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A Publication For Where Land Ends

Issue #63 4/18/2008 - 5/16/2008

Planet Zac
Around the World at 16

MDR to Guadalupe Anchoring Tips Halbut Derby
A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community

The Mariner is
Editor/Publisher/Writer Pat Reynolds Photographs Pat Reynolds Columnist Mookie Contributor Dave Kirby Copy Editing Assistance Lisa Asahara For advertising rates and Information contact 310-397-1887 - phone 310-397-1925 - fax

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This month The Mariner features young Zac Sunderland who is proposing to be the youngest to ever circumnavigate. At 16, Zac is bright-eyed and ready to tackle anything that comes his way. He knows his boat thoroughly from below the waterline to the top of the mast and by all rights is fearless going in. As I interviewed Zac for the story, I thought, man, this kid is going to go around the earth alone. In a short amount of time he’ll be considering weather systems and the behavioral characteristics of certain oceans. He’ll see wildlife that he’s never seen, even in books, and he’ll meet people that will likely change his perspective forever. In all likelihood, they’ll be times where he’ll fight for his very life

Now. While running for my life from the self-imposed missile attack, I vaguely remember considering an ocean crossing, but not a full circumnavigation. Yeah, Zac Sunderland is no typical 16-year old kid and this community should be very proud that he’s beginning his quest here. When he unties those dock lines, that “kid” will remain. When he returns sometime in 2010, a man with a world of experience will step from that boat – forever changed.

and other times where loneliness will haunt him like none of us will ever know. My thought drifted to who I was when I was his age and would I have taken on such a challenge. Hmmm. Well, I know at 16 I had quite a few chin zits and I hated that. Maybe if I could have stopped thinking about them and focused on a bigger plan, the circumnav thing would have come into focus. And I recollect getting a flat on my bicycle and throwing it in a dumpster because I knew I couldn’t fix it. Then there was the time I saved all my money to buy fireworks with a friend for Fourth of July and accidentally shot a bottle rocket into the bag full of explosives causing a scene not unlike something from Apocalypse

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Cover photo; Zac Sunderland by Pat Reynolds.

Coming Events Off The Wire Isla de Guadalupe MDR to Guadalupe Island Race Zac’s Tacks Zac Sunderland Goes Around the World Boat Donations Captain Charles Saylan Discusses Boat Donations Catalina Currents Anchoring Powertails Interview With Halibut Fisherman Tom Brooks Racing Ask the Experts Ask Mookie Classifieds 4 6 10 12 14 16 18 20 23 24 26


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58 Hatteras Motor Yacht 1979 4 cab, 58 Spindrift 1985 cockpit motoryacht 3 55’ Carl Craft Certified Charter Vessel, over $160k on upgrades. Refit, shows cabins, over $100K spent on refit & refinish Liquor license, up to 47 passengers. seller moved want offers $249,000 $180,000 very clean and luxurious. $359000.

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45’ Mariner House Boat. 3 bedrooms, engines need repair. $99,000 45’ Marina Villa 1994, 2 story $125,000

45’ Bayliner Pilothouse. 1985 twin cabs 2 staterooms recent refit $189,000.

45’ Prima Euro Sedan ‘01. 370 HP Cummins. 2 Cabs. Live aboard slip available . $279,000

45’Carver Voyager 2002 450 Cummins dsls, loaded, low hours, new electronics in 2007 $429,000

42’ California LRC 1976 twin dsls Trade in OK updated equipment and only 450 original hours on diesels $99,000

42’ Chris Craft Aft Cabin 1985 Queen aft and forward. Full canvas $135,000 42’ Uniflite 1978 Aft Cabin $79,000 42 Uniflite 1975 AC $59,000 partnership

41’ Silverton Sedan 1993 $149,000 37’ Silverton Sedan 1984 $54,500 34’ Silverton Sedan 1988 $37,900 31’ Silverton Sedan 1978 $19,900

40’ Sea Ray Express 1998 twin CATS, several thousand $s in updated equipment. Very Clean $199,000

37’ Sea Ray Sedan 1975 Dual hlm$119,000 34’ Tollycraft Sedan 1980 $59,000 34’ Tollycraft Aft Cabin 1980 $39,000 34’ Uniflite Sedan 1973 new tanks $22,900

37-39’ Silverton Aft Cabin 372/392 1998. Low hours, recent survey, w/ slip $167,500 35 Silverton 1998 aft cabin $94,500 32 Carver 1990 aft cabin $48,500

33’ Chris Craft 1994 $39,900 28’ Chapperral Express 1992 $22,500 28’ Sea Ray Sundancer 1989 $19,500

33 Sea Ray Sundancer 94’ $57,500 34 Sea Ray Sundancer 85’ $59,500 30 Carver Santego Sedan 1993 $49,500 30’ Carver Santigo Sedan 1989 $32,500

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Celebrate the island’s fascinating history as one of Hollywood’s favorite locations. Step back in time to the 1920’s for a classic silent film screening featuring live musical accompaniment on the historic Page Organ in the incomparable Avalon Theatre, one of the last remaining movie palaces in California. For more info call (310) 510-2414 or visit

April 24
Avalon Community Health Fair Community Health Fair Improve your health and that of your family by attending the Catalina Island Health Fair in the Casino Ballroom. Dozens of free or low-cost medical screenings will be available. For more info call the Catalina Island Medical Center (310) 510-0700 ext 46 or email [email protected]

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The 2008 Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race The world’s largest international yacht race will begin its 61st run on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 12:00 noon (PDT) in Newport Beach, California and finish with an awards ceremony on Sunday, April 27 in Ensenada, Mexico. Go to www.nosa. org for more info.

