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A Publication For Where Land Ends www.mariner magazine.com Issue #90 July 2010

A Father’s Sacrifice
Laurence Sunderland Weighs In

Good Samaritan Law Paddleboarding to Catalina

A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community

The Mariner is
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 [email protected] Mailing address P.O. Box 9403 Marina del Rey, CA 90295 The Mariner appears on the 3rd Friday of every month. This issue July 16 - August 20

FROM THE EDITOR T H E A T T R A C T I V E U N AT T R A C T I V E M E D I A
For the most part, I cover stuff that only a select section of people care about. It’s nice - I buzz around in a little Boston Whaler, take some pics, chat with local people – pretty laid back affair. But once the Sunderland kids started leaving MDR to sail around the world, I had to, at times, muscle it out with the real newsdogs – the local stations and national press. It’s kind of cool, but media people are a little weird. Abby Sunderland’s trip ended, as everyone knows, in a very dramatic way. There was a lot of controversy surrounding it and where there is controversy there are complexities. When Zac came home everyone said “Yayyy, what did you eat? Did you get lonely? Were you scared?” But Abby’s press conference involved the technical aspects of the boat, weather systems and rescue operations to name a few. Controversy aside, she was part of an incredible set of circumstances, facing mindblowing risks. So when one of the ex-beauty pageant 3rd runner-ups turned TV reporter asked, “Hey, Abby Edward or Jacob?” with a playful smile on her face - I was miffed. There were a few uncomfortable chuckles in the room, but more blank stares from people like me who had no idea what she was talking about. Abby stammered and said, “I’ve been on a boat for the last few months, I don’t know what that means.” Someone chimed in that these are characters from the teen movie Twilight, a film that Sunderland had obviously not gotten around to checking out. Really lady? You’re coming with the pop culture query to the girl who just experienced something only a handful of people in history have gone through? To someone who was bobbing around in a tiny boat in 30 foot seas, with no communication or notion of what was headed her way, your question is, “what boy do you like”? But the question, like some others that were asked that day, wasn’t about anything except their own attention craving egos. I could tell that this was just a stop along the way to gain enough cursory understanding for a one-minute segment and tomorrow it would be something else...I hope for that “reporter” in the mini skirt, stiletto heels and Gucci sunglasses that next story is the premier of Twilight and maybe she’ll ask one of the actors on the red carpet, “hey, do you think the structural engineering of the Open 40 is what was responsible for Abby Sunderland’s survival?” Thanks for picking it up!

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WHAT’S INSIDE
Coming Events Off the Wire Rock to Rock A Woman Paddles from Catalina to Palos Verdes A Father’s Sacrifice Laurence Sunderland Versus the National Media The Law on Our Side An Explanation of the Good Samaritan Law by Charlie Ecker Catalina Currents Things I’ve Learned by Richard Schaefer Powertails Young Girl Bags 30-lb. Halibut Racing Ask the Expert - Twin Engine Boat Handling Ask Mookie Classifieds The Mariner - Issue 90 4 6 9 10 12 16 18 20 23 24 25

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Coming Events!
What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
High-speed internet and directv’s Hi Definition Programming Demo Folks from KVH will be available on Thursday, July 22nd, at 10:00 a.m. To 2:00 PM at Maritime Communications, Inc. 766 Washington Blvd. Marina del Rey, to discuss what’s going on in the world of high-speed internet and directv’s Hi Definition programming. For questions call Ken Englert at 310-821-4958 or [email protected] maritimecomm.com Rock the Boat - Reclaiming the LA River. One man’s dream to kayak in Los Angeles, “Rock the Boat: is a documentary that follows a controversial and surreal boating expedition down the cemented-in Los Angeles River and looks at how the “city of dreams” turned into nightmare sprawl due to our history of using, managing and re-working nature in a singleminded quest for ‘more’. Directed by awardwinning Thea Mercouffer, the film is now in post-production. Come see a partial rough cut, and be part of history. Location: Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindinao Way, MDR. Time: 6:30 Cocktail Hour 7:30 Dinner Included. Reservations Are Really Important: Email [email protected] Or Call 310/827-7692 Cost: $12.00 Or $15.00 At The Door. 2010 CYC Marina Fishing Challenge. Sponsored by California Yacht club with proceeds going to charity - easy in participate in. Check out the website for more info: www. cycfishing.com/poster Old Fashioned Day in the Park View vintage yachts, antique/classic cars and motorcycles, and old steam engines, plus watch ship modelers at work. Steam launches offer harbor rides. Burton Chace Park, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. For more info 626 335 8843. Concert in the Park A symphonic program featuring music of the Beatles and George Gershwin in Burton Chace Park. All concerts are outside on the lawn (bring your own low chairs, towels, blankets and warm clothing) and begin at 7 p.m., lasting about two hours. Food and drinks available for sale. 4

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Concerts are free. More info T 310 305 9545 Marina Movie Night The Blind Side Oscar winner Sandra Bullock starts in this moving story being shown on a giant inflatable screen outside on the lawn harborside in beautiful Burton W Chace Park. All movies begin at 8 p.m. Come early and enjoy sunsets on the waterfront; bring your own low chairs, towels, blanket and warm clothing. Free. More info T 310 305 9545 Children’s Challenge Meet on the beach for a fun filled day with team relays and races at our 12th Annual Children’s Challenge. Prizes will be awarded. Kids of all ages are welcome. For more info contact Leslie Luchau-Boutillier at (310) 510-4249 or [email protected] Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association Speaker Series - Phil and Katie Habegger AT 8 p.m. at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey, the Habeggers will be discussing preparations for extending cruising and will show us highlights of their current cruise to Mexico and beyond on their Catalina 42 “Avalon”. PSSA welcomes all prospective members and guests at its meetings. For further information, visit www.pssala.com or contact Gil Maguire at [email protected] net, or (805) 644.4800.

