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    Issue #82November 2009

    M a r i n e rM a r i n e rA Publication For Where Land Ends

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


    Marine Protected Areas

    Christmas Gift Ideas

    Talkin Ba Ha Ha

    Local Clean Up

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    For the past seven years, its been pretty much a given that I am indeed the most interesting man in Marinadel Rey. Im young, stylish, charming and enormously talented. The truth is, you all dont even know thehalf of it. People close to me understand vividly, that while it sounds like a pompous statement, it is reallynothing but simple fact. Put it this way people: I can actually y. Yes, thats correct I can ap my armsand y for short distances. I have lmed this and it is fact. Its also true that I am somewhat amphibious.Having explored the oceans depths with just the air supplied by my lungs alone, has taught me much andenhanced my perspective in the most expansive of ways. Im also an excellent driver no automatic...strictly stick. But I dont write this to toot my own blowhole, I write this to call out another of my ownkind who I have learned is living among us.

    His name is Jonathan Goldsmith, and he is known as the Most Interesting Man in the World. I have seenhim on the television in a Dos Equis commercial, and must admit he does appear pretty interesting. Imtold he owns a 47-foot boat here in Marina del Rey and am requesting an interview. I dont want to gothrough an agent or publicist its one powerfully interesting man asking another powerfully interestingman to talk, man to man on the phone.

    Its fascinating to me that two of the most interesting people in the world would choose the same town toinhabit and I need to know more. Show yourself Mr. Goldsmith, let us compare notes and try to understandeach other. We are a rare-breed and its important we reason together and attempt to understand this worldmore clearly...or we could just talk about boats, your choice.

    The Mariner is

    Editor/Publisher/WriterPat Reynolds

    PhotographsPat Reynolds


    ContributorsDave Kirby

    Richard Schaefer

    Copy Editing AssistanceLisa Asahara

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    Mailing addressP.O. Box 9403

    Marina del Rey, CA 90295

    The Mariner appears on the 3rdFriday of every month.

    This issue - Nov. 20 - Dec. 18

    ImportantNumbersat a glance:

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    Thanks for picking it up!

    Cover: Santa Dont Reef by PatReynolds

    C a lling t h e Most Interesting Ma n in the World .

    Coming Events 4Coming Events 4

    Off The Wire 6Off The Wire 6

    Talkin Ba Ha Ha 10Talk in Ba Ha Ha 10by Orlando Duranby Orlando Duran

    Santas Lis t 12Santa s L is t 12A List of Cool Holiday Gift Ideas A List of Cool Holiday Gift Ideas

    Clean Up Time 14Clean Up Time 14S & K Dive Spearheads a Clean-Up DriveS & K Dive Spearheads a Clean-Up Drive

    Cata l i na Current s 16Cata l ina Cur ren t s 16Garbage Then and Now by Richard SchaeferGarbage Then and Now by Richard Schaefer

    Power ta i l s 18Power t a i l s 18Marine Protected AreasMarine Protected AreasRacing 20Racing 20

    A s k t h e E x p e r t s - O n bo a r d I n t e r n e t 2 3Ask the Expe r t s - Onboa rd In t e rne t 23

    A s k M o o k i e 2 4Ask Mook ie 24

    Class i eds 26Class i eds 26

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    4 The Mariner - Issue 82 2009

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    November 26Thanksg iv ing I s l and S ty l e

    Enjoy a traditional family style Thanksgivingmeal at the Harbor Reef Restaurant withall the trimmings in a unique Island setting.Reservations are required.

    November 21Fishermans Vi l lage Weekend

    Concer t - Spare TimeLive jazz, Latin, R&B, Pop, Blues concertsoutdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, everySaturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1 - 4p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free. End of Fiji Wayin Marina del Rey.

    November 22Fishermans Vi l lage Weekend

    Concer t - Bernie Meis inger BandLive jazz, Latin, R&B, Pop, Blues concertsoutdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, everySaturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1 - 4p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free. End of Fiji Wayin Marina del Rey.

    November 28Fishermans Vi l lage Weekend

    Conce r t - MoondanceLive jazz, Latin, R&B, Pop, Blues concertsoutdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, everySaturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1 - 4p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free. End of Fiji Wayin Marina del Rey.

    November 29Fishermans Vi l lage Weekend

    Concer t - Sus ie Hansen Lat in JazzBand

    Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Pop, Blues concertsoutdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, everySaturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1 - 4p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free. End of Fiji Wayin Marina del Rey.

    December 12Marina del Rey Annual Hol iday

    Boat ParadeFestively decorated boats illuminate the mainchannel in one of the Marinas most visuallyexciting events, featuring around-the-world teensailor Zac Sunderland as Grand Marshal. Bestviewing in Burton Chace Park and FishermansVillage. 6 - 8 p.m. For more info call 310 6707130

    December 13Venice Canals Hol iday

    Boat ParadeJoin all the fun at the Venice Canals as thiscreative mirror-image of Italy expresses itsholiday spirit with a brilliantly lit display of small boats, canoes, kayaks and costumes.4pm.


    Sai l ing Singles of Southern Cal i fornia

    Sailing Singles of Southern California is aSailing Club centered in Marina del Rey butopen to all sailing enthusiasts from the LA area.We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. at the MarinaVenice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way locatedat the Marina City Club West Tower in Marinadel Rey. There is a $10 Meeting donation perperson that includes a light Dinner. Drinks areavailable at a full bar at reasonable prices. Clubmembers will meet and socialize with sailboatowners and can arrange for sails in SantaMonica Bay. After sailing, club members canenjoy wine and cheese parties or full dinners

    on members Boats. Catalina Island trips andspecial events are also planned. (310) 822-0893or email: [email protected]

    Marina Sunday Sai l ing ClubSince 1981 MSSC has brought together skippersand crew in a friendly social environment fordaysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises toCatalina and other destinations. We meet onthe 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on thepatio at Burton Chace Park under the Clubbanner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a freeContinental breakfast and socializing. We hold

    a brief business meeting and then head out foran afternoon of sailing on the Bay after whichwe gather at a members dock for wine, snacksand more socializing. Visitors are welcomeand may attend two meetings free. No priorsailing experience is necessary. Married peoplewelcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 orvisit

    Single Mariners Meet ingSocial meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the 1st and3rd Thursday of each month at Paci c MarinersYacht Club on 13915 Panay Way in Marina del

    Rey. Meeting donation is $7.00, which includesa light buffet dinner. At these meetings, skippersand crew sign up for day sails. On sailingdays the Single Mariners meet at 9:30 a.m. forbreakfast at the Marina del Rey Hotel on 13534Bali Way, spend the afternoon sailing and thenreturn to the docks for a wine and cheese social.Novices are welcome and encouraged. For moreinfo call (310) 289-3338.

