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November 2017


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The Mariner is
G r a m Pa ’ s m a r I n e r
Editor/Publisher Well folks, it’s happening. If you thought you were feeling the redevelopment before, you now know
Pat Reynolds that this is what it really feels like. There are certain moratoriums on construction in the summer and
they are now lifted so Marina del Rey is sort of like one big construction zone. In D basin (Wayfarer
Columnists anchorage, formally Mariner’s Bay), new docks are being put in while new apartments are being built,
so Palawan Way is a mess. Over near Mindanao and Admiralty, there will soon be a Trader Joe’s and
Bill McNeely
West Marine, so that area is getting tore up. I got a call this past month: “Hey Pat, the old Ship’s Store
Dave Stovall
building is getting torn down, you should come and take a picture.”
Greg Rutter
On the south side of town it’s the sounds of bulldozers and cranes. The monstrosity of Bar Harbor is
For advertising rates and never ending and the next block over is also full of building activity.
Information contact
310-397-1887 It sucks. There’s no other way to put it. If this magazine gets found in some age-old dead grandfather’s
email sock drawer in the distant future, I have a message for the finder:
I hope you like this marina you have here. Let me tell you, we went through all kinds of agony to get it
Mailing address to you. People fought about things, the politics were controversial and things often got heated. It was
P.O. Box 9403 sad to see some of the places and things we loved get mowed down for a mysterious future “plan”—
a plan that is now your home. You should know that there was resistance, that many didn’t want what
Marina del Rey, CA 90295
is your existence. But change came upon this area like an enormous steamroller…we tried to guide
it —all pushing and pulling in a variety of directions. There was so much disagreement and confusion.
The Mariner appears on the last
It brought out the worst in some and the best in others. But what drove us was our love and recognition
Friday of every month. of a special place. I hope you see it that way and want to protect your version like we wanted to
protect ours.
This issue
October 27 - December 1 I heard you found this mag in your grampa’s sock drawer…I knew him...he was a
bit of an asshole.

Good luck future person!
Thanks for picking it up!

at a glance: Coming Events 6
Off the Wire 8
 Marina del Rey
Below the Waterline 10
Sheriff: Captain Dave Stoval Talks About Bottom Painting
Santa Ana Winds 12
 Los Angeles County Oceanographer Mike Leneman Discusses Santa Ana Winds
Lifeguard: Catalina Currents - Water Woes 18
310-577-5700 By Bill McNeely
 Vessel Assist: Racing - Re-Enter the Dragon 22
800-399-1921 By Greg Rutter
Photo by Pat Reynolds

 Marine Life Rescue Tip of the Month - Lightening 24
Classified Section 25
Cover photo
by Pat Reynolds

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Coming Events!
What’s Happening Around America’s Largest Recreational Harbor and Catalina Island Too!