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Oscar Castro-Neves and Co Oscar Castro-Neves and his musicians in a program of Boss Nova in Burton Chace Park. All concerts are outside on the lawn (bring your own low chairs, towels, blankets and warm clothing) and begin at 7 p.m., lasting about two hours. Food and drinks available for sale. Concerts are free. More info 310 305 9545. California Yacht Club Yachting Luncheon “Marina del Rey--Then and Now” A pictorial essay covering 45 years of dynamic evolution. Experience the yesteryears of Marina del Rey, when bean fields and oil Rigs dominated the landscape and salt water marshes were the popular destination for hunters and fishermen. Greg Wenger – Marina del Rey resident, professional photographer and chronicler of this area’s evolution over many years and Willie Hjorth, CYC Club member and leader of the Historical Society, will share interesting anecdotes with amazing photos to behold – like seaplanes landing and elephants waterskiing in the main channel. Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of CYC. Happy Half Hour Noon, Buffet Lunch 12:20 p.m. ( $15.15 includes Luncheon,tax, service, parking) Presentation- 12:40 p.m. Reservations Appreciated California Yacht Club 4469 Admiralty Way – Marina del Rey – 310.823.4567 – www.calyachtclub.com

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Women’s Sailing Association Mixes Safety and Humor The Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay will hold its regular monthly meeting, but the evening will also feature speaker Byron Walls of California crimefight who will share valuable safety tips and promises you’ll be laughing throughout. The focus of his presentation will be safety while sailing and traveling. Guests are welcome to attend at no charge for up to two meetings. For more information, email [email protected] gmail.com, visit our website, www.wsasmb.org, or friend us Facebook.

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Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club 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 2010

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Marina Venice Yacht Club Social Sundays 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. 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 [email protected], call (818) 4226368, 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 2010

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: [email protected] 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 Sandy Penrod. at [email protected] 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 [email protected] To submit an event marinermagazine.com email [email protected]

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WI R E Tech Talk Burton Chace Improvements
Beaches and Harbors has announced that improvements to Burton Chace Park have been completed. The project commenced February 2010, with sidewalks and walkways grinded down, cut out, and refinished to eliminate trip and fall hazards, walkways and planters redesigned for better pedestrian access under the bridge, replacement of aging vault covers, sprinkler system upgrades to achieve better coverage, installation of new bike racks, anchoring systems fabricated to house summer concert tents to mitigate tripping hazards and damage to underground utility lines, an above ground electrical cabinet installed adjacent to the anchoring systems for easy power source access, new video surveillance cameras throughout the park, and an intercom system for park personnel to remotely activate gates for emergency access. For additional information, contact (310) 305-9503 or visit the Department website at marinadelrey.lacounty.gov.

No Bootlegger

In an article entitled “Bootleggin’ in last month’s The Mariner, there was a photo of a boat named Mer Sea that accompanied the story. The article was about boats that conduct illegal charters and the photo was used because it depicted Coast Guard personnel boarding a boat filled with people. Although passengers and crew were detained that day, The Mariner wants to make clear that according to the skipper on board and our latest contact with a U.S. Coast Guard official, this boat was not in any violation of any illegal action. “They boarded for four hours and determined it was not a charter and all safety measures were up to date,” said the boat’s Captain. “We set sail for Catalina and had a great weekend after the ordeal.”

The more we all become connected via the internet the more important it is for us to able to get a connection wherever we are. The folks over at Maritime Communications are aware of this and are hosting an event discussing this technology and new breakthroughs in onboard High Definition TV. Reps from KVH will be available on Thursday, July 22, at 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Maritime Communications, Inc. 766 Washington Blvd, Marina del Rey, to discuss what’s going on in the world of high-speed internet and DirecTV’s Hi Definition programming. For questions call Ken Englert at (310) 821-4958 or [email protected] maritimecomm.com

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WI R E Zac Sunderland Celebrates Anniversary and New Documentary

The New Fuel Dock is Open
Here’s the latest from the folks at the newly completed Marina del Rey Fuel Dock: Del Rey Landing represents the highest quality fuel dock and marina on the West Coast. We are able to provide fuel at 15 hose locations throughout the entire 300 foot fuel dock at pump speeds up to 60 gallons per minute. Because of the projects flexibility of design, we are able to accommodate a wide range of transient vessels of all sizes as well as long term dockage. The floating store is evolving into a “maritime general store” supplying everything from food and beverages, boating supplies, personal items, ice, bait, beer and wine, fishing licenses, lottery tickets, coffee, safety equipment, recreational equipment and SCUBA tank refills to marine pumps outs and oil changes. The public promenade accesses the property from land and the public water taxi is scheduled to stop right in front of the store. Hours are from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. during the summer and to 5 p.m. during the winter seven days a week.

Days after Marina del Rey solo-sailor Abby Sunderland stepped foot on American soil after making world news for being rescued in the Southern Indian Ocean, her brother Zac celebrates his one-year anniversary and the release of a documentary DVD, detailing his own compelling and record-breaking journey around the world. Intrepid - The Zac Sunderland Story Part I tells the story of Zac’s 13 month, 28,000 mile adventure alone in a 1972 Islander 36 he bought for $6,500. As expected, Sunderland went through many unforeseen challenging circumstances that tested his limits, but sailed through the Marina del Rey harbor the youngest person to sail-solo around the world. To get a copy of this documentary go to www.zacsunderland.com.