April 26

Harbor Kayaking Basic kayaking instruction & exploration of Marina del Rey. Bring hat, sunscreen, snack. Burton Chace Park Boathouse, 13640 Mindanao Way. 11:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. $25-30. Reservations required 310-822-8530.

Sixteen Ways to Keep Your Lover Most potential voyagers dream of setting sail as a couple, sharing one of the most rewarding and potentially romantic adventures available to people of modest means. To keep the dream working means making sure both partners are enjoying the experience. This lecture highlights ways to help your partner gain confidence, feel more comfortable aboard, and gain competency before you set sail. Also covered are ways to make sure the experience is truly a shared one and keeping the romance alive once you are underway. A slide presentation will highlight some of the special adventures that could be yours, once you break the ties of land and set off voyaging. 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Admission $15 Community Meeting Room Ventura City Hall Ventura, CA Advanced Ticket Purchases contact Dean Prophet – 805 794-1747

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April 29
“Cupdate” at the California Yacht Club “Cupdate” will take place at the California Yacht Club on Tuesday, April 29 promptly at 7:30 pm. In addition to his insightful comments, BMW/ Oracle’s Tom Ehman will use a PowerPoint presentation and some impressive video to enhance this valuable update about the next America’s Cup. The California Yacht Club is located at 4469 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. Phone 310-823-4567

BIrd Watching Bird watching walk in Ballona Wetlands. Small children allowed but must be accompanied by adult. Bring water, binoculars, comfortable footwear, hat, sunscreen. Meet at Burton Chace Park Community Room, 13650 Mindanao Way. 4 p.m. Free. Reservations Required 310-3059595.

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 Greater Los Angeles area. We meet twice monthly, at 7 p.m. on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month 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 very reasonable prices. Club members will meet and socialize with sailboat owners and can arrange for weekend or mid-week sails in Santa Monica Bay. After sailing, club members can enjoy wine & cheese parties of full dinners on member’s boats. Catalina Island trips and special events are also planned. For information: (310) 822-

May 16-18

Two Harbors White Seabass & Halibut Tournament The Two Harbors Catalina Island White Seabass and Halibut Championship Series sponsored by Western Outdoor News, United Anglers and many other sponsors. Support the Seabass Restoration Project in a fishing and head collection tournament. For information contact Becky Mucha at (310) 510-4249 or [email protected]

May 17th

21st Annual Silent Film Benefit at Avalon 4

0893 or Email: [email protected] Marina Single 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 Single Mariners Meeting Social meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at Pacific Mariners Yacht Club on 13915 Panay Way in Marina del Rey. Meeting donation is $7.00, which includes a light buffet dinner. At these meetings, skippers and crew sign up for day sails. On sailing days the Single Mariners meet at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast at the Marina del Rey Hotel on 13534 Bali Way, spend the afternoon sailing and then return to the docks for a wine and cheese social. Novices are welcome and encouraged. For more info call (310) 289-3338. 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 call Penny Mastt, at (310) 3915500. For more information, check us out on the web at or email us directly at [email protected] 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] 2008

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y ac h t R ac i n g W e B s i t e M atc h i n g c R e W s
Local racer Mike Georgia is continuing his pursuit to match skipper and crews throughout the country. Years ago Georgia noticed a disconnect within in the racing world and with his vast knowledge of programming and web based applications, created a website – Steadycrew. com that specializes in putting sailors together and thereby getting more boats on the water. He has been continually surprised by the response the site is getting and this season is once again pleased with the results. “Its amazing the increase that I have gotten this last month and the month before,” said Georgia. “I started to actually go into the back end of the website and I have been inputting all of the races for every harbor in the United States, all by myself. The site was set up so that yacht clubs as well as actual users, be they skippers or crew members, could input all of the races into the calendar and the site would organize the race calendars so that you could see every race in the United States all at once or just for a particular harbor one at a time. The issue has always been


p oW e R B oat R a l ly R e t u R n s
The San Diego Yacht Club and the Mexico Tourism Board are sponsoring the next rally for power boats to Baja, Mexico. They will be assisted by Del Rey Yacht Club and California Yacht Club in Marina del Rey. The event will be held late 2009. The boats will gather in San Diego and travel 900 miles to La Paz. This cruise is planned for mid-sized powerboats capable of traveling at least 450 n.m. at eight knots without refueling. FUBAR stands for Fleet Underway to BAJA Rally. The FUBAR is designed to support powerboats that need refueling while traveling down the Pacific side of Baja, and the FUBAR is arranging fuel. Vessels with larger fuel capacity have no trouble doing this route on their own, but are welcome to join the FUBAR as well. Escort vessels manned by experienced skippers, mechanics, doctors and other experts will accompany the fleet. Boat manufacturers and makers of major marine engines, electronics and other related equipment will lend their expertise. Safe routes will be prearranged, and a weather-routing service will oversee the cruise. Stops along the route include Ensenada for fuel at optimum prices and clearing into Mexico. Turtle Bay is another fueling stop with stops at Santa Maria Cove, Mag Bay, Puerto los Cabos, Muertos Bay and La Paz, the final destination. The number of participants will be limited. Participants will have the opportunity for fishing or whale-watching. Some may opt to depart at Cabo San Lucas for Puerto Vallarta and the Mexican mainland, while others will want to continue with FUBAR up into the Sea of Cortez as far as La Paz before branching off on their own. Applications and sign ups will be first quarter of 2009. Sponsor inquiries are welcome. Check for updates on the website at

that no one has actually really done any of that work, so I took it upon myself to do it for every harbor in the United States. The result of putting in all of these races is that now when anyone does a search to find information about a race, the Steadycrew website comes up in the search engine.” While Georgia is happy to have done this heavy lifting to better the site, he is hopeful that yacht clubs will grab the torch and keep it going. “I really want to encourage the yacht clubs and the users of the site to do this maintenance of adding and editing and maintaining this list of races on the site for me, so that I don’t have to do all of this myself each year. It’s in their best interest to do it, and it drives traffic to my site as well as to the yacht clubs site regarding information about the races, and it’s a great means of finding crew if you are a skipper, and finding a ride if you are a crew.”

