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A P u b l i c at i o n Fo r W h e r e L a n d E n d s w w w. m a r i n e r m a g a z i n e . c o m Issue #132 February 2014

Copper Controversy Heats Up
Below the Waterline On the Water Medical Much More...

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Editor/Publisher Pat Reynolds Columnist Mookie Contributors Dave Kirby Richard Schaefer Tim Tunks For advertising rates and Information contact 310-397-1887 email [email protected] Mailing address P.O. Box 9403 Marina del Rey, CA 90295 The Mariner appears on the last Friday of every month. This issue Jan. 31 - Feb. 28 Thanks for picking it up!



Accounts agree that Einstein was a happy but hapless sailor. He would run aground or get lost, but kept going back for more. He was clearly a lover of sailing – letters he wrote illustrate it was something near and dear to his heart. For me, Einstein’s love for sailing resonates in that it was his respite from the world. He was a bona fide genius, possibly the most brilliant mind of modern times, but seemed willfully ignorant when it came to boating. I’m not saying, to be ignorant on a boat is cool – of course it’s not, but I understand his cherishing the wonder of it all. He didn’t want to use the resource of his giant intellect to learn about sailing, he just wanted to connect with the nourishing and pure feeling of being on the water, quietly pushed by a summer wind… Don’t we all?

I’ve been doing a bit of sailing lately in the flat waters and light winds Santa Ana conditions can bring. I sail alone, down towards Palos Verdes waiting for an appearance by something that lives in the ocean. Sometimes I’m rewarded but much of the time it’s just a lot of nothing – not that I mind. Sailing for me, in many ways, is an opportunity to be alone for a few hours, or a day. I mention this because recently I was reading about Einstein and learned he loved sailing. It turns out he had a little pocket-cruiser (about 20-feet) that he was forced to leave behind when things got hairy in Nazi Germany. Reports indicate that after the war, he tried to retrieve the boat but it couldn’t be located. Once in America he sailed a 15-footer in Cutchogue Long Island, not far from where I grew up. He affectionately called the boat Tinef, which was Yiddish for junk or worthless.

Important Numbers
at a glance: n Marina del Rey Sheriff: 310-482-6000 n Los Angeles County Lifeguard: 310-577-5700 Vessel Assist: 800-399-1921 Marine Life Rescue 800-39WHALE

Coming Events Off the Wire Copper Showdown Los Angles County is Flexing Muscle in an Environmental Controversy Obtaining the “Surveyors Eye” by Tim Tunks Tim Reminices About His Friends Under the Sea Onboard First Aid Preparing for an Injury or Medical Situation Cop Out! by Richard Schaefer The Richard Schaefer Take on the Proposed Copper Bottom Paint Ban Powertails Preparing for the Fishing Season Racing - Intro to Racing Hitting Bottom by Tim Tunks Haul Out Tips Classifieds The Mariner - Issue 132 4 6 8 10 12 16 18 20 22 25
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74’ DeFever Trawler 1986 This proven long range trawler was built at 68 with cockpit and was extended by Defever - additional 6’ swim platform hull extension. $389,000

65’ McKinna 2002 pilot house, Exceptional 800 hp Cat 3406’s, stabilizers, bow thruster, satellite TV, computerized entertainment center, dual helms 3 cabins, low hours $699,000

94’ Sea Trec Comm certified charter vessel - 55’ Bluewater Cruiser very clean yacht with over $170,000 spent on remodeling and equipping - improved layout - far and above the standard 55’ Bluewater. $179,000 operating business in Newp Bch $360,000

60 Sunseeker Renegade 1993 rebuilt Detroit diesels $219,000

58’ Hatteras 2013 Mtr Yacht new diesels, CG cert for charter - has dock loc.$395,000

49 Gulfstar Flybridge motor yacht 1983 3 cabins, spacious interior $139,000

52 Californian cockpit MY 1990 $189,000 48 Californian 87 cockpit MY $169,000

47 Hylas 1989 3 cabin motor yacht. Very well maintained $149,000

47 Lien Hwa Mtr Yacht 1995, loaded Great 46 Wellcraft 1994 Cockpit motor yacht, family fun or live abrd, motivated $165,000 twin dsls air cond, full tronics $110,000

43 Viking 1979 Aft cabin twin GM diesels liveaboard $89,000

39 Symbol 1989 double cabin Caterpillar diesels $85,000

39 Sea Ray Express 1988 Cat dsls $36,000 39’ Carver 1994 mtr yacht - have 2; gas and 39’ Bayliner 2000 Cummins diesels, AC loaded 400 hours, AC only $129,000 36 Sea Ray 1983 Express loaded $35,900 disl models, equipped/clean from $79,000

38’ Dolphin 1985 twin diesl 2 cabin trawler 38’ Bayliner convertible 1988 2 large 38 Carver 1988 motor yacht only $69,500 bristol! Teak interior, very equipped $79,000 staterooms, twin diesels. Two helms $69,900 33’ Silverton 2007 Convertible $179,000 32 Silverton aft cabin 2000 loaded $74,900

44 CSY center cockpit ketch 1977 live aboard cruiser $39,500

41 Morgan 1972 Center cockpit aft cabin cruiser New diesel, $59,000


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31 Sable Offshore steel single diesel Trawler bristol condition $59,000

37 Fisher Pilothouse 1975 bluewater ketch upgraded 1991 new engine $89,000 TRADE


Coming Events!
What’s happening around the largest man made harbor in the U.S.?
West Marine’s Expert Seminar Series West Marine’s Expert Seminar Series continues with local Guru Tim Tunks signing books and answering your questions from 10:00 to 2:30 Saturday Feb. 8 at 4750 Admiralty Way. Tim will be doing his usual knot tying lessons and signing his book “The Best Gift Ever for Sailors.” Also there will be some special information about preparing for this year’s Sunset Series Wednesday night races. As usual, Tim will consult with you about preparing your boat for extended offshore cruising. Feb. 8 is just one of the occasional dates for this valuable free program West Marine offers the Marina del Rey community.10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 41st Annual Champagne Series Regatta The South Bay Yacht Racing Club (SBYRC) is sponsoring the 41st Annual Champagne Series Regatta in the waters just outside Marina del Rey. The regatta will be held on two Saturdays, January 25 and February 8. Registration is online only at On February 8, PHRF and One Designs will be joined by Cruiser classes in one random-leg race. The random-leg race will begin outside, go around the marks and will finish inside near Burton Chase Park. Both days’ racing will be followed by hospitality at a local yacht club. Prizes will be awarded to top boats. More info, go to and/or email Greg Rutter at [email protected], or call 206.551.9090. Proposed Copper Bottom Paint/ Anti-Fouling Debate The Association of Santa Monica Bay Yacht Clubs with the Del Rey Yacht Club, invites the boating community and all interested persons to attend a debate of this newly proposed amendment to the TMDL concerning copper in the Marina del Rey harbor. Speakers from the Water Quality Control Board and RBOC will be debating this vitally important matter. DRYC is located at 13900 Palawan Way, MdR, 90292, For questions, contact Peter Glick at (310) 871-8611 or [email protected] com. 7 p.m. 4

