Issue #119

January 2012
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Put it in the books – 2012’s done. Personally, I’m glad to see it go. I endured some personal loss, made no great
personal strides (although I’m think I might have grown a half inch) and the year ended with a nutbag murdering
20 small children at a school – oye. The Mayan’s said it would all end in 2012– it didn’t, but it defnitely took a
hard skid at the end.
So, I am jumping into the time-shower. I shall take the soap (that is the promise of 2013) and wash all the
disgusting 2012 off of my tarnished soul. It’s cliché, but that “1” that begins a calendar’s ascent into a new year
begs optimism from those of us with heart. In any font, it’s a reset button for all who may have suffered in the
months preceding. Lay your burdens on the number 1 my boating brethren and sistren, then, move forward with
a cleansed spirit. Adopt a new way, address your faws, forgive yourself, be nice and live the moments you have
been allotted.
As for the boat – clean it and prepare it for what it does so well. We all know how a day on the water can purify,
fortify and sanctify. I, like so many of you, covet the ability to escape from society’s incessant activity and the
formula and rigid structure of the day to day.
In the days, weeks and months after January 1 of 2013, I will make time to escape, to reset and to make for the
ocean where serenity so often awaits – I wish the same for you.
Allow me this time to thank all of you who bother to pick up The Mariner
every month. Without you, we’re toast. I hope that it serves a purpose
for you folks and that you enjoy it. Please give the advertisers a call when
something breaks or you want to buy a new boat etc. They keep it all going
and I appreciate that as well. Happy 2013!
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Prepping for the Mark by Pat Reynolds
Coming Events 4
Of the Wire 6
Gitcher Grub On! 8
Boat Galley Recipes
Box Full of Energy 10
Fuel Cell Technology by Nik Vale
And the Winners Are... 12
Holiday Boat Parade Winners
Local Currents 17
Resolutions and Regrets by Captain Richard Schaefer
Racing - Racing Resolutions by Tim Tunks 20
Gizmo of the Month - “Light Sheets” 22

Ask the Expert - Distress Calls 23
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Classifeds 25
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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 Sea Ray (1997 and 2001) motor yacht,
twin diesels, turn key - from $190,000
39 Bayliner 2000 Cummins diesels, AC
loaded 400 hours, AC only $129,000
36 Mainship 1988 Aft Cabin. Over $40,000
spent in upgrades $54,500
52 Irwin 1984 3 cabins and heads, spacious
interior. Great price $87,000
37 Alberg 1974 cruiser needs work, rebuilt
uninstalled diesel, will trade $16,000
58 Hatteras 1979 motor yacht 3 staterooms,
private use or charter up to 49 guest $289,000
51 Bluewater 1986, twn dsls, 2 cabs, int
areas on 1 level, great live aboard $89,000
41 Silverton 1993 motor yacht , queen berths
fore and aft, low 324 hours, AC $69,900
38’ Bayliner convertible 1988 2 large
staterooms, twin diesels. Two helms $69,000
36 Carver 1989 aft cab 2 state rooms, dual
controls, great for fam & livaboard $39,900
41 Islander Freeport 1978 full keel double
cabin, needs major work $49,000 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 $149,000
39’ Carver Motor Yacht. 1994, 2 state-
rooms, electronics, canvas, Xcellent $84,500
38 Carver 1988 motor yacht only $69,500
35 Carver aft cabin 1993 and 1997 very
spacious layout from $52,000
34’Cal MK111 best 34 layout loaded with
gear $22,000
36 Islander 1974 wheel, spacious interior
55 Spoiler 1990 loaded with new electronics,
just hauled, bottom painted $249,000
47 Lein Hwa 1997 cummins dsls 350 hours,
shows like new - motivated seller $197000
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-
rooms, loaded ready to cruise $149,000
41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft cabin; have 2
-2000 an 2002, $129,000
36 Islander 1972 equipped 2008 for around
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December 30
Fisherman’s Village
Weekend Concert - Susie Hansen’s
Latin Jazz Band
Live jazz, Latin, R&B, Blues concerts outdoors
in the plaza near the lighthouse in Fisherman’s
Village, every Saturday and Sunday, weather
permitting; 1- 4 p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free.
More info - (310) 305-9545.
December 31
40th Annual New Year’s Eve
Celebration, Casino Ballroom
Dance in the New Year at this black-tie optional
event in the world famous Casino Ballroom.
Call for reservations. Catalina Island Chamber
of Commerce 310 - 510-1520;
January 1
Annual New Year’s Day Swim
The Venice Beach Penguin Club invites all brave
souls to the annual wintertime swim for a New
Year’s Day dip at the Venice Beach breakwa-
ter (north of Venice Blvd., south of Windward
Ave). Onsight sign-ups begin at 11 a.m. Swim at
Noon. Spectators welcome! (310) 390-5700.
January 4
Berger/Stein #1
First Race of the Season!
Widely considered the unoffcial opening of
the yacht racing season – the Berger/Stein Race
hosted by the Del Rey Yacht Club typically
attracts some of the most prominent boats in
Southern California. Go to and sign
up and start racing again!