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The Mariner is now posting an online version of the magazine for readers to check out when they are out of the Marina del Rey area. Previously the site would include an occasional story or photo in addition to the monthly coming events, but now the magazine will appear in its entirety in a scrolling format. “SSBC Planet did a great job putting the new site together,” says Editor/Publisher/Male Model Pat Reynolds. “I’ve been wanting to enable the readers the opportunity to check out the mag and/or grab a phone number of a tradesman for a long time and now, finally it’s up and running. “We look forward to providing readers with the means to access the publication anywhere in the world and also giving our advertisers more of an opportunity to gain exposure.” The website address is the same as it was – www.

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The 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain last year was certainly one of the most exciting in the 157 year history of this prestigious event. But the excitement has been going straight downhill since then. We’ve seen a ‘bogus’ challenge submitted to kick off the next Cup cycle, plus the introduction of a lopsided new protocol to prevent anything resembling a level playing field. All of this unfortunate hanky panky has been the catalyst for lawsuits, uncertainty and frequent trips to the New York Supreme Court for key rulings. Mere mortals have had a tough time keeping up with the endless court maneuvers, and an even tougher time sorting out the charges and

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The Yacht Exchange on Panay Way has, in a short amount of time, established itself as one of the most highly regarded yacht brokerages in Marina del Rey with a reputation for knowledgeable and scrupulous sales people. This month owner Ruck Goldreyer has announced the addition of two well-known long time yachtsman that have joined the ranks of his company. Doug Pease and Rick Ruskin are now part of the Yacht Exchange team, lending considerable experience and nautical understanding to the mix. Ruskin has been racing for 15 years and has owned/raced many boats including a Capri 25, J-22 and Melges 24 and regularly crews on boats ranging from 24 to 50-feet, at every position, from Bowman to Tactician. Currently, Rick races his home, a Bruce Farr designed Beneteau 42S7 - Farr Gone and has won a number of major series. Having owned many different sailboats, Rick has done everything from prepping a racing bottom and rigging, to engine electronics and complete vessel restorations. He is a Staff Commodore at South Bay Yacht Racing Club, and has served as ASMBYC Homeport and Fleet Chairman as well as SCYA Midwinter Regatta Chairman. Currently Rick serves on the area PHRF board as a handicapper for racing boats. Pease is a native Californian and has been sailing since the early seventies. He lived and worked in Asia for ten years (mid eighties to mid nineties) and sailed in the South China sea, sea of Japan, and the Sulu sea. In addition to Mexico and Hawaii, Pease has cruised the Whitsunday Islands in Australia, and completed the inland passage to Alaska (that one in a twenty seven foot boat). He worked for Catalina Yachts for eight years. Pease is known throughout the Southern California area for his complete understanding of the boating industry and his lively sense of humor.

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Isla de Guadalupe

Photo Courtesy of Eric Lambert

Eric and Rombin Lambert’s Runaway at the start.

Runaway Wins the Single/Doublehanded Race From MDR to Guadalupe Island.
While the 32nd America’s Cup, held last year, was touted as being one of the most exciting yachting events in recent history and locally, races like the Transpac capture the headlines, for many racing enthusiasts, it’s the single and double handed contests that are the most compelling. It’s hard core sailboat racing with a high degree of danger. It’s not good enough to be a competent sailor in contests like these – participants have to be able to work on no sleep and battle the most extreme situations alone or shorthanded. Last year the world watched Bernard Stamm annihilate his competition in the Velux 5 Oceans round the world race as he sailed very fast, alone around the globe with just three stops. Later in the year, some of the most masterful and fearless sailors lined up for the Barcelona World Race and we saw sailing’s solo legends team up and doublehand Open 60s around the world non stop. And this year, these same legends plus a few more will square off in the mother of all singlehanded races, the Vendee Globe – a non stop singlehanded burn around the planet via the Southern Ocean. Here in Marina del Rey, in the same vane, there is the Guadalupe Island Race. It is a hearty 600-mile contest for single and doublehanded sailboats run every second year by the Pacific 10 Singlehanded Sailors Association (pssala. org). This is no weekend Catalina get-away. It’s a race that flies under the radar, but it is as interesting and demanding a race that exists in this area. The 2008 contest was the 17th run since inception. The start is off Marina del Rey, the only mark is Guadalupe Island (with its associated islets) and the finish is at Catalina Island. This year Robin and Eric Lambert won the race as they found wind when others didn’t. Below is Eric’s account of the race and his opinion of its relevance in comparison to other popular local contests. The Guadalupe race was a fine romp for Runaway, not so good for the other competitors. The ranks were thinned by several pull-outs just before the race, so just four boats were on the start line. Runaway managed to get to stronger winds offshore while the other boats were still stuck in light airs in the bay and by the first check-in we had a considerable lead. C-lassy was the first to retire: they had been caught in a wind hole for hours, and must have despaired of there ever being wind - Tenacity was next: Gil had been battling power and electronics problems all night, but when the autopilot failed, that was it for him as he was singlehanding. So that left only Horizon and Runaway. We were hammering along, broad reaching with the spinnaker up in 10 to 15 knots of wind, sliding down the waves in an exhilarating flurry of foam, 10 knots plus on the GPS when we caught a wave just right. Horizon, who had gone east of Catalina, was completely becalmed - no wind, flat sea, zero progress. We rounded Guadalupe Island just 48 hours after the start. There’s a couple of islets off the south end, small but tall, about 800 feet high with sheer, spectacular cliffs and bright volcanic colors. It was a magnificent view, which we could appreciate at leisure as we became becalmed in the wind shadow. It was a sunny afternoon; the sea temperature was up to 63 degrees, warm compared to the 58 degrees we’d left in, but still cold enough to elicit a shriek from Robin as we took bucket baths in the cockpit. With the boat and ourselves clean and tidy, and after a pot of tea, we began to finesse the light and variable winds in the lee of the island. Fortunately we had a special sail for the conditions: a windseeker, which is a high-clewed jib made of spinnaker cloth - we put it to good use, nursing ourselves along in the zephyrs until finally we got clear of the wind shadow of Guadalupe Island. Horizon, after a valiant effort battling the wind shadow of San Clemente Island, finally threw in the towel and motored back to Catalina. 2008

