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    Issue #94

    December 2010

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

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


    Remembering Peggy Slater


    Long Beach to Cabo


    Talkin Americas Cup

    With Pete Melvin

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    The Mariner is


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    RO W M Y BO AT

    Pete Melvin at the helm of aReynolds 33. Photo by Pat Reynolds

    Coming Events 4

    Off the Wire 6

    A Sport on the Rise The Growing Sport of Rowing

    AC Pete An Interview with Pete Melvin

    Let the Parade Commence 14Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade Announcements

    Coastal Currents 16

    Peggy Slater Rememberd by Richard Schaefer

    Powertails 18Life Preserver Design Contest

    Racing 20

    Ask the Expert - Lightening Prevention 2

    Ask Mookie

    Classifieds 25

    As I was writing the rowing story in this issue, I

    was brought back to my childhood where I rowed

    quite a bit.

    It wasnt the same brand of rowing I witness from

    the perch on my E Basin end-tie where I see all themodern looking shells

    going by every morning.

    I didnt wear spandex

    shorts and a hat with a

    little rear view mirror. I

    was keeping it real

    I rowed a beat up faded

    blue 12-foot aluminum

    boat with mismatched

    oars, across a creek to

    my friends house (the

    house in the center of the photo) nearly every day.Until I somehow lost one of the oars and then I

    paddled with one, until someone hooked me up

    with another oar - then I was back to two.

    I wasnt working out or in training; I was going

    somewhere - I had a destination.

    Im grateful that boating wasnt introduced to me

    as a sport I like that it was an integral part of

    my growing up a tool, a vehicle, a means to ge

    out of the house and make a small voyage acros

    a small sea.

    I never thought of rowing as hard or fun orsomething I wanted to

    get better at. I never

    wanted to get a newe

    boat, although a few

    boats came and went for

    whatever reason I jus

    wanted to get across the

    creek, and rowing was

    a simple, no nonsense

    way to make the shor


    Its these reflections of innocence that remind meof why I still find myself wanting to travel along

    the water in a boat and just like when I was a young

    kid - I really dont care what kind.

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    2010 The Mariner - Issue 94 3

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

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

    30 Ranger 1977 loaded with sails andelectronics, very clean and spacious. Race or

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

    39 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loadedand very clean $129,00040 Owens aft cabin MY 1963 $25,000

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

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    38 Bayliner have three; 1987 -1991all dieselswith 2 staterooms, dual helms, from $79,00039 Bayliner 2000 Cummins disels $159,000

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    52 Californian cockpit motor yacht 1990Spacious layout, loaded and very clean

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    32 Luhrs 1974 sportfisher, low hours andloaded. New ext finish and int cushions,

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

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    4 The Mariner -Issue 94 2010

    November 25

    Thanksg iv ing I s land S ty le

    Enjoy a traditional family style Thanksgiving

    dinner complete with all the trimmings

    in a unique Island setting. Reservations

    are required; please call the Harbor Reef

    Restaurant at 310-510-4215.

    December 1

    Cupdate 2010

    The next Americas Cup will be raced in 2013in exotic 72-foot catamarans with wingsails

    multihulls capable of speeds of 30 knots

    or more. To prepare the syndicates for the

    new AC72s, one-design AC45 catamarans

    will be launched next year, and a lineup of

    World Series regattas will be scheduled

    for 2011, 2012 and 2013 at venues around

    the world. Join us at California YC for this

    years Cupdate, as Tom Ehman from BMW

    Oracle Racing will provide unique insight

    about this exciting new era of the Americas

    Cup. He will be joined by designer/engineer

    Pete Melvin. 7:30 p.m. Free Admission &Beer. California Yacht Club 4469 Admiralty

    Way | Marina del Rey 90292

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    highlight of the weekend will be the 100 mile

    Pro Race on December 5th.

    December 11

    Marina del Rey Annual Hol idayBoat Parade

    Festively decorated boats illuminate the main

    channel in one of the Marinas most visually

    exciting events. Best viewing in Burton

    Chace Park and Fishermans Village. 6 - 8

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    December 31

    New Years Eve a t Two Harbors

    What better place to ring in the New Year,

    than Two Harbors. Join us at the Harbor

    Reef Restaurant for dinner, dancing, and a

    champagne toast at midnight. Come enjoy

    and leave the driving to the Shoreboats.

    Please call for reservations, 310-510-4215.

    December 31

    38th Annual New Year s Eve

    Celebrat ion in Avalon

    Dance in the New Year in the world famous

    Casino Ballroom. Produced by the Catalina

    Chamber of Commerce, the gala includes

    a buffet dinner, dancing, champagne split,

    one bottle of wine in a specially engraved

    bottle (#12 in a series), and party favors.

    For additional information, please call the

    Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce at

    310-510-1520 or send an email to info@


    Santa Monica Wind jammers

    Yacht Club

    Wednesday and Friday Night Dinners

    Members, guests, and prospective members

    are invited to join us for cocktails, fun,

    food, and friendship on most Wednesday

    and Friday evenings at our club house. Fun

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

    pm for dinner. Lectures and educational

    presentations often follow our Wednesday

    night dinners. Live music is provided on

    most Fridays for your enjoyment and dancing

    pleasure. Reservations are required. Our

    club house is located at 13589 Mindanao

    Way, Marina del Rey. For menus, availability,

    pricing, directions, parking, and more eventand membership details, please visit our web

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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 wate

    loving people MVYC welcomes all who

    share in the Corinthian Spirit. Security wil

    tell you where to park. Follow the signs up

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    Sai l ing Singles of

    Southern Cal i fornia

    Sailing Singles of Southern California is a

    Sailing Club centered in Marina del Rey bu

    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 Wes

    Tower in Marina del Rey. There is a $10

    Meeting donation per person that includes a

    light Dinner. Drinks are available at a full ba

    at reasonable prices. Club members will mee

    and socialize with sailboat owners and can

    arrange for sails in Santa Monica Bay. Afte

    sailing, club members can enjoy wine andcheese parties or full dinners on members

