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A Trespasser’s Guide to Exotic Resorts of the South Pacific

I think it is important to begin this story with a description of its main characters. Triteia is my beautiful 1965 sloop rigged sailboat which safely brought me to the remote islands and atolls of the South Pacific by way of Hawaii, by way of Los Angeles. My name is James, people who don’t know me and see me from a distance might describe me as looking part hobo, part LA hipster and part ex-convict. Those that do know me, well they might describe me in the same way or maybe worse.

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Chartering Belize

How would you like to charter a boat in a country that has 450 islands, lies in the tropical Caribbean, has the second largest barrier reef in the world, has three of the four atolls in the Caribbean, has very few other boats, and speaks English? If you answered yes, you need to charter a boat in Belize and you have two different choices as far as itineraries…northern or southern Belize.

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Advanced Hurricane Preparation

Hurricanes. One of the largest causes for concern for any cruiser. Unavoidable devastation for some, a wild ride for others. Smart thing is to get out of the way and plan your course accordingly. Yet despite best efforts and communication, hurricanes are still Mother Nature’s doing and we all know she’s as unpredictable as the day is long. Over the years resources have improved to better predict, plan, defend and hopefully reduce the impact and effects on the lifestyle. 

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Repairing a Hole

No captain wants to hear the words “we are taking on water”, but if it does happen I hope you can resolve it as successfully as we did! Sadly, I ran our Lagoon 410, Guiding Light, onto a reef out at Glover Atoll in Belize. The charts for this area are spotty at best and as we were leaving the atoll along a route I had mapped out from the anchorage we turned into the morning sun.

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Is Buying and Refitting a Project Boat Worthwhile?

This is the age-old question – Are you better off buying a cheaper boat and re-fitting it, or finding one that’s ‘turn-key’? What if all you can afford is a doer-upper? Will it save you money in the long run, and how long is that run likely to be? Weeks, months or years? Do you need to be a jack of all trades and have experience in marine restoration projects, or can any Tom, Dick or Harry do it?

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Solo Sirocco

This previous owner had sailed Sirocco all the way from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean during his one-year sabbatical. What drew me to Sirocco was its blend of factors that perfectly aligned with my vision. I was on the hunt for a 29-34 foot boat, ideal for solo sailing, and it had to fit within my budget, which was around $20,000. In the end, Sirocco not only met these criteria but exceeded them, as I acquired her for $17,000. 

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Naked Warrior sails to New York City

When a trip with a sailboat becomes a mission it means timelines, schedules and commitments and that is never an ideal situation considering wind and weather, boat speed and distance.  But a situation presented itself early in 2023 and I couldn’t resist.  A trip to New York City with friends to meet more friends while using the boat for a worthy cause.  The rewards certainly outweighed the potential issues so the decision was made, we would sail to New York! 

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What the F@$K is Yacht Rock

I’m a music journalist, singer/songrocker and event producer originally hailing from the Great Lakes region who transplanted to the San Francisco Bay Area just before the millennium flip. My main gig is Frets Editor at Guitar Player magazine, and my main artistic endeavor is making modern/classic rock with Spirit Hustler. My two solo albums have heavy New Orleans influences and feature members of Galactic and the Honey Island Swamp Band.

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Cruising to Cabo on the Baja Ha-Ha

For 29 years, the Baja Ha-Ha has inspired thousands of boaters to “Cruise to the Cape” in an annual rally from San Diego, California to Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Some turn around and bash back north to the states after the two-week cruise, but many use it as a jumping point to continue up the Sea of Cortez or head over to the Mexican mainland, and beyond. 

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