October 28 & 29 December 9, from 3:00 p.m. to midnight in Los
Marina Spooktacular November 11 Angeles County public parking lots throughout
Marina Spooktacular offers Halloween fun for Windward Beach Cleanup Marina del Rey. Visit
the whole family, October 28 & 29. Enjoy kid- on Catalina Island for parking lot locations. For more info go to
friendly activities by day with spooky additions Volunteer in the great outdoors while combing
at night (recommended for ages 13+) Admission the sand for debris to help keep our windward January 13
is FREE, and food is available for purchase. beaches pristine. Clean-up locations (Shark Safety at Sea Seminar
There will be a thriller dance flash mob where Harbor, Little Harbor, Ben Weston and Ever wonder what to do if someone fell
folks can learn this popular Halloween season Cottonwood) rotate throughout the year. overboard? Do you have a plan to deal with
dance. Also, of course a costume contest and Catalina Island Conservancy. heavy weather if you can’t reach a safe harbor?
some great live music with Jam Session: Aztec These questions and more will be answered
Dance. Experience the splendor of the Aztec November 18 in this seminar. The event is from 8:30 a.m.
people with San Fernando’s Danza Mexica Catalina Trail Venture Weekend to 12:30 p.m. at the Del Rey Yacht Club on
Cuauhtemoc. Explore the music, choreography, Eco-Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K, Kid’s Run. 13900 Palawan Way in Marina del Ray. The
and poetry of this ancient Mesoamerican Voted the Best Trail Run on RunnersWorld. cost is $75 or US sailing members and $25 for
culture! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. com. Routes start in Avalon at 8am. Volunteers junior sailors. It includes a continental breakfast
JAM Sessions are participatory while also welcome & appreciated. Spectrum Sports and lunch. Register online at Or at
centered on movement and music. All ages and Management. 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. More info Note: this seminar is a
skill levels are welcome. Stay tuned for the 909-399-3553 requirement for the 2018 Newport to Ensenada
schedule of costume showcases for people and race. For more info contact Judy Gavin at 818-
pets. More information December 2-3 472-2959.
events/marina-spooktacular Want to be a PRO?
US Sailing Advanced Race
Management Seminar Ongoing
October 31
SCYA is arranging an Advanced Racing
Halloween Costume Party
at Avalon Seminar, for those interested in becoming
Join the wacky and outrageous fun at El a regional or national PRO. The course is Marina Del Rey Anglers
Galleon’s annual Halloween Karaoke Costume only $50 and will be at Bahia Corinthian YC, Monthly Meeting
Party. Karaoke party starts at 9pm, where you December 203 from 8am-5pm. For further The The Club has been active in the Marina since
can sing all the monster favorites with over information please contact: Kellie Fennessy 1975 . We sponsor the Marina Del Rey Halibut
20,000 songs to choose from! Vote on your Derby the longest running fishing contest on
favorite costumes with 1st prize winning a the West Coast. Our members host the largest
Lobster Dinner for Two. Happy Hour from December 9 Youth Fishing Program in California and have
Marina Del Rey 55Th Annual been operating a white seabass nursery, since
3 p.m.-6 p.m. and Sunset Dinner Specials
Holiday Boat Parade 1997. The Club sponsors private boat fishing
available from 5pm-7pm. No cover charge,
& Fireworks Show contests, participates in tournaments and charter
must be 21 and over. El Galleon Restaurant
Marina del Rey’s Annual Holiday Boat Parade boat fishing. See us on Facebook and www.
411 Crescent Ave Avalon CA 90704. More info
kicks off Saturday, December 9, starting with You are invited to our monthly
a spectacular fireworks show at 5:55 p.m. meetings held the second Thursday of each
November 4 followed by the parade at 6:00 p.m. Award
Catalina Triathlon month in the Community Center at Burton
winning journalist and acclaimed broadcast Chace Park, in Marina Del Rey
Catalina Island is one of the most beautiful
anchor Carol Costello is Grand Marshal of this “Beach Eats”
and unique settings to host a triathlon. The
year’s parade. New this year will be holiday Food Truck Thursdays
Catalina Island Triathlon & Duathlon attracts
lighting throughout Burton Chace Park for the Head to the parking lot at Marina Beach on
athletes who are looking to compete in that last
month of December, and again Beaches and Thursdays, May 4 through September 28, for
race before the winter season break. This is a
Harbors is sponsoring the free “Snow Wonder” dinner with a waterview! A rotating selection
unique and beautiful setting that will challenge
event at Chace Park the afternoon of the parade, of food trucks sell food from 5 to 9 p.m. Bring
the beginner and thrill the veteran. It begins at
noon to 6:00 p.m., featuring real snow and chairs or a blanket for a picnic on the sand, or
7:30 a.m. abd continues to 12:30 p.m. For more
sledding, a synthetic ice rink, face painting, grab a table under the covered picnic pavilion.
information contact. 949-975-1812
snacks, arts & crafts and more. Free parking The list of trucks will be updated at lotmom.
and free boat launching available Saturday, com/beacheats.
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Marina del Rey a brief business meeting and then head out for
Outrigger Canoe Club an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which
Come try this exciting team water sport, we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks
beginning March 11-12, at Mothers’ Beach, and more socializing. Visitors are welcome Varnishing  Polishing  Wax
Palawan Way (south of Admiralty), Marina and a one day guest membership of only $10  Carpet Steam Cleaning
del Rey. Newcomers are welcome; women entitles you to brunch and a day of sailing, if  Weekly or Monthly Washdowns
practice Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., space is available. No prior sailing experience Email -
and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Men practice is necessary. For more info call (310) 226-8000 310-466-8267
Tuesdays and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.; and or see website at
Sundays, 7:30 a.m. For more information, Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay
email or visit www. Owners of Catalina yachts join us for our
Tropical Rock
monthly meetings at the Del Rey Yacht Club
on Palawan Way. The meetings have been
Every Wednesday 6:00 -9:00 p.m. at The
Warehouse Restaurant Unkle Monkey duo
changed to the 4th Thursday of each month.
We would like to welcome Catalina owners
performs island music and pop/rock on guitar, to join our club. We have speakers, cruises to
ukulele, congas, and steel drum. Voted one Catalina, races and other events throughout he Captain
of the ‘Top 3 Bands on the Westside’ by The year. Our doors open at 6:00 for happy hour and Jeffry Matzdorff
Argonaut two years in a row. They are a “boater then dinner around 7 to 7:30 and our main event
U.S.C.G Licensed 100 Ton Master
friendly band” and will take all your Jimmy after that. Join the fun and meet other owners of
Buffett requests! Happy Hour 4:00 -7:00 p.m. Catalinas. For more info email Jeanne Cronin at • Deliveries
4499 Admiralty Way Marina Del Rey • Instruction
Santa Monica Single Mariners of Marina del Rey
Windjammers Yacht Club
• Professional Services
Attention sailors and singles. Single Mariners of
We invite members, guests, and prospective Marina del Rey invites you for a dinner and a Over 165,000
members to join us for cocktails, food, live sail. Join us twice a month for a meet and greet Blue-water miles experience
music, dancing and fun on Sunday afternoons social hour followed by dinner and a meeting. Sail / Power
from 4:00 to 7:00 (food served at 5:00). No The goal of the club is to meet new people
reservations needed. This is a great way to end that have an interest in sailing or want to learn
your day on the water, or just to wind down about ocean going sailing. We are a FUN social
from the weekend. Live jazz or classic rock club built around weekend sailing on the bay.
bands are here for entertainment. We are located We match skippers with crew for a fun day of
at 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA sailing. We meet on the first and third Thursdays
90292, (310) 827-7692. Please visit our website of each month with a day-sail the following
at for activities, membership weekend weather and skippers permitting.
details, racing, events, directions, and more. The meetings are held inside Pacific Mariners
Women’s Sailing Association of Yacht Club. There is a $7.00 charge to attend.
Santa Monica Bay
PMYC is located at 13915 Panay Way, Marina
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the
Del Rey. For additional information contact
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589
Single Mariners Commodore, Alan Rock at
Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting,, (310) 721-2825 or visit
Coast Guard
held at 7:00 p.m., is preceded by a social hour
at 6:00, and a light dinner is served. Each
the website Auxiliary
Boating Classes and Vessel Safety
meeting features a guest speaker discussing
To list a coming event (for free!) Check Website
their adventures and achievements that begins
at 7:45. Please RSVP to rsvp@wsasmb. 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
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
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s aV e 16 B u c K s o n Y o u r
PmYc h o s t s c h u c K s t e I n - h e at h e r P e r K o F F r e G at ta n e X t r e G I s t r at I o n !
If you own a boat, reading this could save you
$16. By now you should have received your CA
DMV boat registration renewal of $36 for the
next two years.

