Issue #92 September 2010 Mariner A Publication For Where Land Ends www.marinermagazine.com A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community The Interview With Boat Builder Tom Schock Leopard Sharks Visit the Marina Master Waterside Coastal Development Permit Has it All Gone Too Green? more...

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Issue #92September 2010

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

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


Interview With Boat Builder Tom Schock

Leopard Sharks Visit the Marina

Master Waterside Coastal Development Permit

Has it All Gone Too Green?


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I planned a Catalina get-away this past month – a whole week’s vacation at one of my favorite places in the world - Two Harbors. When daydreaming of the stay, I pictured a glossy (four color) slick styled brochure with a tan Pat Reynolds on the cover smiling at sunset in Fourth of July Cove – a middle-aged man at the top of his game. Under the cool shade of a straw hat and a little Photoshop to make my teeth slightly whiter – I looked worry-free. A man in his element – a man content. But boating vacations are not always like the brochure advertises. They can be, but sometimes they are simply reminders that you didn’t prepare enough for your just desserts. Unlike a trip to Hawaii planned by some agency, the boating vacation’s success is largely up to you. The Catalina voyage has always been interesting to me in

that on the one hand, it’s not that big a deal – people have rowed it, paddleboarded it and even swam it for God’s sake. But on the other hand, no small amount of boaters have died making this trip in all different seasons. Some were accomplished seamen, but many more were folks that simply underestimated the undertaking. For my trip, I was busy trying to prepare the boats but also take care of other work/life things and I glossed over some of the items on my prep list. I had gotten a new lazy jack system that I wanted to test prior to leaving, but didn’t. Since the install happened right before I left, my reef lines were unattached and that made me feel uncomfortable. I had a small oil leak (nothing environmentally concerning) in my dingy outboard that I meant to address, but never got to. The weather forecast was favorable – I fi gured all would be fi ne.

Long story short – all of these unaddressed tasks bit me in the ass. The wind was howling when I got to the island and dropping the sail was a hassle. Later I had an issue in the rear of the dinghy and the oil leak made an easy job disgusting and irritating. And during the trip home a foreboding sky and a substantial breeze made me feel anxious about not having reefi ng options. It all worked out but had I addressed everything I should have, I would have been that tan white-toothed guy in my brain’s brochure. Instead the ‘reality brochure’ was a bent over butt-crack guy with greasy hands and an anxious look on his face. Take my advice – be the tan guy, not the butt crack…

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Mooring Morning by Pat Reynolds

Coming Events 4

Off the Wire 6

Slipping Away 10Marina del Rey’s Impending Slip Loss

Leopard Sharks Spotted in Marina del Rey 12Large Groups of Leopard Sharks Inhabit Mother’s Beach

Schock Therapy 14Interview with Boat Builder Tom Schock

Catalina Currents 16Have We Gone Too Green by Richard Schaefer

Powertails 18Reel Maintenance

Racing 20

Ask the Expert - Navigation 23

Ask Mookie 24

Classifi eds 25

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65 McKinna 2002 4 cabins dual helms, fully equipt, clean $1,099,000

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

47 Spindrift Ranger convertible sedan Cat diesels, two staterooms $89,000

43 Bayliner 1990 motoryacht three state-rooms, diesels $105,000

43 Californian cockpit motoryacht1988 300 HP Cat diesels, loaded $134,500

40 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loaded and very clean $129,00040’ Owens aft cabin MY 1963 $25,000

41 Silverton Convertible sedan, two cabins - spacious. $99,500

35 Carver aft cabin 1997 loaded! Full elec, full enclosures, new dinghy and davits, sleeps 8 comfortable 336 hours on engines $115,000

54 Monk Pilothouse aluminum construction, long range cruiser Seller will consider trade in vessels as part payment, Offers

43’ Viking double cabin MY, twin Detroit diesels Spacious, Queen Master Berth, Loaded, Motivated Seller asking $119,000

38 Bayliner have three; 1987 -1991all diesels with 2 staterooms, dual helms, from $79,000 to $98,500

35 Wellcraft, Corsair Express 1992 $39,00029 Cruiser Express 1987 Clean $19,00026 Formula Sport Exp. 1990 Twn $15,000

49 Jones Goodel long-range trawler 1976Very clean and well maintained, equipped to cruise the coast $129,500

42 Unifl ite Sportfi sher 1978 cummins diesel, full fi sh gear, eletronics. full fi sh tower, ready to go fi shing. $78,000

45 Morgan/ Catalina 1992 built center-cock-pit bluewater cruiser, loaded clean $134,500 in San Diego.

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

41 Morgan/Catalina 2002 ctr cockpit, spacious aft cabin, and very clean $79,000

38 Beneteau Moorings 1990 aft cockpit/ aft cabin $59,000

37 Irwin center cockpit sloop 1975, very clean and fully equipped. Choice slip at Mothers Beach $32,000

37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975 upgraded 1991 new engine and more $89,000

36 Magellean ketch 1978 bluewater cruiser, full keel, Bristol condition $39,000

29 Columbia 1977 wheel, furling headsailspacious. Surveyed April 2010 $6,900Santana 23 daysailor $3,500


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39 Bayliner convertible sedan two state-rooms two helms Cummins 330 HP diesels

38 Dolphin trawler aft cabin 1986 dual helms, full walk around decks, side door entry very clean $99,000

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September 18Microbrew Fest at Two Harbors

Celebrate our 8th Annual Microbrew Fest on the beach in Two Harbors with great Microbrews and live music. For more info Contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310) 510-4249 or [email protected].

September 19Fisherman’s Village Concert

Presenting L A Bluescasters, traditional blues with rock and jazz, 2-5 p.m., free, Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.