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Rock to Rock
Paddleboarding over 21-miles across the channel from Isthmus to Palos Verdes

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ooking out across the channel it’s hard to believe people can make the journey from island to mainland on a piece of foam and carbon fiber using only their hands, but indeed that’s what happened on Father’s Day 2010. The Rock to Rock paddleboard race is a 21.68 mile race from the Isthmus, on Catalina Island, to Abalone Cove on Palos Verdes Peninsula. I’ve been to Catalina countless times as a child on my mom and dad’s boat. In fact, I even took my first steps as a child on a boat on the way there, but making the passage on something this size is a different story. I’ve done a few short races before, but making a channel crossing has been a dream of mine for many years. Now, with the encouragement of the South Bay Mermaids, I took the major step and committed to do it this year. This was a very personal journey for me, as it is with nearly every waterman/waterwoman. After a bumpy ride to the island on Friday, we bounced around on our mooring through the night and enjoyed the festivities on Saturday afternoon. But it was the following day’s challenge that was on everyone’s mind. Sunday morning, I lined up my borrowed 18’1” paddleboard and waited for the starting horn. I hopped aboard the 19” wide vessel and began the journey into the unknown. I’ve heard stories of sharks stalking paddlers in years past and reports of paddlers having to wait a ½ hour or more for ships to pass. I’ve heard tell of conditions so bad in the middle of the channel being focused and as effective as possible to maximize my performance. The overcast conditions helped me stay hydrated. That is a big deal on the ocean where there is no shade. I only needed one transfer from our support boat for liquid. Photo by Bill Siegel My training paid off wonderfully, as I was that people were falling off their boards while feeling good most of the way. When it was paddling on their bellies and of debilitating arm rough in the middle, with swells coming from or shoulder injuries. three directions, it took some of the wind from me, but it calmed down after a few miles and I All these things fly through my mind just before regrouped. the race begins. The horn sounds and whammo! There is nothing - nothing in my mind but the I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t really tired at thought of forward motion. Forward with focus, the end, but I had great support from Edward forward with power and forward with speed. Barbosa, a more experienced paddler, who had Then reminders. Remember to drink, remember helped me train and was by my side encouraging to eat, remember to pace myself. me the whole way. We passed Ship Rock in no time where our support boats waited, strung out in two lines, each of us picking our courses either by GPS, by following the lead boat or by line of sight. It was very nice to be able to see our destination from the start. We developed a pace line and drafted each other, with other paddlers joining us for the first half of the race. After a while, conditions began to deteriorate and it became more difficult to use my more powerful knee position, so I was left to paddle prone for many miles. Miles kept ticking off my GPS as the mainland came into focus. Each moment was the only moment for me during the crossing. There was no thought of the hours ahead, or the hours spent, it was all about My expectation was to finish with a decent time. I finished in 4:41 - I was stoked. It wasn’t until I saw the faces of the men finishing after me and when another Mermaid, DJ, crossed the line and congratulated me, did I realize I was the first solo woman to finish the race. My good friend Ruth met me on the sand with a bouquet of roses. The boost I got from completing the journey was an ego and adrenaline rush. It was like it wasn’t happening to me. How surprising and delightful that result was, for me, a woman of 45 years. I feel empowered, as if my limits have been lifted. I feel like there is more work to be done and I cannot wait to get back to it!

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Marina del Rey Shipwright Laurence Sunderland’s Struggle with the National Media

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hen 16-year-old Abby Sunderland sailed her Open 40 Wild Eyes past the breakwall of Marina del Rey this past winter looking to become the youngest person to sail around the world non-stop and unassisted, the story was already compelling and controversial. Her brother Zac had sailed over 27,000 nautical miles just months before, and in doing so, became the youngest person to sail around the world alone (a record broken soon after by British teenager Mike Perham) and first ever under eighteen.

voyage, Laurence stood tall and proud in front of the media’s eye of scrutiny always preaching the virtues of expecting more from our collective modern youth and at the same time reminding people that Zac was a precocious young man, but more, a capable sailor. Zac circled the globe one year ago on July 16. At seventeen, he steered his old Islander 36, Intrepid, past thousands of onlookers lining the sidewalks of Fisherman’s Village in Marina del Rey who craned their necks to get a glimpse of the shaggy looking young guy who made history and inspired many. Laurence travelled the world during that journey, meeting Zac in most of the ports he stopped to make repairs and give council. There was much redemption for the Sunderland parents when Zac sailed into the harbor, but that credibility

would soon be questioned if not erased when Zac’s younger sister Abby, 15 at the time, announced her intentions to do an even more arduous circumnavigation – around the globe alone, non-stop and unassisted. Once Abby rolled into town in a sleek sexy Open 40 it became clear that she wasn’t kidding. It was mentioned many times during Zac’s adventure that Abby had the initial interest in such an aspiration, but was too young to pursue it. But she bided her time and asked her parents for permission to shoot for a world record and they complied. This project, however, would not be greeted with as much support as Zac’s had received. While she landed a major sponsor (Shoe City), which had alluded Zac, the local reception for Abby’s intentions were far more divided. 2010

During Zac’s voyage, the Sunderland parents were criticized, heralded, condemned and celebrated depending on what you were reading or watching. Through his eldest son’s 13-month

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As Laurence and Team Abby prepared the boat it became clear that the scrutiny of Laurence and Marianne as parents would be more magnified and the issue of parental responsibility would become a much larger focal point. Undeterred, Abby trained and the team strengthened the boat for a departure that they hoped would be the very beginning of 2010, but was delayed until January 23 – later than they hoped, but still safe according to their weather experts. Abby took to the ocean like a natural. With no complaints or outward doubt she became the youngest person to sail solo around Cape Horn and by that point had already seen some tough weather, which she seemed to almost welcome. But after the second forced stop due to equipment failure in Cape Town, the team thought long and hard about continuing on. “A major concern within Team Abby at that point was being in the Indian Ocean late in their autumn/early winter,” said Laurence. “When realizing that Abby’s route would take her through the southern ocean, we contracted the best weather routers in the business.” The routers contracted by the team were more than reputable with over 30 years of experience routing sailboats around the southern ocean including Ellen Mac Arthur, Steve Fossett, the PUMA Race team and over 6,000 other clients. They were consulted on whether Abby should continue. Considering both Abby’s fortitude and her sailing ability from having routed her nearly half way around the world, it was decided to have Abby continue but at a higher latitude – staying mainly between 38 and 42 south depending on whether she was experiencing a low pressure or high pressure system. Everyone was cautiously optimistic but took solace in both Abby’s abilities and that the boat was designed specifically for this type of work. Abby enjoyed the stronger weather conditions of the Southern Ocean as Wild Eyes slid down the sizable swells this part of the world manufactures. She was reporting that surfing down huge waves was “thrilling” and both she and her boat were thriving in the conditions until June 10, 2010 when a massive wave took hold of Wild Eyes, turned her upside down and dismasted the boat. It was particularly unexpected because the storm she was battling had since abated. As the world now knows Sunderland was rescued in one of the most remote places on earth. After the heart-stopping, anxiety-ridden period of time where rescuers were trying to 2010

