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Re: Latts & Atts is GONE!

So what happens with their deal with the Lost Soul?
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Re: Latts & Atts is GONE!

Bummer. Bob is an original, and while I found the "I'm wasted in paradise" contributions to be tiring after awhile, the columnists were interesting, and the entire editorial gestalt was a breath of fresh air. I too subscribed for a year or so, but let it expire. I would occasionally pick up a copy on the newsstand. In short, a nice change of pace in small doses.

Bob and Jody did that extensive refit of Lost Soul a few years ago, when as Bob said, the magazine was actually starting to throw off some cash. But it was only short time later that Bob and Jody started building their dream boat with Shannon Yachts and sold Lost Soul. That hull got about halfway finished before they had to pull the plug on it. And as any reader of Lats and Atts knows, Shannon runs an ad in every issue offering to finish the hull for any intrepid cruiser with the cash.

So given the obvious money issues that Bob and Jody were having, I was a bit surprised to see that someone bought the magazine. I know that Bob had been actively looking to sell the magazine, but I thought the "window of profitability" on that had closed, so I wasn't expecting a sale anytime soon.

I will miss Bob and the magazine.
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Re: Latts & Atts is GONE!

"Living Aboard" still seems to be alive. I thought they were published by the same company?
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Re: Latts & Atts is GONE!

latsandatts was good for a long time--the forum became riddled with trolls and cliquishness which doesnt belong ina forum, yet always happens..mjagazine became very very commercial, as have most of the "cruiser friendly" glossy mags.....is time for a change, but the way this change went about sounds rather foul.....
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Re: Latts & Atts is GONE!

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"Living Aboard" still seems to be alive. I thought they were published by the same company?
The website's alive, but the magazine had been folded into L&A as of this spring (last issue listed on the Living Aboard site is March/April). Last month's L&A had a "Living Aboard" section in the center, this month's magazine had no such thing and next month's magazine ... oh, right.
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Re: Latts & Atts is GONE!

****! This was my favorite publication.

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Latts & Atts is GONE!

Is Bob still going to cruise on Lost Soul?
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Re: Latts & Atts is GONE!

Well I called it!!! see the link below and my prediction. Anybody wanna buy me a beer? I wish I could predict stock prices the same

http://www.sailnet.com/forums/latitu...been-sold.html

"This is terrible news to me. Bob and Jodie are the hearts of L&A and of their small empire. Just because the new owners are "yachties" doesn't mean they know the newsprint business and how expensive it actually is. Profits are small and the undertaking is huge. Pulp and paper prices are steadily increasing and advertising steadly decreasing. I'm not sure why anybody would want to get into the pubilshing game in these times. I wish them luck, but unless they have deep pockets, lots of experience and contacts, I can see L&A going under within one year. "
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Re: Latts & Atts is GONE!

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Bummer. Bob is an original, and while I found the "I'm wasted in paradise" contributions to be tiring after awhile, the columnists were interesting, and the entire editorial gestalt was a breath of fresh air. I too subscribed for a year or so, but let it expire. I would occasionally pick up a copy on the newsstand. In short, a nice change of pace in small doses.
This, and similar comments from others here, mirror my views exactly. I thought I was the only one but I guess not. It was always one of those things where it wasn't exactly my style, but I was always glad it was there. I always thought it was nice that they brought a bit of attitude to cruising, Captain Ron style. I feel similar about sailing anarchy, at the other end of the spectrum.

I could never bring myself to actually subscribe. I did the online subscription for a year once, but didn't really read much of the mag. Still, when I see a copy laying around, I always enjoy going through it.

Too bad how things seem to have gone down. It will make an interesting read once things come out (probably in a court room). I wish nothing but the best for Bob and Jodie.
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Re: Latts & Atts is GONE!

I used to pick it up occasionally from the newsagent, but it never grabbed me enough to subscribe to it. It was an interesting take on cruising, just not mine. I'm guessing, without acrimony of any kind, that there are more folks that bought into it's image over at SA than around here.

With that said, there were alot of people tied into the publication both financially & emotionally. What little information there is doesn't paint a nice picture of the future for them. I feel for Bob, his wife, and the extended L&A "family". Being on the sharp end of these situations is not pleasant and I wish them the best.
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