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I’ve said it before
and I’ll say it again
because it’s true –
boats are like people.
because it’s appropriate.
They become members
of the family or help
us in a sticky situation.
We develop loyalties
and friendships with
our stalwart foating
friends because they are there
for us, slightly needy at times,
but unselfsh and helpful.
I remember meeting someone at
their slip to discuss an ad and I
saw the boat pictured here – “Lil
Red”. She was candy apple red,
sitting proudly next to a bigger
boat nestled in a slip. Like a
happy little sister she sat with
everything in place. Lil Red was
a daysailor that cruised around
the harbor – a classic simple
design that sailed easy.
Then, one morning this month,
when I was rowing in the main
channel I saw Lil Red dilapidated
on Marina del Rey’s skid row
(near Fisherman’s Village) -
looking like a down and out
junkie prostitute. I was sad to
see it. I know it’s just a boat,
but c’mon, the damn thing was
painted bright red and had a cute
little name and everything. What
I had to remind myself that Lil
Red isn’t a down and out junkie
prostitute, but a little
boat that got ignored.
I’m sure circumstances
arose where the owner
couldn’t provide, and
without his care, the
weather and the sea’s
salt slowly ravished
It’s a shame, but it
makes me want to do
better with my boats. So, with the
image of the fading red paint of
that sad and unloved little sloop,
I will put forth a more assertive
effort and I wish the same for all
of you. Enjoy your summer!
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FROM THE EDITOR
Sarah - Photo by Pat Reynolds
Coming Events 4
Of the Wire 6
Scraping the Bottom of the Bay 8
Running Aground in MDR by Wayne H. Wagner
Lives in Balance 10
Yoga on Paddleboards by Esteban Torres
Sullivan’s Saga 12
Jim Sullivan’s Struggle to Sail to the Philippines by Tim Tunks
Catalina Currents 16
The Beatitudes of Boating by Captain Richard Schaefer
Powertails - Halibut Derby Results 18
Ask the Expert - Varnishing 23
Ask Mookie 24
picking it up!
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14000 Palawan Way, Suite A Marina del Rey
38 Downeast Cutter 1977 bluewater cruiser
ready to go, loaded only $59,000
38 Cruiser aft cabin 1994, low hours, loaded,
xlnt livaboard, great price of $69,000.
28 Bayliner 2001 single Mercruiser diesel,
loaded, full electronics, many extras $49,000
37’ Alberg 1974 cruiser needs work, $16,000
36 Islander 1974 very clean $23000
65’ McKinna 2002 pilot house,3 cabins,
loaded low hours $699,000
52 Californian cockpit motor yacht 1990
Spacious layout, loaded $199,0000
35’ Carver aft cabin 1993 and 1997 very
spacious layout from $55,000
36’ Islander 1972 equipped 2008 for around
the world cruise by Zac Sunderland $59,000
41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have
2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000-139,000.
37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975
upgraded 1991 new engine $89,000
41 CT ketch 1973, Ctr Cckpit, new eng,
generator, bow thruster, clean $69,000
w w w . p u r c e l l y a c h t s . c o m
310-701-5960 - Cell
32’ Wellcraft San trope 1989, $19,500
31’ Silverton 1979 convertible $10,000
30’ Monterey Attila 2000 twin Volvos low
hours, air nd heat full elec, clean $42,000
45 Carver Voyager pilothouse sedan twin
Cummins diesels 2002 asking $269,000
55 Spoiler 1990 loaded with new electronics,
just hauled, bottom painted $249,000
36’ Sea Ray Express 1983 newly rebuilt
engines, Trac Vision satellite TV, $39,000
44 Lancer Pilothouse motor Sailor, 2 cabins,
twin diesels , generator, loaded, $79,000
32 Bay liner Cerra 1995 motivated seller,
loaded, full canvas, low hours $29,000
39 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loaded
very clean. Twin Cummins diesels, $99,000
55 Pacemaker 1971 3 cabins, Detroit disels,
livabord end tie slip $1500/mo. $49,000
43 Californian cockpit motoryacht1988 300
HP Cat diesels, loaded $109,000
42 Sea Ray (1997 and 2001) motor yacht,
twin diesels, turn key - from $190,000
38 Carver 1988 motor yacht only $69,500
36 Carver 1989 two cabin $49,000
39 Bayliner 2000 Cummins diesels, AC
loaded 400 hours, AC only $129,000
44 Pacifca 1970/2001 new Cat diesels in
2001, complete restoration $129,000
41 Silverton 1993 motor yacht , queen berths
fore and aft, low 324 hours, AC $85,000
THIS SPACE COULD
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Call to List
52 Irwin 1984 3 cabins, needs cosmetics and
updating low price $98,000
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Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Blues concerts outdoors
in the plaza near the lighthouse in Fisherman’s
Village, every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00
to 5:00 pm.
4th of July Fireworks Celebration
The traditional freworks extravaganza over
Marina del Rey takes place annually on July 4th
at 9 p.m., and lasts approximately 20 minutes.
This one is a must see! Best Viewing Spots are
Fisherman’s Village on 13755 Fiji Way, Burton
Chace Park on 13650 Mindanao Way
and Marina (Mother’s) Beach: 4101 Admiralty
Annual 4th of July Parade -
Fireworks and Dinner at the
Golf cart parade on Crescent Avenue begins at
1pm. Followed by a BBQ buffet dinner and
music by the USC Marching Band in the Casino
Ballroom. Enjoy views of the Fireworks Display
over Avalon. For a full schedule of events,
please contact the Catalina Island Chamber of
Commerce, (310) 510-1520.
Concert at Casino Point to Beneft
the Catalina Museum
Catalina Island Museum and the Santa Catalina
Island Company invite you and your friends
to come celebrate Independence Day with live
music from Spencer Davis and the Catalina
Island All-Stars. Go to catalina.org for more
Watch a spectacular freworks show over
Isthmus Harbor. Fireworks begin at sundown.
Contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier for more info.
(310) 510-4249 or lluchau.scico.com
Annual Dinghy Parade
Get creative and decorate your dinghy in a
patriotic theme! Follow us through the coves
of the West End for our 11th Annual Dinghy
Parade. Prizes will be awarded to the most
creative dinghies. For additional info contact
Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310)510-4249 or
Kick off Independence Day Weekend with the
27th Annual Children’s Festival. Take your kids
to the main beach for crafts and activities. For
additional info contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier
at (310) 510-4249 or lluchau.scico.com
Sunset Full Moon Kayak Paddle
Paddle away from the hustle and bustle of the
city and experience the tranquility of the ocean
at night on a Sit-On-Top kayak. No experience
necessary; open to ages 18+. 6 - 9 p.m. UCLA
Marina Aquatic Center. Call (310) 823-0048.
