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A Publication For Where Land Ends
Issue #86
March 2010

A New
Season Opens
A Trying Journey to Bishop Rock

Tsunami Alert in Marina del Rey

Abby Sunderland Presses on

A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community

The Mariner is FROM THE EDITOR
Pat Reynolds
Photographs One evening this past month, at the exact moment I came out of the companionway into the cockpit of my
Pat Reynolds boat I heard a splash, saw a sizable dorsal fin and heard the hearty gasp of a dolphin’s breath. Awestruck
I watched the 10-12 foot animal surface, inches from my transom, then dive into the shallow waters of
Columnist E basin.
It was that powerful and very audible inhale that impressed me. I’ve witnessed dolphin hundreds of times
now – once, off the coast of Tijuana, we were in the middle of a pod of hundreds of speedy common
Dave Kirby dolphin, but I don’t think I was ever so close to a slow moving bottlenose as it sucked a giant breath of
Richard Schaefer air.
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Familiar and foreign all at the same time, the industrial strength inhale echoed off the seawall and the
Lisa Asahara
swirling wake from the 1000-pound animal diving, rocked the boats in their slips. Under the serenity of a
For advertising rates and quiet evening in the Marina, these unique beings (there were two) made a rare appearance in the cramped
Information contact confines of the harbor’s basins, reminding the few that watched that we’re not just floating in a parking lot
310-397-1887 - phone – we’re sitting atop another world that is quietly hustling along, busy beneath us, only rarely overlapping
email into our spectrum.
Editors note: Anyone that picked up on my mistake in the last issue where I wrote Abby Sunderland
Mailing address currently had the Central American coast on her right, let it be known I was assuming she was traveling
P.O. Box 9403 backwards around the world. I have recently learned that she is indeed making the trip facing forward, so
Marina del Rey, CA 90295 the coast would now be on her left….insert laugh track.
Thanks for picking it up!
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This issue - March 19 - April 16


Numbers Coming Events 4
at a glance:
Off the Wire 6
„ Marina del Rey
Rock and Roll 10
Sheriff: Tales from the Bishop Rock Race by Jim McCone

310-482-6000 Long Range Effect 12

A Tsunami Alert in Marina del Rey
„ Los Angeles County
Season Opener 14
Lifeguard: 2010 Opening Day Marina del Rey
310-577-5700 Catalina Currents 16
„ Vessel Assist: Cruising Tips by Richard Schaefer

800-399-1921 Powertails 18
2010 Halibut Derby on Haitus
„ Sea Tow
Racing 20
Ask the Expert - Boat Inspections Part 2 23
„ Marine Life Rescue
Ask Mookie 24
Classifieds 25
“Salute” by Pat Reynolds

