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Throughout the years that I’ve
been covering sailing, inevitably
the subject of the sports future
comes up. Particularly when it
comes to competitive sailing,
advocates wonder aloud as to
why the sport struggles for media
attention and how can younger
people be exposed and turned on
to this exciting sport.
Certainly the America’s Cup,
now in 72-foot catamarans
powered by hard wings, is a step
in the right direction. They’re
incredibly powerful and as sexy-
looking as anything that’s ever
appeared on a body of water.
Hulls fying at velocities reaching
two times the wind speed is
something many a young sailor
can look at lustfully.
But what about on the local
level? How can this same allure
be translated to the youth who
indicates an interest in this
international sport? What can
club sailing programs do or
not do to engage the young?
As a professional who has
photographed the sport for the
past 10-years I believe I have a
bit of insight.
The truth is, in this modern
world, marketing and image is a
major part of nearly everything
we do and this is something
we have to bear in mind as we
display the sport to the rest of the
world. Pat, what are you saying?
You have a jewel of knowledge
that you’re suppressing.
Okay here’s the problem – it’s
the A crack. What? Yes – having
taken thousands of sailing
photographs it’s hard not to get
images of burly dudes bent over
on foredeck with their A crack
glistening in the sun. How can
we propel a sport forward when
exposed underwear and plumber
butts are ruining 50% of the
I plea to the amateur racers
here in Marina del Rey and
everywhere – pull your pants
up, get a belt, get some stronger
elastic shorts, do whatever you
have to do – the future of an
entire sport is counting on you –
it’s resting in your, uh, your...the
sport is in your…Well, it seems
the future of the sport is in your
crack, please pull your pants up.
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Outriggin’ by Pat Reynolds
Coming Events 4
Of the Wire 6
SUP Follow Up 8
Follow Up on SUP Controversy
The “Cover Girl” 9
Woman on Lasts Month’s Cover Explained
Glass Perceptions 10
The Many Ways We See MdR
Catalina the Hard Way 11
Four Rowers Voyage to Catalina
The Middle Ages 12
Tips for a Middle Aged Boat
Catalina Currents 16
The Real Catalina Buccaneers by Captain Richard Schaefer
Powertails - Lobstering 18
Gizmo of the Month - Finishing high tech cord 22
Ask the Expert - Wash Downs 23
Ask Mookie 24
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65 McKinna 2002 pilot house,3 cabins,
loaded low hours $699,000
52 Californian cockpit motor yacht 1990
Spacious layout, loaded $199,000
42 Bertram Motor Yacht. 1978. Bristol
condition. Excellent live aboard. $99,900
39 Bayliner 2000 Cummins diesels, AC
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36 Mainship Aft Cabin. Over $40,000 spent
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52 Irwin 1984 3 cabins and heads, spacious
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37 Alberg 1974 cruiser needs work, rebuilt
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58 Hatteras 1979 motor yacht 3 staterooms,
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51 Bluewater 1986, twn dsls, 2 cabs, int
areas on 1 level, great live aboard $89,000
42 Sea Ray (1997 and 2001) motor yacht,
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36 Carver 1989 aft cab 2 state rooms, dual
controls, great for fam & livaboard $39,900
36 Carver Mariner 1986 spacious interior,
queen berth, mechanically runs great $39,900
41 Islander Freeport 1978 full keel double
cabin, needs major work $59,000 TRADE
37 Fisher Pilothouse 1975 bluewtr ketch
upgraded 1991 new engine $89,000 TRADE
50 Hatteras convtble sport fshers 1980 &
1983, Detroit dsls, loaded. From $179,000
41 Silverton 1993 motor yacht , queen berths
fore and aft, low 324 hours, AC $69,900
38 Carver 1988 motor yacht only $69,500
35 Carver aft cabin 1993 and 1997 very
spacious layout from $52,000
41 CT ketch 1973, Ctr Cckpit, new eng,
generator, bow thruster, clean $69,000
36 Islander 1974 wheel, spacious interior
55 Spoiler 1990 loaded with new electronics,
just hauled, bottom painted $249,000
44 Pacifca 1970/2001 new Cat diesels in
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39 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loaded
very clean. Twin Cummins diesels, $99,000
36 Sea Ray Express 1983 newly rebuilt
engines, Trac Vision satellite TV, $39,000
55 Roberts cruising ketch 1982, 3 state-
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Annual Halloween Parade at
Don your favorite costume and join island school
kids and residents for the Annual Halloween
Parade down Crescent Avenue starting at 4:00
PM. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce
Catalina Island Triathalon
Swim it, Bike it, Run it, Tri it! Experience the
beauty of Catalina Island and the City of Avalon
with the perfect end of season triathlon. Come
for the weekend or for the day and experience all
that Catalina has to offer. For more information
contact Spectrum Sports Management 909-399-
November 9 - 11
Catalina Swing Dance Festival
This unique and special dance camp experience
celebrates the Swing Era (1935-1946) for a full
weekend of live music and dance classes in the
world famous Casino Ballroom. 2 Ply Swing
Productions (619) 347-9366; joel@PlySwing.
Sunset Full Moon Kayak
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 $20/$35. (310) 823-
Catalina Island Eco-Marathon
Run over 20 miles of single track trails and
ridgelines with views of the Pacifc Ocean on
both sides of the island. Run through a variety of
eco-systems, each with unique plant and animal
life. Spectrum Sports Management at (909)
Women’s Sailing Association
Speaker - Research Scientist at
Hubbs SeaWorld Michael Shane
The WSA speaker on Tuesday, November 13,
will be Michael Shane, a research scientist at
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. Due to
over fshing, the White Sea Bass became scarce,
but with management of the fshing practices,
their numbers are once again healthy. Shane will
talk about the stock enhancement and hatchery
program, and the process of how the fsh are
tagged and recovered, in order to increase the
population of the White Sea Bass. The evening
begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 13,
with a social hour, no-host cocktails and a
hosted dinner with the meeting beginning at
7:30pm. The speaker will begin at 8 p.m. For
more information, email wsasmbmembership@
gmail.com, visit www.wsasmb.org.