    Womens Sai l ing Associa t ion of San ta Mon ica Bay

    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month atthe Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club,13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. Themeeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a socialhour, and a light dinner is served. Each meetingfeatures a guest speaker discussing their adven-tures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs, include daysails, seminars, parties, and cruises includingdestinations such as King Harbor, Catalina andthe northern Channel Islands, For membership

    information contact Sandy Penrod. at [email protected] or on the web at

    Live music Fr idays!The Waterfront Restaurant present live musicevery Friday night. Three different stages.Rock,blues, funk, Jazz, R&B. Full bar service, food isserved untill 10:00pm, All ages welcome! TheWaterfront 4211 Admiralty Way, Marina DelRay, CA.

    Catal inas of Santa Monic a Bay,Owners o f Cata l ina Yach t s

    Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa

    Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rdTuesday of each month. We would like towelcome Catalina owners to join our club. Wehave speakers, cruises to Catalina, races andother events throughout the year. Our doors openat 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join thefun and meet other owners of Catalinas. Formore info email [email protected].

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    6 The Mariner - Issue 82 2009

    O F F T H E W I R E

    Ca r End s Up in E Basin

    Every once in a while things end up where they shouldnt be. Last month in E Basin onPalawan Way, a car accidentally made its way into the drink and had to be pulled outwith the help of the Fire Department and some heavy machinery. It could have been farworse. If the vehicle happened to fall in 50 yards to the right, boats, docks and possiblypeople would have been severely effected. Photo Bobbie Bel .

    Race Day: April 23rd and 24th

    Regis t e r Ear ly !

    Former Director of the Department of Beachesand Harbors, Stanley Wisniewski died October15 in a single-vehicle accident at the age of 59near his home in Paso Robles. He was namedDirector of Beaches and Harbors in August of 1993, where he remained until retiring in Marchof 2008. As Director, Stan was instrumentalin overseeing the commencement of second-generation development of Marina del Rey.

    For better or for worse, Wisniewski wasinstrumental in the redevelopment of the

    Admiralty Apartments and Esprit 1, therenovation of the Marina Harbor Apartmentsand Anchorage, and the renovation of theWaterside Shopping Center. He also played apart in implementing the WaterBus summerservice, concerts in the park, as well asincreasing the participation and scholarships of the W.A.T.E.R. Youth program.

    It would be fair to say that at times we had somedifferences of opinion with Stan about issues inthe Marina, Tim Riley, Executive Director of the Marina del Rey Lessees Association told

    the Daily Breeze.. But we respect that he hada great career with the county and was verydedicated with his work.

    Wisniewski is survived by two children, Danaand Weston.

    Sta n Wisniewski Dies inCa r Wrec k

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    Heres a few tips brought to you by the folks at the Holiday Boat Parade

    A design is the rst step in successful decorating. Keep the design simple, concentrating on thebasic theme you select. A good simple idea, effectively carried out will have the most impact on

    judges and spectators. Many colors of lights can be used but a single color or white is most effective.Consider the number of crew aboard and make their costuming an integral part of your design.Costumes can be rented, or made simply of muslin or cotton and painted. What can really work wellis to have all members dressed in a single color, white or black, and use accessory items like hats,vests, large ties, belts, etc. ... to match your theme.

    Decorations :

    Decorations do not have to cost a lot, but they must be reproof or re-retardant. Although plywoodis best, heavy cardboard reinforced with wood stringers, or foam core can be used for signs, propsor backgrounds. They can be painted with non-soluble paints, glittered, or covered with decorativesheeting, aluminum foil, mylar or plastic sheets. Under good oodlights these can look great. Large at areas should have holes or aps cut in them so they do not act as sails. Sailboats can make useof their rigging to haul displays and light strings aloft.

    Check your boats ballast weight when fully decorated and with crew aboard and balance accordingly.The use of a walkie-talkie is advisable from deck to skipper. Have one person in charge of the CO 2 re extinguisher by the power plant.

    The Boat Parade happens on Saturday, December 12. Check out for moredetails.

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    8 The Mariner - Issue 82 2009

    O F F T H E W I R E

    Vinyl Repair Leather Repair Plastic Repair Re-dyeing Deodorizing

    Cigarette Burns Restoration of Faded Materials New Colors for Cushions

    & Interiors Marine Specialists Dockside Service

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    we can repair it?Dont Throw it Out Until You Call Us!

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    Anothe r Sund erland Looks Towards the Rec ord Books

    Sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland, sisterof record breaking circumnavigator ZacSunderland, has taken the most importantstep to becoming the youngest person to eversail around the world unassisted and alone -she bought a boat.

    Unlike her older brother who made the journey in an old cruising boat, Abby will beattempting the record in an Open 40 designedfor high-speed short-handed sailing.

    She recently did a shakedown cruise with herfather Laurence, and brother Zac from RhodeIsland to Fort Lauderdale. From there theboat will be shipped to Mexico.

    On sailing with her famous brother Abby saidin her blog: He also has taken great joy inlittle things, like my morti cation at watchinghim wash a cup with salt water and a dirtysock. But despite how annoying he is, itsreally good to have him with us out here.

    Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht ClubSMWYC Stimulus Package!

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    Yacht Club of the Year 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007!For information: 310-827-SMYC or

    13589 Mindanao Way Ca Marina del Rey 90292

    Join us as a Flag member with full club privileges. Racing and cruising programs,plus many social activities. Pay no dues until 2010, just an application PROCESSINGFEE of $100. Come join us for our year-end activities. For more information, call PatSalcedo at 310 578-9912

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    LOS ANGELES The Associated Press hasreported that two moderate earthquakes haverecently struck under the ocean near the ChannelIslands off the Southern California coast.