find her, the focus soon turned to her parents, particularly Laurence. For the next week, nearly every major media outlet in the western world would weigh in on Laurence’s character and question what his true motives were for “sending his daughter” into such a precarious circumstance. Geraldo Rivera, Bill O’Reilly, Larry King, Joy Berhar, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, and many others questioned and challenged Laurence about his decisions. And the media heat pinned the needle when it was reported that he was involved in a reality TV show deal. In the blink of an eye Laurence became public enemy number one. “I have so much to be thankful for,” said a somewhat shell-shocked Sunderland to The Mariner. “My daughter was rescued and I have a newborn son, Paul-Louis [named after the captain of the vessel that rescued Abby], but I thought it was the responsibility of the media to report the news, not make it up.” After spending years cruising the pacific coastline, working in the boating industry for decades and building a reputation that enabled him to be the sole bread-winner for a family of seven, he was now being painted as a clueless man with a get-rich-quick-scheme that hinged on risking the lives of his kids. “I spent eighteen years building a reputation in the Marina and in one week, in the nationwide media it’s been trashed,” Sunderland said. “I can’t go up against that – it’s like battling a nuclear arsenal with a water pistol.” As for the prospective reality show that was reported and subsequently spurred so much venom from detractors, Laurence attests that while there was talk of a show, “Life in Sunderland”, it was never something he or Marianne sought out. “We were approached for the reality show,” Sunderland said. “We never went out seeking anything like that. And my feeling was that if it was going to be inspirational for young people – I’m all for it, but to exploit my family? Not interested in any way.” Sunderland, like his daughter has survived a grueling storm, his being in the media’s eye. And while his tone is weary, he speaks in grateful terms for what he has. He’s quick to lavish praise for his family and sounds hopeful that this attention will pass and he can once again go back to being an ordinary member of the boating community.

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The Law on Our Side
The Good Samaritan Law Protects the Helping Hand

Part I
by Charles Ecker and Ron Miller U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

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n California, if a boat is in distress and its occupants are in peril, you should be able to legally help without repercussions providing you conform to the new state Good Samaritan law. Authorities state that on-the-water aid, including towing and first aid, is dependent on many factors, including the state of the sea and wind, proximity to hazards such as rocks and beaches and an assessment about what you are personally qualified do to render effective first aid until certified responders arrive on the scene. response. What we can state definitively is if you are not qualified to tow another boat or render basic first aid - don’t. Relay an emergency call if needed and stand-by. Help will come very soon in Santa Monica Bay with the Coast Guard, Baywatch and the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department all monitoring channel 16 on a 24 hour basis. The Coast Guard Auxiliary also is available to help in such situations when on patrol. Within the parameters of towing, some boaters also can rely on private operators retained on a subscription basis to retrieve them, dependent on the coverage zone they agreed to in their contract. So, with the assistance of those quoted in this article, here is a suggested, well-intended and thoughtful, but non-legally binding, framework for skippers who must work within the California Good Samaritan law to help them make potentially life-saving judgments. HOW THE LAW READS In early August of last year, AB 83 passed in the State Assembly and then was signed by the Governor. It went into effect clarifying how individuals can act as “Good Samaritans” and voluntarily help rescue others at risk when safe and reasonable to do so. A Senate companion bill was passed affecting higher standards that accredited medical, law enforcement and emergency personnel involved in life saving procedures must adhere to, including disaster The action in Sacramento came because a previous decision by the California Supreme Court brought forth significant loopholes in the former Good Samaritan Act. That high court action had opened up some personal liabilities to Good Samaritans and Disaster Services Workers. Because of that, new legislative action was undertaken to correct the situation. A key purpose of the act is to keep bystanders from being hesitant about helping others who are in distress, out of the fear of being sued. Assembly member Mike Feuer of Beverly Hills sponsored AB 83. “Now, Good Samaritans have no reason to hesitate to responsibly help someone in an emergency out of fear that they might be sued,” he said at the time of the law’s passage. “This legislation encourages Californians to look out for each other at a time when public resources are all too scarce. I’m proud of the broad coalition that came together to make this common sense law possible.” The legislation garnered unanimous bi-partisan support in its passage through the Assembly and Senate, and it created a broad and unusual alliance of support from law enforcement and rescue agencies, as well as the plaintiffs and defense bars, and the American Heart Association. “This bill strikes an important balance between the human desire to help people, who are

in distress, and the rights of victims. Consumer attorneys are delighted to join police, firefighters, paramedics and insurance and business groups in endorsing this measure,” reported Christine Spagnoli, president of the Consumer Attorneys of California. The adoption of the new legislation according to the Business Industry Council for Emergency Planning and Preparedness provided “Good Samaritans and Disaster Service Workers immunity from personal liability if they choose to provide aid in an emergency or disaster.”

AB 83 states that no person “who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency medical or non-medical care or assistance at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for civil damages resulting from any act or omission other than an act or omission constituting gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.” Arianna Smith, a spokesperson for the assembly lawmaker, notes that according to the Chief Consultant in the Judiciary Committee, the bill does not preclude boaters from providing appropriate emergency assistance, either by providing an emergency tow as a Good Samaritan or by implementing first aid at sea. “When such aid is provided in good faith, we’d expect it to fall within the protections of AB 83. However,” she concluded, “I should make it clear that this is not legal advice.” The law, as written, does not describe particular situations, conditions, locations and so forth on land, on the water, or in the air. So for our purposes in this article, AB 83 provides a broad actionable framework but does not specify marine applications in its wording. Lawmakers defined ‘gross negligence’ as “an exercise of so slight a degree of care as to justify the belief there was indifference to the interest
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WHAT I’VE LEARNED ABOUT BOATS AND LIFE...
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By Captain Richard Schaefer
’ve been fooling around in boats for about 40 years, maybe longer. I’d like to share a few hard learned lessons with you.

