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Spring has sprung, the flowers are in bloom, the weather is pleasant and it’s time to start thinking about where you are going to go with your boat. Follow your compass to Grand Marina: A five-star full service marine center. • • • • • • • • • •

Over 400 concrete berths 30 to 60 feet Secured Gatehouses (electronic key system) Dockside Electrical (up to 50A - 220V) Cable TV & Telephone Service Heated & tiled restrooms with individual showers Beautifully Landscaped Ample Parking available Sailboat & Powerboat Brokers on site Excellent customer service Monthly informative newsletter

DIRECTORY of GRAND MARINA TENANTS Alameda Prop & Machine .............168 Bay Island Yachts ...............................7 Bay Marine Diesel .........................240 The Boat Yard at Grand Marina .....166 New Era Yachts ..............................245 Pacific Coast Canvas ......................107 Pacific Yacht Imports .......................11

We have also re-opened our waiting list for liveaboard status. Page 2 •

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510-865-1200 Leasing Office Open Daily 2099 Grand Street, Alameda, CA 94501

The One and Only… PHOTO: PETER LYONS

Tim and Karin Knowles own Lilith, a Wyliecat 39. With the cat boat’s single sail and unstayed mast, they have found that they enjoy doublehanding the boat, cruising and racing. The Knowles placed first in their division the 2006-2007 Golden Gate Midwinters. When asked about their success on the race course, they will often reply, tongue in cheek, that “…it is just great foredeck work and excellent sail selection.” While it is true that they don’t need to decide which jib or spinnaker to use on the next leg of the race course, their mainsail – their one and only sail – must perform upwind and down, in heavy air and light. It must be carefully matched to the bend characteristics of the mast. It must be stable, sturdy and adjustable. And it must be fast. As Tim put it, “When you have only one sail, it had better be right.”

Lilith’s Carbon mainsail from Pineapple Sails is now in its fourth season and has proven itself to be strong, versatile and very competitive. We have built our reputation on careful design and quality construction. And all our sails are made from start to finish, right here in Alameda! Give us a call or stop by our booth at Strictly Sail Pacific to get the just right sail for your boat.

Lilith* YOUR DEALER FOR: Musto foul weather gear, Dubarry footwear and Headfoil 2

*Powered by Pineapples

Sails in need of repair may be dropped off at: West Marine in Oakland, Alameda, or Richmond; or Svendsen’s in Alameda.

Stop by our booth #301 at

Phone (510) 522-2200 Jack London Square April 18-22 Fax (510) 522-7700 2526 Blanding Ave., Alameda, California 94501 April, 2007 •

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At Passage Yachts, we specialize in YOU… Providing you with more yachting choices,

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Visit Passage Yachts in the West Basin at Strictly Sail Pacific. See 14 new boats from Beneteau, Island Packet, and Wauquiez.

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42' VENEZIA, 1995

(510) 814-0400 NONSUCH 30



New sail. $51,750

Gorgeous! Equipped! Immaculate! $89,000

BENETEAU 411, 1999

47' BENETEAU 47.7


Price just reduced to $195,000 and she is well worth it. Good condition and ready to cruise around the Caribbean. Lying in Grenada, which is a wonderful place to start your dream sail. Call for complete details and for many more cat listings we have available. Our pending cat sales include a 471 Catana, 42 Venezia, 41 Lagoon. We've been selling catamarans since 1993 so if you are considering purchasing one, give us a call!

YOUR MULTIHULL BROKERAGE SPECIALIST SAILING CATS 82' CNB................................... $1,700,000 56' MARQUISES, 1997 ................€390,000 50' TROPIC, 1993 .......................€253,000 48' PRIVILEGE, 1991 ................... $400,000 48' PRIVILEGE, 1990 ................... $400,000 44' KOHLER, 1993 ...................... $249,000 43' BELIZE, 2003 ......................... $416,000

45' BREWER, 1979

43' 42' 38' 33'

LAGOON POWER CAT, 2003 $550,000 VENEZIA, 1995 ..................... $195,000 ATHENA, 1998 ..................... $185,000 SEAWIND, 2000 ................... $182,000

POWER CATS 40' EUPHORIE, 1991 ...................€145,000 37' MARYLAND, 2002................... 315,000

45' HUNTER, 1986


Located in Grenada, ready for your Caribbean cruise. $130,000

Try $250,000

Full keel cruiser, nice condition. $119,500

Sale Pending

33' HUNTER, 1978



HUNTER 29.5, 1994

We sold too many boats! We can sell yours. Listings wanted. Berthing available on site. We make it happen! From 27-ft to 50-ft… From $10,000 to $250,000!


35' SPENCER, 1968

32' PEARSON, 1982

Absolutely gorgeous! Perfect! $79,500

Very clean. $28,500


New price: $12,500

36' MARINER, 1979


Family cruiser. $45,000

30' O'DAY, 1979


Sale Pending





1983. New price: $51,500

All of these boats are (or were) at our sales dock in Grand Marina. If you are shopping in Alameda, contact us. If we don't have the boat for you, we know where it is.

In Grand Marina • 2099 Grand St., Alameda, CA 94501 • Fax (510) 814-8765 April, 2007 •

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Tayana 48 DS

Northern California dealers for the complete line of Sydney performance yachts. 32OD • 36 CR • 38 OD 39 CR • 47 CR

The world renowned line of Tayana cruising yachts are ready to take you anywhere.

Call for the sail of a lifetime

Step aboard a new Sydney 36 CR and Tayana 48 DS at Strictly Sail Pacific OUR BROKERAGE LISTINGS – TAKE A LOOK! KS













SYDNEY 36 CR The new Sydney 36 CR is a stunning blend of performance and comfort. Call to see the perfect '36'!

1979 EXPLORER 45 KETCH. Designed by Stan Huntingford. Exceptional cruiser of moderately heavy displacement yet timeless flowing lines. Well equipped, warm interior layout. Reduced to $75,000

2000 BENETEAU FIRST 40.7. Race ready with many upgrades like larger motor, oversize primary winches, carbon spin pole, professionally faired. $189,000

1987 MORGAN 41 CLASSIC. Modernized version of Charlie Morgan's very popular Out-Island 41. Updated inter. design; improved underbody w/fin keel. $109,500






2000 CATALINA 42 Pristine condition, extensive electronics, canvas, Vacuflush head, and more. Two stateroom model. $190,000

1999 TAYANA 48 CC. Beautiful dark blue hull, less than 250 hours on Yanmar 88 hp. Custom 2 cabin layout. Generator, refrigerator, many elect. Bristol! $385,000

2005 TAYANA 48 CC Just back from Ecuador and ready to go again. Near new with everything you need. $445,000

1988 HANS CHRISTIAN 41 Molokai In as fine a condition as one will hope to find in a yacht of this caliber. Fully equipped. $250,000

B O AT S A R E S E L L I N G ! Call to list with the experienced brokers at 2007 TAYANA 48 DECK SALOON Our most popular 2 stateroom 2 head model. You can still add any factory options. Many extras at a discounted price. $405,000!!!


Pacific Yacht Imports

1988 BENETEAU 34.5. Club racing and family cruising. This 34.5 is a very well cared for boat with many recent upgrades. Sail this summer for just $49,900.

We’re at Grand Marina Keith Rarick, Neil Weinberg, Dave Wolfe

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Catalina 320, 2004

Catalina 270, 2004

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PREOWNED CATALINA YACHTS Catalina 470 2000 275,000 Catalina 470 2003 Here Soon Catalina 42 MkII 2006 262,000 Catalina 42 MkII 2004 195,000 Catalina 400 2004 209,000 Catalina 36 1985 53,500 Catalina 36 2002 Inquire Catalina 34 1986 Inquire

Catalina 34 2005 139,900 Catalina 320 2004 114,000 Catalina 30 1982 31,500 Catalina 270 2004 59,500 PREOWNED SAILING YACHTS Gulfstar 50 1976 168,000 Peterson 44 1976 142,000 Hunter 36 2004 130,000 Irwin 34 1983 35,000

Ericson 27 1973 9,500 C&C 36 1983 Here Soon C&C 36 1981 47,000 POWER Farallon Whaleback 26 1996 49,000

WE'RE SELLING BOATS! Call us to list and sell yours today!

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See the new Catalinas at Strictly Sail Pacific Slips #71-82 in Center Basin Catalina offers you the world in 42 feet. The fast cruising 42mkII: all the comfort, all the equipment, all the safety features and all the confidence you need to fulfill your dream. The reality is, with a Catalina you get more boat. A measurably bigger boat, with greater displacement, more sail area, more and better equipment, more usable living space, a bigger cockpit, more storage space, greater traveler purchase, larger winches, more water and fuel capacity and a larger engine than other comparative models. Apples to apples, the Catalina is also a better value and, year after year, will hold its value better. The fact is, your dream has never been more attainable.

Get Your Dream’s Wor th. (510) 523.6730 1070 Marina Village Pkwy., Suite 104, Alameda, CA 94501

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2007 Sabre 38 Hardtop Express


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2002 Schumacher 52 $615,000

1999 Outbound 44 $347,000

1996 Beale 47 $259,000



1986 Passport 40 $155,000

1997 Tashiba 40 $250,000 New



1990 Sabre 38 Mk II $159,000

2000 Sabre 402 $345,000



2000 Sydney 38 OD $195,000

1977 Tayana 37 $85,000

(415) 332-2120 • 301 Harbor Drive, Sausalito, CA 94965 •


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• One Design Specs • Carbon Spar • Epoxy Hull • 15-Year Hull Warranty

TARTAN NEW 5300 • NEW 5100 • 4400 • NEW 4300 • 4100 • 3700 • NEW 3400 SEE THESE BOATS AT THE SHOW! Race and cruise!