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The return leg was hard on the wind, Runaway bucking into the seas with joy: she likes a breeze. The wind was very steady in direction. We could leave the boat on autopilot and just make minor corrections every minute or two. Good going for a while, but, at 100 miles from the finish, our wind ran out. We stood nearly still, slatting in the still choppy seas, occasional puffs of wind from random directions. Since it was lunchtime, we sat down to a fresh green salad and another pot of tea, then put up the windseeker and started fighting for every yard. The wind finally did fill in, 180 degrees away from the predictions, but wind is wind: we’ll take it. And it took us, at least for a few miles, and delivered us to another calm. It was a battle, but we did cross the finish line, and in less than five days. Having now run the race, I can say with enthusiasm that this is truly a great course, with a full variety of wind strengths and directions. The race rewards the all-round boat and the adaptable sailor, far more so than the various Mexico and Hawaii races. PSSA will be making a big effort to promote the next race in 2010. We expect a large and competitive turnout in what may become the greatest of the West Coast shorthanded races.

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zac’s tacks
16 Year Old Zac Sunderland aims to be the youngest circumnavigator ever.

Photo Pat Reynolds

Zac Sunderland

hile droves of 16-year old boys hit the streets looking for tuxedos and rental cars in preparation for the Junior and/or Senior Prom, there’s another 16-year old, who is preparing for something even more memorable – a solo circumnavigation that will begin in May from the docks of Marina del Rey, California.

Zac Sunderland with the help and guidance of his father Laurence is looking to become the youngest solo sailor to ever go round the world. The eldest from a family of seven, Zac is not your typical Californian teenager. On the surface, he appears like many his age – shaggy mop top, a body-frame awaiting its eventual weight, and an unassuming disposition vacillating between boy and man. He’s not a talkative person, or shy either. He’s quick to smile, but not laugh out loud – Sunderland is more pensive than you would expect from a young man his age, but considering he is about to undertake an expedition on the grand scale of enormity, he has good reason to be quietly thoughtful. “What Zac’s doing right now – he’s been in training for all his life,” said Laurence, an established and reputable shipwright. “We came home from the hospital and brought him home to a boat. He learned to sail a Sabot around Marina del Rey before he had a bicycle.” 12

Not long into Zac’s life he was at sea. He has cruised Australia, New Zealand, England on family sailing trips and then traveled extensively on a three-year journey from the Channel Islands down to mainland Mexico. In that time, the Sunderland’s first born absorbed a tremendous amount of practical sailing knowledge and became a self-sufficient mariner in his own right. An adolescent trusted to handle watches, accomplish tasks and assist in heavy weather situations. Now at 16, he is battle tested and anxious to fly solo. And solo he will be. He’ll be far away from the cacophony of a house full of brothers and sisters. The sounds of laughter, crying and loud television will be replaced by the sound of rattling rigging, the flogging of sails in a changing wind and the howling of a violent squall. But now he is calm and contemplative as he slowly works through the lengthy list of details to address in preparing the 1972 Islander 36 for the ultimate voyage. A cruising boat, designed for coastal sailing with the wife and kids is slowly and steadily being reinforced from keel bolts to wind vane to be a rock hard blue water machine. “This boat is going to be bulletproof,” Laurence assured in his Australian drawl. “You could put this one under the water for a little while and it’ll pop back up. It’ll be one of the best put together boats around.”

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Laurence is conflicted in seeing his able, but young boy march out on his own, he doesn’t say it. He instead speaks proudly and confidently of his son’s ambition. “I was excited,” he says describing the moment when Zac indicated he wanted to shoot for the record. “I thought – yeah, someone’s going to finally pick up the gauntlet and run with it - do something that’s going to change the whole of their life. He’s laying down the foundation for his life.” There have been three other young men who have forged the path that Zac will take. In the sixties, 15 yearold Robin Lee Graham, also from Southern California, boarded his 24-foot sloop and sailed around the world becoming the youngest to ever do so. And more recently Australian adventurer Jesse Martin became, at 17, the youngest to ever circle the globe alone and unassisted. But lastly and more importantly, David Dicks in the nineties, made the journey in 9 months time returning when he was 18 years and 41 days old. For Zac to achieve his goal of being the youngest to ever go around the world he has 19 months to make the trip – to return before January 8, 2010.