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LA Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics Southern California The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations, and anyone to support Special Olympics Southern California and people with intellectual disabilities by running into the chilly waters of Mother’s Beach in the winter! Each participant must raise more than $50 to plunge and receive the official plunger t-shirt. Raise more for the opportunity to earn cool and fun prizes. Form a team or individuals welcome as well. Costumes encouraged! Too chicken to Plunge? Stay warm and join us at Killer Shrimp for all you can eat breakfast buffet for only $20. To register or to learn more please visit Marina “Mother’s” Beach, Marina del Rey 8 a.m. to Noon. The Border Run Sailboat Race Be part of the first major point to point international ocean event of the 2014 sailing season. Border Run is part of the Ullman Offshore Series - 3-Courses: Dana Point, San Diego, Coronado Course 3-Parties: Newport, Dana Point and San Diego. “Where everyone’s invited!” Sign up at or call 800-366-8584 33rd Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup This is the only time scuba diving is allowed in Avalon Bay, with 500+ expected volunteer divers collecting trash and debris. Awards ceremony follows on Wrigley Stage with prizes & giveaways. Proceeds benefit the USC Hyperbaric Chamber and the Robert E. Given Fund for Ocean Conservation & Educational Research. 310-510-2595 ext. 123;, [email protected] California Yacht Club Yachting Luncheon: “U.S. Cost Guard Tips for Mariners Safety Afloat” Presented by LTJG Ryan Fox – Commanding Officer, USCGC Halibut, Marina del Rey LTJG Kevin Kinsella, USCG Sector Los Angeles/ Long Beach. Fortunately, most of us have

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not required the invaluable assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard due to a perilous boating condition. However, you may not know the accomplishments of these often-unsung heroes. Join us for LTJG Ryan Fox’s comments about his experience in commanding the Marina del Rey home-ported USCGC Halibut In addition LTJG Kevin Kinsella will also add his experiential views. They will cover what boaters can do to better enjoy the upcoming yachting season, improve the marine environment and avoid disasters both dockside and afloat. By special arrangement (subject to availability), the USCG Halibut will be at the CYC guest dock and open for an on-board visit by luncheon attendees. Happy Half Hour – Noon. Buffet Luncheon - 12:20 p.m - Presentation 12:40 p.m. $18.50 includes Luncheon, tax, service and parking. Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of CYC. Reservations appreciated. California Yacht Club - 4469 Admiralty Way – Marina del Rey – 310.823.4567 – Safe Boating Education Class GPS for Mariners Flotilla 12-42 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will be offering a two-session GPS for Mariners course. Class will meet on two consecutive Saturdays, from Noon-3 p.m. at the Marina del Rey West Marine location, 4750 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. GPS for Mariners is a modern learning experience that focuses on the GPS equipment and related electronics typically owned by recreational boaters. Participants who have GPS handheld units may bring these to class for ‘hands-on’ training on their own equipment. Those not possessing handheld units or with permanently installed equipment, will benefit from learning about available GPS technology, GPS usage, interconnecting options, and the practical application for recreational boating. Course fees are $45.00 per person or $55.00 per couple, if paid in advance. Both options include one textbook and one set of course materials. See website at to register. For more information please email [email protected] or call 424-248-7190. 2014

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Safe Boating Education Class Suddenly in Command Flotilla 12-42 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer a one evening Suddenly in Command course to be held from 7:00 p.m.10:00 p.m. at California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Suddenly in Command is designed for those not generally at the helm but often onboard. It will help you “be prepared” in case the Captain suddenly becomes incapacitated or falls overboard. This class covers how to control your boat and call for help, determine and communicate your location, first aid and boat repair kits and how to use them, etc. Also included are descriptions of what causes typical boating mishaps and how to prevent or minimize these, basic boat handling and what equipment should be onboard. Knowledge gained from this course will also increase boating enjoyment for the second mate and other crew. Course fees are $25.00 per person or $35.00 per couple, if paid in advance. Both options include one set of course materials. See website at html to register. For more information please email [email protected] or call 424-2487190. To learn about other courses or services provided by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit us online at Marina del Rey Outrigger Canoe Club Come try this exciting team water sport at Mothers’ Beach, Palawan Way (south of Admiralty), Marina del Rey. Women practice Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Men practice Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 a.m. Newcomers are welcome! For more information, contact Steve at (310) 997-2313 or Cal at (310) 902-8096; email [email protected], or visit Live Music - Yacht Rock! Unkle Monkey at The Warehouse every Wednesday -Steve Stafford & Casey Jones of the popular local band Unkle Monkey will be performing Island Music and Soft Rock at the Warehouse Restaurant every Wednesday night from 6-9 pm Using guitar, ukulele, congas, and steel drum, they play music from the Caribbean, Hawaii, and other exotic ports. Come have a Mai Tai, watch the sunset and enjoy some great live music, right here in the marina! Happy Hour 4-7 pm 4499 Admiralty Way Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club We invite members, guests, and prospective members to join us for cocktails, food, live 2014

