2011 The Mariner - Issue 106 1 Issue #106 December 2011 Mariner A Publication For Where Land Ends www.marinermagazine.com A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community The America’s Cup in San Diego Coastal Commission Approves Major Amendment Navigating in Reduced Visibility Holiday Gift Ideas

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2011 The Mariner - Issue 106 1

Issue #106December 2011

M a r i n e rA Publication For Where Land Endswww.marinermagazine.com

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


America’s Cupin San Diego Coastal Commission Approves Major Amendment

Navigating in Reduced Visibility

Holiday Gift Ideas

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The Mariner is

Editor/Publisher/WriterPat Reynolds

PhotographsPat Reynolds


ContributorsDave Kirby

Richard Schaefer

Copy Editing AssistanceLisa Asahara

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Coming Events 4

Off the Wire 6

Major Development for MDR Future 8LCP Amendment Passed by Coastal Commission

Dredging Up Good News 10MDR Breakwall Soon to be Dredged

Fog Ho by Captain Paul Miller 12Navigating in Limited Visibility

AC in SD 14America’s Cup Action in San Diego

Coastal Currents 16Marine Related Gift Cards by Captain Richard Schaefer

Powertails 18ULSD Diesel

Racing 20Ask the Expert - Diving for Lobster 23Ask Mookie 24Classifi eds 25

I took a drive down the coast to check out the America’s Cup World Series event that was going on in San Diego. I rarely have the need to get credentials and be a part of the “real media” but when the opportunity arises, it’s fun to cover international stories.

I’ve kept up with the AC over the last four or fi ve years, always interested how sailing’s marquee sport handles their business. As many of you know, Russell Coutts and Larry Ellison are committed to modernizing this event on a myriad of levels, hoping to make it a more palatable sport for the general public, particularly the younger demographic.

It’s pretty cool – they’ve introduced slick sexy catamarans

that can top 30-knots and hit double-digit speeds in 5-knots of breeze. In an interest to make it a viewable live event, they’ve brought the racing close to shore and for broadcasting purposes the big cats are loaded with cameras and mics to give the viewer a more visceral experience.

But for a guy that was raised on Mohammad Ali staring into a lens ranting “I am the greatest”, John McEnroe bellowing “you can not be serious!” Joe Namath in pantyhose, Pete Rose’s aggressive headfi rst slide, Charles Barkley saying he’s no role model – I am sorely missing some personality from these guys.

Where’s Dennis Conner when you need him? These dudes are

bland. Young, handsome? Yes. Interesting? No.

If I’m on the promotional team for the AC, I say, “listen up Coutts – you’re on the right track with all these sexy boats, cameras and whatnot, but we gotta interject some character into our ‘stars’. Tell them to be candid during interviews and not to shy from controversy. Relax, have a laugh – take a poke at a competitor. Who cares? This is no time to be guarded and cautious – let ‘er rip Russ – ya know? Russ – ya know? Why such a blank stare?

Are you on the phone?

Did you hear anything I said?”

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38 Downeast Cutter 1977 bluewater cruiser ready to go, loaded only $59,000

32 Jeanneau 1984 fast cruiser , spaceous interior, diesel engine. Loaded, $21,000

28 Bayliner 2001 single Mercruiser diesel, loaded, full electronics, Trac-Vision satellite TV, air, heat, turnkey $49,000

39’Cal cruising sloop, fast and comfortable, loaded and priced below market at $46,50036 Islander 1976 motivated seller $23,000

65’ McKinna 2002 pilot house,3 cabins, loaded low hours $685,00052 Hatteras Conv 1988 updated $299,000

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

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41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have 2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000-139,000.46 Hunter 202 aft cpt, aft cab $250,000

37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975 upgraded 1991 new engine and more. Trade in for power or smaller sail $79,000

41 Islander Freeport 1978 spaceous center cockpit aft cabin ketch needs work $38,00038’ Alberg 1973 yawl, reblt dsl, $16,000


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39 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loaded very clean. Twin Cummins diesels, $99,00035’ Carver 97’ aft cab clean $115,000

30 Catalina 1979 spacious, wheel, furling head sail, rebuilt Universal engine, low hours only $12,500

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38 Carver 1988 motor yacht excellent for livaboard only $59,500 - great price!36’ Carver aft cabin 1989 $49,000


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November 26 Fisherman’s Village Weekend

Concert - Yes Ma’am (Rhythm & Blues)

Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Blues concerts outdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse in Fisherman’s Village, every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting; 1- 4 p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free.

November 27 Fisherman’s Village Weekend

Concert - The Sullivan Hall Band (Blues, R&B)

Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Blues concerts outdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse in Fisherman’s Village, every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting; 1- 4 p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free.

December 3Sunset Full Moon Kayak Paddle

Paddle away from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience the tranquility of the ocean at night on a Sit-On-Top kayak. No experience necessary; open to ages 18+. 6 - 9 p.m. UCLA Marina Aquatic Center $20-$35. (310) 823-0048

December 4Stand-Up Paddleboard

For BeginnersEveryone is doing it - stand-up paddling for fun and fi tness. One session will teach you the basics. 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. $30-$45. (310) 823-0048

December 10Marina del Rey Holiday

Boat ParadeExperience Christmas at the Marina’s Free Annual Holiday Boat Parade and Fireworks Display. Rain or shine, dozens of colorfully decorated boats circle the marina competing for the Grand Prize. The night’s festivities usually kick off with a 5:55 p.m. fi reworks show, followed by the parade from 6 - 8 p.m. See website for parking, viewing and contest details. (310) 670-7130

December 31New Years Eve at Two Harbors

What better place to ring in the New Year, than Two Harbors. Join us at the Harbor Reef Restaurant for dinner, dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Come enjoy and

leave the driving to the Shoreboats. Please call for reservations, 310-510-4215.

