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    Issue #102Issue #102August 2011August 2011M a r i n e rA Publication For Where Land Ends

    A M a g a z i n e F o r T h e M a r i n a d e l R e y B o a t i n g C o m m u n i t y


    Going Green in a Bad Way?

    Hawaii Delivery Goes Wrong

    Handling Electrical Work

    Poco a Poco

    Tons More..

    a cruising lesson

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    The Mariner is


    Pat Reynolds


    Pat Reynolds




    Dave Kirby

    Richard Schaefer

    Copy Editing Assistance

    Lisa Asahara

    For advertising rates and

    Information contact310-397-1887 - phone

    [email protected]

    Mailing address

    P.O. Box 9403

    Marina del Rey, CA 90295

    The Mariner appears on the 3rd

    Friday of every month.

    This issue July 22 - August 19


    Numbersat a glance:

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    Los Angeles CountyLifeguard:


    Vessel Assist:800-399-1921

    Sea Tow866-473-5400

    Marine Life Rescue800-39WHALE

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    Thanks for

    picking it up!


    Kites -Photo by Pat Reynolds

    Coming Events 4

    Off the Wire 6

    Future of Bottom Paint 8More on the Copper Ban

    Poco a Poco by Tim Tunks 10Lessons for the Cruising Sailor

    Towed to Hawaii by Jim Cash 11A Typical Delivery Encounters Problems

    Bella of the Ball by Kiimball Livingston 12Transpac Results

    GPS System in Danger 14A Typical Delivery Encounters Problems

    Catalina Currents 16Catalina Checklist by Captain Richard Schaefer

    Powertails 18Seabass Heads

    Racing 20 Ask the Expert - Electrical Ask Mookie Classifieds 25

    Now that summer is in full swing

    Ive been sailing more. I dont

    consider myself overly social,

    but I really do enjoy taking

    people out - especially folks thathave never been. I know theres

    a good chance theyll remember

    it forever and I like having the

    ability to give such a gift.

    I dont burden anyone with tons

    of safety instructions - on my

    catamaran I tell them theres an

    outside chance it could flip and

    if it does, hang on to the boat.

    I let them know where the life-

    jackets are and tell them theyre

    free to wear them. I offer up adramamine and off we go.

    I said to a buddy of mine the

    other day, hey man, we gotta

    get you and the wifie out there

    again. He said, Id love to, but

    she wont go again. Her dad had

    a boat when she was a kid and he

    did nothing but scream orders at

    them when they went out. Whenwe all went out last time, she was

    having flashbacks. I dont ever

    want to be that guy. Ive sailed

    with people like that - it sucks.

    Lately, Ive been going left at

    the breakwall. Passing LAX, I

    bear the burden of thunderous

    jet engines, knowing the cliffs

    and shallower water of Palos

    Verdes await. Guests are gabby

    as we tack out of the harbor and

    typically continue to be as weall catch our first glimpse of the

    ocean in all its vastness. Theres

    questions and jokes bouncing

    around as the boat and crew

    adjust to the new environment.

    After a while of traveling south

    comes the moment I love most..

    the conversation begins to

    evaporate. The excitement o

    the novelty has relaxed and Iwatch as everyone sits silent.

    dont know if theyre bored ou

    of their gourds and I dont care

    Life doesnt have many of these

    moments - a group of friend

    just sitting quiet. Eyes mee

    people smile acknowledgment

    a comment here and there. The

    oceans rhythm has calmed us

    and everyone somehow knows

    that right now we no longe

    have to struggle to entertain

    each other. Time is passing in adifferent way - a way that suits

    me. This is the destination Im

    after and Im happy to say Ive

    been there many times.

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    47 Spindrift Ranger convertible sedan Catdiesels, two staterooms $89,000

    32 Jeanneau 1984 fast cruiser , spaceousinterior, diesel engine. Loaded, $21,000J27 1986 full race $7,900

    28 Bayliner 2001 single Mercruiser diesel,loaded, full electronics, Trac-Vision satellite

    TV, air, heat, turn key $49,000

    33 Sea Ray Sundancer 94 low hrs. $33,50034 Formula 1992 Exp New decor $44,50027 Carver Montego 1999 twins $7,500

    39Cal cruising sloop, fast and comfortable,loaded and priced below market at $49,900

    50 Hatteras Convertible Sportfisher 1980.Detroit dsls and gen with 100hrs $199,00052 Hatteras Conv 1988 updated $299,000

    52 Californian cockpit motor yacht 1990Spacious layout, stabilizers, loaded and veryclean .Low price $199,0000

    31 Silverton 1979 fly bridge convertibledual helms. Surveyed in May $12,90034 Silverton 1984 sedan $34,000

    45 Morgan Catalina built 1992 center cock-pit loaded, spacious asking $119,000

    41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000-139,000.46 Hunter 202 aft cpt, aft cab $250,000

    37 Alberg 1974 full keel with 4-foot cutaway cruising yawl and a newly rebuilt Vetus

    diesel presently not installed asking $16,000

    37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975upgraded 1991 new engine and more. Trade

    in for power or smaller sail $79,000

    41 Islander Freeport 1978 spaceous centercockpit aft cabin ketch needs work asking$45,000

    P U R C E L L Y A C H T S

    Donate to Boy Scouts of America - LA Area Council

    w w w . p u r c e l l y a c h t s . c o m [email protected] - Cell14000 Palawan Way, Suite A Marina del Rey

    36 Uniflite 1984 motor yacht with islandqueen mstr berth, down galley with cnvrtible

    dinette. Low eng/gen hours $39,000

    30 Monterey Attila 2000 twin Volvos lowhours, air nd heat full elec, clean $46,00026 Fiberform 1978 Flybr newer eng $5,900

    45 Carver Voyager pilothouse sedan twinCummins diesels 2002 asking $289,000

    43 Californian cockpit motoryacht1988 300HP Cat diesels, loaded $119,000

    43 Viking double cabin MY, twin Detroitdiesels Spacious, Queen Master Berth,

    Loaded, Motivated Seller asking $79,000

    38 Bayliner 1991 twin diesels two cabinupper and lower helms, $79,00037 Silverton 1992 Loaded $49,000

    30 Cape Dory cutter, full keel pckt-cruiser,built to cruise, under market at $19,90027 Newport 1980 dsl, wheel, furler $3,900

