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Remembering Scott and Jean Adam
The Reality of Donating a Boat
Anchoring in Catalina
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FROM THE EDITOR
The STory of BarBi TuraTe BoB
Long Beach Race Week - Photo by Pat
Coming Events 4
Of the Wire 6
Test Your Knowledge 8
Rules of the Road Quiz by Paul Miller
Should I Donate My Boat? 10
Boat Donation Info by Charles Saylin
Becoming Shellbacks 12
Crossing the Equator on S/V Quest by Dennis Bly
Catalina Currents 16
Island Anchoring by Captain Richard Schaefer
Let the Season Begin 18
Photos from Opening Day
Ask the Expert - Navigation 23
Ask Mookie 24
When I frst got to the Marina I bought an engineless
1977 Catalina 30 for $7,000. I think the guy who
owned it wanted 13 for it. I said to my broker Larry,
“you think he’d take 10”? He replied, “offer him
7.” I did and the guy said, “sure.”
I was told the owner was an older guy who didn’t
use it and that his son was the one who really owned
the boat for all practical purposes. But for whatever
reason he was selling.
A few weeks after I bought “Good Luffn’” I
ran into a guy on the dock and he said: “You got
Barbiturate Bob’s old boat huh?”
“Barbiturate Bob. He loved that thing.”
From what I gathered my predecessor was a fellow
they called Barbiturate Bob and he loved two
things in this world – his Catalina 30 and well,
you know, of course, barbiturates…sadly he died
on what was now my new boat. As it turns out he
wasn’t super healthy.
While many new boat owners might have been
creeped-out by this piece of new information, I
was not at bothered. Sure, it’s possible Barbiturate
Bob was a depressed chain-smoking drug addict
that spent countless hours on my boat doing really
gross things, but why think about that? Barbiturate
Bob loved his boat, like I loved my new boat and I
would do him proud.
“Barbiturate Bob,” I said out loud one day while
I was alone on the boat. “This boat will sail again
sir. After I get all this yellow nicotine shit off the
walls and fx this crappy Atomic 4 – we will all sail
And one fne day after much scrubbing and money
spent, me, my girlfriend, my dog, my mother and
the spirit of Barbiturate Bob all sailed to Avalon
and it was glorious…
We had to get towed back and I didn’t have Vessel
Assist at the time, but that’s
picking it up!
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14000 Palawan Way, Suite A Marina del Rey
38 Downeast Cutter 1977 bluewater cruiser
ready to go, loaded only $59,000
38 Cruiser aft cabin 1994, low hours, loaded,
xlnt livaboard, great price of $69,000.
28 Bayliner 2001 single Mercruiser diesel,
loaded, full electronics, many extras $42,000
39’Cal cruising sloop, fast and comfortable,
loaded and priced below market at $46,500
65’ McKinna 2002 pilot house,3 cabins,
loaded low hours $685,000
52 Californian cockpit motor yacht 1990
Spacious layout, loaded $199,0000
48 Grand Banks 1973 tri cabin twin diesels
needs work listed at ½ market price $49,000
J-27 racing sail 1985 full sail inventory ready
for fun sailing or Catalina $13,500
41 Hunter aft cockpit with aft aft cabin; have
2 -2000 an 2002, from $129,000-139,000.
37 Fisher Pilothouse bluewater ketch 1975
upgraded 1991 new engine $89,000
45’ Lancer pilothouse aft cabin 1985 twin
dsl, generator, great layout, loaded, $99,000
w w w . p u r c e l l y a c h t s . c o m
310-701-5960 - Cell
32’ Wellcraft San trope 1989, $16,000
31’ Silverton 1979 convertible $10,000
30’ Monterey Attila 2000 twin Volvos low
hours, air nd heat full elec, clean $46,000
45 Carver Voyager pilothouse sedan twin
Cummins diesels 2002 asking $269,000
55 Spoiler 1990 loaded with new electronics,
just hauled, bottom painted and detailed.
36’ Sea Ray Express 1983 newly rebuilt
engines, Trac Vision satellite TV, $47,000
44 Lancer Pilothouse motor Sailor, 2 cabins,
twin diesels , generator, loaded, $79,000
32 Bay liner Cerra 1995 motivated seller,
loaded, full canvas, low hours $37,000
39 Carver aft cabin with cockpit 1995 loaded
very clean. Twin Cummins diesels, $99,000
55 Pacemaker 1971 3 cabins, Detroit disels,
livabord end tie slip $1300/mo. $69,000
43 Californian cockpit motoryacht1988 300
HP Cat diesels, loaded $109,000
42 Sea Ray motor yacht, twin diesels, turn
key - 1997 and 2001 from $190,000
38 Carver 1988 motor yacht only $69,500
36 Carver 1989 two cabin $49,000
39 Bayliner 2000 Cummins diesels, AC
loaded 400 hours, AC only $129,000
44 Pacifca 1970/2001 new Cat diesels in
2001, complete restoration $129,000
41 Silverton 1993 motor yacht , queen berths
fore and aft, low 324 orig. hours, AC $85,000
THIS SPACE COULD
SELL YOUR BOAT
Call to List
52 Irwin 1984 3 cabins, needs cosmetics and
updating low price $119,000
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Presented by local experts in maritime tax law,
marine survey, fnance and insurance, discussing
maritime law for boaters, California sales and
use tax, contract language in vessel purchase
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Hosted by Cal Yacht Club. Happy Half
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del Rey – 310.823.4567.
Sunset Series Educational
To kick off the 48th annual 2012 sunset series
season there will be an educational seminar on
April 4th at 7 pm at the california yacht club,
4469 admiralty way, Marina del Rey, 90292,
one week prior to the start of the races. The
seminar is designed to take the guess-work out
of registering and provides presentations on
racing rules, the racing course, starting signals
and navigation aids. There is no charge to
attend, and, as an added bonus, there will be
a guest speaker (tbd), and of course free beer!
Sail numbers and cruising class ratings can be
obtained by contacting Steve Curran at steve@
sailboatsunlimited.com or 310 821 8300. To
obtain a weekly newsletter with information
about the sunset series, including a recap of each
wednesday night’s results, send an email request
to email@example.com. The sunset series
runs every Wednesday at 5:55pm, from April 11
to September 5.