December 31st39th Annual New Year’s Eve Cel-

ebration, Casino BallroomDance in the New Year at this black-tie optional event in the world famous Casino Ballroom. Reservations will go on sale July 2011. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520.

OngoingSanta Monica Windjammers

Yacht Club DinnersWednesday 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 www.smwyc.org or call us at 310-827-7692

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.

Women’s Sailing Association 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@ wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org.

Sailing Singles of Southern California

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. Club members 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 member’s Boats. Catalina Island trips and special events are also planned. (310) 822-0893 or email: [email protected] www.sailingsinglesofsoutherncalifornia.com

Marina Sunday Sailing ClubSince 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 on the 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 member’s 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 visit www.marinasundaysailors.com

C o m i n g E v e n t s !What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?

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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] Mariners of Marina del Rey

Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Pacifi c Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for a light meal during the meeting, however, there is 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 meetingLive “Yacht Rock” at The WarehouseEvery Wed 6-9pm The Unkle Monkey Duo plays their unique brand of “ Yacht Rock “ mixing popular songs with music from the islands of Hawaii, The Caribbean, and more...Happy Hour is 4-7pm ...It’s Margaritaville in the Marina ! 4499 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht

Club DinnersMembers, guests, and prospective members are invited to join us for cocktails, food, fun, and friendship on Wednesday and Friday evenings at the club house. Fun starts with cocktails at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm. Lectures and educational presentations often follow the Wednesday night dinners. Begin your weekend with us on Fridays with dinner and live music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Join us on Sundays for a cozy winter afternoon by the fi re, blues and jazz music and ‘cook it yourself’ BBQs or ‘comfort food’. For details and directions, please visit our web site at www.smwyc.org or call us at 310-827-7692.

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You’ve painstakingly collected and built up quite a list of valuable navigation points and fi shing spots. When you fi rst bought your chart plotter, many Saturday afternoons were spent with beer in hand loading the hundreds of waypoints into your plotter, and now by accident, theft or memory data loss, they are gone. What do you do?

Well if you were careful, you backed them up to a data card and now you can reload them in about 30 seconds. If not, I hope you have plenty of time and plenty of beer! If you haven’t now is the time to back them up before you lose them. If you don’t back them up or even worse, don’t have them written down the result is unthinkable.

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Many newer plotters utilize the widely available “SD” or “CF” card format for their cartography. You can pick up blank SD or CF cards from several sources and they are relatively inexpensive. Older plotters used a proprietary format cartography card and as such, you’ll have to purchase those from your marine electronics dealer. These are a little pricier than the SD cards, but well worth the cost in aggravation saved by not having to reload your lost waypoints.

Now is the time to back those waypoints up before disaster happens and they are gone forever.

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New Date Announced for Border Run

Organizers of the 2012 Border Run have announced that registration is now open to enter the 2012 Border Run which will be sailed on its new date Saturday, March 10th., 2012. They have sweetened the pot to get sailors to enter early. Enter on or before December 15th 2011 and save money, get free stuff and a chance to win a $1,200 BORD SUP (pictured) or a GoPro Video Cam. What do you get when you enter on or before December 15th 2011?

1) Save money on your entry.2) The fi rst 30 entries get a 2010 Border Run T-shirt or hat from Pirates Lair valued at $15 bucks.3) The next 30 entries get an Alum LED waterproof fl ash light by West Marine valued at $14.95.

4) All Entries on or before Dec 10th 2011 have a chance to win a new BORD SUP with carbon paddle and a GoPro video cam.

In 2011, with 233 entries, The Border Run became the largest point to point ocean racing event in Southern California. For 2012 organizers are looking to make the Border Run bigger and better. With its new March 10th date, the 2012 Border Run will be

one of the fi rst major races for the 2012 season, a feeder race for the NOOD regatta in San Diego and a tune-up race for the 2012 Cabo race. The new date should also mean more wind.

For all details on the race and to enter the 2012 Border Run go to www.TheBorderRun.org or call for more info at 800-366-8584.

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his month Supervisor Don Knabe announced that the California Coastal Commission approved the Major Amendment to the Marina

del Rey certifi ed Local Coastal Plan (LCP), with modifi cations recommended by the Commission’s staff. He said:

The LCP major amendment is in response to the Coastal Commission’s request for a comprehensive look at individual projects requiring LCP amendments. It simplifi es the current 14 existing development zones into 3, and lays out a plan to improve recreation, boating, traffi c congestion, infrastructure and parks.

Following three years of community and stakeholder input, I am thrilled to be moving forward in our plans to update this extraordinary destination for residents, boaters, visitors to Los Angeles County and all those who call it home.

Marina del Rey is a unique place with incredible potential. With the Commission’s approval, we now have the opportunity to revitalize an area that hasn’t seen change in over 40 years. I appreciate all the valuable feedback we received in 79 public meetings, Board hearings and community working groups. We made signifi cant changes based on this input which I know will set us on a course to a better integrated urban waterfront with improved access to the water and greater services and amenities for all our

residents and visitors.

The Major Amendment will now come before the Board of Supervisors for ratifi cation to consider the changes approved by the Commission.