    The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude4.5 earthquake struck the sea oor about 14miles east of San Nicolas Island at 2:45 p.mSunday.

    A magnitude 3.6 quake hit three minutes later inthe same spot, 56 miles west of Santa CatalinaIsland, in an area where the sea oor is about2,000 feet below the surface.

    A sheriffs dispatcher in Avalon on Santa

    Catalina Island says he did not feel the quakeand there have been no reports of damage orinjury.

    Seismologists say the quake was felt lightlyon the coasts of Los Angeles and Venturacounties.

    Earthquakes Under theCha nnel Island s

    J Boa t Sinks in Ba Ha Ha

    While most years the Ba Ha Ha cruisers rally is a relatively uneventful but fun ride from San Diegodown to Cabo san Lucas Mexico, every once in a while theres some excitement and this year wasthe year.

    Not far from Ensenada, after a scheduled check in, there were reports that a J/120, J World had beenholed after the boat inadvertently sailed into a pod of whales. The rst report came to Latitude 38,whose publisher created the rally, from the owner who wasnt on board and said that, [the skipperand crew] quickly realized that theyd sailed into a pod of whales big whales. Thats when theyfelt a bang, then another and another. At least one whale was attacking J/Worlds rudder!

    Such a strange occurrence caused word to spread throughout the sailing community and like a badgame of telephone there were soon rumors and blog reports with wild speculations of what reallyhappened to J World including theories that it had collided with a submerged submarine.

    After the dust settled, J Worlds skipper, Eugenie Russell, explained to Lat 38 that none of the reportswere accurate and what actually happened was the J boat was sailing casually down the coast whenthey noticed some whales in the area and soon found themselves heading down a wave on a nearlyhead-on course with a humpback whale.

    It was reported that they rst hit the whale with her keel, and it felt as though they had run aground.After that, she felt the prop hit the whale, resulting in blood in the water. Then, its speculated thatthe whale made a reactive ick of its mighty tail, jamming the rudder post up and aft, creating aroughly 8-inch by 14-inch hole in the transom area. The boat sank to the ground in a matter of 45minutes.

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    10 The Mariner - Issue 82 2009

    For years, The Mariner has been keeping up withlocal sailor Orlando Duran who is instrumental in putting on the Marina del Rey to San Diego

    Race every year. This year, Duran did the Ba Ha Ha, a popular cruising rally that runs fromSan Diego down to Cabo san Lucas, in his 44-ft Catalina/Morgan, and kept a log along the way.

    Below are some excerpts taken (and slightlyedited) presented to give an idea of what its like

    for those who might have a notion to make thetrip sometime in the future.

    The Night Before

    Everything that has been able to be purchased atWest Marine has been bought, crew was pickedup at the airport on Friday afternoon, everything

    has been put away, the boat has been cleanedup, washed and wax, water and fuel tanks havebeen topped off, last minute tweakings havebeen tweaked, screws screwed back in and nutstightened... Cuba Libre 3 is ready to go on the16th Baja Ha Ha at 11 a.m. tomorrow!

    Went to the skippers meeting and heard the GrandPoobah from Latitude 38 magazine (main sponsorof this event) go over the Rally Instructions andalso attended the fun bbq and costume party at theS.D. West Marine parking lot.

    You would think that everyone would just goback to their boats, get a good nights sleep andget ready for the starting gun, but that is not thecase, the main thing on every skippers mindtonight is the weather. BTW, this is a big mediaevent here in S.D., news crews, harbor re boatsspraying water, the Mexican consulate, headof the Mexican Navy and several other localdignitaries will be at the starting committeeboat, a 104 power boat.

    Seems like a small weather disturbance is goingto be coming down the coast from the NW onTuesday night and they are anticipating 15-20swells and 25-knots of wind, can you spell q-u-e-a-s-y?? (note to self, buy more Dramamine).So, the buzz is what to do? The current

    plan would be to sail from S.D. to Turtle Bay,320-miles distant, getting there around daylightThursday....the y in the ointment now with thisweather news is that you dont want to be outfrom Tuesday evening till Wednesday afternoonwhen the swells and wind will be coming in,you might spill your Merlot and wreak havocwith the shrimp pate.

    The plan for Cuba Libre 3 is to be a part of theof cial start and try and be down as far as SanQuintin by Tuesday afternoon - approximately

    175miles. Well tuck into this very protectedanchorage, wait for things to settle down, thenhead for Turtle Bay on early Wednesday eveningto make the scheduled on Thursday landing.

    Twenty Four Hours Later

    Cuba Libre 3 nds its way into Bahia SanQuintin, approx 150 m south of San Diego.

    Sailed some, but mostly motored due to a lackof wind speed and the fact that we wanted to bein a protected anchorage ahead of the comingweather disturbance - have heard reports of 20seas and 35 mph winds! Yikes.

    San Quintin is a wonderful anchorage about

    ve miles wide and from the chatter on theVHF radio, should be full of boats by later thisevening as everyone else will be trying to avoidthe unpleasant conditions that are predicted.So, here I am, anchored out in the middle of nowhere, the local town is about 5miles awayand I have 4-bars of Edge cell coverage...lovewireless!

    Rough Ride to Turtle Bay

    What a ride!! Had gone into San Quintin to

    Talkin Ba Ha Ha

    By Orlando Duran

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    avoid huge seas and high winds on Tuesdayafternoon...well, should have kept goinginstead, because the @$%t hit the fan Tuesdayevening and Tuesday night on the way to TurtleBay. From 1:00 p.m. Tuesday thru 4:00 a.m.Wednesday, sustained winds of 30 mph - guststo 35 and swells in the 15 - 20 range with acouple that looked to be about 25 - everythingright on the back-end!

    Cuba Libre 3 surfed and plowed her way downthe course, with a reefed genoa and a reefedmainsail still hitting speeds of 11 knots witha couple of 13s thrown in just to increase mypucker-factor. I would have to swallow lots of air to simply release the vacuum effect on myass whenever I had to get up from my spot inthe cockpit - averaged about 8-knots during thatentire time.