3. If You’re Thinking You Might Need To Reef - You Do. Know how to use your
boat’s reefing system, practice, and put one in early - before things get ugly.

Boats Stink. The usual suspects are heads and mildew. First thing - close the head’s saltwater intake through-hull. Then, either rig a freshwater tank devoted to the head or simply use the shower wand from the sink and put a pint of freshwater in the bowl to flush - add more as needed. By eliminating the saltwater micro-critters from the head you will reduce the odor substantially. There is also the added benefit of no mineralization build up in the hoses and valves and fewer repairs. The amount of freshwater used is inconsequential over long weekends and short vacations.
Mildew’s musty odor is also ubiquitous onboard most boats. If possible, wash your cushion covers once a year, and air the foam on deck for a full day in the spring sunshine. While the cushions are out on deck use that opportunity to wipe down bulkheads, lockers and compartments with a solution of 10% bleach - open your hatches. And, while your crawling around, keep an eye out for repair and maintenance issues.

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Keep Your Boat Squared Away.

Whether you’re daysailing, or at the island for a long weekend, be sure your guests keep their gear neatly stowed. No one likes to stumble over clutter or spend a lot of time searching for stuff. Explain to your guests that you’re not a “neat freak”, but that “tidy” and “shipshape” is best for everyone.

necessary to ease the main sheet so that the boat will not comeabout despite the backwinding headsail. Experiment with your boat under different conditions to see how she responds.) E) Have a crew member stand by with a cleated-off line to throw to the MOB as they come alongside. F) Get your boarding gate or ladder ready. If you are on a deep broad reach or run, it might be better to turn the engine on so you can more easily and quickly get back to weather. Always have the engine in neutral as your vessel comes alongside the MOB. You don’t save any money buying only one shoe.

5 Marine. Electronics - No Substitute For Seamanship. Marine electronics are
wonderful things, but don’t rely completely upon them - they are no substitute for experience or seamanship. At least, have a handheld compass and paper charts - and, at a minimum, know basic coastal navigation. A handheld VHF and GPS are good back-ups as well.

7. Things Can Get Risky At Night Or In Bad Weather. Keep your crew in the cockpit
if possible and wear lifejackets. At night be sure to have whistles and lights attached (and maybe an EPIRB) to the PFD. If crew must go forward use tethers/jacklines.

6. Practice Man Overboard Like Your Life Depended On It. By now, most of you
know that I prefer the “Heave To Pickup” to the “Figure 8”. Here, again, are the basics: A) Call out, “Man Overboard!” - get a throwable floatation device to the MOB. B) Assign crew to watch the MOB. C) Depending on conditions, sail off about 2-3 boat lengths - come about - do not let go the jib sheet. Allow it to “backwind”. D) Steer the boat toward the MOB. When the MOB is a few feet off the bow turn the wheel hard to weather - the leeward quarter will slip toward the MOB. (On some boats it may be

8. Spend Some Money On A Good Dinghy And Outboard. You’ll find you
spend a lot of time in them when you’re at the island. Have a motor that’s reliable and a dinghy that is stable and large enough for your crew. In local waters they also make pretty fair life rafts in a pinch.

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Be Comfortable With Anchoring.

Practice and make sure your ground tackle is in good repair and ready to deploy in an emergency. I have known more than one person who turned around and came back from Catalina on a busy weekend when there were no moorings available. I’ve also known boats to go up on the beach or rocks because an anchor couldn’t be deployed in a timely manner. 16

9. Never Abandon The Boat For The Water Or A Life Raft Unless It’s A Step “Uphill”. Don’t abandon a sinking boat - let it
abandon you. Here’s why: A) A partially submerged boat is a lot easier to see than a dinghy or a bobbing lifejacket with a head sticking out. 2010

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and don’t push the limits of either your or the boat’s abilities. soon. Sheesh... Start squeezing out long weekends at the local islands now - just as long and as often as you can. Things might change before you know it. Government restrictions and regulations, finances, family problems or your health may close those doors of opportunity before you can step out of your harness and into living. “Someday” may never come. “Carpe Diem” has always been a theme of mine. Mostly I’ve lived “out of the box”, always reckoned it was probably a good idea...be in one soon enough. Captain Richard Schaefer is an U.S.C.G. Licensed Sailing Ship’s Master. He has written boating articles and instruction guides, taught sailing and seamanship, skippered charters, delivered vessels and managed yachts for more than 25 years. He can be reached for instruction, consultation or comments at (310) 460-8946 or email at, [email protected]

B) Even in our relatively warm waters hypothermia will kill you in a matter of hours don’t be in a hurry to speed the process up. The boat may remain afloat longer than you think.

12. If The “Fix” Looks Easy - It’s Probably Not Much Of A Fix. The wind
and sea have an unfortunate way of finding the weakness in men and vessels. I’m a MacGyver “jury rig” kinda guy, but often I have to force myself to make a proper repair when time and situation allows. I have paid the price for my “cocky sloth” more than once. Now, I’m a believer in, “Fix it once - Fix it right.”

10. Monday Morning Meetings Can Be Fatal. I can’t recall how many times I’ve read
of a pilot, motorist or boater who died because they pushed the odds - thinking they have to be at work Monday morning - come hell or high water. But, it happens all the time. If you are at the island and the weather is bad; dense fog, high winds/seas, or you have serious mechanical problems - if your anchorage is safe, stay put and wait it out. Monday morning meetings are generally a waste of time. Don’t waste your life attempting to attend one in adverse conditions.