    37 Sea Ray 1994 Flybridge, conv. sedan, 2cabs, duel helms. Loaded, AC, Mint Cond.

    Asking $62,500

    37 Silverton 1990 loaded , low hours andin BRISTOL CONDITION - MOTIVATED

    SELLER asking $49,900

    39 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loadedvery clean. Twin Cummins diesels, $119,00035 Carver 97 aft cab clean $115,000

    30 Catalina 1979 spacious, wheel, furlinghead sail, rebuilt Universal engine, low hours

    only $14,500

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    4 The Mariner -Issue 102 2011

    July 24

    Old Fashioned Day in the Park

    The Classic Yacht Association celebrates the

    35th Annual Old Fashioned Day in the Park

    at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey on

    July 24th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy stepping into

    history with tours of classic yachts dating from

    the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s, and vintage cars,

    including an array of classic Woodies, Ford

    Model As, T-Birds, and a variety of restored

    beauties from the 30s to 60s. Old Fashioned

    Day is Free to the Public; co-sponsored by CYA

    and LA County Beaches and Harbors. For

    information call Commodore Christine Rohde,

    310 429-3028.

    July 28

    Marina Anglers Work shop

    Learn how to fish the local waters appropriately

    from the Marina Anglers, a non-profit organiza-

    tion. Class is free and open to the public. Playa

    Vista Branch Library 6400 Playa Vista Drive

    6:30 p.m. 310-437-6680

    July 28

    CYC Yacht ing Dinner

    The Importance of a Strong Navy Presented

    by captain John Alexander, commanding officer

    of the massive aircraft carrier USS AbrahamLincoln. Alexander will speak about the

    importance of a strong navy in todays world

    events. $23 includes dinner, tax, service and

    parking Reservations Required (310-823-4567)

    No-host Cocktails 6:15 p.m. Bountiful Buffet

    Dinner 7 p.m. Followed by Presentation

    Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure,

    as a public service of CYC - 4469 Admiralty

    Way, Marina del Rey, CA90292 310-823-4567

    July 30

    Pop Saturdays at

    Burt on Chace ParkTito Puente, Jr., son of the late percussion

    and Latin jazz royalty Tito Puente, brings his

    passionate Afro-Cuban rhythms to the stage in

    a tribute to his father.

    July 30

    Shore fi shing

    Come enjoy a beautiful morning of fishing

    from the shores of Dockweiler Beach. The

    Department of Beaches and Harbors is offering

    a free introductory class in shore fishing. Fishing

    poles and bait will also be provided at no cost.

    Anglers typically catch surfperch, croaker,

    corbina, halibut and leopard shark. All ages are

    welcome. Anyone under the age of 12 must be

    accompanied by an adult. This class is free to

    the public. Parking is $2. Anyone over the age

    of 16 must present a valid CA Fishing License to

    participate. Fishing Licenses can be purchased

    online at, or locally at

    Big 5 Sporting Goods or West Marine

    July 30

    Fishermans Vi l lage Weekend

    Concer t

    Jimbo Ross & The Bodacious Blues Band (Blues)

    Live jazz, Latin , R&B, Pop, Blues concerts

    outdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, every

    Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1- 4

    p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free.

    July 31

    Fishermans Vi l lage Weekend

    Concer t

    Russ Lesser & Thin Ice. Live jazz, Latin , R&B,

    Pop, Blues concerts outdoors in the plaza near

    the lighthouse, every Saturday and Sunday,

    weather permitting. 1- 4 p.m. (2 - 5 p.m.

    summer). Free.

    August 4

    Class ica l Thursdays a t Bur t on

    Chace Park

    Lindsay Deutsch appears as violin soloist with

    Maestro Fetta and the Orchestra performing

    Bernstein and Korngold selections.

    August 05

    Moonl ight Movie - Toy Stor y 3

    Bring low chairs and blankets for outdoor

    seating in this residential community setting

    in nearby Playa Vista. Central Park Bandshell,

    12000 E. Waterfront Dr. 8 10 p.m. Free.

    August 6th

    Chi ldrens Chal lenge at

    Two Harbors

    Meet on the beach for a fun filled day with team

    relays and races at our 13th Annual Childrens

    Challenge. Prizes will be awarded. Kids of al

    ages are welcome. more info (310) 510-4249 o

    [email protected].

    August 9

    WSA Speaker Seri es

    Cruising in Bel ize

    Belize, known for the second largest Grea

    Barrier Reef in the world, is a virtual playground

    for adventurers drawn to the ocean, both on and

    below the water. Come hear about a Belize

    Sailing Adventure of fellow WSA members

    Jeannea Jordan, Susan Bonner, Karen Kuchel

    Patricia Rose, Carolyn Cohen and Diane Destiny

    will share their photos and tales of the sea. They

    set sail out of Placencia Harbor aboard SS

    Tonic, a 41 foot Beneteau sailed by five women

    and SS Zoof, a 40 foot Catamaran with a crew

    of four women and two lucky men. The evening

    begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, no-hos

    cocktails & a hosted dinner with the meeting

    beginning at 7:30 p.m. The panelists will speak

    at 8. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of

    every month at Santa Monica Windjammers

    Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way in Marina

    del Rey, adjacent to Burton Chase Park. Parking

    is free of charge.

    August 14

    Summer Concer t in the Park

    The Spazmat ic s

    Bring low chairs and blankets for outdoor

    seating in this residential community setting

    in nearby Playa Vista. Central Park Bandshell

    12000 E. Waterfront Dr. 5 6:30 p.m. Free.

    August 13

    Tannenberg Somew hereElse Regat t a

    Del Rey Yacht Club invites all racers for One

    Design, PHRF and Cruising Class boats to

    the Tannenberg Somewhere Else Regatta

    C o m i n g E v e n t s !Whats happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?

    A N e w S o c i a l N e t w o r k

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    the second race in this multi-race event. For

    more info and entry, go online to www.dryc.

    org, or email the Regatta Contact, Derek Heeb

    at [email protected]. DRYC is located at

    13900 Palawan Way.

    August 18

    Class ica l Thursdays a t Bur t on

    Chace Park

    Maestro Fetta welcomes back Claire Huangci

    with her stunning renditions of Ravel,

    Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev favorites.