September 24Sundown Race Series

Del Rey Yacht Club invites you to come join in on the racing, merriment and community spirit of our club! We encourage everyone - adults, college students and juniors, from cruisers to racers to sportboats to dinghies, to join the Friday Sundown Race Series at 6:00 p.m. - BBQ to follow. 13900 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey. More info at (310) 823-4664, www.dryc.org or email [email protected].

September 23Coast Guard Auxiliary Weekend

Navigator Course The Coast Guard Auxiliary navigation course, entitled “Weekend Navigator,” will be hosted by Flotilla 12-7, the Marina del Rey Flotilla, at the Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina del Rey, beginning Thursday, September 23. It will run eight consecutive Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. There is no charge for instruction although there will be a $75.00 fee for textbook and course materials. This is an ideal course for those with little sea-faring experience but a strong desire to learn more about boating or those who have purchased a boat and want to be able to safely navigate it within Santa Monica Bay or beyond to destinations such as Catalina Island. Among the topics covered are navigational techniques such as basic charting, radio procedures, safety and aids to navigation. Those interested should call 310-937-1680 or e-mail fl [email protected].

September 25Fisherman’s Village Concert

Moondance, big band swing, 2-5 p.m., free,

Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, MDR.Catalina Island Women’s Forum Wine Festival

September 25Catalina Island Women’s Forum

Wine Festival15th annual fundraiser featuring over 50 wineries, delectable hors d’oeuvres and smooth jazz. Net proceeds help support mentoring and scholarship programs. 310.510.1520.

September 25Coastal Cleanup Day

On Saturday, September 25th, from 9:00am until 12noon, over 14,000 volunteers from all over Los Angeles will take action to rid our beaches and inland waterways of unsightly and harmful debris. Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is an international event with over 90 countries around the world participating, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet!

September 26Fisherman’s Village Concert

presents Brad Wilson Band, rockin’ the blues, 2-5 p.m., free, Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey.

September 29CPR Class

American Red Cross-approved class in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, for ages 16 and up, 6 p.m., $5, registration fee, RSVP, Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, ( 310) 393-7758.

September 30California Yacht Club Luncheon

Rich Abele shares his experiences and slide show about month-long cruise aboard Russian research vessel “The Spirit of Enderby,” noon Happy Half Hour, 12:20 p.m. buffet luncheon, 12:40 p.m. presentation, $14.75, RSVP preferred, California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, (310) 823-4567, www.calyachtclub.com.

October 1 - 17JazzTrax Festival

This 3 weekend event features 30 different smooth jazz stars performing Unplugged at the Ranch and in the historic Casino Ballroom. Art Good features the newest and best talent in the smooth jazz genre. For tickets and information

call (866) 872-9849.October 2Buccaneers Day

Argh Mateys! Come celebrate our 21st Annual Buccaneer’s Day. Don your best pirate attire and set sail for Two Harbors for a day of treasure hunts, costume contests, great food, live music and a lot of fun.

October 3Parking Lot Sale

Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club is holding a Parking Lot Sale that includes Nautical Necessities, bargains on the basics and hidden treasures of both boating and non-boating items. For sellers, you can reserve a table for $20,. To dante or reserve a table call 310-821-6304 or email [email protected]

October 10Discover Marina del Rey Day

Enjoy live music, food, community booths, sailboat races; plus U.S. Coast Guard, L.A. County Fire and Lifeguard demonstrations. Free. Children’s infl atable activities and games require $5 bracelet. For more info call 310-305-9545

October 15th & 16thCruisers Weekend

Cruise on over to Two Harbors and enjoy a relaxing weekend fi lled with seminars, exhibits, and live music. Sponsored by Latitudes and Attitudes.

OngoingSanta Monica Windjammers

Yacht Club Wednesday and Friday Night

DinnersMembers, 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

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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Marina Venice Yacht Club Social Sundays

Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Food items are provided and there is no charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way. Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy one, or just want to be around other water loving people MVYC welcomes all who share in the Corinthian Spirit. Security will tell you where to park. Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator to the Club House on G2. For more information contact [email protected], call (818) 422-6368, or visit our Facebook Group page.

Sailing Singles of Southern California

Sailing Singles of Southern California is a Sailing Club centered in Marina del Rey but open to all sailing enthusiasts from the LA area. We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. at the Marina Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way located at the Marina City Club West Tower in Marina del Rey. There is a $10 Meeting donation per person that includes a light Dinner. Drinks are

available at a full bar at reasonable prices. Club members will meet and socialize with sailboat owners and can arrange for sails in Santa Monica Bay. After sailing, club members can enjoy wine and cheese parties or full dinners on member’s Boats. Catalina Island trips and special events are also planned. (310) 822-0893 or email: [email protected] www.sailingsinglesofsoutherncalifornia.com

Marina Sunday Sailing ClubSince 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers and crew in a friendly social environment for daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to Catalina and other destinations. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold a brief business meeting and then head out for an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks and more socializing. Visitors are welcome and may attend two meetings free. No prior sailing experience is necessary. Married people welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or visit www.marinasundaysailors.com

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 Sandy Penrod. at [email protected] or on the web at www.wsasmb.org.

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].

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Dr. Maddalena Bearzi, President of the Ocean Conservation Society, has been a respected expert source that The Mariner has called upon many times through the years. She sent this criticism over addressing our article on blue whales in last month’s issue: Blue whales are endangered species that need to be left alone, especially during foraging activities in their feeding grounds. Unfortunately, too many whale watching boats and tourists are not aware of regulations and tend to go close to these animals and harass them at less than 100 yards, just to have an up-close and personal look. For instance, I work under another NMFS scientifi c research permit only to approach blue whale and do photo-identifi cation work, and I still have to maintain a safe distance from the animals. Blue whales are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and it’s illegal to disturb them, harass them or harm them. Unfortunately, you don’t make any mention of these regulations and/or being careful and stay at distance in either one of your articles. On the contrary, you publicize it on The Mariner as a great powerboating experience. The last thing we want, I think, is tons of boats on critical foraging spots harassing these animals.