13. There Aren’t Any Free Refills With Life - When That Straw Starts Sucking Air Get Ready To Shake Hands With Jesus.
I know many aging sailors who say, “You know, in five or six years I can retire and start enjoying life.” Year after year they sit at dock - clutching a glass filled with ice and regrets. They muse and dream of the day when they can “cast off” for distant horizons. Well, that’s real smart… Now that your youth and health are gone you’re gonna start enjoying things - Someday

11. A Man’s Got To Know His Limitations. That’s good advice from Dirty
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Young Angler Bags 30-Pound Halibut
By Larry Brown
he Marina del Rey Anglers congratulated young Heidi Romos and welcomed her to the wonderful world of deep sea fishing. All of us in the angling community get a thrill seeing a kid catch a nice fish on his or her first outing. The Marina del Rey Anglers kicked off their 2010 Summer Youth Fishing Program recently and one of the first groups invited were from “A Place Called Home.” Romos became the star after landing a monster 30-pound halibut. After landing a fish that size, she was from then on regarded as a serious angler.

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kids, their counselors, our members and the whole community of anglers. Lavery said, “I just love the kids and the sheer joy they exhibit when catching fish or just being out on the ocean playing with the sea gulls, sealions and occasional pod of dolphins that decide to join in the fun.” MDRA member Ray Eichel was supervising the trip and taking photos. He and club President Josh Gerson noted that this big fish was landed on a Shimano spinning reel and rod graciously donated by Shimano exclusively for the MDRA Youth Fishing Program. Stan Zisser, who also supervises many of the MDRA youth fishing trips said, “the reel and gear system got a good workout but performed flawlessly. Thanks Shimano.” Captain Mike Reinsch and MDRA halibut experts have seen a resurgence of halibut in the bay and MDRA is already planning a return of the MDR Halibut Derby in 2011. Jeremiah Cockheran was the supervising counselor leading the kids from A Place Called Home. Jeremiah shared the vision and mission of his organization. “A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth center located in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes. We also have a recreation and athletic department. One on one attention is at the heart of all APCH programs and activities. Our goal is to increase the likelihood that they will stay in school and go on to higher education and viable jobs.” Marina del Rey Anglers is a non profit fishing club and invites all local anglers to join the club for the fishing and the philanthropic work they do. For more information about MDRA’s Youth Fishing Program or to join the club please visit www.mdranglers.com. 2010

Captain Mike Reinsch steered his 65-foot Betty-O out of Marina del Rey onto the right spot and the crew, volunteers and all the anxious youth went to work. Cheers of laughter emanated from the kids, many who had never been fishing Photo courtesy of Jacob Bekerejian and Ray before, as good counts of mackerel, calico bass Eichel. and sand bass got pulled to the decks. Anglers for their continuing commitment to introducing young people to the sport of fishing The day on the water definitely got Romos and teaching them to be responsible stewards of hooked on fishing. “It fought so hard,” she said. our oceans, bays and watersheds. Crew member “It pulled and pulled and I couldn’t even turn the Nick Allen was also stoked, “It was the biggest handle. It’s so big.” halibut I ever gaffed. I dressed it out right away and put the meat on ice, because the counselors Most of the members of MDRA wish they could were going to take it back to the group home and catch a 30-lb. halibut. Everyone on board was have a huge fresh fish dinner.” glued to the drama unfolding as Heidi fought her monster until it was finally expertly gaffed MDRA President Josh Gerson stated, “the by Betty-O crewmember Nick Allen. There was club’s youth fishing program and white seabass a spontaneous sigh of relief and explosion of program attract a lot of members to the club cheers, high fives and photos as the fish came and these are the two programs of which I am on deck. All other fish on these MDRA trips are personally the most proud. We have made a long carefully released, but an exception was made term commitment to introducing kids to fishing for Heidi and her trophy halibut. and to our marine conservation programs, and Captain Mike Reinsch congratulated Heidi and praised all of the youngsters and counselors from A Place Called Home. He stated, “All of the young people displayed admirable manners and enthusiasm.” Reinsch also noted, “Heidi has become a local folk hero around here overnight.” He also praised the Marina del Rey 18 both are critical to the future of our sport.” Bob Kissling and Terrie Lavery run the MDRA Youth Fishing Program. Kissling added, “It takes a ton of work and organization to manage a summer of four to six trips every week of the summer, but it is all well worth it when you see the joy and hear the positive feedback from the

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“Amazing,” Jeff Janov said. “It’s amazing.” The Dark Star skipper from California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey wasn’t exactly a longshot coming into the tough Farr 40 competition in Ullman Sails Long Beach Race 2010, hosted by the Long Beach and Alamitos Bay Yacht Clubs over the weekend. But for Janov the victory over defending champion David Voss’s Piranha and the rest of the grand prix gang ranks right up there with, oh, winning the Naples Sabot Junior Nationals as a 16-year-old in 1979. “That was pretty huge, too,” he said. There were 147 boats in 20 classes, and all except J/120s, which didn’t race Friday, sailed seven races over three days, and no winner was more carried away than Janov, who was quick to concede that he had more help than in his singlehanded Sabot days. “I can’t say enough about my crew,” he said, which included the event’s title sponsor, Dave Ullman, as tactician, Randy Smith as main sail trimmer and strategist and team sailing director Doug McLean on bow along with the rest of the top-shelf crew.. On another area of the course, the largest fleet in the pack were the Open 5.70 one-design racers. In continuing moderate breeze flirting with 11 knots, Tracey Kenney was equally ecstatic in winning, although she couldn’t say she was surprised. She is usually a contender, and a few days earlier had said, “This year my goal is a first. No more second place for this chick. Game’s on this year.” Sailing Hat Trick, she trailed a dominant Peter Drasnin of California YC in the 15-boat fleet until the last day when she was six points behind going into the last two. She was leading Drasnin’s D.I.S.C. at the windward mark in the next-to-last race when there was contact. Drasnin protested, so the outcome was in doubt even after Kenney won the last race, with Drasnin third. Later, Kenney clinched the title when Drasnin lost the protest in a jury hearing. “We just had a ball,” she said. “Each day we got a little more dialed in. With 15 boats all it takes is one bad race.”

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Aside from a sixth, she and her crew of Freddie Stevens and Barrett Sprout had no finish worse than second. Unlike Kenney, Janov wrapped up his victory with the pressure off in the final race, and after a norisk, third-row start Dark Star still finished second behind Piranha to prevail by 10 points. Actually, Dark Star appeared to have it wrapped up after Saturday, “but I really didn’t want to think that,” Janov said.

