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“Going Green” in a Bad Way? Hawaii Delivery Goes Wrong Handling Electrical Work “Poco a Poco”
a cruising lesson

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A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community

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Editor/Publisher/Writer Pat Reynolds Photographs Pat Reynolds Columnist Mookie Contributors Dave Kirby Richard Schaefer Copy Editing Assistance Lisa Asahara For advertising rates and Information contact 310-397-1887 - phone email editor@marinermagazine.com Mailing address P.O. Box 9403 Marina del Rey, CA 90295 The Mariner appears on the 3rd Friday of every month. This issue July 22 - August 19

FROM THE EDITOR D E S T I N AT I O N S I L E N C E
Now that summer is in full swing I’ve been sailing more. I don’t consider myself overly social, but I really do enjoy taking people out - especially folks that have never been. I know there’s a good chance they’ll remember it forever and I like having the ability to give such a gift. I don’t burden anyone with tons of safety instructions - on my catamaran I tell them there’s an outside chance it could flip and if it does, hang on to the boat. I let them know where the lifejackets are and tell them they’re free to wear them. I offer up a dramamine and off we go. I said to a buddy of mine the other day, “hey man, we gotta get you and the wifie out there again.” He said, “I’d love to, but she won’t go again. Her dad had a boat when she was a kid and he did nothing but scream orders at them when they went out. When we all went out last time, she was having flashbacks.” I don’t ever want to be that guy. I’ve sailed with people like that - it sucks. Lately, I’ve been going left at the breakwall. Passing LAX, I bear the burden of thunderous jet engines, knowing the cliffs and shallower water of Palos Verdes await. Guests are gabby as we tack out of the harbor and typically continue to be as we all catch our first glimpse of the ocean in all it’s vastness. There’s questions and jokes bouncing around as the boat and crew adjust to the new environment. After a while of traveling south comes the moment I love most... the conversation begins to evaporate. The excitement of the novelty has relaxed and I watch as everyone sits silent. I don’t know if they’re bored out of their gourds and I don’t care. Life doesn’t have many of these moments - a group of friends just sitting quiet. Eyes meet, people smile acknowledgment, a comment here and there. The ocean’s rhythm has calmed us and everyone somehow knows that right now we no longer have to struggle to entertain each other. Time is passing in a different way - a way that suits me. This is the destination I’m after and I’m happy to say I’ve been there many times.

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WHAT’S INSIDE
Coming Events Off the Wire Future of Bottom Paint More on the Copper Ban Poco a Poco by Tim Tunks Lessons for the Cruising Sailor Towed to Hawaii by Jim Cash A Typical Delivery Encounters Problems Bella of the Ball by Kiimball Livingston Transpac Results GPS System in Danger A Typical Delivery Encounters Problems Catalina Currents Catalina Checklist by Captain Richard Schaefer Powertails Seabass Heads Racing Ask the Expert - Electrical Ask Mookie Classifieds The Mariner - Issue 102 4 6 8 10 11 12 14 16 18 20 23 24 25
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52 Californian cockpit motor yacht 1990 50 Hatteras Convertible Sportfisher 1980. 47 Spindrift Ranger convertible sedan Cat Spacious layout, stabilizers, loaded and very Detroit dsls and gen with 100hrs $199,000 diesels, two staterooms $89,000 clean .Low price $199,0000 52 Hatteras Conv 1988 updated $299,000

45 Carver Voyager pilothouse sedan twin Cummins diesels 2002 asking $289,000

43’ Viking double cabin MY, twin Detroit diesels Spacious, Queen Master Berth, Loaded, Motivated Seller asking $79,000

43 Californian cockpit motoryacht1988 300 HP Cat diesels, loaded $119,000

39 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loaded 38 Bayliner 1991 twin diesels two cabin very clean. Twin Cummins diesels, $119,000 upper and lower helms, $79,000 35’ Carver 97’ aft cab clean $115,000 37 Silverton 1992 Loaded $49,000

37 Silverton 1990 loaded , low hours and in BRISTOL CONDITION - MOTIVATED SELLER asking $49,900

37 Sea Ray 1994 Flybridge, conv. sedan, 2 cabs, duel helms. Loaded, AC, Mint Cond. Asking $62,500

36” Uniflite 1984 motor yacht with island queen mstr berth, down galley with cnvrtible dinette. Low eng/gen hours $39,000

33’ Sea Ray Sundancer 94 low hrs. $33,500 34 Formula 1992 Exp New decor $44,500 27 Carver Montego 1999 twins $7,500

31 Silverton 1979 fly bridge convertible dual helms. Surveyed in May $12,900 34 Silverton 1984 sedan $34,000

28 Bayliner 2001 single Mercruiser diesel, 30’ Monterey Attila 2000 twin Volvos low loaded, full electronics, Trac-Vision satellite hours, air nd heat full elec, clean $46,000 26’ Fiberform 1978 Flybr newer eng $5,900 TV, air, heat, turn key $49,000

45 Morgan Catalina built 1992 center cockpit loaded, spacious asking $119,000

41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have 41 Islander Freeport 1978 spaceous center 2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000-139,000. cockpit aft cabin ketch needs work asking 46 Hunter 202 aft cpt, aft cab $250,000 $45,000

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37’ Alberg 1974 full keel with 4-foot cut away cruising yawl and a newly rebuilt Vetus diesel presently not installed asking $16,000

37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975 upgraded 1991 new engine and more. Trade in for power or smaller sail $79,000

32 Jeanneau 1984 fast cruiser , spaceous interior, diesel engine. Loaded, $21,000 J27 1986 full race $7,900

30 Cape Dory cutter, full keel pckt-cruiser, built to cruise, under market at $19,900 27 Newport 1980 dsl, wheel, furler $3,900