The Marina Del Rey Historical
Society Happy Hour
The Marina Del Rey Historical Society is
holding a get acquainted happy hour at Mare
Co Sails, 4030 Del Rey Ave. from 5:00 to 7:00
pm Thursday November 15. There will be
an introduction to the many collections in the
Society’s archives as well as demonstrations
of our methods for recording oral histories and
how our volunteer Associate Editors caption
and upload material to our fully searchable
website. We invite all who might be interested
in the rewarding work of the Society to R.S.V.P.
to Willie Hjorth at (310) 822-9344 and join us
for an informal evening to meet those involved
in supporting this important work.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Our
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. Our Club is located at 13589 Mindanao
Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. Please visit
our website: www.smwyc.org for activity and
membership details, racing and sailing events,
menus, directions and more.
Marina Venice Yacht Club
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 or
call 310-822-9082 or visit our Facebook page.
Women’s Sailing Association of
Santa Monica Bay
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589
Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting,
held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and
a light dinner is served. Each meeting features
a guest speaker discussing their adventures
and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all
skill levels to join. Its programs, include day
sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including
destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and
the northern Channel Islands, For membership
information contact email membership@
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
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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
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islands of Hawaii, The Caribbean, and more...
Happy Hour is 4-7pm ...It’s Margaritaville in
the Marina! The Warehouse is located at 4499
Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.
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Year after year the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club continues their partnership with the City
of Hope cancer research organization and every year the amount of money they raise grows. This
year the club, through their in house auction and on-water regatta took in $32,212. Pictured above
are some the main players in the fund-raising effort. From left; Michael Winokur, Carol Lonero,
Linda Siegel Kane, Marlene Wood, Ron Wood, Jackie Stern, Ron Desmet, Mary Anne Mendel,
Nancy Lewis, Iona Hidar, Steve Leighton, Charlene Perron, and Norm Perron.
Up the coast in the San Francisco Bay, 72-foot
catamarans are coming out of the sheds for the
frst time and the world has gotten a peek at
what next year’s America’s Cup will really look
like. When the design was brought to the table,
the burning question, considering the choice of
cat design, was what happens if they capsize?
Well, no one expected the answer to come so
quickly but Team Oracle pitch poled their brand
new AC 72 right away.
“We did something we had hoped we would
never do, and that’s capsize an AC72,” said
skipper Jimmy Spithill.
Photo courtesy of SMWYC
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Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
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(310) 827-7692 www.smwyc.org
A Perfect Place in a Perfect Setting
We offer some of the nicest facilities anywhere, the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful marina and
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Last month The Mariner discussed the rising
proliferation of Stand Up Paddleboards in the
Marina del Rey harbor and how it’s effecting
boat traffc and the population’s overall
patience. Over the course of the month a few
prominent players in this area weighed in on
Russ Carrington - Owner Action Watersports
The growth of paddleboard ownership has very
little to do with the congestion in the Marina.
The people we sell boards to generally paddle
out in the morning before most boats are on
the water and are often only singles or couples
paddling together. Most have boats currently
and understand the rules of the road in the
I think most of the current traffc problem is
due to the large number of unlicensed operators
at Mother’s beach. I paddle up just about every
Saturday or Sunday and notice a kid with 20
people in tow paddling in a clump that makes
it impossible for boats to navigate around.
The top certifying agency, the American
Canoe Association, recommends instructor to
student ratios of at most 1 to 6. I have seen
as many 25 people scattered around these
uncertifed, unlicensed “instructors” who have
little or no boating experience themselves. The
training they are offering rarely includes rules
of the road or the understanding of how small a
paddleboard looks to a boater on a fying bridge
or how long it takes to stop a larger vessel.
PFD’s and other vessel requirements I think are
unnecessary as the board itself is an excellent
foatation device and it is actually harder to
climb back on with a life vest on. Rowing
shells are not required to carry PFD’s since
their paddles foat. So does a SUP and kayak
The solution is to limit the number of instructor
agencies to two or three and require proper
training so the classes they run are safe and
don’t interfere with other craft in the Marina.
The Marina needs new boaters. Paddlers
are likely future boat owners and bring local
business, parking and restaurant revenues to
the cash strapped County. I would hate to see
restrictions placed on their use in the Marina
and lose all that future income. Proper training
and policing of regulations already in place
may solve our current boater traffc problems
without eliminating the benefts.
Captain Joel Eve - Skipper Fantasy Yachts
I would like to share, two incidences involving
right-of-way issues that I have experienced
recently in Marina del Rey.
One evening as I was motoring southbound in
the main channel just past Burton Chase Park
when two paddle boarders decided to cross
my bow from port to starboard. I stopped my
vessel to let them pass which was certainly the
prudent and required action for me to take.
However, there was no moon that night making
it quite dark in the channel - I frst spotted them
by radar alone. In addition, the paddleboarders
had no lights and no life saving equipment
aboard although life saving gear is required for
all paddleboards operating in the main channel.
As they passed my bow, I informed them by
loudspeaker that they needed to show a light
and that it was not a good idea to cross in front
of a large vessel.
Earlier I was aboard the Dandeana sitting at
the breakwater enjoying the sunset when I
heard a radio call from an approximately forty
foot sloop hailing the charter vessel Mojo.
The sailing vessel (under sail) was overtaking
the Mojo and demanded, in very harsh tones,
that the Mojo “get out of the way.” The Mojo
captain, being the gentleman that he was,
moved his boat gently off to port to allow the
sailboat to pass. Clearly, the Mojo had the right
of way and the skipper of the sailboat had no
idea of the rules of navigation.
I think these situations are common place in
Marina del Rey. So, do we, as professional boat
operators, call the Harbor Patrol when we see
these violations of the rules? Well, I don’t think
the Harbor Patrol really has the time or interest
to follow up with each incidence unless there
has been an accident. So, what do we do?
I think part of the answer lies in boating
education, which is not mandated in California.
