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Patag­o­nia Prac­ti­cal­i­ties

The Patag­o­nia & Tierra del Fuego Nau­ti­cal Guide (writ­ten by Mar­i­olina Rolfo and Gior­gio Ar­drizzi, third edi­tion, pub­lished by Editrice In­con­tri Nau­tici) is the de­fin­i­tive ref­er­ence and has a com­pre­hen­sive sec­tion on prac­ti­cal­i­ties for any­one se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing a visit. What fol­lows are some highlights de­rived from our 11 months in Chile.

The Boat

A visit­ing sail­boat has to be able to cruise with­out out­side as­sis­tance. Sailors must be able to make their own re­pairs to keep their boats go­ing. Any hull ma­te­rial is fine, but metal hulls are the lead­ing choice for peo­ple spend­ing much time in the far south. A bad day on a metal boat could be a catas­tro­phe on a fiber­glass boat.


A hard dinghy can han­dle the abuse that comes with set­ting shore lines. Some kind of backup tender is a very good idea, as rig­ging shore lines ex­poses you to conditions that make it easy to lose the dinghy.

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