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Coming Events!
What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
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Old Fashioned Day in the Park The Classic Yacht Association celebrates the 35th Annual “Old Fashioned Day in the Park” at Burton Chace Park in Marina del Rey on July 24th 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy stepping into history with tours of classic yachts dating from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, and vintage cars, including an array of classic “Woodies”, Ford Model A’s, T-Birds, and a variety of restored beauties from the 30’s to 60’s. Old Fashioned Day is Free to the Public; co-sponsored by CYA and LA County Beaches and Harbors. For information call Commodore Christine Rohde, 310 429-3028. www.classicyacht.org. Marina Anglers Workshop Learn how to fish the local waters appropriately from the Marina Anglers, a non-profit organization. Class is free and open to the public. Playa Vista Branch Library 6400 Playa Vista Drive 6:30 p.m. 310-437-6680 CYC Yachting Dinner “The Importance of a Strong Navy” Presented by captain John Alexander, commanding officer of the massive aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln. Alexander will speak about the importance of a strong navy in today’s world events. $23 includes dinner, tax, service and parking Reservations Required (310-823-4567) No-host Cocktails 6:15 p.m. Bountiful Buffet Dinner – 7 p.m. Followed by Presentation Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of CYC - 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA90292 310-823-4567 • www.CalYachtClub.com Pop Saturdays at Burton Chace Park Tito Puente, Jr., son of the late percussion and Latin jazz royalty Tito Puente, brings his passionate Afro-Cuban rhythms to the stage in a tribute to his father. Shore fishing Come enjoy a beautiful morning of fishing from the shores of Dockweiler Beach. The Department of Beaches and Harbors is offering a free introductory class in shore fishing. Fishing poles and bait will also be provided at no cost. Anglers typically catch surfperch, croaker, corbina, halibut and leopard shark. All ages are welcome. Anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This class is free to the public. Parking is $2. Anyone over the age of 16 must present a valid CA Fishing License to participate. Fishing Licenses can be purchased online at http://www.dfg.ca.gov/, or locally at Big 5 Sporting Goods or West Marine Fisherman’s Village Weekend Concert Jimbo Ross & The Bodacious Blues Band (Blues) Live jazz, Latin , R&B, Pop, Blues concerts outdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1- 4 p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free. Fisherman’s Village Weekend Concert Russ Lesser & Thin Ice. Live jazz, Latin , R&B, Pop, Blues concerts outdoors in the plaza near the lighthouse, every Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting. 1- 4 p.m. (2 - 5 p.m. summer). Free. Classical Thursdays at Burton Chace Park Lindsay Deutsch appears as violin soloist with Maestro Fetta and the Orchestra performing Bernstein and Korngold selections. Moonlight Movie - Toy Story 3 Bring low chairs and blankets for outdoor seating in this residential community setting in nearby Playa Vista. Central Park Bandshell, 12000 E. Waterfront Dr. 8 – 10 p.m. Free. Children’s Challenge at Two Harbors Meet on the beach for a fun filled day with team relays and races at our 13th Annual Children’s Challenge. Prizes will be awarded. Kids of all ages are welcome. more info (310) 510-4249 or lluchau@scico.com. WSA Speaker Series Cruising in Belize Belize, known for the second largest Great Barrier Reef in the world, is a virtual playground for adventurers drawn to the ocean, both on and below the water. Come hear about a Belize Sailing Adventure of fellow WSA members Jeannea Jordan, Susan Bonner, Karen Kuchel, Patricia Rose, Carolyn Cohen and Diane Destiny will share their photos and tales of the sea. They set sail out of Placencia Harbor aboard SS Tonic, a 41 foot Beneteau sailed by five women, and SS Zoof, a 40 foot Catamaran with a crew of four women and two lucky men. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social hour, no-host cocktails & a hosted dinner with the meeting beginning at 7:30 p.m. The panelists will speak at 8. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey, adjacent to Burton Chase Park. Parking is free of charge. Summer Concert in the Park The Spazmatics Bring low chairs and blankets for outdoor seating in this residential community setting in nearby Playa Vista. Central Park Bandshell, 12000 E. Waterfront Dr. 5 – 6:30 p.m. Free. Tannenberg Somewhere Else Regatta Del Rey Yacht Club invites all racers for One Design, PHRF and Cruising Class boats to the Tannenberg Somewhere Else Regatta,

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the second race in this multi-race event. For more info and entry, go online to www.dryc. org, or email the Regatta Contact, Derek Heeb at dmheeb@gmail.com. DRYC is located at 13900 Palawan Way. Classical Thursdays at Burton Chace Park Maestro Fetta welcomes back Claire Huangci with her stunning renditions of Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev favorites. Pop Saturdays at Burton Chace Park Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann plays her hit songs on acoustic guitar. Moonlight Movie - E.T.: The ExtraTerrestrial Bring low chairs and blankets for outdoor seating in this residential community setting in nearby Playa Vista. Take the free Beach Shuttle from Marina del Rey to the event. Free popcorn. Concert Park, 13020 Pacific Promenade. 8 – 10 p.m.; Free.