    Boats. Catalina Island trips and specia

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

    email: [email protected] www

    Marina Sunday Sai l ing Club

    Since 1981 MSSC has brought together

    skippers and crew in a friendly socia

    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 a10:00 a.m. with a free Continental breakfas

    and socializing. We hold a brief busines

    meeting and then head out for an afternoon

    of sailing on the Bay after which we gather a

    a members dock for wine, snacks and more

    socializing. Visitors are welcome and may

    attend two meetings free. No prior sailing

    experience is necessary. Married people

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

    or visit

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

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    2010 The Mariner - Issue 94 5

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    a guest speaker discussing their adventures

    and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all

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    This could be a group from your neighborhood that has cleaned up miles

    of beaches, a boat club member who has spearheaded a local environmental

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    has led efforts to keep our waterway

    clean, added Shingledecker. Or

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    that we are looking for nominees who

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    2010 The Mariner- Issue 94 7

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    The Border Run International Yacht Race has added more elements to a race that organizers say was founded on inclusion and growing the sport of

    sailboat racing. This time theyre challenging dinghy sailors to get in the action with a third course called the Sprint Course that runs from Newpor

    to Dana Point. Its a 14-mile run open to dinghys, sailboards, kiteboards, kayaks and even paddleboards.

    We want to see the start-line packed with boats, big and small, said co-founder Bob Long. Every year were trying figure out ways to get more sailorout there to have a blast with us. I think people are going to love the short course idea.

    In addition to the announcement of the new short course, TBR organizers have also gone full tilt on trying to make the event a money maker for the

    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To that end they have set up a number of ways to earn free entries and tons of boating gear.

    Were confident that if people get into it, this years Border Run will be really special. The sailors can get a bunch of cool stuff including the free entry

    and, at the same time, LLS can make money to help cancer patients, said Long. The charity aspect is totally voluntary, but were hoping that, based

    on the way its all set up, sailors would be silly not to get involved.

    Long says the key is that people enter immediately so theyre able to take advantage of the fund raising option. There are simple methods mapped ou

    on the site to raise money and he assures people that its super easy to raise enough to earn a free entry providing they allow themselves enough time.

    I hope people check it out, Long said. Were hoping that this race helps people who are hurting while were fortunate enough to be sailing the SoCal waters.

    Check out the website to see the full Border Run/LLS lowdown at

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    2010 The Mariner- Issue 94 9

    O F F T H E W I R E

    The Del Rey Junior Program gets a new start with 22 new boats to replace the older Sabots that have been the cornerstone of the program for years. The

    Optimist, nicknamed Optis will allow the kids in the program opportunities for more competition. Other junior programs have been changing from

    Sabots to Optis. It is now time for DRYC to join the mainstream and offer our young sailors the best possible experience.

    Twenty of the boats were purchased with donated funds from the successful FUBAR Odyssey, powerboat rally held in 2007. The rally was conceived

    of, directed and produced by Bruce Kessler who was named Yachtsman of the Year in 2008 for this event. The FUBAR Committee solicited names

    for the boats from committee members and some of the participants of the rally. The boats and names will be reveled at a ceremony held at DRYC on

    November 20.

    The other two boats were purchased by Del Rey Youth Foundation, a new 501 (c) (3) charity started in 2008. One of the boats, which will be named

    Winship was purchased in honor of William Winship Tarr, a DRYC board member and long time mariner from donations made in his name. The other

    boat was purchased in honor of Andrew Feldman, long time member of DRYC from donations made in his name will be namedAndrews Place. Both

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    nce a year early on a November morning, the main channel of Marina del Rey becomes a racetrack for the rowing breed. Sleek

    shells, so narrow the slightest weight shift can feasibly cause capsize, race around the harbor in an annual contest called Head of the

    Marina hosted by the California Yacht Club.

    Seeing large teams of young men and women from the local colleges and a slew of other competitors of all ages and genders is a

    reminder that this is a sport that albeit somewhat below the radar, is quietly becoming more and more popular every year.

    In the last couple of decades, junior and particularly womens programs have soared in participation numbers. The surge in the womens divisions is

    largely to do with a law entitled Title IX, which seeks to insure federal funding is equally disbursed between men and women in college sports.

    When womens rowing became a NCAA sport about 13-years ago it really exploded, said former UCLA rowing coach Paul Mokha. And following

    suit, junior rowing, as a feeder, has grown dramatically all over the country.

    Here in California, it is steadily reaching more people who are either in search of a unique form of competition or a means to get a full body workou

    and for many its both. If the Head of the Marina is any indication, the sport is certainly building steam.

    The event went very well, said California Staff Commodore Craig Leads who has organized the event for years. We had one-hundred entries which

    is a record - previously, ninety five was the most.

    Seeing the demographic in this years Head of the Marina Leeds indicated the contest reflected just what Mokha points out - larger numbers of junio

    and female teams.

    The sport is growing, mainly fueled by junior and masters rowing, Leeds said. There are large numbers of girls going into rowing because they thinkrowing is a sure way of getting into a good college with a scholarship.

    Leeds also points out that there has also been an increase in the number of masters age rowers as well, which are those aged 26 and over. He attribute

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    12 The Mariner - Issue 94 2010

    The sailing world is buzzing with the recent announcements regarding

    the next Americas Cup slated for 2013. The news that the Cup will be

    raced on 72-foot state-of-the-art catamarans equipped with rigid wings

    has some fans out of their minds with excitement and others angry that

    tradition is being bucked. In the eye of it all is Huntington Beach engineer

    Pete Melvin, from Morrelli & Melvin Design and Engineering, a world

    champion A-cat sailor who has been part of such high profile projects

    as Steve Fossetts record setting Playstation and last year working with

    BMW Oracle on the over-the-top monster trimaran that won the 33rd

    Americas Cup for the American team.

    Melvin and his associates have most recently gone through the painstaking

    task of writing the Americas Cup Multihull Rule, which tackles the many

    specifics that make up a level and fair playingfield for the most prestigious

    sailboat race in the world. Prior to a visit by BMW Oracle Spokesman

    Tom Ehman who will be giving a presentation on the Americas Cup at the

    California Yacht Club on December 1st at 7:30. The Mariner caught up

    with Melvin, who will also be on hand that night, to ask some questions

    about the next Americas Cup.

    Mariner: Now that youve written the AC multihull rule what are you

    doing now?

    Melvin: We are done with rule writing and such. So we instantly put our

    hat on with a team we signed up with and now were...(smiling) looking

    for loop holes in the rules!