But the award for the longest trip to get here went to Australia’s Alan Brierty, the husky retiree from Perth under the big black hat whose Reichel/Pugh 63, Limit, won the IRC class. PHRF Boat of the Week was Ed Feo’s locally based Andrews 45, Locomotion, which won the Fast 50 fleet with a good view from behind the bigger and faster rivals. Locomotion shared the slowest rating of minus-21 with Dale Williams’ third-place Kernan 44, Wasabi.

Long Beach YC’s Dave Hood Among special awards, Bob won the C/37s and was joined Miller’s far-flung team won the by two other class winners---Bob eight-boat Viper class and One- Tracey Kenney sailing Hat Trick in last year’s Long Beach Race Week. Lane’s Andrews 63 Medicine Design Boat of the Week honors. The award is for winning the most competitive class. Miller overcame a Man in Random Leg and Gary Mozer’s Current Obsession in J/105s---to broken main halyard and a battle with kelp Saturday to stay in contention, capture the Yacht Club Challenge. then in the last race broke a tie with Alamitos Bay YC’s Tim Carter with John Snook of LBYC won three of the five J/120 races that also stood as a first to his rival’s fourth. the North American championship for the class. Miller, representing the Rio Grande YC, is from El Paso, Texas, and his crew members traveled even farther to compete: Brad Boston from Story Rich Roberts, Photo Pat Reynolds Canada and Chris Fortin from Newport, R.I.

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and welfare of others. ‘Willful or wanton misconduct’ is defined as “conduct by a person who may have no intent to cause harm, but who intentionally performs an act so unreasonable and dangerous that he or she knows or should know it is highly probable that harm will result.” What all this means is that you can do some very deliberate things to be of help by means of towing and/or first aid when another boater is in what appears to be a very bad situation. But you have to know what you are doing so you don’t make a bad situation worse. And it’s important to remember you are trying to save lives, not property. DECIDING WHAT CONSTITUTES AN EMERGENCY TOW SITUATION Should no other boats be at the scene to assist a vessel that may soon be on the rocks or on the beach - come alongside to see if you can help by calling VHF Channel 16 if the operator of that boat cannot do it. A cell call should be made only if there is no marine radio on board the stricken boat or your boat. (Sheriff’s Department: 310482-6000; Baywatch: 310-577-5700.) But keep in mind that if a cell phone call is made to one agency and it cannot respond immediately, it has to contact another agency and that slows the process. If you use Channel 16 (Channel 9 backup) the distress call goes to all professional response agencies. That is yet another reason why it is important to use your marine radio to issue a call for aid. It goes to all trained responders at the same time no wasted seconds. “I can offer some advice for those Good Samaritans who decide that taking action is the only ethical choice,” notes Deputy Sheriff Frank Ruiz. “One should also be mindful of the difference between a potentially life-threatening situation and putting one’s self and others at risk to avoid property damage. “First and foremost in any life-threatening situation is to call for trained emergency aid and ensure they are en route before taking direct towing action. Next, make certain that everyone onboard both vessels have donned life jackets. Rescues at sea can turn ugly very quickly and the potential for something unexpected to happen, even to those who are highly trained, is great.” Generally speaking, the Sheriffs Department 22

will respond within the harbor but can certainly go out further if need be. Within the bay, the Los Angeles County Lifeguard (Baywatch) vessels are also on alert 24-hours a day. As is the Coast Guard, for inshore and off-shore missions. But any or all are on-call depending on who the most likely first responder would be. Don’t do anything if the operator of the stricken vessel is capable of requesting help. He or she may have contacted certified responders or a private tow operator or gotten assurances of quick assistance from another source already. If this is the case, stand-by at the scene if safe to do so. If not, in a “MAYDAY RELAY” transmission directed to authorities, state the nature of your call on behalf of the other vessel, that the other boat is in apparent real peril near the rocks, shoals or beach noting the estimated distance the distressed vessel is from the hazard, wind/wave conditions, number of persons on board the vessel, whether or not there appear to be injuries requiring first aid assistance, how many persons are wearing life jackets and if applicable, if there is a fire on board on the stricken vessel or if it appears to be sinking. If those on the stricken vessel are not wearing life jackets and have them, strongly urge them to put life jackets on immediately. All involved in boating safety education, such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary, would suggest you and your crew have life jackets on too not only during an emergency response, but all other times at sea. RELAY A LOCATION If you are in Marina del Rey waters inside the main breakwater, state you are either in the harbor proper near rocks or docked boats, “at the elbow,” mid-channel or by the main breakwater, north or south. If you are offshore, give your LAT/LON coordinates so rescuers will know exactly where to go to help the stricken vessel. Vague descriptions such as “I’m maybe two miles off Venice Pier” can frustrate the most able responder during the day, and make finding a stricken vessel extremely difficult at times during the black of night. Make sure once you jump into action, you or someone on your boat is in constant communication with the skipper of the stricken vessel. DROPPING ANCHOR If the distressed vessel needs to immediately

stop movement, tell the operator to quickly throw out an anchor with one end of the line the end not attached to the anchor - secured to the boat on a cleat. Often, in panic, this is the last thing a boat operator thinks about! If the stricken vessel is a sailboat with at least one sail up (main or jib) shout to the person to see if he or she can at least sail out to deeper water to drop sails prior to towing. If not, tell them to drop sails immediately and anchor fast. A TIME NOT TO TOW Should the vessel be in mid-channel or more than approximately 500 yards off the shore, there is no immediate need to offer a tow because there should be time for experienced help to arrive, depending on winds and wave action. Be prepared to stay on position until help arrives if you do not plan on doing an emergency tow. If you are out in Santa Monica Bay within view on the horizon by Baywatch, there is a very good chance lifeguards are watching you and the distressed vessel on shore. So you can put up a distress signal such as flares to activate a response in addition to a radio call. Chances are, unlike rescue professionals, you are not trained for towing and you don’t want to create more of a problem for you or other boaters. Again, before you do anything like providing a tow, look around and make sure you are not heading for trouble. In Coast Guard parlance, that is called practicing ‘Situation Awareness.’ Pick up The Mariner Issue 91 for the rest of this in-depth article. Ron Miller is Flotilla Commander for the Marina del Rey flotilla (11s-12-7) of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Charles Ecker is a former Auxiliary Flotilla Commander and Division 12 Public Affairs Officer, and is currently internal and external communications staff officer with the Marina del Rey flotilla. To find out more about the Auxiliary’s local education and vessel safety check services as well as CGAUX volunteer opportunities, go to www.smbcga.org. (Editors Note: Suggestions expressed by all sources in this article and the organizations they represent should not be considered to be legally-binding. If you have any questions related to any specific liabilities you could be held responsible for in Good Samaritan towing or first aid situations, it is best for you to seek the advice of an attorney.) 2010