January 12
Freshwater Marsh
Interpretive Tour
Free guided tour of freshwater marsh, birds and
native plants.10-11am. Tour begins on south side
of Jefferson Blvd., near Playa del Rey - 10:00
a.m. Please call for directions. (310) 306-5994
January 13
Los Angeles 13.1 Marathon
Sunday 7:00 am. Join 13.1 Los Angeles in their
annual 5K Half Marathon to change lives in
Africa. The course will begin on Ocean Front
Walk in Venice heading toward Admiralty
Way in Marina del Rey. Takes Admiralty to
Fiji Way to join the Ballona bike path to Playa
del Rey. Exits the bike path to the Dockweiler
State Beach Service Road and U-turns at Grand
Ave. Heads northbound on Vista del Mar to
the fnish line. Event details, registration &
support information;
losangeles/; Marathon Route. (310) 821-7898
January 17
Venice Art Crawl
6:00 p.m.- The Venice Art Crawl is a monthly
exploration of the area celebrating Venice
Beach’s unique art, music and poetry scene.
Location centered north of Venice Boulevard,
along the Boardwalk, Speedway and Pacifc
Avenues ending at Westminster Avenue. Takes
place the third Thursday of each month from 6
p.m. - 10 p.m. Free.
January 26
Sunset/Full-Moon Kayaking
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. 3:30
p.m. - 6:30 p.m. UCLA Marina Aquatic Center
$20/$35. 3:30 p.m. (310) 305-1576
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 6:30 p.m. and dinner and music at
7:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling
(310) 827-7692 or emailing reservations@ 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
Social Sundays
Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our
Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. Food items are provided and there is no
charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City
Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way.
Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy
one, or just want to be around other water loving
people MVYC welcomes all who share in the
Corinthian Spirit. Follow the signs up the stairs
or elevator to the Club House on G2. For more
information contact 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@ or on the web at
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
Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay,
Owners of Catalina Yachts
Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa
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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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
Single Mariners of Marina del Rey
Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7 p.m. 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 or leave a
message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday
prior to the Thursday meeting.
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Cu s t o m Re f i n i s h i n g
The Southern California Yachting Association,
will hold its 24th Annual Women’s Sailing
Convention on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, Corona del Mar.
This event is open to all women interested in
sailing from novice / beginner to expert.

The event maintains its multi-workshop format.
Attendees select workshops in areas that best
fts their interest and ability, such as: Welcome
Aboard (for beginners), Diesels, Going Up
the Mast, Introduction to Racing, Tactics,
Docking, Overboard Procedures, Suddenly
Singlehanded Interactive, Weather, Sail
Trim, Basic Navigation, Maintenance Mania,
DIY Canvas Projects, How to Heave a Line,
Nighttime Sailing & Navigation, Hassel-Free
Heads, Spinnaker Rigging, Offshore Cruising,
and Introduction to Sailing.
The Melanie Patterson Memorial Race (BCYC)
will be held in conjunction with the WSC
Race workshop, in Harbor 20’s. All 30 of the
workshops are presented by top women sailors
from all over Southern California, many of
whom are USCG Licensed Captains.
To top off the event in the evening, veteran
of two America’s Cups and two Volvo Ocean
Races, world-class sailor Katie Pettibone will
be the featured speaker after dinner. Katie was
also among an international crew on Farr 30’s
sailing through the Straits of Hormuz.
“This event gives women an opportunity to
meet many other women sailors, fnd out
about existing women’s sailing organizations
in their area, instructional programs available,
and many other areas of interest for those who
would like to do more racing, cruising and day
sailing,” said producer/director Gail Hine, “We
have something meaningful for everyone. For
those who are already involved but desire more,
we will offer some new areas of inspiration and
instruction along with excellent networking
Attendees have reported that this convention was
one of their most rewarding boating experiences
and the very best-organized event they have
ever attended. It’s a sell-out every year. Rain
will not cancel or diminish this event.
To obtain a reservation form (prepaid-
registrations are required as space is limited to
approximately 250), write Gail Hine, SCYA
Women’s Sailing Convention, 23414 Mt.
Ashland Ct., Murrieta CA 92562; 951-677-
8121); email: Gail or on the web at (available
after 12/10/12).
The convention fee of $185.00 includes
workshops, breakfast, lunch, dinner, souvenirs
and handouts. There is early bird registration
discount of $10 (12/10-12/31/12) for online
registrations at www.womenssailingconvention.
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Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
13589 Mindanao Way • Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 827-7692
A Perfect Place in a Perfect Setting
We offer some of the nicest facilities anywhere, the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful marina and
witness breathtaking sunsets. We are located on the main channel adjacent to Burton Chase Park. Our
clubhouse, lobby, dining and meeting rooms and patio offer an ideal setting for any occasion.

Join Us For
OPEN HOUSE FRIDAYS with great dinners
and live music for listening and dancing
patio and live jazz and blues bands
An ideal place for:
Anniversary Parties
Business Meetings
Any special event
Check out our website for a calendar of all of our events and activities
Make event reservations early at For facility rental and event information email
For membership information please email
The Other Sunderland MdR to Hawaii in a 21-Footer?
Laurence Sunderland, father of famous teen
sailors Zac and Abby has a new Ebook called Into
the Wild Blue, which is a look into the exciting
ocean travels of yacht delivery captain.
From dangerous storms and unexpected run-
ins with the US Coast Guard to friendships
among faithful crew-members and amazing
wildlife, Into the Wild Blue provides a view
into life at sea that few others have had the
privilege to experience. Download it now at or for your
Kindle at Amazon.