    Mariner: So youre signed with another team?

    Melvin: Yes.

    Mariner: Can you say what team yet?

    Melvin: I cant because they dont want to announce it yet.

    Mariner: Are you surprised that youre not with the defender in this


    Melvin: No, not really. First, of all, last time it was such a crazy dea

    where you never knew what was going to happen next and there just

    wasnt enough time to develop anything.

    Mariner: With the 33rd you mean?

    Mariner: Yes, exactly. Oracle basically threw bodies at it. It wasnt an

    efficient or inexpensive process but it got done. We started out with work

    for 2 years with those guys on that. Ultimately, they had to skinny thei

    design team down to about a third of what it was last time. And they

    have basically gone to everyone in-house, they arent having any outside

    firms doing design work for them at least at this point. And also with

    the rule writing, politically it would have been hard for them to hire us

    back. Because they announced they were having an independent party

    write the rules - when we had the choice to write the rules or not, it kind

    of disqualifies us from being on their design team. But we decided to jus

    do it anyway.

    Mariner: And you decided to do it anyway because it sounded like an

    interesting thing to do or because it was a sure fire gig? What was the

    A C P E T EExclusive Interview with Americas CupDesigner and Rule Author Pete Melvin

    Photo Pat Reynolds

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    2010 The Mariner - Issue 94 13

    decision process there?

    Melvin: Yeah, both of those. We thought it was interesting work and it

    was good work to do. Lots of hours went into it and income came from


    Mariner: Had you done something like this before?

    Melvin: No.

    Mariner: So the next project you do will be right in your wheelhouse

    - just doing straight up design work?Melvin: Exactly.

    Mariner: How does Americas Cup work compare to the Playstation

    stuff that you did? Is it similar?

    Melvin: I guess its similar in a way that weve got more resources in terms

    of specialists and things like that - we can drill down much deeper into

    areas. In normal design or a normal race boat, you just dont have those

    kind of resources and budgets to go into that kind of depth. You always

    learn a ton from those kind of projects because of all the technology that

    goes into it. Theyre great to be involved with and they dont come along

    everyday so were real happy to be involved with it.

    Mariner: Coming from a multihull place, you guys must be out ofyour heads that the Americas Cup is in multihulls.

    Melvin: Yes, its amazing. You know we built our business never really

    thinking about the Americas Cup, so for the last 20 years weve been

    diversified we designed racing boats, cruising boats, production boats,

    custom boats, commercial boats, just about anything that anyone will

    throw at us. But all of us in the office pretty much come from a racing

    background - our first love is to design racing boats. So its a dream come

    true for all of us.

    Mariner: What do you say to the critics who say multis wont make

    for good match racing in the Americas Cup?

    Melvin: With BMW Oracle last time, one of the things I was involved

    with, was doing some match racing where we used the Reynolds 33s

    for some of the practice and everyone found it was very exciting. It was

    different, but certainly no less exciting and thrilling. So I think it will be


    Mariner: Why do you think that people think that?

    Melvin: Because they have no experience doing it and thats totally

    understandable. Very few people have matched race on multihulls so its

    really an unknown. The match racing will be different than how we know

    it but on the other hand the acceleration will be much more dramatic and

    the tactics will be totally different. For instance, on the Americas Cup, the

    one match where Oracle came in from the committee boat side andAlinghi

    came in from the other side you dont have much time to react coming

    into the box like that. You only get one chicken-wiggle of the tiller and its

    all over if you guess wrong. Its kind of a sudden death showdown in that

    way. The first 5 or 10 seconds of the race will be extremely exciting. Who

    knows what will happen after that. Should be great.

    Mariner: What is your take on the British and the Germans snubbing


    Melvin: Well, the Germans, I dont really know anything about their team

    - I dont know if they ever had the resources to compete in the Americas

    Cup regardless of what kind of boat. The same could possibly be said about

    the British too, I guess. I dont know what their financial wherewithal was

    but there were some rumors that that was the real reason and it wasnt

    really anything about multi-hulls or anything. But once again, Im not

    really privy to their information.

    Mariner: Is this much more expensive than the 32nd Americas


    Melvin: I think it will be comparable to that. There is a lot of debate going


    Mariner: Was your team involved in the cost control aspect?Melvin: That was one of the things we were involved in when writing the

    rules. The monohulls that were proposed for the 34th Americas Cup and

    the multi-hulls that were proposed were actually quite similar in cost. So

    then it comes down to how many boats can you build, how big your team

    is, logistics and those sort of things.

    Mariner: You cant have two boats with this, can you?

    Melvin: Well, you can build up to two boats.

    Mariner: So you can practice with two boats?

    Melvin: Youre not allowed to do two boat testing. You have to read the

    protocol about that. Youre only allowed to sail it at certain times before

    events and stuff like that. Theyre really trying to limit it its extremelycostly to have your entire design team having two complete boats going

    out and testing every day. Its just a ton of people and quite expensive.

    Mariner: Every time, when the AC happens theres always this

    trickle down talk, do you foresee trickle down with these kind of

    things given that its so far out of the box. Is the wing something

    that were going to see in the mainstream or do you think the wing is

    always going to be kind of fringe?

    Melvin: I think they will always be a bit of a fringe.

    Mariner: Because of practical reasons?

    Melvin: Yeah. A wing like that I think there are applications, like this

    hover wing with the free standing mast and rig where the wing can rotate

    around it. You can park it at a dock. I think there will be some commercia

    and recreational applications for wings maybe just not the type you see on

    the Americas Cup catamarans.

    Mariner: Whats your take on the wing versus the soft sail from an

    engineers perspective is it more interesting? Is there as much to do?

    Melvin: Theres a lot to it. Its a little more technical. The wing doesn

    talk to you like a sail does. Its not a moving membrane that you can see

    how its twisting or if its luffing, you know that sort of thing so you have

    to sail a little bit more by the numbers but the performance benefits are


    Mariner: Sail makers often seem to have an edge in racing but now is

    it going to be the engineers that have the edge? If it is by the numbers

    where is the innate talent with the wing, does it exist the same as i

    does with a soft sail?