The public that reads an article [like that] needs to understand, above all, that these are endangered species that need to be loved and respected. We need to respect their environment and their “personal space”, or we won’t have any more of these magnifi cent creatures to see in the near future.

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SMWYC Does it Again

Linda Siegel Kane. President, MDR Chapter, City of Hope, Steve Kane, MDR Chapter, City of Hope and Auctioneer, Mary Anne Mendel, Event Chair, SMWYC, Nancy Lewis, Director, City of Hope, Charlene Perron, Auction Chair, SMWYC, Norm Perron, Regatta Chair, SMWYC, The funds were raised at the 10th annual crab feast, auction and regatta held in May and the amount was $38,235. Photo by Jim Mendel.

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Technology returns to the fore with the AC72 wingsail America’s Cup catamaran, capable of regularly exceeding speeds of 30 knots.

Crucial to the new boat is its ability to be raced hard in light and strong winds, a necessary development to do away with the frustrating delays of racing because of not enough wind or too much.

Fast to grab and retain the attention of a new audience, it also had to be technically stimulating to design and physically demanding for the crew to sail.There will only be 11 crewmembers, six fewer than the heavy-displacement ACC monohull it replaces.

“The AC72 Class adds a new dimension to America’s Cup design and technology,” said Pete Melvin, a chief architect of the rule and champion multihull sailor. “The AC72 will place exacting demands on the helmsman, crew and support team that the vast majority of us

who call ourselves ‘weekend racers’ could never hope to develop.”

The new class of America’s Cup catamaran is a tightly defi ned “box rule.” Certain parameters have been set, such as overall length, beam, displacement and sail area. Other factors are limited to keep the competition close across all wind speeds.So that no team would have an unfair advantage by creating the rule, US SAILING and Morrelli & Melvin Design & Engineering authored the rule.

“Near the beginning of the process we were requested to look at a catamaran instead of a trimaran because it’s easier to transport, assemble and disassemble,” Melvin said.

“The difference in the performance characteristics is not signifi cant, and a cat was judged less expensive to build. From there, the experience of two America’s Cups in which wingsails were used (1988 and 2010), coupled with the latest developments in wingsail technology, made it natural to morph the design rule into a catamaran with a wingsail,” said Melvin.

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Cats With Wings!

54’ Sea Ray Sundancer 1999/LLC - MA-JOR Upgrades Twin 660hp Cats/low. MINT. A Taj Majol! $595,000

B o b K o e p p l e yacht sales(877) 297-3854 or (310) 821-0007 - 4627 Admiralty Way - Marina del Rey, CA 9029

40 Carver 404 CPMY 1999 - New 330HP Mercruisers, 30hrs, Very clean $147,000

45’ Viking Conv. 1989, twin diesel/low hours. Loaded $299,000


50’ Santa Cruz Sloop 1982 - A fast rac-ing boat with 12 bags of sail. Excellent condition. Wants offers $179,000

46’ Maxum 4600 SCB Ltd Edition 2002/LLC - Twin Cummins. Shows better than new. Make offer! $269,000

45’ Carver Four-fi fty 2000 - Volvo Dsls, low hrs, loaded, clean $249,000

41’ Maxum 4100 SCB 2000 - twin diesel. 2 staterooms. $209,000

40’ Spindrift Aft Cab 1984 - Twin dsls. Grt Livaboard, long range cruiser. $69,000

40’ Sea Ray Sedan Bridge 1998/LLC - New engs, 2 stateroom, $199,500

39’ Sea Ray 390, 2004 - twn dsl, AC, bow thrust, $239,000

38’ Island Packet 380,1999 - 1st owner. Yanmar, in-boom furler, mint, $199,000

37’ Silverton Conv, 1990 - twin 330hp crusaders, Grt island boat. $69,000

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On Saturday, September 25th, from 9:00am until 12-noon, over 14,000 volunteers from all over Los Angeles will take action to rid our beaches and inland waterways of unsightly and harmful debris. Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is an international event with over 90 countries around the world participating, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet!

Last year, over 14,000 volunteers from Los Angeles County joined together to pick up over 300,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches and waterways. This year, lets all take the challenge to do more than that!

Coastal Cleanup Day is a fun way for individuals, neighborhoods, schools, community and company volunteer groups to get involved and demonstrate their commitment to healthy water. So bring your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to participate with the thousands of volunteers around the world in taking a stand against ocean pollution on Coastal Cleanup Day.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is coordinated in Los Angeles County by Heal the Bay in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors. For locations throughout the rest of California, please call 800-COAST-4U or visit the California Coastal Commission.at www.coastal.ca.gov.

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ver 45-years ago Marina del Rey was formally made offi cial after a long, arduous and sometimes

messy process, both politically and physically. Today, a refi t is needed to an area that has stood stoic under the punishing Southern California sun and the Pacifi c’s ruthless salt air. Docks are moaning with the shifting tides, new paint covers hundreds of coats along the fences and gangways, and the modern age is beckoning for change. But unlike a boat refi t that would do well with her existing parts replaced and fresh coats of gel coat and varnish, Marina del Rey is at a crossroads and the opinions regarding the direction it

should go provoke passion, frustration, anger, suspicion and at times all out fervor.