At the meeting held in Oceanside, a number of land-based projects were discussed but a good part of Coastal Commission Deputy Director Jack Ainsworth’s presentation spoke of and, one could argue, defended the position of decreasing the number of Marina del Rey’s slips particularly smaller sizes under the protests of some local boater advocacy groups.

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be no net loss of slips – harbor wide – and no net loss of slips under 30-feet,” said Ainsworth of the contentious issue.Ainsworth repeated that current data and studies indicate that when factoring in ADA mandates, Department of Boating and Waterways guidelines, anticipated future market demands and how other local marinas have been reconstructed there’s no way around losing slips.

“The county has also documented that there’s b e e n h i s to r i ca l ly high vacancy rates in smaller slips - under 35-feet,” he c o n t i n u e d . “For example in a July 2011 survey there were 653 vacancies in the 35-feet and under slips or 81% of total vacancies harbor wide.”

Ainsworth conceded that the down economy is partially responsible for those statistics, but noted that historically MDR has had high vacancy rates in the smaller slip sizes.

As the meeting continued and the public comment portion ensued there were suggestions by both members of the public and of the commission itself that these given issues were more complicated and involved than what might appear.

“Approval of this LCP amendment will bring the number of boat of boat slips lost to nearly 2,000 since our marina was developed,” said Andy Bisset, President of the Marina Boat Owners Association. “Why? Because they want the boat

owner parking for more profi table development. What are we going to get for this? Dry stack valet powerboat parking for the wealthy?”Commissioner Esther Sanchez who represented the only dissenting vote for the passing of the amendment, reminded the Deputy that the commission had publicly stated in 2006 that there would be no more slip reductions and questioned why they were going back on the statement/promise.

“Can we say at this point, no more?” Sanchez asked the Deputy pointedly. “We have made a statement to the c o m m u n i t y. While I u n d e r s t a n d what you’re saying, there

are some artifi cial reasons why there are vacancies – I still believe that – especially based on my experiences here.”

The Coastal Commission maintained that times had changed and felt good about the slip mix that was created - 39% at 30-feet and under - 20% in the 31-35-foot range, making 59% of the marina under 35-feet – currently that ratio is 69% under 35-feet.

An emotional Santo Kreimann, Director of Beaches and Harbors who is for some a villain in this passion play, spoke towards the end of the meeting saying, “I do want to thank the members of the public who did a wonderful job of refocusing us and challenging us to produce a very balanced development plan and that’s what we have here. It’s signifi cantly different than what we had in 2008. We listened.”

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LOS ANGELES, November 15, 2011 – Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe announced an agreement with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Port of Long Beach for an important dredging project in Marina del Rey. Through the collaboration, the County saves millions of dollars and signifi cantly reduces the project’s carbon footprint, while meeting the urgent needs of two local communities.

The project entails dredging up to 760,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the Marina del Rey harbor entrance and transporting it by barge to the Port of Long Beach for a redevelopment project. This plan will save upwards of $85 million and eliminate the 42,000 truck trips through densely populated communities that would have been required to dispose of the sediment at inland landfi ll sites. In addition, approximately 140,000 cubic yards of clean sediment will be deposited offshore at Dockweiler State Beach and up to 75,000 cubic yards will be pumped on Redondo Beach to address beach erosion issues.

“This innovative agreement between federal and local agencies is a terrifi c example of government at all levels working together to solve regional

issues,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe. “This partnership was a once in a lifetime opportunity and the timing is perfect – Marina del Rey needs to get rid of sediment and Long Beach needs sediment. Besides being a win for both of these communities, we are saving millions of dollars through an environmentally sound solution. I want to thank the Army Corps of Engineers and all parties involved for their willingness to work together for the safety and benefi t of the residents of Los Angeles county.”

A severe build-up of sediment around the north and south entrances to Marina del Rey has reduced navigation for recreational boaters. It is also a huge safety risk for fi rst responders in the area, including the United States Coast Guard, Los Angeles County Lifeguard Baywatch and the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s boat patrol. These agencies respond to emergencies throughout Santa Monica Bay, including LAX and three major plants in the bay: Hyperion Treatment, Chevron Products and the Redondo Beach Power Plant.

“I am pleased to hear that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors


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Long Beach Port’s Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project will combine two aging shipping terminals into one modern terminal to improve cargo-movement effi ciency and environmental performance. The project will upgrade wharfs, water access and storage areas, as well expand an on-

dock rail, all while cutting air pollution and adding approximately 14,000 jobs in Southern California.

“The Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project provides an opportunity to safely dispose of dredge materials, while creating much-needed land for a cargo terminal expansion that will support thousands of new jobs,” said Richard D. Steinke, executive director of the Port of Long Beach. “This is a cost-effective reuse of contaminated sediments that otherwise would need to be hauled off by trucks to remote disposal sites. Regulatory and wildlife agencies have helped us to approve this sequestering of contaminated sediments in the most environmentally responsible way possible.”

The project is anticipated to begin in January 2012 with construction expected to be completed by September 2012

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Fog Ho!

ue to the installation of a new engine, we decided to purchase the most expensive tow coverage available. This would even tow us from Ensenada to

our home port in Marina del Rey if necessary. Oddly enough, one day while sailing three miles from MDR we were closed in by a solid fog as darkness was approaching.

Stepping below we lit up our glorious GPS complete with plotter, bit as the screen was loading, a message came across indicating the antenna was not functioning. We could visualize where we were since I could hear the aircraft coming out of LAX and our fathometer was reading 10 fathoms. We began edging toward the beach hoping to hear the bell on the 2ES buoy just three miles off the MDR jetty. I knew we were north of the sewer pipe and south of the detached breakwater by the sound of the

aircraft powering aloft above us. The whine of their engines reminded me of climbing off Chesapeake Bay in the Naval Academy N3N open cockpit Stearman seaplane with the huge radial Continental engine pulling skyward.

