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Issue #108January 2012

M a r i n e rM 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


Rules of the Road Quiz

Guadalupe Island Race

Book Review

King Harbor Cruising

Much more...

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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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Stars in the Bay - Photo by Pat Reynolds

Coming Events 4

Off the Wire 6

Controversial to Calm 8The Border Run Yacht Race Finds Its Way

Knowledge Check! 10Rules of the Road Quiz by Captain Paul Miller

Book Review 12Tim Tunks Reviews Peter Isler’s New Book

True Challenge 14Sailors prepare for Guadalupe Island Race

Coastal Currents 16Here’s to the King by Captain Richard Schaefer

Powertails 18Powerboat/Fishing Updates

Racing 20Ask the Expert - Diesel 101 23Ask Mookie 24Classifi eds 25

Nine years ago a 12-page black and white newsletter with a pelican on the cover appeared on a fence outside a basin of a Marina del Rey dock. A devilishly handsome young man, some would say with rock star looks, was responsible for the crappy publication and he was on his way to local immortality.

The local population took notice. After six months, there would be occasional yacht club banter: “Do you believe that Mariner thing still exists? This thing won’t go away…”

No, like a bad fl u, I persisted. Slowly I wore you all down and now I see it has been nine years. Hard to believe huh?

When I started I was 4’10” and weighed 65 pounds. I only spoke Chinese and traveled mostly by rollerskates. I lived in a stovepipe and didn’t know how to read. But in a vision I saw everything. I would provide a publication for mostly middle-aged men who foolishly spend way too much money on boats.

“我可以这样做,”I said at the time, which translates to “I can do this.”

And so I did. Now I’m 5’ 8”, 170 pounds (lying) – I have a car, a place to live and feel like a real live local publisher. I’m lucky to be who and where I am – I thank all of you who have read these pages through the years and I also thank the many advertisers who have allowed this thing to exist and grow.

Stay tuned for next year – I have big plans for the 10th!

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

36 Carver 1989 double cabin, 2 heads and showers, full galley full canvas. Custom teak interior, excellent livaboard only $49,000

28 Bayliner 2001 single Mercruiser diesel, loaded, full electronics, Trac-Vision satellite TV, air, heat, turnkey $42,000

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

48 Grand Banks 1973 tri cabin motor yacht twin diesels needs work listed at ½ market price $49,000

J-27 racing sail 1985 full sail inventory ready for fun sailing or Catalina $13,500

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, $19.900


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30’ Monterey Attila 2000 twin Volvos low hours, air nd heat full elec, clean $46,00034’ Silverton 1984 conv , new int. $23,000

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

55 Spoiler CPMY 1990 loaded with new electronics, just hauled, bottom painted and detailed. Very capable cruiser with 3 cabins.

36’ Sea Ray Express 1983 newly rebuilt engines, Trac Vision satellite TV, electronics Novarina, OB, Spaceous Interior $47,000

35’ Coronado 1973 spacious center cockpit queen size master berth, 2 separate cabins, Yanmar 24 diesel, Xlnt livaboard $12,500

28 Carver 1984 aft cabin cruiser with twin mercruisers , creative layout $22,000

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

54’ Sea Ray Sundancer 2001 spacious and luxurious appointments , updated electronics low hour Caterpillar diesels $369,000

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42 Sea Ray motor yacht 1997 twin Cummins diesels loaded, clean $190,000


38 Carver 1988 motor yacht excellent for livaboard only $69,500 - great price!




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January 31Marina del Rey Blood Drive

The L.A. County Department of Beaches & Harbors joins Red Cross to Give Blood & Give Life! Make a life-saving appointment today and receive a free mini bowl from Flame Broiler and enter a regional pick-a-trip drawing. Walk-ups also welcome! Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way. Contact [email protected]; www.redcrossblood.org (enter code LACBH to schedule an MdR appointment).

February 7‘Suddenly in Command’ Course

Flotilla 12-42 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering a one night ‘Suddenly in Command’ course designed to offer helpful insight and instructions in the event of an emergency with a captain while at sea. The class covers how to control your boat, call for help, communicate your location, fi rst aid, light boat repair, and prevention techniques. February 7, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. at California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. The $35 per person fee is due the fi rst night and includes course materials and completion certifi cation. Couples are discounted at $45 collectively if paid in advance. Reservations; [email protected]. (818) 366-4837

February 11North U. Trim Tour Seminar.

Improve your team’s boat speed and boat handling fast at a 2012 North U. Trim Tour Seminar. Hosted by Women’s Sailing Association and Del Rey Yacht Club at Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 9:00am - 5:00pm. For registration and updates: www.northu.com or call 1-800-347-2457. Also online, see the entire schedule of Seminars and Webinars across the country plus US Sailing discounts. North U.

February 21Boating Safely Course

Flotilla 12-42 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering a four-week ‘About Boating Safely’ course. The course covers boating basics, safe watercraft operation, safety equipment, navigating the waterways, legal

requirements, handling emergencies, and using a marine radio. It begins Feb 21, meeting every Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. $45 per person is due the fi rst night, and includes a course book and completion certifi cation. Couples are discounted at $55 collectively if paid in advance. Reservations; [email protected]. 818 - 366-4837

February 2531st Annual Avalon Harbor

Underwater CleanupThis is the only time scuba diving is allowed in Avalon Bay, with 500+ expected volunteer divers collecting trash and debris. Awards ceremony follows on Wrigley Stage with prizes & giveaways. Proceeds benefi t the USC Hyperbaric Chamber and the Given Fund for Ocean Conservation (310) 510-2595 ext. 123; [email protected]

March 10Catalina Island

Conservancy MarathonThis event will feature the exciting and historic marathon course used largely since the fi rst year on the Catalina Island Conservancy’s lands. This includes much of the rugged terrain, spectacular vistas and special challenges enjoyed by Hans Albrecht and friends in the earliest days of the event under his management and enhanced over the years. Spectrum Sports Management 909-399-3553

March 9Guadalupe Island race

PSSA’s biannual single and doublehanded Guadalupe Island race will start on Friday, March 9, 2012 off Marina del Rey and is normally sailed keeping Catalina and San Clemente islands to port, then Guadalupe Island to port, then back to a fi nish also at the East End of Catalina. The race is challenging and requires thorough preparation, a well found boat, and strong seamanship and navigation skills. To qualify for the race, a skipper’s vessel must pass a safety inspection and complete a qualifying offshore voyage of at least 125 miles. PSSA’s Bishop Rock race, which starts on February 10, will be a qualifying event for the March 9 Guadalupe Island race. For further information, see the PSSA website at www.

pssala.com or contact Whitall Stokes [email protected] or (310) 387-3313.