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and refreshments are free. For more information and entertain. A series of 7 Lectures Tuesdays
contact California from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Space is limited
Yacht Club is located at 4469 Admiralty Way, – reservations are recommended. Call Mike
Marina del Rey. Leneman at Multi Marine (310) 821-6762.
To publish a community event email: April 10 & 11 April 14th
Del Rey Yacht Club’s Open House Open House Educational Event
Held on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. at SMWYC
March 25 to 4:00 p.m. For further info, please contact Cruising Croatia --Wendy Windebank, Carole
California Yacht Club Luncheon DRYC at (310) 823-4664 or email info@pv11. Walsh, Rick Shiffman.Happy Hour 6:30 –
“Recreational Boaters org . 7:30, Dinner 7:30 – 8:00, Speaker to follow.
an Endangered Species?” April 10th 3589 Mindinao Way, Marina del Rey. For
Join fellow power, sail and rowing enthusiasts 15th Annual Conservancy Ball Reservations: 310-827-7692. Most nights cost
for a critically informative forum addressing Hosted by the Catalina Island Conservancy, this is $10.00.
major issues impacting the recreational annual event is sure to be exciting. The black tie April 14th
boating community. Happy Half Hour – Noon event at the Avalon Casino Ballroom includes Sunset Series Begins
- Buffet Luncheon – 12:20 p.m. - Presentation dinner, big band dancing and live & silent The 21 week series begins on April 14th. The
- 12:40 p.m. - $14.75 includes Luncheon, tax, auctions. Catalina Island Conservancy (310) first warning is at 5:55 PM and the start line
service and parking. To guarantee admission – 510-2595. is located between SS and the committee boat
reservations requested. (310) 823-4567. Open April 13 directly in front of the breakwater. A festive
to all who enjoy yachting as a public service of How to Read a BBQ will begin immediately following the race
CYC - 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey ~ Nautical Chart Course (sunset) at the California Yacht Club located at
(310) 823-4567 ~ As the spring boating season approaches, 4469 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.
March 25 nautical charts and their usage remain a mystery April 20
Weekend Navigator-Part 2, to many boaters, resulting in an unsafe on-the- Oceanography For Boaters
The Coast Guard Auxiliary advanced navigation water experience. The United States Coast Guard Wind Waves
course will be introduced by Flotilla 12-7 at the Auxiliary will be offering the How to Read a Deep water waves and their origin and life
Del Rey Yacht Club, 13900 Palawan Way, Marina Nautical Chart course to assist boaters in safer cycle, taught be Oceanography Professor, Mike
del Rey. It will run eight consecutive Thursdays navigation. The class, held over three evenings, Leneman. Lectures Tuesdays from 7:00 p.m. to
from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. There is no charge for allows students to gain hands-on experience 9:00 p.m. Space is limited – reservations are
instruction although there will be a $75.00 fee working with charts and navigation, while recommended. Call Mike Leneman at Multi
for textbook and course materials. Students receiving personalized tutelage from instructors. Marine (310) 821-6762.
who have completed Part 1, the basic navigation Although electronic GPS units are wonderful April 25
course curriculum, who still have their textbooks, aids to modern navigation, boaters still need to California Yacht Club
will be changed a reduced rate of $50.00 for understand the charts that are used within them. Open House Event
materials. While Part 2 is a continuation of Part This course will provide the boater with the The California Yacht Club, one of the top ten
1, it can be taken independently of the latter. knowledge to interpret the chart’s contents and private Yacht clubs in the United States, will
Among the topics covered are tides, winds and safely reach their destinations. The three day make it facilities and grounds available for
currents, use of radar, navigating harbors and course will be held on Tuesday, April 13th, 20th public viewing at 10 a.m. -3 p.m.. The Club,
channels, electronic navigation tools and rules and 27th from 7 to 9:30PM at the Del Rey Yacht winner of multiple Fleet Service Awards was
and measuring compass deviation/GPS. Those Club, located at 13900 Palawan Way in Marina established in Los Angeles in 1922 and has
interested should call 310-937-1680 or e-mail del Rey. Free Parking is available. The fee for been in its present location at 4469 Admiralty
the group at the course is $50, which includes a textbook and Way in Marina del Rey since 1963. Visitors to
April 4th training chart. A discount is offered to anyone this once a year event will be guided through
Easter Egg Hunt at Two Harbors registering online before March 30th at www. the Club grounds, viewing the Clubhouse pool,
Hop on over to the Isthmus for the annual Easter For more information, contact Paddle Tennis courts, world class dining room,
egg hunt and search for the elusive Golden Egg. Tom Brocato 310-859-9282, or by e-mail at bar, snack bar and catering facilities.
Sponsored by the Corsair Yacht Club. This has Complementary refreshments will be served
truly become an Island tradition. For more info April 13 and parking is free.
Contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310) 510- Oceanography For Boaters Ongoing
Ocean Currents Live Music at the Waterfront
4249 or
Unkle Monkey (Guitar, Ukulele & Steel Drum
April 7 These series of talks are for anyone who
Sunset Seminar wants to learn more about the ocean they play ) performs every Monday Night 7-10pm at The
On April 7th at 7 PM, CYC will kick off the in. Practical applications through knowledge Waterfront Restaurant 4211 Admiralty Way
2010 Wednesday Night Racing Season with of oceanography will enable the boater to Enjoy the intoxicating sounds of the islands
an informative seminar which will cover understand the conditions around them and from Hawaii to the Caribbean....and plenty of
everything one needs to know about racing in aid them in predicting what lies ahead of their Jimmy Buffett songs !
bow wave. Taught by Michael Leneman – an Marina Venice Yacht Club
the Sunset Series. A panel of experts will go
Social Sundays
over the sailing instructions the course and Oceanography Professor, owner of Multi Marine
Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our
world class match racer “Brian Angel” will and one of the top multihull racing skippers in
Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7
cover beginning and advance tactics. Parking California, Mike’s lecture style will enlighten
p.m. Food items are provided and there is no
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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. Security will tell you where
to park. Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator
to the Club House on G2. For more information
contact, call (818) 422-
6368, or visit our Facebook Group page.
Sailing Singles of
Southern California
Sailing Singles of Southern California is a
Sailing Club centered in Marina del Rey but
open to all sailing enthusiasts from the LA area.
We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. at the Marina
Venice Yacht Club, 4333 Admiralty Way located
at the Marina City Club West Tower in Marina
del Rey. There is a $10 Meeting donation per
person that includes a light Dinner. Drinks are
available at a full bar at reasonable prices. Club
members will meet and socialize with sailboat
owners and can arrange for sails in Santa
Monica Bay. After sailing, club members can
enjoy wine and cheese parties or full dinners
on member’s Boats. Catalina Island trips and
special events are also planned. (310) 822-0893
or email: www.
Marina Sunday Sailing Club
Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers
and crew in a friendly social environment for Women’s Sailing Association of Richard Bauer
daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to Santa Monica Bay
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Catalina and other destinations. We meet on Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at
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the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, - Jet Skis • Wave Runners
patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The - Trailer Boats - RV’s
meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a social Serving MDR Since 1961
banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free
Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting
a brief business meeting and then head out for features a guest speaker discussing their
an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which adventures and achievements. WSA invites
we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs,
and more socializing. Visitors are welcome include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises
and may attend two meetings free. No prior including destinations such as King Harbor,
sailing experience is necessary. Married people Catalina and the northern Channel Islands, For
welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or membership information contact Sandy Penrod.
visit at or on the web at
Single Mariners Meeting
Social meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the 1st and Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay, Diesel Tank Cleaning &
3rd Thursday of each month at Pacific Mariners Owners of Catalina Yachts Filter Systems Installed
Yacht Club on 13915 Panay Way in Marina del Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa at Your Slip Since 1974

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a light buffet dinner. At these meetings, skippers Tuesday of each month. We would like to
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and crew sign up for day sails. On sailing welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We
days the Single Mariners meet at 9:30 a.m. for have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and
breakfast at the Marina del Rey Hotel on 13534 other events throughout the year. Our doors open
Bali Way, spend the afternoon sailing and then at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7 Coast Guard
return to the docks for a wine and cheese social. to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the
fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For
Novices are welcome and encouraged. For more Boating Classes and Vessel Safety
info call (310) 289-3338. more info email
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Harry Pattison to Speak at Singlehanded Function

Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association will have Harry Pattison of Elliott Pattison Sailmakers as its featured speaker at PSSA’s general membership
meeting on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey. Elliot Pattison
Sailmakers has been serving the Southern California sailing community since 1971 and has built many sails for PSSA members as well as for many
famous Southern California racing yachts such as Ragtime and many others. Harry Pattison is a renowned sail racer and has won five Santana 20
national championships in addition to his many other accomplishments in regatta and long distance sailing.

Mr. Pattison’s presentation will include a discussion of modern sailmaking techniques and materials and will also focus on shorthanded sailing
techniques and systems that help shorthanded sailors in managing sails in various sailing conditions in a safe and competitive manner. He will discuss
racing and cruising sails, storm sails, furling and reefing systems, spinnaker socks, staysails, pole systems, etc. Mr. Pattison has spoken several times at
PSSA meetings and is know for providing a useful and entertaining presentation.

PSSA welcomes all prospective members and guests at its meetings. They conduct races with both single and double handed classes. At the recent 165-
mile Bishop Rock race there were 11 boats starting on the eve of a major Southern California storm system. Race participants had winds in excess of
30-knots and seas up to 15-feet. While only five boats finished the race, it proved a great heavy weather learning experience for all participants. PSSA’s
winter races are designed to expose members to offshore, overnight racing in a wide variety of conditions. Any couple or other shorthanded crew
interested in blue water sailing, racing or cruising, could benefit from joining PSSA and participating in challenging winter and summer shorthanded
races. The club sees challenging weather conditions as an opportunity to test and hone heavy weather skills. For that reason, PSSA does not cancel races
in the face of threatening weather. PSSA believes it is better for members to practice and learn heavy weather skills in Southern California waters rather
than later in foreign waters or in the middle of ocean crossings

PSSA’s next race, is a 600-mile voyage from Marina del Rey to Guadalupe Island and back starting on March 26.