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music, dancing and fun on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 7:00 (food served at 5:00). No reservations needed. This is a great way to end your day on the water, or just to wind down from the weekend. Live jazz or classic rock bands are here for entertainment. We are located at 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292,(310) 827-7692. Please visit our website at for activities, membership details, racing, other events, directions, and more. Marina Venice Yacht Club Social Sundays Join Marina Venice Yacht Club weekly for our Social Sunday Open House from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Food items are provided at a moderate price. MVYC is located in the Marina City Club West tower at 4333 Admiralty Way. Whether you own a boat, are looking to buy one, or just want to be around other water loving people MVYC welcomes all who share in the Corinthian Spirit. Follow the signs up the stairs or elevator to the Club House on G2. For more information call (310) 853-0428, visit our website www.mvyc. org, or contact [email protected] . Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting features a guest speaker discussing their adventures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and the northern Channel Islands, For membership information contact email [email protected] or on the web at Marina Sunday Sailing Club Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers

and crew in a friendly social environment for daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to Catalina and other destinations. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month on the patio at Burton Chace park under the Club banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. We hold 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 a one day guest membership of only $5 entitles you to brunch and a day of sailing, if space is available. No prior sailing experience is necessary. For more info call (310) 226-8000 or see website at 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 Jeanne Cronin at [email protected] Single Mariners of Marina del Rey Single Mariners of MDR meet at 7 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club, 13915 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, CA. At the meeting, Single Adults meet other Single Adults to setup upcoming Weekend Day Sails. There is a small charge for a light meal during the meeting, however, there is a courtesy discount if you RSVP for dinner at [email protected] or leave a message at (310) 990-5541 by the Wednesday prior to the Thursday meeting. To list a coming event, email [email protected] 5

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WI R E Midwinter Regatta Slated for February 15

For 85 years the Southern California Yachting Association has sponsored the Midwinter Regatta in conjunction with the host venue yacht clubs. On the weekend of February 15 and 16 over 600 boats and 2,500 participants are expecting to take to the water from Ventura County south to San Diego and east to Arizona. It will be one of the largest regattas in the country with boats ranging from 8’ sabots to ocean going PHRF racers being represented. Model radio controlled boats will also be represented. Locally, on Santa Monica Bay, California Yacht Club will be hosting six classes of one design boats while Santa Monica Windjammer Yacht Club will be running races for the PHRF and Cruising class boats. Del Rey Yacht Club will be hosting dinghy classes.

Twenty-three host yacht clubs collectively run the regatta, each specializing in a unique type of vessel and sailor. “This year for the first time some venues will be open to non-yacht club member participants,” said Peter Tietz the event chairman. “This will give people that want to try racing the opportunity to give it a go. More clubs will be offering non-spinnaker cruising classes, to appeal to the causal race with a crew of family and friends “The Midwinter Regatta is the perfect opportunity to tune your boat and crew for other major regattas coming up including the Border Run that happens on the following weekend and Newport to Ensenada April 25,” said Tietz. To find out more about the Midwinter regatta visit or call 619-7573915.

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WI R E Polar Plunge in Marina del Rey to Raise Funds for Special Olympics
Marina del Rey, Calif. (January 9, 2014) –– Hundreds of people will brave the chilly waters of “Mother’s Beach” on Saturday, February 22 to take the Polar Plunge and raise funds for local Special Olympics athletes. Companies, school groups, community groups, law enforcement, and supporters of all kinds will walk, run, or “creatively enter” the sub50-degree waters to benefit Special Olympics Southern California. Even people “too chicken to plunge” have the opportunity to participate in this exhilarating fundraiser and raise funds to stay OUT of the water. Each Plunger or Chicken will raise a minimum of $50 to participate with additional incentives for funds raised. People are encouraged to sport their favorite costume whether they come alone or plunge with friends. Although the best costumes may be rewarded, crowds of people will cheer on all participants whether they are braving the waters in a Superman costume or just a swimsuit. The plunge will feature a safety expo featuring the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Fire Department and the Coast Guard. Enjoy fun games from the L.A. Kings and Galaxy and other local vendors. “Taking the Plunge is a unique way for individuals, groups, and corporations to support our athletes,” said Bill Shumard, President & CEO of Special Olympics Southern California. “Our ocean and lakes have frigid February waters so brave souls can cross this off their bucket list and raise money for Special Olympics at the same time.” For more information or to register, visit www. or contact Brandon Tanner at [email protected] or 562-502-1041.

Where Be the Pumpouts?

With the guest docks of Burton Chace Park being worked on, some local boaters may have wondered, “where does a boat owner with a full holding tank go to do a pump out?” While the Del Rey Landing (fuel dock) has a pumpout for a small fee, the alternate pumpouts that are free to the public in MdR are at E-2800 dock at Marina City Club, D-2100 dock at Panay Way Marina and the public launch ramp in H-Basin.

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Copper Showdown
The controversy surrounding a proposed copper bottom paint ban in Marina del Rey heats up. Los Angeles County has submitted a letter challenging the Regional Water Board’s logic in what is shaping into an all out battle involving high stakes and big money

Photos by Pat Reynolds

Left; Shana Rapoport from the California Regional Water Quality Control Board during a presentation at a recent Small Craft Harbor Commission meeting. Right; Small Craft Harbor Commissioners David Lumian and Russ Lesser during the same meeting.


By Pat Reynolds

ince the California Regional Water Quality Control Board made mention of banning copperbased bottom paint in Marina del Rey and possibly dredging the harbor to the tune of $200 million dollars, the local boating community and Los Angeles County officials have leapt into action. While boaters and the county are so often opposed, it’s interesting to see the two factions very much on the same page. The Water Board has asserted that copper-based paint (that nearly all of the in-water boats have on their hulls) is the main culprit in a water column that they say is officially toxic. Their solution is the elimination of the paint, but have been vague about what alternatives might be available for boat owners. Individual boat owners, boating groups and the L.A. County political engine have stood up to be heard on this issue. The written comments deadline on January 15 brought forth a 16-page comprehensive letter from the County that went into great detail as to why the Water Board’s desires need to be reconsidered. The county has much to lose if this environmental

action moves forward. They are the responsible party for much of this remediation, not to mention how boats possibly leaving the Marina in order to avoid compliance would cause revenue loss. Also, if there were a full scale dredging, Marina del Rey as a “destination” would surely suffer, as would residential desirability. For boaters, the newest development in all this is finding out that in addition to possibly having to haul their boats out, have the old paint completely stripped and repainted with a alternative that hasn’t been figured out yet – they may also have to pay for a “Waste Discharge Requirement” permit for the old paint that is said to be $1,094. To adhere could cost boaters many thousands of dollars. At a time when vacancy levels are high, the County is more than concerned. “Imposing mandatory hull paint replacement when there is no viable alternative paint, there is no similar requirement in other local marinas/ harbors, there is no statewide requirement for non-copper paint, and there is no current State or Federal law that requires the sole production and use of copper-free boat hull paints, is an unreasonable and arbitrary action that would unnecessarily impair the efficient management of the 2014