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. 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@

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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wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org.Marina Sunday Sailing 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 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

Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay, Owners of Catalina 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] 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 meeting

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Pacifi c Mariner’s Yacht Club Staff Commodore and author John Black has released a new book called Tales from Toadsuck about a place located on the bank of the Arkansas River.

Tales from Toadsuck follows four years of Black’s life beginning at age ten, when he fought the two asylum attendants as they dragged his screaming mother from their house, locked her in a van, and left. His alcoholic dad watched quietly and then drove away in his car never to return. His memoir describes the boy’s thirty-mile bike ride through farm country to the home of his aunt and uncle who let him live there and work on the farm. He shares tales of being attacked by a 400-pound wild pig, nearly drowning in a raging river, and playing Halloween pranks with his friends. A story of both survival and love, Tales from Toadsuck tells of a boy coming of age while tackling both the good and the bad that life throws at him.

There will be a public book signing at the club Feburary 4. More info please call John at (310) 804-3277.

Local Marina del Rey sailor Nikki Obel recently competed in the 2011 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, held in Miami, Florida, at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. Nikki is a member of the Del Rey Yacht Club and supported by Santa Monica Bay Sailing Foundation. Ms. Obel and her teammate Chris Vilicich, of Palos Verdes, competed against 559 sailors from 22 different countries and 25 different states in the regatta. Out of 500 sailors the team of Obel/Vilicich won the prestigious Sportsmanship Trophy for Fairness, Respect and Graciousness. The sportsmanship award is for courteous actions and fairness with other competitors and the Race Committee. Nikki and Chris also stood out when they were disqualifi ed by a Black Flag (over the start line early) and came back by the Race Committee Signal Boat to apologize for possibly leading others over the line early. Nikki is currently is a junior at Marymount High School. Chris is a senior at Palos Verdes High School.

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Windward Yachts Hosts Do-It-Yourself Event

Around this time last year Windward Yachts put on a small event that tapped into something every boater can relate to - do it yourself-ing. There’s no universe that required the abilty to handle projects on your own more than in boating.

In an environment that constantly erodes on a platform that never stop taking a pounding - stuff tends to break on boats.

On March 24 between 10 and 4, there will be seminars and live demonstrations with over 30 vendors on site all focused on problem solving. And there’s free lunch offered between 11 and 1!

The event takes place on 13645 Fiji Way in Marina del Rey. For more info go to www.annualyachtmaintenance.com

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The Southern California Yachting Association’s 83rd Midwinter Regatta is set for the weekend of February 18 and 19. According to the Association this is the largest and most unique regatta held anywhere in North America. This year it will be hosted by27 yacht clubs from Santa Barbara south to San Diego, and east to Arizona with a multitude of volunteers that make it possible for hundreds of boats, with crew numbering in the thousands, to participate.

There will be over 100 classes participating in the 2012 Midwinter Regatta including one-design, PHRF, cruisers, multi-hull, dinghies (with both inshore and offshore venues), model boats and predicted log.

“The number of boats and the rich diversity of classes make the Midwinter Regatta a truly special racing experience and a great kick off to the 2012 racing season” said 2012 Midwinter Chair Gary Green.

Net proceeds from this event help support the work of SCYA in serving the Southern California and Arizona yachting communities. SCYA’s activities include publishing the annual Race Calendar and Yacht Club Directory, sponsoring seminars, presenting honor awards, providing a Service Center to assist all member clubs, and much more.

For further details, including the Notice of Race and entry form, go to SCYA’s website www.scya.org.

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race that was born from controversy seems to have found a not so controversial home in the hearts of

Southern California racers. The Border Run, which was originally run on the same day as the storied Newport to Ensenada Race has moved to March and appears to have a happy little spot on the race calendar.

Organizer Randy Reynolds is a happy man these days, with a solid number of early entries in his medium distance race that begins in Newport and sails around the Coronados – fi nishing in San Diego (other variations are offered). Reynolds, a catamaran designer and sometimes controversial fi gure in local racing, has always maintained that his primary motivation for beginning this race was for the overall promotion of the sport, but he ruffl ed feathers in the fi rst year with the decision to start on the day of the N2E.

Nearly four years ago, a front-page Los Angeles Times story featuring Reynolds told the story of a life-long local sailor who was essentially banned from the event. It was a tangled tale of yacht club politics but boiled-down, it was about N2E organizers not wanting Reynolds and his fl eet of 33-foot catamarans that had a recent history of capsizing. After a good amount of wrangling within the blue-blazer framework, a frustrated Reynolds ended up going rogue. He created his own organization, XS Racing, a sailing news website, XSracing.org (now XSsainging.com)

and a race that would take place at the same day and location as the N2E, The Border Run.

By most accounts the Border Run was a success and has now become an established race on the scene. While it was born out of political frustration it was also an opportunity for Reynolds and company to design a race they always wanted. One that revolved around inclusion and one that would implement aspects that he felt were missing from other races.

Today the Border Run has moved it’s date (to March 10) and touts three separate courses to choose from, a substantial charity aspect and this year an all-inclusive single start.

