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A golden desert sun casts sprawling shadows across the docks at La Paz’s CostaBaja Marina on this November afternoon just prior to Thanksgiving. Expedition-style trawlers, brawny sport-fishing yachts and sleek pilothouse motoryachts lie quietly in their berths after the long offshore cruise from southern California, their crews chatting and enjoying an eagerly anticipated respite from logging so many blue-water miles.
Most yachts that take part in the annual FUBAR (“Fleet Underway to Baja Rally”) to Mexico’s Baja California Sur are significantly longer than 50 feet. Walking the docks, you can tick off the expected names — Viking, Hatteras, Cheoy Lee, Grand Banks, Selene, Nordhavn, Skipjack.
Proudly perched among her much larger companions, the 28-foot Brown-Eyed Girl has made the 900-nautical-mile run to La Paz three times. She hails from San Diego County, and her skipper, Larry Lucore, proves with each one of these trips that you can take a small boat on a blue-water cruise.