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Marina del Rey Harbor,” stated the letter issued to the Board. “Instead of prematurely including a load allocation for dissolved copper and an associated mandatory load reduction, a statewide effort to address the issue of copper-based anti-fouling boat hull paints should be pursued.” In the letter from the county, they posed the question of other sources contributing to copper contamination levels that are currently being addressed on a statewide level. They brought to light a 2010 law that required a reduction of copper in brake pads that many believe is a main cause for high copper levels in our waters. “This law is expected to significantly reduce copper loading over time in California’s urbanized watersheds and is considered to be a cost-effective way to reduce copper pollution in California waters and achieve copper targets in TMDL’s (total maximum daily loads) across the state. The County disputed many of the facts and methods the Water Board put forth in their 52-page report written in early November. They addressed errors in numbers regarding the Marina’s acreage some of the data was based on, how some of the science is based on another geographical area (San Francisco) and how some of the propositions could possibly do more harm than good. Senator Ted Lieu has also stepped into the fray writing a letter to the Board with concerns. “It is my understanding that the proposed TMDL has not gone through the normal review process required of TMDLs in the state of California, “ he wrote. Lieu was referencing how the Board is basing much of their strategy on a similar situation in Shelter Island San Diego. “The document is not site specific to Marina del Rey harbor, which has different hydrology factors than the Shelter Island Basin,” Lieu said. Many, including the County, have concerns about invasive species problems the removal of the copper biocide might trigger. And not everyone is in agreement that the findings regarding the copper are correct. There has been work done in other marinas that conclude copper is not has detrimental as it might seem. Detractors say the Water Board has yet to make a definitive case that this problem is worthy of the extents they are looking to pursue. Another major sticking point that Senator Lieu addressed in his letter and boat owners and the county alike are troubled with is the timetable that is being laid down. As currently proposed, the TMDL requires the conversion of hull paints to non-copper paints for 85% percent of boats in the Marina by 2024. Boat yard owners and managers have weighed in saying they simply couldn’t manage that amount of boats considering probably the majority would involve complete stripping. “At the present time there are no, or very few replacement products that you can put on to the boats if we do have to take the copper bottom paint off,” said Simon Landt General Manager from Windward Yacht Management who seemed resigned to the idea that the ban would eventually go through. “We have our hands tied. It makes sense for there to be more research and more time for the paint companies to come up with products that we can use. At the moment what they’re proposing doesn’t seem to be achievable.” 2014

“The 10-year time line is literally impossible to meet,” the county stated in their letter. “It requires repainting over 400 boats a year, which is unachievable for many reasons.” In addition, there is not yet an alternative coating that anyone has stood behind with any confidence. Greg Schem, owner of The Boatyard in Marina del Rey has said that at the present time, there is not such product. In the Water Board’s report they offer the idea that this mandate will spur manufacturers to create something based on the forced market potential, but critics feel this is not a prudent way to approach this situation. “This is hope, not evaluation of feasible alternatives. It is not based on any factual analysis,” stated the County. “We’re really struggling with this in the boating community, “ said Debra Talbot Head of the Department of Beaches and Harbors Boating Section at a recent public meeting. “We’re finally, a little bit, coming out of the corner from the economic tragedy that we suffered in the recreational boating community and I really feel like this will push us way back and may even get rid of the recreational boating community. This will double the cost of maintaining our boats that’s not what we want for the Marina we want it to prosper and thrive.”

For those looking to make themselves present on this issue, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board will hold a public meeting on February 6, 2014 to discuss the proposed changes to the TMDL, which would require that 85% of boats moored in Marina del Rey have their hulls repainted with non-copper based paints by 2024. This would most likely require full stripping of a boat’s hull as well as more frequent in-water hull cleaning and repainting. When: February 6, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Where: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, 700 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 And for those looking to hear both sides of the argument in a public forum there will be an event at the Del Rey yacht Club on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. - Proposed Copper Bottom Paint/AntiFouling Debate – where there will be speakers from the Water Quality Control Board and representatives from the Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) who will be debating this vitally important matter. DRYC is located at 13900 Palawan Way, MdR, 90292, For questions, contact Peter Glick at (310) 871-8611 or [email protected]

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Obtaining the “Surveyor ’s Eye”


By Tim Tunks

uring my decade of full time cruising I had to develop my “surveyor’s eye” to periodically monitor every part of my sailboat— visualizing failures before they occur. Stuff breaking down when far from your homeport is not only inconvenient but can also be dangerous.

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Through a background in boatbuilding and years of evaluating failures and repairs, the professional surveyor can snuff out problem areas quickly. But an owner with the “surveyor’s eye” can get close by visualizing scenarios of failure and studying possible solutions. Vicarious experience channeled through an accurate imagination can be nearly as valuable as the real thing. Let me take you on a sailboat rig virtual survey to show how this works. I choose the rig because it is a good example of a system that can remain in an immobile state of repose, in an inhospitable environment; yet be called upon to withstand tremendous shock loading from wind, seas and inertia. We’ll start at a shroud chainplate by sitting comfortably on the dock or standing in the dinghy so we don’t have to stoop. Why let discomfort interfere with a close examination of all the components? Position yourself where you can see because if you can’t see everything you won’t know if you missed something. There are a number of moving parts attached to the bottom end of the shroud—turnbuckle barrel, screw ends, toggles, clevis pins, cotter pins and any lock nuts—all of which should be able to move. Typically turnbuckle threads can seize and cotter pins can corrode, something that can be ascertained by giving the turnbuckle parts a few degrees of rotation in each direction and by wiggling the cotter pins to make sure they are free to move about. Any sign of corrosion on cotter pins tells you to replace them immediately. Corroded pins can easily break permitting a disastrous loss of a clevis pin or they can weld themselves in place requiring considerable effort to extract. Careful use of a small propane torch is one effective way to free up frozen stainless parts. 10