“With the turnout expected to be over 200 boats this could be the largest single class start in the USA,” said a hopeful Reynolds. All classes will start off the Balboa pier in Newport Beach on one long start line separated into three classes...the 14-mile Sprint course to Dana Point, the 70-mile short course to San Diego and the 90-mile long course around the island of Coronado del Norte to San Diego.”

“It will be spectacular,” says John Marshall of SSYC, the OA for the event. “Ten minutes before the start, all boats will be required to be west of the Balboa Pier. With a leeward buoy off the pier and a committee boat out to sea, sailors will be looking for a helicopter and/or

powerboat running the line trailing smoke or a large fl ag just minutes before the start. This will help give sailors a good visual of the start line as the committee boat starts the entire fl eet at 11 a.m. GPS time with a cannon and radio communication.”

“We plan to make the start easy for beginners and tactical for the experts,” Reynolds added. “This start will be the only one of its kind on the West Coast. It will be easy, fun, exciting, tactical and challenging.”

As for the charity portion, the Border Run has partnered with City2Sea’s John Sakacs to help raise funds for his aforementioned cause and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

“We hope the sailors will get behind the new charities as they did last year when sailors raised over $50,000 for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, ” says Sakacs.

The 2012 Border Run is sponsored by Ullman Sails and outfi tted by Pirates Lair. The Border Run Team consists of XS Racing, South Shore Yacht Club (the Organizing Authority) and Dana Point Yacht Club. The Border Run is also part of the 2012 Ullman Sails Offshore Championship Series. For more details go to www.TheBorderRun.org or call 800-366-8584.

Controversial to CalmControversial to CalmThe Border Run International Yacht Race was born from controversy but now stands calmly on its own



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Rules of the road are very important when plying the waterways of our planet. Particularly in crowded areas with many fast vessels and untrained operators.

Remember that in considering the proper answer to the questions, think only of what is actually stated in the question, no other information need be added.

1. BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND You are on a powerdriven vessel in fog. The vessel is proceeding at a safe speed when you hear a fog signal ahead of you. In this situation, the Rules require you to navigate with caution until the danger of collision is over and to ____ .

A. Slow to less than 2 knots B. Reduce to bare steerageway C. Stop your engines D. Initiate a radar plot

2. When a vessel of 35 foot is at anchor or on a mooring in Catalina Harbor it is necessary to fl y (light) an anchor light.

A. True B. False

3. A vessel sailing overtaking another vessel under power

has the right of way. A. True B. False

4. A vessel sailing, crossing a vessel under power generally has the right of way.

A. True B. False

5. A vessel anchoring during darkness along the coast on Santa Monica Bay must fl y an anchor light.

A. True B. False

6. BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND The maximum length of a power driven vessel, which may show an all-round white light and sidelights instead of a masthead light, stern light, and sidelights is ____ .

A. Less than 7meters B. Less than 12meters C. Less than 20meters D. Less than 50meters

7. BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND If a rowboat underway does not show the lights specifi ed for a sailing vessel underway, it shall show a ____ .

A. White light from sunset to sunrise

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B. Combined lantern showing green to starboard and red to port and shown from sunset to sunrise

C. Combined lantern showing green to starboard and red to port and shown in suffi cient time to prevent collision

D. White light shown in suffi cient time to prevent collision

8. BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND A power driven vessel has on her port side a sailing vessel that is on a collision course. The power driven vessel is required to ____ .

A. Maintain course and speed B. Keep clear C. Sound one blast and turn to starboard D. Stop her engines

9. BOTH INTERNATIONAL& INLAND You are aboard vessel ‘A” a tug and tow, on open waters and vessel “B”, a vessel sailing, is sighted off your port bow. Which vessel is the stand on vessel?

A. Vessel “A” because it is towing B. Vessel “A” because it is to starboard of vessel “B” C. Vessel “B” because it is sailing D. Vessel “B” because it is to starboard of vessel “A”

10. BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND While underway in a fog, you hear a signal of three strokes of a bell, a rapid ringing of the bell, and three more strokes of the bell. This signal is rung by a vessel ____ .

A. Aground B. At anchor and giving warning C. At anchor and greater than 100meters in length D. Not under command, and at anchor

11. BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND You are underway in fog when you hear the following signal: one short blast, one prolonged blast, and one short blast in succession. Which of the following would it be?

A. A sailing vessel underway with the wind abaft the beam

B. A power driven vessel underway and making way through the water

C. A vessel at anchor D. A vessel towing

12. INLAND ONLY Which statement is true concerning the fog signal of a vessel 15 meters in length anchored in a “special anchorage area” approved by the Secretary of Transportation?

A. The vessel is not required to sound a fog signal. B. The vessel shall ring a bell for 5 seconds every

minute. C. The vessel shall sound one blast of the foghorn every

2 minutes. D. The vessel shall sound three blasts on the whistle

every 2 minutes.

13. BOTH INTERNATIONAL & INLAND While underway your vessel enters fog. You stop your engines and the vessel is dead in the water. What fog signal should you sound? A. One prolonged blast every two minutes B. Two prolonged blasts every two minutes C. Three short blasts every two minutes D. One prolonged and two short blasts every two minutes

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here is lots of fun to be had reading Peter Isler’s latest Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets, which is180 pages containing 95 anecdotes, lessons and monographs -- some of which are interesting because

part of his story is local to Marina del Rey, where he raced extensively in the second decade of his forty year sailing history. Familiar people and boat names are sprinkled throughout.

Modeled after other sports books that promise inside tips from champions, “Pedro” (his nom d’ race) has collected many of the basic principles of racing success. These are principles verifi ed to be true at the highest levels of sailing.

One thing that struck me while reading this book was how similar things are at the top levels of competition to what I’ve experienced in the world of competent club level racing. If we de-tune Pedro’s 110 percent effort 110 percent of the time to some level that includes beer on board, the rest of it is much the same as what we do on weekends and summer Wednesday evenings.