For the frst time in
the USA, a group of
singlehanded sailors
from all over the
country are going to
race from California
(possibly Marina
del Rey) to Hawaii
aboard Mini-Transat
boats – 21-foot
ocean capable racers
that are barely larger
than the average
suburban vehicle. The Singlehanded Mini
Transpac will be held in July of 2013.
Open Sailing in Marina del Rey, manufacturers
of the Pogo 2 mini-class boat, are organizing the
race that could well be one of the most exciting
races this area has ever seen. The boats were
originally designed for the Mini-Transat, that
runs from France to Brazil and has attracted
some of the most legendary and infuential
sailors in the world.
The Mini-Transat
has a limit of
approximately 80-
some-odd boats
and is always sold
out. It’s regarded as
an Iron Man type
of contest where
only the fttest can
Although Open
Sailing will probably not be seeing 80 boats on
the line, they will be beginning a tradition that
has proven itself to be huge in Europe.
The mini sailors involved are currently preparing
for the voyage that, for most, will be their frst
open ocean crossing.
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ooking for some new recipes that
you can actually make in your
boat’s galley? Good food, but not
gourmet? Ingredients you can
actually fnd and store on your
boat? Recipes that don’t require a bunch of
electric appliances?
The Boat Galley Cookbook, released in October,
promises all that, plus information on food
storage, substitutions, outftting your galley
and more. Carolyn Shearlock and Jan Irons,
the authors, are experienced cruisers with a
combined 21,000 miles under the keel of their
respective boats.
The complete book, at 464 pages, is billed as
“the one comprehensive galley reference needed
aboard every cruising boat. It contains over
800 everyday recipes made from obtainable
ingredients without electrical appliances, plus
in-depth information on unfamiliar cooking
techniques, food storage, substitutions and
more.” Below are a few of the many recipes
from the book. Available at Amazon, Barnes &
Noble – for more info go to http://theboatgalley.
Canned Meats & Seafood
Canned meats are great for cruising for several
reasons. “Fresh” meat may look or smell suspect,
or you may not have much (or any) refrigerator
and freezer space. The good news is that it seems
that the smaller and more remote the village, the
greater the chance of fnding a wide variety of
canned meats. This is particularly true in fshing
villages where few homes have electricity.
I buy most meats in 6-ounce cans that look like
tuna cans—they’re just right for one meal for
two people. There’s ham, chicken, turkey, tuna,
crab, shrimp, corned beef, roast beef, corned
beef hash, clams, salmon, oysters, and even
chili—and we’ve had all of them at one time or
another in the US, Mexico and Central America.
The recipes that follow are divided by the type
of meat most often used, but many have several
Canned Meats And Seafood Basics
It’s not hard to prepare great meals from canned
meats. Through the years, I’ve learned a few
tips to ensure good results:
Add the meat as late in the cooking process as
possible. It’s already cooked, so all you have to
do is warm it up.
Once you’ve added the meat, stir as little
as possible so it won’t turn to mush. This is
particularly true of chicken, turkey, and beef,
and is one reason these meats shouldn’t be
added until the very end of the cooking time,
and can be just warmed through.
• Ham is the only meat that you need to
“crumble” or break apart as you add it to the
other ingredients. All other meats should be
handled very gently.
• Don’t overcook other ingredients to the point
where they lose their texture and become a
“blob” with the meat.
• Add one-half to one bouillon cube of an
appropriate favor to make up for the fact that
you don’t have drippings from browning the
meat. The bouillon cube replaces salt in most
• Drain the liquid from the can and use it in the
cooking process (ditto for any canned vegetables
you use). It will add a lot more favor than plain
• Some casseroles work well with canned meats
- others don’t. In general, ones using frmer
meats such as ham and roast beef turn out the
You can create really good meals from canned
meats, so there’s no need to think of them as
emergency rations. There are more than ninety
great recipes designed just for canned meats in
this chapter.
Once you’re familiar with the techniques for
using canned meats, you’ll see that they can be
used in lots of other dishes, including family
favorites. And many of the recipes in this chapter
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can also be made with fresh meat; just adjust the
cooking technique.
Here are two dishes that will have people
saying, “This is canned meat? No way!”
Chicken or Beef Enchiladas - Serves 2
Total Time: 30-minutes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
1 cup canned black, pinto, or kidney beans,
drained and rinsed

cup diced onion or green onion, including
tops 1 can (8 ounces) corn (optional
1/4 cup sour cream OR
cup refried beans
1/2cup shredded cheese—Monterey Jack,
Colby or cheddar is best
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper, to taste
1 can (6 ounces) chicken or roast beef, drained
4 small tortillas (four or corn)
1/2 cup salsa, diced fresh tomato, canned diced
tomatoes, or tomato sauce
1.Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Mix the beans, onion, corn, sour cream,
cheese, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and
pepper; stir to combine. Gently mix in the meat.
Spoon the mixture onto the tortillas and roll
3. Place the enchiladas in a greased baking pan.
Spoon any remaining mixture around and over
the enchiladas. Spoon the salsa over the top.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the cheese is
melted and mixture bubbles.