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Honey Pot Day The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, in partnership with Department of Boating & Waterways, is providing free mobile pumpout service to boaters in Marina del Rey. Boaters must register in advance, and will receive a 30-minute seminar on clean boating practices. To sign up, please contact Victoria Ippolito by October 31st, 2011, (213) 620-2271, vippolito@waterboards.ca.gov Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club Dinners Wednesday and Friday Night Dinners. Members, guests, and prospective members are invited to join us for cocktails, fun, food, and friendship on most Wednesday and Friday evenings at our club house. Fun starts at 6:30 pm for cocktails and 7:30 pm for dinner. Lectures and educational presentations often follow our Wednesday night dinners. Live music is provided on most Fridays for your enjoyment and dancing pleasure. Reservations are required. Our club house is located at 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey. For menus, availability, pricing, directions, parking, and more event and membership details, please visit our web site at www.smwyc.org or call us at 310-827-7692 Marina Venice Yacht Club Social Sundays Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7 2011

p.m. Food items are provided and there is no charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way. Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy one, or just want to be around other water loving people MVYC welcomes all who share in the Corinthian Spirit. 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 commodore@mvyc.org, call 310-9093022 or 310-822-9082 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: sailingsingles@iwlink.com www. sailingsinglesofsoutherncalifornia.com Marina Sunday Sailing Club Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers and crew in a friendly social environment for daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to Catalina and other destinations. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the patio at Burton Chace Park under the Club banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. with a free Continental breakfast and socializing. We hold a brief business meeting and then head out for an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks and more socializing. Visitors are welcome and may attend two meetings free. No prior sailing experience is necessary. Married people welcome! For more info call (310) 226-8000 or visit www.marinasundaysailors.com Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting features a guest speaker discussing their adventures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and

the northern Channel Islands, For membership information contact email membership@ wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org. Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay, Owners of Catalina Yachts Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. We would like to welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and other events throughout the year. Our doors open at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7 to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For more info email Horst.Lechler@gmail.com. Single Mariners of Marina del Rey Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7PM on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for a light meal during the meeting, however, there is a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner at rick.beauchemin@sbcglobal.net or leave a message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday prior to the Thursday meeting To submit an event marinermagazine.com email editor@

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ecreational Boaters of California is continuing lobbying efforts to protect the ability of boaters to utilize effective and affordable anti-fouling paints on the hulls of our vessels. RBOC Vice President-North Jack Michael recently testified regarding SB 623 before the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee expressing their opposition to the bill unless it is further amended. His testimony can be seen at rboc.org. The bill passed the committee and next proceeds to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

They are also engaged in discussions with Senator Kehoe as the author of SB 623, together with the sponsors, proponents and other stakeholders. Progress is being made on this front. “We are pleased to report that, as currently worded, SB 623 does not contain an outright ban on copper based anti fouling paints. The bill would allow boaters to use low-level, low leach copper antifouling paint after January 1, 2015,” said an RBOC spokesperson. On Friday, July 8, RBOC held a teleconference with paint manufacturers’ associations, the author’s staff, and the sponsor of the bill. They were informed that a variety of paints will be readily available in all areas of the state, will be as easy to apply as current paints, will not require stripping of our hulls, and will be effective in protecting the hulls of our boats. Under the provisions of SB 623 the Department of Pesticide Regulation [DPR] would be setting the standards for low-leaching, low-copper paints and all such paints would need to have the approval of DPR before going on the market. RBOC has confidence in DPR and have observed the department to make careful, considered decisions based on science. Also under SB 623, by January 1, 2019 the State Water Resources Control Board would determine whether the use of low-leaching, low-copper paints could result in the attainment of water quality objectives in marinas and harbors for dissolved copper. If the Board finds that it does not, within one year paints containing biocides (copper and zinc) would be prohibited. Non-biocide paints would be allowed. Senator Kehoe is planning to make further revisions and refinements to SB 623 soon and RBOC is monitoring this closely. The organization is encouraged by the change in the bill to permit the use of low-leaching, low-copper anti-fouling paints and by the discussions they are having with the author. As developments occur, they will be posted on rboc.org. Story provided by Recreational Boaters of California.

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“Poco a Poco”
A cruising lesson from Mexico By Tim Tunks

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early two decades ago I was managing director of Puerto Escondido’s Guerilla Boatyard, which several fellow cruisers put together in a dusty parking lot on the Baja Peninsula. Our purpose one summer day was to unstep the bent mast from a Yorktown 35’, straighten and restep it. The unstepping and re-stepping were the easy tasks, for my racing days in a Ranger 26 involved dropping and re-doing things on the mast several times. With cooperating sailboats on each side, and coordinated handling of halyards on the adjoining boats, this process is quite simple. We had no difficulties lowering the stick onto a pair of dinghies, and ferrying it to the boat ramp nearby our makeshift boatyard.

enough to relax the bend.” As I was returning to the vang tackle to tension it up a bit more, a nearby worker with a welding torch was setting up to heat up the bend. He explained, as best as I could understand, that we shouldn’t Mickey Mouse around, but just heat it up and bend it straight. “No! Por favor, poco a poco!” -- a little bit at a time, was the best I could come up with, feeling

starboard halyard’s chafe failure. “Poco a poco” some sharp edge aloft was sawing through their halyards, greatly accelerating the normal chafing wear the halyard suffers as the line stretches and recovers and as the sail oscillates about. Many off-shore sailors learn that the joy of passage making, which frequently permits leaving sails without adjustment for extended periods, involves chafing wherever fiber meets material. Remember seeing “Baggy Wrinkle” soft padding on traditional rope rigged boat spars and shrouds which was utilized to reduce chafe on the linen sails of the times? Periodic adjustment of halyards and sheets mitigates chafe somewhat, is the lesson here (although the lesson about the value of careful rig inspection before the passage should not be lost). “Poco a poco”, the natural movement of the boat can create chafe in many places besides sails and rigging. Engine hoses are a prime target, where vibration and sea motion can combine, little by little, turning a hose support bracket into an effective saw. Extracting an anchor fouled in bottom growth (Please don’t anchor in kelp for many reasons!) can seem impossibly difficult, but just snubbing the rode and letting the boat bob on the swells produces very effective lifting power, a little bit at a time. Get comfortable, re-snub the rode from time to time to take up the slack, and eventually it will work loose. As a racer in remission, I’d frequently find myself sailing with non-racers who didn’t quite understand how minor adjustments can have profound impact on sailing efficiency. “A little bit at a time”, I’d urge, but still the genoa would go out a foot or be ground into the spreaders. So now that I am retired with time to consider a motto for my family crest, “Poco a Poco” seems as good a guide as any. 2011

