom line is no matter where you are, you always have to be vigilant — richard spindler ⇑⇓ THE NEW NEW ENGLAND I sailed my boat from North Carolina up to Boston Harbor this spring and summer, and got harassed for having a 50-year-old boat and multiple ports of call. They try to enforce their extortionate ways of pushing you into a marina or mooring and not letting you drop the hook. All the good places to anchor are covered with moorings, which are mostly used by the weekend warriors. I have sailed over 30 years in 50 countries and want to avoid these ports. John Retzlaff Unbound, Pearson Triton Newport, RI; Boston, Marion and Plymouth, MA John — After a brief trip to Maine and New Hampshire in September, we were very surprised to see how much the area has changed in just a few short years. To be fair, the change was happening all along, but, like a glacier, the motion was too slow to perceive. What once felt small, quaint and full of character now feels overrun and homogenized. But we try not to lament this kind of inevitable change, which, like the glacier, will happen whether we like it or not. And while mooring fields do cost money, they're more environmentally sound than dropping the hook. Anchoring saves money and is a great skill to hone, but, once again, the volume
The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.