“And generally the person who’s created that test has been a linear thinker. And not too many of them have done anything outside of the box – not to be rude, many are very successful people, but this is Zac’s test.” Right now, the test doesn’t involve late night reefing on one hour of sleep or 25-foot waves breaking over the stern – now is about preparing and massaging the full plan. While Zac and his father spend every day strengthening the vessel, his mother is back home looking after the family and trying to procure sponsorship for the trip. In the short amount of time since they have announced the expedition, they have received sponsorships from quite a few generous companies in the form of equipment and assistance preparing the boat. Marina del Rey’s Lifesail, a non-profit company devoted to building character in young people through sailing, owned by marine surveyor Matt Schultz, has donated a tremendous amount of time and energy to solidifying the boat. Raymarine, West Marine, Garhauer Marine, Amparo Canvas, Allen Alternators, Anchor’s Way Marine Boat Yard, to name a few – have all come on board and the Sunderlands are hoping to partner with a larger entity, possibly a non-profit, in the hopes of a mutually beneficial situation. The boat will be equipped with video equipment for television/documentary purposes and they are in contact with major national and international nautical publications that will follow the story. There is also a possible book subsequent to a successful finish. “Zac’s adventure will be highly publicized as he sails the world striving to break the world record,” says Zac’s mother Marianne. “It will provide a company huge international publicity.”

In this amount of time he should have Lawrence Sunderland some chance to stop and explore many locations around the planet, but he’ll also have to keep a close What Zac’s doing right now – he’s been eye on the weather and move fast when opportunities arise. Unlike Graham, Sunderland is in training for all his life. We came home on a mission that involves speed. He won’t be in a critical rush, but from the hospital and brought him home will have to be mindful. Much of his time will be spent alone on the boat making passages – some to a boat. He learned to sail a Sabot longer than others and some more treacherous than others. As the around Marina del Rey before he had a reality sinks in and the departure date gets closer, Sunderland is focused and so far free from bicycle.” - Laurence Sunderland anxiety.

“When I’m not working on the boat, I’m reading up on the world cruising routes and the solo-circumnavigator’s books – trying to get as much info as I can,” he says. When those books are finished, the teenage student will have to return to some traditional schoolbooks during his trip. He is home schooled and looks to graduate high school during the voyage. After that’s accomplished he sees the adventure itself as a higher education of a kind, arguably more valuable than an institutional variety. “When you go to school you’re taken someone else’s test,” Laurence says. 2008

But one way or the other, Zac Sunderland will make the attempt. It might be a fully funded experience with an on staff weather router and all the latest equipment the technological world has to offer or it might be on something of a shoestring. Whichever it ends up being, the main plotline remains: A 16-year old boy will leave the docks of Marina del Rey sometime in May and try, with all his efforts, to drive a 36-foot cruising sailboat around the world – alone. To get involved in sponsorship, assistance or more information go to

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Making Sense of Boat Donations

By: Capt. Charles Saylan Executive Director Ocean Conservation Society A 501 (C)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to marine research and conservation

[ed. note] For the past ten years Dr. Maddalena Bearzi and Capt. Charles Saylan have been conducting marine mammal research in the Santa Monica Bay, producing fascinating information. They recently thought about closing the doors on the Ocean Conservation Society that they co-founded, due to lack of grant funds, but have since reconsidered. Bearzi, who just finished a book concerning the intellectual connections and similarities between great apes and dolphin called Beautiful Minds, has made some recent observations in the Bay that she wants to further explore. They sold their research vessel, but are now in search of another. Below is an explanation, written by Saylan, of how boat donations work. If you have a vessel to donate for this cause, please contact the Ocean Conservation Society at [email protected] What are the new rules on boat donations? How much of a deduction can I reasonably take? How can I claim “fair market value” for my donation? Until the IRS issued some clarifications, these have not been easy questions to answer. On December 31, 2004, the tax laws changed restricting a donor to a maximum tax deduction equal to the value that the charity receives upon sale or liquidation of the vessel, unless it is put to “significant intervening use” in the organization’s regularly conducted activities. Often, a charity 14

will sell a boat for considerably less that the market value to quickly raise operating cash. In this common scenario, the donor would not be able to claim the boat’s market value, but would be limited to a deduction in the amount that the charity actually received from the sale. This is potentially bad news for a donor who expects to deduct what the boat is worth on the open market, but finds out, down the line that the charity sold it for 1/2 of that price to raise cash, and that the deduction is limited to that lesser amount. If, however, the charity actually uses the boat in a “significant” and “not incidental” way, the donor may claim instead, the fair market value of the vessel which is usually determined by a credible marine survey and comparisons with similar boat’s sale and market prices. The IRS gives some guidelines for determining what “significant use” really is, but if you are considering donating your boat to a charity, it is probably a good idea to make sure that: 1. The charity will adequately document their usage 2. That the usage will fall into the ordinary activities of that charity. 3. That the charity will make that documentation available to you. 4. That you obtain tax advice from a credible source independent of the charity.