We were fortunate enough to have three sturdy posts arranged in a flattened triangle with its base about as long as the mast, and Tim Tunks its apex located right at the bend. With sturdy my Spanish and his high school physics were chains fastened to each end of the mast and both inadequate for an explanation of aluminum running to the adjacent posts, we were ready to metallurgy. And that is how we straightened the apply some persuasion. By pulling the center bent mast -- a bit more bending force and a bit points of the chain together with a heavy vang more hammering on the deformed kink-- a little tackle, we could exert tremendous bending bit at a time. force. Now “Poco a Poco” is a valuable mechanical Here is a diagram to help understand our set- process for the competent mariner to fully understand. up: Now our biggest problem was keeping all the volunteers from helping, for we had plenty of power to reverse the bent mast into a crumpled hairpin. With others holding the helpers back, I tensioned the vang tackle until the first signs of bending could be detected. I went to the bend point with a light hammer, and began to tap the soft aluminum hard enough to make some noise but not so hard as to dent it. This process “excites the molecules”, as a body working friend says. “Bang it about a bit, and things (at the molecular level) will move around 10 Take my friend, presently delivering a sedentary cruising ketch from here to Hawaii. They just suffered their second spinnaker halyard chafing problem with their port spinnaker halyard on the morning after they completed spinnaker and dousing sock repairs necessitated by the

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Towed to Hawaii
United States Coast Guard tow disabled Marina del Rey yacht and crew into Maui, Hawaii.

By Capt. Jim Cash

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t had been a normal delivery of the 46’ Morgan sailing ketch Eleu from port of Los Angeles to Oahu for the first 2,200 nautical miles of the 2,350 miles passage. The crew had been out of Los Angeles for 17 days, and had started scheduling return flights and was taking bets on who would first sight land. They were less than 24 hours from their destination of Ko Olina Marina on Oahu, when skipper, Captain Jim Cash of Marina del Rey, realized the steering was non-responsive. The bow started to swing into the 25 knot trade winds and the 6 - 8’ following seas came crashing into the port side, rolling the heavy ketch over on her beam end. The crew, Kathy St. Amant from Westchester, California, Mark Abel of Pacific Palisades, California, both also 100 Ton licensed captains, and the owner Author Reid, of Oahu, Hawaii, were below decks when the steering failed. Jumping to action, it was soon learned that the bracket securing the master hydraulic steering ram to the bulkhead had snapped off and ruptured two hydraulic hoses, leaving the vessel without normal steering capability. The emergency tiller was connected, but being a center cockpit vessel with a larger aft master stateroom, the tiller had 2011

to be operated blind from below decks. The crew immediately contacted the Coast Guard in Oahu via its satellite phone, to alert them of the problem. After assuring the CG there was no immediate danger and they had plenty of food and water, and the emergency tiller was connected, the CG said they would stand by if needed. For the next four hours, two crew, sitting opposite each other on each side of the emergency tiller, each with a hand held GPS, tried in vain to steer the boat. Given the sea conditions and the wind, the boat was yawling through 180 degrees. Deciding that trying to hand steer with the tiller in these conditions was a futile effort, the skipper finally ordered the boat “hove to,” and the CG was called back. They agreed to send a cutter to take the vessel in tow, but also dispatched a C130 rescue plane to check on the vessel’s position and condition of the crew. Within two hours of the second contact, the crew heard the drone of the plane’s engines and the call on VHF Channel 16. The plane buzzed their position as shouts of joy, waves and photos were exchanged. It was the first contact with the “outside world” the crew had since leaving the

California shipping lanes 16 days before. The plane circled the vessel’s position for two hours with regular communication. Assured the crew was safe, they confirmed the arrival of the cutter within 9 - 10 hours, and departed. During the night, hove to, the vessel was drifting on course to Maui at 2-3 knots. Every hour, CG Oahu made contact to confirm position and check on the crew’s well being. At 0530 hours, a light was spotted on the horizon, coming from the direction of Oahu, the only navigation light the crew had seen in the last two weeks of night watches. Shortly, the VHF came alive and USCG Cutter Kittiwake was making contact. The sky was just starting to lighten in the east when the cutter came abreast of the Eleu. They again asked, and were assured that the crew was doing fine. They announced they would wait until it was light before making transfer of the tow line, and the boat’s crew took the opportunity to prepare Eleu for the tow, including lashing the tiller amidships to keep the rudder straight. At approximately 0630 the 90’ cutter crossed the bow and backed slowing toward the sailing vessel. When within tossing distance, the CG
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Bella of the Ball
Bella Mente Takes the Barn Door in Transpac

Story and Photo by Kimball Livingston
beaming-through-the-fatigue Hap Fauth hit the beach today in Honolulu, Transpac Barn Door win in the bank, mission-accomplished on the Left Coast tour of his 74 foot sloop, Bella Mente. The “Barn Door” is awarded to the first finisher of the Transpacific Yacht Race, 2,225 miles, Los Angeles to Honolulu, “and that was our objective,” Fauth said. To finish first.