If you only use your boat in the ocean and not
on the lakes, you only need to pay $20, but you
have to declare this on your renewal by ticking
the box at the bottom of the form “Use only in
Marine Waters.” The $16 Quagga and Zebra
Mussel Infestation Prevention Fee (Mussel Fee)
goes to aid infestation prevention and boater
education of the invasive species.

And if you renew your registration online, there
is also a box at the bottom of the page stating
“If your vessel is used only in marine waters,
tick this box”. I see the Mussel Sticker on a lot
of boats moored in the marina that will never
go anywhere near a lake. At least the money is
The Pacific Mariners Yacht Club hosted the Chuck Stein - Heather Perkoff Regatta this past
going to a good cause.
month and there were no protests reported until later at the bar when they ran out of one
racer’s favorite beer. Fun was the theme of the afternoon—they ran one race and, appropri-
ately “Ah Jeez” finished last in her class. Word has it that the were going to name the boat By Ray J. Pages is a long time MdR boater
“Yay I won!” but went with “Ah Jeez” instead. Pictured is Maine Squeeze, a boat that has
been sailing around this area for many, many years. Maine Squeeze finished second in class.
Photo Kent Andersson.


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B o at P a r a d e A n n o u n c e s D at e and Theme!

It’s hard to believe but it’s time to start thinking about the Marina del Photo by Pat Reynolds
Rey Holiday Boat Parade. On Saturday, December 9, the main channel of
the harbor will be filled with boats lit up and decorated to the hilt. There
will be no shortage of holiday spirit as the parade has been hitting record
numbers the past few years. The theme this year is “Let’s Dance.”

The evening begins with a spectacular fireworks show at 5:55 p.m.
followed by the parade at 6:00 p.m. New this year will be holiday lighting
throughout Burton Chace Park for the month of December, and again
Beaches and Harbors is sponsoring the free “Snow Wonder” event at
Chace Park the afternoon of the parade, noon to 6:00 p.m., featuring real
snow and sledding, a synthetic ice rink, face painting, snacks, arts & crafts
and more. There will also be a variety of gourmet food trucks available
from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the park.

The Grand Marshal this year is award winning journalist and acclaimed
broadcast anchor Carol Costello. Ms Costello is the host of HLN’s Across
America with Carol Costello, a two hour news show airing weekdays
from 11:00 -1:00 p.m. ET, covering the day’s news and most-talked about
stories. She is based in the network’s Los Angeles bureau.

Free parking and free boat launching available Saturday, December 12,
from 3:00 p.m. to midnight in Los Angeles County public parking lots
throughout Marina del Rey. Visit for parking lot
locations. For more info go to

Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
13589 Mindanao Way • Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 827-7692

A Perfect Place in a Perfect Setting
We offer some of the nicest facilities anywhere, the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful marina and wit-
ness breathtaking sunsets. We are located on the main channel adjacent to Burton Chace Park. Our
clubhouse, lobby, dining and meeting rooms and patio offer an ideal setting for any occasion.

An ideal place for: Join Us For
Anniversary Parties OPEN HOUSE SUNDAYS
Business Meetings BBQ or home-cooked dinners from 5:00 - 7:00 and
live jazz or classic rock music from 4:00 - 7:00
Weddings Having a Holiday Party? Need a venue?
Any special event Don’t us today to reserve your date at
(310) 827-7692, ext. 2, or email us at

Check out our website for a calendar of all of our events and activities
Make event reservations early at For facility rental and event information email
For membership information please email

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Photo Pat Reynolds

Below the Waterline
It’s haul out time for many boaters so what’s the deal with bottom paints this day and age?