On-The-Water Starting Clinic
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club will
host a starting clinic for MDR sailors. Topics
will be informative for sailors no matter the size
of boat they race. For safety, there will have
separate starts for boats over and under 30’. For
new sailors, this is seminar #1 for the Home Port
Regatta that will be held on Sunday, April 22.
Unique perspectives on starting rules &
strategies will be presented at the Chalk-Talk
starting at 10:00 a.m.. Mentors will be offered
to skippers and those without boats will be
assigned one. Racers with years of experience
are encouraged to join in on the water if they
can’t make the morning talk. From 1 p.m. to
3:00 p.m. there will be on-water practice. A
recap will be held at SMWYC, with videos
of the starts shown in the main dining-room.
There is no charge and sailors new to racing are
encouraged. Refreshments will be offered in the
morning, and in the afternoon. All are welcome
and encouraged regardless of club affliation
or lack thereof. New sailors wanting to crew
should contact Norm Peron - thecaptain101@
gmail.com, who will try to connect them with
skippers: For further information contact Lee
Rhoads: 310.455.2958 firstname.lastname@example.org or
Themis Glatman: 818-842-8752 ladymanor1@
Easter Sunday at Two Harbors
Hop on over to Two Harbors for our annual
Easter egg hunt and have your little ones search
for the elusive “Golden Egg.” Sponsored by
Corsair Yacht Club. Contact Leslie Luchau-
Boutillier at (310) 510-4249 or lluchau@scico.
com for more info.
Women’s Sailing Association
April Speaker Wendy Windebank
Women’s Sailing Association April speaker
will be travel writer/photographer Wendy Win-
debank who will discuss her bareboat trip to
Belize in December 2007 aboard an Athena 38
catamaran. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. The
speaker will begin at 8 p.m. For more informa-
tion, email email@example.com,
visit our website: www.wsasmb.org.
17th Annual Conservancy Ball
Join the Catalina Island Conservancy for a
40th Anniversary Celebration at the 2012
Conservancy Ball! This black tie event brings
together all those who love Catalina Island.
Event includes silent and live auctions, dinner
and dancing. Tickets and sponsorships available
online. Catalina Island Conservancy (310) 510-
PMYC Open House & Fundraiser
Join the Pacifc Mariners Yacht Club as they
host an open house and fundraiser for the local
Marina del Rey Fire Station from noon to 4PM
at Pacifc Mariners Yacht Club - 13915 Panay
Way MDR CA 90292. There will be music, BBQ
with Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, Sodas, etc.
5th Annual Boaters’ Yard Sale
From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa Monica
Windjammers Yacht Club will put on their
Annual Boater’s Yard Sale. It’s $10 per parking
space to sell and free to come and see what
folks are selling. 13524 Bali Way, MDR 90292.
Contact the marina offce to reserve (310) 822-
Boating Class - GPS for Mariners
Flotilla 12-42 of the United States Coast Guard
Auxiliary will be offering a one night GPS for
Mariners course on April 24th, 2012. Class will
be held from 6:30pm-10:00pm at California
Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way in Marina del
Rey. GPS for Mariners is a modern learning
experience that focuses on the GPS equipment
typically owned by recreational boaters. This
course is the result of an exciting synergy
between the textbook’s publisher, the book’s
author, and the Auxiliary. Course participants
who have GPS handheld units may bring these
to class for ‘hands-on’ training on their own
equipment. Those not possessing handheld
units will beneft from seeing available GPS
technology and the practical application for
recreational boating. The $35.00 fee will be
due the frst night of class and includes the
course book and certifcate of completion.
Couples may take this class for $45.00, if paid
in advance (one book per couple). To register
email: USCGAWeb@gmail.com. For more
information about this course visit us online at
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
C o m i n g E v e n t s !
What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
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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
Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our
Social-Sunday Open House from 4 p.m. to 7
p.m. Food items are provided and there is no
charge. MVYC is located in the Marina City
Club - West Tower - at 4333 Admiralty Way.
Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy
one, or just want to be around other water loving
people MVYC welcomes all who share in the
Corinthian Spirit. Follow the signs up the stairs
or elevator to the Club House on G2. For more
information contact firstname.lastname@example.org,
call 310-909-3022 or 310-822-9082 or visit our
Facebook Group page.
Women’s Sailing Association of
Santa Monica Bay
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589
Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting,
held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and
a light dinner is served. Each meeting features
a guest speaker discussing their adventures
and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all
skill levels to join. Its programs, include day
sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including
destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and
the northern Channel Islands, For membership
information contact email membership@
wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org.
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
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 Pacifc
Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina
del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults
meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming
Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for
a light meal during the meeting, however, there
is a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner
at email@example.com or leave a
message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday
prior to the Thursday meeting
Live “Yacht Rock” at
Every Wed 6-9pm The Unkle Monkey Duo plays
their unique brand of “ Yacht Rock “ mixing
popular songs with music from the islands of
Hawaii, The Caribbean, and more...Happy Hour
is 4-7pm ...It’s Margaritaville in the Marina !
4499 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.
s, guests, and prospective members are invited
Long Beach Race Week
Looking forward to shorts, T-shirts and the frst
weekend of summer? Mark June 22-24 on your
calendar, which leaves you only about a few
months to collect a crew, shop for sails and get
your boat ready to “Race With the Champions”
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Embarking on a three month 8,000 mile sail
through the perilous Typhoon Alley of the South
Pacifc on their way to the Philippines, Jim
Sullivan and National Geographic cameraman
Armando Valdes-Kenney left Del Rey Yacht
Club in Marina del Rey, CA at noon among
cheers from hundreds
who had gathered for the
Accompanied by a fotilla
of boats, including the LA.
Fire Department, which
sent them off with a 100-
foot water gun salute, actor
and dolphin activist Ric O’Barry joined them as
they left the wharf. O’Barry played the father on
the TV series “Flipper” and won an Oscar for
his documentary “The Cove” which addressed
the annual slaughter of Dolphins while breeding
in an area of Japan.