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TARTAN 3400, 2006. Ready to cruise. All the toys! Dealer Demo Special DING PEN


WHITBY 42, 1981. Cruising classic, clean, roller furling. $87,500

ERICSON 32, 1973. Dodger, new diesel, roller furling. $21,000

ISLANDER 40 ................................SOLD PACIFIC SEACRAFT 44 ................SOLD

SPARKMAN & STEPHENS 47 ......SOLD CAPE DORY 36 .............................SOLD


VALIANT 40, 1981. Great value on a Bob Perry classic. $89,500

Tartan C&C Yachts of San Francisco 1070 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 102, Alameda, CA 94501 HINCKLEY SOU'WESTER 42, 1989 Elegant, quality craftsmanship. $350,000

(510) 769-9400

PASSPORT 40, 1986 Cruise ready, well equipped. $154,500 April, 2007 •

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1979 Mason 43 - A classic beauty. $139K


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1992 Catalina 42 - Turn Key! Clean! $135K



SELL YOUR BOAT FASTER WITH H&S • We sell more 30’- 60’ sailboats than anyone! • You’ll have over 25 salesmen marketing your boat from 5 offices across Southern California. • Your boat will appear on the leading boating websites and printed boating publications. *Catalina Yachts available at Newport Beach & San Diego stores only.


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CITY Sea Ray 440 Express Bridge Asking $275,000

42' Hylas, '87 $154,900


Albin 28 Tournament Express $144,000

Baltic 37 $114,900




Californian Aft Cabin 36, '83 $89,500 G



40' Catalina 400, '97 $148,900 SISTERSHIP

42' Bertram $126,000

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Chris Craft Cutlass Cavalier 22, '66 • $9,900

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1150 Ballena Blvd. #121, Alameda, CA 94501 ✦ (510) 865-8600 ✦ Fax (510) 865-5560 2736 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106 ✦ (619) 523-1151 ✦ ✦ ✦ ✦





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Inventory sold. Quality Bluewater Listings needed.

Hand built in the USA

50' MIKELSON, 1988 Great liveaboard. Well cared for and ready to cruise. $349,000

37' NORDIC TUG, 2001 A pristine example of this popular model. Only 260 hours. $340,000

36' GRAND BANKS, 1990 Impeccably maintained Classic trawler. Now $229,500

36' KLAUS BRIEN CROSS TRI, '96 In La Paz, the Sea of Cortez is waiting for you. Now $49,000

35' PONDEROSA, 1985 Spacious Sundeck model. $87,500

35' PT OVERSEAS, 1991 Cleanest PT on the market. Only 750 hours. Reduced to $119,000

Check our Web sites for other fine listings! Page 18 •

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Randall Burg Marina del Rey Office (310) 574-9449 Newport Beach Office (949) 675-5940 San Diego Office (619) 222-1907 Channel Islands Office (805) 469-9765




More than 120 pre-owned yachts on our Web site!


Brokerage Slips Available in Alameda, Long Beach, Marina del Rey and Newport Beach. State Income Loans to $350,000 starting at 6.5%.

51' MASON OFFSHORE YAWL, 1958 New wiring, plumbing & paint in/out, hydraulic windlass, Volvo 71 hp dsl. $125,000

46' HUNTER 466 SLOOP, 2004 Almost new! $235,000

38' HANS CHRISTIAN MkII CUTTER, 1983 Very well equipped. $135,000

50' COLUMBIA, 1974 Custom interior. $199,000

46' HUNTER 460 SLOOP, 2000 $217,500

44' CSY CENTER COCKPIT, 1977 Comfortable. One of the best! $117,600

40' KURT HUGHES TRI Fast, professionally built. $60,000

40' NEWPORTER PH KETCH 1956 $180,000

44' HYLAS CENTER COCKPIT, 1988 Ready to cruise. $225,000

44' KELLY PETERSON CUTTER, 1976 Comfortable, fast and seakindly. $114,500

33' HUNTER SLOOP, 2004 Large and spacious. $105,000

32' ISLANDER, 1964 Beautifully restored classic. $18,000



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50' SEA RANGER, 1986 $269,000

38' HUNTER SLOOP, 2001 Fully equipped. $137,000

32' WESTSAIL, 1973 Go anywhere safely. $42,500

57' ROPER PILOTHOUSE M/S, 1990 Huge salon, twin dsls, new teak decks, paint, etc. $410,000

36' HUNTER SLOOP, 2003 Ready to sail. $128,500

38' ALDEN CLASSIC YAWL, 1937 $39,500

30'WILLARD CRUISING CUTTER,1976 Well preserved, lightly used. $47,900

CAL 31, 1979 Mint condition. $29,500




34' CHB TRAWLER, 1978 $60,000

42' GRAND BANKS CLASSIC, 1973 Well maintained. $99,000

42' GLEN L ARGOSEA, 1986 Impeccable finish. $250,000


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62' DEFEVER, 1988 Bristol condition. $499,000



75' CUSTOM HERRESHOFF 1990 • 229,000

51' FINYA 1986 • $275,000

50' SANTA CRUZ 1987 • $239,000

45' LEOPARD 1998 • $279,000

43' SHANNON 1999 • $499,000

40' PACIFIC SEACRAFT 2000 • $349,000

38' BENETEAU 1999 • $129,500

38' MORGAN 1982 • $70,000

36' CATALINA 1998 • $95,000

35' C&C 1984 • $48,500

33' SEAWIND 2001 • $210,000

28' SHANNON 1980 • $59,900

May 5 at Our Docks! A Great Selection of Brokerage Boats



SAIL 78' GERMAN FRERS IACC, 1989 ... $375,000 36' CATALINA, 1987 ......................... $59,000 32' ALOHA, 1984.............................. $49,000 POWER 80' SAN LORENZO, 1993/2003 ... $1,890,000 53' BARGE, 2004 .............................. $65,000 49' KHA SHING, 1984 ..................... $182,000 48' NAVIGATOR, 2003 .................... $455,000 46' VIKING, 1996 ............................ $399,500 45' CALIFORNIAN, 1989 ................ $274,000 40' HERSHINE, 1983 ........................ $110,000

42' 38' 37' 37' 34' 34' 34' 31' 26'

PT, 1986 ...........................................SOLD ........................................... SOLD RIVIERA, 1987 ........................... $175,000 BAYLINER, 2002 ........................ $217,000 HERSHINE, 1978 .......................... $72,500 MAINSHIP, 1980 .......................... $59,500 TOLLYCRAFT, 1987 .................... $109,000 CHB, 1979................................... $42,500 SEA HORSE, 1982 ....................... $57,000 SKIPJACK, 1997 .......................... $65,000

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Here is just a sample of the new boats from Marina Village dealers on display at Strictly Sail Pacific:

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Beneteau 46

Tartan 4400


Catalina 470

Island Packet 445

C&C 115


Catalina 350

Marina Village is home to The Bay Area's Best Dealers! Farallone Yacht Sales (510) 523-6730 Tartan • C&C Yachts of S.F. (510) 769-9400

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50' Centurion Orion, '84 $149,000

46' Choy Seaman & Kimalae, '91 Cold molded. $199,000

57' McKinna Pilothouse, '00 $599,000

55' Ocean Alexander MkI, '81 $425,000

SAIL 60' Mapleleaf pilothouse, '87 $375,000 53' Amel Mango ketch, '81 $199,000 50' Hudson Force Venice ketch, '87 $219,000 46' Jeanneau sloop, '98 $225,000 45' Liberty 458 CC cutter, '83 $175,000 44' Formosa cutter, '87 $155,000 43' Beneteau 432 sloop, '87 $99,000 42' Pearson 424 ketch, '79 $79,000 42' Valiant cutter sloop, '94 $319,000 42' Westsail cutter yawl, '79 $85,000 41' Jeanneau Sun Legend sloop, '86 $79,000 41' Morgan Out Island Classic, '89 $115,000 40' Baba cutter, '83 $159,000 40' Mariner ketch, '73 $79,000 40' Passport, '81 $125,000 40' Sabre 402 sloop, '97 $239,000 40' Ta Shing Panda cutter, '83 $159,000 36' Oceanic cutter, '78 $49,000

36' Schock New York, '81 34' Coronado sloop, '74 34' Ericson 34T, '79 31' Southern Cross, '76 POWER 61' Princess P61, '06 58' Princess V58, '06 52' Hatteras convertible sedan, '84 46' Hatteras convertible sedan, '77 46' Lien Hwa motoryacht, '87 43' Albin trawler, '79 43' Mikelson sportfisher, '03 38' Californian aft cabin, '75 38' Sea Ray Sundancer 380, '00 36' Blackfin Tournament s/f, '88 34' Silverton sportfisher, '05 32' Fjord sportfisher, '70 28' Sea Ray 280 bow rider, '98 27' Skipjack cuddy cabin, '85

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40' Jeanneau Sun Fast, '02 $189,000

38' Ingrid cutter sloop, '81 $79,000

29' Back Cove, '07 Inquire

30' Albemarle Express 305, '02 $179,000 Nick and Carol Rau

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NEW 105Mc – GEMINI, 2006 Best selling cruising catamaran in the U.S.! $149,500

42' PEARSON KETCH, 1978 Aft cockpit, aft stateroom cruising ketch, excellent construction. $79,950

41' LITTON PERRY, 1983. Capable and robust Perry design ready to cruise. Many upgrades and newer Yanmar with 300 hours. $89,000 e Pric jor on Ma ducti e R

37' C&C, 1984 Pristine condition! Low hours on Yanmar diesel. Loads of upgrades! $74,500

36' CATALINA SLOOP, 2002. Shows like new, cruise equipped, full electronics, SSB + spare autopilot, Zodiac dinghy +++. $134,500

34' CONTOUR FOLDING TRIMARAN, 1999 Exceptional performance, remarkable speed with a liveable interior. $65,000

34' CATALINA, 1995 Walk thru transom, roller furling. Ready for Catalina! $79,900.

