Loreto

22 May

We walked around Loreto today. There really isn’t much to this town, which is fine because walking around towns with an entourage is always slow going anyway. There is a main road through Loreto that consists of a grocery store (where you will find quite possibly the only Mountain Dew in Mexico) a few restaurants and half a dozen car rental agencies. A block behind that is the pedestrian friendly road with the old Mission and a bunch of knick-knack shops. The kids always like to explore churches but if there are people inside whispering into their folded hands like ...

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CIGAR SMUGGLER: Is a Catalina 470 Worth 33 Boxes of Stogies?

22 May

Cuban Cohibas

That’s the question cruiser Jeff Southworth has no doubt been asking himself ever since January, when local police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents popped him in Puerto Rican waters and found 33 boxes of putatively Cuban Cohiba and Romeo y Julieta cigars on board his boat Janice Ann. Southworth claimed his cigars were actually cheap Dominican knock-offs, but CBP went ahead and seized both the cigars and his boat anyway.

One does have to wonder about the government’s sense of perspective. Evidently they’ve been telling Southworth since January 3 that one of their cigar experts will be ...

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Southern Cross Completes the Circle

22 May

It’s official – the 2013 Atlantic Cup has come to a close, and Mia and I are back in Annapolis. Yachts in the Old Bahama Channel fleet are making their way north after having finished in Ft. Lauderdale a week or so ago, and the Bermuda fleet has made their landfall in the USA.

And with that landfall, the Lagoon 380 Southern Cross has closed the loop on a circumnavigation that began in 2011, touching soil in the USA for the first time since that November. Normally the news items on the World Cruising Club webpage are devoid of any ...

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Catching Up

21 May

Grandparents are here and the kids are happy as can be. Been spending mornings at a cafe down the street, then to the pool, and afternoons in town. I haven’t written much because I’ve been very busy running up an 11-0 cribbage record against my father-in-law.

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Don’t Hide From The Problem

21 May

This is a piece of our hull.  Looks a little on the thin side, wouldn’t you say?  Not quite as much meat as you might like between you and the deep blue sea?  Well, you’re right.  And that is why that delicate piece of Aluminum is in Erik’s hand instead of on the port side of the hull.

One of the first things you learn as a boatowner is not to wait.  This is funny, because most of cruising is about waiting: for weather, for customs officials, for provisions, for Godot.  Patience is a virtue.

Except when it isn’t.  When ...

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HAUNTED SAILBOAT: Up For Auction

20 May

Endeavour 37

I remember when I lived in New York City there were some people who used to read the obits every day, looking for what might be good deals on newly vacated apartments. Apartment ghouls, I called them. Here’s an opportunity for any boat ghouls out there. The city of Newburyport, Massachusetts, is currently auctioning off an Endeavour 37 that used to belong a local liveaboard who is now presumed dead.

The boat’s owner, Richard Decker, a German national who was living on the boat in the Merrimack River off Newburyport, went missing last November. His dog was found tied ...

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Act Now, Think Later

19 May

Act Now, Think Later. This has always been my mindset—for better or worse. I’d like to think that I intentionally choose to be this way, but it is probably more of a genetic defect.

To give an idea of how this works with me let me explain what I did today. Ali’s parents are visiting, so we moved off of the boat for the week and into a rental house down the road a few miles. Ali and I packed most of the stuff we would need on the first trip over and then I came back later to wrap ...

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Limits for Limits?

19 May

Luna Rossa in 12 knots of true wind. Photo by Luna Rossa/Carlo Borlenghi

Alongside the still-sore tragedy of the loss of Andrew Simpson in the Artemis crash, Prada boss Patricio Bertelli has stirred his own drama by going public with a demand for lower wind limits, and by sending Luna Rossa out sailing rather than wait out the one-week grace period requested by the newly-appointed safety review committee. Lower wind limits would be an inevitable conversation regarding over-horsed boats, but Bertelli in his press conference on Saturday also injected the new notion of wind limits during racing of “a couple ...

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SWAN 48 DELIVERY: Wrong Way To The W’Indies

19 May

Swan 48 Avocation under sail

Editor’s Note: Those studying my recent account of Lunacy‘s passage from Puerto Rico to Bermuda may have noticed that we did NOT find that abandoned Swan 48, Wolfhound, ex-Bella Luna , that I blogged about earlier. Ah, well… You can’t always find that needle in the haystack, but I can deliver on my promise to tell you about the time I delivered a Swan 48 down to the islands.

I HAD OFTEN delivered boats from the northeastern U.S. to the West Indies in early November. I had also done northbound trips from the Indies to ...

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Car

18 May

Ali’s parents arrive tomorrow and we had reserved a car for the week, but today decided we were bored enough with this place that we needed to get the car a day early and go to town.

When we got up to the marina building there weren’t any taxis around so I walked over to a group of guys sitting out front of the diver’s office and asked if they knew anybody headed towards town this morning. They didn’t, but then one of them got up and said he’d take us anyway. As we walked to his truck I asked ...

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