    August 18

    Pop Saturdays at

    Burt on Chace Park

    Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann plays her hit

    songs on acoustic guitar.

    August 19

    Moonli ght Movie - E.T.: The Ext ra-

    Ter rest r ia l

    Bring low chairs and blankets for outdoor

    seating in this residential community setting in

    nearby Playa Vista. Take the free Beach Shuttle

    from Marina del Rey to the event. Free popcorn.

    Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade. 8 10

    p.m.; Free.


    Honey Pot Day

    The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation,

    in partnership with Department of Boating &

    Waterways, is providing free mobile pumpout

    service to boaters in Marina del Rey. Boaters

    must register in advance, and will receive a

    30-minute seminar on clean boating practices.

    To sign up, please contact Victoria Ippolito by

    October 31st, 2011, (213) 620-2271,

    [email protected]

    Santa Monica Wind jammers

    Yacht Club Dinners

    Wednesday and Friday Night Dinners.

    Members, guests, and prospective

    members are invited to join us for cocktails,

    fun, food, and friendship on most Wednesday

    and Friday evenings at our club house. Fun

    starts at 6:30 pm for cocktails and 7:30 pm for

    dinner. Lectures and educational presentations

    often follow our Wednesday night dinners. Live

    music is provided on most Fridays for your

    enjoyment and dancing pleasure. Reservations

    are required. Our club house is located at 13589

    Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. For menus,

    availability, pricing, directions, parking, and

    more event and membership details, please visit

    our web site at or call us at


    Marina Venice Yacht Club

    Social Sundays

    Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our

    Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7

    p.m. Food items are provided and there is no

    charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City

    Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way.

    Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy

    one, or just want to be around other water loving

    people MVYC welcomes all who share in the

    Corinthian Spirit. Security will tell you where

    to park. Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator

    to the Club House on G2. For more information

    contact [email protected], call 310-909-

    3022 or 310-822-9082 or visit our Facebook

    Group page.

    Sai l ing Singles of

    Southern Cal i fornia

    Sailing Singles of Southern California is a

    Sailing Club centered in Marina del Rey but

    open to all sailing enthusiasts from the LA area.

    We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. at the Marina

    Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way located

    at the Marina City Club West Tower in Marina

    del Rey. There is a $10 Meeting donation per

    person that includes a light Dinner. Drinks are

    available at a full bar at reasonable prices. Clubmembers will meet and socialize with sailboat

    owners and can arrange for sails in Santa

    Monica Bay. After sailing, club members can

    enjoy wine and cheese parties or full dinners

    on members Boats. Catalina Island trips and

    special events are also planned. (310) 822-0893

    or email: [email protected] www.

    Marina Sunday Sai l ing Club

    Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers

    and crew in a friendly social environment for

    daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to

    Catalina and other destinations. We meet onthe 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the

    patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club

    banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free

    Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold

    a brief business meeting and then head out for

    an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which

    we gather at a members dock for wine, snacks

    and more socializing. Visitors are welcome

    and may attend two meetings free. No prior

    sailing experience is necessary. Married people

    welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or


    Womens Sai l ing Associat ion of Santa Monica Bay

    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the

    Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589

    Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting,

    held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and

    a light dinner is served. Each meeting features

    a guest speaker discussing their adventures

    and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all

    skill levels to join. Its programs, include day

    sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including

    destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and

    the northern Channel Islands, For membership

    information contact email membership@ or on the web at

    Catal inas of Santa Monic a Bay,

    Owners o f Cata l ina Yachts

    Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa

    Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd

    Tuesday of each month. We would like to

    welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We

    have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and

    other events throughout the year. Our doors open

    at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7

    to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the

    fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For

    more info email [email protected].

    Single Mariners of Marina del Rey

    Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7PM on the 1s

    and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Pacific

    Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina

    del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adult

    meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming

    Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for

    a light meal during the meeting, however, thereis a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner

    at [email protected] or leave a

    message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday

    prior to the Thursday meeting

    To submit an event email editor@

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    O F F T H E W I R E

    The powers that be over at Catalina Island

    have listened to their boating guests and have

    now opened up a pool of moorings for advance


    You can reserve a weekday (Sunday throughThursday) mooring up to 90 days in advance

    by visiting our website at www.visittwoharbors.

    com. For Friday and Saturday reservations, go

    online after midnight on Thursday to book for

    that weekend.

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    Op en 570s Co mes OutBig a t Long Bea c h

    Rac e Week

    The Open 5.70 North American Championship

    was held this past month at Long Beach Race


    The Open 5.70s had 21 boats on the starting line

    making them the biggest one-design class at the

    event. There hasnt been a fleet of 20 or more

    boats at this event since 2005.

    Not too long ago the now popular one-design

    racer didnt even exist in the United States until

    the Marina del Rey company Open Sailing

    imported the boats from France.

    Today the small local company is manufacturing

    the racer and is now one of the few boat builders

    in Southern California.

    The Los Angles Times reported that The Nationa

    Transportation Safety Board has concluded tha

    a fatal collision between a Coast Guard vesse

    and a civilian craft in San Diego Bay was

    caused by the Coast Guard boats excessivespeed and a lack of effective oversight of

    small-boat operations by the Coast Guard.

    An 8-year-old boy was killed and five othe

    persons injured when the 33-foot Coast Guard

    vessel collided with the 24-foot Sea Ray on the

    night of Dec. 20, 2009 during a boat parade in

    San Diego.

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    Not all racing is of the sailboat persuasion. On June 26, Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club

    had 33 paddle boards descend on the club for the first of what they hope to be many more Stand

    Up Paddle Board races. It was admittedly a learning experience for everyone. The boards were

    placed in one of four different classes based on the length of the board and the experience of

    the paddler.

    It was a lot of fun just watching, said SMWYC Rear Commodore Fred Weinhart. Everyone

    had such a good time that we are going to do it again on July 24th .and August 21st.