Although Department of Beaches and Harbors Director Santos Krieman has said he dislikes the adversarial position the Los Angles County so often fi nds itself in during this long political process of redevelopment, he is in the role of classic middle management – answering to two entities with largely opposing ideas.

But boaters who feel threatened by what the redevelopment means to their relationship with their boats and getting out on the water don’t have a lot of sympathy for Krieman’s position. For many boaters this development process is a complicated political maze that they

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More plans for the impending Marina del Rey redevelopment


Photos by Pat Reynolds

Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbor Director Santos Krieman listening at to a speaker during the Small Craft Harbor commission meeting that addressed the Master Waterside Coastal Development Permit.


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don’t have the time or energy to keep up with and Krieman is the voice of a movement that may adversely impact the boating experience as they know it. With meetings that sometimes happen at 10 in the morning and go on for hours, many have to resign themselves to the chips falling where they may and hoping for the best. On the other side of the coin there is a relatively small contingent of politically aware local boaters that attend nearly every meeting and battle what they see as the ultimate elimination of small boating in Marina del Rey.

The most recent addition to the redevelopment weave is the culmination of a variety of proposed projects into one permit. The Master Waterside Coastal Development Permit is an aggregate document that was created with the Coastal Commission and was recently shown as a Power Point presentation during a September morning meeting of the Small Craft Harbor Commission. Although the issues within the permit are still controversial, the fact that it’s more easily digestible was satisfying to more than a few.

“Even if the public doesn’t like what they see, at least they’ll see it all together and they can assess it has a whole,” said one speaker in favor of the county’s methods.

“The Coastal Commission asked us to aggregate them and process them as one Coastal Development permit as opposed to six or seven or eight different Coastal Development Permits,” said Krieman.

The permit addresses the redevelopment of the Bay Club, Neptune Marina, Holiday Harbor, the Marina del Rey Hotel, Pier 44 and some County run areas – Chace Park, mast-up storage by the County launch ramp and the Marina City Club.

The permit presentation proposed the elimination of 480 boat slips including smaller slips which has been a point of contention for a number of organizations that have attended these meetings religiously. Representatives of these groups have expressed that with the lessoning of smaller slips, affordable boating – a tenet that the Marina was founded on, will be severely compromised.

“In the past, there have been concerns expressed from members of the public about reductions in slips,” Krieman said addressing the issue in a

meeting in July. “When the new standards and recommendations are implemented, the number of slips in MDR will unfortunately be reduced. The combination of ADA, DBAW guidelines, and powerboat widths reduces the number of slips in and of itself. But we also have to look to the future in terms of slips distribution and recognize that we have very high vacancy rates

in slips below 30 feet, and not enough slips over 50 feet. This was true even before the economy forced a lot of people out of boating.

“Losing the slips below 30 feet will not, in our opinion, result in a shortfall of slips for the public. In fact, most reports by experts point to the fact that the median boat length has increased between 1960 and 2006 from 29 feet to 43 feet. Since smaller boats can fi t in larger slips, but not the converse, it makes complete sense to reduce the representation of small slips in the marina reconstructions in MDR to provide fl exibility in the operation of the marinas. After the reduction, MDR will still have more than 50 percent of its slips in lengths below 35 feet, comparable to the ratio in Long Beach and San Pedro.”

These statistics didn’t fl oat with long time County adversary and boater’s rights activist Jon Nahhas. Nahhas has always voiced an opinion that the proposed redevelopment with all its land based plans and residential possibilities will negatively impact recreational boating in this area. He condemned the County’s implementation of more dry storage facilities that would supposedly compensate for the loss of wet slips.

“Sixty-two percent of the boats in Marina del Rey are sailboats,” Nahhas spoke decisively into the podium’s microphone. “For this particular CDP, that means that 279 of the 480 will need a

home somewhere.”

Nahhas explained that the amount of added mast-up slips being talked about is not nearly enough for the displaced boats that could be around. He went on to rail into the County offi cials saying that the CDP is based on “studies and a mind-set of manufactured vacancies.”

Moments after Nahhas stepped back into the audience he and Chairmen Lasser had words, once again making public their antagonistic relationship.

“One more outburst and you will not be allowed to speak at the next meeting,” said Lesser, turning immediately to an on hand County law expert on the panel, “is that legal?”

“Let’s not go there, “ was the resigned response.

After a number of public comments criticizing the Coastal Development

Permit, there were an equal amount that praised its comprehensiveness while recognizing the stated market trend towards larger boats is relevant as it pertains to overall future slip decreases.

To view the Master Waterside Coastal Development Permit and see the next scheduled meeting go to http://beaches.lacounty.gov

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John Rizzo from the Marina Tenants Association expressing his dissatisfaction during a recent meeting.

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hile it’s not exactly swimming with the great whites at Guadalupe Island, wading with the leopard sharks in Marina del Rey is still a bona fi de shark experience and a pretty interesting way to spend an hour or so.

In years past, leopard sharks have gathered in fairly large numbers just outside of the MDR breakwall, slightly to the north. Last year local news cameras fi lmed the “phenomenon”, interviewing lifeguards that said it happens, for the most part, annually. But normal or not, seeing fi ve and six-foot sharks adorned with spots very much like their namesake, darting around in four-feet of water is worthy of a look-see.

This year, the leopards gathered in an even more protected setting well inside the harbor. For the past month people young and old, have been walking onto the shallow calm waters of Mother’s Beach on Palawan Way in Marina del Rey to get a look at these small sharks.

It’s speculated that the leopards have come so deep into the harbor because of the abnormally cold water temperatures this el nino season has brought. “This year, as opposed to many recent years, has been very very strange,” said Steve Blair, assistant curator at the Aquarium of the Pacifi c in Long Beach. “The water temperatures have been exceptionally cold – the currents have been totally out of whack. It’s not a normal year, so I would expect things to be, not normal.”