If the values of the donation are greater than $500.00, in order to take any donation, the charity must give you “contemporaneous written acknowledgement” of your donation. Make sure you have this and that it is given in a timely fashion. See the links to IRS Form 1098c for more details. For those of us who run and work for charities, a boat donation can make an incredible difference toward attaining our goals. For donors, it can bring great satisfaction in helping to further a cause that they hold dear. Unfortunately, the rules that govern boat donations have been stretched and tested in the past, and what was initially a simple process, now warrants careful attention and research. With a little planning, donating a boat to charity still presents a viable means of turning your old boat into a gift that can help others. For additional information follow these links to IRS publications: 0,,id=139559,00.html

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Catalina Currents
By: Captain Richard Schaefer

Anchor’s Away
don’t like things that go “bump” in the night nor the 3:00 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 confident 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’m 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 fishing 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 fingers and over the side.Things usually start goin’ south right about then. 2. Mark your rode. Use whatever system works for you. I mark mine with spray paint - 50 feet of chain and the first stripe on the nylon at 25’ (75’ total over the side at the first 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 hook; 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 departure and make plans accordingly. 2. Know what kind of bottom your dealing with. Sand is best, followed by thick mud and then by fine gravel. The worst are rock, eel grass or kelp covered, and soupy mud. Check your chart or cruising guide for detailed information. 3. Be sure there is sufficient 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 figuring 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 cove. 5. How are the other boats anchored? You must anchor the same way. Remember, the first 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 2008


he other day 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 first half dozen times I anchored at the 30 years past. I remembered the anxious moments, as I scanned the shore with my trusty flashlight, searching for my bearing mark to see if my vessel was 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 concealed horror. 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 find 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 find that the fishing’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


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Catalina Currents
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 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 fish 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, superfluous gruffle 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 finger, 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 slowly forward. 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 final run. 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 figure 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 prearranged 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 first and reverse the procedure taking care to keep the rodes taught and away from the prop or rudder. 3. Anchor as first 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 fine. Get a good night’s sleep - I’ll stand your watch. Next issue I’ll cover most of the best anchoring spots on the island. Richard Schaefer is a USCG Lic. Ships Master of Sail and Power Vessels. He has taught sailing, managed yachts, performed charters and deliveries for over 25 years. He can be reached at 310-460-8946 or email, [email protected]

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Slim Pickin’s!
Out of over 500 anglers with only 17 fish caught, angler Tom Brooks still reeled in three contenders

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By Dave Kirby Tom Brooks participated in this year’s Halibut Derby and proved that he’s no ordinary fisherman. There were 17 fish caught in total with over 500 anglers fishing and Brooks caught three of them. He won first in team, and fourth individual. I arrived down at Brook’s boat were yes, he was still fishing from the back of his boat at the slip. I asked him a few questions on his team and how the Halibut derby all played out. D.K. Were did you catch your fish? T.B. North of the Malibu Pier in deep water.D.K.D.K. Why did you choose that spot? T.B. Every one else was fishing in shallow water and not having any success and I had fished that spot before and felt I should give it try. D.K. Did you try any other spots before choosing to fish deep? T.B. –Yes, I was in front of the Venice Pier in 60 feet of water to start out with, but was only hooking up with other bottom fish - shovel nose sharks, tom cod and white fish. D.K. Lets go back to North of the Malibu Pier, was there any structure in the area? T.B. Yes, I fished there before and also went hoop netting there. D.K. Did both days produce fish? T.B. No all the fish were caught on the first day D.K. Lets talk about bait used and rigs. What kind of bait did you use? T.B. Squid and I had the chance to use anchovy’s if needed. D.K. Did Larry hook you up at Inseine Baits? T.B. Yep, every time he has good cured bait. D.K. How many rods were you fishing and how many were on your team? T.B.-There were three of us - myself, Alma Cordero and Mike Eckardt. We fished eight rods with 20lb. test line with a trouble hook slider. D.K. So what was the overall standing for you and your team? T.B. The over all team took 1st place - I got 4th place and Mike [teamate Eckardt] got third. Not too bad for how hard the fishing was. 18

From Left: Third place Mark Pierpont; Second place Ruben Valdez; First place Dominic Gonzalez . Photos courtesy of MDR Anglers.

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Well, another Halibut Derby has come and gone and while the fishing was tough, the birght side is that things can only get better from here. Who in the world can predict when flatties are going to come in and open up the bite? And speaking of bright sides – another is tWell, another Halibut Derby has come and gone and while the fishing was tough, the birght side is that things can only get better from here. Who in the world can predict when flatties are going to come in and open up the bite? And speaking of bright sides – another is the lingcod season is open again. The half-day boats picked up 30 of them in a ten-day span in the beginning of April. While the main focus is still bottom fishing you can fill those bags with Bocaccios, sheephead, sandbass and other species of bottom fish. Until we get some consistent weather patterns, warm water and the bait moves in, stick with what’s biting. Over at Catalina the squid stock has somewhat shut down and that makes for a slow white seabass bite. On the bait Seine: Larry at Inseine Baits has nice cured sardines and that’s always a good thing. Gear up - we are right around the corner from yet another unpredictable fishing season. Until next time............Tight Lines Wash Down Maintenance Wax Maintenance Varnish Maintenance Isinglass Treatment Interior Cleaning Carpet Steam Cleaning

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Lido Invitational

The 4th Annual Fleet Two Lido Invitational drew 21 Lidos (11 in the A Fleet, 10 in the B Fleet) for five races in a respectable 8-10 knot breeze. In the competitive A Fleet, Stu Robertson and crew Sarah Ryan from ALYC won first place over Kurt and Anne Wiese by only one point. Robertson and Ryan never placed below fourth and that consistency earned them the top spot. In the B class, made up mostly of SCCYC members, Bruce Fleck with David Foster won first. They too came out just one point ahead after fighting Race Chair Kelly Cantley and her crew Anne Eggers throughout the afternoon. “The sheer number of dingys combined with the occasional Mega-Yacht which came motoring down the channel, and unable to fit into the No Sail Zone, made for some interesting wind shadows,” says Don Baker, who finished toward the back of the pack in the B fleet. “I was able to chew through my ankle bracelet, which normally keeps me tethered to my desk at this time of the year, and enjoy the day. Whatever additional incarceration I suffer as a result will be worth it! For full results go to

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Sunset Series Changes
The Sunset Series is once again about to begin, so The Mariner put a call into the race organizers to see if there were any changes this year to Marina del Rey’s most popular yacht race. Here they are: 1. There will be four PHRF classes instead of five, making for larger and more competitive fleets. 2. You can now clear yourself instead of being disqualified for breaking the following rules: a) Crossing the continuous obstruction b) Not getting your spinnaker down prior to entering the channel. The penalty is now two turns instead of a disqualification. 3. They are now counting the number of starters instead of the number of entrants. This doesn’t mean much to anyone, unless they are competing for the year end overall Maryann Ritchie trophy, organizers felt that this may make things more fair.

