Issue #127

September 2013
Ma r i ne r
A P u b l i c a t i o n Fo r Wh e r e L a n d E n d s
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A Magazi ne For The Mari na del Rey Boati ng Communi ty
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The Mariner is
Pat Reynolds
Dave Kirby
Richard Schaefer
Tim Tunks
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I don’t know exactly how it all
went down – it was sort of a
blur of circumstances. I know
I was out in my dinghy and
there was a lot of splashing,
cackling, feathers fying - heavy
bird activity – maybe a feeding
situation. I was about four miles
offshore. It was confusing –
gulls, pelicans, sea lions – they
were all very close. They were
in my space or maybe I was
in theirs, either way it was a
unsettling strange atmosphere.
I was standing, looking around
for my ignition key in the tumult
when I dodged a bird’s fail and
fell backwards into the water.
Gasping for air, I felt nothing but
beaks poking at me - I thought I
might drown. But then, through
the melee and panic, I locked
into a weird and hypnotizing
stare with a pelican. I was frozen
and felt a change. I looked down
and suddenly, I had wings. I
looked back up and the pelican
nodded – telepathically he said,
“fy dummy.” And I did.
I rose from the riot, tucking
my rubbery little feet into my
belly feathers. My vision was
altered; I could see through
the water, I craved anchovy. I
scanned the ocean and saw my
next meal. I dove. At 30 miles
per hour I broke the water’s
surface and came up satisfed.
I rose back up into the clean
air and saw my new pelican
“Let’s check out the breakwall,”
he said in pelican mindspeak.
We landed on the breakwall
and everyone was talking,
laughing and going to the
bathroom like crazy. It was
pretty much the greatest party
I’ve been to.
“I can’t believe you guys blast
out poop while you sit and talk
with each other,” I said to my
friend in sheer awe.
“People don’t do that?” the
pelican asked amazed.
“No man!” I said. “We have
special locked rooms for that
kind of stuff.”
“That’s funny,” pelican said
I told my friend I had to return
to my people – that I make a
magazine and they need me.
He said he understood but that I
am welcome to visit he and the
others on the rocks whenever I
want. I just may.
So if, one day, you see a naked
Irish guy on the breakwall rocks
surrounded by pelicans, drinking
beer and going to the bathroom
openly - know that it’s me and
that everything is alright – I’m
just visiting with an old friend.
at a glance:
n Marina del Rey
n Los Angeles County
n Vessel Assist:
n Marine Life Rescue
The Day I TurneD I nTo a PelI can
Coming Events 4
Of the Wire 6
Master of the Channel Islands 9
Interview with Brian Fagan
In the Splash Zone by Tim Tunks 10
Cruising Adventures in Mexico
Checking Out iRegatta by Rick Ruskin 12
Racer and Tech Expert Rick Ruskin reviews iRegatta App
Local Currents by Richard Schaefer 16
Boating & Life Lessons
Powertails 18
Boating With Dogs
Racing - Lido Nationals 20
Gizmo of the Month - Cutting Bolts 22
Classifeds 25
Thanks for
picking it up!
Cover - Old School
by Pat Reynolds
Photo by Pat Reynolds
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94’ Sea Trec Comm certifed charter vessel -
operating business in Newp Bch $399,000
52 Californian cockpit MY 1990 $199,000
48 Californian 87 cockpit MY $169,000
47 Lien Hwa Mtr Yacht 1995, loaded Great
family boat or live abrd, motivated $189,000
42’ Owens 1947 Classic aft cabin cockpit
restored to show condition $35,000
38’ Dolphin 1985 twin diesl 2 cabin trawler
bristol! Teak interior, very equipped $87,000
26’ Larson express 2004fully equipped new
canvas, $19,000
68’ DeFever Trawler 1986 cockpit, 4
staterooms, great livaboard/cruiser $399,000
50 Azimut Pilothouse 1989 3 cabins -
shows beautifully $149,000
47 Hylas 1989 3 cabin motor yacht. Very
well maintained $149,000
39’ Carver 1994 mtr yacht - have 2; gas and
disl models, equipped/clean from $79,000
38’ Californian 1978 aft cab 2 disel trawler
much deck and interior space $59,000
36’ Sea Ray 1983 express, rebuilt, new en-
gine, fully equipped slip available $35,900
41 Islander Freeport 1978 full keel double
cabin, needs major work $39,000 TRADE
49 Gulfstar Flybridge motor yacht 1983
3 cabins, spacious interior $149,000
42 Unifite Sportfsher 1978 twin diesels 2
cabs loaded with fshing equipment $29,000
39’ Bayliner 2000 Cummins diesels, AC
loaded 400 hours, AC only $129,000
38’ Bayliner convertible 1988 2 large
staterooms, twin diesels. Two helms $69,000
33’ Silverton 2007 Convertible with 2
cabins, shows as new, loaded $179,000 offer
41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft cabin; have
2 -2000 an 2002, From $115,000
60 Hatteras cockpit motor yacht 3 cabins
low price $152,500 slip available
47’ Bayliner 1997 Pilothouse 3 cab very
clean and equipped - motivated $199,000
42 Sea Ray 2001 mtor yacht, twin dsls, larg-
er saloon model, turn key - from $179,000
39 Symbol 1989 double cabin Caterpillar
diesels $85,000
38 Carver 1988 motor yacht only $69,500
29’ Regal 1997 express with 2 cabins twin
engines, generator, make offer $37,500
37 Fisher Pilothouse 1975 bluewater ketch
upgraded 1991 new engine $89,000 TRADE
65 McKinna 2002 pilot house,3 cabins,
loaded low hours $699,000
36’ Carver 1989 aft cab 2 state rooms, dual
controls, great for fam & livaboard $36,900
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August 31
Jimmy Walker “Buffalo Chip” Toss
Come test your athletic skills and compete for
the furthest toss at our 27th Annual Buffalo Chip
Toss. Choose your chip wisely! Prizes will be
awarded for the furthest throws. All chips will
be provided for the event. For more information
or questions please contact Leslie Boutillier at
310-510-4249, or visit
our website at
September 10
About Boating Safely Course
A concise yet comprehensive boating safety
course that covers boating basics and gives
you the knowledge to operate your boat
safely. Course fee for either class is $45 per
person or $55 per couple, if paid in advance.
ABS: Sept 10th - Oct 1st / 7:00-9:30 p.m. at
California Yacht Club 4469 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, California 90292 Mail to: (424) 248-7190. www.