Birding by Kayak Excursion
Learn the basics in bird identifcation and
kayaking. No experience necessary, Open to
ages 18+. Bring binoculars, wear long sleeve
windbreakers, shoes that can get wet, hat and
sunscreen. Kayak, paddle, PDD and wetsuit
provided. UCLA Marina Aquatic Center, 7:30
- 11 a.m. Call (310) 823-0048.
Salt Marsh and Dunes Tour
Free guided tour of salt marsh and dunes. Second
Sundays, 1 - 3 p.m. Tour begins in Playa del
Rey. Please call (310) 306-5994 for directions.
Summer Jazz Jam in Alla Park
Enjoy the Del Rey Community Jazz Band at
a popular neighborhood park in nearby Del
Rey. Sponsored by the Del Rey Neighborhood
Summer Sights and Sips Cruise
Relaxing two-hour cruise, complimentary
appetizers, bar specials and a front row seat
to view local yacht club sailboat races and a
beautiful sunset over the Pacifc. Boarding
5:45 p.m., Cruising 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Summer Concert Series
Free outdoor concerts held at Burton Chace
Park. Stellar musical talent, four classical music
concerts featuring the 75-member Marina del
Rey Summer Symphony alternate with four
exciting pop concerts on select Thursday and
Saturday evenings. All concerts begin at 7
p.m., generally lasting two hours, and are free
to the public. Bands set up outside on the green
in Burton W. Chace Park, where audiences are
invited to picnic in advance of each concert.
Arrive early and bring low beach chairs and
blankets for frst-come, frst-served seating.
Concert and transportation schedules available
in late Spring at the Marina del Rey Visitors
Center; 4701 Admiralty Way. Call (310) 305-
9545 for the lineup and additional information.
Free Vessel Safety Checks
Flotilla 12-42 will be providing free vessel
safety checks at the public boat ramp on Fiji
Way from 9:00am until noon on the following
dates: July 14th and August 18th. VSCs take less
than 30 minutes. VSCs ensure your vessel meets
current safety standards and that all necessary
emergency equipment is onboard and functional.
For more information, please visit our website
www.uscga1242.org/safety.html or contact Tom
Howard at FSO-VE@uscga1242.org.
Old Fashioned Day at the Park
Vintage yachts, antique classic cars, motorcycels,
vintage steam engines and ship models visit the
Marina and lovely Burton Chace Park. Bring
a camera for beautiful waterside shots. Free.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The California Yacht Club invites all who enjoy
yachting and adventure for dinner with one of
the most infuential and colorful fgures on the
sailing scene, Richard Spindler. Richard is
the founder of the west coast’s leading sailing
magazine, Latitude 38. Reservations required.
Please call (310) 823-4567 for pricing and
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
Wednesday and Friday Night Dinners. Members,
guests, and prospective members are invited to
C o m i n g E v e n t s !
What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
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join us for cocktails, fun, food, and friendship
on most Wednesday and Friday evenings at
our club house. Fun starts at 6:30 pm for
cocktails and 7:30 pm for dinner. Lectures
and educational presentations often follow
our Wednesday night dinners. Live music is
provided on most Fridays for your enjoyment
and dancing pleasure. Reservations are required.
Our club house is located at 13589 Mindanao
Way, Marina del Rey. For menus, availability,
pricing, directions, parking, and more event and
membership details, please visit our web site at
www.smwyc.org or call us at 310-827-7692.
Marina Venice Yacht Club Social
Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our
Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. Food items are provided and there is no
charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City
Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way.
Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy
one, or just want to be around other water loving
people MVYC welcomes all who share in the
Corinthian Spirit. Follow the signs up the stairs
or elevator to the Club House on G2. For more
information contact email@example.com,
call 310-909-3022 or 310-822-9082 or visit our
Facebook Group page.
Women’s Sailing Association of Santa
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589
Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting,
held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and
a light dinner is served. Each meeting features
a guest speaker discussing their adventures
and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all
skill levels to join. Its programs, include day
sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including
destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and
the northern Channel Islands, For membership
information contact email membership@
wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org.
Marina Sunday Sailing Club
Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers
and crew in a friendly social environment for
daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to
Catalina and other destinations. We meet on
the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the
patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club
banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free
Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold
a brief business meeting and then head out for
an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which
we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks
and more socializing. Visitors are welcome and
may attend two meetings free. No prior sailing
experience necessary. Married people welcome!
For more info call (310) 226-8000 or visit our
website at www.marinasundaysailors.com
Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay,
Owners of Catalina Yachts
Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa
Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd
Tuesday of each month. We would like to
welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We
have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and
other events throughout the year. Our doors open
at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7
to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the
fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For
more info email Horst.Lechler@gmail.com.
Single Mariners of Marina del Rey
Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7PM on the 1st
and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Pacifc
Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina
del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults
meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming
Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for
a light meal during the meeting, however, there
is a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner
at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a
message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday
prior to the Thursday meeting.
Live “Yacht Rock” at
Every Wed 6-9pm The Unkle Monkey Duo
plays their unique brand of “ Yacht Rock
“ mixing popular songs with music from the
islands of Hawaii, The Caribbean, and more...
Happy Hour is 4-7pm ...It’s Margaritaville in
the Marina ! 4499 Admiralty Way in Marina
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht
Club Open House Activities
We invite members, guests, and prospective
members to join us for cocktails, food, live
music, dancing, and fun on Friday evenings and
Sunday afternoons. Friday evenings start with
cocktails at 6:30pm and dinner and music at
7:30pm. Reservations can be made by calling
310-827-7692 or emailing reservations@
smwyc.org. Sunday afternoon BBQs are the
perfect place after a Sunday sail or just to wind
down from the weekend. Live jazz and blues
bands start at 4pm. Club is located at 13589
Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292.
Please visit website: www.smwyc.org for
activity and membership details, racing and
sailing events, menus, directions and more.
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Mother’s Beach was buzzing with activity on
the morning of the annual Kahanamoku Klassic
early this month. The local beach in Marina
Del Rey was strewn with dozens of modern
masterpieces of an ancient Polynesian design
as paddlers prepared to compete in an offshore
outrigger canoe race.