The Journey will help raise awareness of the
dolphin’s plight, be documented and raise funds
to help support the humanitarian efforts of The
O’Barry disembarked after the ship reached
breakwater and Sullivan and Valdes-Kennedy
then set their sails to the southwest and the
Before leaving the
dock Sullivan phoned
his girlfriend in the
Philippines and after an
eloquent speech asked
her if she would marry
him. She accepted,
giving him more impetus to succeed in his
Upon achieving his goal Sullivan will reside in
the Philippines with his new wife.
To follow the progress of the journey, go to the
website www.thedeepradioshow.com. Story by
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Changes to the
The Marina del Rey boating community is
experiencing a major push to get more people
interested in becoming crew on boats and
getting more boats out in local races in the next
“We have the network, the facilities and the
overall desire to have better trained crew and
access to more people to help us with the racing
of our boats around the buoys,” said Themis
Z. Glatman from Santa Monica Windjammers
This year, the ASMBYC’s Homeport Regatta is
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and has changed the time of year to April 22nd.
Glatman and fellow club members look forward
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Test Your Knowledge!
14. INLAND ONLY; You are navigating in a narrow channel and must remain in the channel for safe operation. Another vessel is crossing the channel
ahead of you from your starboard and you are doubtful as to the intention of the crossing vessel. You must ____ .
A. Stop your vessel, since the other vessel has the right of way
B. Sound one short blast of the whistle, and turn to starboard
C. Sound the danger signal
D. Stop your engines, and the sounding of the danger signal is optional
15. INLAND ONLY; While underway during the day, you sight a small motorboat showing a fashing blue light. The blue light indicates a ____ .
A. Law enforcement boat
B. Boat involved in a race
C. Work boat
D. Rescue boat
16. BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND; A vessel may use any sound or light signals to attract the attention of another vessel as long
as ____ .
A. White lights are not used
B. Red and green lights are not used
C. The vessel signals such intentions over the radio telephone
D. The signal cannot be mistaken for a signal authorized by the rules
17. BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND; When navigating in restricted visibility, a power driven vessel shall ____ .
A. If risk of collision does not exist, still stop her engines when hearing a fog signal forward of her beam
B. Have her engines ready for immediate maneuver
C. When making way, sound one long blast at intervals of not more than one minute
D. Operate at, a speed to be able to stop in the distance of her visibility.
18. INLAND ONLY; A large power driven vessel, when leaving a dock or berth, must sound ____ .
A. Two short blasts
B. One long blast
C. One prolonged blast
D. One short blast
19. BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND; While underway in fog, you hear another vessel sounding two prolonged blasts every two minutes.
This signal indicates a vessel ____ .
A. Making way through the water
20. BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND; In a dense fog, you hear a whistle signal of one prolonged blast followed by three short blasts. This
signal is blown by a ____.
A. Fishing vessel underway trawling
B. Manned vessel being towed
C. Pilot vessel underway making a special signal
D. Vessel not under command
Here’s part 2 of Captain Paul Miller’s rules of the road quiz. Answers are on page 26
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21. BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND; A 95 meter vessel aground shall sound which fog signal?
A. A rapid ringing of a bell for 5 seconds every two minutes
B. Whistle signal of one short, one prolonged, and one short blast
C. A long blast of the whistle at intervals not to exceed one minute
D. A rapid ringing of a bell for 5 seconds, preceded and followed by three separate and distinct strokes on the bell
22. BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND; You are on lookout watch, when you sight a vessel displaying a square object over a round object in
the rigging. This indicates ____ .
A. A vessel with trolling lines out
B. A vessel getting ready to receive aircraft
C. A vessel aground
D. A vessel in distress
23. BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND; You are approaching another vessel and its compass bearing does not change. This would indicate
that ____ .
A. You are the ‘stand on’ vessel
B. A risk of collision exists
C. A special circumstance’s situation exists
D. The other vessel is dead in the water
24. BOTH INTERNATIONAL AND INLAND; The rules concerning lights shall be complied with in all weathers from sunset to sunrise.
The lights ____
A. Shall be displayed in restricted visibility during daylight hours
B. Need not be displayed when no other vessels are in the area
C. Shall be set at low power when used during daylight hours
D. Need not be displayed by unmanned vessels
Answers on page 26
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SHould I donate My Boat?
By Captain Charles Saylan
Charles Saylan is the Executive Director of the
Ocean Conservation Society here in Marina del
Rey. For years Saylan and wife Dr. Maddalena
Bearzi have been engaged in marine mammal
conservation research, public education and
outreach on ocean conservation issues. With
tax time upon us, Charles was kind enough to
grant us permission to reprint his article that
originally ran in Blue Water Sailing regarding
the tax benefts of boat donation.
In recent years, vessel donation has gotten
somewhat confusing. This is partially due to
changes in the IRS tax laws governing charitable
donations that were not well expressed or
understood by donors. It was further confused
by the recent economic downturn and its impacts
on the boating market.
So, is donating your boat a good idea? The short
answer is maybe. It can be a great way of turning
your old boat into a gift that can help others, or
it can turn into a huge headache and fnancial
disappointment if you don’t do your homework
before making the donation. Here are some
basics to help clarify the situation.
The frst order of business is to make sure
the charity you have chosen is a qualifed
organization for the donation. Most charities will
be able to answer this question, but in the event
they do not, you can check IRS Publication 78,
which is available online at www.irs.gov/ app/
To maximize the deduction you can take, you’ll
want to claim the “fair market value” of your
vessel. This can best be determined by obtaining
an appraisal from a certifed marine surveyor or
appraiser, and is usually moderated by the listing
or selling prices of other similar vessels. Be sure
to let the surveyor know about all modifcations,
additions or equipment replacements that
could support a higher than average valuation.
For boats with a value greater than $5000, an
appraisal is mandatory.