September 10
Women’s Sailing Association Sep-
tember Speaker: Transpac 2013
on the Santa Cruz 70 “Maverick”
Speakers will be Transpac ”Maverick” crew
John Staff and Michelle Shanks who will take
some of the mystery out of offshore racing.
They will address boat preparation, navigation,
sail trim, what to wear, key personal gear,
sleeping, and provisioning/cooking while telling
the story of Maverick’s just completed race from
Los Angeles to Honolulu. The evening begins at
6:30 p.m. with a social hour, no-host cocktails
and a hosted dinner with the meeting beginning
at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will begin at 8 p.m. For
more information, email wsasmbmembership@, visit our website:
or friend us on Facebook.
September 11
Weekend Navigator Course
A comprehensive course designed for both
experienced and novice powerboat and sailboat
operators. The course is divided into two major
parts designed to educate the boater in skills
required for a safe voyage on a variety of waters
and boating conditions. $80 textbook due at
registration, the frst night of the course. Sept
11th - Nov 12th / 7:30-9:30 PM at King Harbor
Yacht Club 280 Yacht Club Way Redondo
Beach, CA 90277 Register and Reserve your
spot by email:
September 12
Boating Skills
Seamanship/Sailing Skills Courses
Two comprehensive courses designed for both
the experienced and novice boater. The courses
provide up-to-date knowledge for handling
boats in all conditions, with an emphasis on
power boats and sailboats. Includes a review
of both State and Federal regulations. $80
textbook & materials fee, due at registration,
the frst night of the course. SS&S: Sept 12th
- Nov 21st / 7:00-9:30 p.m. BS&S: Sept 12th
- Nov 21st / 7:00-9:30 p.m. at Del Rey Yacht
Club 13900 Palawan Way Marina Del Rey, CA
90292 Register and Reserve your spot by email:
September 14th
Microbrew Fest at Two Harbors
Celebrate our 11th Annual Microbrew Fest on
the beach in Two Harbors. Sample a selection
of microbrews while listening to live music.
Tickets go on sale August 1st. Call 310-510-
4205 for more information or to purchase
September 14
Marina del Rey
Outrigger Canoe Club
Come try this exciting team water sport at
Mothers’ Beach, Palawan Way (south of
Admiralty), Marina del Rey. Newcomers
are welcome; Saturdays beginning Sept.
14, 8-11 a.m. For more information, email, or visit www.
September 18-21
Catalina Film Festival
The Catalina Film Festival is back for another
year of flms and sunshine! The festival, an
annual celebration of flm on the only West
Coast resort island, features more than 100 flms
screened at multiple venues around the island
plus nightly events and daily entertainment.The
competitive festival present awards in up to 10
categories, including the prestigious ISLA Earth
Award. For more info, visit,
tweet us at or like us
September 19
55th Annual Catalina
Festival of Art
Longest running annual event on Catalina
Island. Artists from all over the country exhibit
along Crescent Avenue and sell their works of
fne art, sculpture, fne crafts & photography.
Highlights include charity art auction and kids
art show. Catalina Art Association. 310-510-
September 21
MdR Kayak Cleanup - National
Coastal Cleanup Day
At 8:00 am come down to Marina del Rey for
the traditional end-of-summer Kayak Cleanup,
where spirited volunteers bring a kayak, paddle
board or dinghy, get in the trenches and help
clean the harbor! Limited number of watercraft
will be available for onsight rental. Regsitration
is $10 with personal watercraft, $20 with loaner.
8 a.m. - Noon. Launching from Santa Monica
Windjammers Yacht Club. More info at 310-
September 26
California Yacht Club Yachting
Dinner: “Catalina Island – Paradise
Lost ….or ?”
Presented by Catalina Harbor Master Armando
Eason. Join yachting enthusiasts at 6:15
p.m. for the California Yacht Club’s monthly
presentation on boating interests. At this Dinner,
Catalina Harbor Master Armando Eason will
present an update about what is happening now
and planned for the future of the famous local
Island. As a favorite Port of Call for both sail and
power boaters, discover the Island Company’s
vision for the venues of Catalina. Uncover their
plans serving desires/needs of both the causal
“landlubber” tourist and those of the serious
cruising sailor. Of special interest will be a
discussion of options for access to California
Yacht Club’s historically favorite anchorage
at Ballast Point. No host Cocktails – 6:15
p.m. Bountiful Buffet - 7:00 p.m. followed by
Presentation $25.00 includes dinner, tax, service
and parking. Open to all who enjoy yachting
and adventure, as a public service of CYC
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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Reservations Required California Yacht Club.
4469 Admiralty Way – MdR – 310.823.4567 –
September 28
Catalina Island Conservancy
Half Marathon
Enjoy the expansive Catalina Island
Conservancy Nature Preserve with its
spectacular vistas while being challenged by the
rugged terrain. Spectrum Sports Management.
October 3 – 6
Buccaneer Day’s at Two Harbors
Aargh, mateys! Come celebrate our 24th Annual
Buccaneer’s Weekend. Don your best pirate
attire and set sail for Two Harbors for a weekend
of treasure hunts, costume contests, great food,
live music and a lot of fun. For more info please
contact Two Harbors Events at 310-510-4249, or visit our website at
October 8
Reading Nautical Charts & Gps for
Mariners Course
HRNC is a boating seminar on unraveling the
mystery of charts (and what those little icons on
your GPS actually mean). GPS for Mariners is
a modern learning experience that focuses on
GPS equipment and related electronics typically
owned and used by recreational boaters. Course
fee for either class is $45 per person or $55 per
couple, if paid in advanced. HRNC: Oct 8th &
15th / 7:00-9:30 PM GPS: Oct 22nd & 29th /
7:00-9:30 PM at California Yacht Club 4469
Admiralty Way Marina Del Rey, California
90292. Mail to: (424)
248-7190. Register online at: www.uscga1242.
Marina del Rey
Outrigger Canoe Club
Come try this exciting team water sport at
Mothers’ Beach, Palawan Way (south of
Admiralty), Marina del Rey. Women practice
Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and
Saturdays at 8 a.m. Men practice Tuesdays and
Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 a.m.
Newcomers are welcome! For more information,
contact Steve at (310) 997-2313 or Cal at (310)
902-8096; email, or
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 4:00 PM to
7:00 PM. Food items are provided at a moderate
price. 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 call
(310) 853-0428, visit our website www.mvyc.
org, or contact .
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. 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
Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd
Tuesday of each month. We would like to
welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We
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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 Jeanne Cronin at jeannecro@
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.
