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RACE TO FT. MYERS April 25-27

4th Annual

Tampa Bay to Ft. Myers Regatta •

Ft. Myers Beach

Fun Inexpensive n Great Destination n Approximately 100 Miles n Easy Logistics for Distance Race n Haul Out for Dry-Sailed Boats n Race Party at Bonita Bills n All WFPHRF CLASSES WELCOME n n

Register at, or contact Jamie Myers for more information. (813) 601-5023

FORT MYERS BEACH Nearby Access to Facilities, Beaches & Restaurants • 70 Mooring Balls • Boats up to 50’ • Dinghy Dock • Pump-out Included with fee

Located inside Matanzas Pass, just south of the 65-foot bridge UPON ARRIVAL CONTACT:

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LETTERS position. Free bathrooms, free water and free dumping were available behind trees and in the wilderness throughout the land until it got crowded. But boaters aren’t freeloaders if they are buying goods from people, which they do in every port. Every penny made by every person in this country comes from the sale of goods to the masses of people, boaters included. There is no other source of money, and every time someone buys something, some of that money, whether paid directly via sales tax or through the profit made and the tax paid on that profit, goes to paying for governmental services. Everyone contributes to the taxes whenever they buy anything, so boaters should get something back. But we live in a land where the car is king, so you get better treatment for cars. Too bad, because cars aren’t gods. Far from it. Of course, we don’t put as much money into the waterways just for cruisers as we do for cars. After all, we don’t have to pave the waterways—besides the cost of breathing all that carbon monoxide and the consequences of that stuff in the air. There’s good in just looking at a sailboat at anchor—a return you don’t get from just looking at a parked car. Editor JANUARY COVER PHOTO Thanks for sending a jpeg of the January cover [Cal 2-29]. I have better pictures of my boat, of course, but none with the SOUTHWINDS title above it. I always pick up a copy at West Marine and was surprised to say the least at seeing my boat on the cover, until reading the article, of course (a review of the Cal 2-29). I had considered writing a review of it myself a few months ago but just didn’t get around to doing it. I’ve owned that boat for eight years, been through every inch from the masthead to the keel, and stem to stern, including many hours in the engine compartment servicing its 18 hp Volvo. Great boat; thanks for including the photo and article. Stan Corbett S/V Almost Paradise WHO CAN AFFORD A NEW SAILBOAT TODAY? I was at the Miami Strictly Sail Boat Show in February and noticed the prices and sizes of all the boats. Most were in the “several hundred thousand”—dollar range. Of course, I am talking about the boats that we would call a weekend cruiser, which I think starts with boats in the 30-foot range. It seems like they are all in the high 30s and up in length, and mainly in the 40-foot length and longer. But they are way out of my price range, which is way below $100,000. Are we just building boats now for the wealthy? Whatever happened to the middle-class boat buyer? Frank Benson Looking for a boat Currently in Miami, FL Frank, Good question. Yup—there are mainly boats out there for the wealthy buyer. That’s just the way it’s going. But you really got me going, and I did a little research. My memory tells me that there was an old axiom that goes back to the ‘70s that a new boat in the 30- to 35-foot range (what everyone then considered as a great size to have) was $1000/foot

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