Later in the day, at around two in the afternoon,
the main channel was flled with exhausted six-
person teams in the fnal stretch of the contest,
pouring the last of their energies towards the in-
harbor fnish line. For full results go to www.
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (June 12, 2012) - A US Sailing Independent Review Panel has come to a
conclusion regarding the cause of accident during the 2012 Newport to Ensenada Race that resulted
in the deaths of four sailors on April 28. Aegean, a 37-foot Hunter 376 sailboat, was destroyed
during the race a few miles offshore near Mexico’s Coronado Islands. Following extensive research,
the panel is confdent that a grounding on North Coronado Island is the cause of accident.
The Panel gathered information from race organizers, collected data from the Aegean’s track during
the race, and met with the US Coast Guard San Diego Sector’s investigation team. The panel came to
a conclusion after reviewing the evidence that was assembled, including material from the tracking
device on board Aegean and information provided by race organizers of the Newport Ocean Sailing
Association. The panel will continue their efforts to document the accident, draw conclusions, share
the lessons learned and offer recommendations to the sailing community. A full report from US
Sailing is expected by July.
In another independent investigation three men went to the site where the tracker indicated Aegean’s
fnal position and used an underwater camera attached to a pole that stretched around 15 feet below
the surface, and took photos of what they think may be some of the boat’s remains, including
possibly a bow pulpit.
The US Coast Guard investigation is still open.
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O F F T H E W I R E
Yacht Club Races to Help Charity
The 12th Annual Crab Feast and
Regatta to beneft the City of
Hope was held last month. The
weekend event was co-hosted
by Santa Monica Windjammers
Yacht Club and the Marina Del
Rey chapter of the City of Hope
and was attended by close to
200 members and guests.
The festivities, organized by
Mary Anne Mendel and Charlene
Perron, both of SMWYC
and Linda Siegel Kane, MdR
Chapter City of Hope began
with a silent auction Saturday evening followed
by an ‘all you can eat’ crab feast with all the
trimmings. A lively live auction followed
dinner. All of the crab is donated by David and
Beth Yudovin; trimmings by Ron and Marlene
Wood; and desserts by the Women of SMWYC.
On Sunday, favorable winds of 8-12 knots
graced Santa Monica Bay during a regatta of
over 20 boats organized by Norm Perron. Norm
had a unique twist to this regatta - placing 8-9
crew members on each of the eight Catalina 42s
with each person making a donation for their
spot on the boat. “We are happy to share the
racing experience with novices for this event,”
said owner Rick Cronin of Journey. “I’ve
known Norm for many years, and his dedication
to this cause is why I’ve participated for four
years.” Skippers were encouraged to raise
funds to support their entry.
Unlike a traditional trophy
winner, the boat that raises the
most donations wins the Lois
Yudovin Perpetual Trophy
which remains at SMWYC.
This year’s trophy was awarded
to Mark Sands of Debra Ann
who raised nearly $1,600.
In addition to Catalina 42s,
there was a PHRF class and
a Cruiser class. Included in
the C42s were two boats
that had an all women crew
from Women’s Sailing Association of MdR.
Over the 12 years of hosting this event,
SMWYC and the Marina Del Rey Chapter have
raised well over $270,000 to support City of
Hope’s mission to provide compassionate care
and rapidly develop improved therapies and
cures for life threatening illnesses like cancer,
diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
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oming out of Marina del Rey for
an easy, social daysail, there are
two obvious initial sail points. The
usual mild Southern California
weather rises from the prevailing
southwesterly wind blowing straight up the
channel. You can head south to the 2ES buoy off
El Segundo or north to the Santa Monica buoy.
Both are easy upwind angles of sail, both are
about four nautical miles out, and both provide
entertainment from the lounging sea lions
stacked 3-4 deep on the base of each buoy. The
choice between them is often eenie-meenie, or
“let’s go to the one we didn’t go to last time.”
From either buoy you can steer out to sea and
set up a nice angle to put up the gennaker on the
return leg and zoom in on the winds that build in
the late afternoon.
I had received a call from two professors who
were interested in some of the consulting work
we were doing. I suggested we meet for a day
sail, where we could easily talk while having
a little fun on the side. I brought along a work
associate who had sailed with me several times
before. Nothing unusual in the weather, ten knot
winds out of the southwest, and I chose to go
north to the Santa Monica buoy.
The buoy exists to warn boaters away from
the Santa Monica Amusement Pier. The
famous neon sign announcing the entrance to
the pier reads “Santa Monica Yacht Harbor,
but it hasn’t functioned as a yacht harbor for
decades. Shortly after the pier was built into an
amusement park in the early 1900’s, the idea
that a breakwater and yacht harbor would be an
ideal companion to the pier gained popularity.
In 1933 this became a reality, and Santa Monica
Yacht Harbor was born. The harbor was home to
a collection of yachts, fshing boats and a cruise
liner to Catalina. It was also the home base for
a shuttle service to prohibition-era offshore
gambling/booze operations on ships that stayed
just beyond the three-mile limit.
Despite the number of boats shown in this early
picture, this wasn’t a very good place to harbor
your yacht. (Even the picture seems heavy on
“boats” and light on anything that could be
called a yacht.) The problem was that the linear
pile of rocks called a breakwater was prone
to crumbling in front of the incessant waves
and occasional furious “pineapple express”
storms from the Southwest. By the turn of the
millennium, the “yachts” were all gone and
the remains of the breakwater visible only at
low low tide. The Coast Guard had put a line
of buoys out to warn boats away from the
submerged remains of the breakwater.
On this beautiful sunny afternoon we were
sailing along enjoying the experience and the
conversation. As we approached the buoy on
the leeward side, I noticed that we were too
far away to get a good view of the animal life.
We had gone a little too far beyond to tack, so I
decided to jibe. As I turned toward the shore, I
checked that we were well clear of the buoy line
with plenty of room to complete the jibe.
Unfortunately, the buoys were not situated
outside the breakwater; they appear to have been
anchored close to the breakwater rocks. In fact,
with the sea pushing them shoreward, they were
perhaps INSIDE the rocks of the breakwater.