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from the finish, we’d better be 150 miles north of Honolulu. The routing kept coming back to that, but intuitively, you don’t want to go north in this race, especially in the mushy stuff we sailed into in the middle of, when everybody slowed down.” Bella Mente navigator Ian Moore said, “By the middle of the race it came clear that our opponent was better downwind than we were. They could match our speed and sail 5 - 6 degrees lower [closer to the finish] so we had to change our tactics. The favored route was north, but there were risks attached because north puts you closer to the High Pressure Zone. You could lose the breeze. But we had to do something different, and that made it simple. We had to take full advantage of the shift. We had a meeting of both watch captains, Mike Sanderson and Tom “TomMac” McLaughlin, Hap, and me. We all agreed. Hap understood the risks, but he was supportive, and maybe, just maybe, we could have gone half of those 150 miles north and still made a gain. But we went the whole way for maximum leverage.” “They controlled the side of the course we wanted,” said Magnitude 80 navigator Ernie Richau. “Wanted, but couldn’t have. We could

never get across them without paying a price we couldn’t afford.” Bella Mente entered the 46th Transpac with a new rig, new sails, an added sprit, and five feet of added length. To counter, Doug Baker had reconfigured Magnitude from canting-keel to fixed keel (only fixed-keel qualifies for the Barn Door) with new sails of its own. “It was an interesting process to get to the start line,” Fauth said. “The race was 60 percent planning and 40 percent execution. Dougie Couvreux and Matt Smith from our crew have both sailed on Magnitude, and we knew this was no slam dunk. But they’re a running boat, and we’re a powerreaching boat. We stack every sail on the weather quarter and put the crew on top of that.” Locally, MDR’s Grand Illusion took first in their division and will most likely take first overall. “On the last day,” Skipper James McDowell said, “we started getting squalls with winds in the twenties, and we realized that all we had to do to win was finish, so we went conservative. We have a boatload of good drivers, and we could always keep a fresh driver on the wheel.”

Bella Mente made Diamond Head just before dawn, as pink streaks began to color the high clouds off to the east. Official finish time: 05:44:28. Doug Baker’s Magnitude 80 followed 2 hours, 51 minutes later, making steam. They had made a race of it. Bella Mente had shown the way all the way from their July 8 start, but the outcome was never a done deal. These were boats with different strengths, each playing for the right point of leverage. Both crews worked through the night without sleep. Now it was time for the reward. “For four days before the start, we ran models of the race,” Fauth said. “No matter how the different models came out, they all had one thing in common. They all told us that 400 miles 12

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GPS System in Danger
As a result of a proposal by a private company to use radio frequency bandwidth right next to the existing GPS radio bandwidth, the future reliability of the GPS system across the United States is now in question. The nation’s largest recreational boaters group, BoatUS, says boaters could have a hard time avoiding treacherous shoals or simply finding their way home if GPS signals are interfered with, and is urging boaters to speak out during a 30-day comment period. “This is a remarkably short comment period for an issue that has such dire consequences for America’s boaters and every other GPS user in the country,” said BoatUS Vice President of Government Affairs Margaret Podlich. At issue is an unusual conditional waiver granted in January by the FCC to a broadband wireless communications provider, LightSquared, to permit the dramatic expansion of land-based use of mobile satellite spectrum. This spectrum, or frequency bandwidth, is directly adjacent to the frequencies used for Global Positioning System (GPS) communications. The company has proposed to build 40,000 ground stations. LightSquared’s high-powered ground-based transmissions from these stations have shown to cause interference in hundreds of millions of GPS receivers across a wide range of uses, including aviation, marine, emergency response and industrial users such as delivery and trucking companies. A new report requested by the FCC says, “all phases of the LightSquared deployment plan will result in widespread harmful interference to GPS signals and service and that mitigation is not possible.” Recreational boaters lost their only other viable navigation system, LORAN, when the Department of Homeland Security shut the system down last year. At that time the U.S. Coast Guard urged mariners to shift to GPS-based navigation systems. Boaters rely on GPS-enabled chartplotters to steer clear of navigation hazards, keep them in the safety of deep-water channels, or even get them home when storms shut down visibility. “They are a critical piece of safety gear,” said Podlich. “What will boaters do if they are unreliable, and how will the U.S. Coast Guard’s new emergency search and rescue system that stands watch over 36,985 miles of coastline, Rescue 21, remain effective, since it relies on GPS?” Boaters and other GPS users are urged to speak up now by going to www. BoatUS.com/gov to send their comments to the FCC and their members of Congress. Story courtesy of BOAT US.

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GULLIVER’S POLITICS
By Captain Richard Schaefer
henever a new regulation or law comes along (which is way too often) I envision Gulliver the sailor, tied down on the beach by thousands of tiny Lilliputian threads pinning him to the sand. I feel that modern-day boaters are rather like Gulliver. Every time I open a boating publication I read of some new regulation, rule or law that will infringe on our outdoor freedoms - each one a type of Lilliputian thread pressing us down - hard upon the sand - slowly wringing and crushing the fun out of boating. The bureaucracies of government are implementing a slow, laborious imprisonment - inexorably confining and limiting our boating freedoms until even our dock-lines are too long for the government to tolerate. Just in the past few months there has been a tsunami of onerous litigation, regulation and laws hurling toward boaters. Here’s a partial list of some recent issues; 1. Enforcement of the Marine Life Protected Areas will begin on October 1. Boaters will be prohibited from many activities such as fishing, anchoring or beach-combing in these areas. In most cases, these areas will not be marked by signage or buoys - the boundaries indicated down to the foot by GPS coordinates. This will have a disastrous effect on spontaneous, casual, family fishing. A novice or infrequent fisherman may not have the necessary GPS equipment, the time, or the inclination to wade 16