To list a coming event, email
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MdR Lifeguards
on the Job
“The Fuelman”
Dies at 58
Local Boater Makes
Run for Congress
Diesel Tank Cleaning &
Filter Systems Installed
at Your Slip
Water, Sludge & Algae Removed
Dwyn Hendrickson 310-722-1283
Since 1974
• LP Painting - Sprayed or Brushed
• Fiberglass & Gel Coat Repair
• Custom Fabrication & Modifcations
•Teak Deck Restorations & Replacement
• Complete Cosmetic Maintenance
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On a Wednesday evening this past month,
L.A. County Lifeguards responded to a boat in
distress on the detached breakwater in Marina
del Rey.
As the Sunset Series sailed by, Baywatch Del
Rey, rescued six people after their boat crashed
into the breakwater. By the time lifeguards were
on scene, the 20’ powerboat was lodged eight
feet up into the rocks, but no one suffered any
injuries. Lifeguards described it as a “miracle”
that it wasn’t worse. Story courtesy of Los
Angeles County Fire Department, Lifeguard
Photo by Pat Reynolds
Longtime boater and member of the Marina del
Rey community Randy “The Fuelman” Goslee
passed over the bar on August 8. He reportedly
died quietly at his home in Lake Isabella at the
age of 58.

Randy, a popular and well-liked fgure, managed
the fuel dock in Marina del Rey for 25 years and
was a longtime member of Pacifc Mariners
Yacht Club. Many will miss him.

A celebration of his life will be held at Pacifc
Mariners YC September 29 at 1 p.m. For more
info please e-mail
(Malibu, CA) Congressional candidate (CA-33),
Emmy nominee and MdR boater Brent Roske
offcially announced his candidacy on Friday,
August 9 at Creative Visions in Malibu. The
Independent candidate, running against 39-year
incumbent Rep. Henry Waxman, was joined
by cast members of his series ‘Chasing The
Hill’ and other members of the entertainment
industry as he tossed his hat into the ring.
Roske is proposing a very novel idea should he
win – a “two for one”, as he calls it.
“If I get elected, I’m going to share the job
with Rep. Henry Waxman for the frst year,”
Roske said. “Yes - that’s correct. I’m going to
split the salary, which is currently 174k, and the
job, learning from Rep. Waxman’s 38 years in
Congress. Rep. Waxman is actually considering
my idea.”
Check out for more
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Paddleboarders Clean Up Marina
Catalina Cruise Slated
for October
Outboards, Inflatables & Boat Supplies
Kent Andersson
Servicing MdR
since 1984
Phone: 310-823-1105
Cell: 310-463-0077
12792 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City
Venice, CA (July 2013)
Volunteers and Yoga enthusiasts
gathered at the water’s edge in
Marina del Rey on Saturday,
July 27
to celebrate the launch
of Kurmalliance’s new boat
initiative with the help of the
Santa Monica Windjammer
Yacht Club. With the addition
of a bio-diesel fueled boat,
the Kurmalliance organization
plans to expand its ocean clean-
up with deep sea clean boat
excursions. Day-long festivities
included paddle board yoga,
harbor trash collection by
paddle board volunteers
and a celebratory lunch at the Santa Monica
Windjammer Club.
Both the paddle board yoga and paddle board
clean-up were led by Brock Cahill, the founder
of the Kurmalliance organization, who believes,
“by creating a sense of playfulness we inspire,
educate and encourage individuals to refuse
to use single use plastic products, effectively
working to eliminate the root cause of the
plastic pollution problem while witnessing
frsthand the devastating effect of the pollution.”
Cahill, a world renowned yoga instructor and
environmentalist, understands that every effort
to help clean the ocean is a positive step in
ending the vast pollution problem facing our
oceans today.
Over a dozen people volunteered for paddle
board clean up. Volunteers were amazed at the
amount of refuse that was picked up in just
an hour of clean up. Over 12 5-gallon buckets
were flled to the brim. Volunteer Lisa Ferris
said, “I never knew so many plastic things that
should be recycled, end up in the ocean and our
The Kurmalliance organization hosts monthly
paddle board clean-up and deep sea boat
excursions. Visit our website and Facebook to
get involved.
Recognizing that plastic pollution is a major
cause of habitat degradation, Kurmalliance
improves marine ecosystems for sea turtles
and their cohabitants through plastic clean-up
efforts in the Santa Monica Bay and though our
Pluckfastic initiative which encourages the local
community to choose to refuse single use plastic
Learn more about our organization on our
website or fnd us on
Facebook at
The famous Captain Woody, from the world of
Latitudes and Attitudes and now the Cruising
Outpost is rallying the troops to take part in the
quite popular Catalina Cruiser’s Weekend that
will be happening at Two Harbors from October
18 - 20.
The plan is for cruisers to arrive on Friday in
time for happy hour and live music at the Harbor
Reef bar. On Saturday there will be exhibitor
booths, cruising seminars, BBQ and live island
music, for free.
“Like last year, this is a not for proft event.
Any money we make goes to Heal the Bay & [Catalina Environmental Leadership
Program],” said Woody.
There will be raffes and giveaways to beneft the
aforementioned organizations
There’s quite a bit more in store including
tall ships and tri-tips. For more info go to
weekend/ .
Pacifc Fire & Marine
Marine Fire
Suppression Specialists
Annual fire system inspection & certification
Fire extinguisher recharge & sales
Engine room system install & repair
Complete dockside service
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“Cruising guide to California’s Channel
Islands”, a book by Brian Fagan, is
considered by many to be the best cruising
guide ever written for the area. Mr. Fagan
commands a vast wealth of knowledge and
has written many other well regarded books,
but on this day he was kind enough to discuss
this particular feld of expertise with “The
The Mariner: Not only have you extensively
cruised the Southern California, Northern
Mexican waters, you’ve written a book about it that still remains one
of the most well-respected books written on the subject. That said, what
spots, of the ones you’ve covered in The Cruising Guide to Central and
Southern California, are your personal favorites?
Fagan: Without question, my two favorites are the north coast of Santa
Cruz Island with its many nice anchorages and the San Francisco Bay
area, where the quality of sailing is unrivaled. At Santa Cruz, you have
to anchor and it’s like a 19th-century world. No buoys to secure to and
you are on your own and have to make judgments about where to anchor.
Sailing through the Golden Gate and under the Bridge is one of the great
cruising experiences. And the summer sailing there is boisterous and
The Mariner: Where are some cruising spots in Southern California that
you consider “well kept secrets”?