To claim the fair market value of your boat, the
IRS requires the vessel be put to “signifcant
intervening use” by the charity in their regularly
conducted activities. If the vessel is not used this
way, and is liquidated by the charity in less than
three years from the date of donation, the IRS
may restrict the donor’s deduction to the amount
the charity received for the boat. This can pose
a major problem for the donor if the liquidation
price is signifcantly less than the donor’s fair
market value claim and may result in the IRS
disallowing the original deduction amount. This
can happen because many charities are not in
the business of using boats and are interested in
turning the boat into cash as quickly as possible
to get out from under maintenance and insurance
When looking for a suitable charity for your
boat donation, make sure the charity is normally
engaged in activities that include the use of
boats, such as a boating school, marine research
organization or Sea Scout troop. Also, be sure
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the charity will use the vessel, that the usage
will be properly logged, and that the charity
will make those logs available to you in the
event that the IRS questions your
claimed deduction. It can be very
helpful if you can produce proper
logs that substantiate the charity’s
usage. When you donate your
boat, the charity must, within
30 days of the contribution date,
provide you with a 1098-C form
and a contemporaneous written
acknowledgement. To claim fair
market value, it is essential that
the 1098-C form indicate that
the vessel will not be sold prior
to signifcant intervening use or
material improvement (box 5a
checked). This is very important!
Additionally, the charity must complete and
provide the Donee Acknowledgement (part
IV) of IRS Form 8283, which the donor must
submit with their tax return when claiming
the deduction. This must indicate the donated
property will not be used for an unrelated use.
If the charity sells the vessel in fewer than three
years from the date of donation, the charity is
required to fle IRS form 8282, which informs
the IRS of the sale price of the boat and what
usage, if any, the vessel was put to. The more
details the charity provides on the usage, the
better it is for the donor.
Another confusing aspect of the donation
process is coming up with a good defnition of
“signifcant intervening use.” The IRS simply
does not provide a set defnition of what that
means. At Ocean Conservation Society, based
on many conversations we’ve had with IRS
charitable organization specialists, we believe
that somewhere around 100-200 hours per year
of usage represents “signifcant intervening
use.” Our use consists of near-shore
and offshore marine research, which is
meticulously logged and referenced in the
many scientifc papers we publish.
Although the IRS is unlikely to put
anything in writing, contacting an IRS
specialist prior to donating a vessel can
help clarify whether the intended use will
be adequate to substantiate a fair market
Donating your boat can give you great
satisfaction by helping you support a
cause that you care deeply about. It can be
a good source of support for a charity both
while the vessel is used in the charity’s normal
programs and, later on down the line, when the
boat is sold. Boat donations are still an excellent
means of philanthropic giving, especially
if the process includes some basic planning, a
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out of the slip
that was our
home for the
last two weeks in Sutera Harbor in
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. It was with
mixed emotions that we were on our
way to Singapore.
We had a wonderful time exploring
the city and the countryside, climbing
a mountain, seeing orangutans and
visiting the local yacht club. We were
on S/V Quest with the Captains, Jean
and Scott Adam. I say Captains because
both of them were licensed Captains,
and Scott was the holder of a Yacht
Master’s certifcation as well. The crew consisted of Vivian Callahan and
myself. We were all friends and members of Del Rey Yacht Club in Los
Angeles. After fve weeks together in Hong Kong and the passage down,
we had all grown closer and had become a well oiled team.
Singapore was the next step on our passage to Phuket Thailand. We cleared
the breakwater and headed out to the open South China Sea. There was
very little wind and we were forced to motor. As the days wore on, we
would come to understand why Borneo was called “the land below the
wind”. A few hours out of Kota, I put out the fshing poles and drop lines.
I bit later I got a nice hit and lost the fsh on the reel up. I again had the
6:00 -10:00 p.m. and the 4:00 - 6:00 a.m. watches. These are probably the
worst watches to have because it is dark most of the time, but it did not
bother me in the least; I was in my glory sailing (well, motoring) on this
S/V Quest is a 58-ft Laurie Davidson- designed
cutter rigged sloop. She drew almost 7-ft and
had a mast that was over 70-ft tall. With blue
hull and white topside, she was a striking boat,
loaded with everything you needed (and then
some) for cruising. Scott and Jean had lived on
her for more than 8 years and had logged more
than 60,000 miles. Her center cockpit was dry
and comfortable in almost any sea conditions, at
least any condition I had witnessed on her. Most
of all, she had two Captains who
loved and cared for her.
Our course was mostly SW, the
days were warm, and there was
very little or no wind. We stayed
offshore and motored along at 6
- 7 knots. I got in the rhythm of
the watches, as you do during a
passage. This is one of the things I
love about being on a passage − you
have time when you are on watch,
then time to nap, read, or just enjoy
the company of your crew. We
were such a well matched crew,
the ladies laughed and giggled like
they were sisters. Scott and I would
look at each other, shake our heads,
and smile watching them.
When we were in Kota Kinabalu, Vivian and I had spoke with the Captains
about becoming Shellbacks on this passage and they enthusiastically
agreed to make the detour. A Shellback is one who has crossed the equator
at sea and it is an old maritime tradition, almost always accompanied by
hazing from current Shellbacks.
As we neared the equator there was still no wind; I was bummed not to be
able to “sail” the boat. It turned out that we would cross the equator late
at night. As the sun went down, there was not even a breath of wind and
the sun set a brilliant red over a mirror-like sea. The four of us gathered
in the cockpit as we got closer and closer to the auspicious moment. A
cheer went up when we crossed, I noticed on the chart plotter that we
had crossed the equator exactly at longitude 106, it was unbelievable!
We high-fved and pronounced our selves 106’rs. The Captains informed
Vivian and I that they would have a ceremony the following morning.
The next morning we were ordered to don our
swim suits and report to the cockpit. Jean and
Scott started the process by painting designs on
our bodies with used engine oil (not really, but it
sure looked like it, Scott and Jean had shopped
in Kota Kinabalu and found some shampoo that
looked like used engine oil). Jean then went below
and Scott broke out two lengths of line and handed
one to each of us. We were told we had to tie four
knots of Scott’s choice. He had given us a list of
And remembering local sailors Jean and Scott Adam who died
tragically at the hands of Somali pirates.
By Dennis Bly
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C a t a l i n a C U R R E N T S
By Captain Richard Schaefer
while back I was lurking about in
West Marine and over heard a couple
of guys discussing how miserable it
was to anchor at Catalina when no
moorings were available.