Hobo Dinner - Serves 2
Total Time: 30 minutes
3 or 4 carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 green bell pepper, diced (optional)
1 large potato or sweet potato, peeled and cut
into 1-inch chunks
1 tablespoon canola oil or vegetable oil
1 cup broth, including reserved liquid (use beef
bouillon for ham, chicken bouillon for turkey
and chicken)
1 can (6 ounces) ham, beef, chicken, or turkey,
drained and liquid reserved - ground pepper.

1. Brown the carrot, onion, bell pepper, and
potato in the oil. Turn the heat to low and add
the broth and reserved liquid. Cover and cook
until the carrot and potato are tender. If the
liquid is not mostly evaporated, raise the heat,
remove the lid, and cook until most of the liquid
is gone.
2. Turn off the heat, gently stir in the meat and
ground pepper, and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes
with the lid on to heat the meat through.
Pasta with Ham in Butter Sauce - Serves 2
This is never quite the same twice. There are
lots of options depending on what is available.
Total Time: 30 minutes
Pasta for 2 (fettuccine, rotini, spaghetti,
penne— almost any type will work)
1 beef bouillon cube OR 1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, margarine, olive oil,
canola oil, or vegetable oil
2 cups total of any of the following:
Green onions, sliced, including tops, OR diced
Mushrooms, fresh or canned
Diced sweet bell or spicy chili peppers, any
Sun-dried tomatoes, seeded and diced fresh
tomatoes, or drained canned tomatoes
Artichoke hearts (in brine or marinated)
Small quantities of canned corn or peas
1 tablespoon minced garlic OR 1 teaspoon
garlic powder
1 can (6 ounces) ham, drained and broken into
Shredded or grated cheese, for topping
Cook the pasta in suffcient water with a
bouillon cube to the desired tenderness. At the
same time, melt the butter in a skillet and sauté
the mixed vegetables. When just golden, add
the garlic and ham and heat through.
3. Drain the pasta and add to the pan, tossing to
mix. Serve in bowls, topped with a sprinkling
of cheese.
Variations: This is also good with cooked
bacon or 1 can (6 ounces) chicken (use
chicken broth to cook the pasta).
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ven though sailboats are essentially powered by the wind,
a free natural resource - today’s sailor is becoming more
and more hungry for power. In the past having enough
juice on board for basic instruments and maybe even
an autopilot was enough for most. These days there are
countless power hungry devices we choose to take sailing
with us - whether it is safety devices such as GPS / VHF / AIS, laptops
running routing software, iPads acting as portable instrument displays, or
cellphones that we simply can’t live without. The challenge has become
how to keep everything “on” while away from the slip.
On larger vessels the “built in” solution is the motor. The alternator simply
recharges the batteries whenever the motor is running. The downside is
that the motor is running – suddenly, your peaceful sail is shattered by
the loud noise, vibration, and exhaust fumes produced by a clunky diesel
Of course keeping with the mantra of free natural resources many sailors
use solar power to top up on watts. However, everyone knows there is
no such thing as a free lunch. High wattage solar panels aren’t small and
usually take up quite a lot of space, not to mention create windage. Also,
solar panels can only generate power during daylight hours and when the
sky is clear - even California is only sunny 73% of the time!
Now there is a new technology emerging in the marine market, the fuel
cell. This compact power-maker operates cleanly and economically. The
fuel cell works by converting energy rich methanol into electricity. One
fuel cartridge, 2.5 gallons, contains enough energy to power your 10W
navigation lights for more than 900 hours. Methanol is an alcohol that
can be found in nature and can also be extracted from other renewable
sources. The fuel cell can generate power 24/7 and can be setup for hands-
free operation charging your batteries automatically, whenever they need
it, ensuring you never run out of power.
Since the electricity is created via an electrochemical process it requires
no moving parts so the fuel cell barely makes a noise when it is running.
The small amount of exhaust fumes consist of water and carbon dioxide -
you probably exhale larger quantities while hoisting your main sail!
The fuel cell is also compact; taking up about a similar amount of room as
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Best Overall - Ellis Island II #23
Best Power - Moondoggie #4
Best Sail - Insolent Minx #6

Best Charter - Cloud 9 (Marina del Rey Parasail-
ing) #21
Best Corporate - Abacus (Marina del Rey Hospi-
tal) #19
Best Individual - Tranquilasea #7
Best Organization - My Time 3 (Women’s Sailing
Association) #9
Best Yacht Club - Cheetah (California Yacht
Club) #14

#1 Animation - Michael #13
#2 Animation - Senia Jade #16
#1 Band - Insolent Minx #6
#2 Band - Tranquilasea #7

#1 Lights - Moorean Bliss #22
#2 Lights - Makana #42

#1 Music - Happy Ours #10
#2 Music - Valhalla #8

#1 Spirit - Unicorn #11
#2 Spirit - Billy’s Backyard #18

#1 Theme - Gracie #45
#2 Theme - Halcyon #40
And the Winner’s Are...
For the fftieth time the Marina del Rey harbor was flled with
boats loaded with lights arranged and manipulated in incredible
ways. At 5:55 p.m. freworks lit up the sky over a chilli but mostly
clear evening to kick off yet another Marina del Rey Holiday Boat
From Dinghy’s to maxi-sleds, powerboats to rowboats, a solid
contingent of the boating community turned out to shine their
lights and contribute to the holiday spirit that was in abundance
that night.