According to Blair, in all likelihood the sharks are getting ready to “pup” and have chosen the area for the warmth and protection it offers. Fortunately for swimmers and curiosity seekers, the leopards feed on primarily crustaceans, are quite timid and pose no danger to people.

“When she pops, there’s some blood and smells that would be very interesting to other predators, like other sharks” says Blair of the location choice. “Even herself – their appetite turns off for a few days to a week while they’re pupping because otherwise they could turn right around and eat their own pup if they’re hungry.”

Leopards typically give birth to 15-25 live pups and, when all is said and done, return to the Pacifi c’s coastline where they thrive. Leopards are targeted game by local fi shermen, but like many other species, the Department of Fish and Game have documented appropriate size limits to adhere to.


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The Mariner caught up with long time boat builder Tom Schock who operates one of California’s most successful boating manufacturers, the W.D. Schock Co. The occasion for the interview was one of our advertisers, The Yacht Exchange in Marina del Rey, is now carrying the Harbor 25, a solidly built and handsome daysailor built by Schock and designed by Tom’s brother Steve. Ruck Goldreyer, owner of The Yacht Exchange was excited to have the boat in the Marina saying:

“One reason we took this particular line on is the quality of the boat build as well as their stellar performance...Traditional good looks with a performance underbody.”

They will have a demo boat in MDR by the end of September.

Harbor 25 - Photo Courtesy of Tom Schock

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The Lido 14 is a legendary boat. Can you talk a little about it?My father designed it. It was a totally revolutionary boat for its time [1958]. Fiberglass was relatively new but not brand new because we were already building other fi berglass products. The company started in 1946 he had already been successfully building boats for 12 years out of wood. He had gone to fi berglass in 1955.Beyond just being made of fi berglass what else was considered revolutionary about the boat?It was an easy boat to sail, it was stable, it had seats in it, it was comfortable cockpit and you could rig it and get it ready to sail in less than fi ve minutes. Racing machines today take an hour to rig and get ready to go sailing.

Did you sell the bulk of them at that time.The bulk of the boats were sold earlier on. The fi rst fi ve years we probably built 2,000 which had never been achieved in boat building up to that time.

Are you surprised that the design has stood the test of time?It’s amazing isn’t it? It’s 50 years of straight construction - we’ve been building this boat for 50 years. Sales go up and down - up and down through the years, but it keeps on trucking.

How many Lidos do you build in a year?Now, in a good year we’ll build 30 or 40 of them. Back in the early 80’s we were building 10 a day.

How many different designs has Schock produced? Is it over 70?At least 70 or 80 models, yeah.

Is there a particular model you built and thought “why wasn’t this successful?”I think through the years, once we’ve done the forensic study on some of these I fi gured out why it didn’t take off or why they didn’t last longer. For instance, an economic downturn or in the case of some of the racing models - it was due to a change in the rule - the IOR rule, the IRC rule, the IMS rule - with a stroke of a pen a boat would become no longer competitive.

You have roots deep in the history of

sportsboats with designs like the Santana 20. The Santana 20 was the fi rst sportboat ever. Back in 1975, the ‘sportboat’ term came from an old friend, [publisher] George Eddy, who asked me, “why are you building this boat?” And I said, “my dad and I think it will be fun.” George said, “did you study the demographics?” I told him no but it was going to be easy and fun to sail and it would be inexpensive. He wondered what were going to call it and suggested calling it a sportboat.

There’s a lot of modern sportboats out there these days like the Open boats, Vipers, Melges…what do you think the future is for designs like these?There will always be sportboats because they are fun to sail and they are exciting. The problem with sportboats is - can you get enough out to be a successful one design? I look at that market right now and see that it is horribly diluted. When we were making them we enjoyed a virgin market. The problem with that market is that the guys who want them are young guys and they don’t have any money.

Is that the reasoning behind the Habor boats?Oh defi nitely. I’ve been building performance boats all my life and we’ve had great success with it. But 10 years ago, we realized this was not the place to be. We had already been victimized by the rule on three products - they were wonderful projects but with one stroke of the pen they were made noncompetitive. So around 11 years ago, some friends of mine approached me with this concept of a daysailor. Thank God the light went on - I thought that was the perfect answer.

Who designed the Harbor series (Harbor 20, 25 and soon Harbor 30)?My brother Steve Schock.

How would you describe the Harbor boats?They’re fast, easy, fun, low maintenance, extremely attractive and constructed at a very high build level.

As for the Harbor 25, can it sustain serious weather?Absolutely, it’ll go around the world. The people will quit before the boats will.

What’s the main focus at W.D. Schock right now?It’s the Harbor product line.

It’s such a great boat for a couple old guys to go sail and have a great time in any weather condition. They can race it or cruise it. The point is it’s very effi cient, easy and fun. It’s not built to a rating rule - it’s not an athletic boat. It’s not for the young guys at all. It’s for guys my age who still have the desire to go fast and be effi cient. It’s still in the brain but you can’t do it physically - (laughing) you can’t roll tack anymore. I don’t want people to spend every hour working on the boat - we wanted it to be easy to maintain.

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ou don’t think so? Read on.

“U.S. vessels 26-feet or more in length must display a placard to

make those onboard aware of garbage disposal regulations/ information. The placard must be waterproof and permanently attached in the main cabin of the vessel.

U.S. vessels 40-feet or larger, and which operate beyond three miles, have a galley and berthing, or engage in commerce, must have a waste management plan posted and keep records of garbage discharges and disposals. A person who violates any of the above requirements is liable for a civil penalty of up to $25,000, a fi ne of up to $50,000, and imprisonment for up to fi ve years for each violation. Note that regional, state, and local restrictions on garbage restrictions also may apply.”