While you’re there, you want to check the shroud terminals for corrosion and the chainplates for leakage by looking closely for discoloration. Stainless steel requires exposure to oxygen in the air to resist corrosion, so a water soaked deck core around a chain plate or dirt and salt caked on a rigging eye can easily destroy all strength after a while— see the photographs on the next page. Considering corrosion, remember what can happen to aluminum in a marine environment as you carefully examine the mast and boom fasteners and attachments. So far, all these things are familiar enough that these examinations make sense. Let’s add another obvious inspection technique by thoroughly cleaning the parts after telltale signs of discoloration are noted. Fine grade bronze wool is most useful for cleaning stainless because it can also reveal tiny cracks you might not see. Thin bronze filaments get caught much like panty hose on a hang nail. Realizing some things are better left to the imagination, I’ll not say how I know about panty hose and hangnails. After repeating these inspections on all the shrouds and stays it will be time to move aloft in the bosun’s chair to clean and inspect the rest of the rig. Cleaning the rig with a brush, a bucket of soapy water and a thorough freshwater rinse will both prepare it for inspection and keep sails a lot cleaner while revealing any broken wire strands. Removing spreader boots, rollers and the like to clean and inspect for corrosion is a good practice. Being aloft is an excellent opportunity to check and replace blackened or burnt out lightbulbs, while staying alert for any powdery aluminum that can signal galvanic corrosion. Now some of you might be shy about taking your own trip up the mast but you’ll reap rewards if you can manage it. There are some situations at sea that require one of these trips to make a repair, so imagine how much better prepared you’ll be if you have first done it in the slip a few times. With your experience inspecting each of the various parts from the spreaders on up, you will gain valuable visualization skills useful for interpreting a 2014

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From Tim’s Hall of Shame is the headstay eye from a cruising boat in Mexico. It was concealed within the drum assembly of the roller furler and it was not until things were partially disassembled that it was visible. An important aspect of the surveyor’s eye is to do what’s necessary to periodically inspect critical components.

strange sound up there or identifying a small bit of metal that clunks to the deck. Even if you don’t perform these inspections yourself, thinking them through will help you develop your own surveyor’s eye because you can better visualize the parts and how they interrelate. You can imagine the load on a backstay fitting when the boat hits a big wave and slows dramatically while the mast and sails want to keep on moving. You can look up the rig and better visualize how it works now you’ve acquired your intimate inspection experience— something that could prove most handy should you ever need to jury rig a repair. Inspecting, maintaining, repairing and replacing things all contribute to the surveyor’s skill, so I urge every boater to participate in the process, even if you only watch others do it. Reading pieces like this one and visualizing things accurately will help. Your skills don’t have to be as polished as the experienced professional’s to still have great value in your quest to be a competent and safe boater.


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On Board First Aid
By Pat Reynolds


’m not releasing any guarded secrets when I reveal that it’s a slippery environment out on the boat and with a little wind and wave action things can start to move quicker. I’m fortunate that the only substantial injury I’ve sustained around the boat was a broken thumb. I was dropping the mast on my Hobie 16 when something slipped so I grabbed my head (duck and cover) to protect my noggin’ from the bouncing 26-foot aluminum spar. I was on land at the time, so it was off to Daniel Freeman Hospital for the likes of me on that sad and painful Christmas Eve. Other than that small accident, my experiences with the medical concerns of sailing have simply been some bouts with common seasickness. I’ve suffered with this condition forever and do what I can to not let it inhibit my fun. I usually drop a Dramamine and I’m good to go, but I’ve seen others not fare as well. It’s always sad when a person who is clearly excited as we pull from the dock, starts to turn an unhealthy shade of yellow as the first ocean swells make their presence felt. I pretend I don’t notice, because I know talking about it makes it worse, but our formally gregarious guest has now fallen quiet – eyes glued to the horizon because they read somewhere that will help. They don’t want to spoil anyone else’s day but they will be vomiting in front of their friends in about, ummm, 20-minutes. It’s fine and even a little funny to talk about it later, but seasickness is horrible. It defines misery and can be dangerous if it incapacitates at the wrong time. It’s not completely clear why some people are amazingly unaffected and others so sensitive but many doctors feel that diet, particularly hydration is a key component to not becoming sick onboard. “What’s happening is that the brain is receiving a lot of information that it can’t resolve,” said Michael Mellman a doctor of Internal Medicine and avid sailor. There’s an overwhelming amount of sensory input to the brain that tries to keep us upright. What the eyes see is motion and the horizon and then there’s a balance center in the ears that tells the head its position relative to the body. There is also the sensation of the bottom of the feet that tells the brain what type of surface you’re on and what it’s doing and

whether it’s moving or not.” In addition to motion sickness medication Mellman packs a few other must-haves in his medical kit. The reality of getting knocked, bruised or cut on a boat is more than we like to admit to ourselves, but the first aid kit needs to have the necessary ingredients. The doctor suggests packing a tourniquet and knowing how to use it, have a squirt bottle filled with fresh water, butterfly strips and interestingly a bottle of superglue. Mellman has been a doctor for a number of professional sports teams and superglue is a part of an athletic doctor’s arsenal. “If you go into the emergency room these days they rarely sew things together that they can glue. There is a medical grade product that’s similar to Superglue. The Superglue Company would never recommend it for that application, but we all carry it. For lacerations that aren’t terribly deep it works well.” In these mostly cold waters of the Pacific, it’s also good to have a basic understanding of hypothermia in case of a man overboard situation. In the dead of winter, water temps in the Santa Monica Bay are less than hospitable. Even in the summer, it’s rarely a bathtub out there, so being aware of our limits is important. All authorities regarding hypothermia state that wearing a life jacket dramatically increases one’s chances of surviving a long stay in cold water. The Coast Guard used to use a general slogan called 50-50-50 that stated that if you are in 50-degree water wearing a life jacket – at 50 minutes you have a 50% better chance of survival then if you weren’t wearing one. Rescue worker Mario Vittone wrote that the time spent out of the water, after rescue, is extremely important as well: “I lost count of the number of survivors I annoyed in the back of the helicopter because I wouldn’t let them move. I had a rule – if they came from a cold-water environment – they laid down and stayed down until


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Cop Out?
By Captain Richard Schaefer

Is the Proposed Ban on Copper Bottom Paint a Case of Environmentalists Gone Mad?