For further information, see the PSSA website at or contact Gil Maguire at, or (805) 644.4800. Directions
to SMWYC are on our website.

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Pubic Forum on Boating’s Major Issue March 25

California Yacht Club Staff Commodore Anne Sacks, President of Cal Boating – 2010
Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), Darrin Polhemus, Deputy
Director, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and Ray What is on the horizon?
Tsuneyoshi, Director, Department of Boating and Waterways (CalBoating)
pressent “Recreational Boaters – an Endangered Species?” A public forum The governor’s proposal to eliminate the independent Cal Boating
on issues impacting use and enjoyment of our vessels (Department of Boating and Waterways) has not been acted to date. The
boating community has spoken strongly and clearly each time the proposal
Join fellow power, sail and rowing enthusiasts for a critically informative has been considered in legislative hearings and meetings.
forum addressing major issues impacting the recreational boating
community. Boater constituent contacts with legislators have been critical in preserving
Cal Boating during 2009. The elimination of Cal Boating would not save
Coastal Marina Permit – Statewide that state a single General Fund dollar.

Who should care about this permit? Happy Half Hour – Noon - Bountiful Buffet Luncheon – 12:20 p.m.
Presentation – 12:40 p.m. $14.75 includes Luncheon, tax, service and
All marinas, all boaters, and all coastal governments. parking. To guarantee admission – reservations requested (310) 823-
Boater interests would be significantly impacted by the recent permit
proposal of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). The Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of CYC.
SWRCB is proposing that marinas and clubs on the coast as well as in California Yacht Club. 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey ~ (310) 823-
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Both Sides of the Women’s Sailing Association Talks One Design
Political Coin
With Marina del Rey being in the throes of The Women’s 242, Open 5.70,
a major refit, plenty of people are up in arms S a i l i n g Lido 14, Schock
or at the very least, concerned. There is often Association of 35, J80, Farr
contradicting information circulating and rumors Santa Monica 30 and Farr 40
contaminating a fact pool that is complicated Bay (WSA) class speakers/
and confusing. will hold its representatives
general meeting are expected to
For those interested, answers can be found at on April 13, at be in attendance.
the Department of Beaches and harbors website Santa Monica, Wi n d j a m m e r s ’ Many of the
which is crowded, but with some effort many of Yacht Club in sailors in these
the raw facts and background can be found for Marina del Rey. fleets are local
most of the pertinent issues. For another view, the and national
LA Mariner - - (in no way In April, WSA champions in one
related to The Mariner) has just posted a new will play host to a panel of representatives from design racing and have an excellent outlook
refurbished website that represents the views of the popular one design racing fleets in Marina on fleet building and crew participation. We’ll
many boaters who feel the redevelopment is a del Rey, just in time for the summer racing and have a short intro from each rep, followed by a
circumstance that, in the end, will disenfranchise Sunset Series to get under way! Q&A session with the general membership
local boaters. To support this assertion, the site
contains many documents, videos and other Come and learn about what the different fleets For more information about this event, WSA
pieces of information that are worthy of review. have to offer, how the skippers find crew for and membership, please visit our website:
There are also calendar and announcement their boats, and general information about the or e-mail: membership@
sections that enable people to quickly check fleets and boats for those that might be trying
what’s been happening and what’s coming in this to decide what they’d like to be sailing. Martin
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Rock and Roll
Jim McCone describes his arduous double-handed voyage to Bishop Rock

by Jim McCone

Jim McCone, a member of the Pacific The first thing we encountered on our way was nap in the forward berth. I had fashioned a nest,
Singlehanded Sailing Association, recently a group of whales. With little knowledge of with the sails and cushions around me. However,
sailed in the 165-mile Bishop Rock race, one of whales, if I had to make a guess, I would say on one particular wave, it felt like Shannon had
the many challenging races the club organizes they were finback whales rather than the more driven the boat off a cliff and I levitated to the
for single and double-handed sailing. Bishop common California gray whales, because they point that my shoulder hit the ceiling of the cabin
Rock is located approximately 100-miles were bigger than grays and had a deep, almost before crashing back down onto the bunk with
southwest of Marina del Rey, on Cortez Bank throaty, sounding spout that could be heard sails and gear now on top of me, as opposed to
and McCone and wife Shannon earned every from over a mile away. Into the evening, underneath me. I decided it might be a good idea
inch in his Ericson 32. the wind remained light. At some point, after not to sleep there again…
sundown, there was no wind at all and we
twirled around in circles, unable to maintain One thing I do have to say is that I love my Henri