One repeating theme is how the truly accomplished racer can step onto most any boat in most any role, and positively contribute to high performance. Sometimes Pedro is the skipper, sometimes the tactician, sometimes the campaign manager, but even if he is just trimming the mainsail, he fi gures out the communication structure and how the team and boat function together. He exemplifi es the competitor who doesn’t need to fl ex his ego or prove that he knows his stuff.

Communication, respect, teamwork, caring enough to study, practice and prepare for your best performance -- these are among the topics that

Peter’s “Little Blue Book of Sailing Secrets”, presents to us.

Some of his lessons appear as quotes from well known champions who served as important mentors to Isler as he was developing his own championship skills and attitudes.

Heel is vitally important, as Buddy Melges reminds us that maintaining the proper angle between the headstay and the horizon should be the primary focus of the driver as he guides the boat through waves and wind variations striving for the best VMG going to weather, a lesson I read and took to heart half my lifetime ago.

Roy Disney’s three simple rules: “1) Anyone can have a good idea -- listen to him or her; 2) Have fun, and; 3) Persistence pays” are fi ne universal guides for more than sailboat racing.

John Thompson, who had a quarter century’s success on a number of different boats named Infi nity, had nine rules which expand on Disney’s three. “Attitude is really important. Listen a lot. Team work. Try to involve people. Flexibility. Doing nothing is a strategy (a favorite of mine!) Have the patience to wait. Slow down and gain.” And most importantly, “ Never, ever give up!”

Many lessons are drawn from Peter’s youth when he started as a thirteen year old total newbie from Ohio moving to Long Island Sound where he found the support of the sailing family across the street. He worked his way up through junior sailing, into an instructor’s position, and on to Yale where he had the good fortune to land on the sailing team with Steve

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arina del Rey is an active boating community, particularly the sailboat racing contingent. To be a racer in this area is to have options. If buoy racing is your bag, nearly every weekend there’s a race scheduled and the Sunset Series will be there for Wednesday night racing forever. In-harbor dinghy sailing? Tune up your Laser or Star and check out the Sundown Series, held weekly. If you’re into multihulls there’s the Indian

Summer Splash, one design, junior? It’s all available. But one of the least talked about and perhaps most interesting local races is the Guadalupe Island race hosted bi-annually by the Pacifi c Singlehanded Sailing Association.

For the PSSA members the Guadalupe Island race is their big one. They stage a lot of demanding races that test single and double-handed sailors skills but the 588-mile journey from Marina del Rey around Guadalupe Island with a fi nish at Cat Harbor is the one that means the most. The tag line below the race-name on their website says, “Got Huevos?”

And huevos is what’s needed in a nearly 600-mile shorthanded race offshore. This is no summer trip to Two Harbors. This adventure takes you to a rugged little island 100-miles off the coast of Ensenada, where about 25-people call home and where volcanoes and great white sharks defi ne the area. Because of the abundance of seals and sea lions, Guadalupe Island is an area well known for high great white populations.

It’s typically a downwind run to the island but once rounded, sailors face a 280-mile beat to weather. It’s this portion of the race that makes the Guadalupe a test of metal. PSSA members and GI racers Eric and Robin Lambert described the experience sailing their boat Runaway in the 2010 contest.

“The seas were steep and blocky; Runaway would fi re off a wave and smash down, hitting the water with a tremendous crash. I don’t know how mere fi berglass boats could take it, but Runaway is insanely strong, and offered no complaints.”

Veteran GI racer Frank Ross who sailed Prankster on many races once said, “The hardest thing you’ll ever do is to tack west after rounding the island.”

In the 2010 race eight boats started and fi ve fi nished but the Guadalupe Island Race is sort of like a little Vendee Globe – a race that is more about facing the challenge than where you place. It’s like singlehanded competitor Whithall Stokes said after completing the run in 2010 in Slacker:

“Slacker was last to fi nish and yet victorious.”

The race also acts a qualifi er for the Single Handed Transpac (SHTP) held by the Singlehanded Sailing Society (SSS).

For more info about the race and how to participate see the PSSA website at www.pssala.com or contact Whitall Stokes [email protected] or (310) 387-3313.


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edondo Beach’s, King Harbor can be a fun and easy alternative to Catalina if you’re short on time or want to try an easy trip before trying the 30+ mile San Pedro Channel crossing.

King Harbor is about seven nautical miles southeast of Marina del Rey. Under normal wind conditions you’ll be on a deep close reach going down and generally a beat to weather on the return leg. Be cognizant of the hyperian pipe and moorings off El Segundo - they are serious hazards to navigation. If you don’t know about them consult your charts.

The harbor has over 1,400 slips and covers about 150-acres. However, there are no dedicated guest slips. You must either contact each individual marina operator (a list with contact numbers will be posted at the bottom of the column) for temporary availability, or anchor bow and stern under the lee of the breakwater. Contact the harbor patrol for the location of the anchorage area.

There are no public dinghy docks (sound familiar?). So, if you anchor, the harbor patrol allows you to use their dock so you can get to shore. Please note the harbor patrol may ask for your vessel and dinghy registration as well as proof of insurance. As with all harbors, do not discharge heads in the harbor. There are pump out facilities in front of the harbor patrol offi ce.

The harbor and pier have several restaurants and bars. All the usual suspects, burgers to lobster - Chinese to Mexican. The pier is also home to an eclectic collection of stores and shops. You may also leave the harbor area and take an easy walk north on the oceanfront Strand to the sidewalk shops and cafes of Hermosa Beach.

If you have kids, be sure to bring the fi shing gear - especially if you anchor near the breakwater. The harbor is famous for its calico bass, bonito and perch fi shing. Not too many years back there were even Yellowtail inside the harbor and there are still large halibut to be caught. If you’re anchored behind the breakwater during lobster season be sure to bring a hoop net to drop over the side. Don’t forget your license and lobster report cards.