Crunch. My Hunter 33 draws 5.5 feet of draft,
and the rocks were about fve feet down at the
top of the swell and, of course, much less in the
bottom of the swell. I immediately had my friend
make a Mayday call on Channel 16 to describe
our situation. I swung the boat around to try to
get off the rocks, but the wind drove us back
in. I swung to the opposite direction hoping to
get over to the inside of the rocks. No dice. I
tried the same maneuver with the engine. Still
no dice. We were stuck: grinding, bouncing
and heeling in all directions with the incoming
waves. The eyes of my passengers were saucers
as they clung to anything solid they could get
their hands on.
The Coast Guard, Lifeguard, Harbor Patrol and
Vessel Assist were four NM away in the Marina,
so help was 15 minutes away at the very best.
We were in a real mess. Yet within two minutes –
a very long two minutes – a launch was coming
to our rescue! In no time at all, we had secured a
line and were towed off the rocks.
We were in luck: extending beyond the
amusement pier is a fshing pier with a Harbor
Patrol observation station at the end. Even
before we hit the rocks, they had spotted us.
Scraping the Bottom of the Bay
By Wayne H. Wagner
Photo Pat Reynolds
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They radioed the Lifeguard boat patrolling the
nearby swimming beach even before we knew
we were heading into trouble!
Once we had settled down, I checked that the
passengers were all right. With the help of the
lifeguards, we inspected the boat for damage,
especially to the hull. We were leaking a bit
around the keel bolts where there had previously
been no leakage. The lifeguards dove under the
boat to inspect for damage, and came aboard
with some putty to seal off the seeping seams.
Our rudder was damaged, so we needed a tow
to the boatyard. After being hauled out, we
could see some scrapes on the keel, but most
of the damage was to the rudder, which had to
All in all, I was lucky more than skillful. I
have noticed that the buoys have been moved a
hundred yards or so to seaward now, so maybe
our mishap will prevent others from making
the same mistake. Funny thing though: I never
heard from the professors again!
What I Did Right
• To be truthful, it’s hard to
think of anything I did right.
Simply stated, I was in the wrong
spot at the wrong time.
• While unsuccessful, the ma-
neuvers to get off the rocks seem
the best option under the circum-
• We called for help immedi-
• I opened my wallet, got the
repairs done immediately, and
got back to enjoying sailing as
quickly as possible.
What I Did Wrong:
• Clearly, I should have tacked
and gone around. Taking the
shortcut of a jibe was an error in
• No one was in life jackets
and there wasn’t time to fetch
them from inside the cabin.
• Even in docile conditions in
intimately familiar waters, things
can go wrong. Be prepared.
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ariners and yogis don’t always agree. I’ve never
seen them in discussion but that’s because there
is little to debate. Yoga takes a long time and that
time is better spent sailing. Granted, I feel that
way about most things but I can’t imagine the
spiritual effects of yoga being nearly as powerful
as interacting with the ocean. And if I’m looking
for a workout, I’ll do some pushups on the bow,
or go rowing, or crank on the winch or reel one in or push on the lever to
speed her up. How do people live without boats?
Yoga just doesn’t make sense to me. At least not in the context of our impatient
contemporary world. The L.A. yogi goes from sending text messages on an
iphone to driving 90 and merging in and out of freeways to writing screenplays
and watching youtube videos with the sound of blenders making ice blended
mochas for a line of older ladies with freshly-pursed lips. It’s L.A. baby.
Next thing on the schedule is yoga at Coreyogasomethingsomething inside a
building on a traffc packed street in the valley.
That hour of scheduled meditation seems like just one more pile of noise.
It seems forced...or superfcial...or a nutty attempt to keep the modern
person sane. A cholesterol pill after french fries when real yoga is
supposed to be veggies. My understanding is that yoga is a holistic body/
mind activity that is meant to improve health and raise your awareness or
connectedness to the natural world, or something like that. And while I
can imagine this activity occurring successfully for a devoted practitioner
in a mountain in India, in the city of angels it feels like more of a fad. Just
one more thing that you packed into your day and “liked” on facebook.
Now picture just the sound of the ocean. The waves under the bow
and the wind as it streams across your sails. The sound of something
futtering, suddenly quieted. The mariner is out there and immersed
(hopefully not literally) in something ancient. You are there and you are
not distracted - part of something that is timeless, and it scares the hell
out of you, and empowers you. The ocean makes sense to me, and boats
make sense to me, and yoga does not. And these were my thoughts until
the appearance of a beautiful woman rocked my very foundations...this
has happened before.
She appeared from nowhere, foating on top of the water like a greek
mythological fgure. She paddled her board in my direction as I observed from
the docks of the rowing club where I work. And then she suddenly stopped,
tossed out a little anchor, and started doing yoga poses on her board...
The Whitehall boats didn’t get cleaned that morning because for the next
hour and a half I was enthralled. Her hair was golden and blowing and each
movement was graceful; her body - a spectacle. From downward dogs to
headstands she transitioned seamlessly and it was all like a dance. That I
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couldn’t take part of. Who is she and how
do I meet her? She paddled away with her
students and that was that. Over the next
few days I learned that her name is Sara and
that she teaches yoga on paddleboards on
the waters of mother’s beach.
Yoga on paddleboards? Sounds pretty cool,
I thought. But I wasn’t thinking straight -
I was too hung up on her. Most likely her
activity was just another L.A. fad. Too many
things at once. Just because fying is cool
and sex is good doesn’t mean doing it in a
plane is amazing. Or does it? I don’t know
I’ve never tried it. You have to try things
to know. I would have to take Sara’s class.
A good excuse to meet her. But in a way I
didn’t want to meet her. She was perfect in
my eyes, foating over the water, so close yet unreachable, and silent. She
was part of the ocean.
I called and she started to materialize. Her voice was sweet and her name
is spelled with an “h”. I was set to take Sarah’s class on Monday.
We paddled out, and the yoga began. I’d never done yoga before but I was
guided by her gentle voice and comforted by my own little space on the
water. Breathe in...and exhale. By the end of the session I was perfectly
relaxed. Feeling the tiny waves ripple
under the board, Sarah asked us to move
our hands through the water. My stabilizing
muscles, working to balance on the board,
I was deeply concentrated yet part of
my surroundings. Nothing was forced.
Like holding the wind with the tiller. You
effect and react simultaneously and it is
all one thing. Doing yoga on a board isn’t
a a senseless combination of things; it is a
unifed experience and it was a true joy. In
fact...I wouldn’t do it anywhere else. And
for those who’ve already mastered yoga, the
water presents a challenging unstable surface
and the perfect place to be immersed in the
activity (sometimes literally).