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    C u s t o m R e f i n i s h i n g

    ecreational Boaters of California is continuing lobbying efforts to protect the ability of boaters to utilize effective and affordable anti-fouling

    paints on the hulls of our vessels. RBOC Vice President-North Jack Michael recently testified regarding SB 623 before the Assembly

    Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee expressing their opposition to the bill unless it is further amended. His testimony can

    be seen at The bill passed the committee and next proceeds to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

    They are also engaged in discussions with Senator Kehoe as the author of SB 623, together with the sponsors, proponents and other stakeholders. Progresis being made on this front. We are pleased to report that, as currently worded, SB 623 does not contain an outright ban on copper based anti fouling

    paints. The bill would allow boaters to use low-level, low leach copper antifouling paint after January 1, 2015, said an RBOC spokesperson.

    On Friday, July 8, RBOC held a teleconference with paint manufacturers associations, the authors staff, and the sponsor of the bill. They were

    informed that a variety of paints will be readily available in all areas of the state, will be as easy to apply as current paints, will not require stripping o

    our hulls, and will be effective in protecting the hulls of our boats.

    Under the provisions of SB 623 the Department of Pesticide Regulation [DPR] would be setting the standards for low-leaching, low-copper paints and

    all such paints would need to have the approval of DPR before going on the market. RBOC has confidence in DPR and have observed the departmen

    to make careful, considered decisions based on science.

    Also under SB 623, by January 1, 2019 the State Water Resources Control Board would determine whether the use of low-leaching, low-copper paint

    could result in the attainment of water quality objectives in marinas and harbors for dissolved copper. If the Board finds that it does not, within one yea

    paints containing biocides (copper and zinc) would be prohibited. Non-biocide paints would be allowed.

    Senator Kehoe is planning to make further revisions and refinements to SB 623 soon and RBOC is monitoring this closely. The organization is

    encouraged by the change in the bill to permit the use of low-leaching, low-copper anti-fouling paints and by the discussions they are having with the

    author. As developments occur, they will be posted on

    Story provided by Recreational Boaters of California.

    The Future of Bottom Paint


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    early two decades ago I was managing

    director of Puerto Escondidos

    Guerilla Boatyard, which several

    fellow cruisers put together in a

    dusty parking lot on the Baja Peninsula. Our

    purpose one summer day was to unstep the bent

    mast from a Yorktown 35, straighten and re-

    step it.

    The unstepping and re-stepping were the

    easy tasks, for my racing days in a Ranger 26

    involved dropping and re-doing things onthe mast several times.

    With cooperating sailboats on each side,

    and coordinated handling of halyards on

    the adjoining boats, this process is quite

    simple. We had no difficulties lowering the

    stick onto a pair of dinghies, and ferrying

    it to the boat ramp nearby our makeshift


    We were fortunate enough to have three

    sturdy posts arranged in a flattened triangle

    with its base about as long as the mast, andits apex located right at the bend. With sturdy

    chains fastened to each end of the mast and

    running to the adjacent posts, we were ready to

    apply some persuasion. By pulling the center

    points of the chain together with a heavy vang

    tackle, we could exert tremendous bending


    Here is a diagram to help understand our set-


    Now our biggest problem was keeping all the

    volunteers from helping, for we had plenty of

    power to reverse the bent mast into a crumpled

    hairpin. With others holding the helpers back, I

    tensioned the vang tackle until the first signs of

    bending could be detected.

    I went to the bend point with a light hammer,

    and began to tap the soft aluminum hard enough

    to make some noise but not so hard as to dent it.

    This process excites the molecules, as a body

    working friend says. Bang it about a bit, and

    things (at the molecular level) will move around

    enough to relax the bend.

    As I was returning to the vang tackle to tension

    it up a bit more, a nearby worker with a welding

    torch was setting up to heat up the bend. He

    explained, as best as I could understand, that we

    shouldnt Mickey Mouse around, but just heat it

    up and bend it straight.

    No! Por favor, poco a poco! -- a little bit at a

    time, was the best I could come up with, feeling

    my Spanish and his high school physics were

    both inadequate for an explanation of aluminum

    metallurgy. And that is how we straightened the

    bent mast -- a bit more bending force and a bit

    more hammering on the deformed kink-- a little

    bit at a time.

    Now Poco a Poco is a valuable mechanical

    process for the competent mariner to fully


    Take my friend, presently delivering a sedentary

    cruising ketch from here to Hawaii. They just

    suffered their second spinnaker halyard chafing

    problem with their port spinnaker halyard on

    the morning after they completed spinnaker

    and dousing sock repairs necessitated by the

    starboard halyards chafe failure.

    Poco a poco some sharp edge aloft was sawing

    through their halyards, greatly accelerating

    the normal chafing wear the halyard suffers as

    the line stretches and recovers and as the sai

    oscillates about. Many off-shore sailors learn

    that the joy of passage making, which frequently

    permits leaving sails without adjustment for

    extended periods, involves chafing whereve

    fiber meets material. Remember seeing Baggy

    Wrinkle soft padding on traditional roperigged boat spars and shrouds which was

    utilized to reduce chafe on the linen sails o

    the times?

    Periodic adjustment of halyards and sheets

    mitigates chafe somewhat, is the lesson

    here (although the lesson about the value

    of careful rig inspection before the passage

    should not be lost).

    Poco a poco, the natural movement of the

    boat can create chafe in many places besides

    sails and rigging. Engine hoses are a primetarget, where vibration and sea motion can

    combine, little by little, turning a hose suppor

    bracket into an effective saw.

    Extracting an anchor fouled in bottom growth

    (Please dont anchor in kelp for many reasons!)

    can seem impossibly difficult, but just snubbing

    the rode and letting the boat bob on the swells

    produces very effective lifting power, a little bi

    at a time. Get comfortable, re-snub the rode from

    time to time to take up the slack, and eventually

    it will work loose.

    As a racer in remission, Id frequently find

    myself sailing with non-racers who didnt quite

    understand how minor adjustments can have

    profound impact on sailing efficiency. A little

    bit at a time, Id urge, but still the genoa would

    go out a foot or be ground into the spreaders.

    So now that I am retired with time to consider a

    motto for my family crest, Poco a Poco seem

    as good a guide as any.