Even kids under 16 are required to have a report card even if they are fi shing with their parents who already have report cards and licenses - just another hassle and expense you have to deal with courtesy of the Department of Fish and Game.

Fishing from a slip is less fun and generally not as productive, but you can still take the kids fi shing on the pier. The bait and tackle shop is open late and many locals and regulars fi sh all night. Years ago I caught a “keeper” calico and sand bass, as well as halibut from the pier and I understand the fi shing is still more than fair.

The pier is also home to a huge arcade and is also open late.

Another great spot for kids is, The Seaside Lagoon. The large saltwater lagoon has trained lifeguard supervision whenever its open. Besides swimming, the lagoon offers a large sand area for sunbathing, children’s play equipment, snack bar facilities provided by Ruby’s Restaurant and volleyball courts. There is also a grassy area and luau shelter for day and evening events, picnics etc.

Seaside Lagoon is like a big saltwater swimming hole. Water for the lagoon comes from the other side of the breakwater, at about 50 feet deep, travels to the near by steam generating plant where they use it to cool the turbines. The water is then pumped under the street in large pipes to Seaside Lagoon where it is chlorinated before entering the lagoon and de-chlorinated when leaving the lagoon then pumped back into the harbor. The lagoon has approximately 1.5 million gallons of water and has a fl ow through rate of approximately 200,000 gallons per hour.

This wonderful asset has been under constant threat of closure for years because of onerous environmental regulation and the actions of Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). It turns out

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that the water the lagoon pumps in from the ocean is recirculated cleaner than it was when it was pumped out of the ocean. It seems normal seawater does not meet the government’s standards for uh...seawater.

The lagoon is great for families in the South Bay. I know my kids loved it when they were younger. I hope the city wins its long battle with the bureaucrats over this.

Also nearby is the Science Education Adventure Laboratory. The S.E.A. Lab has grown over the years into a marine science center that provides environmental educational programs to students every year. The center is located across the street from the AES power company (location of the Wyland Whaling Wall that you can see from well offshore). The Lab is staffed with trained docents from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. The docents teach the students about the complexities of the ocean environment. There are a series of interactive touch tanks throughout the compound. The S.E.A. Lab is open to the public 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For information call (310) 318-7432.

A family would be hard pressed to fi t in all the attractions of King Harbor into a two, or even a three-day weekend - making it a great destination requiring minimal planning and expense.

While we’re on the topic of nearby sailing destinations I should point out that Santa Monica was once a fabulous local harbor. That’s right folks, Santa Monica actually had a breakwater, moorings, boat rentals and a thriving sportfi shing fl eet. You can still see pictures of the harbor’s faded glory in a little gallery on the pier. When I was a boy you could rent a skiff from the lower deck of the pier and go out and fi sh the breakwater. Folks could even rent small sailboats and skitter about the harbor between the moored boats - in many ways very similar to Avalon. It was heaven for young kids growing up and a charming and picturesque atmosphere for adults to play and visit. Also, that great seaside amusement park, Pacifi c Ocean Park (POP closed in the mid 60’s) was just a short walk south. Those were great times - there was a “real” waterfront atmosphere.

In 1983 several big storms pounded Southern California, which knocked off the top of the breakwater and wrecked a good portion of the pier.

At fi rst there were plans to restore the harbor to its former glory. But, sadly the usual environmental worriers protested that stinky boats moored

there would pollute the beach (Avalon, King Harbor and about a thousand other harbors appear to have solved that problem - but I digress) Anyway, the Army Corps of Engineers never put rocks on top of the old breakwater to protect the harbor and pier - leaving the old sea wall nothing more than a hazard to navigation and a fi sh haven. The moorings never went in, boat rentals were gone and boats had nowhere to anchor. And so, the pier was isolated from the sea - made nothing more than a gaudy appendage of the land - a great local venue, historical landmark and boating destination passed into history.

Ironically, one vestige of the old harbor remained, the Harbor Department and Harbor Patrol. Those stalwart men and women have now been standing vigil over a non existent harbor for nearly 30-years. An entire generation of harbor patrol offi cers have been hired and retired - never having seen a harbor. Not having a harbor, for decades Santa Monica has kept their Harbor Patrol boat in Marina del Rey - that certainly sounds very handy. Further, I note that Santa Monica also has a police sub station on the pier and I have also seen Santa Monica Park Rangers (Santa Monica has parks large enough to warrant “rangers”?) patrolling the pier. There are of course lifeguards as well.

Hmmm...tax revenues must be good in Santa Monica to allow it to maintain redundant services and agencies. It’s a shame a small portion of those tax revenues weren’t spent to rebuild the harbor and reestablish a wonderful public, recreational resource - as well as a great local boating destination.

King Harbor Contact Information:

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King Harbor Marina(310) 376-6926The guest rate is $15.00/day (boats 27 feet and less), $25.00/day (boats 28 - 35 feet), $35.00/day (boats 36 - 44 feet) and $50.00/day (boats 45 - 83 feet). To obtain a guest slip, contact the marina during offi ce hours(10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., weekdays and 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., weekends) or the Harbor Patrol at other times. There are no set check-out times andr eservations are accepted.

Port Royal Marina(310) 376-0431The guest rate is $20.00/day. To obtain a guest

slip, contact the marina during offi ce hours (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., daily) or the Harbor Patrol at other times. Reservations are accepted. Check-out time is noon.

Portofi no Marina(310) 379-8481The guest rate is $30.00/day. To obtain a guest slip, contact the marina during offi ce hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday).No exceptions. There are no set check-out times and reservations areaccepted.

Redondo Beach Marina(310) 374-3481The guest rate is $20.00/day. To obtain a guest slip, contact the marina during offi ce hours (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., weekdays) or the Harbor Patrol at other times. There are no set check-out times and reservations areaccepted.

Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Master of Sailing Vessels and U.S. Merchant Marine Deck Offi cer. 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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Marina del Rey - Marina del Rey Anglers once again are hosting the Annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby, keeping alive the long-standing tradition of LA’s largest salt water angling tournament. “We expect a great turn-out this year. Saltwater anglers are always looking for an excuse to get out on the water, and we aim to give them a great one.” Said MDRA club president, Joshua Gerson. “The last few years have seen a large resurgence of fi sh and other marine life in our local waters, and we have moved the derby date to June to take advantage of the peak time of the year for many of our local species.” “Of course, a little competition to see who will reign as King of the Derby seems to be in order,” Gerson continued. “We understand the need to minimize the impact on our local fi shery, so we will continue to provide weight bonuses for caught and released fi sh and also include species that are more abundant, and of course we will encourage safe and responsible fi shing practices in general.” Sign up information will soon be available on our website at www.HalibutDerby.com or you can stop by the Halibut Derby booth at the Fred Hall Show March 7 - 11. All derby entrants will get a limited edition derby shirt, discount membership to the MDR Anglers as well as some nice goodie bags which alone will make the derby worth their while.

So, mark your calendars. Save the date, and start getting ready for the 36th Annual Marina del Rey Halibut Derby scheduled for June 9 and 10 2012.

Wardens observed Marbel A. Para, 30, of Romoland (Riverside County) and a companion SCUBA diving in the Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve after midnight on Jan. 15. This location, which is in the Heisler Park area off the coast of Laguna Beach, has historically been closed to lobster fi shing for years (even prior to the establishment of the MPA).

After the divers left the water and returned to their vehicle, the wardens made contact with them and discovered 47 California spiny lobsters in their possession. In addition to illegally taking the lobsters from an MPA, the divers were well over the legal possession limit of seven lobsters per diver, and all but fi ve of the lobsters were undersize. Para claimed that all the lobsters were his, and his companion was not cited.

This is the fi rst major violation that DFG wardens have cited in any of the Southern California MPAs since they went into effect in Southern California on January 1, 2012. The MPAs were created through the Marine Life Protection Act in order to simplify and strengthen existing marine reserves and fi shing regulations to allow recovery of fi sh populations that have been in severe decline.

“The vast majority of our fi shing and diving constituents are responsible and law-abiding,” said DFG Assistant Chief Paul Hamdorff. “It is always our goal to catch those who choose to intentionally abuse the resources of this state for their own benefi t.”

Wardens cited Para for several poaching violations including unlawful take and illegal possession of lobster, and possession of overlimits and undersized animals. A report will be fi led with the Orange County District Attorney and Para may face additional charges related to this case.

All the lobsters were confi scated, photographed as evidence and then safely returned to the ocean.



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New year - new places to fi sh… And that’s because of the rules of the newly introduced Marine Life Protection Act. The new regs have closed many of the spots up and down the coast we that we’re used to fi shing. As anglers, we need to adapt to the open grounds and fi gure out how to fi ll bags. Here in the Bay, we have not been as affected as our neighbors to the north and south of us.

As always, with the cooler waters upon us, we need to slow things down. By that I mean the presentation of our bait. This time of year the fi sh are less aggressive, so dropping your bait right in front of them with slower movement is the ticket. Also keeping an eye on currents will help.

The rockfi sh closer is still in effect, but the bass and sculpin are still fi lling bags. The bugs seemed to have moved towards deeper waters however both divers and hoopers are keeping limits.

On the “Bait Seine” Larry and Mike have had both squid and fi n bait. When the weather is right, it’s still a good time to get out there.

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Benjamin and Stan Honey as his roommates at the sailing center fi fteen miles from campus.

Later his luck continued to build as he landed Dave Perry as his Olympic campaign teammate, and then got to call tactics for Dennis Connor for America Cups and many other races. His early observations of Little America Cup catamaran’s wing sails gave him an excellent foundation when Stars and Stripes successfully defended the cup in San Diego against the oversized Kiwi monohull. He evidences no surprise that the next AC will be contested in wing sailed cats.

However his great depth of experience leads to a bit of disappointment for many of his short chapters are woefully thin.

For example he wisely selects “Keeping Warm” as an important topic, but fails to mention breathable foul weather gear.

He tempts us with a chapter on the physics of sailing, introducing the topic by mentioning that his roommate, Conrad Marchaj, is the nephew of Czeslaw A. Marchaj whose Sailing Theory and Practice is on the bookshelf of every serious student of sailing aerodynamics. But he offers us only two self apparent observations about sailing physics: learning how a sailboat works as it moves through wind and water is useful, and noting whether the wind is “bigger” than the waves, as in a building wind

condition, or the waves “bigger’ than the wind can help guide a racer in making trim and helm adjustments.

Reading the book straight through, I missed a more purposeful structure and arrangement of the chapters, thinking perhaps that more consideration of how threads of thought could be developed would have been useful employment for the author.

But to dwell on such things might lead you to miss much of the “Blue Book’s” value. Peter’s focus on teaching and learning, and the valuable insights he gives us on the relationships he’s had with his various mentors point us to how we might use this slim volume to maximum effect.

Think of “Pedro” as your favorite uncle and sailing guru, and select the pearls of wisdom sprinkled through these pages, as you tolerate the less valuable but generally interesting ramblings that form the primary fabric.

My next move with “The Little Blue Book” will be to get out the yellow highlighter and mark the things I would select as a mentor to pass on to my newbies -- some for immediate consumption and some to keep in mind as they grow their own championship skills and attitudes.

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The Del Rey Yacht Club was pleased this past month saying the 2012 season got off to “roaring start” with the fi rst major race held in Southern California in January. The Berger/Stein Series #1 saw 101 boats offi cially entered.

The wind gods cooperated. Weather predictions indicated that the wind would be in a range of 3-5 knots building to 10 knots in the evening. As it turned out, it was a beautiful day with winds out of the North West at 6-8 knots for the starts and throughout the day.