    At about 3:00 a.m. things settled down a bit andthe E-ticket ride portion was mostly over. After

    that, it was sloppy, lumpy seas until about 8:00a.m. then we got into the lee of Cedros Islandand enjoyed a beautiful day getting into TurtleBay at about 3:30 p.m....icy cold beers werehoisted to celebrate the happy completion of this rst leg of the rally.

    Hot showers and my famous baked cheese-onionchicken breasts brought the day to a satisfyingend - all crew was asleep by 8:30 p.m.

    Enrique the Entrepreneur

    Today was spent calling Enrique on the VHFradio. Enrique, being quite the entrepreneur, hasout tted a couple of pangas with big fuel tanksthat are dispensed using a Honda 2000 generatorand his boys come out to your boat and ll youup with diesel for $2.50 U.S. per gal (althoughits sold by the liter so all of us gringos haveto gure the conversion as its going into yourtank). They also bring you bags of ice for $2and take away your trash for $1 or sell you akilo (2.2 lb.) of large shrimp for $10. Its a greatoperation and worthy of a Harvard BusinessSchool study.

    Turtle Bay is a lovely place to anchor but thestay is short, leg two starts tomorrow at noon -Turtle Bay to Bahia Santa Maria. Its about 225miles away, and will be a two-night passage.Ten to fteen-knot winds are expected.

    Cruising at its Best

    A boring, uneventful, ho-hum two-days of sailing. After the hell ride from San Quintin toTurtle Bay, this was an absolutely wonderful

    leg of this rally--cruise sailing at its best andthe reason people fall in love with this lifestyle.Ten to fteen-knot winds on the aft-quarter,calm seas with just a hint of a following swellgently pushing you and give you some extraspeed down your course, boat speed at about6.5 - 7 knots, autopilot doing all of the steeringwork. It was sunny and the breeze was coolingand gentle all at the same time - it was relaxing,giving me a chance to catch up on past issues of sailing magazines, naps or simply taking it all inas you search the horizon for other boats in the eet - about 150 are still in it.

    We would see the sunrise and moonset at thesame time also got to see the green ashat sunset on Saturday. Evening watches arespectacular, owing to a bright full moon and thetremendous amounts of stars that are visible,including numerous meteorites streaking acrossthe sky.

    Motored the last few hours during the nightbecause the winds died down quite a bit, turneda corner around this pretty point of land and loand behold, Bahia Santa Maria was right there.We changed course and went into the anchoragearea and dropped anchor here at 8:30 a.m.Anchorage is calm, ocean temp at 82-degreesand so clear you can see 30-feet down to thebottom with no problem.

    Kinda of interesting location here. Its a fewmiles from Magdalena Bay, which is famousbecause whales come to calf here during the

    year, sometimes, up to 50 - 75 whales will bein the bay having their baby whales. Its a smallbay, mountainous all around the shore - a small shing village with no services whatsoever - nofuel, water, etc. But tomorrow on the beach therewill be a beach party where locals will truck incases and cases of beer, water and sodas alongwith enough food to feed 500 folks while a rockband entertains.

    Tomorrow is the beach bbq then the eet takesoff on Leg 3 for Cabo San Lucas.


    Left Bahia Santa Maria early Tuesday morningand had 12 hours of fantastic downwind sailing,the spinnaker was popped open and Cuba Libre3 sprang to life as it sailed fast over at seas.Although wind speeds were up and down mostof the day, the sailing was excellent.

    Another beautiful sunset was witnessed over atasty cabbage salad and penne pasta dinner wasenjoyed by all. Moonrise was quite late that

    night so it was a pitch black sky until 11:00 p.m.- spooky sight what with 170 boats all goingdown the coast together.

    Since many of the participants in this rally havenever night sailed, their theory on nav lights ismore is better, consequently, you will see boatsunder sail with a mast head tri-color, deck navlights, anchor light and an occasional steaminglight, perhaps their spreader lights just forgood measure, all on, AT THE SAME TIME!Also, they get so nervous that if you come bythem within a mile, they go to the VHF andask who you are and what are your intentionsbecause I see you on radar about a mile away.There was one guy who upon noticing that hisgreen starboard lens had fallen off, replaced itwith a red one, so there he was, crossing otherboats paths with two red nav lights--port andstarboard. Not good.

    After 750 miles of great sailing, you turn the

    corner looking for an idyllic paradise youveimagined many times before, but instead youremet with the sight of thousands of timesharecondos all over the hillsides and in the harborentrance are three mega-cruise ships disgorging10,000 pasty-skinned tourists right in thespot you want to stop and fuel. Boat tendersfrom the cruise ships are zipping in and out,dodging banana and parasailing boats, a millionmosquito-like jet-skis...ahhhh yes, paradise--Iwouldnt want it any other way!

    Distance from Bahia Santa Maria: 172nm

    Total distance sailed: 753nm

    Short note on equipment that Im glad I installed:

    1. Solar Panels--making about 90amps perday, can run all of the navigation stuffplus the autopilot and the fridges and itsbreak-even on power consumption, inother words I have no net loss of battery

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    2. Spectra watermaker--dont leave homewithout it! Run it 3 hours (17gals perhour) every-other day, keeps water tankstopped the showers!

    3 .Air conditioner--once in the slip here inCabo, the AC was red up and its beenheaven inside the boat. Decadent, yes,but way nice...

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    12 The Mariner - Issue 82 2009

    Santas ListThe Mariner asked Captain Richard Schaefer, Captain Dave Kirby and Captain Joel Eve what they thought were some good gifts for the boater in the family.

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    5. Gift Certi cate to Salty Schaefers sailing program (contact info on page 17).

    6. Arcane books on sailors and the sea. Just read two, Endurance (about Shackleton) and In the Heart of the Sea - The Tragedyof the Essex. Or, of course, Wanderer or Voyage by Sterling Hayden.

    7. DVDs; The Bounty, Billy Budd, Treasure Island, Master and Commander, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawk, White Squall,The Three Stooges Join the Navy, Captain Ron, Moby Dick, The Horn Blower Series (great) Reap the Wild Wind, Wakeof the Red Witch, Dead Calm - on and on...