They both bemoaned the anchor watches and
the loss of sleep attendant to them. I chuckled
to myself and recalled my frst half dozen times
I anchored at the island...now 30 years past. I
remembered the anxious moments, as I scanned
the shore with my trusty fashlight, searching
for my bearing mark to see if my vessel were
dragging toward a rocky doom. After seeing all
was apparently well - at least for a few moments
- I would nod off for a handful of minutes until
another jerk or thump awakened me and again
caused me to investigate the darkness for some
In those early days anchoring was truly a
miserable experience for me and, like the two
boaters in West Marine, I attempted the terrifying
ritual only because of the lack of alternatives on
crowded weekends. But, for the past 28 years or
so I anchor because I prefer it.
Often, when I tell folks I actually prefer
anchoring over mooring, their jaws drop and
eyes pop-out as if I had just informed them I
had been raised by cannibals on some isolated,
New Guinea atoll. But I really do fnd anchoring
more rewarding for three reasons; 1) Normally
I like a little elbow room. Usually, I’m not much
interested in hearing loud, beer tainted opinions
on just about any subject and generally don’t
want to smell what you’re cookin’ for dinner.
2) I’m cheap - don’t like droppin’ $30 bucks to
tie up to a metal ball 3) I usually fnd that the
fshing’s better where moorings aren’t.
Now, I’m not trying to convince more folks to
anchor instead of mooring - far from it. There
are precious few spots to anchor left at the island
and I’m perfectly content to share them with as
few boaters as possible. No, I’m just giving this
advice because I want both of us to sleep better
if you happen to anchor near me - I don’t like
things that go “bump” in the night nor the three
a.m. anchor drill that usually goes along with it.
First, be sure you have the proper ground
tackle aboard your boat. Now, there have been
volumes written about the advantages of one
type anchor or another - what kind of rode
sizes, types and so on. If you’re not sure what
you need, or confdent that what you have is
adequate, then check out the various boating
websites or the library. As a matter of fact, West
Marine has a pretty good discussion of the types
of anchors, graphs and stats in their catalog. I’ll
make two little observations on the West Marine
anchoring information. It seems that, during
their testing, the anchors that held the best were
the ones that cost about a million times more
than their cheaper anchors (What a surprise).
And, they said, that they were never able to
get a claw type (Bruce) anchor to set under any
conditions. Now, for the past 25 years I have
never used anything but a Bruce on my private
boat and I have never had to reset because of
dragging yet. Further, I suspect I anchor more
in one year than most pleasure boaters anchor
in a life time and have dived on my anchor to
observe its set dozens of times - always buried
and never a sign of it dragging past the initial set
- but then I’m no expert and I don’t sell anchors
- I just sayin’...
OK, now that we have the proper ground tackle
aboard be sure it’s stowed properly. Remember,
an anchor is a piece of safety equipment as well
as a means of securing your vessel to the bottom
while fshing or overnight.
1. Tie off the bitter end. Nothing worse then
setting the anchor just in time to keep your boat
from going onto the rocks of a lee shore and then
see the bitter end pass through your fngers and
over the side. Things usually start goin’ south
right about then.
2. Mark your rode. Use what ever system works
for you. I mark mine with spray paint - 50 feet of
chain and the frst stripe on the nylon at 25’ (75’
total over the side at the frst mark), two stripes
at 50’ and so on. As long as you can count fast -
it’s pretty simple.
3. If you have a windless - maintain it, know
how to use it and have a snubber on board.
4. Be sure you have at least two anchors ready
to deploy. If they’re buried under scuba tanks,
life jackets and the Bar-B-Q, odds are you won’t
be able to get at them in an emergency.
5. Mouse (seize) you shackles. Use either
stainless wire or nylon ties. If you use nylon ties
then use at least two.
It’s time now to choose an anchorage. Here are
some things to consider before dropping the
1. Be sure the anchorage you have selected
is protected from the prevailing wind and sea
conditions. Remember, only Catalina Harbor
is protected in all conditions. The other, 20
odd, Catalina anchorages are not protected
in all weather. Listen to the weather before
2012 The Mariner - Issue 110 17
departure and make
2. Know what kind of
bottom your dealing
with. Sand is best,
followed by thick mud
and then by fne gravel.
The worst are rock, eel
grass or kelp covered,
and soupy mud. Check
your chart or cruising
guide for detailed
3. Be sure there is
suffcient room to swing in the anchorage.
4. Know the water depth - too deep or too
shallow is not good. Use your depth sounder if
you have one. Consider the tide range as well
and factor it in when fguring out the amount
of scope needed. Figure the amount needed for
“high tide”. In settled calm conditions I like to
use 4 to 1. Yea, I know 7 to 1 minimum and
10 or even 12 to 1 in bad weather. But, I think
it’s best to use a slightly oversized anchor and a
little more chain to make up for the shortened
rode. There usually just isn’t room for 7 to 1
or more - just doesn’t work in a small crowded
5. How are the other boats anchored? You must
anchor the same way. Remember, the frst boat
in determines how later arrivals must anchor.
If one boat is swinging to one hook - then all
nearby boats must as well.
6. Consider local winds and current conditions
that may effect how your boat lies to the hook.
7. Use your chart and cruising guide to determine
if there are underwater hazards in the anchorage
and at what depth - will they be a danger if the
wind changes and the boat swings?
Now, as you make your physical approach
start your engine and drop your sails. I know, I
know...you read some book written by a sailing
purist who says real sailors should “sail” their
anchors in and out...yea, I read the same book
and those people have sailed thousands of miles,
are experts, don’t shower in fresh water, make
their own sails, the women don’t shave their
legs or armpits, swim naked, eat raw fsh and
use a wooden bucket for a head. If you’re one of
‘em...just stop reading now and do anything you
damn well please - Otherwise, listen to me.