This information is contained in the “International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships - or MARPOL (abbreviation for “Marine Pollution). The United States is a signatory of this convention as is the majority of the worlds maritime countries. The United States Coast Guard enforces this rule.

Consider, for a moment what this regulation means. If your boat is 40-feet or over, and you sail more than 3 miles off shore, you must have a “Waste Management Plan” posted and keep an offi cial “Garbage Log”. The “Garbage Log” should list the type of container the garbage was in, the type of garbage and the date and

description of how it was transported and where it was disposed of.

For instance, a typical entry in my “Garbage Log” might read; 6-11-10 , large Hefty bag containing Pop-Tart boxes, plastic chip and dip packaging, pop and beer bottles, empty bait containers and Twinkie wrappers was transported by tender and subsequently by foot up the dinghy ramp in Avalon, at Catalina Island, and then placed in a large metal dumpster located near the head of the ramp.”

Off hand, I would say those are absurdly broad and persnickety regulations potentially making a few thousand boaters in Southern California eligible for a stay in the “Big House”, and/or fi nancial ruin - depending on the mood of the U.S.C.G. offi cer and, subsequently, the Federal Judge encountered.

Also, consider the following;

“The Federal Water Pollution Control Act prohibits the discharge of oil or oily waste into or upon the navigable waters of the United States or the waters of the contiguous zone if such discharge causes a fi lm or sheen upon, or discoloration of, the surface of the water, or causes a sludge or emulsion beneath the surface of the water. All spills, of any size, which create a cloud or a sheen must be reported to the nearest United States Coast Guard facility. Violators are subject to a penalty of $5,000.”

At fi rst glance that may seem reasonable. But

note, the regulation is so vague that starting a diesel engine or operating a two-stroke engine is technically illegal. Furthermore, the failure of a bystander to report the “sheen” of a sputtering outboard to the authorities makes them subject to penalties as well as the operator. Talk about an Orwellian, “Big Brother” society.

I should also note here that it is also punishable by a $5,000 fi ne if you use soap to disperse the sheen or if a little soapy oil is pumped out of your bilge.

Furthermore, sanding your teak and allowing some of the dust to waft into the water, or using a cleanser on your deck could also put you in the cross hairs of the Enviro Police.

Boaters are further targeted by ever-increasing regulation or outright bans on bottom and topside paints, primers, glues, chemicals, cleaners, sealers and stringent MSD restrictions and regulations. With the amount of law and regulation currently in force I would submit that boating is already effectively illegal.

What makes this situation even more absurd is the fact that boaters are generally the least responsible for pollution - though the most regulated. I suppose that’s because they are easy targets. But, just for a moment, let’s look beyond the fussy, mincing myopia of the “hard greens”.

Whenever easterly winds blow, thousands of tons of dust containing soot, pesticide residue, brake lining particles, paint and fertilizer


H A S I T A L L G O N E T O O G R E E N ?

By Captain Richard Schaefer

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particles blow into the coastal waters and cover our boats. During and after a large fi re, thousands more tons of ash and soot blow into the sea, again covering our boats as well. Yet, law enforcement concerns itself with a boater trying to sand his teak and the 10th of an once of dust produced by the process - meanwhile hundreds of tons of airborne contaminants drift down over coastal waters.

Regulations and laws focus on a little bilge sheen or a cloud of bottom paint - yet, during a rain storm, millions of gallons of water, fi lled with pesticides, fertilizers, trash, animal feces - made oily from the road drippings of millions of cars and hundreds of thousands of miles of emulsifi ed asphalt - rush into our local waters.

Every few years Ballona Creek spills thousand of gallons of sewage into the marina. Apartment dwellers walk their dogs along the bulkheads all around the harbor - the urine and waste reeking until maintenance personnel wash it down the nearest drain and into the marina. Parking lots are saturated by oil, transmission, and coolant

leaks. Landscaping is sprayed with fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides - all fi nding their way into the marina with the fi rst rain.

Dozens of sea lions and over a thousand birds decimate the local fi sh populations and excrete more than a ton of fecal matter a day into the harbor. The sea wall stinks with their stench and phosphates surge into foam along the rocks.

When I was boy I remember my raft on the canals sinking and having to trudge to shore through black oozing mud that would have made Jed Clampet’s eyes light up. I’ll bet you a dollar that two inches down the oily muck is still there.

I recall walking with my grandfather and carefully dodging the glistening pools of oily sludge and roaming around the dozens of oil wells that dotted what is now Marina del Rey and the ocean front to the west .

Marina’s and harbors are parking lots for boats. They were never intended to be a pristine “Aqua

Wonderland”- dolphins leaping above and underwater reefs teaming with colorful sea life. But rather, just a place where people could enjoy their boats, have access to the sea, and see their kids grow up outdoors in the wind and sun.

Most boaters I know are good stewards of their surroundings - but most don’t want to be tangled up in a lot of nit-picking, faddish, draconian laws generated by environmental correctness run amok. I think most want to respect and protect the marine environment, but draw the line at dogmatic veneration and the resulting over zealous regulation.

Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Sailing Master. He has managed and delievered yachts, taught sailing and seamanship, skippered charters and written boating articles for more than 25 years. He can be reached for comment or consultation at 310-460-8946, or email at, [email protected].

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he following are some basic maintenance procedures that I perform on my spinning reels. How often you break down your reels will depend on how often

you use them and how much abuse they take with each outing as well as how fi nicky you are about performance. Keep in mind that this is not meant to be an authoritative manual on reel maintenance. While spinning reels operate on the same basic principles, each manufacturer/model may be different than what is found on my particular Daiwas.