And behold, as we sailed along through a light chop we soon heard the clank of the bell on the 2ES buoy. Watching our fathometer slowly dropping we eased slightly to starboard until the buoy was a few yards off the bow as evidenced by the loud bell and the barking of the sea lions on the buoy.

We still could not see the buoy or even the bow pulpit due to the deep fog. I did wish to come into the harbor as the fog was thickening quickly. We had donned foul weather gear because of all the moisture pouring down our mainsail and we would soon lose light. I fi rst

considered moving to seaward of the buoy and anchoring while continuing to sound the fi ve second dinging on the bell for a fog signal every two minutes. Then reconsidering the possibility of being destroyed by a huge fast moving vessel playing my favorite Miles Davis tunes, I decided there must be a better alternative.

We considered calling our tow service and use our “super admirals tow plan”.

Great idea - we could tell them exactly where we are - only three miles from the MdR jetty. We called our tow service, gave our member number and told them we were in deep fog alongside the 2ES buoy and were in need of either a radar or GPS escort as our GPS was down.

The young man chuckled and stated that they do not respond to vessels lost in the fog, however

By Captain Paul MIller

Navigat ing in reduced vis ib i l i ty


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they might be able to fi nd a service that would come out and give us a radar/gps escort thru the fog. They only service vessels which are “broken”.

A familiar voice came up on the VHF. It was the lifeguard boat which was sitting at the harbor entrance. We have trained many of them for their USCG Captains Licenses. They had been listening to our conversation and were practicing with their DF (direction fi nding equipment) and confi rmed that they were already headed our way and would be there in minutes. Happy day! Jeanne immediately reminded me that we were also low on fuel. We responded that we were in distress being low on fuel and no wind. Soon looking toward the bow we saw our lifeguard friends sliding up alongside. They guided us into the entrance.

If all else failed I would have moved out to the 10 fathom curve, anchored and continued to sound my fog signal of the ringing of a bell every three minutes. Ugh!

We could have averted the problem by simply slipping into Redondo Harbor when we noted the dew point was 67 degrees. When the dew point is this high it is best to be tucked into a harbor or at anchor in that the low coastal fog will be forming close to sunset as the air cools.

When enjoying your last day on Catalina Island stay posted on the dew point with your VHF weather channel, if the weather is cool and the dew point is low, leave the island early in the day to avoid the low coastal fog which will form when the air temperature coincides with the dew point. When the air temperature is within 4F of the dew point, fog will appear. Point Reyes, California, is very foggy with over 200 foggy days per year.

Fog will appear when the relative humidity reaches 100%. A combination of relative humidity/temperature gauge can be purchased at California Sailing Academy or Radio Shack for a mere $35. Do not leave a California port without one as low coastal fog is so prevalent in this state.

Flash fog is also prevalent in California. It can form quickly and dissipate fast. This can appear from salt particles rising in the air due to breaking waves along the coast and even kelp causes coastal fog.

Protect yourself, passengers and vessel by monitoring your relative humidity, temperature and be in a harbor by early afternoon.

I have many times used my fathometer to get to the 10 fathom line (60 feet), dropped anchor, maintained a watch and sounded my fog signal to await the clearance of the fog.

The signals used in reduced visibility should be given every two minutes. A short blast is about one second and a long blast is four to six seconds.

One short blast followed by a Prolonged blast followed by a short blast (Morris code for R) is the offi cial warning signal which can be given in fog.

We once partially scaled up the mast blowing an air horn repeated in the direction of a speeding Scarab race boat when we heard the roar of the approaching boat in the fog.

The safest place in deep fog may be where you are if not aground. Consider anchoring if safe!

Signals for Operations in Reduced Visibility (Inland & International Rules 35)

One Prolonged Blast: Vessel is making way under power in reduced visibility (i.e. fog). This signal is sounded at intervals of not more that 2 minutes. Two Prolonged Blasts: A vessel stopped and not making way but still under way in reduced visibility. This signal is sounded at intervals of not more that 2 minutes. One Prolonged Blast followed by Two Short Blasts: Sailing vessel, commercial fi shing vessel, vessel not under command or one restricted by draft which is operation in restricted visibility. This signal would be used by a sailboat sailing in fog. This signal is sounded at intervals of not more that 2 minutes.

One Prolonged Blast followed by three short Blasts: A vessel being towed in reduced visibility.

Boats at anchor shall sound rapid strokes on the bell for 5 seconds at intervals not less than one minute during low visibility.

Boats aground shall sound three distinct strokes on the bell (“I Am Aground”), followed by fi ve seconds rapid ringing of the bell, and then followed by three distinct strokes on the bell (“I Am Aground”).

Captain Paul Miller is owner and director of California Sailing Academy and Approved Coast Guard School in Marina del Rey, California since 1967. He is a graduate of the Naval Academy Annapolis, former Naval Offi cer, Captain in the USCG Maritime Fleet and also trains for sail and power at all levels of the American Sailing Association program in addition to training people as Captains in the USCG Maritime Fleet

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The ultimate event in the sport of sailing is without question the America’s Cup. It’s probably the only sailing contest that everyday people have heard of, not that they’d be able to pass a quiz or anything, but most have heard tell. The race has been a part of the international sporting landscape for over 100-years, but as time and technology have marched on, interest in the AC has waned.