Fagan: There are few well kept secrets left in Central and Southern
California waters, especially south of Point Mugu, where the marine
environment is largely artifcial these days. I can fnd you a nice anchorage
at the Channel Islands with no one in it over any summer long weekend-
-but I’m keeping my mouth shut! My advice: take advantage of the fact
that most people go to the same old places--a mistake!
The Mariner: In your experience, is Point Conception, the Cape Horn of
the West Coast as some have suggested?
Fagan: Point Conception has been the subject of almost more bar talk
than any other headland in the United States. Yes, the winds can blow
strongly there and it can be a nasty place, but, if you time your passage
north and south and travel north at night, you should have no trouble. Like
so much else, it’s a matter of common sense, careful timing, and judgment
when on passage. And please...ignore the bar talk! You’ll probably fnd
that most of those holding forth have never been there!
The Mariner: Do you think technology has made cruising generally
Fagan: Yes, technology has made sailing safer in the sense that you can
push a button and fnd out where you are. But I worry about a whole
generation of people at sea, who have never used a Dead Reckoning or even
taken a bearing. What happens if your batteries die or your electronics take
a day off? Frankly, and I am conservative
here and West Marine may hate me for it,
but I think a lot of the electronic goodies we
now consider “essential” are unnecessary.
What’s wrong with a chart, a compass, a
bearing compass and a pencil and parallel
rulers? They make for far more entertaining
and challenging passage making--but you
have to realize that I am old fashioned!
The Mariner: If you were speculating - do
you think most Southern California boaters
know enough about how to properly anchor
their boat?
Fagan: Anchoring is an art, not a matter of technology alone, much as
the technology obsessed among us would like you to believe. Yes, many
Southern California sailors have never anchored, or rarely done so,
living as they do in a marina environment, or with moorings at Catalina.
Anchoring is a matter of experience and practice, of digging your anchor
in securely and laying out plenty of scope, as well as choosing the right
place. If you’re doubtful about your anchoring skills, recruit a crew
and spend several weekends practicing again and again. Then go to the
Channel Islands, and I guarantee that you’ll be fne.
The Mariner: Have you cruised near San Nicolas and/or San Clemente
Islands? If so, is it an interesting place to visit even though you can’t land?
Fagan: For most people, I don’t think that San Nicolas and San Clemente
are worth the long passages to and from the mainland. The fun of the
Channel Islands is exploration both at sea and on land--and you can do
that at other islands. Having said this, they are certainly worth seeing.
The Mariner: What have you found most gratifying about cruising these
Fagan: The predictable summer weather and the afternoon trades. I’ve
had more perfect sailing days and wonderful passages here than anywhere
else in the world. We are lucky to have such a perfect cruising ground so
The Mariner: What boating highlight will stay with you forever?
Fagan: Making landfall on the British Virgin Islands from Europe within
a 1/4 mile of our destination--a rock 38 feet high with a light, WITHOUT
using GPS--sextant only. That and sailing from England to Finland and
back, again without electronics.
The Mariner: What skill or piece of knowledge do you wish you learned
far earlier than you did?
Fagan: Patience--patience to go with the fow and to accept that good
seamanship means waiting for the right conditions. To my mind, it is not
fund to pound your way to windward when you can avoid it. I think such
patience comes with age and experience.
Master of the Channel Islands
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In the Splash Zone
Cruising isn’t always pretty...
Tim Tunks recalls a day in Mexico that called for him to dive in and save a boat from sinking.
n 1996 I wanted to see how
much had changed at Nuevo
Vallarta, Mexico, since my
engine failure fve years
before, but the Marina entrance
was still the same obstacle course
of underwater sandbars. Designed
like several other Mexican marina
entrance channels, one side was a
straight jetty and the other side a
jagged saw-tooth array of small
rock jetties set perpendicular to
the channel at about seventy-fve
foot intervals, each with shallow
beaches built up behind.
An engineer once explained the
concept to me. The shallow beaches and jetties
on the saw-tooth side were designed to absorb
and dissipate wave energy from swells entering
the channel, reducing the uncomfortable surge
inside the marina.
Not very effective at dampening wave energy,
this design also helps generate bumps and
gullies in the channel foor—bumps that
greatly reduce the entrance depth when bump,
boat, and wave trough share the same time
and space. Scallywag’s rudder reminded me
of this fact when I sailed in to visit the just-
opened Paradise Village Resort and Marina
one afternoon at high tide.
I had checked in with the marina dockmaster by
radio before entering and was assured there was
no problem with entrance depth, and a friend
with a house in the area had drawn me a chart of
the bottom contour. I felt confdent Scallywag’s
fve foot-draft and the high tide would give us
plenty of margin from the eight-foot minimum
depth reported at low tide.
Despite following the charted channel perfectly,
Scallywag shuddered frightfully as she
encountered the frst big bump while foating
deeply in the trough of a three-foot swell. I could
feel the shock through the steering wheel, and
my heart sank as the spade rudder hit bottom
twice more.
The rudder damage was immediately obvious
when the rudder jammed at about ten degrees
of turn to starboard and maximum force was
required on the wheel to unjam it and turn to port.
With the handheld VHF radio I again contacted
the dockmaster to explain my dilemma and
request one of the dozen slips that had been
built. As all the slips were along one dock to our
left, I planned my approach as a large circle to
port, the direction the rudder would move. The
dockmaster was there to catch our spring line as
we eased up to the dock.
My next move after getting fenders deployed
and mooring lines secured was to don swimming
suit, fns, mask, and snorkel to see how bad
things were. Even with the poor visibility in this
muddy estuary it was clear the rudder shaft was
bent and I could see white shredded fberglass
where the top trailing tip of the rudder must
have snapped off as it was wedged against the
hull. I surfaced and called for a hacksaw and a
turn of the steering wheel to locate a cut line that
would permit full articulation of the bent rudder.
With a full range of rudder angulation restored
it was time for a dock hose shower and a cold
beer. As it happened, the trauma was so severe
Scallywag and I needed a full
fve days to recover at this nearly
empty and newly opened deluxe
resort before returning to the
boatyard in Marina Vallarta for
haul out and repair.
However there was another
dramatic entrance-channel
grounding on the third day of our
recovery. This story of extensive
hull damage and the emergency
response effort is instructive.
Recompense was an Ericson 32
sailboat that had departed Nuevo
Vallarta for a trip back to the
U.S. on the day before our grounding. They
had been driven back by a rare winter storm
and I recognized the boat and crew as they
approached the entrance. The storm surge had
generated breaking waves in the channel and it
was clear there could be a far worse result than
the easily repaired damage the sturdy Scallywag
had suffered. Repeated radio hails failed to get
a response from Recompense so I jumped into
the dinghy and motored full speed to warn them.