“Overall, I think the parade went very well,” said parade president
Cindy Williams. “The awards ceremony was the best since I’ve
been involved,”
Although Williams was pleased with the event and proud to be
part of such a long standing community tradition she did mention
some dissatisfaction with boaters who joined the parade without
going through the registration process, which includes the entry
“There were a lot more boats in the Marina the night of the parade
because of the crashers,” Williams said. “Can you imagine people
crashing the Rose Parade?”
Williams went on to say that this event is something our community
should be proud of and want to be part of and was a little saddened
that some of these boaters would not participate through the legal
registration, the fees of which of course enables the event to exist.
Below are the winners:
2012 The Mariner - Issue 118 13
Left; Ellis Island II was a show stopper and won Best
Overall in this year’s Marina del Rey Holiday Boat
Above; A live band preformed Christmas tunes all
night long aboard Insolent Minx, which won in the Best
Sail category.
Below; Moondoggie brought home victory in the Best
Power category with a vessel loaded with Santa’s,
Christmas trees, snowmen and even a wide-screen TV
playing holiday videos.
Photos Pat Reynolds
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ike most people, at this time of
year, I fnd myself rummaging
around in the cluttered attic
of the now spent year. All the
should have beens, could have
beens and might have beens lay scattered
around my mind - seeds of ideas that never grew
- scraps of plans never carried out... all, even
now, gathering dust.
Since turning back the hands of time is not an
option, we all resolve to make the coming year
“different” from its recently departed brother.
In this new year - we promise ourselves - our
plans will be carried out, promises kept and our
dreams fulflled - or so we hope.
In a way, New Year resolutions are merely
a refection of our failed plans and broken
promises from years gone by - regrets we want
to put to rest, recriminations of conscience
silenced, hopes and dreams to be brought to life
- this time...this year.
I can remember a warm, sunny morning, last
summer, our 40-foot sloop, anchored in Willow
Cove. My twelve-year-old daughter wanted me
to kayak with her up to White’s Landing. We
would explore the shoreline along the way and
then comb the beach at White’s and Moonstone
for shells and beach glass. Well, we hadn’t
gone a hundred yards before my back went into
a spasm and I knew I couldn’t possibly make
it to the distant landing. My daughter’s smile
vanished and we returned to the boat. The cause
was an old motorcycle injury and a cheap, badly
designed back support on the kayak. But the real
culprit was me. I knew that seat wasn’t worth a
damn, but I was too lazy and cheap to replace it.
It cost me a day in the sun with my daughter, and
memories of her in her last, preteen year - my
little girl is growing up and I can’t get that day
back. I think I’d better resolve to buy a better
seat and exercise my back before another of
life’s shining moments slip season.
A month later, the boys and I planned a trip to
the Channel Islands. We haven’t been up there
in a few years and, since my oldest son is now in
college it’s getting tougher to make the time and
align schedules, necessary for longer cruises.
We fnally gathered eight days - the month’s
leftovers from part-time jobs, girlfriends, a boat
delivery, soccer, teaching and a three-day haul-
out. Hurricane season was in full swing and
a monster south swell was running when we
cast off for our adventure. We had a southerly
wind and could lay Santa Barbara Island (a rare
opportunity) and so it was decided to set course
there to spend the night - leaving the following
morning for Santa Cruz.
When we arrived, the surge was viscous and
landing on the island impossible. The heaping,
southern swell nearly wrapped around the entire
island. We found as much fat water as we could
and set the anchor. The wind blew all night at 20
knots - halyards rattled and a low moaning came
from the rigging.
The next morning, the sea was sloppy and
confused, and the wind had shifted northwest.
The boys were game to continue north to Santa
Cruz, but the prospect of a 10-hour slog, hard on
the wind, wasn’t too appealing to me - a simple
case of “been there - done that “. I vetoed the
boy’s wishes and we backtracked to Catalina
and the calm waters of Cat Harbor. Catalina
was quiet, the weather beautiful and the fshing
I fnd, that in young people, familiarity breeds
monotony, rather than contempt. And now, fve
months later, those eight days have slipped into
the fog of memory - surrounded by dozens of
other days just like them... all disappearing into
the mists of summers passed. The eight days at
the Channel Islands would have stood, sharply
edged and apart, in our minds and memory. Now
the moment is gone and our plans for a Channel
Islands cruise this summer are already clouded
and crowded by commitments of summer jobs,
visiting relatives and sports schedules.
L o c a l C u r r e n t s
By Captain Richard Schaefer
Resolutions and
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Looking back, we should have gone for it. The
bash north wouldn’t have been particularly
dangerous - merely uncomfortable and
tedious. At the time, I thought Catalina was a
good compromise - trouble is, you end up with
a life full of compromises if you always play
the safe, comfortable bet.
As summer turned to fall, we squeezed in one
fnal Catalina trip. As usual, I had a boatload
of kids. Toward the end of the cruise we were
anchored in Doctor’s Cove. The other boys
had gone off exploring and my 15-year-old
son, Hayden, stayed on board with me. He
wanted to talk to me about a storm of issues that
all teenagers face. He doesn’t often open up to
me so I knew I needed to pay attention. After we
had sorted through the typical catalog of teenage
angst, he seemed somewhat relieved when he
began to understand that he wasn’t the only
teenager who suffered, nor was his generation
unique in the history of the world regarding the
issues of adolescence.