The Berger/Stein #1 consists of 2 different races. The Berger is for PHRF and ORCA (multi-hull) registered boats, and the Stein is for Cruisers and those new to racing. There is also now a new fl eet, the Open 5.70 one-design class. The Berger was a distance of 23-miles to the USCG buoy at Malibu and return, and the Stein was just less than 14-miles using the City of Los Angeles “grounding” buoys as the weather mark off of Topanga Canyon.

“The starts and fi nishes were truly exciting,” said PRO Sterling Tallman.

“There’s nothing quite like the really big boats hitting the start line in competition - it rivals the intensity of the America’s Cup.”

Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s new yacht, “Katana,” took fi rst place in AA (out of Santa Barbara YC) with “Medicine Man” (out of Long Beach YC) fi nishing 2nd, and “Margaritaville (out of California Yacht Club) taking 3rd Place.

A rolling fi ve-minute countdown sequence was used for starts and saw a total of eight fl eets racing this event. The Finishes are normally just off the south jetty at Ballona Creek. Due to the light air predictions, shorten course boats were on station at both Malibu and Topanga. Fortunately, they were not needed. All boats fi nished by 8:30 p.m. (1930 for boat people!). A record was set following the races. Over 250 skippers and crew members at the Trophy Presentation enjoyed the traditional after party. Results can be seen at www.dryc.org.

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Many of us change and upgrade boats along the way. Typically they get a little bigger and a little newer, but somewhere in the back of our boat-brains there’s the thought and/or dream of a new boat. With that assumption in mind, we’ll try a little section to remind folks of what’s in Marina del Rey in the way of spanky new.

This month we feature the Dufour 375. It’s for sale over at Denison Yacht Sales (a new Mariner advertiser by the way) and has all the creature comforts of a modern cruising yacht and is also a well-defi ned sailing performer.

The ad copy touts a wine cellar, Corian counter tops with matching covers for the sink and stove to create a very spacious kitchen work top, ample storage spaces, a convenient companionway door storage under the liferaft lid, and a retractable and pivoting GPS.

It sails like a champ and will get you to the islands in, well, however long it takes – what’s your hurry – the thing has a wine cellar for God’s sake!

Check out the Dufour 375 at Denison Yacht Sales on Fiji Way at the Boatyard – for more info call (310) 821-5883.

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As we head into the boating season again, it’s time to get everything operating at peak levels. We dug into the vaults and found this Ask the Expert from Robin Onsoien who owned and operated Coastal Diesel and Electric here in Marina del Rey for many years. Robin had a reputation as one of the fi nest marine diesel mechanics in Southern California.

Q: When someone is looking for a new boat with a diesel what is your advice? Onsoien: A perspective buyer should not only have a marine surveyor come down, but also a mechanic to do a survey on the engine, transmission, generator, etc. In the long run, it can save a lot of money. People don’t realize that a 30 HP diesel motor is very expensive. Even a transmission can be quite pricey, not including the labor to replace it. It behooves them to fi nd a competent mechanic to be their advocate and also, if they do fi nd anything wrong with the motor, that information can be used as leverage against the purchase price. It could potentially save them thousands of dollars, not to mention grief.

Q: What should one listen for to determine the over-all health of a diesel? Onsoien: How quick does the engine start? What kind of smoke comes out the back end? Is there carbon in the water when it starts? What does it sound like? Does it sound rough? All diesels make noise and if someone doesn’t know what they sound like they should go out and listen to a few other ones before they go and fi nd one for themselves.

Q: Why do different diesels have different sounds? Onsoien: Well, if itʼs not running right then itʼs going to knock and vibrate much more then one thatʼs running correctly. That being said, the injection crack of a diesel is much different than the explosion that happens in a gasoline engine. Then there is the issue of old technology verses new technology. A lot of the older diesels donʼt turn up too high in RPMs, so at low speeds thereʼs a lot of metal thatʼs being thrown around

on the inside of the engine and it will therefore vibrate more than the newer ones. The newer engines can operate at the same horsepower, but with smaller pistons, connecting rods and crankshaft there is simply less metal being thrown around which, in turn makes the engine quieter and smoother.

Q:When did this so-called “new technology” enter the market place? Onsoien: Any diesel engine produced in the last 20 years or so, should be new technology.

Q: How long should a diesel motor last? Onsoien: Any of these diesels should last an average of 10,000 hours before a major overhaul. 90 % of all the engines that Iʼve rebuilt in the last 33 years has been caused by saltwater incursion from the exhaust system, which has nothing to do with the engine itself.

Q: Why are there times when you have to bleed the fuel lines in a diesel? Onsoien:A diesel is different than a gasoline engine in that it is compression that makes the heat; then the fuel is injected into each cylinder, creating the ignition. If air does get into that system, the injection pump won’t pump air, it only pumps liquid. So, when the fuel fi lters are changed or if you run a tank out of fuel (or donʼt change tanks quick enough) it has to be bled.

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Dear Mookie,

I’m 65 and starting to think about regret. I just bought a sailboat as I knew that would be a big one if I never did. I know I probably won’t get to all the things on my bucket list and that bothers me a bit. Any advice?

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Dear Long,

Yes, I know how this can be. While I’m perceived as a dog that has conquered all he has attempted, I too have regret. For instance, I wish I learned Pekinese when I had the chance; I always wanted to be a better backwards-walker; I wished I walked a little more and slept a little less and I never mastered the backstroke.

Although these things will, in all likelihood, be left unattended - I choose to rid them from my relatively small dog brain and saunter forward confi dent in knowing some item on my “list” indeed might not come to fruition, but some other experience that I knew nothing of will take its place and serve the same purpose.