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    14 The Mariner - Issue 82 2009

    Anyone who has walked around the marina after a storm or after a Santa Ana wind event might have noticed the abundance of garbage that accumulateson the leeward side of the marina, closest to Lincoln Blvd. This is the storm runoff coming from Ballona Creek. For years, this garbage has simplywashed back out to sea as the tides change, presumably to join the other trash in the Great Paci c Garbage Patch. Now, in an effort to stem the amountof garbage that ends up oating out of the marina and to help keep the oceans blue, S & K Dive Service is starting a new public service, free of charge,to clean the marina waters.

    The Coastal Cleanups and Kayak Cleanups are great traditions that make an enormous impact on the amount of garbage on our beaches and in ouroceans. But with the amount of trash that comes down Ballona Creek from across the Los Angeles basin, these yearly efforts only make a dent in theproblem. There still continues to be oating garbage that accumulates in the marina throughout the year, and particularly when there is a storm.

    S & K Dive has been servicing boats since 1974, with divers continually in the water, and has seen the problem grow. Now in the winter, when the rainsand winds make the amount of garbage really pile up, they want to address this problem.

    We want to help keep the water clean, because were diving in it every day, said S & Ks Paul Skipper. Starting this winter in November and continuing into the New Year, S & K will be sending a crew twice a month to remove the surface garbage that is oating in the marina. This will be in addition to the current efforts by the County and will be done as a free service to enhance the publics enjoymentof the marina. Any recyclable items will be given to the Chrysalis Foundation in Venice Beach. Look for crews and banners at the end of F and G basin,as well as banners on the main channel at Burton Chase Park and The Marina del Rey Marina whenever the cleanup is in progress and give the diversa big Thank You!

    You can watch the free cleanup by S & K Dive Service on the following Saturdays; November 21, December 5 and 19, January 9 and 23. If you seethem, give them a shout and they might throw you a prize! And you can always stop by S & K Dive for your free water bottle to reduce plastic waste.If you own a boat, ask for the boater gift package including many free services and prizes.

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    Doug Ring, a prominent and somewhat controversial Marina del Rey developer, has died in what is being investigated as a possible suicide. Ring wasthe owner of Bar Harbor on Panay Way and was in the spotlight for quite some time as the builder/owner for the Esprit Apartment and slips developmentoverlooking Marina del Reys main channel, that seemed as if it would never be nished. Many small boat activists vili ed Ring for creating a largenumber of bigger slips that essentially aced out a good number of small slips.

    Im not a boater Im just a businessman, said Ring to The Mariner back when the slips were being constructed. If there were a demand for three-foot long slips and no demand for 70-foot long slips, I wouldnt build those bigger slips. The reality is that we discovered we had more vacancies inthe small slips than we did in the big slips.

    Ring, 65, was outspoken and unapologetic for they way he went about his business. He was both maligned and revered depending on who was asked. InMarina del Rey there was skepticism and suspicion by many about how he procured his holdings. According to the L.A. Times , the Board of Supervisorsapproved without competitive bidding 39-year lease extensions on prime waterfront property controlled by Ring, who was a major campaign donor tomost of the supervisors then on the board.

    But Ring also was a philanthropist and an in uential gure in the city of Los Angeles. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statementregarding Ring:

    I am deeply saddened by the death of my friend Doug Ring, a philanthropist and civic leader devoted to the City of Angels.

    Through his many endeavors, including the restoration of the Central Library, his efforts to build a new Childrens Museum, the expansion of theMuseum of Contemporary Art, and as executive director of USCs Selden Ring Award, Doug sought to improve the lives of all Angelenos, and he willbe greatly missed.

    Doug Ring is survived by his wife Cindy Miscikowski and a brother and a sister.

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    16 The Mariner - Issue 82 2009

    C A T A L I N A C U R R E N T S

    arly one morning, after arain, my charter crew andI were leaving the marinawhen one of the crew,new to sailing, called out,Hey, theres somethingup ahead - it looks like a

    sheet of ice!

    Now, Im not exactly Joshua Slocum, but I doknow that icebergs are not normally encounteredoff the south entrance of Marina del Rey. Igrumbled something appropriate, but not verynautical, and cast a skeptical glance over thecoach-roof.

    There, about a hundred yards off the bow, wasa glistening, silver-white sheet - covering abouthalf an acre. Experienced Southern Californiayachtsman that I am, I immediately recognized

    the mass as a del Rey berg.

    Instead of ice, I explained, the del Rey bergis made up of hundreds - sometimes thousands- of styrofoam cups, plates, fast food containers,balloons, plastic bottles and only God knowswhat else. You can nd small ones almostanytime, but the really big ones - like the one

    ahead - usually appear after a good rain.

    Disillusionment slapped my eager crew memberin the face like a wet ounder. She slumpeddown in the cockpit. So much for her dreamsof a pristine sea - devoid of the traces of civilization.

    In days of old, sailors didnt have to deal withso much oating debris. In those bygone daysgarbage wasnt immortal. It rotted and fell apart,or as we say now, biodegraded. It wasnt until

    the mid 20th century that mankind felt theneed to make its refuse a permanent part of theenvironment.

    At one time, oating junk even had romanticsounding names: otsam and jetsam. It hadcharacter. Beachcombers actually went lookingfor those nautical discards: glass shing net oats, a weather-beaten oar, a rusty harpoon,twists of driftwood, a tattered net, perhaps evenchests and crates from a shipwreck, or a bottlefrom a castaway or a lonely child.

    People would collect this artwork of the seaand display in on the mantle, or perhaps tradethem to a local tavern keeper for a pint of rum.Well, times have changed. How many peopledo you know that decorate their mantles withstyrofoam cups or faded aluminum beer cans(no fair including boat workers)?

    The Floating Museum of Unnatural History

    Photo Kristi Ann


    By Captain Richard Schaefer

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    2009 The Mariner - Issue 82 17

    C A T A L I N A C U R R E N T S

    And, just try adding some nautical avor to thelocal watering hole with a couple of drippingplastic bags or a battered foam ice chest lid.

    Mulling this over, it occurred to me thatfew things of value oat. You may test this

    hypothesis by throwing any of the followingitems overboard; winch handle, outboard motor, ashlight, sunglasses, car keys, wallet, watchetc..

    However, if you inadvertently drop an emptybottle of sunscreen, a plastic six-pack ring, afoam cup, or anything else you never want tosee again - rest assured it will oat merrily alongforever.