A new light came to his eyes as he realized his
old man wasn’t quite as dim as he had begun to
imagine since he transi
tioned into a “teenager”. After a few moments,
with the weight of “teen-hood” temporarily
removed from his shoulders, he asked if I would
go snorkeling with him. He hadn’t asked me
to do much with him in the recent past, but
even so, I immediately recounted several good
reasons why it was best to remain dry and warm,
smoking a cigar and sipping a beer. He persisted
- his eyes bright and eager for the frst time
in quite a while. Enthusiasm to be with one’s
father is rare at 15 - inwardly I groaned, but said
cheerly, “let’s do it!”
We pulled on our wet suits - mine’s getting pretty
tight these days and so took a lot of “pulling”.
He dove over the side, while I painfully inched
down the swim ladder... cold water trickling
over my.... well areas that normally aren’t
exposed to freezing water. After the shock
wore off and my heartbeat resumed, we spent
two wonderful hours diving and snorkeling
among the rocks and kelp. The next day, he
asked me if he could take scuba lessons this
year and he wants me to go along with him
and take a PADI refresher course at the same
time. Now I have to buy a new kayak seat and
dive gear.... I suppose that’s better than the
alternative - watching your dreams drift away.
You see, sometimes you get a second chance, but
always remember, most of the time, “someday”
never comes. And you sailors remember; there’s
no cargo hold in a coffn.
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Captain David Kirby
The bite has been on for rockfsh,
sheepshead and lingcod, but
unfortunately the season for all of these
targets will be closing for the next two
months, beginning on December 31.
What to do? Well, there’s still a chance
to pick up white seabass with squid
hanging out around the bay, but you
can also get ready for scorpionfshing.
For these guys my advice is to use a
dropper loop and squid strips.
The hoop netters and divers have
add been having a nice steady lobster
season thus far with plenty of folks
reaching limits.
Over at Catalina it’s been about
targeting rockfsh with a few yellow tail
swimming through.
Water temps are in the 60s and falling.
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R a c i n g S C E N E
t’s that time again, so let’s look ahead
and see what we can do to make for great
boating in 2013.
1. Start a new “Race Notebook”, for there is a
place for paper in your racing program. Record
crew names, contact information - phone, e-mail,
and “In case of emergency” contacts. Make
notes about your crew’s skill areas and levels
along with any special notes, including medical
conditions or other physical limitations. Leave
room to note tips you could offer this person.
The racing skipper will also make notes about the
fast sail settings in various conditions, things on
the boat that need attention, names and numbers
for the expert boat maintenance professionals
you use, and any other important things you’ve
learned about local conditions and/or anything
else that will contribute to your performance
on the water. Review this notebook frequently.
Making more notes is a good way to “keep your
head in the game.” Mental preparation is a big
part of this sport.
2. Do a thorough inspection of your sail
inventory. Photograph all the sails properly
trimmed and fying in appropriate wind
strengths. Show them to your sailmaker
when you bring your sails in for inspection
and maintenance. Small things like renewing
telltales, chafe patches, and securing loose
stitching will add performance and longevity.
3. Inspect and evaluate all the emergency and
safety gear onboard. This starts with the frst
aid kit and carries through the onboard tool kit.
Things like plugs for broken through-hulls and
hoses (a wax toilet bowl ring can be a boat saver
as it can conform to any shape hole), and other
critical spares like bilge pump fuses should be
properly packaged and conveniently located
near their place of need.
Include the VHS radio and GPS in your
emergency planning. Imagining an
inexperienced operator communicating critical
position information when all other hands are
engaged in dealing with an onboard emergency
will guide you in creating posted operation
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R a c i n g S C E N E
instructions. Include an easily read ‘radio
operation’ card identifying the vessel by name,
type, CF or other registration numbers, along
with sail numbers and any easily seen vessel
identifcation - this will help this operator
clearly state information when requested. A
dedicated notepad and attached pencil makes
recording things like Lat./Lon numbers an easy
and accurate process.
4. Inspect all the “turning bits” and “juicy
joints”. This means squeeze all the hoses to fnd
soft spots while looking for chafe. Check all
the hose clamps, and operate all the seacocks.
Check the engine fan belt and wiggle all the
pulleys. Some experienced skippers use this as
an opportunity to put the spare belt in service,
creating an opportunity to do a better check
for water pump and alternator bearings with
the belt removed. Any signs of water pump(s)
leaking are best addressed immediately to
prevent bearing damage or catastrophic failure
at an inopportune time.
Experienced engineers will frequently use such
opportunities to place the spare pump, alternator,
or whatever into service during the inspection.
A multitude of benefts are gained: you know
that the spare fts and works, you know how
to ft the replacement, and the replaced part is
exposed for a detailed inspection to see if it
needs service to remain a reliable spare.
Inspect for oily tracks around the engine and
transmission - tightening a flter or loose ftting,
locating a failing sender, or any other potential
leak - can be a small investment with a huge
payoff in expenses avoided.