By Capt. David Stovall

he summer boating season may be behind us us who are more hands-on do-it-yourselfers, here’s some basic info on
but the cycle of boat maintenance never ends bottom paint that should help towards making a confident decision on
and for many owners, a bottom job is at the top the best paint for your boat’s belly. For the sake of brevity, we’ll keep
of the to-do list. the discussion applicable to fiberglass hull boats and, because different
regions vary in the kind of marine organisms and growth rates, boats that
Maybe your diver told you the paint is looking are operated in salt water in Southern California.
thin or you can’t remember the last haul out
and now you see long whiskers of sea growth Two main considerations for choosing the right paint include:
wafting in the current on your boat’s underside. Either way, you’ve 1) H ow often is your boat used? That is, when is it actually moving
decided it’s time for a haul out and a bottom paint job. Making this through the water and not as a party float in the slip.
decision and choosing a boatyard for the work are the easy parts. Deciding 2) H ow is it stored—in or out of the water?
on what bottom paint to use? Not so much. As with just about everything 3) Will you be removing the old paint or painting over it?
in this modern world, technology, and in this case, chemistry, has given us
a dizzying array of choices and considerations when it comes to bottom Simply put, the most effective bottom paints use additives, called biocides,
paints. Googling “bottom paint” can lead you down endless rabbit holes that are poisonous to algae, barnacles, and other marine organisms thereby
of information containing words like “biocide”, “non-biocide”, and “leach preventing them from attaching and growing on your boat’s hull. Biocide
rates” and leave you feeling you should have studied more in that high paints usually contain copper, zinc or other active ingredients, which, like
school chemistry class. pesticides for your lawn, also have a way of causing collateral damage
to other life forms along the way. Paints containing copper come in low-
Some boat owners might decide to just pick a color and leave the other leach and high-leach varieties meaning the copper leaches or “bleeds” off
decisions concerning the bottom paint to the boatyard crew. For those of into the surrounding water at different rates.

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If you use your boat often, a softer, ablative paint that sheds light growths not contain active ingredients. These paints are more environmentally
of algae and slime over time as the boat moves through the water may be friendly with additives like silicone, ceramic or epoxy.
best. In general, ablative paints can be applied over an older coat of hard
paint after some sanding with 80 grit sandpaper. So, with this issue of toxicity does L.A. County restrict the use of copper
biocide bottom paints? The answer is not yet, but according to Jose Barocio,
For infrequent use or if you store your boat out of the water, a modified assistant manager of West Marine in Marina del Rey, “Antifouling paints
epoxy with good antifouling additives reduces growth when the boat is containing copper are not banned by the county in the marina, but they are
inactive. Modified epoxies dry to a hard, durable finish and should not be strongly discouraged.”
applied over soft, ablative paints.
The marine paint industry looks to be phasing out copper altogether as an
Marine paint manufacturers offer a wide variety of antifouling bottom antifouling additive. Some say ECONEA™, a metal-free antifouling agent
paints with per gallon prices ranging from around $60 to over $250. developed by a pharmaceutical company, may be the future of antifouling
Wood or aluminum hulls or underwater components like outdrives require paint. Some ECONEA-based paints are now available and appear to offer
specific types of antifouling paints. West Marine has a great compatibility many advantages over today’s copper-based paints.
chart online showing the right paints for these applications.
If you plan on tackling the bottom job yourself check out the local yards
Like it or not, another main consideration in choosing a bottom paint for rules or allowances they may have for do-it-yourselfing. In the past
is environmental impact. Marina del Rey has been home to several Windward Yachts has run a special on lay days around this time of year
thousand boats the past fifty-plus years so it’s not hard to imagine the for DIYers. If you decide to go this route, there are plenty of videos
amount of pollution caused from bottom paints leaching into the water. online demonstrating how it’s done. Don’t forget to wear a respirator and
In fact, according to L.A. County, Marina del Rey is included, along with remember, as with all paint jobs, preparation is 90%.
Newport Bay and Shelter Island Yacht Basin, as being “impaired” bodies
of water with high levels of copper pollution caused by boat bottom paints And here’s a tip: consider painting the first coat with a different color than
containing copper. Passive leaching from boat hulls has been reported to the top coats. As the top coats wear off, you’ll know when it’s time for
contribute heartily to the amount of toxic copper scientists are seeing in another bottom job. By then, you’ll be an expert.
the water. A lesser, but still substantial amount is likely caused by the hull
cleaning activities of divers. For information and a list of manufacturers of bottom paints, search for
the online pamphlet, Boater’s Guide to Using Hull Paint in California.
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Santa Ana
So Cal’s Most Feared
Weather Event

By Mike Leneman

A few years ago we asked oceanographer and master sailor Mike Leneman to write something about Santa Ana
winds. Santa Ana’s or “Santanas” as they are sometimes called, come on sudden around this time of year and they

often produce high winds and more than a little anxiety for So Cal boaters. Mike wrote this very interesting piece and
we now choose to rerun it every year because it’s such important information for MdR boaters to have. It’s also written
by an expert who knows this area as well or better than anyone around. We hope it’s helpful in your travels.