33' ALAJUELA CUTTER, 1979. Well built and designed cruiser, non-skid decks, professionally reconditioned diesel engine. $49,900

32' WESTSAIL CUTTER, 1976. New engine, new standing & running gear, five new sails, new roller furling, new electronics. $55,000

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49' CT CUTTER, 1978 Beautiful teak interior. $79,000

44' PETERSON CUTTER, 1980 Beautiful bluewater cruiser! $112,500

43' CONTESSA SLOOP, '78 Performance designed by Doug Peterson. Quality construction. Must see! $139,000

41 CT KETCH, '75. Nice bluewater cruiser. Custom interior w/larger galley, nav station, master stateroom. New topside paint. $65,000.

40' ISLANDER PETERSON, 1982 Well maintained by original owner. $69,000

39' YORKTOWN, '76 $39,500

38' ERICSON 200, 1989 $92,500

38' CATALINA SLOOP, '85. Autohelm, canvas covers including dodger, bimini top, cockpit curtains and mooring cover. $47,500

36' C&C SLOOP, '81 Clean, good sails and equipment, FAST. $54,000

35' SCHOCK SLOOP, '86 Rebuilt Yanmar '03, new folding prop, good sail inventory. $39,500

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40' CARROLL MARINE TRIPP 40, 1991 $74,900


38' HANS CHRISTIAN, 1980-86 From $114,500


34' GEMINI 105 Mc, 2001 Includes radar, plotter, electric windlass. $139,000 ('00 105M also available…$129,000)

34' HUNTER SLOOP, '86 Full batten mainsail, dodger, bimini, refrigeration and electric head. $37,500

33' MASON CUTTER, '85. Beautiful woods, complete cruising inventory, green hull, beautiful teak decks, Furlex, 2 sets of sails. $82,500


30' CATALINA SLOOP, 1984 The tabernacle mast and U-shaped dinette make this boat stand out. $23,500

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54' CUSTOM ROBERTS CC, '79 $279,000 Spirit is a rugged bluewater vessel designed for comfort and safety. She is Coast Guard-certified for 30 total under sail and 44 total under power. She was inspected again in 2006 and complies with the stringent USCG regulations.

53' CHEOY LEE MS, '92 $449,500 The Cheoy Lee 53 motorsailer, Today, offers superior sailing and motoring characteristics while incorporating the salient features of a power yacht, i.e., twin diesel power and a flybridge with an all-weather pilothouse.

51' PASSPORT CC, '84 $275,000 König is what you would expect from a Passport – and more! She is designed to provide comfort and convenience underway while sustaining the most discriminating yachtsman dockside. Numerous upgrades for long-distance crusing.

44' PETERSON CC, '77 $124,900 Finally! The Peterson 44 you've been dreaming of! One of the original 200 Kelly imports, Bitter End has upgraded fuel tanks, lovely non-skid decks, new LP paint, and very few sea miles under her keel. She is ready to go!

44' MORGAN CC, '89 $119,000 A pleasure to sail in all conditions, providing the comfort of a center cockpit. Work completed during 8/06 haulout includes bottom paint, topsides buffed and waxed, and through-hulls serviced.

43' GULFSTAR CC KETCH, '79 $84,900 Dream Ketcher is certainly the nicest Gulfstar 43 on the market today. The seller loved and cared for this boat – just one look and you'll fall in love.

42' PRIVATEER CC KETCH, '89 $89,000 Ebb Tide is a go-anywhere design, professionally built by the current owner for his own use. This Mexico veteran has proven herself to the owners to be safe and durable in all conditions.

38' HANS CHRISTIAN, '86 $137,000 Her Telstar keel is an improvement over the standard full keel design. It provides the same sailing characteristics, but is more manageable during docking and close maneuvering.

38' BALTIC 38DP, '84 $128,000 Meticulously cared for. First in class and overall in '98 Singlehanded TransPac. Windvane, customized charging system, rigging, tankage and storage capacity make this vessel a voyager.

30' CATALINA, '81 $28,000 Classic cruiser that has set a design standard for many years! Exceptional volume above and below decks for a 30-footer. Very stable and easy to sail. 6'3" headroom, sleeps 7, lots of storage.

27' CHEOY LEE NEWELL CADET, '70 $23,500 A tidy little pocket cruiser from the great Cheoy Lee lineage. Easy to singlehand and in great condition with an elegant interior, this classic must be seen to be fully appreciated.

25' PACIFIC SEACRAFT, '77 $18,000 Conscientious owners have installed lovely teak flooring and new compass, and have enjoyed the graceful and sturdy sailing abilities for which Pacific Seacraft is famous.

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40’ CENTER COCKPIT KETCH, 1985 Solid, skeg hung rudder. $70,000

HUNTER CHERUBINI 37, 1984 Fresh water boat. $42,500

34’ PETERSON, 1980 Modified racer/cruiser $39,000

OLSON 40, 1982 Sloop. $78,000

HALLBERG-RASSY 41 1975 $125,000

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41’ CT Formosa Yankee Clipper, ‘74 ....47,000 40’ Olson Sloop, ‘82..............................78,000 40’ Fast, ‘80 ..........................................24,000 39’ Vagabond Landfall cutter, ‘75..........94,500 37’ Hunter Cherubini cutter, ‘84 ............36,000 37’ Islander sloop, ‘68 ...........................25,000 36’ Carver 3607 aft cabin, ‘85 ...............59,900 36’ Hunter Cherubini, ‘80 ......................27,000 36’ Mainship, fixer .................................Inquire 35’ LARC, ‘63, amphitoreus vehicle......90,000 34’ Peterson, ‘79 OOD..........................37,000 32’ Columbia 5.5 Sabre, ‘67 .................14,000 31’ Cruise-a-Home houseboat, ‘75 .......27,000 31’ Rinker, ‘01 .......................................75,000 30’ Carter, ‘76 .......................................19,950 29’ Cal 2-29, ‘72....................................17,000 28’ Albin sloop, ‘82 ................................14,900 28’ Wylie Hawkfarm, ‘78 .........................6,000 27’ Ericson sloop, ‘73............................17,500 27’ Hunter sloop, ‘77 .............................10,000 27’ Hunter, ‘00, trailerable daysailer .....24,000 25’ Hunter Trailerable, ‘05.....................33,626 25’ Larson Cabrio 250, ‘95....................19,000 23’ Campion 705 VRi, ‘98 .....................18,500 21’ Hunter 216, ‘06 ...............................18,284 18’ Maxum 1800 SR Bowrider, ‘01 .......13,500 17’ Hunter 170, ‘06 .................................7,500 15’ Hunter JY 15, ‘06 ..............................5,200 14’ Hunter 140, ‘06 .................................4,500 14’ Hunter 146, ‘06 .................................5,400

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What a Concept! It is engineered to be easily serviced. Beta Marine suberb propulsion engines, using Kubota diesel 10-90hp including our famous Atomic 4 replacements. Also available: Marine Generators up to 30 kw. Regional Dealer:

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Brand/Model Schooner Charterer Crealock Ketch Hunter 460 Ctr Slp Irwin CC Sloop Miller 44 CC Cutter Oyster 435 Spindrift Ctr PH Camper Nicholson Hylas Sloop Passport Cutter Acapulco Cutter Hunter Sloop Hardin Sea Wolf Ketch Newporter Ketch Horstman Trimaran

Year 1970 1995 2000 1987 1980 1987 1981 1970 1987 1985 1988 1986 1978 1957 1997

Price 70,000 190,000 235,000 105,000 138,000 340,000 85,000 99,000 169,000 170,000 97,500 69,000 92,000 49,900 180,000

Size 37 37 37 37 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 36 35 35

Brand/Model Endeavour 37.5 A Ctr Ketch Tayana Cutter Tayana Ketch Islander Motorsailer Islander Freeport Sloop Pearson 365 Ketch Union Polaris Cutter Chung Hwa Magellan Ketch Mariner Sloop by N Hamshire Chung Hwa Magellan Ketch Westerly Conway Ketch Islander Sloop Columbia Sloop Endurance PH Cutter Piver Catamaran

Year 1979 1976 1975 1970 1981 1980 1979 1979 1979 1977 1976 1972 1968 1988 1970

Price 65,000 79,000 79,900 44,900 69,900 58,500 82,500 53,000 49,900 52,900 38,900 28,000 29,000 49,900 11,000

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POWER 71 Custom Passenger MY 52 Carvel Trawler 48 Bluewater Coastal 48 CHB Flybridge Cockpit MY 45 CHB Sedan 40 Hatteras Convertible Spfsh 26 Carver Sunseeker 23 SeaRay 230 Weekender

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“I’m glad I sailed this way.”