    It would be bad enough if these products of our petrochemical age were merely unsightly,but theyre destructive and unhealthy as well.Plastic bags get sucked into engine strainers andcooling systems, and foul props. Or worse, geteaten by, and ultimately kill turtles, birds andmarine mammals. Sea creatures also becometangled in mono liment shing line and six-packrings. We wreak all this havoc and destructionin the name of convenience and pennies saved.Seems a price too high.

    One day, not long ago, while drifting in lightair - sails slatting - through one of our localgarbage slicks, I found myself, out of boredom,re ecting on the origins of the castoffs slowlyswirling past.

    The foam cups and containers were easy; someguy on his way to work, sitting in gridlock,gulping his coffee and choking down hisindustrial formula breakfast biscuit - then, after agood belch, throws the indestructible packagingfrom the window. It blows into the gutter, fromthere to the storm drain, then out to the sea.

    It took a little longer to gure out the origin

    of the plastic oil containers and the brownfoamy slick. I visualized a dim witted backyardmechanic, suffering from anal-cranial inversion,wandering vacant eyed around his yard with asloshing tub of empty oil containers and dirtymotor oil - his vacuous eyes light up when hespies the nearest storm drain. The rest is slimyhistory.

    Now, the presence of dozens of dry cleaning andplastic merchandise bags were a little tougherto understand. I mean, do people really stop by

    the dry cleaners and tear the plastic bag off theircoat as they rush down the street to work? And,dont they carry their purchases into their homesin the bags provided them? But I suppose manyend up cast off as the one or two items in thebags are used or consumed outside.

    Just so you dont think Im ignoring boatingsGarbage Nerds, I will say that during sailboatraces I have seen more than one macho cretinthrow his beer can overboard. And once, whenreturning from Catalina, I saw a boater heaveseveral large trash bags into his wake. Timeslike these make you wish you had torpedoes, orat least a small cannon.

    The answer to this mess is really simple - actresponsibly and dont throw crap into the streetor ocean! And, recycle as much as you can.

    In the meantime my advice to my fellow boatersis, Damn the garbage! Full Speed Ahead!

    Okay, here comes the shocker, I wrote that forthe Heal the Bay Newsletter in November of 1989 - just 20 short years ago this month. Afterit came out I got a call from the Heal the Bayfolks, and they said I was invited to a fundraiser/mixer, and that Ted Danson wanted to meet me.Can you imagine, me an enviro guy? Didntthink so. Anyway, being allergic to white wineand quiche - I didnt go - no offense Ted.

    Allow me to share a couple of other recollectionsfrom antiquity. I can remember being at theisland in the late 70s and waking up on Sundaymorning to the stench of hundreds of boatspumping their heads directly into the water. Yousee, many, maybe most boats back then didnteven have holding tanks. It seemed almostnatural to see brown foam and shreds of toiletpaper drifting about while oblivious swimmersfrolicked in the water (kinda like Mexico today).

    I dont even recall that anyone got sick, or thatthere was any real worry or beach closures dueto coliform bacteria.

    I can also remember walking on the beach andseeing baby seal pups trying to nurse on theirdead or dying mothers who had been shot thenight before by commercial shermen.

    I wrote of these things, and more, in the 10 yearsbefore 1989.

    Now, much has since changed for the better.However, seals now over populate our coastalwaters, decimating sh populations, sinkingboats and docks, as well as degrading waterquality. These days, just a little bilge sheen isconsidered an environmental disaster requiring

    the Hazmat Squad and a hefty ne. Evenbottom paint and boat soap needs to be eco-friendly to the point of being expensive as wellas ineffective.

    It is apparent to many that the enviro-pendulumhas swung too far toward the hard green side -nearly to the point of being opposed to all humanendeavor and outdoor recreational pursuits.

    I teach my kids to leave outdoor places cleanerthan they found them. I teach them to eat whatthey shoot or catch. I tell them to use commonsense and always act responsibly. I tell them torespect nature - but never worship it.

    This is harder than it sounds. My children seemore and more areas, roads and campgroundsclosed or fenced off. Recreational venues lostor regulated to the point where the fun is wrungout of them - nothing remaining but the drearyvestiges of what they once were. Its hard forthem to care - seeing so much of what they oncehad, lost forever to environmental dogma andthe lawsuits funded by the eco-elite. Theysee a hopeless future where the remaining openspaces, or access to them, are relentlessly fencedor closed. Recreational opportunities foreverlost.

    For many kids the environment has beenreduced to an intangible, ethical concept,perhaps even a sort of theology - rather thansomething to be lived and experienced. Indeed,this is a tragedy for all of our young people.

    My hope is that common sense and reasonwill someday return, and balance the need to

    preserve nature with the need to use it.

    Captain Richard is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Sailing Master. He has skippered charters, delivered vessels, taught sailing and seamanship for morethan 25 years. He can be reached at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at, [email protected]

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    s populations increaseand resources diminish,modern societies areforced to create systemsand legislation that

    strike a balance betweenimmediate and long termstainability. In this issue

    of The Mariner columnist Richard Schaefer talksabout balancing the need to preserve naturewith the need to use it, - a dilemma we mostcertainly struggle with here in Los Angeles.

    In our waters, this balance has to do with the needto extract food and at the same time somehowrestock the reserve so we can go back to the wellthrough the course of time. Closures on speci cspecies have been one way to address the issue,

    but researchers have continued to search formore innovative ways to manage the complexissues of over shing.

    In 1999, Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) waspassed and with it a new concept of underwatermanagement was brought to light - MarineProtected Areas. According to the environmentaladvocacy organization, Heal the Bay, MarineProtected Areas have been scienti cally provento protect and enhance degraded ecosystems,including kelp forests and sh communities.

    They are basically areas of the ocean set asideas safe-havens from shing to protect andconserve marine life and habitat, it explains inthe organizations website.

    Like a state park, MPAs look to provideparticular areas where wildlife can existunfettered by human intrusion thereby restockitself in a more natural and organic way.

    There have been lots and lots of studies doneby marine biologists that have examined thehome-ranges of species, Sarah Abramson director of coastal resources at Heal the Bay inSanta Monica told The Mariner last year whensome of these issues were being raised. Certainspecies really keep themselves to a smallhabitat, especially in areas like kelp forests or

    rocky habitats where theres an actual three-dimensional structure that provides protection.