After taking the class I got what she was
doing, and after talking to Sarah I got that she got what she was doing.
To her and her trainees, those hours of yoga are not just another activity
on the day’s schedule. These yogis are engaged in a balanced, healthy
lifestyle. Sarah’s Yogaqua is a fun summer workout but it isn’t just a
summer fing for her. And while some people may show up for the quirky-
looking novelty before heading over to the DMV and then Starbucks and
then a wine-tasting in SB (which is perfectly fne), I can see that Sarah is
doing something that makes sense and is truly worthwhile. She is some
sort of yogi-mariner, and to me, still a demigoddess.
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solo sailor making an 8,000-mile
non-stop passage in a 30-foot
engineless sailboat - the vessel
nearly as old as the skipper - why
in the world would someone want to do that?
Local sailor Jim Sullivan did, and I’ve spent
some time with him listening to his story.
As a child, Jim was the painfully shy
hydrophobic third sibling who was terrifed by
his father’s Sunfsh dinghy. Throughout his pre-
teen years he stuttered so badly he could barely
Sullivan was raised in Dearborn, Michigan, the
grandson of “Sully” Sullivan who helped Henry
Ford invent the V-8 engine, antilock brakes and
the four-barrel carburetor - an ironic counterpoint
to Jim’s choice to sail without an engine.
At thirteen, Jim discovered his lifelong
relationship to water when, for some unknown
reason, his terror turned to love. He spent a
day alone in a small boat on a calm lake at a
special summer camp for kids with problems.
Not only did Jim’s fear of water vanish, but he
also discovered a new confdence that seemed
to cure his stuttering shyness, and his associated
discomfort with society.
I’m convinced that the salvation he found
in that small boat on that day is an important
component in his present desire to sail off once
again…but more about that later.
Jim’s life adventures and choices are a testament
to the departure of his childhood shyness and fear
of water. In 2003, aboard his previous boat, he
was rescued at sea with his faithful dog Captain
Melody in the Philippines’ “Typhoon Alley”.
Later, in Guam, the former stutterer enjoyed a
career as a radio disc jockey (“The Deep” was
the name of his show) and it was there that a
freakish chain of events led him back to Marina
Four years ago, while still in Guam, Sullivan
nearly died after contracting a life-threatening
infection (compounded by some medical
missteps) following a severe dog bite. Jim
returned to the States via air ambulance, spent
some time in ICU and fortunately came out the
other side. After regaining his health he bought
a 1968 Cal 2-30 - a sister-ship to the one he lost
fve years before in the aforementioned rescue
I met him when he just started the extensive
program of rebuilding Elusive Spirit after a
year of sailing her as much as he could without
an engine. For readers not familiar with the
revolution in sailboat construction and design,
Bill Lapworth designed the Cal 40 sloop based
on a 1962 sketch by George Griffths. Built
in Costa Mesa, this modern fn keel/spade-
ruddered sailboat dominated the 1965 Trans
Pac Race to Hawaii and most other events
handicapped under the old CCA Racing Rule.
The Cal-40‘s domination was so complete that
the CCA rule was soon abandoned in favor of
the International Offshore Rule - a rule that lead
to nearly two decades of ugly race boats with
poor sailing characteristics.
The Cal 2-30 was nearly a perfect 3/4-sized
scale model of the Cal 40, so it retained most
of the larger boat’s excellent characteristics - a
fne choice of vessel for a man who enjoys pure
sailing. However, one of the characteristics
of Lapworth’s performance designs was that
they were built lightly, with less weight of
construction materials, which permitted a
lighter displacement with more of the mass
concentrated in the lead ballast at the bottom of
Jim’s “Typhoon Alley” experience taught him
the need for a strong boat, so he added a couple
hundred pounds of strengthening to the decks,
bulkheads and chainplates, which he balanced
out with the removal of over twice that weight
in engine, tanks and toilet. This process, along
with refnishing the exterior to make it look
brand new and fresh from the showroom, took
nearly three years. Jim was living aboard all of
that time - much of which was spent up to his
navel in fberglass dust.
New rigging and some new sails from Oliver
McCann at UK Sails, the ftting of a new
rudder, a refurbished antique Aries Wind Vane
self-steering rig, installation of the most basic
electrical system imaginable for a modern ocean-
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“The way to make God laugh is to tell him your
plans.” And Jim’s plans were grand.
As if there is not enough pressure on a solo sailor
in a program to sail 8,000 miles, non-stop, from
Marina del Rey to the Philippines, Jim gathered
the press, broadcasters, friends and a throng of
other witnesses as he frst phoned his girlfriend
Sharon at the Philippine resort she manages to
propose marriage (the proposal was accepted),
and then pushed away from the dock on the frst
phase of his voyage.
If anyone doubted that he was a risk taker,
making that call proposing a lifelong bond to
someone he had never met face to face proved
My theory is that Jim’s quest to make that crossing
was also a quest for a healing that refected his
adolescent salvation on that small calm lake all
those years ago. Like so many great sailors, a
love for the sea and experience with its healing
powers are core structures in Jim’s DNA.
Departures and Returns
As with any saga worth the telling, there
are reversals of fortune. The combination of
problems with the wind vane, which made him
an exhausted slave to the tiller and the fare-
up of a preexisting dental problem, led him to
return to the California coast. Another departure
in atypical weather conditions left him sitting
for days in motionless calms, followed by
strong winds and big seas. During that attempt
he had unwittingly allowed himself to become
dehydrated, which led him to follow Coast
Guard advice and return to Avalon for another
stint in the emergency room.
All this would be a depressing turn of events for
any person, and Jim had no special immunity.
He spoke about the days at the helm without a
breath of air to fll his sails, everything slatting
and banging with no measurable forward
progress. We racers frequently endure periods of
engineless calm, but the company of experienced
mates that share the burden mitigates our
frustration and misery. We also carry specialized
sails to capture the lightest puffs that move the
boat toward areas of stronger breeze.
But the heaviest anchor weighing down the soul
is the face of failure staring at you. Even though
Jim stresses in every conversation that he is just
a regular person with no special strengths or
intuitions, it takes a huge effort to lift oneself
from the depression of abandoning a long held
plan, and to form the new plan.