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Catalina 42 Sailing into the 21st Century
The crew of Duchess at the startline of Berger #4 2007

By Sandy Golden


atalina Yachts has recently built the 1,000th edition of its popular and successful Catalina 42 MK sailboat. It is the only sailboat over 40 feet ever to reach a production run of 1,000 vessels. There have been other smaller Catalina sailboats and other sailboat manufacturers that have achieved and exceeded the 1,000 hull milestone, but never in the history of sailing has one over 40 feet reached that number. “It’s a good boat,” says Catalina Yachts Owner Frank Butler, who has owned and sailed several Catalina 42s since starting the company in 1970. The first Catalina 42 was built in 1988 and was an instant market success. It’s an offshore rated boat, with numerous ocean crossings all over the world to its credit, and it is safe as well as fun to sail. One hundred boats were delivered in the first year, breaking U.S. production records. Its hull was originally designed by Nelson/Marek of America’s Cup/Dennis Connor fame and then massaged into a Catalina by Butler and designer Gerry Douglas. Hull number one was sold bare with no interior at the Long Beach Boat Show. Unlike many boats in its size range, the 42 can be sailed safely without interior bulkheads, not something possible with other comparable boats and an indication of the boats core strength. The interiors, cockpit, cabin top and rig were designed and developed by renowned designer Douglas who many believe is responsible for 22

helping Butler achieve Catalina’s success in this modern age. Down below has a legendary amount of room and storage. On deck, owners are said to enjoy how safe and easy it is to move around. Another option on the new 42s is a hard dodger Douglas designed that eliminates the inevitable replacement costs of canvas and provides more substantial protection. As for performance, Cat 42 enthusiasts often compliment how the boat performs in both heavy and light air. Bob Marks, who recently moved up to a Catalina 42 from a Catalina 36, said after a trip from Ensenada Mexico to Marina del Rey: “It’s astonishingly comfortable in a variety of sea and wind conditions,” says Marks. “I always felt safe even when we were hitting eight foot waves nearly head on. And the hard dodger is a blessing.” Today, Catalina 42s can be found all over the world. They routinely cross oceans, make coastal trips and one is currently doing a circumnavigation. It’s not unusual to see a Catalina 42 anywhere in the world boats sail.

have sailed them from Australia to New Zealand to Indonesia and Thailand or even Vietnam or India.” Martin continued: “In my opinion the boat is more than strong enough to do the job and its speed helps to make very quick passages. The boat really excels at anchor with its large cockpit and salon. It is a great boat for a family or entertaining. For my family the boat has outperformed our expectations. “For those thinking of taking their Catalina 42s offshore I say - quit thinking about it and just do it. On every sailing bulletin board be it the Catalina 42 site or some other, you see people debating whether or not a certain boat is capable or designed for offshore use. In my opinion, most of these people have probably never done significant offshore work or will ever do any. For those considering going, work on your sailing and navigation skills, make smart decisions and the boat will do just fine. We have had countless people (mostly from the states) tell us ‘you can’t take a Catalina half way around the world’ and to this I would agree. You need to take it all the, way around!”

“We have seen them in Mexico, New Zealand, Sandy Golden is an author and award winning Australia and most recently in Thailand,” said retired journalist. He and wife Marianne own Bruce Martin who, with wife Lisa and two Catalina 42 hull 974 named Sweet Angel. young sons, is circumnavigating the Ohana Kai on his Catalina 42. “We have met others who The Mariner - Issue 63 2008

Basic Rules

Ray J. Pages is a United Stated Coast Guard Auxiliary. Vessel Examiner from the Santa Monica Flotilla 12-02. He is certified and available to conduct an exam with an appointment. Contact [email protected] .

Q. How many life jackets do I need on my boat? A. You need at least one lifejacket per passenger (USCG approved Type I, II, III or V) AND one type IV throwable. Remember if your lifejacket is the inflatable kind (type V), or a type III you must be wearing it for it to be counted. Children under the age of 13 MUST wear a lifejacket at all times when out on the open deck, (inside an enclosed cabin is the exception). The lifejackets should be readily accessible and of an appropriate size for the intended wearer. Q. Do I need navigation lights & flares if in am only going out during the day? A. Boats over 16 feet must carry Visual Distress Signals at all times navigation lights must be kept in serviceable condition and be displayed between sunset and sunrise and at times of restricted visibility. Boats under 16 feet only need to carry Visual Distress Signals and lights between sunset and sunrise Q. Do I need a marine VHF radio on my boat if I have a cell phone? A. Most recreational boats under 65 feet are not required to carry a VHF radio. However if you have a marine VHF radio onboard your vessel, it must be on and monitoring Ch 16. You can use

your cell phone to call for help but remember only the party you are calling will know that you are in distress, by calling for assistance on CH 16 every vessel in the area monitoring CH 16 will hear your call.

boaters, but sail has right of way over power. And it is illegal for a sailboat (under sail) to be outside of the buoys. Q. What is the best way to make sure I have all the right safety equipment on my boat? A. The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary offers free Vessel Safety Checks. These Safety Checks are conducted by qualified members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and are the best way of learning about problems that might be a violation of state or federal laws and provide the boating public with additional safety tips that could possibly mitigate or eliminate preventable danger on the water. With the Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, now is a great time for all boaters, (from kayakers and jet skiers to year-round recreational boaters) to take advantage of a free Vessel Safety Check. To find a Vessel Examiner go to www. and click on “I Want a VSC” to find a Vessel Examiner near you. If you are in MDR you maqy contact me and I will arrange an exam for you. Have a Happy and Safe Summer.