I was too late. By the time I reached them
they had already bounced several times off the
bottom and the rig had loosened so much that
the mast was now tracing circles in the sky as it
wobbled drunkenly about. Deformation of the
hull was the only probable cause for the loose
rig and major structural damage was the only
probable cause for the hull deformation.
This was obviously a very ugly situation.
It was certain my six-horsepower outboard
could render negligible towing assistance, so
I requested they deploy their bow anchor and
rode to my dinghy so a kedge could be anchored
further up the channel with which they could
winch themselves free. Alas, they had secured
the bow anchor for their trip north with multiple
wraps of an old jib sheet and lots of knots (“if
you can’t tie good knots, tie lots of bad ones” is
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common advice) and they were still fumbling
about when two pangas with their powerful
outboard engines arrived and passed them a line.
As I scurried out of the way I could hear the
sickening sounds of the keel hitting bottom
again and again—the rig getting looser with
every bump. I fgured the next chapter of this
story would involve two-part underwater epoxy
and scuba gear, all of which I gathered together
on the dock.
My dock neighbors were an accomplished
Canadian sailing couple I’d known for a few
years by now. John, a retired heart surgeon, was
recruited to be my dinghy operator and epoxy
mixer. We placed a pair of mixing boards with
two large putty knives in the dinghy alongside a
two-part kit of Splash Zone underwater epoxy
from Scallywag’s emergency repair kit.
One more radio call to Recompense got the
response that they were now secure in a slip
across the channel in the decrepit Nuevo
Vallarta Marina and all was well. I unzipped
my dive suit, but kept everything in readiness
in case things were not as secure as reported—
which turned out to be the case.
Next we heard a radio request for extra bilge
pumps and I fgured John and I would soon be
called to duty.
“John, you’ll be in the dinghy mixing batches of
the putty for me to apply. You hand me the new
loaded mixing board when I fnish applying the
one at hand.”
“How should I mix it?” he inquired.
“Mix it real well.” I responded.
Gathering up a couple of underwater dive lights
to help visibility—as the winter sun was starting
to set—we loaded up and motored across to the
stricken vessel. Quite a crowd had assembled on
the dock to render advice and I dove down with
a light to survey the damage. Severe it was, with
a gaping smile-shaped crack open at the leading
edge of the keel where it met the hull. Visible
cracks could be seen all around the keel and
there was one bad rip that opened from the keel
up the port side, under the head area of the boat.
This was an area with extensive interior details
molded to strengthen the boat around the mast
and keel loads.
No wonder the rig went slack, I said to myself.
The bulkhead on the port side must surely be
crushed, requiring complete demolition of the
interior to access that section of the hull and
keel stump. I surfaced and asked John to start
mixing Splash Zone, and to report the extent of
the damage to Recompense’s unhappy owner.
Underwater loading a spreader full of goo
from the mixing board and pushing it into the
gaping hole was a surprisingly diffcult and
messy process. Stringy flaments would suspend
themselves in the water and then wrap around
whatever they encountered whether it be part of
me or my scuba gear. Soon I noticed my epoxy-
coated gloved hands were contaminating my
mouthpiece when I surfaced to instruct John to
mix smaller batches and to push the mass close
to one corner of the mixing board for more
effective application.
I must have been working a long time; for
daylight was completely gone when I was
notifed the leak had diminished enough that
one small pump was keeping up with the infow.
I was taking a last dive to smooth things out a
bit and work some more putty into the biggest
cracks, when John reached down and tapped
my shoulder, signaling me to surface and
“How much more putty will you need?” he
“Not much. Why do you ask? Are we running
“No, I just wanted to know if I should open the
other can,” said John.
Nearly swallowing my goo-coated regulator
from laughter, I contemplated how much more
effective a dozen kids chewing up packages
of gum and handing them down would have
been—not to mention how much cheaper than
the several hundred dollars a one gallon kit of
Splash Zone costs.
The bright side of John’s mixing error is that the
part “A” material that was stuck all over my dive
suit and gear was ever so much easier to remove
as soft goo than if it was hardened epoxy.
It was a good learning experience. In retrospect,
a correct response would be to use a few tubes of
silicone caulk or adhesive along with a caulking
gun to apply it for a temporary fx. Application
would have been exponentially easier with a
caulking gun, and Recompense’s structure was
far too compromised for the epoxy putty to
provide any structural strength. I realized that
mixing epoxy putty and loading into a caulking
tube, and using a caulking gun to apply it could
be a most effective repair for less extensive
My next trip stateside, I picked up a dozen
empty caulking tubes, a few of which stayed in
my emergency supplies to be loaded with epoxy
when needed and the rest were distributed to
friends after being told this story.
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IRegatta is a sailboat racing and GPS navigation
application for smartphones and tablets,
available in the Apple Store and Android
At $20, it is the least expensive “full service
sailboat racing tool” I have found, offering most
of the features found in very sophisticated and
expensive programs like Expedition.
I will cover six of IRegatta’s eight pages here.
You will use three always, one more if you have
“polars” for your boat, and two more if your
boat has a NMEA to Wi-Fi adapter. More on that
aspect later in this article.
Let’s start out by focusing on those frst three
Page 1 is the GPS “Navigation page”
As a standalone GPS, it is by far the easiest
one I have found. It only takes two touches
of the screen to select and navigate to either a
waypoint or an established route.
It only takes the same two touches plus a single
touch (one for each waypoint of the route) to
establish a route. If the Race Committee signals
a “new” weather mark, you can select the “new”
weather mark from the mark list with the same
two touches.
If the new mark is signaled in bearing and
distance, touch the Pos button on the same
screen, type in the heading and distance to the
next mark (using keyboard that pops up), press
save twice and fnally select that new mark.
That may seem like a few steps, but believe me,
it takes about fve seconds.
Try that with any Garmin handheld GPS and
you will be trying to fgure out which buttons
to press until you’ve either missed your start or
the race is over!
Page 2 is the “Race View page”
This is the primary page you will use during a
race. Four individual boxes on this page display
any item you select including COG, SOG,
VMG, etc.
Touch and hold a “box” for a couple of seconds,
then swipe left or right to choose the data you
Laylines, including distance and time to are also
displayed on this page.
Page 3 is the “Starting View page”
This page has a number of buttons that will
allow you to “ping” the RC boat and “pin” ends.