    10 The Mariner -Issue 102 2011

    Poco a Poco


    A cruising lesson from Mexico

    By Tim Tunks

    Tim Tunks

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    t had been a normal delivery of the 46

    Morgan sailing ketchEleu from port of Los

    Angeles to Oahu for the first 2,200 nautical

    miles of the 2,350 miles passage. The crew

    had been out of Los Angeles for 17 days, and

    had started scheduling return flights and was

    taking bets on who would first sight land. They

    were less than 24 hours from their destination

    of Ko Olina Marina on Oahu, when skipper,

    Captain Jim Cash of Marina del Rey, realized the

    steering was non-responsive. The bow started to

    swing into the 25 knot trade winds and the 6 - 8

    following seas came crashing into the port side,

    rolling the heavy ketch over on her beam end.

    The crew, Kathy St. Amant from Westchester,California, Mark Abel of Pacific Palisades,

    California, both also 100 Ton licensed captains,

    and the owner Author Reid, of Oahu, Hawaii,

    were below decks when the steering failed.

    Jumping to action, it was soon learned that the

    bracket securing the master hydraulic steering

    ram to the bulkhead had snapped off and ruptured

    two hydraulic hoses, leaving the vessel without

    normal steering capability. The emergency tiller

    was connected, but being a center cockpit vessel

    with a larger aft master stateroom, the tiller had

    to be operated blind from below decks. The

    crew immediately contacted the Coast Guard

    in Oahu via its satellite phone, to alert them of

    the problem. After assuring the CG there was

    no immediate danger and they had plenty of

    food and water, and the emergency tiller was

    connected, the CG said they would stand by

    if needed. For the next four hours, two crew,

    sitting opposite each other on each side of the

    emergency tiller, each with a hand held GPS,

    tried in vain to steer the boat. Given the sea

    conditions and the wind, the boat was yawling

    through 180 degrees.

    Deciding that trying to hand steer with the

    tiller in these conditions was a futile effort,the skipper finally ordered the boat hove to,

    and the CG was called back. They agreed to

    send a cutter to take the vessel in tow, but also

    dispatched a C130 rescue plane to check on

    the vessels position and condition of the crew.

    Within two hours of the second contact, the

    crew heard the drone of the planes engines and

    the call on VHF Channel 16. The plane buzzed

    their position as shouts of joy, waves and photos

    were exchanged. It was thefirst contact with the

    outside world the crew had since leaving the

    California shipping lanes 16 days before. The

    plane circled the vessels position for two hours

    with regular communication. Assured the crew

    was safe, they confirmed the arrival of the cutte

    within 9 - 10 hours, and departed.

    During the night, hove to, the vessel was drifting

    on course to Maui at 2-3 knots. Every hour, CG

    Oahu made contact to confirm position and

    check on the crews well being. At 0530 hours

    a light was spotted on the horizon, coming from

    the direction of Oahu, the only navigation ligh

    the crew had seen in the last two weeks of nigh

    watches. Shortly, the VHF came alive and USCG

    Cutter Kittiwake was making contact. The sky

    was just starting to lighten in the east when thecutter came abreast of the Eleu. They again

    asked, and were assured that the crew was doing

    fine. They announced they would wait unti

    it was light before making transfer of the tow

    line, and the boats crew took the opportunity

    to prepare Eleu for the tow, including lashing

    the tiller amidships to keep the rudder straight

    At approximately 0630 the 90 cutter crossed

    the bow and backed slowing toward the sailing

    vessel. When within tossing distance, the CG

    Towed to HawaiiTowed to HawaiiUnited States Coast Guard tow disabled Marina del Rey yacht and crew into Maui, Hawaii.

    By Capt. Jim Cash


    continued on page 22

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    be a mi ng- t h rough- t he - fa t i gue

    Hap Fauth hit the beach today in

    Honolulu, Transpac Barn Door win

    in the bank, mission-accomplished

    on the Left Coast tour of his 74 foot sloop,Bella

    Mente. The Barn Door is awarded to the first

    finisher of the Transpacific Yacht Race, 2,225

    miles, Los Angeles to Honolulu, and that was

    our objective, Fauth said. To finish first.

    Bella Mente made Diamond Head just before

    dawn, as pink streaks began to color the high

    clouds off to the east. Official finish time:


    Doug BakersMagnitude 80 followed 2 hours,

    51 minutes later, making steam. They had made

    a race of it.Bella Mente had shown the way allthe way from their July 8 start, but the outcome

    was never a done deal. These were boats with

    different strengths, each playing for the right

    point of leverage. Both crews worked through

    the night without sleep. Now it was time for the


    For four days before the start, we ran models

    of the race, Fauth said. No matter how the

    different models came out, they all had one

    thing in common. They all told us that 400 miles

    from the finish, wed better be 150 miles north

    of Honolulu. The routing kept coming back to

    that, but intuitively, you dont want to go north

    in this race, especially in the mushy stuff we

    sailed into in the middle of, when everybody

    slowed down.

    Bella Mente navigator Ian Moore said, By

    the middle of the race it came clear that our

    opponent was better downwind than we were.

    They could match our speed and sail 5 - 6

    degrees lower [closer to the finish] so we had to

    change our tactics. The favored route was north,

    but there were risks attached because north puts

    you closer to the High Pressure Zone. You could

    lose the breeze. But we had to do something

    different, and that made it simple. We had to take

    full advantage of the shift. We had a meeting ofboth watch captains, Mike Sanderson and Tom

    TomMac McLaughlin, Hap, and me. We all

    agreed. Hap understood the risks, but he was

    supportive, and maybe, just maybe, we could

    have gone half of those 150 miles north and still

    made a gain. But we went the whole way for

    maximum leverage.

    They controlled the side of the course we

    wanted, said Magnitude 80 navigator Ernie

    Richau. Wanted, but couldnt have. We could

    never get across them without paying a price we

    couldnt afford.

    Bella Mente entered the 46th Transpac with

    a new rig, new sails, an added sprit, and five

    feet of added length. To counter, Doug Baker

    had reconfigured Magnitude from canting-kee

    to fixed keel (only fixed-keel qualifies for the

    Barn Door) with new sails of its own. It was

    an interesting process to get to the start line,

    Fauth said. The race was 60 percent planning

    and 40 percent execution. Dougie Couvreux and

    Matt Smith from our crew have both sailed on

    Magnitude, and we knew this was no slam dunk

    But theyre a running boat, and were a power-

    reaching boat. We stack every sail on the weathe

    quarter and put the crew on top of that.

    Locally, MDRs Grand Illusion took first in thei

    division and will most likely take first overall.