irst off, I just want to say rudder control. Shannon and I tried to get some Lloyd off shore jacket. It may look funny with
that this was one of the most sleep during this time in alternate shifts, but the high collar, and it may be difficult to get into
difficult sailing experiences sleep didn’t come easy. Finally, around 8 p.m., or out of, but when it is raining sideways and the
of my life…and most the wind started to come up. It was a southerly water-filled cockpit is splashing everywhere, I
rewarding. The day started wind, which was from the direction we wanted was dry and warm underneath it all.
quite hectic. I was engaged in to head, so we sailed as tight to the wind as we
a trial that ran late and had two could while dancing with some large container Morning came and we were moving right
different court cases on Friday which left me ships that were steaming south east outside the along. It was difficult to eat though, as it was so
waking up at 5 a.m., finishing briefs, running normal shipping lanes. rough below. Neither Shannon nor I had much
to one court to let them know I was engaged in of an appetite. We kept our eye on the ball and
trial, running to a second court to finish the trial, Around 10 p.m., under a spectacular moon, kept the boat moving toward the mark. At 6
then running to the harbor to try and get out on we switched out our #2 headsail for the #3 a.m. check-in, we found out several boats had
the water so we didn’t miss the start. “blade”. By midnight, we had put a single dropped out - we persevered. The wind held
reef in the mainsail; and by 2:30 a.m. we had steady between 17 and the mid-20s although our
In my haste to leave, I had put water in the tank put in a second - we never changed the sails wind data occasionally indicated gusts reaching
but forgot to check the faucet. The faucet was again. The wind, at that point, was in the 15- over 30-knots, thankfully VOR handled those
on and running, which drained the tank in short 20-knot range, with stronger gusts. Working conditions quite well.
order. On top of it all, the electrical connections upwind slowly, we found at one point, that we
for the instruments had, over time, become were well west of the course and had to tack It was challenging. It was raw. It was all of
corroded and they chose race day to konk out to avoid Santa Barbara island. The rain started those things - and it was beautiful. The wind
on us. Thus, as we headed for the start line, I around midnight and it poured fairly hard off would shear off the top of the waves and blow
was programming the handheld GPS with the and on throughout the night and into the next it sideways. It quite literally looked like smoke
coordinates for Bishop Rock and Shannon was day. Finally, we got a reasonable wind shift that on the water. It can be a very introspective thing
working on the electrical panel. By the way, this went west from the previous southerly direction - we take so much for granted in our day to day
was all our instruments, including GPS, wind, and we were able to aim at the buoy, from about lives. Shannon and I said it would have been
speed and depth. Also, our autopilot is linked 70-miles away. We were either close hauled nice, at some point, to hit a rest stop so we could
into this system, so it wouldn’t work either. or close reaching, but it wasn’t uncomfortable actually cook some food or take a nap. But we
with our sail configuration. What I really hadn’t didn’t have that luxury. There is no stopping.
As we got into the pre-start sequencing, we planned on, though, was how wet a sail it would We are 50 or 60-miles from the nearest land
continued to work on the instruments. Finally, be. Voice of Reason is already a wet boat, with mass and 70 or more miles from the nearest
we got the wind instruments back and, lastly, the all sorts of places where water can reach inside. safe harbor. There is nothing we can do but keep
GPS up and running - what a relief. The wind Taking waves over the bow was an interesting going. I find a striking similarity between long
was quite light at the start, but we were off and experience. It was fighting a losing battle to try distance, offshore racing and ultra running, in
running at a decent pace at 3 p.m. on Friday and keep the water on the outside of the cabin. It that much of your success is measured by your
afternoon. was even more difficult to try and rest. At one psychological ability to deal with discomfort
point, with Shannon driving, I tried to catch a and adversity.
10 The Mariner - Issue 86 2010
There is certainly a measure of self exploration was wearing her inflatable PFD/harness. Before and the foot of the sail stuffed down below. New
in each event, and a tremendous sense of self she could turn around, a wave hit both of us. problem though - the head of the sail had been
accomplishment from simply being able to see Now, as I understand it, these inflatable PFD’s on one side of a mast shroud and the foot was
it through to the end. By noon Saturday, we are designed to inflate automatically if you on the other side - I had, in essence, tied a knot
were still about 18 or 19-miles from the buoy. At go into the water. Apparently, the same is true around the shroud with a heavy, stiff, dacron
the radio check-in, there were four boats ahead if the water comes to you. When the wave hit sail. I couldn’t get it untied and believe me,
of us and one boat behind. I was sitting down her, it set off the trigger and the thing instantly I tried. I finally gave up, wrapping the sail as
below, with the hatch closed and the radio mike inflated. There has to be SOME comic relief out best I could around the partially open hatch to
in my hand, and as I was about to speak, a wave there, right? At least we know it works now. prevent at least SOME water from going below.
hit the boat and it was as if a garden hose was Ummm ... that didn’t work out so well. At one
turned on full force, spraying me directly in the There was a period of a half hour or more point, I heard water pouring into the cabin from
face. Yeah, we need to track down those leaks when the wind was over 30-knots sustained. two different ends of the boat. Luckily the bilge
somehow! pump was working well to remove the water,
but it left EVERYTHING below decks wet.
By 1:30 we had passed by three of the
boats nearest to us that had rounded Shannon and I were tired, hungry, wet and cold
the buoy and were on their way back. -- and we still had 60-miles to go. The wind
It appeared, from a mile away, like held steady between 25 and 30-knots over
they were having an easier time of the next several hours, clocking slowly north,
the conditions off the wind a bit. We which is the direction we were heading. We
were struggling though, as the wind couldn’t use the autopilot because it simply
continued to build. We could finally couldn’t respond quickly enough when the big
see the buoy when we were around swells hit us from the side. Large waves were
two-miles away. In theory we could hitting us in the cockpit every few minutes and
point the bow straight at it, but we there was no place we could go to get dry or
were slipping sideways at a good clip warm. I was bragging how my feet were warm
and we ultimately came about 3/4 of and dry in my off shore, calf-high boots with
a mile below the mark, leaving us an Photo courtesy of Jim McCone
my goretex bibs velcro’d around the outside
additional 20 minutes short tacking of the boot - until a wave filled the aft cockpit
our way up and around the mark. with several feet of water -- which was a level
Shannon saw 35 True on our instruments and I over the top of my boot and it slowly filled until
One of the qualities of having a bank of shallow saw 38 True. It was windy. VOR was chugging there was more water in my boot than in the
water in the middle of the ocean is that the along at 8-9-knots, occasionally peaking above cockpit itself.
sea surface becomes quite random and hectic. 10-knots.
The waves are much steeper and much closer We kept waiting for the wind to drop. And we
together, creating almost U-shaped troughs Earlier I had pulled the #2 off the head stay and waited, and waited. After dark it persisted. After
between the peaks. Voice of Reason does not lashed it to the lifeline stanchions with nylon Midnight, it persisted. Finally, as we neared to
handle those conditions particularly well, but chord sail ties. Unfortunately, with 30-plus within 10-nm of the backside of Catalina, the
we did make it up and around by 2:50 p.m. on knots of wind, boat speed approaching 10 knots, wind backed into the high teens. It is funny how
Saturday afternoon. and the starboard rail in the water, it meant one 18-knots might seem very windy until you’ve
thing - that #2 was going for a swim. One of spent significant time in 35 knots - then 18 just
Now we were reaching back for the finish line, the sail ties broke (it couldn’t be that I did a doesn’t seem that bad. We couldn’t hold the
as opposed to beating into it, but the conditions, crappy job lashing the thing to the stanchion’s, West End as our course, so we came in toward
especially for the slower boats, continued to right?) and the sail started paying out into the the island aiming just west of Cat Harbor and
deteriorate. The last boat behind us retired water next to the boat. I jumped over (clipping then short tacked our way up the backside until
before reaching the mark, so we were alone my harness into the jack lines first) and grabbed we rounded the west end and the finish.
out there. The wind picked up and held steady hold of the sail. Inch by inch, hand over hand, I
between 25 and 30-knots. We found the easiest pulled the sail out of the water. It had payed out We were exhausted. I am still exhausted. But
means of handling the conditions were to hold to behind the stern at this point. Shannon did her we were the last boat in, crossing the finish line
course until a wave came upon us. Then, as best to steer the boat a little off the wind to keep at 3:42 am, or about 36 hours and 42 minutes
we reached the crest of the wave, hold the boat me out of the water, but she was re-familiarizing after the start. It took us nearly 24 hours to go
on its side and let it slide along until the crest herself with the MOB procedures in her head the 107 miles to the mark, and 13 hours to go
passed and we regained rudder control - that is as she watched me almost upside down trying the 80-miles back to the finish. We headed down
until the next one. The swells were from two to pull this sail back. Finally, I got it on deck the coast of Catalina to Emerald Cove where
different directions - a marginally manageable and decided to get it off the deck completely we picked up at mooring at 4:30 a.m. and fell
SW swell of 5-8 feet and a larger, more by stuffing it down the forward hatch, except asleep almost immediately. This was actually
powerful NW swell of 14-18 feet. We were I could only open the hatch part way because the first time we finished the Bishop Rock race
heeled over constantly, taking waves over the of an adjustment I had made on the foredeck in our third attempt. I am bruised head to toe but
boat with frightening regularity. At one point, earlier. I did the best I could though under the pleased with the accomplishment.
Shannon had just come up from the cabin and conditions and got parts of the head of the sail
2010 The Mariner - Issue 86 11
Long Range Effect
A Major Earthquake in Chile Creates a Local Tsunami Alert by Jack Rackliffe