This past month Southern California got a legit dose of America’s Cup when the America’s Cup World Series was held in San Diego. The Mariner was on the scene for the fi rst day of action (in the pouring rain) witnessing up close the radical changes that have been implemented since the last multi-challenger contest in 2007.

Racers from all over the world met on the shores of San Diego for a week of racing held inside the harbor, close enough for spectator viewing. Some of the greatest sailors on the planet climbed aboard 45-foot all carbon one-design catamarans powered with rigid wing sails to do battle in both fl eet and match racing. In boats that can hit double digit speeds in 5 or 6-knots of wind and top 30-knots in a good breeze, organizers are hoping that an interested younger audience might become attracted to the excitement and sexiness of the new-look America’s Cup.The hope is that with “stadium” style spectator viewing and cameras/microphones placed

all over the boats, sailboat racing will at last become an accessible sport that fans can engage in. While there was a decent crowd watching from the pier on the day we were there, it wasn’t at all easy to keep track of who was winning, let alone the nuances therein. Although there was a play-by-play announcer being broadcast for the crowd, in front of a TV was probably the best place to view the racing.

On the broadcast front, the San Diego event demonstrated that the media team is certainly stating to dial things in. Transpac legend Stan Honey is Director of Technology for the 34th AC and his vision is an obvious asset.

“It’s hard to make sailing on TV not look like white triangles on a blue background,” said Honey in a recent interview. “Historical America’s Cup coverage has gone back and forth between the real video and Virtual Eye, where you can see the story – who’s ahead, who’s behind. What we’re doing in combining the two.”

Honey’s AC broadcast coverage looks more advanced and engaging than ever before. With the boat’s abilities to lift a hull in six-knots of wind, and accelerate like there’s an onboard gas pedal combined with a mixture of helicopter footage, onboard footage and virtual imaging, the next AC (that will be raced in 72-foot cats) is sure to be more interesting than past


One of the major reasons that catamarans were chosen is their ability to sail in a wider spectrum of wind speeds. On the day we visited, the fi rst race was run in 4-7 knots – a day that most likely would have kept the older version AC boats tied to the dock. The second race was delayed for no wind at all, but eventually it picked up to around 10 allowing the boats to get in a race, hitting speeds in the 20s.

Up close the 45-foot cats look impressive. They are physically demanding and require a certain level of athleticism, strength and endurance to keep them competitive.

The game has obviously changed and once the 72s are built it will change again. The questions remains: will all of this innovation bring audiences to the America’s Cup? Will it become a viable advertising platform for major sponsors? Will a younger demographic gravitate to the sport?

Time will tell. In the meantime America’s Cup organizers will be busy perfecting both the sailing and media aspects of this endeavor during these World Series events. Then, in 2013, the rubber will meet the road – or the hulls will meet the water, well, one hull will and the other will not…anyway, you get the point.

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he last few Christmases have been tough on a lot of folks. Money isn’t fl owing quite as deep or freely as during Christmas past, and so it makes sense to choose carefully before spending your

hard earned denaro. The last thing most of us want is another Chinese chotsky or box of geedunk...oh, look it up.

My worst, seasonal fear is the idea of staggering around a mall, eyes glazed and vacant, mouth slightly agape, searching for the “perfect gift” on Christmas Eve. The nightmarish vision ends with me stumbling over scattered boxes - eventually being sucked down into the swirling discards of thousand of previous shoppers, who have, by then, scurried away to home and hearth. Leaving me alone, to sift through the sea of tattered debris - looking for that “special gift”.

Don’t let this happen to you. Instead, consider a gift certifi cate, for the boater in your life, from one of our marina’s local businesses. The recipient can choose what they want or need, and it helps out our local economy. Here’s a short list of some, local, boating oriented, businesses.

The Ship’s Store14025 Panay Way, MDR. (310) 823-5574It’s the oldest chandlery in the Marina - others have come and gone, but the Ship’s Store remains. Their sales crew is about as knowledgeable as they come and if they don’t have it they can get it. They have gift certifi cates in any denomination and there isn’t a boater in the marina who couldn’t fi nd a way to spend a $100 bucks in there.

West Marine 4570 Admiralty Way, MDR. In the Marina Shopping Center. (310) 823-5357The Walmart of boating. A vast selection of apparel, fi shing tackle, books and aqua-gizmos. Gift Certifi cates and Christmas sales/specials.

The Boat Yard 13555 Fiji Way, MDR. (310) 823-8964Full service boat yard, offering a December, Christmas Special - Free haul and launch when they paint your boat’s bottom. Also have a winter special for “do-it-yourselfers” - two lay days for the price of one - pay for fi ve days get the next fi ve free. Also available as a, pay for seven and get the next seven free. Hmmm...maybe I could live there??? Gift certifi cates in any denomination are available.

Windward Boat Yard13645 Fiji Way, MDR. (310) 823-4581Oldest full service boat yard in Marina del Rey - offering a “do it yourself special” - pay for 5 days and get the next 5 free - through December. “Get your bottom coppered while you still can.” That sounds rather odd - but boaters know what I’m talking about.

Seamark Marine 13441 Mindanao Way, MDR. (310) 301-8303Boat Yard - Specializing in power and sail boats 30 feet and under... I didn’t know that the marina had any small boats anymore... maybe someone should alert the County Harbor Department before they get rid of all the small slips and middle class boaters. No Gift Certifi cates. Offering a 10% off Christmas Special.