I have found - through considerable personal
embarrassment and pain - that thoughtful
anticipation and planning are your friends. So,
at this juncture it would be wise to square your
boat away; sails ties on, sheets and halyards
made up, superfuous gruffe stowed away,
the dinghy painter choked up tight and anchor
lockers open. Don’t be in a hurry and keep a
keen eye forward. One also hopes that, by this
time, you have worked out some system of hand
signals between the helmsman and the anchor
crew. If you haven’t, then there exists the distinct
possibility that shouted profanities, accented
by the thrusting middle fnger, may be used by
members of your crew, as well as those of other
boats anchored within the cove, as you bash
about, generally creating chaos. At moments
like this send the young children below.
Now that you have a good view of the lay out
of the anchorage and the boat is squared away,
make your plan. At this point it is essential
that you communicate your plan to your crew.
Assign each crew member a job and proceed
Position the boat where you would like it to come
to rest and have a look around. If there are other
boats nearby - don’t be afraid to ask questions
of your new neighbors. They will usually point
out the approximate position of their anchor
without asking. Consider depth, wind direction
and swing room. Revise your plan as necessary
and slowly idle out and prepare for your fnal
Make a lazy turn and comeback around. Have
the foredeck crew hang the anchor on a “short
dangle” off the bow roller. Power through the
area where you want the boat to come to rest.
Calculate the water depth and fgure the distance
you need to back down and the amount of rode
required to allow your boat to come to rest in
the desired spot. Bring the boat to a stop and
begin to back down. At this moment have the
foredeck crew lower the anchor to the bottom
- don’t throw and don’t
let go - lower it at a
controlled, steady pace.
Keep backing down,
watch your fatho. Just
before you get to the pre
arranged spot have the
anchor crew take a turn
or two around the cleat
and stop the rode from
going out. The helmsman
should slowly increase
the RPM to about 200 -
300 RPM over the idle
speed. If you note that
the sternway has stopped
and that landmarks are not seeming to move
forward, then ask the foredeck crew to feel the
anchor rode with hand or foot. The vibration
should be constant and taught. If the rode is
jumping or alternating slack and taught then
you’re dragging. Weigh anchor and start over.
If the anchor is holding, note the depth and
shut down the engine. After the boat settles in,
again note the depth and then take a bearing
on a landmark by sighting over a stanchion or
along a shroud. Stay aboard for, at least, a few
minutes to insure that the boat is secure. Keep in
mind as the boat swings to wind or current the
depth may change - this is not cause for alarm or
indicate that you are dragging.
If the situation had required two anchors then
you have three choices; 1) Anchor as described
above, back down further and deploy your stern
anchor and then winch yourself forward by the
bow anchor while paying out stern rode - setting
the vessel between the two anchors. 2) Idle in,
dropping the stern anchor frst and reverse the
procedure taking care to keep the rodes taught
and away from the prop or rudder. 3) Anchor as
frst described and then row out the stern anchor
to the desired position in your dinghy and then
winch the rode tight with the cockpit winch.
Remain watchful for dragging - especially in
increasing or changing wind conditions. If
conditions are settled - you’ll be fne. Get a good
night’s sleep - I’ll stand your watch.
Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G.
Licensed Master of Sailing Vessels. He has
skippered charters and deliveries, taught sailing
and seamanship, managed yachts and written
for boating publications for more than 25 years.
He can be reached for comments or consultation
at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at littlebighorn@
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Let the Season Begin!
The 2012 yachting season is offcially open. Ceremonies, canon fre, patriotism and lots of blue blazers ruled the Marina del Rey community on
Opening Day this past month. Local yacht clubs put their best foot forward hosting guests and visiting dignitaries from all over Southern California.
From top left; Del Rey Yacht Club Fleet Captain Keith Lambert, Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club cannoneer Matt Clark, State Senator Ted Lieu,
Ariana Grell giving the pledge of allegiance at Marina Venice Yachy Club, the Pacifc Mariner Yacht Club chicken wearing a kilt, Del Rey Yacht Club’s
Peter Glick and Michelle Silverstein saluting, L.A. County Beaches and Harbors Director Santos Kreiman and singer Valerie Pettiford.
2012 The Mariner - Issue 110 19
It’s nice to know that things are going
to keep getting better from here.
The spring time bite is picking up
with some nice halibut being caught,
rockfshing has been good, with
most anglers using frozen squid on a
double dropper loop -weight depends
on wind and current.
The fsh are in deep water now, but
that should change when weather
conditions are a little more consistent.
Lobster season closed on March18
and it seemed to be a good showing
of bugs this time around.
Over at Catalina we’re seeing calicos,
sandbass and a few sheephead here
and there - white seabass hasn’t
shown up just yet.
With gas prices on the rise your
electronics are going to come in handy
for fnding fsh rather than burning fuel.
On the bait seine - We have fn bait
in the bay now and Larry and Mike at
Inseine Baits have sardines –
Until next time…………….. tight lines
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to club but also from time to time as the
various club’s race committee talent
pools ebb and fow.
Although boats and lots of gear are
required to manage a race around
the buoys, it is the people that are the
most valued element in this compound.
Effective race management requires a
large skill set that is diffcult to build - it is even
more diffcult to assemble and maintain a team
of volunteers with those skills.
First, the managers have to have been racers or
have had some other deep and long experience
with the sport. Yacht racing is too complex and
full of subtlety to otherwise understand. Racers
know what buoy race courses are appropriate for
a given set of conditions, accurately predicting
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Seamanship skills are very important.
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And there is the ever-present factor of
personalities, for a sailboat race makes an odd
collection of characters. The effective race
management team must have diplomacy well
represented in their skill set.
So what’s to be done to help insure that local
racing has frst rate race management?
The frst thing is that we all need to respect the
diffcult work these volunteers do, and make
sure their efforts are supported. How often we
hear complaints from a racer that the R/C was
(stupid, incompetent, ignorant, out to lunch,
or just whatever), yet we rarely see that racer
aboard the committee boat lending his expertise
to manage well run races.
And we need all the R/C team to take pride
in their preparations - knowing what they are
expected to do, learning what skills they’ll
need, and acquiring those kills before they’re
needed. How ridiculous race delays are when a
mark-set boat not only has diffculty getting the
right information from their GPS, but can’t even
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There is a special problem with the clubs that
lack numbers of experienced racers to serve.
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is stripped of the knowledge a racer contributes,
good judgment is more elusive.