Clearly, however, some form of education is
needed because our waterways are becoming
more crowded with all types craft. I think it
should be incumbent on everyone who rents
out or charters a boat to explain the rules
of the road and to make sure the required
equipment is placed aboard that vessel prior to
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2012 The Mariner - Issue 117 9
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On the way back from shooting the Endeavor’s
last fight, there was a ft blonde woman paddling
past the breakwall on a stand up paddleboard as
I was coming in. As I passed her, I realized that
I was doing a story on SUPs for that issue and I
should snap a shot. Back at the offce I realized it
was a pretty nice shot and I put it on the cover.
As it turns out, this wasn’t this person’s frst
magazine cover. Jennifer Goodwin is a former
model who has appeared on the cover of Muscle
and Fitness and in the pages of other major
publications. When Jennifer called me and told
me she was the lady on the cover, I thought, “uh
oh, could be a mad person to manage...” but
thankfully this wasn’t the case.
Jennifer told me a bunch of people had
approached her regarding The Mariner cover
and she thought it was fun. As we conversed I
learned the formally anonymous woman on our
cover was a person who now devotes her life to
good health but more, to overall happiness and
wellness. Her company is called Higher Health
and explores methods to reach greater levels of
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10 The Mariner - Issue 117 2012
or the members of the marina community, this harbor and the surrounding bay is collectively loved, enjoyed and respected but it’s a
different place for different people. For some it’s where an adventure begins only to transform into a longed-for destination. For others it’s
a rowing track, a fshing hole, practice ground, a wildlife park, a race course – it’s all and anything that allows and inspires us to be one
with the water and all that that involves.
Recently, in the Editor’s box came some artful photographs of elegant and exotic women and a letter from a swimsuit designer, Joanna
Kinsman, who had done a photo shoot in the main channel for her line that she described as “lingerie-inspired Brazilian cut bikinis.” She explained
she was a new resident and was enamored with the Marina saying, “it’s been my dream to have my designs featured on a boat, ever since I starting
In how she spoke of the area from the perspective of her personal prism, a fashion designer, it was a reminder that yes, in addition to the aforementioned
list of what this area is or might be to a boating breed, it is also, for some, an aesthetic, a backdrop for lifestyle imagery or fodder for a camera’s lens.
The thought arose of a duality that exists between how this world is perceived and what it really is. While these angular models held tight to the 38’
Beneteau’s roller furler, the Captain was likely monitoring depth, surrounding traffc and wind direction.
Like they so often do, these two worlds existed simultaneously - one forged in the reality of passenger safety, preexisting rules and the management of
surrounding conditions and the other in a fantasy being generated through the vision and direction of a fashion photographer.
Regardless of these separate realities, there’s little doubt all came away happy. The skipper Captain Mark Killam just motored around the harbor in
a nice Beneteau with a boat full of bikini models and the photographer, Nelly Tchayem, had what she described as, “truly exciting and most of all
unforgettable.” And for Kinsman, founder and designer of Miss Kinsman, a luxury line of bikinis, and new Marina del Rey resident, she walked away
with a new appreciation for what this area is…to her.
Photo Nelly Tchayem Photo Brian McGinnis
2012 The Mariner - Issue 117 11
here’s quite a few way to make it over to Catalina Island - a
helicopter ride being probably the easiest and fastest and
swimming being the most trying. One or two steps up from
swimming might be rowing and that’s how a few members
from the Phins Water Sports Club made the journey this past
Diana Turner, 36, Peter Vogel, 47, Matthew Murawski, 27 and owner
Stephen Phinny, 58, boarded two Tango 17s (tandem rowboats with sliding
seats) at fve in the morning and began the nine-hour, 30-something mile
journey to Two Harbors Catalina.
The seventeen-foot boats are 26” high and made from co-polymer plastic.
While they are hearty boats, after 10-miles out, they begin to look smaller
and seem far more diminutive then how they appear in the harbor. A
Catalina passage that includes a lengthy stretch of shipping lane is a
substantial challenge in a vessel that size. Wind factors and wave action
could make the passage very diffcult, and the considerable physical
strength and endurance it would require would be tested.
As the quartet set out before dawn, Phinny who organized the trip,
expected to see a glassy calm sea as they poked their bows past the MdR
breakwall but it wasn’t quite the case.
“The waves were a little more intense than what I was expecting at that
hour of the morning,” he said. “I saw them and thought – wow- this has
the makings of being a very long day.”
Phinny said that by the time they were off the coast of Manhattan Beach
anxieties lessoned and they began to fnd a solid rhythm. Both boats were
in stride by the time they reached what they knew would be the most
stressful part of the trip – crossing the often busy shipping lanes.
Accompanied by a stoic German man in a very powerful RIB driven by
three monster outboards, there was still anxiety but a defnite escape plan
if things went awry.
“He said, ‘if you get in any trouble, you don’t have to worry - I’ll pluck
you out so fast you won’t even know you got wet’,” Phinny remembered.
They did see ships and did have to divert, but eventually both teams ran
the gauntlet and began to see the island appear bigger and bigger. Although
waves and wind had picked up and there was far more water fnding its
way into the bilges, Phinny said there was no time he doubted that they
would be successful.
He said the most disheartened he got was when they reached Ship Rock
and realized there was still three-miles to go. In his mind the landmark
represented the end of the challenge but now it seemed the trip was
somehow extended by three-miles.
Phinny sucked it up and rowed the remainder and soon Turner and Vogel
arrived as well. He said that from the constant and relentless motion of
rowing for all that time, his body seemed to have forgotten how to do
other mechanics – like walking.
“You have to go up a big ramp to get off the dock and up to the bar –
that was probably more diffcult than the row to Catalina,” said Phinny
laughing. “Using that muscle group was suddenly very challenging. We
certainly made it to the bar though!”
