Bob Bitchin, the former publisher of Latitudes & Attitudes, is seeking readers for his new publication, Cruising Outpost, who are willing to commit to a five-year subscription.
“As you are aware, we are starting from scratch to bring you Cruising Outpost,” Bitchin said in an email sent to subscribers to his online forum.
The five-year publication costs $250.
“We know money doesn't grow on trees, but the sooner we raise the cost of printing, the sooner we can start the print version,” Bitchin said.
Latitudes & Attitudes, the popular magazine that celebrated the sailing lifestyle without focusing on boats, ceased publication in June.
The magazine that was launched by Bitchin, whose birth name is Robert Lipkin, and his wife, Jody, in 1996 was sold to Sextant Publishing, which is run by CEO Dennis “DJ” Doran, in January, according to a Bitchin email to Soundings Trade Only.
Capt. Woody Henderson, who was on the original staff of Latitudes & Attitudes, wrote June 20 in his blog, captwoody.blogspot.com: “Today, we find ourselves locked out of the office.”
Former editor Sue Morgan told Soundings Trade Only she didn’t know where the publishers were.
Morgan will stay on as editor of Cruising Outpost.
“We can’t print a magazine until we’ve had enough people subscribe online to make one of those print bills, and those are pretty hefty,” Morgan told Trade Only. “We’re still in there plugging away, trying to pick up pieces and make something happen.”
— Reagan Haynes