    Melvin: I mean, I guess some people have a good eye for shaping a sail

    theres a whole art with matching masts to sails and all that stuff and some

    people are better at that than others. Its just a little different discipline

    now. Instead of saying maybe Ill change the shape here, put a tuck here

    or poke this batten outnow itll be - lets change our slot geometry or

    twist the aft flaps more so its not entirely different its just a differen

    tool doing the same job.

    continued on page 22

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    Now that fall is here boaters are starting

    to look ahead to the holidays. Boat Parade

    officials recently announced the first entry

    has signed up for the 48th Annual Marina

    del Rey Holiday Boat Parade scheduled

    for Saturday, December 11, 6:00 - 8:00p.m. in the Marinas main channel with a

    spectacular fireworks show at 5:55 p.m.

    This years parade theme is A Rock n Roll

    Christmas with boat owners competing

    for numerous prize packages. Boat Parade

    sponsorships are also available from $100

    up to $25,000.

    The 33-foot Crystaliner power boat, Westbound, is the first entry in the

    Boat Parade and is Marina del Reys only legal scuba dive charter boat.

    The captains and the owner of Westbound Diving are long-time Marina

    del Rey private boat owners and participants in the parade.

    Boat Parade organizers have also announced that DJ Larry Morgan from

    100.3 FM, The Sound, will serve as Grand Marshal for the 48th Annual

    Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade scheduled for Saturday, December


    Larry Morgan is a perfect fit as our Grand Marshal this year with our

    Boat Parade theme, said Holiday Boa

    Parade President Cindy Williams. The

    Marina should get ready to rock out as

    he cruises along the parade route. We are

    looking for a Grand Marshal boat 60-fee

    or more, if anyone is interested in being theGrand Marshal boat contact Boat Parade


    Morgan started his radio career at the age

    of 15 running Casey Kasems American

    Top 40 on Sunday nights. He attended

    USC and worked part-time at then TOP 40

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    KFI were now a part of the new KIIS-FM where he joined the legendary

    staff anchored by Rick Dees and Big Ron OBrien for their mid-80s run

    as the biggest station in the country.

    Boat parade entry forms can be downloaded from the Boat Parade

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    L.A. Times - Rich Roberts

    Slater Gave No Quarter at the Helm

    November 23, 1990

    The sailing community was stunned by

    the recent, sudden death of Peggy Slater

    at 72. She seemed indestructible. As sailor,

    yacht broker or all-around good person,

    with herflaming red hair and a trademarkflower over her left ear, Slater was a match

    for anyone.

    Well, 20 years have passed since that evening in

    November when Peggy died of a heart attack in

    the parking lot of Pacific Mariners Yacht Club.

    She had been an irresistible force in sailing

    for more than 50 years, and was scheduled

    to address a meeting of the Womens Sailing

    Association of Santa Monica Bay. She died as

    she had lived - immersed in sailing and things

    of the sea.

    Peggy grew up in a prosperous family in Los

    Angeles. Her father had a 50-foot cutter, theJolly

    Rover, berthed in Newport Harbor. The family

    spent every available weekend at Catalina. Her

    father taught her early that sailing to the island

    was only a small part of boating - the rest

    included: varnishing the brightwork, scrubbing

    the deck, polishing brass, mending cotton sails,

    and the hundred other tasks necessary aboard a

    gaff rigged cutter.

    By the age of 9, Peggy was single-handing

    her own 14-foot boat around Newport Bay. At

    fourteen, Peggy raced her boat to Catalina, and

    that night danced in the Casino Ballroom. Her

    long love affair with Catalina and the sea began

    to blossom.

    At 16, she was a freshman at UCLA, majoring

    in English Literature. Her father had bought her

    a larger boat, a 26-foot sloop she christened,

    Seventh Heaven. She spent weekends and

    summers at Catalina for the next four years.

    The years from the 1930s through the 1950s

    were the golden years for Catalina. Hollywood

    stars came there in droves. Bonfires and tiki

    torches lit the beach at the Isthmus, and live

    bands performed nearly every night during the


    Peggy would make the long row from her boat

    moored in Cherry Cove, splash ashore, and

    throw herself among the laughing dancers.

    During the day she earned extra money by

    freeing fouled mooring lines from rudders,

    props and keels and occasionally baby-sitting

    the children of Hollywood families. These

    Hollywood friendships were to serve her well

    in the future.

    It was during one of these first solo voyages

    to the island that Peggys life was nearly cut

    short. She was about midway between Catalina

    and the mainland when a fitting failed on he

    towed dinghy. She hung over the transom to

    secure the dinghy when a large wave hit the

    boat and pitched her into the sea. The tiller wa

    tied off and the boat sailed away, leaving her in

    its wake. Her only hope was to swim after the

    sailing boat and hope the boat would luff up, o

    otherwise slow down. Instead, the boat tacked

    and sailed away. She felt that she was doomed

    but then the boat tacked again, and on a course

    that she might hope to intercept. She swam with

    all her strength - barely managing to catch the

    trailing dinghy and pull herself aboard. Anothe

    moment and she would have been lost - leaving

    everyone to speculate about what had become

    of the adventurous young girl.

    Peggy graduated from UCLA in 1940 and found

    work managing a small marina and chandlery

    in San Pedro. Within minutes of closing

    the shop she was hoisting sail, and was soon

    heeled and reaching across the large harbor. Her

    father wondered at the wisdom of working on

    the docks after obtaining a degree in English

    literature - but Peggy was happy and so no more

    was said.

    Then one Sunday, returning after a long

    blustery race in the San Pedro channel, Peggy

    and fellow racers found the entrance to L.A

    Harbor blocked by Navy ships. As the fleet o

    sailboats approached the blockade their crews

    called to the sailors lining the decks of the

    C O A S TA L C U R R E N T S

    By Captain Richard Schaefer


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    C O A S TA L C U R R E N T S

    warships, whats going on?...soon after, the

    loud speaker on the nearest ship blared, The

    Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor...we are at

    war. It was Sunday, December 7, 1941.

    Peggy wanted to join the war effort and soon

    went to work for the War Department driving

    trucks throughout Southern California, and

    even convoyed war materials to Alaska on

    the newly competed AlCan Highway. In time,

    Peggy found herself missing the sea and soon

    signed on to a 65-foot schooner, Hispaniola,

    which was headed south to Guatemala on a War

    Department mission to catch sharks. At that time

    shark livers were the primary source of vitamin

    A and the Army needed vast amounts for rations

    and vitamin tablets. She made two adventure

    filled voyages south during the war.