    On the last day, Skipper James McDowel

    said, we started getting squalls with winds in

    the twenties, and we realized that all we had to

    do to win was finish, so we went conservative

    We have a boatload of good drivers, and we

    could always keep a fresh driver on the wheel.

    12 The Mariner - Issue 102 2011

    Bella of the BallBella Mente Takes the Barn Door in Transpac


    Story and Photo by Kimball Livingston

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    bandwidth right next to the existing GPS radio bandwidth, the future

    reliability of the GPS system across the United States is now in question.

    The nations largest recreational boaters group, BoatUS, says boaters

    could have a hard time avoiding treacherous shoals or simply finding theirway home if GPS signals are interfered with, and is urging boaters to

    speak out during a 30-day comment period.

    This is a remarkably short comment period for an issue that has such

    dire consequences for Americas boaters and every other GPS user in the

    country, said BoatUS Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret


    At issue is an unusual conditional waiver granted in January by the FCC to

    a broadband wireless communications provider, LightSquared, to permit

    the dramatic expansion of land-based use of mobile satellite spectrum. This

    spectrum, or frequency bandwidth, is directly adjacent to the frequencies

    used for Global Positioning System (GPS) communications.

    The company has proposed to build 40,000 ground stations. LightSquareds

    high-powered ground-based transmissions from these stations have shown

    to cause interference in hundreds of millions of GPS receivers across a

    wide range of uses, including aviation, marine, emergency response and

    industrial users such as delivery and trucking companies. A new repor

    requested by the FCC says, all phases of the LightSquared deploymen

    plan will result in widespread harmful interference to GPS signals andservice and that mitigation is not possible.

    Recreational boaters lost their only other viable navigation system

    LORAN, when the Department of Homeland Security shut the system

    down last year. At that time the U.S. Coast Guard urged mariners to shif

    to GPS-based navigation systems. Boaters rely on GPS-enabled chart-

    plotters to steer clear of navigation hazards, keep them in the safety of

    deep-water channels, or even get them home when storms shut down

    visibility. They are a critical piece of safety gear, said Podlich. Wha

    will boaters do if they are unreliable, and how will the U.S. Coast Guards

    new emergency search and rescue system that stands watch over 36,985

    miles of coastline, Rescue 21, remain effective, since it relies on GPS?

    Boaters and other GPS users are urged to speak up now by going to www to send their comments to the FCC and their member

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    C a t a l i n a C U R R E N T S

    By Captain Richard Schaefer


    henever a new regulation or law

    comes along (which is way too

    often) I envision Gulliver the

    sailor, tied down on the beach

    by thousands of tiny Lilliputian threads pinning

    him to the sand.

    I feel that modern-day boaters are rather like

    Gulliver. Every time I open a boating publication

    I read of some new regulation, rule or law that

    will infringe on our outdoor freedoms - each

    one a type of Lilliputian thread pressing us

    down - hard upon the sand - slowly wringingand crushing the fun out of boating. The

    bureaucracies of government are implementing

    a slow, laborious imprisonment - inexorably

    confining and limiting our boating freedoms

    until even our dock-lines are too long for the

    government to tolerate.

    Just in the past few months there has been a

    tsunami of onerous litigation, regulation and

    laws hurling toward boaters.

    Heres a partial list of some recent issues;

    1. Enforcement of the Marine Life Protected

    Areas will begin on October 1. Boaters will be

    prohibited from many activities such as fishing,

    anchoring or beach-combing in these areas. In

    most cases, these areas will not be marked by

    signage or buoys - the boundaries indicated

    down to the foot by GPS coordinates. This

    will have a disastrous effect on spontaneous,

    casual, family fishing. A novice or infrequent

    fisherman may not have the necessary GPS

    equipment, the time, or the inclination to wade

    through the continually changing regulations

    and boundaries. Parents who arent hard-core

    fishermen will be more than a little reluctant

    to allow their children to fish over the side of

    the family boat or troll a line over the stern for

    fear of violating some arcane prohibition or

    inadvertently passing through a closed area.

    The fines will be heavy and the word will

    quickly spread through harbors and marinas that

    laid-back, spontaneous fishing could become

    costly. The result will be more kids hooked up

    to their Ipod or video game, and fewer enjoying

    and learning about nature.

    As I pointed out in previous columns, I feel

    there were more logical ways to enhance the

    fisheries, rather than simply closing one area

    to fishing - thereby transferring the fishing

    pressure to adjacent waters - with no net gain

    in fish stocks.

    2. Environmentalists are litigating to stop

    fireworks shows along the coast - citing

    concerns about air and water pollution. One

    small brush fire puts more soot and ash in the air

    into the air and sea than all the coastal fireworks

    would in a decade, and urban runoff, hundreds

    of times more each day. This green idea of zero

    tolerance will put an end to countless sports,

    pleasures and pastimes.

    3. The north entrance of Marina del Rey needs

    dredging badly. The situation has become a

    hazard to safe navigation. The reason the entrance

    isnt kept clear is that, because of environmental

    regulations, dredging has become much more

    expensive, and therefore not done often enough

    or in a timely manner.

    In years past the dredges could simply pump

    the sediments over the rocks, by pipe, and le

    it settle onto the sea floor a hundred yards ou

    on the other side. Now, the sludge and sand has

    to be treated as toxic waste and trucked away -

    creating more pollution in the process - costing

    millions of dollars more than it should.

    4. Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and 15% ethanol ar

    being mandated in trucks and automobiles and

    will certainly find their way into marine engines

    These fuels are harmful to older engines and fue

    systems. Furthermore, it is probable that these

    fuels will soon be required in marine engines

    forcing the boater to add expensive additives or

    risk damaging engines costing many thousands

    of dollars.

    It is important to note that ethanol use decrease

    MPG and takes more energy to produce than

    it provides, as well as raising the price and

    availability of food world wide - resulting in

    shortages of food and starvation.

    We are literally burning food for the sake of

    Environmentalist dogma, and to placate, wha

    has become, the subsidized ethanol, green

    energy lobby.