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through the continually changing regulations and boundaries. Parents who aren’t hard-core fishermen will be more than a little reluctant to allow their children to fish over the side of the family boat or troll a line over the stern for fear of violating some arcane prohibition or inadvertently passing through a closed area. The fines will be heavy and the word will quickly spread through harbors and marinas that “laid-back”, spontaneous fishing could become costly. The result will be more kids hooked up to their Ipod or video game, and fewer enjoying and learning about nature. As I pointed out in previous columns, I feel there were more logical ways to enhance the fisheries, rather than simply closing one area to fishing - thereby transferring the fishing pressure to adjacent waters - with no net gain in fish stocks. 2. Environmentalists are litigating to stop fireworks shows along the coast - citing concerns about air and water pollution. One small brush fire puts more soot and ash in the air into the air and sea than all the coastal fireworks would in a decade, and urban runoff, hundreds of times more each day. This green idea of “zero tolerance” will put an end to countless sports, pleasures and pastimes. 3. The north entrance of Marina del Rey needs dredging badly. The situation has become a hazard to safe navigation. The reason the entrance isn’t kept clear is that, because of environmental regulations, dredging has become much more expensive, and therefore not done often enough The Mariner - Issue 102

or in a timely manner. In years past the dredges could simply pump the sediments over the rocks, by pipe, and let it settle onto the sea floor a hundred yards out on the other side. Now, the sludge and sand has to be treated as toxic waste and trucked away creating more pollution in the process - costing millions of dollars more than it should. 4. Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel and 15% ethanol are being mandated in trucks and automobiles and will certainly find their way into marine engines. These fuels are harmful to older engines and fuel systems. Furthermore, it is probable that these fuels will soon be required in marine engines forcing the boater to add expensive additives or risk damaging engines costing many thousands of dollars. It is important to note that ethanol use decreases MPG and takes more energy to produce than it provides, as well as raising the price and availability of food world wide - resulting in shortages of food and starvation. We are literally burning food for the sake of Environmentalist dogma, and to placate, what has become, the subsidized ethanol, “green energy” lobby. 5. The California Air Resources Board has mandated that commercial shipping burn a more expensive “low emission” fuel while operating in state waters. This is resulting in fewer ships using the traffic separation lanes for coastal commercial traffic. Instead, domestic 2011

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A) 95% of copper in the sea comes from natural run off which carries naturally occurring, copper laden sediments into the sea. B) Pleasure boats account for less than .003% of copper in the sea. C) Brake linings and copper drinking water pipes are the largest source of anthropogenic copper in the sea. Still, these sources make up less than 1% of total copper in the sea. D) Copper is a natural nutrient for nearly all marine life. E) Copper levels in the sea have been nearly constant over the centuries. F) Copper naturally degrades in the environment so that there is no long term build up. Added to the afore mentioned issues there are numerous regulations and laws pertaining to; bilge pumping, engine exhaust, eco -friendly boat soap and cleaners, saw dust from sanding your boat’s teak, solvents and topside paint, keeping “garbage logs”, holding tanks and heads, minor fuel spills, voluminous fishing and diving regulations, lobster report cards, anchoring prohibitions, like those off the south entrance of Marina del Rey, fueling requirements, boarding inspections and marine mammal and bird protections. It is apparent that boaters are being buried beneath a costly and time consuming Lilliputian regulatory web, as referred to at the beginning of this column. Sadly, the bureaucracies of government, at every level, have encroached into all areas of our lives. Agencies like the Department of the Interior and the EPA are nearly autonomous and entirely unresponsive to either common sense or the voters. They are driven only by the zealous ideology of their managers who seem determined to regulate activities from boating to energy production to the point of prohibition. Captain Richard Schaefer is a Licensed U.S.C.G. Master of Sail and Power Vessels. He has taught sailing and seamanship, skippered charters, managed yachts and delivered vessels for over 25 years, He can be reached at 310-460-8946 for questions or comments.

and foreign vessels are cutting across state waters from international waters at right angles and at high speed so as to spend as little time as possible in California’s heavily regulated waters. This situation increases hazards for boaters as well as whales. 6. The Coast Guard is again considering mandatory life jackets for all boaters. Approximately 460 persons, who were not wearing life jackets, die each year from drowning. About 335 of these were on power boats under 21 feet in length. Only about 11% of all drownings occur among the crew or passengers of sailboats over 25 feet in length. But you can bet that medium and large sailboats will be included in the new regulations. I observe that about 25 people are killed or severely injured annually by accidental jibes - so perhaps we should have a mandatory helmet law while we are sailing, as well as life-jackets. To further enhance public safety maybe seat belts and airbags should be standard equipment aboard small to medium sized power boats as well. Boy...strapped into your seat, wearing a helmet and a bulky life-vest, really sounds like a fun, unencumbered day on the water. 7. Prohibition of copper bottom paint is on the horizon, and there’s not a replacement available. If an alternative to copper paint is eventually developed you can bet it won’t be as effective and that it will be more expensive. Furthermore, other than increased levels of copper in harbors and marinas I can find no evidence that anthropogenic copper has been shown to be a threat to the marine ecosystem. It should also be noted that it has only been in recent years that the public has been conditioned, through Environmentalist political andmedia campaigns, to expect harbors and marinas to be aquatic nature reserves, rather than merely a berthing/docking facility for ships and boats. I often wonder why we don’t apply this illogical thought process to parking lots and shopping malls. Why shouldn’t we expect to see native flora and fauna in Wal-Mart’s parking areas instead of oil-stained asphalt and AstroTurf? Talk about ecosystem destruction...a parking lot destroys everything...forever - as well as adding a substantial amount of unregulated, oily, copper laden, urban runoff to the ocean - but’s it’s boats and bottom paint that are the “big” worry for landlocked bureaucrats. Go figure... Here’s a little perspective regarding copper in the marine environment. 2011