Departure at Last
As of this writing I’m pleased to report that Jim
took off again from Marina del Rey and is well
offshore on his way to Hawaii or perhaps even on
to the Marshall Islands if all is well and the spirit
moves him. Though no longer planned as a non-
stop voyage, the Philippines is still his destination
where Sharon patiently awaits his arrival.
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C a t a l i n a C U R R E N T S
By Captain Richard Schaefer
The Beatitudes of Boating
nstead of Jesus’, “The Sermon on the
Mount” let’s go with, Captain Ricky,
preachin’ on the foredeck. Gather round
lads and lasses, gather round, the, “Ancient
Mariner’s Monologue” is about to be begin.
1. Blessed are those who know how to navigate
- for their kingdom shall not be that of Davy
Electronics are great, but don’t depend entirely
upon them. At the least, carry a chart guide, a
handheld compass, some type of course plotter,
dividers and a pencil. However, the effcacy
of all these tools is greatly reduced unless
you know how to take bearings for a running fx
or triangulate your position etc.
Also, learn how to use a chart and understand
the symbols. The Coast Guard Auxiliary gives
classes a couple of times a year for a nominal
cost - take one - or pony up a few more bucks at
one of the local sailing schools. Afterward, keep
up your skills tuned by practicing occasionally -
even though you may have electronics on board.
2. Blessed are the watchful: for they will see
danger before it is too late.
Be alert, even on day sails. Don’t get so comfy
that you don’t want to move your butt or crane
your neck under or around your headsail. If
you’re sailing offshore, or at night, impress upon
your crew the importance of remaining alert and
“keeping a weather eye open”. Nautical term
moment - “keeping a weather eye open”. In
times past - when out to sea - the lookout was
admonished to pay special attention to the
“weather” (or windward) side of the ship. This
meant forcing yourself to face into the wind,
waves, spray and rain - watching for a change
in the weather, waves, developing seas or ships
running before the wind and bearing down on
Don’t rely on electronic alarms - there is no
substitute for an alert lookout. Stand your watch
like the lives of your shipmates depend upon it
- for they do.
3. Blessed are those that know how to retrieve
a crewmember from the churning sea, for the
saved will be grateful and praise you all the
years of your life (as opposed to being sued
by a grieving widow).
When under sail, the fastest and safest way to turn
the boat around and pick up the man overboard
is a “heave-to pickup”. It is faster, safer and
more practical than a “fgure 8” maneuver and
certainly less cumbersome and time consuming
than one of those towed, sling contraptions. In
any case, the frst two priorities are; throw the
MOB a foatation device and assign someone to
watch him constantly.
If you’re inexperienced you may want to drop
the sails and use the engine. Just be sure to
put the transmission in “neutral” before you
get close to the MOB - unless you think he’ll
like the nickname, “Stumpy”. Also, the engine
is probably the quickest way to get back to a
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I suggest everyone learn both the “fgure 8“ and
“heave to” maneuver - practice is the key to
any sailing maneuver. Use the one you’re most
4. Blessed are they who monitor the weather:
for they will know when to sail and when to
remain in port or seek shelter.
Sadly, NOAA Marine Weather Channels are
now choked with such things as recaps of
yesterday’s weather (that’s really important
to know...if you’re a statistician), air quality
in parts per million, freeway wind warnings,
the vitally important, “crop frost warnings”
(always an important issue with boaters) and
the blowing sand and tumbleweeds advisory for
the desert. If you’re the pocket computer type
(most urban dwellers are) then I’m certain you
have some sort of “techno-gizmo” with which
you can obtain up to the nano second Tweets
from Kim Kardashian or Justin Bieber, as well
as instant, marine weather forecasts. The rest of
us codgers will just have to sit, glassy eyed, in
a drooling stupor, while listening to the robotic
voice on the VHF drone on about yesterday’s
air quality while waiting for the once per hour
marine weather forecast in a freshening wind,
building seas - under a darkening sky.
Don’t push the weather - the Monday morning
meeting ain’t worth dyin’ for, sayeth me.
5. Blessed are abstainer for they shall not
drunkenly drive their boats into others or
The skipper shouldn’t have more than one and
the crew, no more than two. Think about it - a
drunk skipper and crew is just a tragedy waiting
6. Blessed are those who practice “proactive
maintenance: for they shall postpone their
Stay on top of maintenance issues or they may
end up taking you to the bottom.
7. Blessed are careful and caring parents for
they will have children who will grow up to
ask for the car keys and college tuition.
For young children, lifejackets are always the
rule - even at anchor or in the slip. In bad weather
everyone wears them. Note: The vast majority
of drownings take place on small power boats,
traveling at high speeds, often with alcohol as
a factor. Instead of the government mandating
lifejackets for all, perhaps we could just use
some common sense.
Teach your children to respect the sea - maybe
some of that respect will end up coming your
way as well.
8. Blessed are those that know the rules of
the road for they shall not be a hazard to
themselves or others.
Learning the “rules of the road” (COLREGS)
can be diffcult and time consuming - but
everyone should know at least these simplifed
A) Sail generally has right of way over power
driven vessels except when the sailboat
is overtaking or when the power boat is
restricted in its ability to maneuver.
B) Between power driven vessels, vessel to
starboard has right of way in a crossing
situation. (just like in a car).
C) Under sail, the leeward boat is the “stand
on vessel” if both boats are on the same
tack. Otherwise, vessel on starboard tack
has right of way and the port tack vessel is
D) In a meeting or head-on situation between
power driven vessels each vessel should
alter its course to starboard and pass port-
side to port-side (again, just like in a car).
F) The stand-on-vessel should always maintain
its course and speed if it is safe to do so.
G) In extreme situations take any action
necessary to avoid collision.
These are just the basics. I suggest everyone
take a boating safety class.
9. Blessed are those who know how to anchor for
they shall be held away from danger.
Even if you always get a mooring at the island
make sure that your ground tackle is ready to be
deployed in an emergency and that you know
the basics of anchoring. Have plenty of rode
- preferably chain with a windless- as big an
anchor as you can handle and don’t spare the
10. Blessed are the cautious for they know that
caution is all that stands between them and
the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
Come on guys you know the drill; life jackets
for everyone aboard, at least one throwable
foatation device, fre extinguishers, anchor,
fares/smoke, horn, VHF radio, navigation
lights, frst aid kit and fashlights. When you
have new crew aboard don’t keep the location
of the equipment a secret - point it out to
them. There’s not usually a lot of time left for
questions after the saltwater starts giving you a
11. Blessed are the alarmists for they shall
not fall into eternal slumber before their
CO2 is deadly in confned spaces and can turn
your boat into a foating, Kevorkian death
chamber. Avoid the “big sleep” - install CO2
and smoke alarms.