hen I was a little boy, I remember walking with my grandfather to watch my brother’s Little League team play at the baseball field located (I think) near what is now, California Yacht Club. On the way there, my grandpa constantly had to remind me not to step into the pools of oil and tar that were scattered with some frequency over the flat terrain; and were especially common around the oil wells and derricks that dotted the area. In those days no one spoke of “wetlands” or the “marine environment”. It was just a big sandy area, covered in weeds, and punctuated by bobbing oil wells, rusty pipes, tin sheds, dirt roads, a muddy lake, and a baseball diamond with wooden bleachers. Not long after, the county decided to build “The Marina of the Kings” on the roughly four hundred acres of open land. Lots of big trucks and equipment came in and soon dug channels scraped and leveled pretty much everything. In the process they killed every living thing – all plants and animals that lived there. There were no more blue-belly or alligator lizards (which I loved to catch), mice, rats, rabbits, snakes, butterflies, toads, beetles, grasshoppers, tumble weeds, daisies, dandelions or nut grass; just a lot of flat ground with channels and roads carved into it. The natural ecosystem that existed there was destroyed and replaced by a parking lot for boats, roads, stores, offices, restaurants and apartment buildings. Other than constantly increasing in density, Marina del Rey really hasn’t changed much still lots of concrete, oily asphalt, boats, cars and people. What has changed over that 50+ years are the fundamental ideas, values, priorities, principles and doctrines of governmental bureaucracy; as well as the nearly total loss of old fashioned common sense - sadly, now replaced by volumes of onerous regulation. Currently, it seems that bureaucrats have decided to label Marina del Rey an “impaired waterway”, due to the amount of copper present in the water column and bottom sediment. They are proposing that hundreds of millions of dollars be spent to clean it all up and force boat owners to pay for costly, less effective alternatives to bottom paint containing copper. I was rather surprised that this became an issue. After all, the marina is simply a “parking lot for boats” - I didn’t realize that it had been anointed and proclaimed a natural marine “waterway”. We must remember, it wasn’t a “marine habitat” to begin with - just a big dusty, weed covered field with lots of oily pools. Then the government decided to raze that original ecosystem and replace it with an artificial one, ostensibly to provide access to boating venues to the middle class - but that’s a separate rant. Now it seems the government is concerned that the artificial habitat they created - after destroying the natural one - isn’t uh....”natural” or pure enough. I see this as analogous to transforming a large, suburban parcel of land into an 18-hole golf course and parking lot; then The Mariner - Issue 132


later worrying about the health of the gophers and field mice. My confusion is compounded when I try to understand the reasoning of these bureaucrats. For instance, when Costco built it’s giant store and parking lot on Washington Boulevard in Marina del Rey, it was built on land that was once - long ago – was home to everything from earthworms to deer - dogwoods to tumble weeds. Developers poured four inches of bubbling hot asphalt over it and killed everything, on top of, as well as under the ground, forever. This has been done hundreds of times across L.A. County and tens of thousands of times across North America; and everyone accepts it simply as, “progress” and “the cost of doing business”. Really, when you pull into a shopping center do you expect to see Bambi and Thumper munching on the plastic landscaping and astroturf? No, you don’t. Because at some level you realize that the plants and animals have been destroyed so you can easily park and shop. Similarly, when you fly out of LAX you don’t see Smokey the Bear ambling along the tarmac. Subconsciously, you understand that these



ecosystems have been destroyed forever, and the land transformed for use by people. However, for some arcane reason, known only to dogmatic bureaucrats and environmentalists, when water is added to the equation we don’t have simply a parking lot for boats, but rather some threatened aquatic wonderland; conjured from what was once a thriving - though somewhat corrupted - ecosystem, located on a scrubby bit of terra firma. Further, I would like to share an observation that any boater can easily verify. There is a piling just a foot or two from four boats on my dock. Once each month, divers clean each of the four boats near this piling. At every cleaning, the piling is enveloped by a cloud of bottom paint - scrubbed off by the cleaning process. This piling - and hundreds like it - are covered by crustaceans... everything from mussels to barnacles, crabs to scallops, annelids to sea-squirts, anemones to bloodworms - All flourishing. Heck, most of these are filter feeders! I note that there isn’t one square inch of “bare piling” available for any newcomers. I see fish feeding on these crustaceans every day. Apparently, at least anecdotally, being bathed in copper paint residue, and residing next to boats painted with copper 24/7, over a period of decades, hasn’t affected this diverse, thriving, ecosystem. For the purposes of clarity and brevity I will simply make a list of points and facts that concerned parties can use, draw from or expand upon should they wish to write to or address the appropriate government representative in person. 1. What about the “Impaired Waterway” of Ballona Creek? Copper brake lining dust and the residue of millions of feet of copper drinking water pipe - not to mention hundreds of other “toxins” and heavy metals - saturates that waterway and its sediments as well. Should we move to spend hundreds of millions cleaning that up too? And, let’s not forget about the L.A. River - and other local waterways and urban runoff drains loaded with toxins. 2. Why is there such concern for the species that inhabit an unnatural ecosystem? The native species that once existed here were destroyed to build this residential area with car and boat parking. Why are we concerned about the mud worms in the sediment of Marina del Rey - while there is no such concern for the earthworms that once lived in the ground, now covered by asphalt, under thousands of parking lots in L.A. County?

3. The greatest source of human exposure to copper is from drinking water pipes. We bath in and drink copper contaminated water every day. The longer you shower the greater your exposure. Why no governmental concern about this? 4. The asphalt parking lots in Marina del Rey all constantly leach petrochemical pollution into the marina when they are hosed down and when it rains. Added to the residue of the breakdown of asphalt, are copper break dust, and the drippings of antifreeze, transmission fluid and engine oil 5. Dog and other animal waste is washed/ hosed into the marina every day. How much environmental damage is caused by this? What is the health hazard to swimmers? 6. Fungicides, pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides are sprayed on the various landscaped areas of the marina. Most of these “toxins” are ultimately washed into the marina. 7. Thousands of tons of copper sulfate are used annually for agricultural purposes in the Central Valley. Much of this finds its way into the water table; even more is washed into the delta, rivers and streams, and ultimately to the sea. 8. 35% of copper in the storm-runoff system in Los Angeles comes from industrial sources. 9. More than 99% of the anthropogenic copper present in ocean sediment comes from human activity - unrelated to pleasure boating. 10. From the time of ancient Greece, fleets of ships have sheathed the bottoms of their ships in copper plate and did so for centuries thereafter - along with tar and oily pitch. Tons of copper leached into every harbor on earth for over two thousand years. Now, even though the amount of copper has diminished, it has become another in a long list of “green” issues. 11. Various studies have estimated that the amount of copper leached into the world’s oceans, by all boats and ships, is between 5,000 and 15,000 tons annually. About 255,000 tons enters the marine environment through natural weathering and riparian sourced erosion. Probably something less than 5% can be attributed to all the world’s vessels and a tiny fraction of 1% from recreational boating. Over 80% of anthropogenic sourced copper in the sea comes from storm drains and urban run off and