“I’m Butch Florey, owner of Tradewinds Sailing. In boatyard lingo, B.O.A.T. stands for ‘break out another thousand’. I like to do things right the first time, that’s why I come to KKMI. I always get great advice, the crew is totally professional, and I meet my ultimate goal, which is having a dependable fleet for my members to sail on the Bay.”

“I’m Jim Orey, and my boat, Nandi, is a Herreshoff H28 built in 1961. I needed expert help to put her back into shape. During her restoration, I have learned more about her construction, maintenance and art, as well as all things nautical, than I ever thought possible. The skill level of their master woodworkers, and the other craftsmen at KKMI, continues to impress me every day. It’s been an honor, and I’m glad I sailed this way.”

“I look forward to going there.”

“That was good. I feel good.”

“I’m Steve Coleman, and recently I had the mast on Bluzzz, my ‘81 Swan 42, rebuilt, painted and stepped with new Navtec rod rigging. Essentially, I wanted to ensure the integrity of the mast and make it easier to sail. I had wonderful advice from the well seasoned professionals at KKMI. My boat sails better and looks great, and I have peace of mind that the rig is sound. My experiences at KKMI have been fantastic.”

“I’m Charlie Weress, and Wherever is my Ganley 63-ft steel cutter. After four years in the Bay Area, it’s time to head home to Sydney, so we decided on the recommendation of friends to bring Wherever to KKMI. The quality of the work – particularly the custom metal work to her bow pulpit – was fabulous. When was the last time you had a business transaction when you said to yourself, ‘That was good. I feel good.’ That’s what I felt here.”

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CALENDAR Non-Race Mar. 31 — South Bay Opening Day. For info on events, see Mar. 31 — 8th Annual Marine Flea Market at Anderson's Boat Yard in Sausalito, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Benefits Sausalito YC Junior Sailing Program. Info, (415) 332-5432. Mar. 31 — America's Boating Course taught by USCGA at Sonoma County Sheriff's Dept. in Santa Rosa, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $30 fee. Info, (707) 838-1353. Apr. 1 — The joke's on you if you don't go sailing! Apr. 1 — Club Nautique Alameda open house, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Check out what the club is all about and stay for some BBQ. Info, (888) 804-2613 or Apr. 1-29 — Free sailing at Pier 40 every Sunday courtesy of BAADS. Info, (415) 281-0212 or Apr. 2 — Full moon on Monday night. Apr. 4 — Latitude 38 Spring Crew List Party at the Golden Gate YC, 6-9 p.m. $7. Info, Apr. 4 — Mount Gay Speaker Series at Encinal YC. Details TBD. Info, Apr. 4, 11, 18, 25 — Yachtsmen's Luncheon Series at St. Francis YC, 12-2 p.m., $12. Enjoy lunch and a dynamic speaker every Weds. Any YC members welcome. Go to www. and click on 'Yachting Lunch' under 'Events'. Apr. 4, 18 — Pt. Fermin Single Sailing YC invites singles to two monthly meetings. 6 p.m. at Acapulco Restaurant in San Pedro. Info, (310) 427-4817 or Apr. 7 — Tryouts for the City of Oakland's high school racing team at the Jack London Aquatic Center, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, (510) 238-2196. Apr. 8 — Cal Sailing Club will give free sailboat rides at Berkeley Marina, 1-4 p.m. Info, Apr. 8 — Club Nautique Sausalito open house, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Check out what the club is all about and stay for some BBQ. Info, (888) 804-2613 or Apr. 11 — Riding the Tide presentation by Kame Richards at the Bay Model in Sausalito, 7 p.m. A sailor's perspective on the tidal currents of the Bay — part of the Bay Model's Spring Speaker Series. For reservations, call (415) 332-3871 or go to Apr. 13-15 — Santa Rosa Boat, RV & Sport Show, Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Info, Apr. 14 — Encinal YC's Nautical Flea Market, the largest in the East Bay. Breakfast, lunch and beverages available. 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Info, (510) 522-3727 or Apr. 14 — Weather Predicting seminar by NWS forecaster Brooke Bingaman at Oakland YC, 9 a.m.-Noon. Info, (510) 522-6868 or Apr. 14-15 — CharterFest 2007, Squalicum Harbor, Bellingham, WA. See our charter fleets and tour boats. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, (360) 676-2542 or Apr. 18-22 — Strictly Sail Pacific, Jack London Square. As the West Coast's really big all-sailboat show, this is a mustsee for sailors. Info, Apr. 19-22 — Women's Sailing Challenge aboard the schooner Seaward. To earn one of the 12 berths, women must raise $1,200 in donations for the Tall Ship Semester for Girls program. Info, Apr. 21 — Racing Trim seminar presented by North U., Holiday Inn-Costa Mesa, 9 a.m-5 p.m. This all-day class will teach you the latest in racing skills with an emphasis on practical, proven, real-world techniques that will help you win. Info, or call (800) 347-2457. Apr. 21 — Single Sailors Association BBQ and membership drive at Angel Island, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Lunch, $5. Look for the

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CALENDAR banner in the picnic area. RSVP at (510) 273-9763. Apr. 21 — Opening Day on the Delta Boat Parade starts at noon in front of San Joaquin YC on Dutch Slough. This year's theme of 'Dawdling Through Time' is in memory of Hal Schell. Info, Apr. 22 — Celebrate Earth Day on the liquid part. Apr. 22 — Racing Tactics seminar presented by North U., Holiday Inn-Costa Mesa, 9 a.m-5 p.m. This all-day class will teach you the latest in racing strategy and tactics using an interactive multi-media format which allows you to learn and test your new knowledge at the class. Info, or call (800) 347-2457. Apr. 23 — GPS for Boaters class taught by Santa Clara Power Squadron. Info, call DeWayn at (408) 255-6097 or register at Apr. 24 — Great Vallejo Race seminar, Vallejo YC. Kame Richards will share strategy and tactics for the "largest inland sailboat race in the U.S." Dinner is $10, 6-7:15 p.m. Presentation is free, 7:30 p.m. Info, (707) 643-1254. Apr. 24-26 — How To Read a Nautical Chart course taught by USCGA Flotilla 17 at Yerba Buena. Tues. and Thurs., 7:159:45 p.m. Info, or (415) 399-3411. Apr. 25 — The America's Cup: An Insider's Perspective by Tom Whidden, eight-time Cup vet, at Corinthian YC, 7-9 p.m. Reservations, (415) 435-4771 or Apr. 26-29 — Pacific Powerboat Expo, Jack London Square. Info, or (800) 698-2777. Apr. 28 — America's Boating Course taught by USCGA at Lake Sonoma Visitor Center, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. $30 fee. Info, (707) 838-1353. Apr. 28 — Lake Washington SC Opening Day and Sail-aSmall-Boat Day, Sacramento. Info, Apr. 28 — South Beach YC Community Day for Jr. Sailing. All kids between 8 and 16 welcome! Info, (650) 333-7873. Apr. 29 — Opening Day on the Bay! Apr. 30-May 21 — Boat Smart Course class taught by Santa Clara Power Squadron. Register at or call (408) 255-6097 for info. May 3, 5, 8 — GPS for Mariners taught by USCGA Flotilla 17 at Yerba Buena, 7:30-9:30 p.m., lab on May 5, 10 a.m.Noon. Info, or (415) 399-3411. May 4 — Cal Sailing Team Auction and Gala at UC Berkeley, starts at 6:30 p.m. A fundraiser to help maintain the fleet. To RSVP, contact Joss Giddings at May 5 — Call of the Sea's Sailing season kick-off and Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Bay Model in Sausalito, 4-6 p.m. $25 donation. Info, (415) 331-3214 or www.callofthesea. org. May 12 — How the Tides Work for You seminar by Kame Richards at the Bay Model in Sausalito, 12 p.m. Learn how to use the Bay's currents, $15 donation. For reservations, contact Jim at or (408) 263-7877. May 12 — Free KFOG KaBoom Concert and Fireworks Show off Piers 30/32. See for details. May 15, 16, 22, 23 — Boat Smart class by Marin Power & Sail Squadron in Novato, 7-9 p.m. Info, (415) 883-6777. May 19-20 — Corinthian YC presents their Women's Basic Sailing Seminar. CYC members, $150; non-members, $160. Info, Racing Mar. 31-Apr. 1 — Big Dinghy Regatta. RYC, (510) 2372821 or Mar. 31-Apr. 1 — 35th Annual Rollo Wheeler Regatta. BYC, (925) 939-9885 or Apr. 1 — Scombridae Sunday. Casual Santana 22 racing