    After the war, Peggy became the first woman

    Yacht Broker in the United States. Her business

    was an instant success and she soon capitalized

    on all the Hollywood stars she had met on

    Catalina before the war. Errol Flynn, John

    Wayne, director John Ford, Raymond Burr,

    Dick Powell, Tyrone Power, Howard Hughes,

    James Cagny, Burl Ives, James Arness, Sterling

    Hayden, Lauren Bacall and hubby, Humphrey

    Bogart were all friends, sailing buddies and

    many were also clients.

    Peggy met Bogart when he owned a 35-footpowerboat, named, Sluggy. Not coincidentally,

    Sluggy was also the nickname of Bogarts first

    wife. Their drinking and onboard brawls were

    legendary at Catalina.

    Bogart, who wanted to learn to sail, knew of

    Peggys skills and asked her to instruct him.

    Bogarts drinking and temper were well known

    and at first Peggy was reluctant. But Bogart

    finally convinced her that he could control his

    drinking and his temper during their lessons.

    After a few weeks Bogart could be seen sailing

    a small sloop between the anchored yachts with

    grand aplomb. Peggy had taught him well.

    A few months later, Bogart took Peggy bow

    hunting for wild pigs on Catalina, along with

    director and movie star, Dick Powell. They

    struggled up the hills above Whites Landing

    and Peggy stopped to enjoy the view of the

    bay below. Anchored there was the beautiful,

    47-foot yawl, Santana. Peggy had previously

    pointed out the yachts graceful lines to Bogart

    when he was taking lessons with her at the

    island. Bogart turned back on the trail and stood

    next to Peggy - both admiring the yachts lines.

    Bogart said to Peggy, What would you think of

    me buying Santana? Peggy beamed, If you do

    Ill even go sailing with you!

    Bogart did buy Santana, and Bogie, Bacall and

    Slater spent many sparkling days sailing the

    San Pedro Channel and the waters surrounding

    Catalina. The last outing Bogart made before

    his death was to Newport Harbor. Too sick to

    sail her, he wanted to simply stand on the deck

    of his beloved Santana - one last time. Bogart

    insisted that no casket be present at his funeral

    - but instead, a glass encased model ofSantana

    was to be placed next to the lectern.

    Even though she ran a busy and successful

    yacht brokerage Peggy always made time tosail - doing many local and long distance races.

    She won more than 800 sailing trophies during

    her lifetime. She was the first woman skipper

    in the Transpac and Acapulco Race. She cruised

    all over the Pacific, and the Mediterranean. She

    sailed to Hawaii and Mexico several times. She

    cruised the Caribbean often, and even sailed

    alone, 1,400 miles, in a 14-foot open, native

    sloop. Her voyage took her from the Virgin

    Islands to Trinidad - camping and sharing beach

    fires with the locals at dozens of islands along

    the way.

    In 1956, the Los Angeles Times named her

    Sportswoman of the Year.

    In 1965, she sailed to Tahiti and met Marlon

    Brando who was there filming, Mutiny on

    the Bounty. The two became friends and he

    asked her to work with the film crew for several


    During these years she continued to run her yacht

    brokerage and built an ocean view home on the

    bluffs of Palos Verdes and another on the beach

    of Kauai. She hired help as needed, but tried to

    do as much of the work as she was able.

    Peggys two most harrowing experiences took

    place en route to Hawaii.

    In 1951, she skippered LApache on the

    Transpac race. About 800 miles from Honolulu,

    in 35 knots of wind and heavy seas one of her

    crew, Ted Sierks, fell over board. A life ring

    was thrown, but soon the crewman disappeared

    among the cresting waves. LApache was

    running downwind with the spinnaker and it took

    several minutes to douse the huge sail and turn

    back. For the next eleven hours Peggy stayed on

    the wave lashed foredeck, calling and scanning

    the frothing waves for the crewman. A navy

    convoy overheard the distress transmissions

    and joined the search. After several hours the

    commanding officer declared Sierks lost at sea

    and ordered the search called off. He detached

    the destroyer Munro to standbyLApache unti

    their rig - damaged in the rough seas during the

    all night search - could be repaired. Peggy and

    her navigator hurriedly worked out what they

    believed to be the most likely position of the

    lost crewman. Peggy contacted the Captain o

    the destroyer and said she would refuse to leave

    the area unless he agreed to search the indicated

    area one more time. The Captain reluctantly

    agreed and the destroyer pulled away fromthe damaged LApache, but before doing so

    he made Peggy give her word that she would

    resume course to Honolulu as soon as repairs

    were made.

    A few hours later, as LApache limped toward

    Honolulu, the radio crackled - the Munro had

    found Sierks - alive. He had been in the stormy

    sea over 30 hours. Peggy and the crew o

    LApache hugged one another - smiling through

    their tears.

    The second time death knocked at Peggys doowas in 1968, when Peggy set sail, aboard her red

    Kettenberg 43, Valentine, yet again, for Hawaii

    But this voyage was different - this time she

    went alone. All went fairly well for the first 19

    days. Then, just a day out of Honolulu, Peggy

    fell overboard during a sail change in rough

    weather. Peggy was tethered to the boat and

    became entangled in the headsail and halyard

    The boat, steered by a wind vane, continued on

    course - dragging her, spinning and splashing


    Peggy had broken her hand during her fall and

    wasnt able to free herself from the sail turned

    death shroud. For more than 12 hours she was

    dragged through the surging seas. Finally, a

    the end of her strength, she was able to loosen

    her bonds and pull herself back on board as the

    gunnel dipped low on a swell.

    She was bruised, beaten, dehydrated, and badly

    hypothermic. When body temperature drop

    below 95 degrees anxiety and confusion take

    over the mental process - if it drops another

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    Coast Guard and after three harrowing days, and

    the world watching, she was finally rescued and

    her boat towed into Oahu.

    It took more than a month for the nightmares and

    hallucinations to end - and three years before she

    again attempted long distance sailing.

    Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Peggy continued

    to run her brokerage on Marquesas Way. And, as

    was her custom, sneak away whenever possible

    for a weekend at Catalina, or, if time permitted,

    more exotic locales.