Recent times have shown increasing cooperation
between yacht clubs in many areas, which is
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involved in several situations when the loan of a
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the race organizers. But I wish there was a way
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A best-case scenario would have the
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We have in Marina del Rey scores of sailors with
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If we had a proper “race committee guild”,
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the possible knots and we had been practicing
for days. After we tied the knots, Vivian, then
I, had to hand-steer a course for fve minutes.
We were told there would be a celebratory meal.
Jean came up from below with two small trays.
On each was some really bad food! Raw yam
rounds with sliced hard-boiled eggs, crackers
with more eggs and chopped mackerel, yam
topped with beet slices and dried fsh strips…all
of which we had to eat with chopsticks. After,
they draped a necklace with an anchor on it
around our necks and pronounced us a son and
daughter of Neptune. We had approached the
equator as slimy pollywogs and were leaving
In all, we spent two months with the Adam’s
aboard S/V Quest and we sailed 2000-miles. It
was the most magical time of my entire life. I
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Captain Paul Miller and California Sailing
Academy & Maritime Captains School have
been in Marina del Rey since the Marina was
built. He has taught many of the old timers and
many of the new timers. He also has sailed off
shore races on both the East Coast and West
He learned to sail as a Midshipman at Annapolis
and operated large naval vessels in most all
oceans before returning to train Midshipmen at
his Alma Mater before establishing CSA on the
Why plot a course when I have all these
Miller: Few people these days buy charts when
they have a GPS plotter. Fewer yet plot on the
charts that they have purchased.
If you watch a small aircraft fying overhead on
a windy day you will notice that it seems to be
sliding sideways across the sky. Oddly enough
the pilot might be sighting on Orizaba the highest
peak on Catalina and holding the peak directly
on the nose of the aircraft not even realizing
that he is slipping sideways at such a rate that
he will soon be in the controlled airspace over
Los Angeles Airport. This could become a
disaster. Just as the 819 foot tanker Axel Spirit
found when her starboard hull sideswiped a
76-foot tall light tower. This happened in good
visibility in Lower New York Bay while the ship
was carrying 441,000 barrels of crude oil. The
Master had told the second offcer that a 230-
degree course would probably be satisfactory to
clear the lighthouse, which was on the starboard
bow. The NTSB in the investigation following
the accident determined that neither of the
senior Offcers were plotting fxes from the
GPS nor taking bearings on the lighthouse thus
neither was aware of the danger due to the one
knot current. This mistake cost several million
dollars and loss of the offcer’s licenses and
employment. The damage to the lighthouse was
so extensive it was removed.
The recent loss of the Costa Concordia was
obviously due to the same shortcomings above,
however a lot more costly in dollars, lives
and licenses and probably result in a captain’s
How do you suggest local boaters navigate?
Miller: Purchase a simple $25 chart or better
yet, a $60 Chart book of the local area and
maintain a plot in order to be aware of this
Most importantly, use the charts in conjunction
with a simple magnetic hand-bearing compass.
Using the above method, you will also fnd
an earlier arrival at your next port and for
powerboats a savings of fuel and thus a savings
When making your trip to Catalina Island
from MDR consider taking a hand-bearing
compass to determine the bearing of the east-
end, which might be 180-degrees magnetic. By
taking repeat bearings every 10 or 15 minutes
and steering a bit to starboard in order to hold a
steady 180 to the east-end, you will be traveling
a relatively straight line to that point. Take cross
bearings with a hand-bearing compass in order
to make a plot of the track of your vessel. If it
is not a straight line you will probably fnd your
vessel is sliding toward Palos Verdes Point even
though the bow is pointed east. This leeway is
due the southerly current and the natural leeway
of a vessel due to the pressure of the wind.
We fnd that on our 40-foot sailing vessel Zeus it
is necessary to sail between fve to eight degrees
high to sail a straight track to the east-end from
Marina del Rey.
Another simple technique to approximate
leeway is to occasionally turn the bow directly
toward the destination and read the compass. If
the bearing is changing then you are not sailing
high enough to compensate for the leeway.
If sailing south to Mexico or the Canal Zone we
prefer to sail higher of the ITR during hours of
darkness. We generally do the opposite when
sailing north, due to the westerly’s.
Our Celestial Klub meets quarterly to maintain
our celestial navigating skills. There is no charge
to join us and the dates will be posted here in
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A long time ago I found out I was adopted
and I honestly didn’t think much of it. I never
had any desire to look for my birthparents
until now. Suddenly I feel the desire to fnd
them and see where I come from. I feel like
it will somehow complete me, or something.
What’s your view on this?
Searching for bloodlines….
I know where you’re coming from. Believe it
or not, I was adopted as well. Once I matured –
meaning I was lifting my leg to pee and could
shake hands – I set out to fnd my birthparents.
I busted out of the house and started walking
around aimlessly. I was distracted by a world
full of smells and frankly I forgot what I was
doing out there. After nightfall I began to get
hungry and had no idea where I was. So I had
to face the reality that if I didn’t know where I
was, how would I ever fnd these other dogs?
It’s a battle that can’t be won.
Hope that helps!
Quality Advice From A
Two Year Old Black Lab
Comprehensive monthly boat checks, licensed and insured,
Save Up to 50%
Vessel Maintenance and Repair Power and Sail
wright marine service
Call Wright Marine Service for all your
vessel’s maintenance and repair needs.
Complete engine and/or generator
service and repair. All makes and
models. Diesel, gas, outboards
Charging systems, battery analysis
and replacement. Navigation
equipment - audio and video.
Fresh, raw, waste and bilge
systems. Holding, water and
fuel tanks. Heads, through-hulls,
Charters, Private instruction,
deliveries, management, consulting,
sea trials. Power or Sail.
Captain Jason Wright
2012 The Mariner - Issue 110 25
Morgan OI 41’ 1972
Sloop,centercockpit,aft-cabin,new Yanmar, 5 sails,ref
ready $59,500. (661)548-6603 or
Beneteau Oceanis 400
Timeshare/Partnership on Beneteau Oceanis 400.