One: LayoutIt’s important to have a clean and well-lit work area. The ideal would be a dedicated work bench but having none, I use my kitchen island. The white tile gives a nice contrast to those little tiny parts found on

fi shing reels. Also avoid working on carpeted areas for the same obvious reasons.

Two: What you NeedI lay out all of the things that I am likely going to need before I get started. These include but are not limited to:

1. Set of screwdrivers (both slot and philips heads)

2. Pliers3. Knife4. Corrosion X (metal protectant/light

lubricant)5. Grease (Cals for gears/drags and Daiwa

Blue for medium lube) 6. Reel oil (Rocket Fuel for bearings) 7. White gas/Coleman Fuel (degreasing and


8. Toothbrush and Q-Tips (cleaning)9. Clean rag10. Small plastic container with lid 11. Reel schematic diagram12. Small ziploc bags

It’s important to note the specifi c use of each lubricant. Three or more types may seem like overkill but each performs a specifi c job and they don’t work well outside of the scope of their intended use. Grease is a paste lubricant and essential for main gears. Anything lighter will eventually drip off and provide no lubrication. On the other end of the weight spectrum is reel oil. This is very low viscosity stuff and is meant to seep within the seals of bearings. Corrosion X is a general lubricant that has the great benefi t of protecting metals against corrosion. I use Corrosion X on all metal parts outside of the reel and some internal parts that I feel may experience salt intrusion. Since I rip my reels apart on a regular basis, I don’t feel a need to coat everything in Corrosion X.

Three: Cleaning the DragsMost spinning reels have drags located in the center of their spool. The drag elements are accessed by unscrewing the spool knob off completely. The drag washers are usually held in place with a type spring clip (hexagonal). You can remove the clip using a fi ngernail. If you decide to use a screwdriver, take care that

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Summer’s coming to a close and I have to admit it did not pan out to be that sweet El Nino fi shing year I was hoping for. Sure, we had a few good days and maybe we’ll have a few more with any luck - maybe with a little more sun those mid-60 water temps could rise and get us a few pelagics into the neighborhood. I’m still counting on tuna coming within a day range to San Diego.

We’re still fi lling bags with rockfi sh halibut and bass. The best ticket I think is still either end of the bay for white seabass since the squid is still around. Over at the island it’s been yellowtail and white seabass hitting in the early or late hours. Now’s a really important time to watch the tides, moon phases and currents.

As for marlins we have not seen a worst season in many years, no doubt because the water’s so cold.

On the Bait Seine: Inseine baits’ Larry and Mike have a mix of both squid and sardines - seems the new bait receivers are working out well.

As for myself, I will still be looking for that honey hole to fi ll my dinner table.

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As a rule, smaller spinning reels have simple two-element drag systems while larger reels may have multi-element systems. My Daiwa Capricorn 2000 (top) has one black fi ber washer and one metal washer. In contrast, my Capricorn 2500 (bottom) has three fi ber washers and three metal washers in alternating order.

Note that the middle metal washer of the 2500 has ears. It’s a good practice to place your disassembled parts in the order that they are removed. This is especially true of drag washers. Get the order wrong and your drags may not function to their full potential. Clean the area of the spool where the washers reside with a damp clothl. Wipe the metal washers and dab the fi ber washers dry. If you are using your drags dry, let them air dry completely before reassembly. If they are in need of cleaning, you can soak the washers in white gas to degrease them before drying. White gas may have an adverse affect on some fi brous materials so please be cautious.

If you like wet drags, you can re-grease them (Cal’s grease is great for drags) after cleaning and drying. I just dab a small amount of grease on my forefi nger, rub the grease on my fi nger and thumb and then bad the fi ber washers with my fi ngers. Reinstall the washers in the proper order and reapply the spring clip carefully. Make sure the clip is seated properly. Give the spool a shake, the metal drag washers should be prevented from falling out of the spool but move freely enough to clink around in their enclosure.

One of the most critical elements of a spinning reel is the line roller. Due to its external location out there on the rotor, it can get gummed up pretty easily. A dirty roller can cause line twist and a rough retrieve. An inoperative roller can cause line fray and breakage. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to clean. Just remove the screw that holds the roller between the bail and the bail spring mechanism. The screw also acts as the roller axle. The parts of the roller on a Daiwa Capricorn are (from left to right): tiny metal washer, line roller, liner roller bearing and another tiny metal washer.

Many budget spinning reels lack a line roller bearing and feature a metal or plastic bushing instead. Since the washers are so small they may be stuck to other parts due to lubricant. Make sure these aren’t lost as they are very important to the smooth operation of the line roller. Take note of which way the roller is on before you take it off. Most newer reels have some sort of twist-buster feature built into the roller and the proper function of this feature will be dependent upon correct orientation.

Refer to the schematic as necessary.

Dump all of the parts into a small container of white gas, stir and let sit for a while. This will clean and degrease everything. Clean the area of the bail in which the roller resides using a clean cloth or Q-tip, making sure that it is free of any sand particles. Be very thorough as only a small amount of particulates in the roller can make a reel feel rough under retrieve.

You can put the bearing on a small toothpick and check its rotation. Put a drop of reel oil on the bearing and on all of the other parts and reassemble. Check to make sure the roller spins freely

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North American Start the Star North American’s hosted by the California Yacht Club a complete understanding of MdR local knowledge proved to be a big handicap on Saturday when the wind started light from 235; built quickly and shifted right to 255 -

with some huge bumps. But the breeze turned off almost as quickly as it built, and backed to the left.