    Recently, stakeholders have been addressingthe issue of increasing the number of MPAs inthe range between Point Conception and theMexican Border. Commercial shermen, sport shermen and environmental groups have allbeen vying for what they feel is the proper modeof action to serve all involved.

    According to Heal the Bay, on November 10,

    the MLPA Blue Ribbon Task Force unanimouslyselected a preferred alternative for South CoastMPAs. Conservation priorities were deemed forthe areas of Naples, Point Dume, and La Jolla,while shing community concessions were

    made at PV and Catalina.

    In Los Angeles, the task force voted for acompromise that left the rich shing areaknown as Rocky Point in Palos Verdes openand extended an area in Malibu that protectsthe whole canyon and some of the reefs east of Point Dume.

    They actually modi ed the western boundaryof the marine reserve at Point Dume to increaseits size slightly to comply with Department of Fish and Game feasibility guidance, stated

    heal the Bay. On Catalina, they maintainedprotections at Long Point, USC Wrigley, andweakened the Farnworth Banks MPA to allowfor additional recreational shing.

    This recommendation will now go to thestate Fish and Game Commission for nadesignation. For more information on newclosures, check the Dept. Of Fish and gameswebsite at

    18 The Mariner - Issue 82 2009

    P O W E R TA I L S


    Protecting the Stocks Marine Protected Areas have locals engaging in substantive debate

    Photo Pat Reynolds

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    2009 The Mariner - Issue 82 19

    Everyone is still buzzing abouthow solid the Fall shing has beenand loving the chance of gettinga mixed bag to take home. Thistime of year, the weather keeps usguessing on what and how far wecan go for certain species, but atleast its still often worth the trip.

    Around Santa Monica Bay wehave had both top water andbottom shing with some anglerstargeting bonita in the two to tenpound range. Also white seabass,sandbass, chuckle heads,white sh, lingcod and various redsare still around. If youre out forhalibut, try bounce balling or doinga drift with n bait. Hoop nettersare targeting lobsters around thebreakwall, outside wrecks andreefs. Even though the watertemps are in the mid 60s andslowly dropping Catalina is stillkicking out calicos, bonita, andyellowtail.

    A new bill passed that has closedcertain areas around So Cal so

    keep an eye out for them.

    Although the fuel dock is underconstruction, the boys at Inseinebaits are still working and openwith nice cured sardines.

    Im back over to the Island as longas mother nature will let me.

    Until next time..........Tight Lines

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    R A C I N G S C E N E

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    In many ways, the upcoming Americas Cup Deed of Gift match, scheduled for February 2010, is something of a stain on the digni ed and storied

    history of sports most distinguished trophy. What was once yacht racings marquee event has been reduced to high level legal interpretation of anantiquated document some of which the authors hoped would never be used. With that said, from a technological perspective, this upcoming matchrace between two 90-foot long powerhouse multihulls is responsible for some of the most compelling and intriguing developments yacht racing hasever seen.

    Recently, down the 405 in San Diego, Challenger BMW Oracle Racing (BOR) revealed a hard wing, bigger than anything on any airplane, that willreplace the traditional soft sails that were being used for the 90-ft long, 90-ft. wide Trimaran USA or DoGzilla as it has been nick-named. This wingrepresents the no-holds-barred approach that this Americas Cup withholds. The massive foil towers nearly 190 feet into the sky and according to BOR,it is 80 percent bigger than a wing on a 747 airplane (102ft/31m).

    This was a massive undertaking, said Tim Smyth (NZL), who, along with Mark Turner (NZL), has been overseeing the wing construction team inAnacortes and in San Diego.

    The team will be testing the wing as much as possible before they meet Alinghi in the beginning of next year but many feel that with the size/weightof the Tri, now tted with a hard wing that some say needs more wind to be effective, BOR might not win especially if winds are light. But whatever happens, this Cup is sure to be incredibly interesting. Like a lunar mission, after the match is said and done, the sailing world is likely to seedevelopments that will affect the sport for decades to come.

    Right - An average sized man climbing the enormous wing of the 90-foot long BOR trimaran gives perspective of just how tall the structure is.

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    R A C I N G S C E N E

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    22 The Mariner - Issue 82 2009

    C R U I S I N G S C E N E

    Long Cruise on a Small Cat Another excerpt from First Time Across, a soon to be released book by South Bay Yacht Racing Club RearCommodore Jim Cash, where he describes the journey from South Africa to MDR in a 36-foot catamaran.

    Ships Log 1730 hrs - LandHo,on horizon out of thesetting sun.

    This passage of twelve dayswas my longest ocean voyagewithout touching land. By thetime I saw the outline of St.

    Helena Island on the horizonI was ready for some dry landagain.

    Our destination, Jamestown,the island nations main harbor,is located on the Northwestside of the Island. St. Helena is perhaps bestknown for where the British nally exiled thegreat French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Itis a small island about half the size of Catalinaand lies about 6 degrees south of the equator inthe south Atlantic, 1,500 nautical miles west of Africa and 2,000 miles east of Brazil.

    St. Helena was actually part of the reason Idecided to make this voyage. After committingto buying Kat Atomic , a 36cruising catamaranbuild in South Africa, I was standing over thehuge globe in the nautical wing of the Marinadel Rey, library looking at the map of SouthAfrica. I traced the rout Northwest across theAtlantic with my nger, crossing over the topof small island St. Helena. My brain ignited;St. Helena, Napoleon! I immediately went to

    the library computer and pulled up their web-site, I learned that the only way to reach St.Helena, Island was by boat and became evenmore intrigued.

    Our island adventure started with the notoriousapproach to the Islands dinghy quay. Aftersecuring Kat Atomics anchor where the customsof cials suggested, we lowered the dinghy androwed to shore. There is a set of steps carvedinto the ancient ledge that serve as the wharf for the town of St. James. A trellis is built over

    these steps with several ropes hanging verticalto almost water level. The objective is for thedinghy passengers to grab a rope and on the righttiming of a swell, as it lifts the dinghy to ledgelevel, swing oneself ashore. After the crew ison dry land the dinghy itself can be hoisted

    upon the quay and tied to the iron bar anchoredinto the wharfs wall. When a soaking sailorsis seen coming through the towns gate, you cansee the smiles on the faces of the localstheyknew what happened. Another unpracticedYachtie, virgin to the St. Helena dinghy quay,had been de owered.