Catalina the Hard Way
Photo Pat Reynolds
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Photo Pat Reynolds
Tips for looking after
an aging boat
s the season winds down, it’s time to
take some time to go over the boat
and get it square. With people, middle
age begins at around 40. With boats,
it’s about the 10-year mark. And for both, it
signals a time when age begins to show. But
that doesn’t mean life is slowing down - only
that more effort is needed to stay in shape. With
decade-old boats, that means taking a hard look
at things that haven’t been checked out over
the years. BoatUS has these nine “middle age”
maintenance tips on boats:
Bilge pumps: Like a Louisiana oil feld
roughneck, a ten-year old bilge pump has likely
led a tough life. Switches are often the frst to go,
so make sure yours works fne by pouring water
in the bilge to activate the pump, making sure
nothing interferes with the switch. Take a close
look at wire connections as they often are near or
in standing water at the bottom of the boat.
Gas hose: When it was new, the fuel hose did
a great job of delivering gas to the engine.
Over time, however, gas can permeate the hose
wall causing damage. Take a rag around the
hose, wipe it down and then smell the rag. If
you smell gas, replace the hose immediately. If
you do have to replace, always install new hose
clamps, too. Steering and control cable: Like an
arthritic knee, bend the cable in your hands and
listen for “crunching,” a telltale sign that all is
not well. Swelling and rust are also bad signs
and indicate it’s time to replace.
Caulked fttings: The boatyard rule of thumb
is that after 10 years, the bedding compound
owes you nothing. Begin a schedule to
periodically remove and rebed fttings, doing
a few each year so the job isn’t overwhelming.
This will keep the leaks out that could lead to
more expensive repairs.
Prop: Eventually all props get dinged, and you
may not see the damage clearly with your eye.
If it’s never been to a shop, now is a good time
to take it to a prop shop for reconditioning, and
you’ll also likely save some money on fuel with
a tuned prop.
Other drive gear: If you have an inboard, the
cutlass bearing might be due for replacement,
especially if there’s more than just a smidgen
of play in the drive shaft. It’s also time to take
a hard look at the stuffng box. If you’ve had to
re-tighten the stuffng box nut often, it’s time to
replace the packing.
Exhaust manifolds: If you still have the original
manifolds, thank your lucky stars they haven’t
failed yet. Now is the time to do some proactive
maintenance to replace them. “Leaking manifolds
can destroy an engine,” said BoatUS Seaworthy
Magazine Associate Editor Chuck Fort.
Seacocks/Through Hulls: If it’s been years
since one has been fully opened and closed, it
could be frozen, and that’s useless. Make it a
point to work seacocks a few times each season
and while you’re there, check the hose clamps.
Standing rigging: When was the last time you
had a close look at all of the fttings and mast
attachments (even the ones up high)? Ten years
is a long time for rigging on boats that are raced,
but even those used for day sails can suffer from
the cyclical loads that cause stress cracks, and
saltwater can cause corrosion in swaged fttings
not easily seen by the naked eye.
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C a t a l i n a C U R R E N T S
By Captain Richard Schaefer
n last month’s issue, I gave a general
overview of California’s pirate history.
The column recounted the little known
tale of two Argentinean privateers
in the early 1800s which, under the
command of Captain Hippolyte de Bouchard
and Lieutenant Peter Corney, left Hawaii with
a motley crew of international scalawags and
more than a hundred Hawaiian warriors armed
with spears. They engaged Monterey’s defenses
with cannon and then attacked with their
Hawaiian “infantry”, putting the Spaniards to
fight and hoisting the fag of Argentina over the
capitol of California. The privateers remained
in Monterey for six days - drinking, looting,
carousing and pillaging - you know, the usual
The column is available on line should you want
to get up to speed by reading part one.
Governor, Don Pablo Vicente de Solá, the last
Spanish governor of Alta California, stood
on the hills overlooking the bay. Behind him,
smoke still hung in the sky above Monterey, as
he watched the Argentine privateers, Argentina
and Santa Rosa, set sail south toward Santa
Barbara. The Governor had already sent riders
north to San Francisco and south, along the
Camino Real (now Highway 101) to alert the
presidios at San Luis Obispo, Mission La
Purísima Concepción De María Santísima
(Mission of the Immaculate Conception of
Mary), Mission Santa Barbara and Mission
Buena Ventura. From San Francisco, a Spanish
ship was dispatched southward to warn, Mission
San Juan Capistrano and the Presidio of San
Diego. All of Spanish California would soon be
on alert for the approaching pirates.
On the 4th of December the two privateers,
heavily loaded with livestock and loot from
Monterey, rounded Point Conception. That night
Bouchard and Corney saw lights in the hills and
assumed they were the lights of Santa Barbara.
At dawn the two ships anchored in the small bay
at the base of Rufugio Canyon and sent boats
ashore with about ffty men. They marched
into the hills, not fnding Santa Barbara, but
instead the sprawling Ortega Hacienda. The
landowners, the vaqueros and their families fed
to Santa Barbara, arriving about the time the
news of the “Battle of Monterey” reached the
soldiers of the presidio .
The alarm was sounded by the mission’s bells
and the padres amassed more than a hundred
of their mission Indians - armed with farming
tools - and joined the soldiers and vaqueros in
preparing barricades for the town.
Riders were sent to Mission Buena Ventura
that evening. The padres there took church
valuables and mission Indians and moved them
inland, toward the Ojai Valley. Soldiers from the
Ventura Presidio and vaqueros from the local
ranchos threw up barricades across the road
leading from the beach, and waited.
That night, the privateers remained at the ranch,
drinking and celebrating their easy conquest.
The next morning they began taking their loot
back to the ship and dispatched a scouting party
toward Santa Barbara.
However, the night before, a detachment of
cavalry and vaqueros had slipped close to the
ranch headquarters. As the small scouting party
The Real “Buccaneers” of California
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of privateers moved down the road toward
Santa Barbara they were lassoed by the mounted
vaqueros and cavalry, and taken prisoner. (Note:
This is not as fantastic as it sounds. The Spanish
vaqueros and cavalry-dragoons were some of
the fnest horsemen in the world. It was a custom
in old California for vaqueros or cavalry to ride
into the hills near the missions and presidios
and rope (lasso) grizzly bears - which were very
common and generally considered a pest. Five
horsemen, each roping a leg and the head of the
grizzly and then leading the struggling carnivore
back to the mission/presidio. Another group of
vaqueros would bring in the largest, long horn
bull from the nearby haciendas. The bull and
bear would be put into a corral or arena and
forced to fght to the death. The grizzly often
won the contest - but no matter - they would
both be barbecued and eaten during the festa.)