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CALENDAR in Treasure Island’s Clipper Cove. Racing starts at 12:30 and is free. Info, or Apr. 5-9 — Grenada Round-the-Island Easter Regatta. Info, Apr. 7 — 26th Annual Doublehanded Farallones Race. BAMA, (510) 769-0309 or Apr. 7 — Spring Tune-Up Race, the mother of all beer can races. RYC, April 9, 1977 — It Was Thirty Years Ago from the article This Man Made a Fool Out of Me — Farallones: And I was not the only one. I was standing on the Golden Gate Bridge awaiting the start of the Singlehanded Race around the Farallon Islands. The race was due to begin in 30 minutes, and already the western horizon was covered with whitecaps, the wind was blowing a good 20 knots on the bridge, and the swell was running strong. At the starting line near Alcatraz, it was dead calm, and some of the entrants were putting up light air headsails. A number of tourists asked me what was going on. I explained to them that there was one individual on each boat and they were heading out to sail around some islands 32 miles out the Gate. The tourists expresssed some concern about the sanity of the participants in such a race, and asked what I thought would happen. I gave them my expert opinion, explaining that, with the current conditions, there was no way that any of the boats were going to return before Monday. Nine hours later, I jumped on Merlin to help Bill Lee strike the sails just after she crossed the finish line. He had made a fool out of me. Before midnight, 10 more boats had proved me wrong; at 6:20 the next morning Mambo, a Santana 22, had crossed the line, the last of the 15 finishers (out of 65 starters). We spoke to a tired Bill Lee at the lonely finish line in the estuary. He was exhausted from the race, particularly having been forced to stay at the helm on the run home. Beating out was easy in comparison to the quarter seas that had to be handled on the way home. He had started the day at 6:00, when there was a good breeze blowing, and had to go to the lee of Angel Island to set sails. At race time, it was dead calm and Bill made two tiring sail changes, finally going with a short hoist 80 and a double reefed main. Bill figured he only had so much energy to expend, particularly since he had been "out with the boys" the night before, and operated on the philosphy that this was one race that was not going to be won at the starting line. His plan worked well. He started very poorly in the near calm starting condiitions but, by the time he had reached the Gate, he had the appropriate sails set and was passing up the fleet rapidly. By Mile Rock, he was in fourth position, and it didn't take much longer before he was in the lead and never to be headed. Bill had Merlin on the way back from the Farallones at 2:40 and arrived at the Gate at 4:44, averaging over 12 knots for the run home. Bill had no idea that he would finish so early, apparently neither did any of his friends, whom he was unable to reach right after the race. It was a stark contrast to the other entries who had wives and relatives ringing the phone off the hook wondering if they were back, safe, or lost. Lee explained that it was difficult to leave the helm, so few skippers were able to report their positions on a regular basis, leading to some confusion with the race committtee. Merlin took the race without any problems, even though the ocean was "real nasty," one wave coming over the port side covering half the boat and getting Bill both wet and angry. It hadn't been the hardest race he had been in, but it had been the hardest on him personally. He expected there would be

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CALENDAR a lot of busted up boats and people before it was over. One trimaran, Coral Lee, did capsize, and her skipper and the boat were both taken in safely. Another entry that had started well, Sunshine, reported she was sinking until she received pumps from the Coast Guard and returned under her own power. Bill had not made a lot of plans for the race, he just "showed up and did it." He said he didn't think he would like to do it again, but that was the same sentiment expressed by most skippers until the following day when almost all of them decided that they would try it again. Bill finished the race at 7:05, nearly 3 1/2 hours ahead of the trimaran Harmony. Congratulations are due Bill for an excellent performance, and also to Survival and Safety who spent so much time and effort putting together a marvelously challenging event. Finishers of the first Singlehanded Farallones Race: Bill Lee, Merlin; Paul Silvha, Harmony; David Wahle, Duce II; Roger Hall, Elysium; Skip Allen, Wildflower; Norton Smith, Eos; Dick Mitchell, Blithe Spirit; Cliff Stagg, Ankle Biter; David Jesberg, Vicarious; Don Carlson, Pyrrhic Victory; Hall Palmer, Champagne; John Robinson, Courageous; Don Durant, Jubilation; Mike Matheasen, Killer Whale; Paul Kamen, Mambo.


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Apr. 14 — Spring Fever Regatta. South Beach YC, (415) 495-2295 or Apr. 14 — Bullship Race. the annual long-distance race for El Toros. Info, (415) 488-0244 or Apr. 14 — Interclub Race #1. Treasure Island YC, (510) 339-9451. Apr. 14-15 — J/Fest, one design and PHRF racing for the J/boat faithful. Sail California (510) 523-8500, and StFYC, (415) 563-6363. Apr. 14-15 — Resin Regatta, one design racing. SFYC, (415) 789-5647 or Apr. 14-15 — Camellia Cup, the unofficial start of the unofficial '07 lake circuit. Folsom Lake YC, (916) 933-8860 or Apr. 14-15 — Leukemia Cup Regatta, Nevada YC. Designed to provide exciting sailboat racing on Lake Mead for its participants while raising money to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Info, Apr. 14-15 — Laser NorCals. Santa Cruz YC, www.scyc. org. Apr. 17-May 24 — Pelican racing at Hyde Street Pier every Tuesday, 6 p.m.-dark. $40 fee. Info, or (415) 561-6662 ext. 30. Apr. 19-24 — Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, West Indies. As featured often in these pages, this eye-popping event features a remarkable fleet of museum-quality classic yachts and replicas from Europe, North America and the Carib — a photographer's dream. See

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CALENDAR Apr. 21 — 30th Singlehanded Farallones Race, a local rite of passage. SSS, Apr. 21 — YRA-OYRA Duxship. SSS, Apr. 21 — YRA-WBRA Races. StFYC, Apr. 21-22 — Ahmanson Cup Regatta. PHRF and one design divisions. Newport Harbor YC, (949) 723-6869 or www. Apr. 21-22 — Melges 24 PCCs. SFYC, (415) 789-5647 or Apr. 21-22 — PCISA Pacific Coast Championship, Long Beach. See for more info. Apr. 21-22 — Moore 24 PCCs. Santa Cruz YC, www.scyc. org or (831) 425-0690. Apr. 22 — Scombridae Sunday. Casual Santana 22 racing in Treasure Island’s Clipper Cove. Racing starts at 12:30 and is free. Info, or Apr. 27-29 — 60th Lexus Newport to Ensenada Race, the largest international yacht race. Info, Apr. 28 — Cheoy Lee Fire Drill Race. Join the fun as these classic beauties have their annual 'race' as part of Sausalito YC's Twin Island Race. Info, Bob Wilson at (650) 678-7359, or Apr. 28-29 — PCISA Baker Eliminations, Redwood City. See for more info. Apr. 28-29 — Hobie Cat Kick-Off Regatta in Santa Cruz. Info, John Oleary at (831) 688-3068. Apr. 29 — RegattaPRO Women's Race #1, the first of a series. Call Jeff Zarwell at (415) 535-8364 for more info. Apr. 29-May 4 — 40th Stanford Antigua Sailing Week, West Indies. Every sailor worth his salt owes it to him or herself to join this world-renowned, week-long regatta at least once. See May 5-6 — The 107th annual Vallejo Race, the biggest inland race in the U.S., which also serves as the YRA season opener. Info, (415) 775-9500 or May 8-12 — Melges 24 World Championships. Santa Cruz YC, or May 12 — Annual El Toro Flight of the Bulls, Foster City Boat Park. Info, or (408) 348-3385. May 12 — Interclub Race #2, Treasure Island YC, (510) 339-9451. May 12 — Mercury NorCal Series. EYC, (510) 522-3272. May 12 — J/105 Mayfest Regatta. StFYC, (415) 563-6363 or May 12 — YRA-WBRA #3 & 4. BYC, May 12 — YRA-OYRA Northstar. EYC, May 12 — Elite Keel Regatta for Etchells, J/24s, Express 27s and AE-28s. SFYC, (415) 789-5647 or May 15-19 — 43rd Congressional Cup. One of the oldest and most prestigious match racing events in the world. Long Beach YC, or (562) 598-9401. May 19 — YRA-ODCA South Bay. EYC, May 19 — YRA-WBRA #5 & 6. SFYC, May 19 — YRA-HDA Knox. SYC, May 19-20 — Svendsen's Summer Splash (BAYS #1), for all junior sailors on Lasers, Radials, 4.7s, 420s, CFJs and Optis. EYC, (925) 283-3182 or May 19-20 — Stone Cup for PHRF, Islander 36s, other one designs, and IRC. StFYC, (415) 563-6363 or May 19-20 — Lake Yosemite SA Annual Regatta in Merced. Info, or (209) 723-8630. May 25 — Spinnaker Cup, leaving Knox Buoy at 11 a.m. and arriving in Monterey by midnight (hopefully). SFYC, (415) 789-5647 or MPYC, (831) 372-9686. May 26 — Master Mariners Regatta at Encinal YC. A must


