Tri-cabin model - two heads. Full electronics, refrig-
eration, inverter, dinghy and outboard, windless, roller
furler, full canvas. Professional lessons available if
needed. No equity buy in. 3 Days, $285.00 per month
- no long term commitment. Call Captain Richard
Jeanneau 37’ 2002
Good looking, strong. Original owner. autopilot, dinghy
w/motor, bimini. $79,900, 808-741-1908
Columbia 36’ 1968
Beautiful classic, 2 owners, resent haul out and com-
plete overhaul, pristine condition. Serious inquiries
only. Price $ 21,900. Call Peter at 310-864-4842
Ericson 27’ 1974
Mercury outboard 8hr, Many sails, needs some tlc
$4500.00 obo - Pls call rick at 818-445-9882
14’ Classic wooden Enterprise
(Euro Lido) epoxy FRP hull; spruce mast.
First time offering $ 10,000. (805) 798-0493 trialice@
42’ 1981 Californian Trawler
2 3208 Cat diesels w 1400 hrs, all fberglass hull, 2
heads w showers, sleeps 8, one level walk around
deck. Owner will carry or trade. Located in slip D-701
on Panay Way stern out endtie. $85,000 Call for Appt -
Al Lee 310-392-4193 or Gary at 310-293-9200
25’ Grady White 1991 Salifsh
Twin Yamaha 200, Sleeps 3, Radar, Bait Tank,
21’ CENTURY Coronado Hardtop
WOODY 426 Chrysler Marine V-8 w/ tradom trailer. $
30,000 (805) 798-0493 firstname.lastname@example.org
W/ 50 suzuki 4 stroke $7500. 310-822-8618.
8’ U S Sabot
Mfg. Catalina Sailed ONLY six times Excellent condi-
tion. Carbon Mast. $ 777 (805) 798-0493 Text / Cell
8.6 ft., air foor,seat, oars, pump,cover,bag. Also, 3.5
Yamaha, 2-stroke w/neutral. Both for $700. Call 661-
11’ foot Caribe
Uunstealable yellow, 20hp Honda
dealer says $5800-I say $5100
Mike 310 963 6250
W/15 HP yamaha 4 stroke electric start $4500.
11’ Apex w/ 15 Yamaha
12’ Boss Boat
w/ 40 Honda $7000 - -310-822-8618.
w/25 Mercury $5500 - 310-822-8618.
12’ porta boat $ 400
13’ Boston Whaler
w/ 20 Yamaha $9500 - 310-822-8618
W/ 40 yamaha 4 stroke $8500 . 310-822-8618
2010 Achillies 280 DX
Semi rigid with less than 20 hrs total, comes with a
brand new Honda 20 Hp with electric start, electric tilt
with one hour break-in only. Loaded with custom steer-
ing station, console, instruments, extras. Loaded!!
This near new package can be seen at Randall Burg
Yacht and Ship in Marina Dell rey, on display. Paid
$16,000 and will sacrifce for $8900 FIRM. Call : Nick
(owner) 818 760-4850.
Used 4 Stroke Outboards
2 Honda $700
4 Mercury $800
4 Suzuki $800
6 Mercury long $1000
8 Mercury $1200
9.9 Mercury $1400
9.9 Mercury electric $1800
9.9 Tohatsu $1200
T9.9GPXH Yamaha $2500
15 Honda $1500
SS Dinghy cradel $1000
Mercury New Outboard Clearance
6 HP $1200
9.9 HP $1700
9.9E HP $2000
See page 19. Don at (818) 427-2144
Spinnaker for 28 to 35 foot boat, 36.80’ by 18.80’
Asymmetric Spinnaker for 55 to 77 foot boat, Luff
75.00’ Mid Girth 39.50’
Genoa for 45 to 55 foot boat ,Luff Length 62.00’
Genoa for 55 to 70 boat, Luff 74.00’
Jib for 48 to 55 foot boat, Luff 60.00’
Jib for 60 to 70 foot boat, Luff 75.00’
Please call Bill at (310) 827-8888
For 30 Catalina interior, complete set in very good
condition. Asking $1700. 310-701-5960
Infatable and Docksteps
Caribe RIB dinghy, older, has beach-wheels $400.
Docksteps like new $125, also 45 lb plow $75
10 lb aluminum, 16 1/2 H 101/4 OD, slightly used
$100. 626 975-1191.
For boats 25-27’ boat. $400. 310-701-5960
From 40 ft. Cal - $450 call 310-823-2040
Used sails in stock 310 827-8888
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 email@example.com
Need Cash Fast?
I’ll buy your boat 310-827-7686
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Receive a substantial tax deduction. Support youth
boating programs. S.O.S. Please call 888-650-1212
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Bringing the classroom to the ocean.Turn your
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repelency to marine canvas. Dan 310-382-6242
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dock. Cleaning, polishing, anti foul work. Meticulous,
guaranteed. Estimates philip (310) 351 1502.
Captain Larry Beane at your service!
Charters, deliveries, private skipper, lessons, sail or
“One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s .......”
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power. Professional, experienced, friendly, and FUN!
Boat Names Lettering
Servicing MDR with boat lettering over 12 Yrs. Now of-
fering Full Color Vinyl lettering, and graphics. Bluewater
Boat Lettering 310.433.5335
Custom Marine Carpentry &
Professional, U.S.C.G. Lic. Sailing Mas-
ter, 25 years experience.
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.
Single Sailing Instructor
Single older gent with lovely 30-foot sailboat seeks single
older lady to teach him how to sail it. Daniel (310) 578-
Information on Americas Cup replica
Any and all will be appreciated. Please send to marina@
There are great deals on sailboats and looking for 50-
50 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Marine Resource Center
Boating Instruction, Delivery
Insurance Performance Evaluations
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Answers to Quiz
14. C - sound the danger signal
15. A - law enforcement boat
16. D - The signal cannot be mistaken
for a signal authorized by the Rules
17. B - Have her engines ready for im-
18. C - One prolonged blast
19. B - Drifting
20. B - Manned vessel being towed
21. D. - A rapid ringing of a bell for 5
seconds, preceded and followed by
three separate and distinct strokes
on the bell
22. D - A vessel in distress
23. B - A risk of collision exists
24. A - Shall be displayed in restricted
visibility during daylight hours
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