My wife Kerry and I woke to an early morning waves. Out came the laptop and for the next four “Los Angeles Harbor reportedly receded three
phone call last Saturday morning. It was hours we recorded the depth sounder readings feet in five minutes, but quickly returned to a
Kerry’s mom from Annapolis, Maryland. She every two minutes. normal tidal state,”. “Surges ranging from two
said there had been a huge earthquake in Chile to four feet were reported in harbors along the
and there was a tsunami predicted to arrive The resulting plot is quite interesting. Depth coast for approximately an hour and a half early
in Santa Monica Bay, at 12:35 p.m. that day. sounder readings are plotted as a function of time Saturday afternoon. Six buoys in Ventura Harbor
While that attracted our attention, we were throughout the day. All the action started around were moved from their positions”
not quite sure what to do about it - a tsunami 12:30 as NOAA predicted. There is a preceding
in Marina del Rey had not been on our list of dip, then a two-foot rise, followed by a 4.5- Locally, the reality is that a Los Angeles based
things to worry about. So, I thought I would foot drop that put our keel on the bottom in the tsunami is certainly possible, but with adequate
arm myself with some information and went Marina del Rey ooze. The rest of the afternoon warning should be relatively manageable.
to a couple of internet sites to obtain some ups and downs are captured in the plot. Some Detective Yelick from the Marina del Rey
tsunami information. We found http://www.prh. of the rising cycles were up to six inches per sheriff’s station, a trained first responder, says and http://wcatwc. minute. This was fast enough to actually see the that 40-feet of elevation is all that’s required to were quite helpful floating dock move up the piling. It was also fast remain safe in the event of such a catastrophe
and yes, there was a tsunami advisory for this enough to turn our normally calm basin, briefly and in all likelihood there should be anywhere
area with a predicted wave height of 2.5-feet at into an apparent river. from an hour to a full day’s notice depending on
12:30 p.m. today. Listening to NOAA weather where the incident occurred.
radio confirmed the advisories, but no mention This wasn’t what we planned for our Saturday,
of evacuations or anything serious for us. We but then again……… “Taking Mindanao straight down and getting on
made the decision to stay, rather than head out the other side of the 90 [freeway] is going to be
for deep water, and proceeded with breakfast in Jack and Kerry Rackliffe are long time sailors, sufficient elevation,” Yelick said of a potential
the cockpit while monitoring the situation. but new to living aboard Mamouna, their Kelly evacuation of the Marina del Rey area. “Or up on
Peterson 44. the hill by LMU – we don’t need huge amounts
Just for the heck of it, at noon, we turned on the of space for evacuation. The actual mapped out
depth sounder and noticed some unusual depth Here is a statement by the US Coast Guard in evacuation area is really pretty small.”
changes. Jotting down the numbers periodically a press release thanking the public for heeding
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What To Do Right
When Things Go Wrong
Part 1
By Captain Richard Schaefer

I n last month’s column I mentioned

that I intended to write about the
State Water Resources Control
Board’s plan to implement a massive
regulatory and water quality testing
program on all coastal marinas and harbors
in California. The proposed rules will impose
Man Overboard!

Probably the best way to save a crew member

from drowning is to keep them on board in
the first place. To that end, start with proper
maintenance, have routine safety procedures
in place, and know the limitations and
emergency. Be sure to show them how to
turn autopilots off, use the M.O.B. button on
the GPS and basic use of the VHF - Channel