has no connection to shipping or other marine activities. 12. And finally, the waters of King Harbor in Redondo are clear and teeming with marine life. Why? Circulation. Wouldn’t it be cheaper and smarter to find a method of circulating the water, particularly in the back basins, than go this route? And, can anyone tell me why the government (taxpayers) want to spend hundreds of millions of dollars dredging out the 50 years of sediment at the bottom of the marina? The sediment is, well, “sediment” and as such, just sort’a lays there on the bottom, inert and minding its own business....that is until we start stirring it up with a misguided, purposeless, extremely expensive dredging operation. 13. For a tiny fraction of those hundreds of millions of dollars to dredge Marina del Rey, Santa Monica Harbor could be rebuilt and enhanced; and once again become a thriving boating and sportfishing harbor, as well as a wonderful destination for King Harbor and Marina del Rey boaters. Note: ATTENTION BOATERS! Public Meeting on TMDL Proposal - February 6, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - The county has submitted comments to the L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) on the proposed changes to the Marina del Rey TMDL. Next, the Regional Board will hold a public meeting on February 6, to discuss the proposed changes to the TMDL, which would require that 85% of boats moored in Marina del Rey have their hulls repainted with non-copper based paints by 2024. This would most likely require full stripping of a boat’s hull as well as more frequent in-water hull cleaning and repainting. When: February 6, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. Where: Metropolitan Water District of Southern California - 700 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 California Water Board Contact: Jenny Newman 213-576-6691email [email protected] or contact your elected county, state or federal representative to voice your opinion. Captain Richard Schaefer is a U.S.C.G. Licensed Master of Sailing Vessels. He has skippered charters and deliveries, taught sailing and seamanship, managed yachts and written for boating publications for nearly 30 years. He can be reached for comments, sailing instruction, charters or consultation at 310-460-8946 or e-mail at, [email protected] 17


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P o we r t ails

Time to Prepare
Author Ken Jones runs down the “get ready” list for another fishing season.
By Ken Jones Rods Where are your Rods? Are they piled in the corner of the garage, leaning haphazardly one against each other? Is stuff getting piled on or against them? Or have you properly taken care of your equipment and it is ready for the next break in the weather to just be grabbed and used? Things to consider: Have you cleaned it after the last use? Are any guides broken? Is the tip broken? Check the reel seat and butt. Do you need to repair something, anything? Do it now, not when you’re ready to leave on a fishing day. Rod Storage Rods can be stored horizontally or vertically, but not at an angle, as in the aforementioned corner of the garage. If stored in the corner, the rod spine will take a set different than what it should have. Place horizontal brackets every three-feet so that the rod does not bow. Brackets are available to store rods vertically which support the rod at the base and near the top third to maintain proper orientation. Reels Change and recycle line. (Bring line and spools to your local tackle shop.) Clean spools, check and back off drags. Check the performance of the reel. Does it need to be overhauled? Do it now! Always consider that the next fish you lose might be because of malfunctioning equipment. - Clean out tackle bags. That old candy bar wrapper and beach sand won’t help you catch fish. - Sharpen or replace worn hooks. - Snell hooks, tie new leaders. - Oil pliers. - Sharpen your bait knife. - Wash that gunny sack you use to haul your catch home, “it stinks” - Hit the Sport Shows that happen early in the year. This is an easy and fun way to see all the new toys that you really want, but don’t really need. If all this sounds like too much work, remember, the reel I fish with most is a 1963 Quick Finessa. It works perfectly and all the battle scars are mine, and well earned. Ken Jones is the writer of Pier Fishing in California, which is considered by many to be the ultimate pier fishing resource for Pacific Coast pier anglers. It contains over 350 photos and illustrations detailing, species-specific illustrations of fish-cleaning, rigging illustrations, and maps. The history and culture of each pier is thoroughly covered. You can buy the book from or Amazon.

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While this time of the year is not the most exciting to fish, it’s still producing plenty of sculpin, sandbass, and buckets of sanddabs. If you like deepwater fishing with lead heads and strip squid than you will get more than your share. We still have a month of closers for rockfish and lingcod (the opener is March 1st). But to the north we have alternatives with white seabass – in the early season live or fresh dead squid is the way to go. Here the in bay the hoopnetters and divers are still getting limits of lobsters, which indicates a very good season. As I mentioned before, the bait these days is strip squid or anchovies. For myself, I see this part of the year a good time to service my rods and reels, or head south. Until next time……………… Tight Lines

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By Greg Rutter

Reaching Out to New Racers

Introduction to Sailboat Racing (ISR) gives people a great way to try out the exciting sport of sailboat racing in a one-day event. It also provides a way for racing skippers to fill out their crews. Sponsored by South Bay Yacht Racing Club (SBYRC), ISR will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 8 at Del Rey Yacht Club (DRYC). This program is open to anyone over 18 who wants to check out the fun of racing sailboats. All experience levels are welcome. ISR will convene in the morning allowing everyone to meet. A short seminar begins the program outlining the day’s schedule and discussing the local racing scene, followed by a Q&A. Basics of sailboats will be covered, including terminology, equipment, essential equipment and safety. The rest of the morning will be dedicated to hands-on learning. Attendees will work in small groups, visiting “host boats” where the workings of a racing boat will be demonstrated. Practical exercises including safely aboard, equipment use and handling lines will accompany discussion of terminology and application. At midday a hotdog lunch will be provided by DRYC; participants who prefer another meal may bring a bag lunch or purchase food from the DRYC snack bar. Event organizers will meet everyone to get a sense of their sailing experience and interests. Next, attendees will be organized into crews to go onto the water for practice. Skippers will let crew try various race jobs. After practice, the boats will go into a starting sequence and race around the marina. This year’s program will expand its use of mentors. In addition to having mentors guide sailors around the docks they will be available to actively help crew get aboard a boat for the season. Mentors will be available for two weeks after the event to help place new people on racing crews. Also new this year is an outreach program to racing skippers. ISR organizers have been working with local yacht clubs to secure 20 guaranteed spaces