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LETTERS ⇑⇓GRATEFUL DESPITE WHAT HAPPENED I was temporarily shipwrecked and then nearly murdered in southern Mexico in early April. Now my boat has a bad leak and I'm having trouble trying to figure out how to fix it. I've been at sea with my Gozzard 32 cutter since August. I started with a circumnavigation of the Channel Islands, then headed south to join the Ha-Ha, and continued on to mainland Mexico and beyond. I stopped briefly at Salina Cruz in southern Mexico on February 10 to get fuel. When I returned to sea at 4 p.m., it was blowing 20 to 25 knots and, when I rounded the point, I ran smack into a Tehuantepecker blowing about 60 knots. In addition, there was a very strong northward current and six to eight-foot seas just seconds apart. I reduced sail to just a double-reefed staysail and, with the engine on to make headway, continued on about 2.5 miles offshore. But after taking a couple of waves over my transom, the engine died. I later found that water had gotten into the fuel vent and eventually migrated into the engine. Without the engine, I lost headway, and the wind and current began to push me rapidly toward the shore. I tried to set the anchor, but it didn't hold. I ended up being blown directly onto Playa Bahia De Ventosa at 7:30 p.m. My boat was trapped by the breakers and was tossed back and forth by each wave. After assessing the problem and trying to pry my sailboat off the beach, I concluded that I was going to need some help. I put out a Mayday on VHF 16, and was able to speak with the Marinero Capitan in Salina Cruz. He told me that they wouldn't be able to help me until at least 7 a.m. the next morning. Until then, I was on my own, period. During the night I had two encounters with the locals. The first group consisted of four men who, while I was below attempting to get things back in order, helped themselves to my bike, which had been lashed to the deck. The second group, consisting of three men, was much more aggressive. They jumped aboard with knives and machetes, and I found myself literally fighting for my life. They cut me up pretty good, so I bled like a stuck pig. I finally managed to temporarily fend them off, at which time they regrouped on the beach to plan a second attack. Fortunately, I had enough time to go below and pull out an old shotgun — for which I unfortunately had no shells. I hurried back out into the cockpit, from where I could hear their voices on the beach. I waited till they got close enough to hear before cocking the shotgun so they could hear the loud and distinctive sound. As soon as they heard me cock the empty shotgun, they turned and beat feet. I was sure relieved, but still had to tend to my wounds and clean up the blood — which was everywhere. The Marinero Capitan's launch showed up about 9 a.m. the next morning, and their first attempt to pull my boat off the beach failed miserably. Then the Mexican Army showed up with some Navy Seals. They built a bridle around the boat and said they'd be back with the launch at high tide to try again. True to their word, they returned at high tide, but after several failed attempts, it looked as if I would be spending another night on the beach. Then suddenly my boat pulled free, and she and I were on our way through 8 to 10-ft waves and back into deep water! The marineros towed me back into Puerto Salina Cruz. They and the Mexican Army did such an excellent and professional job helping me, I am grateful to them beyond words, and that's a fact! I, nonetheless, still had a major problem at low tide be-



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control of the lighthouse structures themselves will change. The but Gate National Recreation Area (part of the National Park Service) will have control of the lighthouses at Point Bonita, Alcatraz, Point Montara and the smaller structures — which were primarily foghorn stations, although they were lit at night — at Lime Point (under the north tower of the Golden Gate) and Point Diablo (about a 1/2 mile farther west). Not because the Though changing caretakers, the light at Alcatraz GGNRA has any will continue to be a beacon for local sailors. more money for upkeep and maintenance than the Coasties — which was basically zilch — but because they are interested in eventual restoration of these structures and opening the big ones to the public. We travel the coast from San Francisco Bay to mainland Mexico and back every year, and in the process pass probably two dozen lighthouses. Yet thinking back, we're somewhat surprised to realize that these lighthouses play almost no role in our navigation. To be sure, they are pleasant signposts along the way, and provide physical confirmation of our general whereabouts, but give very limited information compared to our main navigation tools, which are GPS, radar, depthsounder and the good ol' Ouija board. ⇑⇓THERE'S NOTHING AS COMFORTING OR USEFUL In my opinion there is nothing that remains as comforting and genuinely useful to a helmsman as a good old-fashioned lighthouse to confirm and enable entry into a port at night. Two years ago we sailed the Kauai Channel Race on a moonless night. We arrived at the double-hairpin Nawiliwili Harbor channel — the finish was inside the harbor — at 4:30 a.m. under scattered overcast without moon. How dark was it? Dark enough so that even the lowest light setting our mast-mount instruments was bright to the point of distraction. But it was blowing 25+ knots, and we were doing 12 to 15 knots. We had our chart plotters up top, course angle on the mast-mount instruments, and multiple other digital aids, but Will a lighthouse help — or hurt — in making this there was absohairpin turn when sailing in 25 knots of wind? lutely nothing as helpful as that big light that was easy to steer to. The ground clutter of street lights, traffic lights, hotel lights, and port lights made the channel marks impossible to see until we

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⇑⇓WE MADE SOME FOOLISH ASSUMPTIONS You had it all wrong with regard to the March 9 'Lectronic photo of the junk-rigged boat on her side in San Blas. The day I need help from Norm Goldie to enter San Blas Estuary — or anywhere else, for that matter — will be the day I quit sailing and take up knitting or maybe sitting around in a zocalo somewhere blowing smoke. If you have a better way to clean How can you tell the difference between an accia prop in water dental grounding and an intentional careening? that you wouldn’t Ask the owner. swim in than careening your boat, please advise. Believe it or not, careening has been the way boat bottoms have been accessed and cleaned since before Travel-Lifts and rails. And we careened the boat next to the anchorage in the estuary, not at the entrance. While I’m sure there were nothing but good inten-

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tions on the part of the cruisers and photographer who were thinking there was a ‘situation’ with Bu’Kwiis when the photo was taken, we were actually just enjoying the sights from the fort at San Blas while waiting for the tide to drop. By the way, the cleaned prop gave me an extra half knot. You suggested that the boat on her side might have been the British Columbia-based Bellavia because of the unusual on-deck hydraulic windlass. But my Bu’Kwiis is actually a steel Gazelle hull with a modification of the junk rig on Bellavia. Bu’Kwiis has a 510-sq- ft foresail of the Hasler/McLeod design, and a 450-sq- ft Colvin designed fanned sail — both fully battened junk sails. Bu’Kwiis’ keel has been deepened by six inches to about five feet to compensate for the higher center of effort on the sail plan. She has a full-length keel but no skeg. I have careened her three or four times before, but this was the first time since I deepened her keel. When careened, the water reaches the ports, but they don’t leak so it doesn’t present a problem. I sailed Bu’Kwiis from British Columbia to Mexico in ‘04 after an extensive refit, which included adding hydraulics, widening the foredeck, reinforcing the hull to accommodate the unstayed masts, adding the fully enclosed bimini and so forth. By the way, the deck-mounted, reel-type hydraulic winch is used on our British Columbia fishboats and, of course, Bellavia. My boat has spent the last couple of summers on the hard in Guaymas, and will do so again this year. Steve Rankin Bu'Kwiis, Gazelle British Columbia

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⇑⇓CAREENING DO'S AND DON'TS In the 'Lectronic photo and write up about Bu'Kwiis being careened in the estuary at San Blas, I’m a bit surprised that the skipper deliberately tipped his boat away from shore, thus putting more of the topsides underwater, as well as seeming to be broadside to the shore and potential waves. You asked if any of your readers have careened their boats. The accompanying photo shows my Catalina 30 LaBoo careened in Desolation Sound, British Columbia. No matter if your boat is careened deliberately or accidentally, the first order of business is to remove your yacht club burgee and home The owner of 'LaBoo' claims he careened country ensign. For his boat intentionally to replace a zinc. instance, we replaced our Canadian flag with our visitor's U.S. flag. Heh, heh! After replacing the shaft zinc, we scrubbed the hull as far as possible. Once we were back afloat, our boat speed was half a knot faster. Bob Beda LaBoo, Catalina 30 Vancouver, B.C. Bob — There is no doubt in our mind that the skipper of Bu'Kwiis knew exactly what he was doing. His careened boat

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⇑⇓IT ALLOWS US TO WORK IN RELATIVE COMFORT In the December issue there was a letter that asked if it was possible to heave to with just a main up. You responded that typically a foresail is backed to maintain balance. Having been caught out on the open ocean several times in winds between 45 and 60 knots, we've been able to heave to without having a headsail set. Our Pacific Seacraft 40 has both a roller furling jib and staysail, and we've found that, in high winds, the furled headsails provide sufficient pressure to offset either the triple-reefed main or trysail. That being said, if someone is thinking of going offshore, the best thing they can do is go out and practice heaving to in varying wind and sea conditions to find out what works for their boat. By the way, when things are getting boisterous at sea, we frequently heave to prior to going forward just to stop the seas from breaking over us. This allows us to work in relative comfort and safety. Becky Swan & Chris Goode Bonne Idée, Pacific Seacraft 40 San Francisco Becky and Chris — The feedback from your firsthand experience is much appreciated. ⇑⇓FIRST THINGS FIRST We are planning to do the '08 Ha-Ha with friends from Europe. Do you know the dates yet? Ed Evanish Planet Earth Ed — The Ha-Ha folks don't come out of hibernation until May 1, but before crashing for the winter, they announced that the dates for the Ha-Ha 14 would be October 28 through November 10 this year. Although Ha-Ha Honcho Lauren Spindler hasn't made an announcement yet, based on past history, we'd expect Ha-Ha 15 to be from October 26 through November 8, 2008. ⇑⇓YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR LENNON In his response to a letter by John Haste of the San Diegobased Perry 52 catamaran Little Wing, the editor said that he didn't think that John Lennon was responsible for the