9. Practice M.O.B. retrieval frequently and

learn how to do a “Heave-To Pick Up” - it’s
expensive regulations and testing requirements vulnerabilities of your crew or passengers. the fastest, easiest and safest way to recover
on marina operators and, by extension, on the a crewmember in the water.
boating public. However, there still isn’t much 1. Regularly check lifelines, pins, pelican-
new information out there, but I understand that hooks, turnbuckles, clevis pins. cotterpins Heavy Weather Sailing
there will be a luncheon at California Yacht Club and split rings.
on March 25 that will feature speakers from the We are fortunate here in SoCal - our wind and sea
SWRCB as well as public input on this issue. In 2. Have a throw-able floatation device in the conditions are generally benign, however, that
view of these developments it makes sense to cockpit or mounted on the stern rail whenever blessing is also a curse that breeds complacency.
postpone my rant until I have full possession of you are underway. Generally speaking, those who usually sail in
the facts that I’ll need to rant about. 20-knots and rough seas are better prepared -
3. If you are sailing at night be sure to have a and so are their boats.
So, instead I thought it might be good to cover light or strobe attached to the throw-able.
some boating safety issues this month. The 1. Be sure your reefing system is functional,
boating season is about to begin so the timing 4. Single deck watches at night should wear a and that you know how to use it. If you’re
seems ideal to write about, “What to do right - PFD with light and whistle (personal EPIRB not sure, call a rigger.
when things go wrong”. if possible). Use tether/jackline in bad
weather. 2. Carefully examine your sails at least twice a
While reading the article, keep in mind that our year for chafe, wear and tears. When in doubt
readership is primarily made up of local sailors 5. After leaving the dock, make it a habit to take them to a sail-maker.
and boaters. So the advice will pertain to our check that all boarding gates and the transom
Southern California waters and nearby islands. door are secure. 3. Replace worn sheets, halyards and lines.
An emergency plan that may work well in the Check and lubricate shackles, turnbuckles
San Pedro Channel would probably be useless 6. Young children should stay in the cockpit and and pins.
in the North Atlantic or the Southern Oceans - in lifejackets - toddlers should be on a tether
By no means does “one size fit all”. as well. Tell older kids not to run around 4. Ideally, put a rigger up your mast once a year.
carelessly. Or, if you “really” know what you’re doing
This first segment, of the two part series, will check it yourself. Remember, a dismasting is
deal with prevention of emergencies at sea - 7. Don’t send novices forward without a life a real unpleasant experience, and I think a
probably should be entitled, “What To Do Right jacket. Tell them to use handrails. couple hundred bucks for a rigger to survey
- To Prevent Things From Going Wrong” I’ll the rig is money well spent.
let Pat figure that out - Hey, he makes the big 8. Instruct new crewmembers of their
decisions and the big bucks. responsibilities in the event of an M.O.B. 5. Practice reefing in the slip and underway.

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7. Monitor your bilge at dockside and when and are still in reverse. Use the fatho and
6. Learn how to do a “Fisherman’s Reef” ( if underway. If you find that the pumps are bearings to help determine whether or not
you don’t know what that is tune in next running more often - find out why, before you’re dragging - when you set and later.
month). things turn ugly.
6. Remember the 7 cardinal rules of anchoring;
7. Know when “fun” becomes “danger”. 8. Keep two “sturdy” buckets on board - not
those flimsy Chinese things. I have found, a. Select an anchorage that is protected from
8. Check the marine weather forecast before through painful experience, that two scared the prevailing wind and sea conditions.
you go out. men with buckets can move a helluva lot of
water pretty fast - a lot faster than one, or even b. Know the water depth and use proper
Flood Control And Foundering two, of those little pissy plastic bilge pumps. scope - at least 3-1 if using all chain and
5 - 1 in settled conditions and good holding
The time to worry about flood control is not 9. It’s usually pretty easy to rig your raw water ground if using a boat length of chain and
when you step down below on a dark night, intake from your engine as an emergency the remainder in nylon.
somewhere between Santa Barbara Island and bilge pump. If you’re a worrier it might be
Santa Cruz Island, and find yourself knee deep worth it. Call a boat plumber if you’re not c. Know the tidal range, and local currents, if
in water - with no idea where it came from. Let sure how to do it. significant. Plan accordingly.
me tell ya - that’s one ugly moment.
10. Have a “ditch-bag” ready to go. It should d. Be aware of any hazards - above or below
Forethought and preventive maintenance are the contain; EPIRB and/or handheld VHF (with the surface - within the anchorage.
primary steps in keeping that nightmare from extra batteries), two waterproof flashlights,
becoming a reality. strobe, knife, basic first aid kit, flare gun/ e. Note how nearby boats are anchored - if
smoke flares, at least six pints of water, four they are on one hook you must also anchor
1. Check your thru-hulls, hoses, hose clamps “space blankets” or ponchos, a compass, a on one etc..
and seacocks at least twice a year. Be certain dozen energy bars and a 30’ length of 1/4
seacocks operate and that you know where inch line. f. Be sure of your swinging room.
they “ALL” are. Replace gate valves with
seacocks if they are more than three-years Old Seaman’s note - never leave the boat - let the g. If conditions dangerously deteriorate in the
old. boat leave you. Just be prepared when it does. anchorage - GET OUT! - Even if it’s 0200.
Plan ahead for this contingency.
2. Don’t rely on bilge pumps to save you. Even Dragging Anchor - Going Aground
the “big” pumps in most pleasure boats Next month we’ll cover what to do should
can’t move enough water to stay ahead of a After flooding, that grinding, bump and crunch maintenance measures fail to prevent a potential
severed two-inch hose. They might buy you at 0200 is probably the next thing on the disaster, and you’re faced with the meaning of,
some time or stay ahead of a minor leak - production line at the nightmare factory. But, as “The best laid plans of mice and men often go
but they can’t cope with major flooding. That always, there are some things you can do to at awry.” Say, I wonder if Robert Burns was a
said, they are your first line of defense and, least put the odds more in your favor. sailor.
if equipped with an alarm and float switch,
will alert you before you get to that “knee 1. If you’ve got a windless - maintain it. If you Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G. Licensed
deep” stage. don’t know how - hire someone. It should Sailing Master and has instructed, skippered
be lubricated and, if it’s electric, have the charters, managed yachts and performed
3. Check all hoses and clamps on your engine - connections checked at least once a year. deliveries for more than 25 years. He can be
especially raw water intakes and exhaust. reached for questions, comments or consultation
2. Check your ground tackle for corrosion and at 310-460-8946 or at littlebighorn@dishmail.
4. If you use salt water to flush your head (really be sure all shackles are moused down. net.
bad idea) be sure to close the intake thru-hull
valve - not just the little flapper gizmo on the 3. Have the proper size ground tackle for your
head. I have seen many heads back flow into boat - don’t go cheap. Carry at least two - I
boats when underway or unattended. carry three.