    In 1980, Peggy worked closely with her friend,

    client and dock-mate, actor Hal Holbrook, during

    his preparations for his solo crossing to Hawaii.Mr. Holbrooks crossing was difficult and he

    was suffering from sleep depravation. Recently,

    Mr. Holbrook sent me a note about the incident.

    It reads in part, Peggy was so concerned about

    me she flew to Hawaii to meet me when I finally

    arrived in the early dawn at Kauai. She took me

    home to her house there and I passed out on the

    sofa for 12 hours.

    Peggy closed her brokerage in December of

    1987. About a month or so earlier, I shared a fried

    chicken lunch with her, and her ever present dog,

    at the picnic table in front of her office. She saidshe was saddened to close the brokerage, but

    thought it was the right time. The boat business

    was dying, many manufacturers were closing their

    factories, and Marina del Rey had changed from

    being about boats and sailors to being about profits

    and parking places - boats had become merely

    a necessary evil. She said also that she wanted

    time to write, and perhaps, squeeze in a few more

    adventures. I am happy to say she was able to do

    both. Her autobiography,Peggy, An Affair With the

    Sea, was published after her death. She also made

    arrangements to leave her considerable holdings

    to the Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles.

    Peggy, you stood your long watch well - now sleep

    peacefully, Skipper.

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    Sailing Master and has instructed, delivered

    vessels, skippered charters and written articles on

    boating and seamanship for more than 25 years.

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    P O W E R TA I L S

    ANNAPOLIS, Md., November 1, 2010 - The BoatUS Foundations Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition is once again calling for out-of-

    the-box life jacket design entries.

    Five years ago, the Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition resulted with the introduction of several new and innovative life jacket designs to the

    public, the U.S. Coast Guard and recreational boating industry. Since then, the interest in new, more comfortable designs has not faded. While curren

    models of life jackets save lives every day, many are still bulky and uncomfortable, leaving boaters reluctant to wear them.

    So the BoatUS Foundation, along with Underwriters Laboratories and the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association, decided another

    competition was necessary to keep the momentum going to seek out the newest technologies and design innovations that could rethink a 100-year-old


    We all have the mindset of what a life jacket looks like - and thats what we need to be challenging, said Underwriters Laboratories Joe Waters.

    Entries that embrace new technologies and non-traditional thinking are being encouraged from armchair inventors to high school science clubs and

    collegiate design programs. There are no rules regarding types of materials to be used or whether the design meets any current U.S. standards. The

    deadline to enter is February 1, 2011.

    The entries will be judged based on four criteria: wearability, reliability, cost and innovation. Wearability relates to the level of comfort. Reliability

    will take into account the chances for potential failure, while cost will look at the affordability of the design. Innovation will take into account

    originality or the employment of new technologies.

    In early February, video of all entries will be posted online at the BoatUS Foundations channel at, and the public will be asked to select a

    group offinalists. The finalist entries will then be reviewed by a special panel of judges convened at the International Boating and Water Safety Summi

    in Savannah, Georgia, on March 6 - 9, 2011, and the winner announced. A $5,000 cash award goes to the winning designer.

    We believe that out-of-the-box thinking may lead to the next generation of life-saving devices, said BoatUS Foundation President Ruth Wood. We

    anticipate designs that will be creative and unconventional.

    To enter, video footage of an actual working prototype must be submitted by providing a URL link to the video (no actual prototypes are submitted)

    The video must clearly demonstrate how the design floats a person in the water. For more information on how to enter and for contest rules, visit www You may also contact Chris Edmonston at 703-823-9550, x8356.

    Out of the BoxBoatUS Invites the public to design a new PFD

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    As for lobster season it changeswith the weather patterns. Usefresh bait like mackerel, sardines,or barracuda it attracts the bugs

    easier if there walking and dontforget they sometimes go todeeper water.

    As this season moves on, look forthe rockfishing to pick up and usemore lead to keep your bait down.

    For all you lingcod fishermen,the season will be closed fromDecember 1 through April 1. Soget out there while you can.

    On the Bait Seine Look for Larryand Mike to have sardines andsquid as long as its in the bay.

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    R A C I N G S C E N E

    LB to Cabo

    Doug Baker, Long Beach, skippered the Reichel/Pugh 78Akela to first-to-finish honors Tuesday and was first in Division 1 on corrected ORR handicap

    time in Long Beach Yacht Clubs biennial 2010 Long Beach to Cabo San Lucas International Yacht Race.

    Bob Lanes Andrews 63Medicine Man , also from Long Beach, finished first in Division 1 on corrected PHRF time.

    Finishing the 804 nautical-mile race within about three hours of each other the two skippers fell short of breaking fellow LBYC member Peter Tong

    Santa Cruz 70 OEXrecord set in 2008 of 2 days 22 hours 50 minutes 9 seconds.

    Unlike in 2008 where there was consistent wind of 20 plus knots for the entire race, this years breezes fluctuated just enough to put the race record

    out of reach.

    The closest battle during the race was between Brack Dukers Santa Cruz 70Holua from Marina del Rey and Per Petersons Andrews 69Alchemy from

    Oceanside YC with Perterson finishing just 4 minutes, 23 seconds ahead of Duker.

    Alchemy finished second on ORR corrected time and third on PHRF corrected time while Holua finished third on ORR time and fourth on PHRF


    Both boats were in close proximity to each other throughout the race. So close at times that there was a near miss late Sunday night between them

    under a moonless cloudy sky in a very dark ocean.Alchemy executed a crash-jibe and avoided what could have been an unfortunate encounter for both


    Ricardo Brockmanns Reichel/Pugh 52 Vincitore from Acapulco rounded out the order with a fourth place finish on ORR corrected time and fifth on

    PHRF time.

    Since all boats have already finished, race officials have decided to move up the trophy presentations from Thursday evening to Wednesday at 6 p.m

    allowing teams and race committee volunteers to return home a day early should they wish.

    OEXs record is safe for another two years until these racing sleds will once again attempt to break it in the Fall of 2012.

    Chuck Skewes ofAlchemy commented on the race, Of all the distance races I have done this has been one of the best with close racing and boat to boa

    tactics. These old 70-foot sleds are such a great boat for these races and truly amazing at the speeds we average.

    Story and Photo by Rich Roberts

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    especially if you have roller furling. In the morning when

    there is little or no breeze unfurl your genoa let air get to the

    center of the sail.

