Mexico Boating Guide

– 3rd edition

Mexico Boating Guide [updated January 2020] This trusted cruising guide covers in great detail both coasts of Baja, the entire Sea of Cortez and all mainland Pacific Mexico to the Guatemala border. Written by active cruisers & professional mariners for recreational boaters: 398 pages, 450 photos, 300 GPS-accurate charts, concise text covers safe approaches & anchorages, what’s ashore. This guide runs mile by mile, no gaps, no fluff. Includes 2020 Paperwork websites, handy Resource Directory to contact all the marinas, boat yards, fuel docks. GPS Waypoints List, full index. Constantly updated since 1986, “Mexico Boating Guide” is the original “cruisers’ bible” endorsed by Latitude 38 and Cruising World, 5-star rated by PassageMaker.

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Capt. Pat Rains

Capt. Patricia Miller Rains

(U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Master) cruised her 28-foot trimaran and a 44-foot Peterson around the Sea of Cortez for 5 years while working as a freelance writer and photographer, later as a yacht-delivery skipper.

Capt. Jim Elfers

Capt. Jim Elfers

Author of “The Baja Bash II” Capt. Jim has skippered or crewed on everything from Tall Ships to racing multihulls, engine-less sailboats to mega sportfishers.

Kathy Parsons

Kathy Parsons

Author of “Spanish for Cruisers” newest edition. Kathy has been a sailor, teacher, corporate trainer and served with the Peace Corp in Nicaragua.


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Not Ready to Unplug Permanently? Go “Commuter Cruising” Instead

– by Capt. Pat Rains

Reasonably sane people do take their well found yachts and go long-distance cruising to exotic lands: this crazy idea sprouted in the 1940s, but really bloomed in the 1950s thanks to inspiring tales of the sea-faring live written by the Hiscocks, the Wests, the Pardeys, Hal Roth and Jimmy Cornell.

In those early days, you had to be incredibly wealthy in order to build or buy and maintain an ocean-cruising yacht, or – like most Americans – you had to sell your home, business and everything else you owned. You had to quit your job or close down your business, which severely limited your flow of funds from then on. You had to provision the boat for years of Spartan living off inhospitable shores. Departure day meant severing communications with family and friends. Life-altering commitments like that discouraged all but the most smitten cases of wanderlust.


Nada Ha-Ha 2020

Nada Ha-Ha Crew and Boat Lists The Nada Ha-Ha publishes these Crew and Boat lists to help skippers and crew make connections for the Nada Ha-Ha from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas. If you are interested in a crew position, or are a skipper looking for crew, please fill out the appropriate form. All…

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Upper Sea of Cortez Hide Outs

– by Capt. Pat Rains My 4 Favorite Hide Outs in the Upper Sea of Cortez Summertime, and the living is easy. But it’s mid July, so recreational boaters who are in the Sea of Cortez right now should have solid plans about where they’ll spend the peak months of this hurricane season (August, September,…

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