5. Have damage control plugs and under water 4. Be sure you know how to anchor well. Advertise in
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Halibut Derby on Haitus

By Larry Brown

arina Del Rey Anglers data showing a reduction in Fry of the Year,

announced the annual MDR which are the larval stage halibut usually found
Halibut Derby has been in the surf line. “This may have been caused by
put on a one year hiatus for the red tides in 2005 and 2006,” Lambert said.
2010. “This is one of the “We are encouraging our members and the fishing
most difficult decisions our community to release the large breeding females
board has ever made,” said so they have a chance to repopulate the bay. We
MDRA President Ken Raymond. “After 35 years want to give them a break for a year.”
of successful MDR Halibut Derbies and months
of painful discussion and soul searching we have Marina Del Rey Anglers is hoping the downturn
decided to take this action.” in halibut landings is a short term cyclical issue
and our halibut make a strong resurgence so local
“We want make sure our MDR Halibut Derby anglers can look forward to another 35 years of
is good for our thousands of loyal participants fun MDR Halibut Derbies and to frequent catches
as well as our beloved halibut,” added Josh on local private and party boats.
Gerson, MDRA incoming president. “Our first
obligation is to the Santa Monica Bay, the marine For the coming year Marina Del Rey Anglers will
environment, our local halibut fishery and the dip into reserve funds to sponsor its summer Youth
Past Halibut Derby winner Vic Jedlicka
communities we serve. We hope to be back in full Fishing Program and pay for its White Seabass
force in 2011.” program and other essential marine environmental projects. Money is
short and the club is exploring other fund raising activities to replace the
MDRA has hosted the MDR Halibut Derby for tens of thousands of money it normally earns from the MDR Halibut Derby. “We are certainly
anglers. The money raised from the derbies has funded the club’s well looking to our community and stakeholders for any and all possible
known and respected MDRA Youth Fishing Program, its White Seabass support,” said Josh Gerson. “We will be holding fund raisers and raffles
Pens in Marina del Rey and various other critical marine environmental and are asking for support from tackle dealers and manufacturers. We will
and conservation programs. also accept cash donations from the angling community and others who
want to support our youth fishing program, white seabass program and our
Although the health and sustainability of the California halibut is good efforts to protect and help our local Santa Monica Bay fishery.”
across the state, the club’s board of directors is concerned about the
local Santa Monica Bay halibut and the health of the Santa Monica Bay, Marina Del Rey Anglers is a fishing and conservation group and a
including the Ballona Creek and associated wetlands. Bob Godfrey, non profit 501(c)3 organization. It hosts over 500 children from at risk
MDRA Secretary and past president is leading an investigation of the environments and future anglers to fishing trips each summer and has
feasibility of releasing juvenile hatchery raised halibut into appropriate released over 75,000 white seabass from its WSB grow out pens in Marina
wetland habitats. Bob and other MDRA members are working with del Rey. It also sponsors fun fishing charters and welcomes new members
various concerned groups including Santa Monica Bay Restoration and donations. Please send any donations of raffle items and cash to
Commission, Heal the Bay, United Anglers of Southern California and MDRA, c/o Bob Godfrey, 13082 Mindanao Way, # 25, Marina Del Rey,
California Department of Fish and Game. “This past year we invited the CA 90292. For more information visit or call (310)
top Marine Fishery Scientists and other marine environmental scientists 822-1425.
from various government and non-government agencies to address our
club in our attempt to understand why the halibut may not be visiting For all MDRA club members, MDR Halibut Derby participants, local
our Santa Monica Bay in their historical numbers. The findings were tackle shops and sportfishing boats this is a sad day. But Marina Del Rey
inconclusive and many from the scientific community speculate it may be Anglers is committed to saving our Santa Monica Bay Halibut and to be
as simple as a regular fluctuation or cycle,” said Godfrey. “We are going to back soon hosting many more MDR Halibut Derbies.
keep looking at the question and for this coming year give our local Santa
Monica Bay halibut a rest.” The entire MDRA Board of Directors thank you for your understanding
and support.
Keith Lambert, the club’s incoming Vice President, pointed to scientific

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MD R t o P u er to Valla r ta
Update on the revamped MDR to PV Race By Rich Roberts
Those who wait until the last minute to sign up for sailboat races may want at Turtle Bay, Santa Maria and San Jose del Cabo proved so popular that it
to think twice about the PV11 International Race Series to Puerto Vallarta, is being regenerated and expanded to go again on February 11, 2011.
presented by Del Rey Yacht Club and Tutima Instrumental Watches.
Activities such as whale-watching, sightseeing and trophy presentations
Like … a chance at a total refund of the entry fee for signing up by March private fiestas will be scheduled at each stopover. There also may be an
21. One of the early birds’ names will be drawn for a refund at the PV11 option for a non-stop race---and a shot at Magnitude 80’s record of three
“Kick-off Event” at DRYC on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. That days 15 hours 51 minutes 39 seconds set in 2007---depending on the show
refund could amount to $725 to $1,075, depending on boat size and entry of interest. Otherwise, the serious racing will be in the Salsa Roja Division
date. All competitors entering before Oct. 15 will receive a $200 discount. for boats using spinnakers as well as in the Salsa Verde Division for those
All entries may be made online at using asymmetrical spinnakers (Gennakers) or conventional spinnakers
without poles.
Three free pre-race seminars on offshore preparations and long-distance
sailing will be presented at Del Rey YC beginning on October 14 and Also, a unique handicapping system successfully introduced in 2009 will
continuing through the final weeks leading up to the event. score each boat on its PHRF off-wind course rating computed by actual
time sailed---meaning that it’s OK to use the engine when the wind drops
For those concerned about having enough hands on board, no worries. so far as to endanger missing the fun at the next destination or being late
Sterling Tallman, a member of the race committee, said, “If somebody to the next start.
with a boat wants to go, we’ll find a crew for them. And if they have crew
but not a suitable boat, we know of yachts available for charter.” “This Race Series requires more than just making your boat go faster,”
said Peggy Redler, the DRYC member who developed the system. “There
As before, the start will be outside the entrance to Marina del Rey and the are tactics and navigation involved. You need to know how to use GPS,
final finish line will be off the beach in Puerto Vallarta. There will be free charts, bearings and when not to use your engine. It’s a multi-skill game.
docking at Del Rey YC before the race and at the Opequimar Marina in It’s the only way you can have a four-race event when you have to get all
Puerto Vallarta. The new headquarters hotel will be the Marriott on the the boats to complete one leg in time to start another.”
beach near the marina.
The system proved out in 2009 when the boats that motored most
The four-races-in-one format introduced in 2009 with stopover anchorages judiciously placed better overall---and still enjoyed the parties.

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C rui si ng

Solo Sailor Abby


hen solo circumnavigator Zac Sunderland, then 16, made his first stop
in Hawaii, his parents were glowing and many of his detractors began
to consider that the young sailor might have more mettle than they
originally gave credit for. His father Laurence gave a presentation after
he left the island where he mentioned his oldest son probably now had many more
open ocean miles than the majority of sailors in Marina del Rey, certainly solo miles.
Today his daughter Abby is quietly close to 5,000-miles into her far more difficult
solo non-stop round the world journey where she looks to become the youngest
person ever to circle the planet alone and unassisted. “Quietly” because Abby hasn’t
had very much to complain about as she sails straight down towards Cape Horn. With
her electrical problems apparently remedied the 16-year-old is conservatively sailing
her Open 40, Wild Eyes, in relatively moderate conditions towards one of the most dangerous regions on earth.