    5. The California Air Resources Board ha

    mandated that commercial shipping burn

    more expensive low emission fuel while

    operating in state waters. This is resulting in

    fewer ships using the traffic separation lanes fo

    coastal commercial traffic. Instead, domestic


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    C a t a l i n a C U R R E N T S

    and foreign vessels are cutting across state waters

    from international waters at right angles and at

    high speed so as to spend as little time as possible

    in Californias heavily regulated waters. This

    situation increases hazards for boaters as well as


    6. The Coast Guard is again considering mandatory

    life jackets for all boaters. Approximately 460

    persons, who were not wearing life jackets, die

    each year from drowning. About 335 of these

    were on power boats under 21 feet in length. Only

    about 11% of all drownings occur among the crew

    or passengers of sailboats over 25 feet in length.

    But you can bet that medium and large sailboats

    will be included in the new regulations. I observe

    that about 25 people are killed or severely injured

    annually by accidental jibes - so perhaps we

    should have a mandatory helmet law while we are

    sailing, as well as life-jackets. To further enhance

    public safety maybe seat belts and airbags shouldbe standard equipment aboard small to medium

    sized power boats as well.

    Boy...strapped into your seat, wearing a helmet

    and a bulky life-vest, really sounds like a fun,

    unencumbered day on the water.

    7. Prohibition of copper bottom paint is on the

    horizon, and theres not a replacement available.

    If an alternative to copper paint is eventually

    developed you can bet it wont be as effective and

    that it will be more expensive. Furthermore, other

    than increased levels of copper in harbors andmarinas I can find no evidence that anthropogenic

    copper has been shown to be a threat to the

    marine ecosystem. It should also be noted that

    it has only been in recent years that the public

    has been conditioned, through Environmentalist

    political andmedia campaigns, to expect harbors

    and marinas to be aquatic nature reserves, rather

    than merely a berthing/docking facility for ships

    and boats.

    I often wonder why we dont apply this illogical

    thought process to parking lots and shopping

    malls. Why shouldnt we expect to see native

    flora and fauna in Wal-Marts parking areas

    instead of oil-stained asphalt and AstroTurf?

    Talk about ecosystem destruction...a parking lot

    destroys everything...forever - as well as adding

    a substantial amount of unregulated, oily, copper

    laden, urban runoff to the ocean - buts its boats

    and bottom paint that are the big worry for land-

    locked bureaucrats. Go figure...

    Heres a little perspective regarding copper in the

    marine environment.

    A) 95% of copper in the sea comes from natural

    run off which carries naturally occurring, copper

    laden sediments into the sea.

    B) Pleasure boats account for less than .003% of

    copper in the sea.

    C) Brake linings and copper drinking water pipes

    are the largest source of anthropogenic copper in

    the sea. Still, these sources make up less than 1%

    of total copper in the sea.

    D) Copper is a natural nutrient for nearly all

    marine life.

    E) Copper levels in the sea have been nearly

    constant over the centuries.

    F) Copper naturally degrades in the environmentso that there is no long term build up.

    Added to the afore mentioned issues there are

    numerous regulations and laws pertaining to; bilge

    pumping, engine exhaust, eco -friendly boat soap

    and cleaners, saw dust from sanding your boats

    teak, solvents and topside paint, keeping garbage

    logs, holding tanks and heads, minor fuel spills,

    voluminous fishing and diving regulations, lobster

    report cards, anchoring prohibitions, like those

    off the south entrance of Marina del Rey, fueling

    requirements, boarding inspections and marine

    mammal and bird protections.

    It is apparent that boaters are being buried beneath

    a costly and time consuming Lilliputian regulatory

    web, as referred to at the beginning

    of this column.

    Sadly, the bureaucracies of government, at every

    level, have encroached into all areas of our lives.

    Agencies like the Department of the Interior

    and the EPA are nearly autonomous and entirely

    unresponsive to either common sense or the voters.

    They are driven only by the zealous ideology of

    their managers who seem determined to regulate

    activities from boating to energy production to the

    point of prohibition.

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    P O W E R TA I L S


    Marina Del Rey Anglers (MDRA) and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

    (HSWRI) are pleased to announce the winner of the latest $500 drawing

    for anglers turning in white seabass heads to one of the many collection

    facilities at landings and tackle shops along the Southern California coast.Wes Serkin of San Diego was the lucky angler and winner for the white

    seabass (WSB) he caught fishing 200 yards off the La Jolla kelp beds

    in 90 feet of water on July 28, 2010. Wes turned in the heads of several

    white seabass he caught during this award period of July 1 - December 31,

    2010. During this period 208 WSB heads were turned in by recreational


    Southern California is experiencing an epic bite on white seabass at this

    time and all recreational anglers are eligible and encouraged to turn in

    their white seabass heads for a potential $500 award drawing. Anglers get

    to enjoy the fishing, enjoy the catching, enjoy the eating and bragging, and

    at the same time help scientists study this noble fish and help assure we

    have plenty of them in the future.

    HSWRI operates the Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery

    Program in San Diego. (OREHP) under the direction of the California

    Department of Fish and Game (DFG). All WSB heads turned in qualify

    for the cash lottery; it doesnt matter if your WSB head contains a tiny tag

    implanted by HSWRI or not.

    The OREHP program began releasing cultured juvenile white seabass

    in 1986. Scientists at HSWRI implant each juvenile WSB with a coded

    wire tag in its cheek which contains the data about its genealogy, when it

    was spawned, and when and where it was released. The scientists use the

    data from the returned heads to help evaluate the efficacy of the program

    To date the program has raised and released 1,800,000 juvenile white

    seabass. White seabass reach legal size after three to five years so we are

    now seeing the results of all of this effort. The elimination of near shoregill nets, long lines and the introduction of the OREHP program have

    all contributed to the strong resurgence of the WSB fishery in Southern


    The OREHP program is a partnership between HSWRI, United Anglers

    of Southern California, Sportsfishing Association of California, DFG and

    numerous angling clubs and environmental organizations throughou

    Southern California. Everybody involved urges all anglers to get with

    the program and turn in your white seabass heads. Its good for science

    its good for marine conservation and fisheries and its potentially very

    profitable for you.

    Darrell Pickford is a director of MDR Anglers and heads the clubs white

    seabass program. MDRA is one of 10 organizations that maintain white

    seabass grow out pens which care for the juvenile WSB until they are

    large enough and strong enough to be released and survive in the wild

    For more information about MDRA or its white seabass program contac

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    I just love when the season startsshowing promise.