ou smell Chaparral, the air is warm, but also very with a maximum wind velocity occurring in late afternoon.
dry...The sky is clear and there is almost no wind.
You detect a slight breeze from the north, north- However, the Santa Ana has a different pattern. It can occur almost any
east. You think: “What is going on?” You have time a high pressure cell moves over the area to the north, north-east of
a “wired” feeling, almost an irritation... kind of an us (like over Nevada, or N. California). It can blow hard day or night. It
antsy feeling. actually competes with our standard westerly wind during the daytime and
that is why it often blows harder at night.
Welcome to the Santa Ana condition that Southern
California is known for. In France, it’s the Mistral and both are strong What should you do if you feel what is described in the first paragraph and
offshore winds, but Santa Ana’s probably the only really dangerous suspect a Santa Ana is coming? First, be alert. Look for wind direction
weather condition for boaters in this area. If a cold front comes through, changes, watch the water surface for signs of strong winds coming. The
sailors usually know it. We don’t often go out sailing in the rain, or leave surface of the water will look darker as the wind ruffles the water. And you
the dock when it’s already blowing 25 knots but the Santa Ana, on the might even see white caps before the wind hits you. For sailors, shorten
other hand, often catches people with their pants down...or with their sail or take your sails down until you know how strong the wind is.
sails up.
Sitting at the UCLA dock one day, I watched the incoming Santa Ana
The general feeling is that they are very unpredictable, but in actuality wind front moving down the main channel from the California Yacht Club
there are a good amount of prescient signs. And if a sailor is sensitive to towards the UCLA dock. As this “line” of wind hit the sailboats in the
these signs, they can usually avoid the most dangerous of circumstances. main channel, it just knocked them down. The amazing thing was that
almost none of the boats out in the channel noticed what was happening
So, to start with, what is the driving force behind the Santa Ana winds? That and no one took their sails down as the wind approached.
is pretty simple: it’s a high pressure system sitting to the north or north-
northeast of us. This system produces winds that come from the north-east If you are anchored at Catalina on the side that faces the mainland and
and travel “down-slope” toward us. The wind funnels through the canyons a Santa Ana is approaching - get out of dodge! If you can’t get back to
and accelerates in speed due to the venturi effect. This is in strong contrast the mainland, then at least get to the backside of the island or get out
to our normal westerly winds which slowly build throughout the day as of the anchorage and reef your sails as much as you can. Every year
the deserts heat up. The ocean water is usually in the 60s, as is the air boaters are caught unaware and are blown ashore by Santa Ana winds.
temperature above it. As the inland areas heat up into the 80s and 90s it Note: one other sign that often occurs in Catalina. Waves caused by the
creates a local low pressure and the cooler sea-air is accelerated towards wind will most often arrive at the island before the wind does. The wind
this low pressure area. This “sea-breeze” increases throughout the day front doesn’t travel as fast as the waves that it produces. Often boaters
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at Catalina are awakened at night by what they
think is a boat wake. So remember, if the waves
don’t stop in the normal amount of time it takes
for a wake to pass, then they could well be a sign
that a Santa Ana is coming.

Here’s a typical scenario: I’m awakened in the
middle of the night by the substantial rocking
of my boat. I turn over in my bunk and curse
the damn boater who is motoring by too fast
and too close to me in the anchorage. As I try
to go back to sleep I notice that the rocking
doesn’t stop. When I “hit the deck” trying to
figure out who this son of a bitch is I notice that
nobody is there...just a continuous line of waves
coming into the anchorage from the unprotected
northerly direction.

Realizing that a Santa Ana is probably on it’s
way, I weigh anchor and head for the open sea.
I figure I don’t have the time or the desire to
make it back to the mainland and the west end
of Catalina is only a few miles away, so, I go for
the west end of Catalina where I will then come
down the island towards Cat Harbor.

By the time I get to Cat Harbor the Santa Ana has
hit full force and it’s blowing hard through the
Isthmus but at least there are no waves. Under
full power I make it into the harbor with enough
time to set an anchor. It’s windy but there are
no waves and my anchor holds. I wait until the
Santa Ana has passed before I sail back to MdR.

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Water Woes
For so long fresh water has been a major issue on our favorite getaway spot