    If the conditions are warm and sunny, an hour or so, should

    be sufficient. If the sail remains wet this could cause mildew

    and it will need professional cleaning. Just drying your sails

    will help prevent mildew from starting.

    Tip 2) Check the stitching on your UV covers. To check

    this you can perform whats called the scratch test. Simply

    scratch the stitching with your fingernail. If the stitching

    deteriorates then it is time for re-sewing. This also works

    for dodgers, biminis, sail covers - pretty much any type of

    stitching that is exposed to the sun.

    Tip 3) Have your sails serviced during the off season - fall

    and winter. This will save you both time and money. Many

    sailmakers like us here at t/a sails offer fall, winter discounts

    on repairs during the off peak time of year.

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    Continued from page 13

    Mariner: Are there levers that change the trim on the wings or is it a


    Melvin: You can do whatever you want, just as long as its human


    Mariner: So does the rule allow for teams to have their wings slightly

    different from each other?

    Melvin: Oh yeah. The plan form shape - the height and core lengths and

    stuff, are controlled within a certain boundary and theres a maximumand a minimum of area of the wing just so everyones wing is about the

    same size, but the section shape what air foils you use, how many slots

    you have, what kind of control systems you have, and what the internal

    structure of the wing looks like is completely open. So theres a huge

    amount of design latitude for teams to explore.

    Mariner: So these wing design choices could significantly impact the

    amount of speed youre getting out of the boat?

    Melvin: Oh yeah, the wing could perhaps and probably will be the

    deciding factor who is the most innovative and comes up with the best

    concepts in engineering.

    Mariner: But isnt the rule written in such a way that they are hopingfor a lot of close competition as well?

    Melvin: Yes, thats the idea. This one, since all the boats are likely to be

    the same length and beam and have the same size wing - it might be closer

    to a development box rule class like T252, A-Class Catamarans, Formula

    18s or C Class Catamarans, they are all various flavors of the box rule.

    Mariner: Is it possible to have different wings for different days if its

    really blowing?

    Melvin: On the measurement certificate theyre allowed to have one

    tall wing, which is the normal sized wing, and youre also allowed

    and required, after the second year, to have a short wing that also has

    parameters on maximum and minimum size. The idea is that if its windy

    and the race committee competitors think its dangerous to go out with the

    tall wing, they can say today is a short wing day and everyone puts up

    their short wing up. That was one problem with the last few cycles of the

    Americas Cup in the monohulls is that the wind range was actually fairly

    small and they lost lots of days and media interest because they couldnt

    go out in the breeze. So the idea is that we open up the wind range and sail

    in big breeze and its real exciting.

    Mariner: Will the boat foil at all? Is there allowance for that?

    Melvin: Youre allowed a pair of rudders and a pair of dagger boards

    and they can be lifting daggerboards. I dont know if youll see boats

    fully flying with hulls above the surface of the water but certainly a large

    percentage of the way the boat will be carried [may be] on foils, especially


    Mariner: What are the projected top end speeds for the AC cats?

    Melvin: We think the 72 will hit 35-knots something like that.

    Mariner: Has anyone addressed the possibility of a capsize, if one

    were to go over, what would happen?

    Melvin: Yeah, it would be bad. Chances are you would break your wing

    or damage it enough so that theres no way you could use it the next

    day. Like with any catamaran theres probably not a lot of damage to the

    platform but with the wing you would need to put a new wing.

    Mariner: I read that they are going to have camera men on board, is

    that true?

    Melvin: Yes.

    Mariner: Are there concerns about those guys inhibiting teamperformance?

    Melvin: There are cameraman positions that they have to stay in - they

    might have to move and for instance go the windward side every time, bu

    there are specific locations dedicated to camera men on the boat.

    Mariner: And thats a definite, thats going to happen?

    Melvin: Yes.

    Mariner: How is this changing your business? Its nothing but positive

    Im imagining.

    Melvin: Yeah, its definitely keeping us all busy.

    Mariner: Have you had to expand?

    Melvin: We are in the process of growing a bit. Our biggest concern is tha

    we maintain our diversity and client base that weve managed to build up

    over the years and our reputation and other areas - cruising yachts, racing

    yachts, commercial boats and other sort of things. We definitely want to

    keep that other side of our business going. But I think well be okay.

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    Michael Kasten is the owner and operator of

    Kasten Marine Design, Inc. Mr. Kasten is an

    award winning designer who has created plans

    in a wide variety of categories, from sea plane

    floats to offshore multi-hulls and everything in

    between, Kasten is as prolific as he is proficientin the field of Yacht Design.

    Q: What are your views on what makes a

    good lightning protection system?

    Kasten: A lightning protection system aboard a

    boat should have a dual purpose:

    1. It should primarily serve as a lightning

    preventionsystem, the purpose of which should

    be to continuously shed any charge built up by

    the boat, thereby rendering the boat invisible

    to lightning.

    2. It should secondarily be asked to serve as

    a lightning strike protection system, to safely

    conduct a direct strike to ground.

    Q: That being said, what should the system

    consist of?

    Kasten: The lightning protection system should

    consist of a robust primary path, which

    should be designed to safely conduct a direct

    strike to ground. Then, a series of secondary

    paths should be designed to safely dissipatethe accumulation of charge by the boat, which

    should feed into the primary path. This primary

    path, should consist of an air terminal connected

    to a ground plate immersed in the water and a

    robust conductor leading vertically in a straight

    path to a ground plate immersed in the water.

    The top-most end, or air terminal, should be

    a sharply pointed spike. As for the so called

    robust conductor of the system, which takes

    the path from the top-most end of the system to

    the water, it must be as direct as possible and

    use long radii, rather than sharp bends along the

    primary path to the grounding plate.

    The connections must offer low electrical

    resistance or the energy of a strike may instantlyheat and melt the connection. An ABYC rule

    recommends a minimum of a #4 AWG copper

    wire for the primary lightning protection system

    conductor and a minimum of a #6 AWG copper

    wire for the secondary conductors. Tinned wire

    is recommended, as usual.

    For the grounding plate, an area of about

    one square foot is considered by ABYC to

    be sufficient. The plates should be located as

    close to the base of the primary conductor as

    possible to minimize any horizontal runs in the

    primary conductor. It is recommended that the

    conductor and ground plate be made of copper.