Bouchard, witnessing the capture of his patrol,
became enraged and ordered that the ranch
buildings be burned and all livestock killed.
Saddle horses, cattle and pigs were shot down
or had their throats cut, where they stood. Later,
Bouchard and Corney returned to the ships and,
the next day, set sail for Santa Barbara.
As the privateers made their way down the
coast, the Spanish cavalry kept pace with the
ships, riding along the coast road toward Santa
Barbara. The ships fred several cannon shot at
the galloping soldiers and the soldiers returned
the long range fre with their rifes. In the late
afternoon, the wind falling away, they launched
their boats and towed their ships into the
anchorage. They soon dropped anchor 200 yards
offshore - about a half mile from the seemingly
In the calm of early evening the Argentina fred
a cannon as a signal, hoisted a fag of truce and
sent a party ashore.
Soon a Spanish offcer and a detachment of
soldiers rode down to the beach. Bouchard
asked the offcer to tell the commander of the
presidio that if they would return his captured
men, unharmed, then he would spare Santa
Barbara. The following morning the offcer
appeared and informed Bouchard that his
crewmen would be returned.
The next day, December 10th, his reparated
crew aboard, Bouchard, keeping his word,
again made sail southward.
Bouchard and Corney had decided, even before
leaving Hawaii, that although San Diego was
the richest port in California, it would be far
too dangerous to run the gauntlet of a battery of
Spanish guns on Point Loma, and then face them
again on the way out of the deep bay - probably
against adverse winds or tides. They also knew
the hamlet of Los Angeles was poor and any
possible booty located too far inland. That
would leave only one more target for plunder in
California - Mission San Juan Capistrano.
On the morning of December 14, the two ships
anchored in the bay beneath, what is now Dana
Point. Corney and Bouchard thought the bay
beautiful and the sounds of church bells rang
down the shallow canyon of San Juan Creek.
Bouchard, feeling there wouldn’t be much of
value in the idyllic town, ran up a fag of truce
and sent one of his lieutenants to meet the
Spanish soldiers gathered on the beach.
The garrison of San Juan Capistrano had been
warned of the privateers approach the day
before by riders sent from Santa Barbara. The
soldiers were preparing for battle and the priests
abandoned the small, Father Serra Chapel and
took their Indian charges and valuables inland
(The magnifcent Stone Church had collapsed
six years earlier, during an earthquake - killing
As Bouchard’s men landed on the broad, sandy
beach, Lieutenant Santiago Argüello rode
forward and demanded to know what business
they had with the town. Bouchard’s men
informed the lieutenant that their commander
would not attack or molest the town if they
would supply him with a good quantity of
powder and cannon shot, to which the young
lieutenant rashly replied, “if your Captain does
not sail out of these waters immediately I will
most certainly supply him with cannon shot
Bouchard, upon receiving word from his
landing party, called a meeting of his offcers.
Bouchard, a man always quick with a noose,
whip or a gun, was in no mood for advice or
opinion. They would land at dawn, attack and
loot the town, and may God have mercy on any
who stood in their way.
At dawn the next day, Corney, with 50 sailors,
75 Hawaiians armed with spears and guns
and crews for his two cannons, landed near
the outfall of San Juan Creek. The Spanish
soldiers moved to block the road inland by
forming a hasty skirmish line at the edge of the
beach. They soon received a blast of cannon
shot, followed by the screaming charge of
75 nearly naked Hawaiians - spears held over
their heads. Lieutenant Arguello’s brash resolve
withered under the blast of cannon shot, and
totally dissolved at the sight of the screaming
Hawaiians. The Spanish line fell apart and they
retreated as fast as they could - running right
through town and into the countryside.
By two o’clock the town was in fames, the
landing party drunk, the priest’s wine barrels
loaded on carts and the Spanish still running
for San Diego. At dusk the pirates were back
on the beach - many were so intoxicated they
had to be lashed to the gun carriages and carts
and wheeled to the boats. Several more fell
overboard on the way back to the ships. The
scattered loot stretched for a mile along the road
- from the town to the beach. The next morning
Bouchard fogged the 20 most drunken men
who, against his orders, had wrecked Church
property, and buried his six dead (one of whom
died from excessive alcohol consumption).
The crew nursed their wounds and hangovers the
remainder of the day. The following morning,
the two ships set sail for Mexico where they
would continue to raid Spanish possessions and
attack Spanish ships - sinking one off Cabo San
Lucas. Ultimately, the ships and crew ended up
in the Chilean Navy - but that’s another story.
Hippolyte de Bouchard, former Captain in
Napoleon’s navy, Privateer, and eventually a
Commodore in the Argentinean, Peruvian and
Chilean Navy, was given a large tract of land
and a sugar mill for his services as a privateer
and naval offcer. He was later killed during a
Sir Peter Corney never received any money for
his many months of service in the Argentinean
Navy and barely escaped a Chilean dungeon
before fnding passage back to England. There
he married, eventually returning to his beloved
Hawaii to write books and raise a family. His
descendants live in the islands to this day.
And the 130 Hawaiians? They seemed to have
dissolved into the fog of history. But, I suspect
there are some folks in South America who are
really good with hula-hoops, crave poi, collect
Don Ho albums, love pirate movies and have a
Jack Sparrow poster on the wall.
Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G.
Licensed Ship’s Master of Sailing Vessels. He
has skippered charters and deliveries, taught
sailing and seamanship, managed yachts and
written for boating publications for more than
30 years. He can be reached for comments or
consultation aCt 310-460-8946 or e-mail at
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P o w e r t a i l s
’m not much of a fsherman and it’s probably
because I suffer from acute compassion for
anything with eyes and a syndrome routed
in anthropomorphism – the projecting of human
characteristics onto animals. I just have to look
at any animal and I feel I can gauge what they’re
trying to implicate. That being said, a friend
asked me if I would sail down to King Harbor
in Redondo Beach (where he lives) to do a little
lobstering. The season opened October 3 and
will continue until March 20. Neither one of us
has any experience in this sport, but we have
both ordered them in restaurants and thought it
was a good idea.