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To turn a bike to the right, you pull the right grip toward you and push the left grip forward. With twin engines, you push the port engine control away from you (forward gear) and pull the starboard engine control towards you (reverse gear). The boat turns to starboard. Reverse on a twin engine boat is similar to using only one hand to turn the bike. When you pull the left grip toward you, the bike turns left. When you pull the right grip toward you, the bike turns right. Therefore, putting the port engine into reverse while starboard is in neutral turns the boat to port. Likewise, putting the starboard engine into reverse while port is in neutral turns the boat to starboard. As the lesson progresses, I point out that as the bow of the boat swings in one direction, the stern swings in the opposite. For example, with the port engine in reverse and starboard in forward, the bow swings to port while the stern swings to starboard. Recognizing this is especially useful in close quarter maneuvering and docking. So what is the biggest problem you see with novice twin engine boat operators? Docking. Most beginners can manage to get out of a slip, but have trouble getting back in it. Novice powerboaters always want to use power. Sometimes they use too much, other times they use too little. It really depends on the situation. If you’re backing away from a dock, you may only need to bump the engines in and out of reverse just enough to gain the momentum required to slowly drift away. If you’re approaching a slip, you may need to use momentary bursts of reverse power to slow the boat and align it with the dock. That being said, what docking advice do you have? Docking maneuvers should be well-planned. Even when departing from or returning to your own slip. If you have crew aboard, let them know your plan and their role in the docking process. Even if they just need to be seated, stay out of the way, and/or do nothing. If something unexpected occurs (large wake or departing boat) or in an emergency (engine or prop failure), be prepared to abort a docking attempt or adjust your approach. When departing you should be aware of the wind and water conditions. The speed and direction of wind and water will affect the handling of your boat. A boater can determine the direction

Twin Engine Boat Handling
With Capt. Wilson Sheppard
Captain Wilson Sheppard is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain with 100 Ton Master Inland / 100 Ton Mate Near Coastal certification. Sheppard has over 18-years experience on the water. He has performed many deliveries up and down the California coastline and gives boating seminars and teaches onthe-water boat handling throughout Southern California, particularly Marina del Rey. He can be contacted by phone at 818-455-5984 or by email at [email protected] So you’ve owned both single and twin engine powerboats. Which do you prefer? Comparatively, a single engine boat is less expensive to operate, maintain, and repair. Twin engine boats have better maneuverability (excluding bow thrusters) and with two engines you have two chances to get to your destination. I really can’t pick one over the other as each has advantages and disadvantages. How do you describe basic twin engine boat handling? I use an analogy that relates handling a twin engine boat to riding a bicycle. If you picture the handlebars on a bike, it has a left grip and right grip for the rider’s hands. Similarly, a twin engine boat has controls for port and starboard engines. I am specifically referring to the gear controls (forward – neutral – reverse), not the throttle controls. For training purposes, the rudders/outboards/outdrives are centered and the engines are at idle speed. To turn a bike to the left, you pull the left grip toward you and push the right grip forward. With twin engines, you pull the port engine control toward you (which is reverse gear) and push the starboard engine control away (forward gear). The boat turns to port.

and speed of the wind by looking at nearby flags and burgees. Also, observe the direction and speed of water moving around your boat. Determine how your departure will be affected by the force of the wind, the water, or both. For example, if the wind is blowing you out of the slip, you won’t have to use much power to drift out. You may alternate using your engines in reverse to back the boat straight. Once clear of the dock, you can split the engines (one forward, one reverse) to swing the bow in the intended direction of travel. You may need to momentarily increase your speed to overcome the strength of the wind. Notice that this entire departure is accomplished without using the steering wheel. When returning to a slip, check the wind and water conditions again. You may need to adjust your approach to compensate for the condition(s) affecting your boat. For example, if the wind is blowing you toward the slip, position your boat into the wind to give it room to slide while turning. What other advice can you provide regarding twin engine handling? Practice, practice, practice. Practice when the wind and water are calm. In Marina del Rey that generally means early mornings. I use weather.com for hourly forecasts, but there are many weather outlets that provide useful updates. Practice maneuvers using only the engine controls. Rent a slip at Chace Park with no neighbors to practice docking. While there, be sure to practice side-docking at the Visitor’s Dock. Remember to take it slow. When you go slow, bad things happen slowly. With enough practice, you won’t even break a sweat while everyone is watching you skillfully squeeze between two large and expensive boats in a strong wind at the fuel dock.

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Quality Advice From A Two Year Old Black Lab Puppy
Dear Mookie, I am having a lot of problems managing my time. I have so much going on that I can’t get it all done and then I’m late for places and disappointing people – it’s all coming to a head. Any suggestions? Signed Out of time in Torrance Dear OT, I often hear humans talking about “time”. I never say anything, but I’m here to tell you that there is no such thing as “time”. There is awake and there is sleep…that’s it. From now on if someone asks you, “hey, you know what time it is?” you can say, “awake time.” Oh wait, there is “dinner time”. I’ll give you that...okay I take some of that back. There is such thing as dinner time...just not the time you’re talking about. Anyway, I’m quite sure if you live your life with this newfound knowledge, you will feel better.

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