    The edges of the external ground plate or strip

    need to be sharp, exposed, and not painted,

    caulked, or faired into the adjoining area.

    The ABYC actually suggests the use of a

    grounding strip, rather than a plate. The

    rule states: A grounding strip shall have a

    minimum thickness of 3/ 16 inch (5 mm),

    and a minimum width of 3/4 inch (19 mm).

    A strip approximately one inch (25 mm) wide

    and 12 feet long (3.7 m) has nearly six timesthe amount of edge area exposed to the water,

    which will improve the dissipation of charges.

    The grounding strip, if used, shall extend from

    a point directly below the lightning protection

    mast, toward the aft end of the boat, where a

    direct connection can be made to the boats


    2010 The Mariner - Issue 94 23


    Michael KastenLightening Protection

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    Dear Mookie,

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    The latest thing is a science project I have to

    do, which I have no clue what to doI feel

    like Im too young for all this pressure.


    Maxed out in the Marina

    Dear Max,

    Youre 13 and you think your young? Thats

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    project idea. Urinate on one of those electric

    lights that shine up at the trees. Your penis

    will get shocked I have no idea how. Im

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    SailboatsBeneteau Oceanis 400

    Timeshare/Partnership on Beneteau Oceanis 400.

    Tri-cabin model - two heads. Full electronics, refrig-

    eration, inverter, dinghy and outboard, windless, roller

    furler, full canvas. Professional lessons available if

    needed. No equity buy in. 3 Days, $285.00 per month

    - no long term commitment. Call Captain Richard

    Schaefer 310-460-8946

    Columbia 36 1968

    Beautiful classic, 2 owners, resent haul out and com-

    plete overhaul, pristine condition. Serious inquiries

    only. Price $ 21,900. Call Peter at 310-864-4842

    1977 Bomb ay Cl ipper 31 Sai lboat

    Excellent condition. 12hp Yanmar diesel. Easy sin-gle-handing. Sleeps 4+. Detailed marine survey Nov

    2009. Oxnard,CA 661-400-8623.

    1976 Finot design

    Pocket cruiser Ecume de mer $3000. Bulb keel


    1988 Mar t in 242

    Race ready. Emaculately restored in 2005, a proven

    winner. Includes tandom axle road trailer. $24,200

    OBO. 310-305-1017

    Windr ider Tr imaran 17

    With trailer, new sails, roller furler. $4,995 OBO. Call

    Bill 310-650-1761

    Power Boats

    34 Bayl iner 1989Avanti Express Cruiser. Twin 454s gas. Radar, GPS,

    depth finder. 2 staterooms, bath w/shower. Great

    liveabard slip. $37,000. Tony 310-920-1478

    32 Unifl i t e .

    Great liveaboard. Twin Crusaders, sleeps 6, full galley

    and head. 18,000 OBO. Call 818-886-4602.

    13 Boston Whaler

    With 40 HP Honda - $6,500


    Sea-Doo Speedster 155 Musc lecra f t :

    Only 14 Hours Running Time. Selling Due to Reloca-

    tion. $10,500 - Contact Ken at (314) 560-1888

    Boat ing Acc ess WantedExperienced sailor looking to buy access to a 30ft.+

    sailboat preferably with a dodger. I owned a 32 ft Is-

    lander for nine years. I am a crew member on a 38

    ft. Catalina for the Wednesday night races and I have

    over 25 years of ocean sailing experience. I presently

    have access to a 38 FT. Benateau for $80.00 for a day

    sail and $90.00 for overnights to Catalina. Looking for

    a similar deal, in Marina Del Rey. ContactAlan Rock

    310-721-2825 or [email protected]

    DinghysDux Inflat ib le Catamaran 16

    Comes with 20HP 4-stroke Honda (low hours). $3,995

    OBO. Call Bill 310-650-1761

    Achi l les 12.5 RIB

    40HP Johnson. 2 stroke oil injection, wheel steering,

    back to back seat, anchor well bilge pump. Comes

    w/trailer w/spare tire. $2,600 310-413-3654

    12 Zodiac

    w/25 Mercury $5500 - 310-822-8618

    Outboards/EnginesYamaha 25

    2 stroke outboard $1200. 310-701-5960

    Johnson 4 hp

    $300.00 310-391-5083

    Used Outboards


    40 Suzuki,EFI, 4stk, long w/ remote & gauges $400015 Johnson, 4stk, extra long, high thrust, electric start,

    sail, $1800.00

    15 Suzuki, 4stk, electric start, long $2200

    9.9 Honda,4stk, electric start, short $2000

    9.9 Mercury 4stk, short $1800

    8.0 Mercury 4stk, short $ 1500

    8 Honda 4stk, short $1400

    8 Yamaha 2stk, short $750

    8 Evinrude 2stk, short $600

    5 Honda 4stk, short $850

    4.0 Mercury 4stk, $900

    SS Dinghy cradle $1500

    Other Stu f f

    Float ing Jet Dock - Universal 18 f t .(For Use With Sea-Doo) Only 4 Months Old $3,500 -

    Contact Ken at (314) 560-1888

    Rasca l 600 power scooter .

    Runs like new. Great condition. New batteries. Selling

    for $1947. Call Paul, 310) 963-8835

    8.5 KW Universal Diesel Generator

    $1,500 310-823-4821


    For 30 Catalina interior, complete set in very good

    condition. Asking $1700. 310-701-5960

    Anchor Gear

    Manson Supreme 45lb, Lightly used for one season,

    Will deliver to your boat. $350. 626.353.3858

    [email protected].

    Bimin i top

    With stainless bows - 100 X 100 dark blue and came

    from a 42 Californian fly bridge $650. 310-701-5960

    Winch Convers ion

    Turn your winches into power winches with this Mil-

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    Want t o BuyHonda outboards

    Want to buy Honda outboard motors 15 thru 50 horse-

    power in poor condition for salvage. Captain.Don.

    [email protected] (818) 427-2144.

    Donate Boat sCash For Your Boat !

    Power or sail, Yachts to dinghys 310-849-2930

    Donate Your Boat

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    Serv icesCanvas Boat Covers and Repairs

    New boat covers, canvas repair, restore water

    repelency to marine canvas. Dan 310-382-6242

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