FINALLY - THE GOLDEN RULE
Do unto other boaters as you would have them
do unto you.
For you dullards out there, that means;
A Keep your wake/speed to a minimum in
anchorages and marinas.
B) Don’t play your stereos loudly.
C) Don’t trash up “the commons”.
D) Turn you generators off as early as you can.
E) Control your kids. Practice the Dr. Spock
crap at home.
F) Keep loud, drunken, blather to a minimum.
Generally, I fnd opinions soaked in booze
aren’t worth much.
G) It’s really great that neo-neanderthals go
to Catalina to watch a football game or
some other testosterone saturated event on
satellite T.V. Just do me a favor, keep the
beer belches, chest thumping, grunting,
groaning and howling to a minimum.
H) Practice good seamanship.
Go now, and sin no more.
Captain Richard is a U.S.C.G. Licensed
Master of Sailing Vessels. He has skippered
charters and deliveries, taught sailing and
seamanship, managed yachts and written for
boating publications for nearly 30 years. He
can be reached for comments, instruction or
consultation at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at
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he 37th annual Marina del Rey Halibut
Derby was held during the weekend of
June 9-10, For the second year in a row,
the tournament awarded anglers a 20%
weight credit for live halibut releases and prizes
for species other than halibut. The tournament
also introduced a 20% weight credit for Kelp
On the Friday night before the event anglers
crowded the local bistros with lots of talk
revolving around fsh and strategy.
“Should we go for big rockfsh, target the elusive
white seabass that have been marauding around
the bay, or should we focus on getting a big
barn door halibut?” Whether drunken strategy
would be followed or disregarded was up to the
sensible angler on game day.
Joshua Gerson, MDRA President and this year’s
MDR Halibut Derby Director was optimistic:
“There have already been notable catches of big
halibut, lingcod, white seabass, and beautiful
rockfsh in our local waters, and I am also
excited about the great tuna fshing just out of
San Diego and moving north.”
Most anglers got an early start on Saturday
morning, pressing to get on the leader-board
early. Boaters scattered looking for signs of
fsh. On land, there were reports of huge halibut
and white seabass, but...tall tales from out at
sea are not uncommon. And it wasn’t until the
weigh-ins when people started to believe - the
reports were true and the buzz was warranted.
Anglers arrived with fsh well before the 2 p.m.
commencement to weigh in their catch. By the
end of the frst day, derby offcials were awed
with the results. Thirty one anglers weighed
in fsh and all but three were white seabass or
halibut. The top fve fsh exceeded 36 pounds,
with the top three weighing in at 48.8, 46.6, and
39.3 pounds, respectively; world class fshing
by any standard.
“This is the real deal!” yelled a happy angler.
On Sunday, everyone was eager to get out
and tackle more fsh, especially when all the
participants saw the trophy halibut, white
seabass, and bags of big rockfsh.
The bar was set high, but Sunday’s fshing lived
up to expectations with twenty-fve big halibut
and whites seabass weighed in. The derby rules
traditionally allow only one weighed-in fsh per
day, but many anglers caught multiple fsh on
both days, so the total fsh count far exceeded
the fsh weighed in.
At the end of the derby there were hundreds of
happy anglers and their families and several
extremely happy winners in the various
Ahman (1) and Stathis (5) released their live,
healthy fsh into the hands and tanks of Marine
Scientist Mike Shane from Hubbs Seaworld
Research Institute and received a 20% weight
credit. Ahman won the derby with his monster
fsh and help from the live release credit. There
were quite a few fsh larger than Stathis,’ but
strategy and good sporting is rewarded, and his
20% credit for the live release moved him ahead
of many anglers and onto the leader-board. The
derby anglers released a total of 12 healthy
halibut to the HSWRI scientists. These fsh
will be added to the facility’s brood stock, and
hopefully we will see a new halibut hatchery
breeding and release program developed in
partnership with angling clubs, DFG, and United
Anglers of Southern California.
The large number of big halibut caught during
the derby may be evidence that our local halibut
population is in better shape than previously
Paul Thompson won the derby jackpot for his
46.6 pound white seabass, taking home an
Josephine Smith earned the Top Lady Angler
trophy and brunch compliments at Shanghai
Reds in Marina Del Rey.
Arthur Lozano, Jr. swept the frst and second
prizes for the youth division with his 15.7 and
8.2 pound halibut, earning two Penn rod/reel
combinations, complements of West Marine,
Marina Del Rey. Daniel Medina came in third
place in the youth division with his 6.3 pound
halibut and took home a beautiful rod/reel
combination, complements of Sports Chalet.
Top Team Honors went to Paul Thompson and
Jeff Compton of Team Jack Pot, splitting a prize
Gerson was particularly pleased with the good-
natured spirit of the tournament. He explained
how “proceeds from the MDR Halibut Derbies
have traditionally funded the club’s well known
MDRA Youth Fishing Program and its white
seabass grow-out pens in Marina Del Rey. Last
year we hosted over 500 children to fshing trips
over the summer and our Youth Fishing Program
for 2012 starts next month in July.”
P O W E R T A I L S
To the Winner Go the Spoils
ToP fIve AngleRS
1. Daniel Ahman: Halibut - 48.8 #s*
2. PaulThompson: White Seabass - 46.6#s
3. Farney Brown: White Seabass - 39.8#s
4. Bob Palmer: Halibut - 39.3#s
5. Jimmy Stathis: Halibut - 36.9#s
ToP fIve PRIzeS AWARDeD:
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2. Four nights three days fshing in Sitka
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3. Three days fshing aboard the Vagabond
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Islands to fsh when it’s been so good
here at home in Santa Monica Bay. Not
only did the squid come in but the white
sea bass were in full speed with whites
weight’s up in the 60-pound range.
The halibut bite has been the best in
years being caught with both sardines
The barracuda have shown up in the
bay so we get to throw Iron again on
top water. Angler’s are still flling bags
with rockfsh and lingcod using strip
Now back to the Islands. The calicos
are starting to show up so we get
to throw plastics out again. I’m also
seeing a few yellowtail in the count.