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1731 Abbott-Kinney Blvd. MDR. (310) 822-1203Sails and canvas repairs. I’ve known the owner, Oliver McCann, for more than 25 years - he’s dependable, painfully honest and a skilled professional. My X used to work for him - but I still like him anyway. He has gift certifi cates available.

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Maritime Communications 766 Washington. Blvd. MDR. (310) 821-4958Santa’s Toyland of Marine Electronics. I met Ken Englert when he was still tinkering with vacuum tubes and radio direction fi nders (RDF’s). That reminds me...I wonder if he still has some tubes for my RDF. I like to home in on K-EARTH when I’m headed back from the island. He is the “Techno Answer Man” and writes articles for boating publications. Ken and his staff are top notch and have gift certifi cates available in any denomination.

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The Gift of Boating


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C a t a l i n a C U R R E N T SASA Sailing school, bare boat and skippered charters, yacht brokers and dealers for Tartan and C&C - both great boats. They maintain several boats in Marina del Rey and Channel Islands. Their aim is to be a complete boating center and they are certainly on their way. The manager, Chris, and I go back decades. He and his staff are very professional and courteous - nothing at all like me. Even so, I get free coffee whenever I wander in. If you tell them I sent you maybe they’ll give you some. On second thought, don’t mention my name... you’ll improve your chances for a cup of java. They offer gift certifi cates and discounts for couples - so give the gift of sailing....(Chris made me say that).

Marina Sailing Marina del Rey 4633 Admiralty Way, MDR. (310) 822-6617Sail boat Charters and Instruction. They are offering; $100 off Membership, $100 off the Complete Sailing Course. 25% off full day charters for members through the winter. Great deal on a Leeward Islands Flotilla this Spring, Gift Certifi cates towards any sailing activity available for holiday gifts. Discounted group day sails out of all six of our harbor locations. They have 70 boats available mono hulls, multi hulls and power. Ask for Lisa - she’s the nerve center of the operation. When I taught her to sail 20 years ago she was just nervous. I have that effect on people...she used to call me Captain Sunshine, now she doesn’t call me at all.

California Sailing Academy14025 Panay Way, MDR. (310) 821-3433Oldest sailing school in Marina del Rey, Captain Paul Miller, Annapolis grad, has been at the helm a long time and knows his stuff. ASA Instruction. Basic to advanced. Celestial navigation classes. Charter boats, sailing club and Captain’s License training. Gift certifi cates available.

Blue Water Sailing13505 Bali Way, MDR. (310) 823-5545ASA instruction, beginning through advanced, seven boats, skippered and bare boat charters. Gift certifi cates available, multi-course discounts. I learned to sail on one of those Solings. Rich Smith, the founder of Blue Water, taught me. He later told me that the experience of teaching me to sail was the most disheartening undertaking of his life. I was one of his fi rst students and he said he almost closed the doors to the school after the life shattering experience, but then he realized that if he could

teach me, then he could teach anyone to sail. He later hired me as one of his instructors, so I must have learned something....right?

Sunderland Yacht ServicesMarina del Rey. (805) 907-1946The famous Sunderland clan has produced videos of their open ocean adventures. They are for sale at, worldwindproductions.com. Lawrence tells me that they can gift wrap the three video set for Christmas and send it anywhere. My kids and the Sunderlands have sailed together and spent time at Catalina and Channel Islands - the Sunderland kids decided to go just a little farther - Order the video to see just how far...

Of course all the marina’s eateries offer gift certifi cates. So even if they don’t boat, your friends still have to eat, and the local restaurants need the business. I still have three kids at home and the only place I could afford to feed them was “Edies Diner” and they closed that and opened some kind’a health food joint - great..as you might have guessed, I am not a consumer of bulgur and sprouts. These days, I make the kids fi sh off the dock for skates, rays and any other slimy critter they can drag aboard. You ever had a “skatewich” or bat ray chowder? Tastes like chicken and the price is right.

A fi nal idea for a Christmas gift. Make a CD or download a fl ash drive with boating songs. A couple of years back I wrote a column about the best boating songs. Google it and check it out for ideas.

My personal picks for a “Sailing Album” would be, “Back to the Island”, Leon Russell, -“Southern Cross”, Live version, Crosby, Stills and Nash - “Toes” , Zac Brown - “Bring Me Two Pina Coladas”, Garth Brooks - “Almost Jamaica”, Bellamy Brothers - “Asimbonanga”, Johnny Clegg and Savuka. - “Manana”, Jimmy Buffett - “A Pirate Looks at 40”, Jimmy Buffett, - “Kokomo”, The Beach Boys, - “An American Dream”, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, - “Knee Deep”, Zac Brown and Jimmy Buffett - “Mexico”, James Taylor - “Jolly Mon SIng”, Jimmy Buffett - “Margaritaville”, Jimmy Buffett - “John Crow”, Jimmy Cliff - “Brighter Day”. Doobie Brothers - “Groovy Little Summer Song”, James Otto, “Incommunicado”, Jimmy Buffett - “Changes in Latitudes... “, Jimmy Buffett.

Hey... for 20 bucks you’re groovin’ with a bunch of cool tunes for a sailing friend.

As an orthodox Luddite, I am unable to make a CD or even operate an iPod....can anyone put these songs on an 8 track for me as a Christmas present? No, on second thought, maybe a cassette - I’m trying to upgrade my system - just need to fi nd a 1989 Sony Walkman in a thrift shop.

Captain Richard is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Master of Sailing Vessels. He has skippered charters and deliveries, taught sailing and seamanship, managed yachts and written for boating publications for more than 30 years. He can be reached for comments or consultation at (310) 460-8946 or e-mail at [email protected].