Q. Why do I see the dinner cruise boats in the center of the MDR Channel if it is for sailboats. A. Sailboats (under sail) must stay in the center of the channel (remember a sail boat under power by a motor is classed as a power boat). Power boats should leave the marina on the left north side of the channel, and return on the right – (remembering the rule - Red Right Return). The center of the channel may be used by all

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Generator, Mercruisers, Must see. $69,000. 213-880-0555 301-7079.

Paquet M/C 260 Transom Outdrive
Exhaust system. Good condition – only 300 hours. $4,900. Call 310-301-7079

Proline Cuddy Cabin Sportfisher
2000 Model. Very clean-like new. Sleeps 4. Loaded. Ready to go fishing or cruising. New custom teak decks installed,twin outboards. Never in water only on a trailer. must see to appreciate. Selling for $85,000 310-827-7686.

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31’ Hunter 1984
Perfect for coastal cruising / living aboard. Terrific sailboat with lots of extras. Reduced! $20,000. Call (310) 367-3699.

31’ Jim Brown Trimaran
Disassembled in my back yard, complete, can deliver, $8500.00 760 945 9161

Catalina 30 1981
Great sailing boat. New universal 3 Cyl. Diesel, many sails, slip available, lots of teak throughout cabin. Perfect coastal cruiser. Reduced 19.5k. 818-462-4137

1972 Grand Banks 32’ Woody Diesel Trawler.
120 HP Ford Diesel, recently new stainless tanks, vacuflush head, shower, stove/oven, sleeps 5, dual steering stations, walk around deck, very efficient at 2.5 gallons per hr cruising 8 knots. Best price on the market! $36,000 See more photos and info at www. . Private sale - call Al at 310-849-2930 e-mail: [email protected] or Jim at 310-702-6543

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Hunter 28 1979
Good sails, Good Running diesel. $8,900 310-621-4102




With two stations and station transfer switch. Approx. one year old, excellent condition. $6,900 310-346-3926.

Catalina 27 1978
Great sailing boat. Atomic 4, new top paint, sails/ rigging excellent condition. MDR slip transferrable. $4,800 OBO 951-751-2208 or 760-731-6220.

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For Morrelli 18’,20’, Reynolds 21’, and C.S.K. 38’ catamarans, and Seawings 24’ trimaran, 9’ ponga and Sabot/El Toro. 760 945 9161

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ERICSON 27’ Sloop 1974
Enduring Classic. Restored, Customized, Pampered. NO Surprises. New Owner Ready. Only. MDR. 310 968-5431. $17K. Serious

28’ Tiara Slickcraft Cruiser
With 330hp Mercruiser. Cabin sleeps 4, full galley, shower. AC/DC refrigerator, stove, stereo. Bimini and cockpit cover. $21,000 obo Steve (310) 529-8229

$790 plus tax. Asking $600.00. 310 -339-1748

Used sails in stock 310 827-8888

2,650 Watt Kipor suitcase genset.
45 lbs. (2) years old $ 650.00. 310 466-8651 [email protected]

O’day 27’ 1979
Universal diesel engine, new interior and Hood furling system, 5.900 ‘payment plan possible? 310.3081249

26’ Bayliner Cierra 2655
New engine and completely upgraded outdrive with functional bait tank installed. 310-462-0414

Ranger 26
in good condition w/racing sales, newer cushions, 9 HP Outboard, Live-aboard? A steal at $2,000. Tony 310-920-1478.

25’ Skipjack Cabin Cruiser 1979
$12,000 310-397-9490

2,500 watt Xantrex Freedom inverter/ charger w/remote. (1) year old. $ 650.00
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8.5’ Aquapro Reef 270
With Air Floor Inflatable and Yamaha 2.5 HP Outboard with caddy, 2005 Used only twice. Like new. $1200 310-472-7628

Powerwinch Windlass
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Reynolds 21’
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To share my 27’ Ericsson sailboat. $2,000 for one partner, $1,500 each for two partners, plus $175 per month. Will teach – call Skip (818) 346-8083.

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Volvo 290-1990. Complete with control box and
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Catalina 42 1991 Equipped better than new $124,000

Beneteau 473 2007 Bow thruster, electric winches. $339,000

Mikelson 42’ 1988 twin diesels just fully serviced $149,000

Morgan 50 1990 $155,000

Meridian MY 40 2004 $289,000 Fresh Water Boat!

Morgan 45 1994 $215,000

Sea Ray Sundancer 50’ 1993 expansive interior layout. $199,000

Southern Cross 50 Yachtfisher 1987 new interior and stabilizers $299,000

Defever 53 1986 mechanically excellent, renewed interior, stabilizers, $329,000

Pearson 43 1973 $42,900

Fairline Phantom 38 1999 Rare boat in US! Hunter 45 Center Cockpit 1999 full Twin CATs, 240 hrs, Genset $275,000 canvas,excellent condition , great liveaboard. $189,000

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Chris Craft Constellation 57’ 1968 Motivated owner wants Offers! $139,000

CHB Pilothouse Trawler 47’ 1985 $165,000 Pacemaker 48 $1972 fully rebuilt engines diesel $125,000

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