    The walk across the bridge over the tidal moatand though the citys original town gate was trulya step back in time. Though the draw bridgewas now permanently down, this gate was notrestored, it was maintained. This was a living,

    thriving community. The people, decedentsof all the sailors, lords, and slaves, that foundthemselves deposited for one reason or anotheron this little spec of land in the middle of theSouth Atlantic, was a living history lesson.

    After our formal stop at the immigration of ceto get passports stamped we walked around theancient town. As we completed our traverseof the main street we found ourselves at thebase of St. Helenas famed Jacobs ladder.Seven hundred and eleven inch steps to the

    top of the cliff that shroudsthe south side of the town.It was originally built in theearly 19th century as a baseof a vertical rail tram usedto haul the enormous gunsand cannon balls to the topwhere they were readied for

    the islands defense. The railshave long since been rustedaway and now the verticalstairs stands as a challenge tothe islands visitors.

    We had just come off twelvedays at sea. The temptation was too much to passup, so up we went. The view was almost worththe climb, but the real reward was up the roada little at Clinghams Ladder Hill Store. Wewent in seeking any liquid refreshment handy,and was greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Clinghamscoming from their living quarters in the back.We chugged down the offer of cool water, thenMrs. Clingham asked if we would fancy ahomemade ice lolly. Oh, popsicle Isaid smiling. At only .50 pence each, they wereclearly the best bargain on the island.

    We looked at the long winding road thatdescended toward the islands interior and thevalleys oor; then opted to climb back downJacobs ladder. Back at the base of the ladder weheard the screeching sounds of an electric saw,

    and our curiosity took us to the open doors of the new headquarters for the Islands historicalmuseum still being completed. It will house theartifacts the RAF underwater explorer teamswere bringing up from the bottom of James Bay.Resting on a temporary wooden base was a 3.27meter long brass cannon that had been taken off the Dutch East Indian ship Witte Leeuw (WhiteLion) that sank there in the 1613. We were alsotold there was a WW1 German U-boat on thebottom of the bay as well.

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    provider regarding roaming rates outside of theUS. While on the subject of using your cellulardevice outside of the US, it is a good idea toconsider a provider that supports GSM (GlobalSystem for Mobile). This technology is in useby about 80% of the planet.

    While the devices themselves are adequate foruse up to a few miles offshore, there are optionsavailable to enhance this coverage. Much likeWiFi, you can use external antennas and directconnect ampli ers to allow greater range whencruising offshore. I always recommend to thoseconsidering a cellular data device to shop forone that has the ability to connect an externalantenna. This may sound like a no-brainer butmany of the products on the market today donot have a provision for an external antenna.This even applies to cell phones. If you nd you

    have equipment that cannot accept an externalantenna, or want the convenience of not havinga cable connected to your device, a wirelessrepeater can be used. Wireless repeaters dohave some drawbacks in exchange for theconvenience. They are not as ef cient as directconnect ampli ers and special considerationsneed to be made when installing them.

    Cellular data devices operate on the samefrequencies as cellular phones do, so any antennamade for cellular phones will work with acellular data device. Cellular uses two bands 800

    mHz and 1900 mHz in the US and most of NorthAmerica, 900 mHz and 1800 mHz in Europe,Africa & Asia excluding Japan. It is importantthat you purchase the appropriate antenna foruse in the area you plan on cruising.

    While the USB and PCMCIA devices areadequate for occasional use, some users wanta more robust system that can also be left on24/7. In addition to having internet access forweb sur ng and work, they may have a securitysystem installed that allows them to remotelyaccess the vessel from an offsite location.Products like the Cruisenet from Shakespeareincorporate a commercial grade cellular radioand up to 3 watt ampli er for this purpose. Thissystem is designed to operate continuously.Users can hook directly to the unit via Ethernetconnection, or using any off the shelf Wi-Fiaccess point can allow multiple users to sharethe connection. The Cruisenet is availablecon gured for the major cellular carriers in theUS.

    Both Wi-Fi and cellular based solutions are

    probably more than adequate for a majority of boater who tend to stay within 30 miles of theshore. For those venturing offshore, a satellitebased option is the only choice. A satellite basedbroadband internet solution is an expensiveproposition both for the hardware costs andairtime relative to Wi-Fi and cellular solutions.This is why you will see them tted to largeryachts. Until recently, the size of the antennalimited their use to larger boats as well.

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    Can you explain other options to get onboardinternet capability?

    The next option available to the recreationalboater wanting internet would be a cellular basedsystem. While in many ways similar to the WiFioptions discussed above, a cellular based system

    allows you to cruise up to 30 - 50 miles offshorewithout losing your internet. One must bear inmind though, that this range is based on thecoverage of the cellular provider and should notbe relied upon. Cellular based internet speedsarent going to be as fast as the WiFi speeds are,but they should be acceptable for most uses.You can expect to get up to 2 megabits of speedfrom a good 3G signal. 3G is a loose termused to describe the latest generation of high-speed cellular data technology. The commontrade names would be EVDO (EVolutionData Optimized) & HSDPA (High Speed

    Data Packet Access). Generally speaking,Verizon and Sprint use EVDO while AT&T andT-Mobile use HSDPA.

    All major cellular carriers offer data plans thatutilize a dedicated PCMCIA or USB data device.Some newer laptops even have a device built in.In the US, cellular data plans cost around $60-$80 a month for an unlimited plan. You must becareful though if you choose to cruise to Mexicoor Canada with your US data plan as it may getexpensive. I recommend checking with your

    Internet Access - Part 2

    Scott Jarema has been involved in boating and sailing since age 10. He has served as salesmanager for Maritime Communications for eight

    years after working in the cellular industry. Mr. Jarema is a member of the California Yacht

    Club where he is the Vice Chair of their Radio Amateur Group. He has had published articlesin BOATING, Marine Electronics Journal and

    Dockside Magazine.

    Scott Jarma

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