Since neither my friend Matt, nor I are divers,
we were funneled into the other means by which
to catch “bugs” as they’re commonly known –
hoop nets. The hoop net allows the angler to sit
around drinking beer and doing virtually nothing
- and it’s far less spooky a proposition.
“I don’t want to go down there in the dark with
a fashlight,” I confessed, when the notion of
diving for lobsters was raised.
“Me either,” said Matt as he sat slumped and
relaxed, slurping from his Heineken can and
staring toward the horizon. “There’s probably
some scary looking fsh down there.”
It was about 9:30 p.m. and we were anchored
about 200-feet from the King Harbor breakwall
in moderately rough wave conditions, which,
we were told was preferable. Good wave action
stirs up the bottom where the lobsters reside and
gets them crawling around the ocean foor. The
proximity to the rocks is advantageous because
lobsters often seek refuge under rocks and
the evening outing was chosen because these
animals are nocturnal.
Legally, everything was in order as well. At
frst we thought all we needed was a boat,
nets, beer, ice, snacks, and some ambition, but
later we learned that our old-school Huck Finn
stylings didn’t apply. We had to each get a one-
day fshing license and a one-day lobster report
card. The fshing license is $14.30 and the report
card was $9.21, available at the local bait shop
According to the Department of Fish and Game
the purpose of the reporting requirement is to:
“Monitor recreational catch, effort and the
gear used in the recreational lobster fshery.
Regulations require that prior to beginning
fshing activity the cardholder must record
the month, day, location, and gear code on the
frst available line on the report card. When the
cardholder moves to another location, or fnishes
fshing for the day, he or she must immediately
record on the card the number of lobster kept
from that location. An additional card may be
purchased in the event an individual flls in all
lines and returns a spiny lobster report card.”
Anyway, we complied with the “Man’s” wishes
and were out in the elements looking to bag
some bugs. The beauty of this kind of fshing is
that with these “Volcano” nets, which essentially
operate like a roach motel, there is very little
skill involved – as far as we could tell.
So we loaded the special lobster trap with
anchovies – they were out of mackerel - and
waited for our dinner to mosey into our grasp.
As fate would have it there was a freworks
show off the coast of Palos Verdes. It seemed
odd that on an October night there would be a
professional freworks display, but we fgured it
was either Halloween related or it was someone
over there celebrating how awesome it is to be
So after hanging out for about a half-hour we
decided to check the nets and see what was
happening. Two were empty, but in one we heard
a fipping sound as we pulled the trap to the boat.
There it was – a legal California spiny lobster,
worth $24.99 per pound at the fsh store.
It was exciting to be sure, but when I looked
at that dude, all shocked at the sight of us, I
couldn’t help but feel for the little guy. I’m
sure he was just delighted that he’d found a
nice little morsel and just too stupid to realize
he was climbing over a bunch of wire that is
It was getting late. We threw the lobster into
a bucket of water and headed for home. With
pride, we displayed our catch to Matt’s wife who
was sleeping on the couch, but it was when his
By Pat Reynolds
2012 The Mariner - Issue 117 19
two and four year-old daughters saw the critter
the next morning, sitting helpless in a bucket
that we knew we had to return this crustacean
back to the sea.
It was decided, we would walk to the beach
and set him free. I could almost hear the John
Williams soundtrack in my head as we neared
the breakers. It was the right thing to do. We
named him Freeman – Lobster Freeman - and
put him on the sand where he would crawl back
to where he was from. It wasn’t quite like the
ending of ET, but close.
Matt removed him from the bucket and placed
him on the sand. A wave came in and rolled him
about a thirty times. Hmmm. That’s not good.
He did it again and Freeman got hammered once
more. Apparently, the lack of oxygen from the
overnight stay in the bucket sapped the little guy
of all his energy.
Then in what seemed like slow motion,
Matt picked up Freeman and tossed him
over the perilous breakers to safety. Today,
we believe in every fiber of our beings,
that Freeman got his bearing that Sunday
afternoon and made his way back to his own
kind – better for the experience.
Captain David Kirby
It’s safe to say that summer game
fshing is over for the season. As of
this writing, San Diego feets were still
catching a few smaller yellowtail and
dorado, but for the most part the larger
fsh are now south of us.
Locally it’s lingcod, sheephead, white
fsh, and plenty of sculpin that are
flling bags. Bottom fshing is back,
while using lead-heads and squid
strips. There is live squid just south of
us, and there are still sardines at the
Word has it that hoop netters had
the upper hand over the divers in
the beginning of this year’s lobster
season. This past full moon the bugs
were walking and the hoopers were
happy. But just as the tides change, so
The local Islands have slowed but
I’m hearing that San Clemente is still
picking up what will probably be the
last of the 2012 yellows. As most of
you know – November is when that
Now it’s time to address the much
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By Tim Tunks
There was a “Golden Age” of club level yacht
racing in the 70’s and 80’s when you could
count on well over 100 boats on a Wednesday
night beer can race and 600 or more at the
Newport to Ensenada race. Since this time our
racing feets have shrunk dramatically and so
has the number of sailboats just sailing around
on a nice sunny weekend.
What was different back then?
At that time it seems it was more common
for winning skippers to sail on other people’s
boats, with these skippers frequently bringing
some of their core crew along. Talented and
experienced sailors mentoring less experienced
skippers and crew enriched our sailing
community tremendously, multiplying the pool
of performance minded participants.
Most of the fner sailing skills are learned on
the water yet it is very rare that skippers and
crew employ on the water instructors for their
continuing education. Non-racers gather enough
knowledge to sail around a bit and have a good
time, but they seldom seek out opportunities to
raise their skill levels. Today’s racing skippers
can sometimes get their sailmakers out for
an occasional race, but having professional
coaching during practice sessions is generally
seen only in the upper levels of competition
where other professionals also populate the
racing crew. Indeed, it is a rare crew that does
any practice sailing at all.