By Bill McNeely

n planets outside our solar system, we look for a million gallons).
the essentials of life: a comfortable distance from
a star, protection from overwhelming radiation, The other – the big system – covers the east end of the Island, including
basic life-elements like carbon, and liquid water. Avalon, Hamilton Cove, White’s Landing, the airport, and most of the
island’s civilization. That system has been heavily stressed, and what
We look for the same things on our own planet, follows is about it. Southern California Edison is the island’s water utility,
too, and liquid water has been in short supply at and Catalina is SCE’s only water system.
Catalina Island for the last five years. Otherwise
habitable, and certainly not over-developed, Catalina has, like Jimmy There are two reservoirs on the east end, and the larger (by far) at Middle
Buffett’s fictional Kinja, many good things, but is short on its water Ranch holds about 1,100 acre-ft. of water, sitting about 1,500 ft. above sea
supply. Here’s an update on Catalina’s current state of dampness, and a level. That water, in turn, feeds several fresh water wells near the reservoir,
look at the future. which feed the water system. Water from the wells flows downhill, gets
cleaned and treated, and injected into the fresh system.
The island has two separate, non-interconnected water systems. One
operates west of the Mt. Blackjack – Mt. Orizaba ridge, and provides for In late summer 2016, that reservoir had about 150 acre-ft. of water left in
Two Harbors and everything at the West End. It relies on several small it—less than 15% of capacity. In practice, of course, you cannot drain the
wells and a one million gallon tank (about 3 acre-feet) on the ridge east reservoir completely dry. The island uses about 0.6 acre-ft. of water per
of The Isthmus, mostly rainwater-fed (one acre-ft. is about a third of day, so there was a full-on water shortage alarm. Stage 3 water rationing

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went into effect, and island residents and businesses took the whole The current desalination system will not fix the island’s water problems.
message to heart, exceeding every conservation goal—but still leaving SCE commissioned an engineering study to plan a system to meet water
the island very dry. needs through 2035, and released it in April.

Mainland water cannot supply the island. The channel is too wide and too It advocates a middle-cost plan that increases saltwater feeds, replaces the
deep, and clearly barging in even 10,000 gals. of water would only supply aging 1980’s plant with a modern one to grow output, and expands tank
the island for an hour or so on average – and less at peak times. We need capacity for potable water. You can expect to see some work over the next
other solutions. couple of years.

One extra source is desalination. There is an old desalination plant at Meanwhile rainwater remains important. The wet 2016-7 winter brought
Pebbly Beach, built when Hamilton Cove was developed in the 1980’s. the Middle Ranch reservoir up to about 750 acre-ft. That’s more than half-
It has been refurbished several times, but it’s still an old plant. With full, but well below overflowing. The odds of a wet winter this year, given
emergency looming, SCE wisely barged in a modern, skid-mounted many La Nina signals, are low. So for now, remember the island is still
desalination unit in late 2015. The two plants together, if run full-out, in Stage 1 conservation, and fill your water tanks before you leave the
can make enough clean water to supply the island’s needs, under heavy mainland.
conservation. But that’s only a partial solution.
Bill McNeely is the author of Cruising Catalina Island 2nd Ed., the
Anyone with a reverse osmosis water-maker on their boat knows the water standard cruising guide for Catalina. It’s on Amazon – check the reviews.
from it is absolutely pristine and clear, and so is Catalina’s desalination He also “stars” in the videes Cast Off for Catalina and Cast Off for
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get dirty there, and pump it back downhill to a treatment plant. Pebbly
Beach’s desalinated water flows to the local water system at the Baker
tanks, near the city on the west ridge of Avalon Canyon.

Those tanks can only hold enough water to supply two hours of on-peak
need, though. Peak need is far above average, too. So, if the desalination
plants are running, there is often no place to put the water they make!
Also, the plants need saltwater from beach-level wells as feedstock. The
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We Got the Shack Back!

For over a decade the little structure that sits smack dab on Mother’s
Beach has been an administration building for a parking company
instead of a resource for local recreational boaters or paddlers

or no less than ten years, sitting “I’d like to request that, at some point in the future,
on the sand of Mother’s Beach on that we have an evening visioning meeting for
Palawan Way in Marina del Rey Mother’s Beach and the Palawan office for what
is a quaint little building that any it could be in the future,” Lumian said. “There
logical newcomer would assume are a number of very important boating groups,
is some sort of community related specifically the Outrigger Canoe Club, the Rowing
structure. Perhaps it’s a boathouse Club, the Boys and Girls Club—they all use that
for the outrigger club that so often launches from beach intensively and create an enormous amount
the quiet little beach. Or maybe it’s a check-in area of public access and public safety training.”
for the various clubs and organizations that use the
spot. All of those speculations would make perfect sense, but in fact the The commissioner went on to say he has been told privately by numerous
little waterfront building is actually a parking management satellite office. members of the aforementioned groups that a building so-situated could
Yes, it’s a beachfront building for a parking company. How or why such be extremely beneficial to their programs.
prime real estate would be the possession of something so removed from
waterside, community related purposes is probably a very boring story On a grander scale, the meeting also discussed the Mother’s Beach
to report but they signed a contract that kept them there, protected, for redevelopment project that is currently underway, slated to be complete
a very long time. by May 2018.