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‘Tis the season for hauling out. Tim Tunks discusses some helpful tips for tending to the underside Story and Illustration by Tim Tunks
hirty years of painting my sailboats’ bottoms have given me plenty of experience and opportunity to observe a wide variety of techniques as professionals and amateurs worked on other nearby boats. I have six important tips for doing a good bottom job that you should keep in mind whether you are doing it yourself or hiring others. However issues of timing and adhesion need special attention for effective use of this technique. 5. Avoid application of excess filler material because reshaping bumps requires time consuming curing time and extra shaping work. Carefully apply thinner layers to avoid any bubbles, voids, or groves that the next layer might bridge over. Multiple well controlled thin coats are generally superior to thick globs of material. With a bit of practice you can accomplish most of your shaping during application. 6. When all the filling and barrier coat work is complete, apply the first two coats of bottom paint to the high wear areas of waterline and foil edges before coating the entire bottom. Tip #1. Thorough washing and drying after digging out the blisters is vital for lasting fills. Yes, no matter how good the previous bottom job, some blisters are to be expected, and they should be attacked early to permit maximum drying time. My weapon of choice was a grout removal tool with a narrow hooked point. My effective little tool easily penetrated the soggy material

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surrounding the blister while it quickly became ineffective when it hit solid dry fiberglass, making it easy to remove just the compromised material. The first day of the haul out was usually consumed with gouging out any blisters as soon as they show themselves, finishing with a thorough freshwater wash so the hull material could begin to dry out. Tip #2. Before the boat is set down on its keel blocking, locate and mark where you would prefer the stands for the majority of the process. and make sure their initial positioning leaves these preferred positions accessible. Fully process these areas through barrier coat and the first squeegee of bottom paint stages. After all has dried, have the boat lifted and the stands moved to these fully prepped pad locations before you continue to process the rest of the hull. The first time I pre-finished the pad areas, I applied multiple coats of bottom paint to only to later find the texture of the pad’s carpet covering embossed into the soft bottompaint. Saving the final pad area paint coats for pre-launch while the boat hangs in the slings proved to be the best practice. Tips #3, #4 and #5 are all closely related. When epoxy materials harden a thin layer of amine blush is formed on the surface as the final stage of curing. If the blush is allowed to form and it is not removed, subsequent coatings of epoxy will not adhere. ”Wet on wet” techniques involve applying the next layer after the subsurface has hardened but not yet cured to the blush stage. By accurately timing your work, you can process a filled area through several stages without waiting for each layer to fully cure. When you are doing wet on wet applications, you must do your work on an area small enough that you can apply the next coat before the under-surface blushes. Pre-finishing just the pad and keel blocking areas is good practice to hone your timing sense to choose how big an area you can process in a day’s work. Important to this technique is controlled application that does not create bumps, for bumps must be allowed to fully cure before they can be sanded

down to the desired contour. Then an additional washing and drying process must be performed to remove any residual blush in groves and all the sanding dust on the surface. Furthermore, sanding bumps without using long sanding boards results in creating adjacent hollows, which in turn require more filling. My epoxy work improved dramatically after I saw auto body repair workers using the thin metal spreaders illustrated in the drawing to the left. The longer ones are more flexible than the short, and the wider ones frequently have rounded blade corners to prevent gouging when working on larger areas. These specialty spreaders make it far easier to control application of a smooth bump free layer. With a bit of practice, you can fill so accurately that little sanding and shaping is required, making your wet on wet processes speed along. Years of cleaning my own boat bottoms taught me where the paint wears fastest which is exactly where excess paint thickness is desired, so those were the first areas I painted. The first step is to use a wide flexible metal spreader to force epoxy barrier and bottom paint first coats to the slightly rough sanded subsurfaces. This squeegee coat minimizes chances for any small bubbles or voids created when a coat bridges over small hollows in the undercoat, The spreader blade forces material into any cavity. After the initial spreader applied skim coat of bottompaint, I’d apply two regular coats to waterline and foil edges. Applying these coats before painting the entire bottom makes it much easier to monitor thickness and coverage, giving better control over the extra coats compared to applying them at the end of the process. As a final word of encouragement let me tell you my last bottom job on Scallywag lasted over nine years before her next owner hauled her to discover only a few blisters had reappeared. Even though her regular gentle cleanings with a carpet square did much to extend longevity, I know that was a solid job for sure.

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Newport 27’ 1984 Tall Mast
In MDR, Catalina ready, internal diesel engine, new toilet, new batteries, portable generator, Achilles dinghy, Yamaha outboard motor, sleeps 5, many extras,roller furling 150% jib, smart battery charge. $5,000 213-321-9569

Honda Outboards
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Ericson 27’ 1974
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3.5 Nissan $450 4 Mariner, Long $600 4 Mercury, Long $600 4 Mercury, Long $900 4 Suzuki $800 6 Evinrude $800 6 Mercury, Long $900 6 Mercury, Internal Tank $1150 6 Nissan $750 6 Nissan $1000 6 Tohatsu $800 6 Tohatsu $1000 6 Yamaha, NEW-3yr Warranty $1299 8 Honda $1000 9.9 Yamaha, High Thrust, Elec Start, Long $1200 9.9 Yamaha, NEW-3yr Warranty, High Thrust, Power Tilt, Elec Start, XLong $2799 20 Honda, NEW-5yr Warranty, Long $3299 20 Yamaha, NEW-3yr Warranty $2799 310-822-8618.

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I just remodeled my yacht and have lots of electronics for sale. Best price takes one or all.310-913-5533

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West Marine adult life vests (7)
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Extra Long Whisker Pole
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Twin VX250 Yamahas. Just completed 50K renovation. “Everything New”: motors, gelcoat, interior, electronics, more. Lowered to $54,000. (661) 257-9275.


Fortress FX-23 Anchor $150 - 310-391-6174

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