Boat Type: Selene 53
Owner: Natalie Pearl
Built: 2004

Favorite Cruising Destination
After the CUBAR, we are excited to cruise the Sea of Cortez. Many have told us about its natural beauty and the sea life. We look forward to spending time exploring this region.

Favorite Boating Experience
It is not an ocean boating experience. It was a fourteen day canoe/camp trip in Ontario’s White Otter Wilderness Area (North of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters park).

About the Crew
Pat and John Rains write “Mexico Boating Guide” used by the CUBAR. Both Rainses are USCG licensed masters (Pat 100-T, John 1,600-T) and have delivered +70 power boats along this Mexico route, through Panama and the Caribbean. Pat cruised the Sea of Cortez on her own small sailboat before joining John in his yacht delivery business. Pat is the West Coast editor of “BoatUS Magazine” and writes columns for SEA Magazine and PassageMaker, also the books “MexWX: Mexico Weather for Boaters” and “Cruising Ports: the Central American Route.” Since retiring from yacht delivery, Pat and John cruise just for pleasure, having made three previous CUBARs, this year aboard “Angel’s Pearl.” Along with Tom Nielson, Pat is Cruise co chair this year.

What’s in a Name
Angel Ilarraza & Natalie Pearl… “Angel’s Pearl” (get it?)

Reason to Buy This Boat
We chose our Selene because we were interested in a boat that would provide us with the opportunity to cruise safely, comfortably and without the need to be tethered to a marina.

Previous Boats Owned

Interest in CUBAR
Judging from the quizzical looks/comments we get when we explain CUBAR to friends and family, it is apparent that most would pass on this type of adventure. For us, the CUBAR is an opportunity to make our way to the Sea of Cortez with the support and in the company of other like minded adventurers.

Boating Story
We’ll tell ya when we meet!

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