At the Small Craft Harbor Commission meeting this past month, Through the years, many plans have been discussed for this popular MdR
Department of Beaches and Harbor Director Gary Jones informed zone and it’s finally happening. Lie Joness from the Planning Division
commissioners that: “Alternative accommodations have been delayed and gave a presentation describing what’s in store for one of the major hubs
reluctantly I agreed to allow them to continue in the office until the end in Marina del Rey.
of the year.”
She pointed out that the structures that are being refurbished have existed
After the contract on the old parking company [Modern Parking Inc] since 1967 with very little attention paid to them. The plan is to refurbish
expired this year, the county took possession of the little shack at the the existing rest room building, rebuild of picnic pavilion structures,
persistent nudging of Commissioner Dave Lumian who has always felt it replacing the 1,600 foot promenade and redesigning the surrounding
was more than strange that such a commodity would be used in this way. landscape. Joness said there will be decorative concrete, planters,
floorings, new signage and a replaced roof with a cutout hole where
“It’s been an ongoing concern of mine,” Lumian said. “I raised [the issue] a palm tree can grow through.
over 10-years ago when Stan Wisniewski was still the director.” He
continued, “I’m glad we’re on track to get this done.” All in all Joness painted a picture of a Mother’s Beach, AKA “Marina
Beach”, that will be clean, fresh and revamped for the 2018 summer
Lumian went on to request that there be a thoughtful decision-making season.
process for how things would be utilized going forward.

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Re-enter the Dragon
Pendragon’s new owner plans to campaign her here in So Cal

By Greg Rutter

few months ago Marina del Rey racers were upset Torres is a doctor with a passion for sailboat racing. He’s been a West
at the impending sale and expected loss of a storied Coast sailor since cutting his teeth most recently on a Jeanneau 49 to
and mighty racing boat: John and Susie MacLaurin’s that he raced and cruised with his family. This past summer he took it to
Pendragon IV. This boat, the ur-TP52 and winner of LBRW and won his class with three first-place finishes. His wife saw how
an impressive array of races, had for 17 years been happy he was and encouraged him to follow his passion with a full-on
a symbol of excellence and dedication, of personal race boat, not a compromise (we must have this woman cloned!). So the
pride and integrity. P4 (as she’s affectionately Jeanneau went up for sale, and Steve started poring over Yacht World,
known) was the first of the TP52’s, the brainchild of John MacLaurin studying available boats.
and top designer Laurie Davidson. Legend has it that Mr. MacLaurin told
Davidson to design a boat “so I can be the first one back to the bar”. Within days of selling the Jeanneau he saw that P4 was for sale. He did
considerable research on the boat, then contacted the rep, Steve Curran,
With P4’s sale looming, it was feared the red rocket would be packed and to make an offer.
carted to waters uncharted, perhaps stripped down to a cruiser, never to
be seen again. But, mirabile dictu, this was not to be. Fortunately for all “It seemed like this was fate, to become the new owner of Pendragon,”
who cherish the sight of her sleek hull slicing water, P4 was purchased by recalled Torres. “I truly felt honored and privileged.”
a racing enthusiast from Arizona, and the boat is staying in local waters.
The entire process took only a month, including finding a slip in L.A.
Here’s how it happened: enter Steve Torres, a doctor from Phoenix and harbor.
long-time racer. You’d expect he’d have the boat trailered to Lake Pleasant
or some other ignominious location. But Steve had more respect for P4’s When talking with Steve, it’s clear that it’s not just about having a boat;
tradition than that, and has much bigger plans. it’s about being part of the history, rich tradition and legacy that comes

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Steve also said he plans on making some
“improvements to the boat.” He’s mum on
exactly what changes are coming, but one of
the “improvements” he did share is that he is
moving closer to the boat, transplanting his
family from Phoenix to Southern California.
After the move and once situated Torres says his
plans is dedicate himself to the campaign. The
first year will be about searching and building
a new Pendragon crew/family, and learning how
to make the boat go even faster.

Steve maintains great respect for P4’s legacy.
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Handy nuggets of pocket sized
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When the Wind Comes Up