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⇑⇓I FELT EMPATHY FOR BARNES The recent plight of Newport Beach sailor Ken Barnes, whose ketch Privateer was capsized and dismasted on his way to Cape Horn, and who was rescued from a spot 500 miles off the coast of southern Chile, struck a responsive chord in me. I was once also on a sailboat that was disabled as the result of a storm, and we crew found ourselves about the same distance from land as did Barnes. After reading about the incident on Barnes' website and in the L.A. Times, I have some observations: 1) There was no mention of his having done any previous bluewater sailing before he startBarnes made a successful 6,400-mile ed his trip. I recognize passage prior to being dismasted. Barnes' courage and commitment, but question his level of preparation. 2) His comments and reaction to the dismasting of his boat seem to point to the fact he was not prepared to make temporary repairs to get himself to port for further repairs. Of course, even if he could have jury-rigged a sail plan, he didn't seem to have an emergency rudder. 3) Based on the storm he experienced, and the one I experienced crossing the Atlantic in '86, there is no sailing in Southern California that can prepare a sailor for a real storm at sea. There just aren't any storms here. Twenty years ago, I joined the skipper of a 50-ft cutter to doublehand across the North Atlantic to Gibraltar. Our voyage was fairly normal except for the fact that the boat would not self-steer, so one of us had to be at the wheel at all times. Everything was fine until the day we heard the words 'tropical depression' over the short wave radio. It was passing over the coast of the Carolinas and traveling due east — right for us. Since we were still 1,500 miles away, we had several days to think about it. But nothing could have prepared me for what happened next. As the leading edge of the storm became visible to us, and looked unimaginably evil, we sat in the cockpit in awe. I recall saying to each other, “What the hell is that?” It would blow 25 knots with gusts to 35 knots, and the swells were 12 feet. An astonishing thing about the storm was the noise — the roaring of the wind and rolling seas was beyond any experience that I've had. During the storm we had to steer down the face of each wave — fortunately we were running with them. I can recall having to make a steering adjustment both at the first lift of the wave and then again at the bottom of the wave. We had some great surfing, often catching a wave that allowed us to ride down its face. After 24 hours, the winds calmed down. The constant working of everything on the boat caused some trouble, as the next day our propeller shaft coupling parted and the shaft slipped aft. So far aft that it jammed the rudder and let water flow into the boat around the displaced propeller shaft. This meant we couldn’t steer and the boat was slowly filling with water! It was low on the scale of possible

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⇑⇓WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST WOOD BOATS? We're happy to report that our good friend and neighbor Pierre-Alain Segurel has returned to the Bay Area. You may remember that his boat, the Islander 36 Phileas Fogg, was T-boned while at anchor in Turtle Bay during the last Ha-Ha. The boat that hit him was an American-owned sportfishing boat with nobody on deck. The resolution is now in the hands of the insurance companies. But how do you compensate someone for the loss of their home and dreams? All of us wish Pierre-Alain a speedy return to the boating life. We also want to know what Latitude has against wooden boats? One reason we decided to stay with wood is that, if you shop carefully and know what you are looking for, you can get a whole lot more boat for the money. And you can't beat an old boat for personality and warmth. We are the proud owners of San Souci, 1943 Block Island Cow Horn — see Creighton Smith's letter in the March issue — that was built at the William Bennett Yard in Newport Beach. She's 42 feet overall, 33 feet on deck and has a beam of 12.5 feet. Since she was built during the middle of World War II, we can only speculate on how she was finished and launched. But it's rumored that she was used by the Navy along the Southern California coast during the war, and sometime in the '50s competed in the TransPac. We know for sure that she’s been up and down the West Coast and in and out of San Francisco Bay for the last 60 years. She’s also had a stint in the South Seas and up to Alaska. It's true that San Souci is lacking in amenities — she doesn't even have an ice box — but we see that as just having fewer systems to maintain. It also means that we have a very low energy footprint. Our monthly electric bill is $11, in part be-

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LETTERS cause we don't have a television. We spend about $8/month on our diesel heater, and $7/month on propane because we use the stove all day. But we do spend more money on paint than most boatowners. As far as being seaworthy, we would take San Souci over just about any other boat that we've been on. Last February we were caught out on one of those "all craft warnings" days when it blew over 80 mph at Angel Island. We got hit down by Hunter's Point, where it was blowing 50 mph out of the south. Pointed into the wind, San Souci was one happy camper, even in those extreme conditions. Because of the unique shape of the Cow Horn — meanAlthough some thought she would ing extreme sheer and never make it home, the T-boned flare — waves breaking Islander 36 'Phileas Fogg' is back in over the bow never made the Bay Area. it anywhere close to the cockpit. Plus, her nice wide decks and forgiving nature make her ideal for a 'mobility challenged' sailor such as myself. Soon we’ll be turning left and heading out the Gate. A wooden boat is the only way we could realize our dream. Karleen Ohlhausen & Norm Harris Sans Souci, Cowhorn Oyster Cove, South San Francisco Karleen and Norm — We don't have anything against wooden boats, as demonstrated by the fact that we did an article in the March issue on Ira Epstein of Bolinas buying the 50-year-old 65-ft ketch Lone Fox. Our only proviso is that new or inexperienced boatowners have to understand the level of commitment wood boats require. The buy-in price can be very attractive for wood boats, but unless you're willing to do all the upkeep, the difference in price can quickly be swallowed up by maintenance costs. It's also important to realize that, while deferred maintenance is rarely a big deal with fiberglass boats, it can be the death knell for wood boats. Nonetheless, congratulations on your find, and may all your sailing with her be wonderful. ⇑⇓PERSON-O-PERSON ALIVE, HOW GREAT IS THAT! I look forward to each and every page of Latitude, and time and again find Max Ebb’s section to be my favorite. Lee Helm and Max bring so much to the sport/lifestyle. For example, in your February issue Lee brought forth the term “seapersonship.” I mean, person-o-person alive, how great is that! When I told my friend Norperson about the article, he was happy to hear that wopeople are making meaningful changes within the English language. I have to agree with him, it’s the age of the Woperson, they’ve been held back and personhandled for much too long. My Grandmother for example, who was born in Personchester, England, left the oppression of English society behind and came to America in the late 1800s. Aboard ship she met a gentleperson named Personferd Newperson, he played the persondolin. They fell in love, married, and settled down in Personhattan, New York. There they raised 13 chil-




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LETTERS as embarrassing as owning a private 767 jet. ⇑⇓FILLING IN THE BLANKS To fill in the blanks on the tragic loss of three lives when the Voyage 440 Catshot flipped on a delivery from San Francisco to Seattle in December, it appears that two of the three crew were picked up in San Francisco. It's my understanding that the older man was a 79-year-old truck driver from South Dakota. I don't know about the other, but the English captain was about 50 and a severe diabetic, but had perhaps as many as 10 years experience with the South African Marine Rescue Service. I've learned that during the storm of December 11, the gusts may have been as high as 150 knots. And sustained winds of over 100 knots were recorded along the coast. This storm was forecast well in advance and was expected to be the worst of a series of storms that battered the coast last fall. Failure to know the storm was coming would have been negligence. The boat and the area of maximum storm intensity arrived at about the same time and place, almost as if it had been planned. In my opinion, having the boat there amounted to near suicide. There is no way to sugar coat it — an experienced captain putting his boat in that position is plain guilty of negligence. With regard to the matter of the cat maybe having to make it to Seattle in time for the boat show, that doesn't make sense because the show wasn't scheduled to open for about six weeks. It's no more than a week's run from San Francisco to Seattle, which would have left five weeks for layovers due to bad weather. I took a Nordhavn 46 motoryacht up the Oregon/Washington coast during late November. That boat sat in Crescent City for three weeks because of weather concerns. When an opening of several days appeared, we were able to run up to Cape Flattery without incident. The weather conditions along the Oregon/Washington coast can be brutal in the fall and winter, and sometimes the spring, but it's only brutal when there's a storm coming. We run boats along that coast all winter, just not during storms. With modern weather forecasting there is almost no excuse for getting caught unaware. Note that I said almost no excuse. The worst storm conditions on earth probably exist in the belt around Antarctica, and South Africa lies on the edge of that belt. I figure the captain, having had experience with that stuff, might have thought he could squeeze by and make it to Seattle without stopping. That was a bad assumption. Mike Maurice Beaverton, Oregon Mike — We prefer not to speak ill of the dead, particularly when nobody knows for sure what happened on Catshot. Nonetheless, it seems all but inexplicable that a captain and crew would have put themselves directly in the path of a brutal storm that had been forecast far in advance. Incidentally, if we remember correctly, calculations indicated that 100-kt winds would flip the 110-ft Playstation/Geronimo even if she had no sail up. ⇑⇓VON KÁRMÁN VORTEX STREET On February 16, an approximately 40-ft cat flipped in huge seas about 200 miles northeast of Bermuda. Despite having to cling to the overturned cat and/or being in the cold water for close to nine hours, both crewmen survived, although the skipper expired about the time a rescue helicopter arrived. The incident is somewhat reminiscent of what happened to the Voyage 440 catamaran Catshot that was found, after a Page 80 •