Once again George Szabo and crew Frithjof Kleen were incredible in the light stuff. On the fi rst beat of the day in fi ve - maybe six knots of breeze - they rounded well in front of the pack. They protected that advantage for an easy win. Meanwhile, the regatta leader Lars Grael did everything wrong and wound up deep - 24th. It was Grael’s only double digit fi nish of the regatta.

For the second race of the day it was breeze-on with the bumpiest race course that many of the competitors have ever seen. Local knowledge would encourage a skipper to go right, but that was absolutely wrong. The breeze died, the bumps remained and the left paid. Grael was launched and won easily with Szabo fi ve boats further back.

After six races completed, a discard kicked in which shook things up a bit. Szabo was back in the lead with a slim three point advantage over Grael. John MacCausland, Mark Reynolds and Carl Buchan were 14 or 15 points further back - tightly bunched, and dueling for the remaining spot on the podium

The fi nal race was a match race, pure and simple. While the two leaders - 2009 Star World Champion George Szabo and Brazilian Lars Grael - did not engage before the start, after the fi rst cross it was match racing 101. Szabo and his crew, Frithjof Kleen controlled the race throughout as both boats moved steadily backwards in the fl eet. The pair fi nished deep - it was the throwout for both - but Szabo was smiling. He’d done what was necessary to win another North American Championship - his third. Szabo also beat his boss, Mark Reynolds, who took second place.

It’s interesting to consider how the fi nal day might have played out if Reynolds had not been disqualifi ed by the judges for “rocking” in Race 4 - reportedly this was Reynolds fi rst kinetics violation ever..

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Captain Joel Eve has taught boat handling and navigation for over 32 years in Southern California. He serves as a marine consultant for both commercial and private yacht owners. He can be reached at (310) 210-0861 or by mail at [email protected].

You are on your way back from Catalina Island on a Sunday evening after spending a warm and sunny weekend on a secure mooring. Your position is mid Catalina Channel, the sun is beginning to set, the air temperature is dropping, and you notice that a fog bank is approaching your position from the West. You now realize that in about 30 minutes you will be travelling in fog. How you handle navigation in these conditions depends upon knowledge of your boat and its equipment and your understanding of how to apply some basic principals of navigation.

Under what conditions can we encounter restricted visibility?Captain Eve: Your visibility at sea can be limited due to a number of different factors including fog, rain, smoke (from a fi re or polluted air) or hazy night time conditions. While navigating Southern California coastal waters, fog is usually our biggest factor for reduced visibility and can occur almost any time of year. Prior to departure, you can check with the National Weather Service, Oxnard at: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/lox/

There is a link on the left side of the page entitled “Marine.” This link will take you to the local marine forecast, and it will include a prediction of fog if conditions indicate.

How do you navigate in fog if the only equipment you have onboard is a compass, a watch and a paper chart?

Captain Eve: To navigate with limited navigational equipment, you will need to utilize dead reckoning or DR technique. This is the process of estimating one’s current position based upon a previously determined position, or fi x, and advancing that position based upon known or estimated speeds over elapsed time, and course. On our representative trip back from Catalina Island, Isthmus Cove for example, we know from the chart that the distance is about 30 nautical miles to Marina del Rey on a magnetic course of about 350. We also know from experience, boat speed log or engine RPM’s, that our vessel cruises at 10 knots. Our typical trip would then take 3 hours (30 nautical miles divided by 10 knots= 3 hours).

Let’s say we encounter the fog bank after one hour of travel from the island. By our calculations, then, 10 knots times 1 hour travel = 10 miles elapsed distance. We mark this distance upon our drawn course line of 350 degrees, and we have a pretty good estimate of our position when we encounter the fog. If we are good helmsmen and maintain our current speed of 10 knots, then we should be very close to the Marina in two more hours by our watch. Naturally wind and current are going to have an effect your DR results, but we will save that discussion for a later time.

Okay. It’s coming up to the three hour mark, and we still don’t see the coastline or the Marina entrance. What do we do now?Captain Eve: At this point on our hypothetical trip from Catalina the navigation can get a little tricky with our limited navigational equipment. By our DR track and position that we have estimated on our chart, we know that we are close to the mainland. We also know the depth of the water around us by reading the depth on the chart per our estimated position. If we estimate that we are in 40 to 50-feet of water, then it is probably a good time to reduce speed or stop completely. At this point we have several options including anchoring and waiting for the fog to lift or calling for the assistance of a commercial towing service. Remember that if you anchor in fog, you must have a ship’s bell to ring rapidly for 5 seconds, once every minute.

Many of our modern yachts have GPS, radar, autopilot, AIS and fathometers. Could mariners still get into trouble navigating in restricted visibility?Captain Eve: The simple answer is yes. So, I make the following suggestions while

underway in reduced visibility. One, reduce speed. This simple action will give you more time to make important decisions. Secondly, post a lookout forward on your vessel. Having a set of ears and eyes at a greater distance from engine noise than the skipper may give you an advantage in detecting other traffi c, for example. Thirdly, be prepared to take evasive action such as changing course, stopping or deploying an anchor.

Navigating in restricted visibility can be a challenge for even the most experienced mariner. So the key to successful navigation is taking the time to learn all your equipment until you feel profi cient in its use.

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You’re not obsessed with knowledge and news….you’re an insecure being that’s afraid people will think you’re stupid if you don’t know what’s going on around you – so you overload, trying to learn more than the next guy. You’re anxious because you’re not yourself – you’re some image you have of yourself and you’re afraid you may be found out, so you become anxious. It’s why dogs are better than people – we’re genuine…except this one Afghan I once met – (insert Yiddish accent) I mean, with the fl owing hair and the boney bones? It’s little much.

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