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ALEXANDRIA, Va., November 17, 2011 - As a way to reduce particulate matter, ultra-low-sulfur diesel (ULSD), with only 15 ppm or less of sulfur, was mandated for use in most vehicles, boats and machinery as of December 2010. As a practical matter, however, ULSD has been around since late 2006 when 2007 model year vehicles with more advanced emissions control devices began requiring its use in cars. And since most fuel refi ners don’t have the capacity to offer more than one type of diesel, it’s also been sold at marinas ever since.

During that time, the BoatUS Damage Avoidance Program has kept a close look out for any potential problems with the newer, environmentally-friendly fuel. Recently, the boat owner association’s Damage Avoidance Program publication, Seaworthy, The BoatUS Marine Insurance and Damage Avoidance Report, investigated the issue and has these fi ndings to share:

Lubricity: In diesel engines, having enough “lubricity” in the fuel is critical - without it, the engine would grind itself to a premature death. A lot of publicity has been given to ULSD because the process of removing sulfur from diesel fuel also removes much of the fuel’s lubricity. Contrary to what some have said, however, lubricity is not a problem with ULSD. Minimum lubricity is a requirement of the ASTM-D975 diesel fuel standard and oil companies typically use a synthetic additive to return fuel to its pre-ULSD lubricity levels.

Cetane: All diesel fuel must have a cetane rating of at least 40. Most regular diesel fuel has a cetane rating of 43 to 45, which should be fi ne for most boat engines. The good news is that the cetane numbers remained the same with ULSD.

Gaskets: When the transition was made to low-sulfur diesel (LSD) in 1993, there were problems with leaking gaskets. Newer gaskets that resist leaking were developed, but there were some fears that the gaskets might not stand up to ULSD. After talking to numerous marina owners and engine manufacturers, leaking gaskets don’t appear to be a problem.

Water and “Bugs”: Microbial growth - bugs - need water to grow and have always been a concern with diesel fuel. ULSD holds less water than older, higher-sulfur fuels, which means that any water entering the tank is less likely to be absorbed and instead more likely to become a breeding ground for bugs. Biocides (and cold weather) kill the bugs but their tiny little carcasses pile up in funereal goo at the bottom of the tank. Tanks may need to be cleaned more often to prevent clogged fi lters and corrosion. The best defense is to keep tanks as full as possible (especially over winter storage) and keep a routine eye on the water separator. Story furnished by BoatUS.

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As darkness comes upon us earlier it means less time on the water.In turn, we need to fi sh smarter and drive less.Using up to date fi sh reports, talking with local fi shermen and going by the tackle store in the area to garner information will narrow down where to fi sh and make your outing something productive.

The squid continues to be the bait of choice - there is so much in the bay it’s easy to pick up, the major location is in front of the tankers - use your deck lights to bring them up.

Fishing has been good for lingcod and rockfi sh. Use a dropper loop or a lead head with squid pinned on it.

As the lobster season progresses along with the weather look for bugs to be going to deeper waters. Fresh mackerel is the bait of choice for them.

The Islands are kicking out some nice yellowtail and a few white sea bass.

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This year’s ASMBYC Home Port Regatta 2011 was one of the best ever, and I ended up with a great view from beginning to end.

The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs hosts this free event each year to help introduce new sailors to the world of yacht clubs and yacht racing. Regatta Chair Bruce Fleck did a masterful job producing a memorable event. I witnessed his early organizational work, his direction of the two evening pre-race seminars, his recruiting of Stu Coleman as the Principal Race Offi cer who managed the actual racing, and Bruce’s oversight of the excellent hospitality provided by South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club.

Our collaboration started last April when Bruce told me that he would enroll 30 boats and make this HPR ’11 one of the best ever. He accepted my help with promotion and the work began. We wisely enlisted Duncan Cameron to be the “Mentor Wrangler” (a job I held a decade ago when Duncan was fi rst mentored as a HPR newbie himself). Duncan enlisted the mentors and matched them to the less experienced new racers. These mentors act as onboard coaches, guiding new drivers and crew through the various maneuvers while providing additional safety through their understanding of the right of way rules. Duncan also helped all the new volunteer crew fi nd spots on the various boats. The Mentor Program is an excellent way to introduce new folks to club level sailboat racing. The experienced mentor coaches help the ‘Newbies’ sort out the confusing world of timed fl ag and sound signals, the various right of way rules, and the boat handling issues as crews tack and jibe for tactical advantage over their opponents on the crowded starting line. The Mentors help ensure that these fi rst racing experiences are satisfying and educational.

My seat on the photo-boat offered the best view of the day’s racing. We could watch the skills develop as crews progressed from their fi rst start to their second, and on to the third race, which was the closest yet with frequent lead changes.

It is the mix of Newbie and old hand in an atmosphere of good natured competition that makes this regatta so special. Appreciation of the sport and growth in sailing skills are more important than winning the trophy.

Next year’s Home Port Regatta will be hosted by Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on Sunday, April 22, 2012, just in time for new racers to prepare for the popular summer evening racing that Sunset, Starlight, Sundown and many other local race series’ offer. The valuable pre regatta seminars will be held at SMWYC; 7:00 pm on April 12 and April 19, the two Thursdays preceding the event.

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When I fi rst started this little magazine one of the fi rst people to contact me was a fellow named Romarino Zeri, 51, owner of Intrepid Marine, a marine maintenance company that has existed in Marina del Rey for decades. He asked me to come to his offi ce for a meeting and complimented me on my initiative. Romarino was a long time Marina guy…He knew Dinghy publisher Darien Murray very well and told me he was thinking of starting a replacement publication after her death but then saw The Mariner.