You leave on a gorgeous sunny day with a 12- when you notice the wind may be changing her
knot breeze blowing out of the south and a tune, look to the reefing system and make sure
forecast for much of the same. It’s going to be it all looks good to go. As it builds more, throw
a great day. After a solid two hours of sailing a reef in sooner than later. It’s a great feeling to
in perfect conditions, more white caps begin to put a reef in, see the wind come way up and be
When Lightning strikes a boat anything can
emerge and the sky seems irritated. You know in total control – no bugged eyed fear, no heart
happen from little detectable effect, to damage
the mood of the wind is changing and, as a racing, just a calm shift to another gear and
to electronic equipment, to the struck vessel
sailor, know you’ll be adjusting along with it. more sailing!
Here are 5 things to keep in mind when you feel
that feeling. We encourage you to add to the list. 2. Change Clothing
Lightning seeks the path of least resistance.
There are times when the weather changes
When the path is a large conductor, like an
5. Tidy Up pretty quickly and the tee shirt and shorts
aluminum mast, it is relatively harmless. It’s
Look around the boat and make sure everything become a serious liability when the sun goes
the path between the mast and the water, which
is “ship shape.” When things get hairy, a messy away and the wind bears down. It’s very often
might be made up of small or poor conductors,
boat with lines to trip over and things to slip the case in heavier weather that the skipper and
where the damage occurs. It can burn out
on and get in your way is no good. Being crew will be stuck to the respective positions to
electrical wiring and electronics circuits and
disheveled in a howling wind can be a disaster. keep the boat sailing and passengers safe. To
even scorch a fiberglass hull.
A fully heeled over and powered up boat is be shivering and stiff is obviously not the best
actually fun if everything is where it should way to face a challenge. As things begin to shift
Some sailboats are built with a lightning
be. If something happens to snap or go boing remember this and grab the foulies. If you’re
conductor at the masthead and a grounding
on a disordered boat, things can become chaotic dressed correctly for the event you can face it
system that’s intended to conduct a lightning
quickly. Always be tidying in all weather but without compromise. Seems like an obvious
strike safely to ground while providing a “cone
definitely if you feel it starting to pipe up. point but the environment can suddenly get
of protection” for the rest of the boat. Such a
colder than one might anticipate.
system properly installed will provide a degree
4. Hunker Down
of protection for electrical wiring and devices.
Make sure everything that could get loose won’t. 1. Grab that PFD
Perhaps some things in the galley are usually If it isn’t already on, put one on. No one wants
Some of the damage caused by lightning results
fine for a normal daysail, but will create an to think that they could end up in the drink but
from induced electrical currents. You might be
obstacle course when the boat starts slamming heavy weather can get wild. There might be call
able to protect a handheld VHF or a hand held
around. Or maybe you have some things lashed to go up on a very slippery deck in an extremely
GPS by placing it inside the oven. Being a metal
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Do a survey above and below and make sure it wear a life jacket in heavy weather. The chances
electrical and electromagnetic fields cannot
all looks solid for a rockin’. of survival plummet should the worst happen.
Throw that baby on, plow through those big ol’
3. Reef waves, enjoy this essential part of the sailing
This info nugget was supplied by the American
It’s important to practice reefing on medium- experience and have a story to tell later…one
Sailing Association— There are over
wind days so when the time arises, it’s not a with a happy ending.
300 ASA sailing schools across the nation.
new experience. Sailing leaned over in 30-knots
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to work a seldom used system on the boat. So,
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10’2 Mercury $20 a day or $600 a month. It’s a bedroom with a door
75 hp mercury 2-stroke
2012 hypalon airfloor $1,000. 310-822-8618 w/off street parking, brand new toilet. Call 310-827-
150 hp mercury 2 strokeC

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2735 or email or D Basin
Dock 2010!
Donate Boats
Looking for Boat Donation for
Marine Mammal Research
The Ocean Conservation Society, that conducts
valuable research of marine mammals in the Santa
Monica Bay, is looking for boat donations. There are
many benefits to donating your boat. Please email www.oceanconservation.
Cash For Your Boat !
Power or sail, Yachts to dinghys 310-849-2930
Donate Your Boat
LA Area Council Boy Scouts of America need your
boat or boat gear as donation to support essential
and formative youth programs, please call 310-823-
2040 or E-mail
Donate your boat
To SOS, a non profit organization helping and
thanking our past and present Veterans. www. 888-658-8884
Donate Your Boat
Receive a substantial tax deduction. Support youth
boating programs. S.O.S. Please call 888-650-1212
Help Wanted
Paddleboard Company
Local stand-up paddleboard business needs some-
one to carry boards, interact with customers and
open/close the operation. Must be responsible and
have a positive attitude. Email resume to
Los Angeles Powerboat Academy
Certification - Lessons -Close Quarters – Docking –
Anchoring & Mooring 310 882-1037
Custom Yacht Carpentry by
Yacht delivery/Instruction
Ex USCG, 5 yes Vessel Assist/ Sea Tow Captain.
T he Master’s Vessel
Paul Heiderich 310 712 2550
Splicing Services
The old Ships Store may be gone, but I’m back! Call
Tom Blada Restorations
Denny at (310)422-1453.
“Low Cost” Boat Documentation Cell- 310-420-0619 Complete Woodshop
Mdrdoc@Mail.Com Shop- 310-320-9022 All Types
Canvas Boat Covers and Repairs of Woodworking
New boat covers, canvas repair, restore water
repellency to marine canvas. Dan 310-382-6242
USCG Licensed 100-ton 35 Years of Woodworking Experience
Master Captain
Deliveries/Lessons/Private Captain. Experienced,
Courteous, Safe and Fun! Contact Jeffry Matzdorff
323.855.0191 Jeffry

Matzdorff. 323.855.0191 D o cu m enta ry
3 1 0 - 3 9 7 - 1 8 8 7

Icarus Wings F i l m Servic e s
Need a good craftsman to build some decent wings
for human flying. Nothing too robust, planning on
just flying to Catalina for weekends and impressing
women. 310-397-1887

Sell it in the Classifieds!
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Free! 310-397-1887
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LEARN the right way...
Great Boat!
Great Teachers!
ASA Curriculum!

Classes Include:

Sailing 101

Bareboat Cruising
Call 310-821-8446 to Set Up Your First Class Bareboat Chartering
w w w. n a o s ya c ht s. co m
Cruising Catamaran
13555 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Harry Gibson
SINCE 1969

Gel Coat Specialists
Custom Fabrications
Expert Color Matching
Cosmetic to Major Collisions
Custom Instrument Dashboards

310/306- 2149

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