    Lately the bite was on for whiteseabass, calicos and halibut (yesbig ones) and most other speciesthat happen during this part of oursummer.

    Theres been yellowtail caughtaround P.V. Lead-heads andsliding sinkers well pinned squidhas been the ticket.

    Water temps are finally on therise with temps rising to the midto upper 60s.It seems to be allcoming together for a good fishingseason. A buddy of mine evenhooked a few bluefin tuna recently.

    Over at Catalina the yellowtail,white seabass and calicos havebeen fun.

    On the bait scene - currentlytheres squid and sardines but withwater temps climbing expect it to


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    poor crew work will make a real genius look

    dumb. Frustratingly, one of the main challenges

    with racing is finding and training new crew.

    Mike Gucciones recent crew tryout event was

    a novel attempt to address this issue by creating

    a skipper-crew matchmaking session. He

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    exactly the kind of people we want to bring into

    racing: young, active adventurous types. Ofthe 28 potential crew who filled out the event

    survey, almost 2/3 were under 40 years old,

    had sailing experience and about one-third of

    the group had racing experience. Encouragingly,

    there was an even male/female split so much

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    The four novices -- Andre, Ann, Karin and Will

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    and potential. To keep the momentum going,

    we came up with a plan. We would schedule

    several practice sessions, have everybody learn

    several positions, and target the June 26 Jennifer

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    we had a great time on the water. The weatherwas perfect, the crew work was flawless and we

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    lineman let go the coiled leader line, laying it

    expertly across the bow, where the skipper and

    crew caught it and started bringing the heavy

    tow lines aboard. The 2 diameter bridle was

    connected to the port and starboard bow cleats,

    the leader line disconnected and stored in the

    cock pit, and the tow line was fed gently back

    toward the cutter. The vessel was on a 200 feet

    tow line that tightened gradually as the cutter

    turned toward Maui (the closest port) and

    picked up speed.

    Throughout the next 12 hours the tow proceeded

    at 6 -8 knots, but when a large wave struck from

    behind, the sailing vessel would surf with the

    knot meter exceeding 12 knots at times and

    catching up close to the cutter. The crew was

    informed they were to be handed off to local

    Maui CG for the last few miles of the tow. Atabout the designated time the sailing vessel

    slowed dramatically and the crew assumed they

    were on location awaiting the transfer. Then

    the lights of the cutter started to dim as the

    cutter drew away. At about the same moment a

    VHF contact from the cutter ask to check the

    tow line. Sure enough, the tow line had parted,

    chaffed through at the apex of the bridle where

    it connected to the main tow line. Since the boat

    was within a few miles of the transfer point it

    was decided not to try reconnect, but wait for

    the Maui CG to pick up the process. Within ahalf hour the USCG Smallboat, a 40 rescue

    boat, came along side and threw their tow line.

    When safely secured and underway, only then

    did the Kittiwake leave the scene, among thank

    yous and we love you guys coming from the

    crew ofEleu.

    The relative short tow to the CG mooring off

    Lahaina harbor entrance took only a couple

    hours. As the buoy was approached, the

    Smallboatcame along side the Eleu, releasing

    the tow line and side tying to maneuver the

    sailing vessel close enough to secure its bow

    line to the buoy. When all was secure, the rescue

    boat gently backed away and wishedEleus crew

    luck with the pending repairs. Again salutation

    of appreciation were exchanged with the CG

    crew, all being very modest about their role.

    The crew of the Eleu wants also to give their

    thanks and appreciation to the members of the

    Lahaina Yacht Club, who welcomed them as

    temporary members, opening up their facility

    for showers and refreshments, and helping

    secure the needed repairs. Within two working

    days a new bracket had been fabricated out ostainless steel, the hydraulic hoses replaced, and

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    Yusheng WangElectrical Dos and Donts

    Yusheng Wang is an ABYC certified marine electrician and the owner/operator of the longstanding Marina del Rey company 3-D Marine. He has been

    a reputable marine electrician here in Marina del Rey for the past 13 years. Yusheng was also a professional boat builder in his homeland of China.

    Q: What are some of the most common mistakes you see regarding the electrical systems on your clients boats?

    Wang: There are quite a few circumstances I run into time and time again that happen in after market installations and from the factory itself that I

    would do differently. For instance:

    I suggest replacing the often seen black plastic battery box with heavy duty boxes or a custom box. Batteries really should not move more than one inchin any direction and should be completely secure, even if the boat were to go upside down.

    The batteries should be able to be manually shut off from an accessible location thats not too far from the batteries (no more than 72).

    Make sure that heavy DC loads such as inverters, high output alternators, windlass, etc, are evenly distributed throughout all batteries in a multi-battery


    Correct wires running above exhaust manifold for too far a distance without any shield.

    Remove all the scattered ground wires on the engine block to a common stud near the alternator and away from the cooling water system. Electricity

    going through marine engines can cause rapid and serious internal corrosion.

    Reroute or shield wires running on top of or above metal fuel tanks. Always reroute positive cables from such a location.Sadly, almost no one has a fuse for their alternator output on the alternator side.

    Make sure AC and DC panels are separated. If that is impossible, make sure that AC components are covered from behind.

    And always look at the basics: mismatched color coding, wrong wiring sizes, messy wiring, etc.

    Q: What are the more dangerous of the mistakes that can be made?

    Wang: There are a few that come to mind.

    Using a DC main selector switch for an AC power source selector. DC main selector switches are connect before break types and the AC selector

    are break before connect. Its very critical not to combine two AC sources together and its also very critical to make sure you can switch DC sources

    without power interruption.

    Another mistake is using a DC thermal breaker for an AC circuit. Those breakers are not rated for high voltage and can blow up if used incorrectly

    Using neoprene insulated welding cable as engine starting cable. Neoprene is not oil resistant. Once fuel or oil gets on it, it will start to deteriorate and

    eventually it will fall from the conductor. Putting two or more radio transmitters on one antenna without a splitter. One will fry the other. The same

    concept applies to video /audio devices and speakers. Only route one component to one set of speakers.

    Q: Whats your advice on how to avoid these mishaps?

    Wang: Always sit and read the instructions carefully before you pull out the crimpers...


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    Dear Mookie,

    Our son is in his early twenties. He hasntgone to college, he changes jobs often - no

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