5. I know this looks like a lot of work so far,
but here is one more big job that pays off in
many different ways - empty the boat! With
all the sails at your sailmaker for service, you
are well started on a project to empty all the
seat lockers, drawers, cupboards, crooks, and
With an empty boat, cleaning is easy and you
can thoughtfully distribute the things you need,
where you need them, and be confdent that
they have been inspected. With vacuum and
sponge you can remove all the fuff and stuff
that clogs bilge pumps and ‘limber holes’ (the
name for the holes and gaps in the bottom
corners of lockers that route water down to the
bilge). You also get a clean slate on which you
can trace future drips and diffculties.
The empty boat gives you the best access to
follow the hoses and wires that snake through
your empty lockers. Early discovery of how
the spare anchor chain chafes the bilge pump
wires can prevent all sorts of mischief.
Once you’ve seen all that stuff spread out on
the dock, you can sort what goes back on the
boat, what goes home, and what goes into the
dumpster or by the gangway for recycling.
6. Have a crew party. Maybe have a dock party
when you empty the boat. This involves the
whole crew in getting to know the boat from
the inside out while spreading the workload.
Bonding the crew to the boat is one of the most
valuable accomplishments you can achieve and
well worth the effort.
Most of these resolutions work for non-racing
boaters and crew too - a better prepared crew
bonded with the boat, the skipper, and each
other make for a rewarding boating season.
Oh and now that the boat is good to go, why
not enter Del Rey Yacht Club’s “Malibu &
Return” on Jan 6 - The Berger/Stein Series
Race #1. This is the frst race of the season
and frequently has over 100 boats ranging
from 70’ Sleds to 24’ Cruising Class sailboats
participating. This is a wonderful beat up the
beach with a grand spinnaker reach home and
DRYC is well known for their fne after-race
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sail and the attached
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a functioning airfoil into a draped piece of fab-
ric. High strength low weight Spectra type line
has changed this game a bit, for regular sheets
are much lighter than Dacron and light sheets
have much less power-robbing stretch.
When its time to switch to the light sheet and
lose the regular sheets, the change should be
quick and easy. Here is how we manage that
on the R-33 Mollie
5/32” diameter Spectra
has zero stretch and is
strong enough to handle
heavy loads if need be,
like when tactics require
a fast gybe and the
light sheet suddenly
becomes the spin-
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smooth surface also
lets it slip through
shackles and such al-
most as if they were
bearing blocks.
Our set-up uses a light snap shackle as the lead
block so there is less weight hanging on the
sheet and the hook-up is a bit easier. We use
a large but lightweight plastic shackle to ease
attaching our light sheet to the sail’s clew, and
its large size works like the “donut” on a spin-
naker guy to keep the clew from being pulled
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During the winter storm season when the wind
and sea can kick up quickly, it is comforting to
be aboard a seaworthy yacht. However, even on
the best of yachts with experienced crew, things
can go wrong, and you may fnd yourself needing
professional assistance from a commercial
towing service or the Coast Guard.
What is the best way to call for assistance and
when would you put out a MAYDAY call?
Captain Joel: If you require assistance due to
a mechanical breakdown, running out of fuel,
or are simply lost, it is best to call a commercial
towing service such as Vessel Assist or Sea
Tow. You can reach these towing services on
Channel 16 on your VHF radio. If you call the
Coast Guard with these types of problems, they
will usually refer you to one of the commercial
towing companies mentioned above.
If, on the other hand, you fnd yourself in a
true emergency situation such as sinking, fre,
or experiencing a medical emergency, you
should place a MAYDAY call on Channel 16.
During this call you will give the name of your
vessel, your location (GPS co ordinates and/or
geographical position) and the nature of your
distress. You want as many listeners as possible
to hear your call so don’t use your cell phone
to make an emergency call while on the water.
The proper procedure for putting out a distress
call can be found at the web address just below.
Do take the time to become familiar with the
procedure as it could save the lives of you and
your crew.
Web address to MAYDAY protocol
How do you suggest boaters become familiar
with the operation of their marine radios?
Captain Joel: Your marine radio should become
your best friend while underway; so turn it on
and monitor Channel 16 at all times. This is
the international calling and distress frequency
used by all vessels around the world. Just by
listening to radio traffc you will become more
familiar with radio jargon and radio procedure,
including how to switch your radio to a
“working” channel. Try making calls to other
vessels that you know to become familiar with
using the microphone and the channel selector
functions. Alternatively, you can call one of the
charter vessels in the Marina, and they will be
happy to answer your radio call. Initiating a call
and talking on your VHF should become routine
in a very short period of time- if you practice.
In addition to a voice call for help, what other
calling option is available?
Captain Joel: Most modern VHF radios
are equipped with Digital Selective Calling
or DSC. DSC automatically sends a digital
MAYDAY that identifes your vessel and also,
when connected to a GPS, can send the vessel’s
location. Below is a web address to a video that
explains more about DSC equipped radios and
how the DSC system functions to save lives.
Web address to DSC functions
What does a boat owner need to do in order
to take advantage of the DSC system?
Captain Joel: First you need to obtain and
register your Maritime Mobile Service Identity
(MMSI) number through either Boat U.S. or
Sea Tow MMSI programs. Once you have your
MMSI number, you will need to program it into
your VHF radio per the instruction booklet that
was supplied with your radio. You should also
have your radio interfaced (hooked up) with
your GPS unit. Most late model VHF’s are both
DSC and GPS capable; so this hookup should
be straight forward. There are also radios on
the market today that have a built in GPS thus
simplifying this process.