If either end of the line is a fxed mark, you can
select that mark using the “waypoint” button on
this screen, then sail past the stern of the RC
boat, touching the boat symbol on the screen to
select that end.
The app indicates the favored end (relative to
the weather mark selected) in green, how far to
the starting line and how much time to reach the
starting line.
The “time to the start line” is invaluable and has
allowed me to be “on the line” for nearly every
A “count down” timer takes up most of this
view and you can select the number of minutes
to the start (fve minutes for example) or an
actual starting time.
This second function is great for any race when
you know the actual time you will start, like
Wednesday nights or Inverted Starts.
There are + and – buttons to “sync” the timer if
you miss the gun. Those are the basics, now for
the more advanced features of the app.
IF you have “Polars” or target speeds for your
boat from a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP),
you can import these while “syncing” your
device (this is also how you import a waypoint
Most boat manufacturers will supply these if
you ask. Beneteau, Farr, J boats and many OD
classes will supply the polars, while a number
of independent companies will do the same (for
a fee).
Page 4 is the “Tactical page”
Once you have imported the “Polars”, this page
will tell you the tack and jibe angles for your
boat at any manually entered wind speed. You
adjust the actual wind speed with a slider at the
base of the page, matching your instruments.
If your boat has a “NMEA to Wi FI” adapter
(more on this aspect later in the article), the app
will receive all of the information from your on
board electronics.
Using the wind speed and wind direction
broadcast by this adapter, the app will calculate
and display true wind direction, current and
opposite tack heading, as well as jibe angles. It
Checkin’ Out iRegatta
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Long time MdR racer Rick Ruskin takes a racing app through its paces
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will also display on the “Race View Page” any
of the relevant NMEA information received.
Page 6 is the NMEA page
Displays ALL NMEA information supplied by
your on board electronics.
Page 7 is the AIS page
Displays AIS information supplied by your on
board electronics.
I’ve included links to the App’s Website:
Tomas is unbelievably responsive and will
usually get back to you in one day. He seriously
considers all input and regularly does updates to
the app based on this input.
Finally, a NMEA to WI FI adapter connects to
your on board instrument’s NMEA outputs and
then broadcasts that information (like your home
Wi-Fi network) to any onboard Smartphone or
Tablet or PC.
These adapters are sold by a number of
manufacturers and typically sell for about $300.
I’ve found a Swedish company selling one for
about $110 delivered to the US.
I’ve included links to some vendors below:
ht t p: / / www. mi l l t echmari ne. com/ Comar-
N ME A - 2 - WI F I - N ME A - t o - WI F I -
All in all this may seem a little overwhelming,
but if you just keep your focus on pages 1-3,
I promise you will be blown away by the
simplicity and brilliance of the App.
In addition to being very active in the local
racing and yacht club scene, Rick Ruskin is
also been a professional in the area of audio/
video for over 30 years and for the past 10
years has been involved in professional marine
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’ve been fooling around in boats for
about 40 years, maybe longer. I’d like
to share a few hard learned lessons
with you.
1. Boats stink. The usual suspects are heads
and mildew. First thing - close the head’s
saltwater intake through-hull. Then, either rig a
freshwater tank devoted to the head or simply
use the shower wand from the sink and put a
pint of freshwater in the bowl to fush - add
more as needed. By eliminating the saltwater
micro-critters from the head you will reduce
the odor substantially. There is also the added
beneft of no mineralization build up in the
hoses and valves and fewer repairs. The amount
of freshwater used is inconsequential over long
weekends and short vacations.
Mildew’s musty odor is also ubiquitous
onboard most boats. If possible, wash your
cushion covers once a year, and air the foam
on deck for a full day in the spring sunshine.
While the cushions are out on deck use that
opportunity to wipe down bulkheads, lockers
and compartments with a solution of 10%
bleach - open your hatches. And, while your
crawling around, keep an eye out for repair and
maintenance issues.
2. Be comfortable with anchoring. Practice
and make sure your ground tackle is in good
repair and ready to deploy in an emergency. I
have known more than one person who turned
around and came back from Catalina on a
busy weekend when there were no moorings
available. I’ve also known boats to go up on the
beach or rocks because an anchor couldn’t be
deployed in a timely manner.
3. If you’re thinking you might need to reef
- you do. Know how to use your boat’s reefng
system, practice, and put one in early - before
things get ugly.
4. Keep your boat squared away. Whether
you’re daysailing, or at the island for a long
weekend, be sure your guests keep their gear
neatly stowed. No one likes to stumble over
clutter or spend a lot of time searching for stuff.
Explain to your guests that you’re not a “neat
freak”, but that “tidy” and “shipshape” is best
for everyone.
5 Marine electronics - no substitute for
seamanship. Marine electronics are wonderful
things, but don’t rely completely upon them
- they are no substitute for experience or
seamanship. At least, have a handheld compass
and paper charts and, at a minimum, know basic
coastal navigation. A handheld VHF and GPS
are good back-ups as well.
6. Practice man overboard like your life
depended on it. By now, most of you know
that I prefer the “Heave To Pickup” to the
“Figure 8”.
Here, again, are the basics:
a) Call out, “Man Overboard!” - Get a
throwable foatation device to the MOB.
b) Assign crew to watch the MOB.
c) Depending on conditions, sail off about 2-3
boat lengths - come about - do not let go the
jib sheet. Allow it to “backwind”.
d) Steer the boat toward the MOB. When
the MOB is a few feet off the bow turn the
wheel hard to weather - the leeward quarter
will slip toward the MOB. (On some boats
it may be necessary to ease the main sheet
so that the boat will not comeabout despite
the backwinding headsail. Experiment with
your boat under different conditions to see
how she responds.)
e) Have a crew member stand by with a
cleated-off line to throw to the MOB as they
come alongside.
f) Get your boarding gate or ladder ready.
If you are on a deep broad reach or run, it might
be better to turn the engine on so you can more
easily and quickly get back to weather. Always
have the engine in neutral as your vessel comes
alongside the MOB. You don’t save any money
buying only one shoe.
7. Things can get risky at night or in bad
weather. Keep your crew in the cockpit if
possible and wear lifejackets. At night be sure
to have whistles and lights attached (and maybe
an EPIRB) to the PFD. If crew must go forward
use tethers/jacklines.
8. Spend some money on a good dinghy and
outboard. You’ll fnd you spend a lot of time
in them when you’re at the island. Have a motor
that’s reliable and a dinghy that is stable and
large enough for your crew. In local waters they
also make pretty fair life rafts in a pinch.