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data from the returned heads to help evaluate the efficacy of the program. To date the program has raised and released 1,800,000 juvenile white seabass. White seabass reach legal size after three to five years so we are now seeing the results of all of this effort. The elimination of near shore gill nets, long lines and the introduction of the OREHP program have all contributed to the strong resurgence of the WSB fishery in Southern California. The OREHP program is a partnership between HSWRI, United Anglers of Southern California, Sportsfishing Association of California, DFG and numerous angling clubs and environmental organizations throughout Southern California. Everybody involved urges all anglers to “get with the program” and turn in your white seabass heads. It’s good for science; it’s good for marine conservation and fisheries and it’s potentially very profitable for you. Darrell Pickford is a director of MDR Anglers and heads the club’s white seabass program. MDRA is one of 10 organizations that maintain white seabass grow out pens which care for the juvenile WSB until they are large enough and strong enough to be released and survive in the wild. For more information about MDRA or its white seabass program contact Darrell Pickford at (310) 633-1885 or dpickford@Verizon.com. The three drop locations in Marina del Rey are Marina Del Rey are In Seine Bait Company - (310) 574-4443, Marina Del Rey Sportfishing (310) 822-3625, Purfields Pro Tackle - (310) 397-6171 Story by Larry Brown. 2011

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Novice Crew Wins Jennifer Diamond Regatta
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My goal has always been to be the worst sailor on the boat, and this approach has worked well over the years. This is because sailboat racing is perhaps the best example of a team sport. A great crew can make you look like a genius, and poor crew work will make a real genius look dumb. Frustratingly, one of the main challenges with racing is finding and training new crew. Mike Guccione’s recent “crew tryout” event was a novel attempt to address this issue by creating a skipper-crew “matchmaking” session. He used social media (e.g., meetup.com) to attract exactly the kind of people we want to bring into racing: young, active adventurous types. Of the 28 potential crew who filled out the event survey, almost 2/3 were under 40 years old, ¾ had sailing experience and about one-third of the group had racing experience. Encouragingly, there was an even male/female split – so much for racing as a sausage-fest! The four novices -- Andre, Ann, Karin and Will -- who joined us on our Soverel 33 that day reflected the overall demographics of the event and impressed us with their enthusiasm, smarts and potential. To keep the momentum going, we came up with a plan. We would schedule several practice sessions, have everybody learn several positions, and target the June 26 Jennifer Diamond Celebrity Regatta for our first race as a team. The idea was to get them trained up and hooked on the sport, then they should be able to find regular positions if they wanted to continue racing and sailing. There was a very satisfying and rapid progression of skills, interspersed with some dolphin watching and refreshments. The first session was a bit rough, as everybody got comfortable with the basics, but by the end of the day we were able to tack, jibe, launch and take down the spinnaker. By the second session we were able to launch, take down, and then re-launch the spinnaker without a major mess, which is notable progress. By the third, we were able to do all that and actually round in the general vicinity of marks. By the fourth, we were tacking, jibing and whatever you wanted to do and doing race roundings: ready to race. The Jennifer Diamond Regatta was a good choice for the new crew’s debut. This is a fun and easy race for a good cause, and perfect as an introduction to sailboat racing with its inverted start and random leg course. Will, Karin, Andre and Ann, our trainees, were ready to go, and we had a great time on the water. The weather was perfect, the crew work was flawless and we came in first place! Most rewarding was that the next question from the crew was, when do we race next?

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The relative short tow to the CG mooring off Lahaina harbor entrance took only a couple hours. As the buoy was approached, the Smallboat came along side the Eleu, releasing the tow line and side tying to maneuver the sailing vessel close enough to secure its bow line to the buoy. When all was secure, the rescue boat gently backed away and wished Eleu’s crew luck with the pending repairs. Again salutations of appreciation were exchanged with the CG crew, all being very modest about their role. The crew of the Eleu wants also to give their thanks and appreciation to the members of the Lahaina Yacht Club, who welcomed them as temporary members, opening up their facility for showers and refreshments, and helping secure the needed repairs. Within two working days a new bracket had been fabricated out of stainless steel, the hydraulic hoses replaced, and the system re-pressurized. Eleu left Maui and sailed to Ko Olina, Oahu only three days behind its original schedule.

lineman let go the coiled leader line, laying it expertly across the bow, where the skipper and crew caught it and started bringing the heavy tow lines aboard. The 2” diameter bridle was connected to the port and starboard bow cleats, the leader line disconnected and stored in the cock pit, and the tow line was fed gently back toward the cutter. The vessel was on a 200 feet tow line that tightened gradually as the cutter turned toward Maui (the closest port) and picked up speed. Throughout the next 12 hours the tow proceeded at 6 -8 knots, but when a large wave struck from behind, the sailing vessel would surf with the knot meter exceeding 12 knots at times and catching up close to the cutter. The crew was informed they were to be “handed off” to local Maui CG for the last few miles of the tow. At about the designated time the sailing vessel slowed dramatically and the crew assumed they were on location awaiting the transfer. Then the lights of the cutter started to dim as the cutter drew away. At about the same moment a VHF contact from the cutter ask to check the

tow line. Sure enough, the tow line had parted, chaffed through at the apex of the bridle where it connected to the main tow line. Since the boat was within a few miles of the transfer point it was decided not to try reconnect, but wait for the Maui CG to pick up the process. Within a half hour the USCG “Smallboat”, a 40’ rescue boat, came along side and threw their tow line. When safely secured and underway, only then did the Kittiwake leave the scene, among “thank yous” and “we love you guys” coming from the crew of Eleu.