Through the years I met with Romarino a number of different times about his ads and other ideas. While I had heard he was sometimes controversial and heavy-handed, I found him to be a straightforward and positive guy. Defi nitely a take-charge sort of person, but we had a mutual respect and I can say I liked Romarino.

This past month the Marina lost one of its original players when Zeri and his girlfriend Julie Cameron died in a motorcycle accident on one of our local freeways. True to form, Romarino was engaging in one of his passions and ended his life, living his life.

Zeri was a big personality and it seems almost fi tting that his death would be broadcast on all the local news channels. He and his girlfriend collided with a big rig during the Love Ride annual motorcycle event while changing lanes where the northbound 5 merges with the northbound 170 Freeway.

When I met with Romarino it would always be in his offi ce in West LA. He would greet me with a hearty handshake and a big smile and we’d walk into his offi ce where the walls were completely covered with photographs of sailboats – there was probably close to 100 photos on the wall. If a visitor didn’t know what Romarino truly loved before walking in that offi ce, they defi nitely did the moment they stepped in.

He loved boating and had made it his life – it was his business and his passion. We would discuss his past projects and his plans for the future and inevitable, during each of our meetings, one of his kids would call. He would see the caller ID, hold up his fi nger and answer – a brief discussion would ensue and when he got off he would say whom it was, with a few words of explanation – the subtext being he would always answer that call. I remember thinking that if there was one thing about this guy that was more than evident, it was his obvious and unabashed love for his kids.

“My dad loved the water,” said his daughter Sabrina. “He lived to sail, work on boats, and just be close to the water. He was an amazing father, grandfather, and friend. I will miss him forever and never forget how he changed my life.”

Zeri grew up in the Marina and sailed the Santa Monica Bay his whole life – a life that last month ended far too soon.

Intrepid Marine will continue with Zeri’s son managing operations. Pictured in above photo, Julie Cameron, Romarino Zeri and Sabrina Zeri.


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Craig Edelman has been a DiveMaster for over ten years. He is certifi ed as an Advanced Open Water Diver and a Search and Rescue Master Diver. He has and continues to dive all over the Southern California area.

What do you recommend when it comes to pickin’ up bugs?Edelman: Divers, both SCUBA and Free, should know their area prior to a midnight descent. If going by boat or skiff, a pre-plan helps to defi ne if you are on the reef and not somewhere you don’t want to be - it is a deep ocean.

What should someone bring along for an evening of lobstering?Edelman: You’ll need a good buddy, two fl ashlights - one big - one small, extra(Rechargeable) batteries, good gloves - unless you’re hardcore and go handto spine without pain, shoreline access or a boat, fi shing license with ocean stamp, a gauge for measuring the carapace which must be three &1/4” long, And a bug bag.

Make sure the bag has a long enough tethered cord to keep the bugs away from your body while you continue grabbing more but not too long that it hangs in every hole you’re not.

You should also have a tank night light zip tied to your tank neck. - the ones that break and light the little six-inch tube.

Where should you look for them?Edelman: A reef with large boulders, kelp would be nice, with a sandy surrounding baseline is the best scenario. Lobsters hide in holes and crevices created by rocks and boulders and they love to cling to tops of caves.

What’s your opinion regarding size?Remember the rule of thumb: If it looks small - it is. Therefore let it go.

Objects underwater, when viewing with your mask on look 25% bigger and 25% closer. You cannot bring a lobster to the surface and then measure it.

And, let the big ones go - the bull bugs, and when I say big I mean the ones that grab onto your arm and start dragging you back into their hole – let the daddies go because they help contribute to the millions of tiny lobstersevery season which will grow big enough for you to take in about three to four years.

What about the act of physically catching them, - any pearls of wisdom?Edelman: When attempting to grab them in their holes, be aware that they share their cave - not with Bin Laden, he’s been captured - but with the California morey eel. Lobsters come out at night to start foraging for food. They defend themselves with the use of their spiny protective shells and their lightning fast refl exes that enable them to swim away (backwards) until they fi nd solace in another hole.

Remember to dive safe - plan your dive and dive your plan. Watch your depth, do your deco stops and allow appropriate surface interval time prior to your next dive. Cold water, being tired at 2 A.M., and dehydration are all preventable. Have fun by practicing good judgment.

Lobsters are scientifi cally named, Panilurus interuptus and I cannot think of a better way of interrupting a pan or a BBQ grill. I was told by an ancient fi sherman, whom I met on Santa Barbara Island years ago, that to make them taste very sweet one had to drop them into a 5 gallon bucket and spin them around for a few revolutions prior to placing them intact and whole onto a piping hot BBQ Grill. The juices get spinning and they then taste their best. I still believe him.


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Dear Mookie,

I just started a business and am having problems with my partner, who is disagreeing with my ideas of spending more money to get the things we need to run things effi ciently. He feels we can make do with lesser equipment and upgrade when we have more savings. I say upgrade fi rst and go with no safety net – thinking that the upgrades will pay for themselves via a better product. What’s your view?

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It’s funny you mention this. The other day I was urinating on a plant where the leaves essentially acted as a gutter that drained the pee directly onto my paws. Did I want to pee all over my own feet? Not really. Did I want to pee on that plant? Most defi nitely. There’s a cost to doing business my friend - in other words, sometimes you have to get a little pee on your feet to have what you ultimately want.

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