Once the radio is programmed with the
MMSI number and interfaced with your
GPS, how do you make a DSC distress call?
Captain Joel: If you are in grave distress such
as an onboard fre or sinking and you can’t
make a voice distress call on Channel 16, then
you press the red button marked Distress. This
button is usually protected by a fip-up plastic
cover to avoid an accidental activation of the
DSC signal. Once this button is pushed, a
digital distress signal is automatically sent out
containing your specifc ship information and
your GPS location (if you are GPS connected).
Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles monitors
their DSC equipped radios 24 hours a day. In
addition, any commercial or private vessels that
are equipped with DSC capable radios will also
hear this call and be able to render aid or relay the
distress signal information to the Coast Guard.
The goal of using a DSC equipped radio is to
take the “search” out of “search and rescue.”
Captain Joel can be reached by phone at:
(310) 210-0861 or on the web at: www.
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Morgan OI 41’ 1972
Sloop,centercockpit,aft-cabin,new Yanmar, 5 sails,ref
ready $59,500. (661)548-6603 or
Beneteau Oceanis 400
Timeshare/Partnership on Beneteau Oceanis 400.
Tri-cabin model - two heads. Full electronics, refrig-
eration, inverter, dinghy and outboard, windless, roller
furler, full canvas. Professional lessons available if
needed. No equity buy in. 3 Days, $285.00 per month
- no long term commitment. Call Captain Richard
Schaefer 310-460-8946
Islander 36’ 1972
Intrepid:: the renowned vessel that brought, Zac Sun-
derland, the youngest, American, solo circumnavigator
around the world in 2009 is looking for a new owner.
Intrepid is ftted with everything you need to go around
the world. Currently offered for $59,000 with fnancing
options available. Feeling adventurous? She is ready
to go again!
Hunter 33 2007
Nicely equipped and lightly used, one owner only, at
Marina Del Rey. $129,000. Please call 323 874 9849
or email for more info.
30-Ft lancer, 1985
C&C design, built in Canada. Tan hull, green sails,
Yanmar diesel, fast and lovely. $9,000. Daniel
(310) 351-9212
Open 6.50
All Carbon, insanely fast, race ready. 310-500-6216
Ericson 27’ 1974
Mercury outboard 8hr, Many sails, needs some tlc
$4500.00 obo - Pls call rick at 818-445-9882
14’ Classic Wooden Enterprise
(Euro Lido) epoxy FRP hull; spruce mast.
First time offering $ 10,000. (805) 798-0493 trialice@
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42’ 1981 Californian Trawler
2 3208 Cat diesels w 1400 hrs, all fberglass hull, 2
heads w showers, sleeps 8, one level walk around
deck. Owner will carry or trade. Located in slip D-701
on Panay Way stern out endtie. $85,000 Call for Appt -
Al Lee 310-392-4193 or Gary at 310-293-9200.
30’ grady-White Marlin, 1996.
Twin VX250 Yamahas. Just completed 50K renova-
tion. “Everything New”: motors, gelcoat, interior, elec-
tronics, more. $59,995. (661) 257-9275.
10’Avon RIB
Transom wheels, oars, seat, 9,9th Mariner, 3gal tank.
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
4 stroke outboards
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,
electric start $2200
8 Johnson $1200
9.9 Mercury electric start $1400
15 Suzuki $1400
30 Honda $2500
50 Yamaha $3500
225 Honda $8000
2 stroke outboards
150 Mercury $4500
200 Mercury $3500
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See page 26. Don at (818) 427-2144
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0’-13’ Boats $400-$1200
14’-16’ Boats $600-$1200
17’-21’ Boats $750-$1200
24’-29’ Boats $3000
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Spinnaker,2 drifters and a genoa for sale from a 28’
Lancer. Very good condition. Call: 213 706 8364
Spinnaker for 28 to 35 foot boat, 36.80’ by 18.80’
Asymmetric Spinnaker for 55 to 77 foot boat, Luff
75.00’ Mid Girth 39.50’
Genoa for 45 to 55 foot boat ,Luff Length 62.00’
Genoa for 55 to 70 boat, Luff 74.00’
Jib for 48 to 55 foot boat, Luff 60.00’
Jib for 60 to 70 foot boat, Luff 75.00’
Please call Bill at (310) 827-8888
Spinnaker,2 drifters and a genoa for sale from a 28’
Lancer. Very good condition. Call 213 706 8364
Martec Mark III Eliptec Folding Prop
It will increase your speed by close to 1 knot and point-
ing angle by approx 10 degrees. It comes complete
with the mounting kit and can be installed with the boat
in the water. The size is: RH 16 inch dia. x 14 pitch for
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Martec for 1” and 1 1/8” shaft diameters. A real deal at
$350 OBO with Martec factory price being over $900.
Call 818-643-2052 for more information.
Ross Kelly dinghy davit system
$1000 - 310-822-8618
Fortress FX-23 Anchor $150 - 310-391-6174
Transmission parts
For two cylinder universal diesel engine good case
good gears call 310 866 9439. $ 100 Jim.
Senior Paragon fresh water pump
Like new. Retail price $2,500.00. Asking $750.00 or
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tions, local deliveries, sailing instruction and charters.
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