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ELECTRICAL TALK
Yusheng Wang Electrical Do’s and Don’ts
Yusheng Wang is an ABYC certified marine electrician and the owner/operator of the longstanding Marina del Rey company 3-D Marine. He has been a reputable marine electrician here in Marina del Rey for the past 13 years. Yusheng was also a professional boat builder in his homeland of China. Q: What are some of the most common mistakes you see regarding the electrical systems on your clients’ boats? Wang: There are quite a few circumstances I run into time and time again that happen in after market installations and from the factory itself that I would do differently. For instance: I suggest replacing the often seen black plastic battery box with heavy duty boxes or a custom box. Batteries really should not move more than one inch in any direction and should be completely secure, even if the boat were to go upside down. The batteries should be able to be manually shut off from an accessible location that’s not too far from the batteries (no more than 72”). Make sure that heavy DC loads such as inverters, high output alternators, windlass, etc, are evenly distributed throughout all batteries in a multi-battery bank. Correct wires running above exhaust manifold for too far a distance without any shield. Remove all the scattered ground wires on the engine block to a common stud near the alternator and away from the cooling water system. Electricity going through marine engines can cause rapid and serious internal corrosion. Reroute or shield wires running on top of or above metal fuel tanks. Always reroute positive cables from such a location. Sadly, almost no one has a fuse for their alternator output on the alternator side. Make sure AC and DC panels are separated. If that is impossible, make sure that AC components are covered from behind. And always look at the basics: mismatched color coding, wrong wiring sizes, messy wiring, etc. Q: What are the more dangerous of the mistakes that can be made? Wang: There are a few that come to mind. Using a DC main selector switch for an AC power source selector. DC main selector switches are “connect before break” types and the AC selectors are “break before connect”. It’s very critical not to combine two AC sources together and it’s also very critical to make sure you can switch DC sources without power interruption. Another mistake is using a DC thermal breaker for an AC circuit. Those breakers are not rated for high voltage and can blow up if used incorrectly. Using neoprene insulated welding cable as engine starting cable. Neoprene is not oil resistant. Once fuel or oil gets on it, it will start to deteriorate and eventually it will fall from the conductor. Putting two or more radio transmitters on one antenna without a splitter. One will fry the other. The same concept applies to video /audio devices and speakers. Only route one component to one set of speakers. Q: What’s your advice on how to avoid these mishaps? Wang: Always sit and read the instructions carefully before you pull out the crimpers...

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Quality Advice From A Two Year Old Black Lab Puppy
Dear Mookie, Our son is in his early twenties. He hasn’t gone to college, he changes jobs often - no steady girl, lots of video games. He looked at me the other day and he says, “Mom, I’m lost.” I tried not to cry when I told him to stay positive. I thought I said the right things but now I’m doubting myself. What do you think I should have said?

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2.5 HP mercury 6 HP Evinrude 8 HP Yamaha 8 HP Yamaha Sail 9.9 Johnson 9.9 Mercury 8.1 Volvo GI Volvo – DPSX (new) 60 Yamaha Smart Race

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boat or boat gear as donation to support essential and formative youth programs, please call 310-823-2040 or E-mail gerry@purcellyachts.com

Beneteau Oceanis 400
Timeshare/Partnership on Beneteau Oceanis 400. Tri-cabin model - two heads. Full electronics, refrigeration, inverter, dinghy and outboard, windless, roller furler, full canvas. Professional lessons available if needed. No equity buy in. 3 Days, $285.00 per month - no long term commitment. Call Captain Richard Schaefer 310-460-8946

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Columbia 36’ 1968
Beautiful classic, 2 owners, resent haul out and complete overhaul, pristine condition. Serious inquiries only. Price $ 21,900. Call Peter at 310-864-4842

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8.5 KW Universal Diesel Generator
$1,500 310-823-4821 Lofrans T 700 12v vertical capstan windlass. New in box with solenoid, circuit breaker, foot switch. $1000.00. 310-305-1122

Crew

Body: Basic Keel Boat & EMT Cert. 20 Yrs Experience on Power Boats. Local, competent, handy, friendly. 310-663-2865 / aaronloringdavis@gmail.com Aaron

1984 Jeanneau 32 “Attalia”

Fast racer/cruiser, comfortable fast, set up for single handing. VGC. $26,000 for quick sale. 310-592-5701.

1977 Bombay Clipper 31’ Sailboat

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Excellent condition. 12hp Yanmar diesel. Easy single-handing. Sleeps 4+. Detailed marine survey Nov 2009. Oxnard,CA 661-400-8623.

For 30 Catalina interior, complete set in very good condition. Asking $1700. 310-701-5960

Cal 31 Sloop 1979
Wheel steering, self-tailing winches, new batteries, good rigging, lots of sails, no motor, no interior cushions. $6,950 obo Mike (310) 821-4392 catshadowzoo@yahoo.com

Standard Horizon Intrepid GX1270S
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Pocket cruiser “Ecume de mer” $3000. Bulb keel

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Power Boats
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35 CQR, unused $375 / OBO - 35 HT Danforth $175/ OBO. Call Bob (310) 286-7500 ext. 228

Inflatable and Docksteps

Caribe RIB dinghy, older, has beach-wheels $400. Docksteps like new $125, also 45 lb plow $75 Bajasurvey@yahoo.com sailcub@yahoo.com.

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Instruction, yacht management, insurance surveys, deliveries, pre-purchase and repair consultation. Serving Long Beach to Santa Barbara. Local references. Captain Richard Schaefer 310-460-8946.

Baltic Inflatable 2008
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Looking for experienced, compatible, 50+ couple/person to partner/crew on our Nordhavn 43, from MDR to La Paz Nov.6 to Nov.22 2011 A fleet of 40; fun and safe. Contact Paul or Erika at 562-756-7421 or e-mail: mossevie@aol.com

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Single older gent with lovely 30-foot sailboat seeks single older lady to teach him how to sail it. Daniel (310) 5788448

Information on Americas Cup replica nine-foot sailboat.
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There are great deals on sailboats and looking for 5050 partner in Marina Del Rey. Looking for 34 to 40 foot with a minimum investment of 10K each. Contact Alan Rock—310-721-2825 or alanrock1@gmail.com

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