The warm water is still pushing up the
coast and the San Diego sport boats
saw there frst tuna just outside the
It sure is looking like a promising
Until next time..............Tight Lines
According to Dave
Fishing Update by Marina del Rey’s
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In June, Del Rey Yacht Club held races four
and fve of the Berger Stein Race. Known as the
two-part “Catalina Layover Race,” #4 was from
Marina del Rey to Cat Harbor, then on Sunday,
#5, also known as the “Hangover Cure Race,”
was from Eagle Rock, and back to Marina del
“No matter what the conditions, the overnight
layover at Cat Harbor at the DRYC facilities is
the best sailing party of the season,” raved Jack
Mayer,” skipper of Traveler.
Gary Green, skipper of Green Dragon 2 reported,
“The race was a challenging test of endurance
for all boats. Initially good wind Saturday
turned light with boats fnishing very late in the
evening or early morning. The Sunday return
race proved equally light. A number of boats did
manage to fnish and it was a challenging test of
crew work and persistence for all boats.”
The overall winner of the Berger Series was
Fred and Suzanne Cottrell - KHYC, owners
of Tigger. The Stein Series overall winner was
Dmitry Matousov - DRYC, skipper of Sea Scout,
and the ORCA Class overall winner was Wade
Stevens – KHYC, skipper of Neck Sprain.
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Cal raCe Week
R a c i n g S C E N E
The Santa Monica Bay was bustling with race-boats of all sizes this past month when Cal Race Week was held on two courses in the Santa
Monica Bay. From Farr 40s to Open 570s, the racing community turned out and competed under sunny skies and moderate winds. For full
results go to calyactclub.com
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The Boat of the Month this issue has to be the Pogo 2. A friend of The Mariner for many years, Jerome Sammarcelli will be single-handing his 21-foot
mini-transat boat from San Francisco to Hawaii and will be the smallest boat entered in the Single Handed Transpac. Open Sailing, based in Marina del
Rey, is the only manufacturer in the world for the Pogo 2. The downwind speedster and upwind linebacker is a Finot design with a stellar reputation.
For a person who’s searching for a small manageable boat they can single or doublehand offshore in any kind of weather, this boat should be on the
shortlist. It’s also something someone could race around the buoys or take the family on Catalina cruises. It has a surprising amount of room down
below, considering its size and it’s very affordable to maintain and store.
In early July Sammarcelli will be departing from the shores of California bound for the island of Hawaii where he hopes to arrive in 10-days. This will
be his frst ocean crossing in the boat and he’s anxious to demonstrate how solid a craft it is. He’s also looking to be competitive in the race as well.
“If I get 20-25 knots [of wind] the boats just going to love it. I’ll be doing between 12 and 15-knots and covering 250 miles a day.”
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n ASK THE EXPERT
Rick Baker is the longtime owner/operator of
Spectrum Marine in Marina del Rey. He has
an impeccable reputation as one of the fnest
craftsmen in Southern California and is a sought
after expert in the feld of vessel restoration and
Q: What are some simple guidelines to follow
that would take a bit of the mystery out of
Baker: Most of the wood trim found on old or
new boats are predominately teak or mahogany.
For the purpose of this article I will discuss only
teak – although many of these same procedures
could apply when fnishing mahogany as well.
Equipment: Make sure you have a good badger
hair of china bristle brush (short nap preferred
– more control). Have ample mixing cups, tack
rags, paint strainers, mineral spirits for clean up
and a good assortment of sandpaper.
When choosing varnish, make sure it is a high
U.V. (ultra-violet) marine spar varnish. Some
examples are: Z-Spar Captains or Flagship,
Interlux Schooner, Epifanes High Gloss or
Awlgrip Awlspar, which I prefer. Also, purchase
the appropriate reducer for that particular
Lets Get Started: If your teak is raw (unfnished)
make sure the wood grain is clean and free from
any embedded dirt or stains as this could cause
trapped discoloration later.
If your teak is dirty you may need to bleach
it by using one of several 2-part teak cleaners
on the market. Make sure you wear gloves and
protective eyewear as these products can burn
your skin. These cleaners are quite effective in
removing dirt and stains.
Once you’ve bleached the teak – the wood
grain, when dry, may be a bit rough, so make
sure you sand the wood thoroughly to “tighten
the grain”. You may need to start with 60 or 80
grit, depending how “grainy” the wood is. Then
move up to 100, 120, 150 and sand to at least
180 before applying any fnish.
When applying your frst coat, make sure you
reduce the varnish up to 40% with appropriate
thinner (Z-Spar T 10 or Interlux 333). This will
allow the varnish to penetrate deep into the
wood grain helping to better seal the wood.
Lightly sand when dry with 180 grit and apply
1-2 additional “sealer coats” reducing only about
20% - 30%. For all subsequent coats reduce 0$
-15% depending on air temperature and size or
piece to be brushed. You may want to reduce
more on a larger area to get better fow and not
leave brush or lap marks behind. On smaller
pieces reduce less.
For faster build up, I recommend a product
called Interlux Jetspeed Varnish. It’s a fast
drying varnish not meant as a fnish coat but
allows you to apply multiple (2-4) coats per day
without sanding between coats.
After each day of applying multiple coats, lightly
sand with 220 grit. In some cases you may need
to wait several or more days before the varnish
is cured enough to sand. Block sanding is a good
technique to fatten the grain before more coats
Once the grain is flled to your satisfaction apply
2-4 coats of your favorite fnish coat varnish.
Apply one coat per day, sanding with 320 grit
Most teak trim, properly sanded and prepared,
will require between 10-15 coats before the
grain is flled and there is enough of a protective
layer built up to last for many seasons.
Also, a maintenance coat every 6 months or so
will keep your teak looking Bristol for years to
If this all sounds like just too much work feel
free to call the lads at Spectrum Marine and
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Lately I’ve been going through a lot of
medical stuff. I’m at doctors and hospitals
quite often and it’s really getting to me. What
can I do to be more accepting of this reality?
Sick of Hospitals
Well one thing you can do is count your
blessing’s that they don’t take your
temperature rectally. That’s what dogs have
to deal with and as a result, I was in there the
other day and inadvertently went “number
2” on the examination room foor. Try to act
cool when that’s happening. Other than that
there’s not much you can do.
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Used 4 Stroke Outboards
2 Honda $700
4 Mercury $800
4 Suzuki $800
6 Mercury long $1000
8 Mercury $1200
9.9 Mercury $1400
9.9 Mercury electric $1800
9.9 Tohatsu $1200
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