9. Never abandon the boat for the water or
a life raft unless it’s a step “uphill”. Don’t
abandon a sinking boat - let it abandon you.
Here’s why:
a) A partially submerged boat is a lot easier to
see than a dinghy or a bobbing lifejacket with
a head sticking out.
b) Even in our relatively warm waters
hypothermia will kill you in a matter of hours
- don’t be in a hurry to speed the process up.
The boat may remain afoat longer than you
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Some dogs were born for the water, others less
so. According to Boat Owners Association of The
United States (BoatUS), the key to boating with
dogs, is taking it slow and making safety #1. Here
are eight tips to get you started:
Before you go:
• Get a good ftting life jacket and have the dog
wear it a few times around the home before they
get on a boat. Any pet life jacket should have a
handle to easily lift the animal out of the water.
• Have a special ID tag with the name of the
boat, marina, slip number and cellphone number on it just in case. If the
dog gets lost, it’s a lot easier for the person who fnds them to get them
back to you quickly.
• If there is any chance you’ll be going to Canada and Mexico, make
sure you have current rabies vaccine and other shot documentation with
you as dog tags are not acceptable proof of immunizations. It is also a
good idea to check with customs because the rules and requirements
often change.
Getting started:
• Familiarize the dog with the boat slowly - don’t just get on the boat
and leave the dock right away. Ideally, bring the dog to the boat for the
frst time without leaving the dock, and let give them a chance to sniff
around and get their sea legs. It may help to start
the engine so they are used the sound.
• Plan for falls overboard, either from the boat
or dock. If the dog falls overboard underway - or
jumps in - you may be able to circle back and
retrieve Fido just like a fallen water skiier, pulling
up slowly, cutting the engine and luring the dog to
the swim platform with a treat. If you don’t have
swim platform, smaller dogs may be lifted over
the side by their life jacket handle, but bigger dogs
may require a different solution. If a dog falls off
a dock, know that seawall bulkheads may prevent
the animal from a self-rescue.
• Bring plenty of water and make sure there’s some place the dog can get
out of the sun and stay as cool as possible. Know the symptoms of dog
heat stroke. While seasick dogs may vomit, that’s also one sign of heat
stroke. Rapid, loud or diffculty breathing, extreme thirst, thick saliva,
disorientation and a bright red tongue and pale gums are a few of the
• If you’re going to be out on the boat for more than a few hours, plan
on how your dog will relieve themselves, and pick up after your dog, no
matter where they go. If you see where someone else didn’t pick up after
their dog, pick it up for them. You don’t want to give any opportunity to
show why dogs shouldn’t be allowed in your marina, and your boating
friends will love you for it.
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The words that probably best
describes this summer’s fshing action
might just be “bluefn tuna”. Most say
it’s the best it’s been in years.
We are seeing dorado and yellowtail
under patties and it seems anglers
trolling Catalina with Rapalas have
been successful at picking them up.
As the season continues, fshing gets
a bit better locally and the return on
your fuel bill and flling fsh bags is
also looking good.
I’m looking forward to the marlin
tournaments getting underway. I’m
noticing that even that species is
trending toward “catch and release”.
Around the bay there’s still been white
seabass taken on both ends of the
point because the squid has stuck
around. Rockfsh on dropper loops
with squid is flling those sacks!
Fin bait and squid are the main staple
of bait that are covering both pelagic
and bottom fsh. Look for the sand
bass and calico to continue to make
there showing. Hopefully it’s going to
be a longer summer.
Until next time………….tight Lines
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Santa Monica Bay was pretty passive for the last day of racing of the Lido 14 National Class
Championship. The predicted clearing never really materialized and the wind never fully established
itself creating a course that was generally favored on the right side but also created a few game
changing shifts to the left. Winds stayed in the eight to nine knot range with some occasional puffs
where both skipper and crew would sit on the high side. When all the smoke and fog had cleared on
Thursday’s event, Christophe Killian rattled of a couple of bullets to hold off Stephen Klotz in the A
(Gold) feet and Terry Johnson had three frsts to win B (Silver) feet honors.
As a testament to the notion that the Lido 14 is a great family boat, ten of the 24 teams were
comprised of family members sailing together, fathers and kids, brothers and sisters and husbands
and wives. Killian went up against his Dad, Chris, and 13-year-old brother, Porter, in the gold feet.
After the Gold and Silver class competitions were in the books, the following two days saw
women and junior classes competing. On Friday, Kathy Reed got four frsts to beat SCCYC Staff
Commodore Tracey Kenney racing inside the Marina entrance channel and on Saturday junior
racers Frankie Dair and Gavin Abraham took care of business after the race committee threw out
the SI’s and asked the racers where they would like to race. The juniors raced between G and C
Basin inside Marina Del Rey.
Story by Andy Kopetzky & the Lido 14 Class Association
Left: Rounding the weather mark on the last race of the day, skipper Christophe Killian with
crewman Greg Dair head for the fnish line, then a championship spot on the podium. Photo Pat
Jeffry Matzdorff
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10. Monday morning meetings can be fatal.
I can’t recall how many times I’ve read of a
pilot, motorist or boater who died because they
pushed the odds - thinking they have to be at
work Monday morning - come hell or high
water. But, it happens all the time.
If you are at the island and the weather is bad;
dense fog, high winds/seas, or you have serious
mechanical problems - if your anchorage is
safe, stay put and wait it out. Monday morning
meetings are generally a waste of time. Don’t
waste your life attempting to attend one in
adverse conditions.
11. A man’s got to know his limitations.
That’s good advice from Dirty Harry. It’s
come in handy for me, both as a detective and
a boat captain. It’s great to work to improve
your skills, but know what they are, and don’t
push the limits of either your or the boat’s
12. If the “fx” looks easy - it’s probably
not much of a fx: The wind and sea have an
unfortunate way of fnding the weakness in
men and vessels. I’m a MacGyver “jury rig”
kinda guy, but often I have to force myself to
make a proper repair when time and situation
allows. I have paid the price for my “cocky
sloth” more than once. Now, I’m a believer in,
“fx it once - fx it right.”
13. There aren’t any free reflls with life -
when that straw starts sucking air get ready
to shake hands with Jesus.
I know many aging sailors who say, “You
know, in fve or six years I can retire and start
enjoying life.” Year after year they sit at dock
- clutching a glass flled with ice and regrets.
They muse and dream of the day when they
can “cast off” for distant horizons. Well, that’s
real smart…now that your youth and health
are gone - you’re gonna start enjoying things
- Someday soon. Sheesh...