During this aforementioned “Golden Age” we
had the major races, like the four weekend CYC
Harris Series of buoy races, where top boats
brought their best crews and their A-game to
race in large competitive feets. There were other
less serious races where the top talent reached
down to the beginners and less talented, crewing
aboard their boats showing these skippers and
their crew some of the fner points. Practice
drills were perfected and crew training methods
Many benefts ensued:
• Racing on various boats with familiar crew
covering different positions adds depth to
skills and better understanding of how various
tasks relate to one another.
• Skippers not having to do every race on their
own boats relieved some of the expense and
labor of their own racing programs. Loading
up the boat for a cruise to the islands and then
unloading it again for racing was easier when
racing the adjacent weeks was on someone
• Switching boats and crew positions builds a
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better team in all respects. A dedicated and
talented crew is one linchpin for satisfying
racing, and we had such crews in abundance
• Lots of boats and lots of folks spent more
time out on the water. The top skippers and
crew extended this beneft beyond the racing
community - teaching others, like their dock
neighbors, about performance sailing. These
newly acquired skills eventually lead to
inspired skippers and in turn, more boats and
crews joining the racing community. Teaching
and mentoring experiences also enriched the
skills of those doing the teaching - skills they
brought back to their own race boats thereby
elevating skill-levels all around.
So, what happened to change things?
I remember my own story in the mid-80’s when
I got deeply involved as driver for two Sunset
Series winning campaigns (a R-26 named
Walrus and the next year a 26’ Thunderbird
named Shenandoah). My commitment to those
two campaigns preempted sailing on other boats.
Somehow winning had become more important
Others skippers had their own outside
commitments which eventually preempted their
racing on other boats. Mentoring faded and
much was lost.
People got too busy to help others learn even
though most knew how helpful guidance
had dramatically increased their own sailing
satisfaction. With fewer skilled sailors in the mix,
racing suffers. Unskilled competitors quickly got
tired of fnishing low in the standings and feets
began to shrink. With fewer sailors increasing
their skill levels to move up in their feets, there
was less competition for the top sailors and that
devalued their quality of racing.
Would it be worthwhile to resurrect ‘talent
sharing’ with lots of folks sailing on other
people’s boats - spreading the word and
building the talent base? Certainly. Is it possible
in today’s environment? I just don’t know. Will
you “talent share” next season?
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come not to fuse your ends but to bury them.”
This introduces professional sailor, rigger and
sailmaker for Mare Sails, Chris Gillum and his
methods for fnishing hi-tech double braided
rope-ends made with cores of Spectra, Kevlar,
or other fbers that do not heat fuse well. As Stan
Harris’ “deep fusing” technique from last month
is not an option with these modern low stretch
lines, Chris’s core burying techniques provide
Method #1 is the easiest - “milking” a bit of
the Dacron cover toward the end until the core
is “buried” a few line diameters, after which
it is a simple matter to whip the cover end,
proceeding to fuse it and butter it neatly. Even
without sewing the core to the cover (which
reduces “creep” as the cover stretches and the
core doesn’t) this is a good permanent solution,
for even after a few season’s use, the core is still
within an inch or two of the line’s end, causing
no loss of utility.
Method #2 is just a bit more involved but
provides a beautifully fnished end that
requires no whipping. The frst step is to pull
a few inches of core out from the cover and
cut it off. The second is to carefully heat fuse
the edge of the cover “tube” so that it may be
tucked inside itself. Chris tucks the core into a
splicing fd’s hollow end so he can neatly cut
and fuse the cover with his hot knife without
damaging the core.
In his most elegant version of this fnishing #2,
Chris sews the shortened core end to the fused
cover edge, and then “milks” the cover toward
the bitter end, which pulls the sewed edge into
the core’s interior, leaving the fnished end
seen in method #2. A simpler version of this
technique is to forgo the core to cover sewing
step, simply working the cover end into the void
from the removed core. This simpler approach
benefts from a whipping to keep the inverted
core inside itself.
Method #3 is the solution for any line end
that must be reeved through sheet stoppers or
into an internal spar ftting, like a halyard on
the mast or a mainsail outhaul on the boom.
To form the reeving loop shown, a length of
the core is frst extracted, and then a length
of the hollow cover is fed back through itself
to form the reeving loop (shown here with
a zip tie attached for easy reeving through
sheet stoppers). The core and cover loop are
then sewn together and whipped for a neat and
functional long lasting line end with reeving
There is a lot to be gained from watching
professionals - you can learn from their
experience for they have had plenty of chances
to perfect their techniques.
Finishing high tech double-braided line
By Tim Tunks
2012 The Mariner - Issue 117 23
Brian Spevack is the owner/operator of Dirty
Yachts and has been working in the feld of
yacht maintenance for over 20 years. Spevack
has a reputation for meticulous detail and
an uncompromising quality of service. His
concentration on hard to obtain products
and committed attitude toward customer
satisfaction have made Dirty Yachts one of the
most professional and competent companies in
Marina del Rey.
What do you recommendations and/or
warning do you have for washing the exterior
of a boat?
Spevack: It’s important to remember that dirt
or salt build up/spray can occur whether the
boat is dockside or cruising, also MDR has
been in a development frenzy, all the road work
and on going construction brings more dust and
dirt particles that lay on the top sides of boats,
so frequent wash downs are more important
then ever. Also, remember that washing the
boat with the wrong products will damage the
paint/gelcoat, so it’s important to only use soaps
that contain liquid wax or u.v. ray agents. If
possible, use a water flter, it can be your boat’s
best friend. When choosing scrubbing material,
the rule is: the softer the better. Do not use any
abrasive sponges or pads, as they will scratch
and leave spider swirl marks in the gelcoat,
thus, shortening its life. I recommend washing
your boat once a week and every ninety days
using a liquid spray wax that hooks up to the
What techniques do you use for cleaning?
