taxable purchase when clearing back into US Customs? And, if your boat is part of a nonprofit, are import tariffs going to be assessed if an engine/anchor/ sail/etc. is purchased in Fiji (or wherever) and returned to US home ports?" Yacht spares imported into Fiji are duty free, as long as the yacht is "in transit." New Zealand is the Don't call Alyssa Lewis a yuppie and not same but goes further expect a reckoning. to exempt yacht parts purchased locally from being assessed GST (sales tax). As for re-entering the US (if after sailing the South Pacific, you still think it's a good idea), why would you volunteer info on the age of your engine? Lewis Allen Quixotic, Voyager 43 cat Savusavu, Fiji ⇑⇓ AND ANOTHER RESPONSE TO 'FORMER' This email is in response to Sam's October letter criticizing the cover photo of my dear friend Alyssa. Sam labels a woman he has never met and knows virtually nothing about as a yuppie and then denigrates her boat and lifestyle. Alyssa works as hard as anyone I have ever known. She's also sailed many thousands of offshore miles on a 37-ft monohull. She and her husband Lewis bought, refloated, salvaged, rebuilt, and refitted Quixotic after she'd been sunk in Cyclone Winston, in Fiji no less — a monumental task. Alyssa deserves all the hours, days, weeks or months she can get sitting under that kite. But her time in that seat is counted more in minutes than hours. Now that they have Quixotic shining, impeccable and in better-than-brand-new condition, she and Lewis run back-to-back week-long adventure charters down here in Fiji. Their business is booming. Of course Sam would probably be quick to point out what easy work that is. I'm sure he's an expert. "It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." Lincoln? Twain? It seems to me that perhaps Sam suffers from "delusions of adequacy." Walter Kerr. "Some cause joy wherever they go, others whenever they go." Oscar Wilde. Sorry about all the quotes. It's just that I'm hard pressed to express the depth of my contempt. I'm leaning on the masters, John Tebbetts Ichi Ban, Yamaha 33 Savusavu, Fiji We welcome and read your letters on all sorts of topics, though the ones we run in the magazine tend to be those of interest to sailors. Please include your name, your boat's name and model, and your hailing port. The best way to send letters is to email them to editorial@ latitude38.com, though the postal carrier visits daily, so you can still mail them — with your best penmanship — to 15 Locust Ave., Mill Valley, CA, 94941.
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The November 2018 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.