The Southern Ocean and particularly the area of Cape Horn is the one place that gives even the most seasoned sailor, at the least, formidable anxiety
and at worst, flat out fear. Any time of year the Horn can destroy what enters into its zone, but as winter nears in the Southern Hemisphere, things get
far more dicey. But for now Sunderland seems unflinching. In her blog she is counting down the miles and speaks of the area like she’s visiting an old
friend or relative that she hasn’t seen in many years.

“I’m around 2,500-miles from the Horn now and I’m getting super excited to finally be doing this!” Sunderland said in a recent posting.

On the other side of the Horn is Jessica Watson, another 16-year old who is pursuing the same record. Watson rounded the treacherous zone two months
ago without incident, but soon after was violently hammered by 70-knot winds knocking her down repeatedly.

“We experienced a total of four knockdowns, the second was the most severe with the mast being pushed 180 degrees in to the water,” Watson said of
the experience. “Actually pushed isn’t the right word, it would be more accurate to say that Ella’s Pink Lady was picked up, thrown down a wave, then
forced under a mountain of breaking water and violently turned upside down.”

While Abby’s peers troll the malls for glitter nail polish, she is hunkered down in a dingy cabin eating Mountain House freeze dried food preparing for
what might be the most frightening experience anyone can have. She has successfully kept herself out of harm’s way but knows ferocious weather is
imminent and some of her posts seem to be laced with a tone that is almost hoping to see whatever it is soon. Recently, it was expected and predicted
that she was going to run up on a substantial storm, but she was rerouted.

“Even though I had been looking forward somewhat to my first gale out here,” she said, “I guess its better for the boat that we missed it.”

By the time of this printing Sunderland will likely be in the heart of the Southern Ocean and by that time both Wild Eyes and this deceptively brave
young girl will be facing conditions most will never see.

To follow along go to

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Steve Lee is a certified vessel examiner with

the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is also
the Public Affairs Officer for the Los Angeles
based Flotilla 12-4, a member of the Boat-
Helicopter Operations Training Team and
active in patrolling the local waters. He grew
up boating on the Long Island Sound, has
captained sailboats in offshore racing and even
endured a Category 4 hurricane while afloat,
an experience that underlined for him the
importance of safety preparation.
How to Pass a Coast Guard
Vessel Safety Check - Part 2
- Steve Lee -

Here’s the rest of the answer to the question be cleaned and checked regularly. Consult with placard outlines the regulations for dumping
about free vessel checks performed by the your mechanic if you have questions. different types of trash overboard. Remember,
Coast Guard Auxiliary. it is always illegal to throw any kind of plastic
Sound Producing Devices overboard anywhere in the ocean.
Fire Extinguishers
In a car, often times it’s the horn that alerts you to Overall Condition of Vessel
A fire on a boat is one of the most dreaded something before you see it. The same goes for
occurrences imaginable. The risk of explosion boating. There are many possible restrictions to Be sure the overall condition of your vessel
is very high and the other dangers are obvious. visibility on the water and sound making devices is in good working order. The examiner will
In general, almost every boat with a motor or can aid in communication between boats, as well check that the boat is free from fire hazards,
an enclosed living space needs to carry marine as serving in times of distress. Simply stated, that the bilges are reasonably clean and that
type USCG approved fire extinguishers. If the all boats must carry a sound producing device hull structure is sound. It’s important that your
boat is less than 26-feet, then one is required. capable of a four second blast audible for a half electrical system is maintained and the panels
From 26 to 40-feet, you’re looking at two mile. This can be a whistle, a horn, a siren, etc. are protected from exposure to water. Your fuel
extinguishers, depending on their size. For Air horns are the most common and they even system should be inspected to be free of corrosion
vessels over 40-feet, you’ll need three, also have environmentally safe ones. By the way, the and leaks, with free flowing ventilation. Ensure
dependent on the extinguisher size. Most people good old fashioned bell is no longer required. your galley equipment is working properly and
tend to have these, but you should check that any flammable fuels such as LP gas are properly
they aren’t expired, gauges read operable and Navigation Lights secured.
that they haven’t corroded or leaked. If you
have a HALON system, be sure it’s had an Any boat over 16-feet must display correct and So take this time during the winter to ensure your
annual inspection and the tag is current before working navigation lights. They should be used boat is safe for your family and friends. If you
the exam. Again, see our website for specific between sunset and sunrise and during any time visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety
regulations for these items. of reduced visibility (such as fog). There are also Check website, you can take a “Virtual VSC”
lights and day shapes required when anchoring. and download the actual checklist we use. If you
Engine Ventilation and Backfire Flame Each different type of boat, depending on it’s have any questions, feel free to contact us. When
Control size and if it is sail or power, has a different you feel ready to have the examination, you can
required configuration. For instance, a sail-only schedule an appointment by clicking “I Want a
If you have a gasoline powered engine on boat under 23-feet may meet the requirement VSC” which will locate the nearest examiner
your boat, either inboard or outboard, there with a flashlight. You should inquire into which to you. When you have the peace of mind that
are requirements pertaining to the ventilation pertains to your boat. you’re a safe boater, you can concentrate on the
of the engine and fuel systems. Even portable best part of boating – having fun.
fuel tanks used on generators or trolling engines Pollution and Trash Placards
have ventilation requirements, so please check Vessel Safety Check website:
with a vessel examiner for more info. Another easily avoidable way to fail an
examination if your boat is over 26-feet, is not
Do you know what a backfire flame arrestor is or to have the required pollution and MARPOL California’s state regulations:
what it even looks like? It is required and does trash Placards. The pollution placard addresses
pretty much what the name suggests: prevents federal regulations concerning pollutants such as
backfire flames from sparking an explosion. It’s oil and oily waste. In case you were wondering, Local USCG Auxiliary:
attached to your engine’s air intake and should it doesn’t go in the water. The MARPOL trash

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Quality Advice From A
Two Year Old Black Lab

Dear Mookie,

I’ve recently started dating a new guy. The

other day when we were together I had to
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guess was okay, but then I could swear he
was watching extra closely as I typed my pin
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