Spevack: Each boat has its own issues but
general rule for me is to start at the highest
accessible point of the boat and work your way
down. Always wash from bow to stern because
most boats drain in this direction. On hot days, it
is very important to not allow the soap to dry on
the surface for this will damage the fnish. Any
water that is allowed to dry on the fnish will
cause water spots that contain lime deposits,
which will require more frequent waxing.
How about window care for power boats?
Spevack: Widows should be maintained with
Rain-x every six months. This product repels
water and will give you better visibility in
extreme wet weather conditions. Follow the
directions on the label of the product and do not
apply in direct sunlight.
What’s best for exterior hardware, handrails,
cleats, ladders, etc?
Spevack: Research the products you choose
and be careful of the fne abrasives many of
them contain. These abrasives will shorten
the life of your hardware. A coat of metal wax
should be applied to all hardware every 60 days
or as needed, depending on the environment.
Make sure that the wax that is applied to the
stainless is a paste wax or something specially
made for metal. And it should be able to
withstand temperatures upwards of 1400
degrees, (if you can fnd it). For aluminum
hardware apply the same recommendations as
above, but more frequently.
What about polishing / waxing?
Spevack: It’s very important to understand boats
need to be waxed twice a year for best results
September and April would be the ideal months,
how many times have you seen a crew in the
dead of summer waxing boats? The gel coat gets
way to hot to apply wax . Most customers have
no idea what has been used on his or her boats,
or how many times a machine has been taken to
the gel coat. KNOW how and WHAT has been
used - no one product will work for every boat.
Dirty Yachts uses a detergent-proof wax - if you
do not see those two words your wax can wash
right off your boat or melt off (do to heat factor)
in as little as two months. Also every four wax
services we remove all wax form gel coat and
start fresh. This prevents dirt and petroleum
from locking into the pours of the gel coat.
What’s the best treatment for wood
Spevack: Teak decks that are bare should be
washed once a month with baking soda and water
with a mild abrasive pad. I again recommend
the water flter, it will help preserve the wood.
When teak starts to look grayish in color or you
visualize black mold growing in the teak, it
should be cleaned with two-part teak cleaner and
bleach. It cleans the wood and bleaches it back
to white. Caution must be taken if this chemical
drips down the hull - it will strip off wax and
ruin vinyl lettering, stripes, etc. It is best to have
a second person on the dock continuing running
water over hull. I do not recommend using teak
oil for teak decks as it attracts a lot more dirt
from the air.
How do you handle exterior cushions
Spevack: Exterior cushions need to be kept
dry as much as possible. After each wash they
need to be dried out completely. When the boat
is not in use, they should be kept in a vertical
position, especially during the winter months.
If not, you can be 100% sure you will develop
fberglass blisters under your cushions. This is
due to constant moisture breaking through the
outer coat of gelcoat. I have seen over $5,000
damage that could have been prevented by
putting the cushions in vertical positions. This
applies to bow and stern cushions as well. Make
sure you apply vinyl or leather conditioner on
the cushions at least twice a month.
What’s the trick with Isinglass?
Spevack: Wash isinglass while you are washing
your boat. Wipe down with a chamois only.
Never use Windex to clean isinglass, it has too
high a contraction of ammonia. If isinglass is
looking weathered, use a two-part cleaner and
polish with micro towels only. The isinglass
scratches very easily. Never roll isinglass
window up. This causes great damage. If
possible, take the window out or lay it in the
down position - do not roll up. Zippers need to
be sprayed with WD40 as salt will make them
stick and hard to move.
What do you recommend for products?
Spevack: I can’t tell you what products we use
because that is one of the things separates us
from our competitors. I can tell you this - no
two boats are the same or have the same fnish.
Most of the products we use, com’t be found on
the shelf, as they do not meet my expectations.
Not to say there are not any good products out
there. Ask around, read boating magazines and
experiment to see what you like. Be wary of
advice you might get at a boating store because
they usually recommend what they see going
out the door and that’s not always what is the
n ASK THE EXPERT
Wash Downs Done Right
24 The Mariner - Issue 117 2012
I feel lost and without center. It seems that
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life I wish I were. I need a code to live by.
Can you help?
Trying in Topanga
Dogs have been called the perfect Zen
creatures. Yes, I have a code. Live these fve
directions and you will never be lost again.
1. Meditate each day – Some call it sleep and
I do it most of the day and night.
2. Be serious about your diet – while I would
gladly eat a dead bird off the street, I usually
eat dried up meal that’s full of nutrients.
3. Have a peaceful heart – I meet other dogs
at the park and a few times a month come to
blows with them, but it as once said by a dog
far smarter than me – it is better to simply
urinate and walk away.
4. Death is imminent, not immediate - a wise
old Chihuahua once told me… “If you think
you can make it across the street before the
car comes…you can’t.
5. Sorry, I can never remember the last one
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Marina Del Rey. $129,000. Please call 323 874 9849
or email email@example.com for more info.
30-Ft lancer, 1985
C&C design, built in Canada. Tan hull, green sails,
Yanmar diesel, fast and lovely. $12,000. Daniel
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Ericson 27’ 1974
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deck. Owner will carry or trade. Located in slip D-701
on Panay Way stern out endtie. $85,000 Call for Appt -
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Very clean condition. $2450. Call 310 463-0077
11’ Apex W/ 15 Yamaha , electric start $4000
10’ Mercury, hypalon ,air foor $1200
10’ Achilles, air foor $1400
13’ Caribe deluxe RIB $4500
11’ foot Caribe
Unstealable yellow, 20hp Honda
dealer says $5800-I say $5100
Mike 310 963 6250
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2 Honda $700
2 Honda , dealer demo, 5 year warranty $849
3.5 Tohatsu $750
4 Yamaha ,long shaft $800
6 Tohatsu extra long shaft ,sail power charging sys-
tem, 3 year warranty $1400
8 Honda ,long shaft $1200
8 Honda ,extra long shaft, power thrust ,electric start
9.9 Yamaha, high thrust, extra long shaft , power tilt,
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8 Johnson $1200
9.9 Mercury electric start $1400
15 Suzuki $1400
30 Honda $2500
50 Yamaha $3500
225 Honda $8000
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150 Mercury $4500
200 Mercury $3500
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