Start squeezing out long weekends at the local
islands now - just as long and as often as you
can. Things might change before you know
it. Government restrictions and regulations,
fnances, family problems or your health may
close those doors of opportunity before you
can step out of your harness and into living.
“Someday” may never come.
“Carpe Diem” has always been a theme of
mine. Mostly I’ve lived “out of the box”,
always reckoned it was probably a good idea
... be in one soon enough.
Email Note: DishNetwork decided to get out of
the email biz and sad to say, “littlebighorn@” is out’a business. Gmail had
little to chose from in regard to addresses. I
couldn’t fnd anything boat oriented so, based
on a Randolph Scott western, “Ride Lonesome”
Captain Richard is a U.S.C.G. Licensed
Master of Sailing Vessels. He has skippered
charters and deliveries, taught sailing and
seamanship, managed yachts and written for
boating publications for nearly 30 years. He
can be reached for comments, instruction or
consultation at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at,
L o c a l C u r r e n t s
Continued from page 16
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Gizmo of the Month
Trimming bolt lengths - Leave that grinder in the dock-box
By Tim Tunks
Sell it in
Th e Ma r i n e r
Fr e e C l a s s i f i e d s
edi tor@mari ner magazi ne. com
hen deck hardware must be bolted
through the cabin top, use this quick
and easy method for trimming the
bolt lengths fush with their nuts without
grinding the sharp ends.
Utilize metal fatigue and the inherent bending
weakness of a stainless bolt to make a controlled
break at the desired place to countersink the
slightly jagged bolt-end within the nut. There
are variations of this basic method, but I will
teach the one I favor. You can easily learn this
trick with a little experimentation and practice.
Master the technique by solidly securing a
piece of scrap material through which you can
ft a one-quarter inch stainless bolt. A piece
of angle stock in your bench vise would be
perfect, but most any method of clamping your practice piece securely to
bench, post, or what-have-you, will suffce.
Fit the bolt through from the underside, place a washer under the nut on
the topside, and tighten the nut securely. With Vise-Grip type locking
pliers, clamp the excess bolt end and bend it back and forth gently until
it breaks off. This will leave an unacceptable bit of sharp broken bolt end
sticking out, however you will get a feeling for how little actual force is
required to fatigue and break the threaded portion.
The skill you will acquire, with practice, is to position the break so the
sharp broken bolt end is below the surface of the nut leaving nothing sharp
sticking out—something I did not think possible until I saw it done.
Poco a poco is Spanish for “bit by bit”, which is your key to clean
breaking success.
Fit a new practice bolt and start making the frst back
and forth bends with the pliers locked quite close to
the nut, restricting the bend to only a few degrees in
each direction. Do this gently, bit by bit, to initiate the
break inside the nut. (Note: If the fastener is not well
tightened the bend can initiate on the wrong side of
the nut, in which case that weakened bolt should be
You will feel the metal start to soften with your gentle
bending which is your signal to re-grip the bolt a
quarter of an inch further from the nut, and, poco a
poco, increase how far you bend in each direction.
Soon you’ll be rewarded with a clean break and
nothing sticking beyond the nut.
If you want a custom fnished look, make a BB sized
ball of epoxy putty and work it into the nut’s recess.
(Epoxy putty in packaged ribbons or sticks is handy for all sorts of fast
fnish applications.)
If the deck hardware is to work under high loads, a double-thick nut can
be substituted for a regular one to insure there will still be suffcient bolt
threads remaining in the nut after the excess bolt has been removed. A
little grinder work on a double thick nut to round off the exposed corners
before installation will soften any future bumps or scrapes.
I fnd this technique superior to the use of “acorn nuts” which protrude
about three times as far as double thick nuts, making acorns much more
dangerous to any skull they contact.
Volume One of Tim’s new book, The Best Gift Ever for Sailors, is now
in print and available on or at discount price on: www. Look for Volume Two to be out early December in
time for holiday gift giving.
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Dear Mookie,
I’m trying to fgure out my retirement
fnances and it’s getting pretty complicated.
Do you know the most effective means by
which to retain the most amount of cash and
avoid heavy taxation? I was told rolling my
401K to a Roth IRA is the best thing. What
do you think?
Money Matters
Dear MM,
I’m pretty sure I accidentally inhaled a quarter
once while scarfng an old hot dog bun off the
street, so I do know a little something about
money. Defnitely roll that thing to the other
thing. Rolling is awesome. I roll in mud,
grass, death and excrement whenever I have
a chance. Roll it dude! You won’t be sorry.
Hope that helps!
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77ft Steel Expedition Schooner 1996
Reft 2012/13, twin keel-cooled Deere diesels, lifting
keel, twin rudders, 4 cabins, huge salon, new gal-
ley w/granite, new paint, amazing circumnavigator/
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Beneteau Oceanis 400
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Coronado 35’ 1974
Sloop, Center cockpit aft-cabin. Yanmar Diesel, well
maintained and many upgrades. Great live aboard
and ready to sail. Recent Survey available. $29,000
Denise (310) 490-9432
Lancer 30 1985
C&C Design, tan hull, 10 opening ports, pressurized
water, wheel steering, autopilot, roller furling, Yanmar
diesel, fast and lovely. $11,000. David (310) 351-
Newport 27’ 1984 Long Mast
In MDR, Catalina ready, internal diesel engine, new
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roller furling 150% jib, smart battery charge $5000
Ericson 27’ 1974
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$4,500 obo - Pls call rick at 818-445-9882
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42’ 1981 Californian Trawler
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8.5’ Bombard/Zodiac AX3, PVC, Slatted Floor $500
9.7’ Bombard/Zodiac AX4, PVC, Air Floor $600
10’ Mercury, Hypalon, Air Floor $1200
10’ Achilles, Hypalon, Air Floor $1000
Achilles sp310
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14’ - 16’ Boats $600-$1200
17’ - 21’ Boats $750-$1200
24’ - 29’ Boats $3000
Honda Outboards
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See page 26. Don at (818) 427-2144
3.5 Nissan $450
4 Mariner, Long $600
4 Mercury, Long $600
4 Mercury, Long $900
4 Suzuki $800
6 Evinrude $800
6 Mercury, Long $900
6 Mercury, Internal Tank $1150
6 Nissan $750
6 Nissan $1000
6 Tohatsu $800
6 Tohatsu $1000
6 Yamaha, NEW-3yr Warranty $1299
8 Honda $1000
9.9 Yamaha, High Thrust, Elec Start, Long $1200
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20 Honda, NEW-5yr Warranty, Long $3299
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