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SailboatsMorgan OI 41’ 1972Sloop,centercockpit,aft-cabin,new Yanmar, 5 sails,refridge,watermaker,autopilot,radar,anchorwinch,Mexico ready $59,500. (661)548-6603 [email protected] Beneteau Oceanis 400Timeshare/Partnership on Beneteau Oceanis 400. Tri-cabin model - two heads. Full electronics, refrig-eration, inverter, dinghy and outboard, windless, roller furler, full canvas. Professional lessons available if needed. No equity buy in. 3 Days, $285.00 per month - no long term commitment. Call Captain Richard Schaefer 310-460-8946Jeanneau 37’ 2002Good looking, strong. Original owner. autopilot, dinghy w/motor, bimini. $79,900, 808-741-1908Columbia 36’ 1968 Beautiful classic, 2 owners, resent haul out and com-plete overhaul, pristine condition. Serious inquiries only. Price $ 21,900. Call Peter at 310-864-48421977 Bombay Clipper 31’ SailboatExcellent condition. 12hp Yanmar diesel. Easy sin-gle-handing. Sleeps 4+. Detailed marine survey Nov 2009. Oxnard,CA 661-400-8623.Ericson 27’ 1974Mercury outboard 8hr, Many sails, needs some tlc$4500.00 obo - Pls call rick at 818-445-988214’ Classic wooden Enterprise(Euro Lido) epoxy FRP hull; spruce mast.First time offering $ 10,000. (805) 798-0493 [email protected]

Power Boats 42’ 1981 Californian Trawler2 3208 Cat diesels w 1400 hrs, all fi berglass hull, 2 heads w showers, sleeps 8, one level walk around deck. Owner will carry or trade. Located in slip D-701 on Panay Way stern out endtie. $85,000 Call for Appt - Al Lee 310-392-4193 or Gary at 310-293-920034’ Bayliner 1989Avanti Express Cruiser. Twin 454s gas. Radar, GPS, depth fi nder. 2 staterooms, bath w/shower. Great liveabard slip. $37,000. Tony 310-920-147821’ CENTURY Coronado HardtopWOODY 426 Chrysler Marine V-8 w/ tradom trailer. $ 30,000 (805) 798-0493 [email protected] 360W/ 50 suzuki 4 stroke $7500. 310-822-8618.Boston Whaler 15 W/ 20 yamaha 4 stroke $ 9,999. 310-822-861813’ Boston Whaler With 40 HP Honda - $6,500 310-822-8618Sea-Doo Speedster 155 Musclecraft: Only 14 Hours Running Time. Selling Due to Reloca-tion. $10,500 - Contact Ken at (314) 560-1888Dinghy’s14’ Edgewater W/ 40 yamaha 4 stroke $8500 . 310-822-8618

2010 Achillies 280 DX Semi rigid with less than 20 hrs total, comes with a brand new Honda 20 Hp with electric start, electric tilt with one hour break-in only. Loaded with custom steer-ing station, console, instruments, extras. Loaded!! This near new package can be seen at Randall Burg Yacht and Ship in Marina Dell rey, on display. Paid $16,000 and will sacrifi ce for $8900 FIRM. Great XMAS gift. Call : Nick (owner) 818 760-4850.12’ Zodiac w/25 Mercury $5500 - 310-822-8618.12’ porta boat $ 400310-822-861811’ foot CaribeUunstealable yellow, 20hp Hondadealer says $5800-I say $5100Mike 310 963 625011’ ApexW/15 HP yamaha 4 stroke electric start $4500. 310-822-8618Baltik infl atable20088.6 ft., air fl oor,seat, oars, pump,cover,bag. Also, 3.5 Yamaha, 2-stroke w/neutral. Both for $700. Call 661-256-28048’ U S SabotMfg. Catalina Sailed ONLY six times Excellent condi-tion. Carbon Mast. $ 777 (805) 798-0493 Text / Cell

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$500 310-822-861Auto-PropFolding three blade Auto-Prop fi ts a Catalina shaft, and perhaps others? Perfect condition. Original cost $3100.00, asking $2000. OBO. Phil 310 629 2450GennakerA twice used North .75 oz. Gennaker. Made for Cat-alina 36, will fi t any Catalina 83’ up. New $2730, ask-ing $1700. Phil 3106292450Cushions For 30 Catalina interior, complete set in very good condition. Asking $1700. 310-701-5960Infl atable and Docksteps Caribe RIB dinghy, older, has beach-wheels $400. Docksteps like new $125, also 45 lb plow [email protected]@yahoo.com. LPG Cylinder10 lb aluminum, 16 1/2 H 101/4 OD, slightly used $100. 626 975-1191.Mainsail For boats 25-27’ boat. $400. 310-701-5960MainsailFrom 40 ft. Cal - $450 call 310-823-2040Used sails in stock 310 827-8888Donate BoatsCash For Your Boat !Power or sail, Yachts to dinghys 310-849-2930Donate Your BoatLA Area Council Boy Scouts of America need your boat or boat gear as donation to support essential and formative youth programs, please call 310-823-2040 or E-mail [email protected] Cash Fast?I’ll buy your boat 310-827-7686Donate Your BoatReceive a substantial tax deduction. Support youth boating programs. S.O.S. Please call 888-650-1212Donate Your Boat Bringing the classroom to the ocean.Turn your donation into tomorrow’s scientists and doctors. 310-908-9198. www.city2sea.orgCrewBody: Basic Keel Boat & EMT Cert. 20 Yrs Experience on Power Boats. Local, competent, handy, friendly. 310-663-2865 / [email protected] AaronServicesCanvas Boat Covers and RepairsNew boat covers, canvas repair, restore water repelency to marine canvas. Dan 310-382-6242USCG Licensed 100-tonMaster CaptainDeliveries/Lessons/Private Captain. Experienced, Courteous, Safe and Fun! Contact Jeffry Matzdorff [email protected]. Jeffry Matzdorff. 323.855.0191Boat DetailingOutstanding service. Interior/exterior, dockside/dry-dock. Cleaning, polishing, anti foul work. Meticulous,

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