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tremendous storm, overturned on a beach in Oregon in early December without any sign of her crew. The question I ask is if a Von Kármán vortex street could have saved the capsized catamarans? [Editor's note: A Von Kármán vortex street is a repeating pattern of swirling vortices caused by the unsteady separation of flow over bluff bodies. A vortex street will only be observed over a given range of Reynolds numbers, typically above a limiting Re value of The Von Kármán vortex street, as illustrated above, about 90. might make it easier to survive a severe blow. The range of Re values will vary with the size and shape of the body from which the eddies are being shed, as well as with the kinematic viscosity of the fluid. They are named after the engineer & fluid dynamicist, Theodore von Kármán, who taught at Cal Tech.] First, let's be sure we're using terms the same way. For me, 'heave to' means the boat is kept at an attitude of about 50 degrees to the wind. That 50-degree angle seems to be important in the generation of the protective slick upwind. Headway is stopped and the vessel is making a drift at a rate of half a knot to two knots to leeward, straight downwind. At that angle of heading, the flow around the hull and keel is stalled, and a turbulent wake will appear on the weather side. This turbulent wake has the effect of smoothing down breaking seas on their approach. The scientific name for the turbulent field caused by the hove to vessel, with or without a para anchor set, is a Von Kármán vortex street. I quote from the Pardey's Storm Tactics Handbook: Modern Methods of Heaving-To for Survival in Extreme Conditions: "I have sat on deck during Force 10 winds and watched while almost Pipeline-like waves toppled onto our slick, then crumbled into heavy foam coming close to the boat. Yet the same Pipeliners, with their overhanging crests, kept their shape and power as they broke fore and aft of where our boat lay. To write this on paper does no justice to the drama of watching the slick sap the power of the waves." Although a boat produces its own Von Kármán vortex street, the parachute anchor, upwind some 300 feet or so, also produces a vortex street, so the protection from breaking waves is far better than without the parachute anchor. The fourth edition of Drag Devices Data Base by Victor Shane has a lot of case histories of multihulls in storms for those who need additional opinions besides those reported in detail by the Pardeys. Another good reference is Earl Hinz's Heavy Weather Tactics Using Sea Anchors and Drogues. He spent a lot of page writing about the need to have the para anchor and the boat about one wavelength apart. One more thing. I have not been misled into thinking that a bigger sea anchor would be better than one that is the correct size for your boat. The generation of the protective Von Kármán vortex street depends on the boat drifting slowly — quite slowly actually — straight downwind. Too large a chute, too slow a drift and, hence, no protective Von Kármán vortex street. John Foster Canting Crab Claw, J/24 Alameda




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John — We don't think there is any way to know if the Von Kármán vortex street could have saved either cat. In the case of Catshot, nobody knows exactly how or when the cat came to be upside down. For all we know she was flipped while hove to trying to benefit from a Von Kármán vortex street. In the case of Haley, crewman Kevin Klinges of Ketchum, Idaho, reported that several hours before they flipped, a wave that was easily 45-ft high broke on the back of the cat, nearly flipping her then. So presumably the wave that did flip her several hours later was either bigger, steeper or somehow caught the cat in a more vulnerable position. The question we have is whether or not a drogue could successfully be deployed and maintained in such a position for a long period of time. After all, the chafe and strains have to be incredible in such conditions, even assuming a wave didn't break on top of the cat. And in the case of Haley, they'd successfully endured the huge seas for nearly two days before they flipped, so for a long time their strategy of running with it had been successful. If we recall correctly, neither of the two cats that survived the Queen's Birthday Storm in the South Pacific in '94 had hove to. Battered and without steering, they simply bobbed on the surface during the maelstrom. Of course, different strategies would probably work better for different cats — and monohulls. In the case of Profligate, our strategy would be to run with it for absolutely as long as possible. Maybe that's because we're old surfers and because we made sure the bows are high out of the water and have lots of volume. A delivery crew got caught with her off Pt. Sur in 45 to 55-kts of wind and 23-ft seas a few years ago. While they wanted to continue to motor into the wind and seas at half a knot, we insisted that they turn around and run with it. According to skipper Bruce Ladd, as An aerial view of Mexico's soon as they did, life became a Guadalupe Island and its lot better. They were able to 'sail' vortex street. under structure alone at 5 to 12 knots with the autopilot steering, and the crew soon ceased to be seasick. They were partially pooped once. We suppose it's possible at some point for the waves to become too steep to ride down, but our job is to make sure we and/or her crew never find themselves in that situation. In the case of the Leopard 45 'ti Profligate, we'd probably prefer to lay to a sea anchor. ⇑⇓TURN IT OFF, LIVE IT UP, GO SAILING I’m sitting in the cockpit of Catspaw reading the letters in the March edition and laughing. How ironic that I am reading letters regarding sailing with strange men, towing dinghies, whether to have televisions aboard or not, whether to take dogs sailing, and so forth. I’m not really singlehanding this weekend because I have Gracie and Grey along as crew. Gracie is a rescued Border Collie mutt, and Grey is a rescued cat who has been run over by a car and rebuilt. ($$$!) For everyone's information, titanium plates in your pelvis won’t mess up the compass. Gracie barfed four times in the cockpit during our threehour sail from Alamitos Bay to Newport Beach. We had steady sevens the first hour of that trip, even while towing the hard dinghy. We didn't lose the dinghy either. Grey stayed below and glared at me, but no barf this trip.

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salon seems like the way to go. The cat also seems like the way to go because I don't like heeling over for hours at a time. I just turned 52 and, having been in law and real estate for a while, want to get out of the biz. I'm very seriously considering retiring. Right now I own a powerboat that I berth opposite the Marina Green. I used to sail, but it was hard getting my wife to join me, as she was more comfortable on the powerboat. But once again, you made an extremely compelling argument to have fun while you're still able to. Anonymous Anonymous — Yacht management companies have very different policies. For example, The Moorings has a program that will guarantee you a certain amount of monthly income — even if your boat is never chartered. That's fairly low risk, so we suspect when all things are considered there is also a fairly low rate of return on the investment. We put our used Leopard 45 cat in an entirely different program at BVI Yacht Charters. We get to use our cat as much as we want whenever we want, and we get 70% of all charter income. However, we also have to pay for berthing, insurance, clean-up after charters, repairs and so forth. Our assumption is that, since we're taking a greater share of the risk — we're going to eat it big time if terrorists attack airlines or some drunk charterer puts the cat on a reef — we probably have the potential for a better return on our investment. Almost all yacht management companies will show you projected — not guaranteed — financials. We suggest that you contact them for a copy, and to find out if they want any more boats in their fleets. But as we said, we know boats and we know the Caribbean, so we're going to have to see a profit — beyond our substantial use of the boat — before we're convinced there is one. And because we always assume the worst, we've braced ourselves for the chance that we may have to replace an engine and the boat will be out of service for several months, really stunting income. Having said that, we can report that, despite not coming into service until very late in the season, 'ti Profligate is already booked through BVI Yacht Charters for two weeks a month for March, April, May and June, plus for another eight days in November. We certainly have no complaints with a start like that. And if they somehow manage to squeeze another week in both May and June, we might even dance a little jig. Late summer and fall are the low season, of course, when the prices drop and business falls off significantly. The bottom line is that we don't know how it's going to work out financially, but plan on letting you know a year from now. We can also tell you that if you suggest something like that as an 'investment' to a Suze Ormand or a Bob Brinker, you'd be booked for murder, because they'd die laughing. But we doubt you're modeling your life on theirs. When we mentioned that we intend to have the cat in the program for just three years, it's not because she'll necessarily be forced out, but rather because by that time we think we'd like to have a similar arrangement with a cat in the Med, the East Coast of Australia, or Thailand. But who knows, maybe we'll keep her in the Caribbean. According to our agreement with the charter company, we can cancel our arrangement with three month's notice, provided sisterships can be found to take care of the charters that had been booked for her. And, frankly, we don't know how long the company will allow our boat to be in their program. We assume it's as long as she's popular with customers which, in the case of Leopard 45s, Caribbean charter all-stars for years, is going to be quite a long time. There will be lots of charter outfits represented at the Strictly

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⇑⇓WE USED A ZODIAC AS A LIFERAFT I’m responding to Jean Winter, who wrote for advice about what kind of liferaft to buy when going cruising. You may recall that my Morgan 45 Painkiller sank on April 30, 2000, when 120 miles north of Cartegena in the Caribbean Sea. We didn't have a liferaft to get into, but used a Zodiac Yachtline RIB for that purpose. Since that incident, I’ve attended many of the major boat shows around the country and spent a lot of time with liferaft vendors. Before buying a liferaft, I think Winter needs to ask herself the following questions: 1) What kind of cruising will I be doing? Warm water, cold water or both. The answer to that will tell her what type of floor — single layer or double layer — she should get. 2) Do I want a canopy? Based on my experience, the answer to that should always be 'yes'. 3) How many tubes? The more tubes, probably the safer and drier the liferaft. 4) Hard canister on deck or valise down below? 5) But the most important question is, what is the maximum number of people who might ever have to get into the liferaft. Everyone needs to know that a 'man', as in a 'four-man liferaft', gets four square feet. How big is four square feet? If you have an average size 14-year-old around, sit him/her on their bottom and wrap their arms around their legs, and he/she will occupy about four square feet. If you're bigger than a 14-year-old, as most adults are, that's nowhere near enough room. In fact, the three of us who had to survive in Painkiller's RIB occupied about 20-sq-ft. Liferaft buyers also need to ask themselves how long they would be comfortable sitting on their bottom with their knees toward their chin with their arms wrapped around their legs. If the answer is "not very long," they might need to increase the number of 'men' their raft will hold. If you've ever had to survive in a liferaft at sea, only My guess is the biggest and best will do the next time around. that a couple would want to have a minimum of a six-man liferaft. Also, should I ever find myself in the position again to have to use a liferaft, I’m going to: 1) Light off the 406 EPIRB/GPS early; 2) Call the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Miami on my fully charged Satphone; 3) Tie my RIB next to my double-walled, double-tubed, canopied, water-ballasted, eight-man (for a crew of three) liferaft; 4) Be wearing a long-sleeved shirt, a big floppy canvas hat securely fastened to my head, along with my polycotton pants and my reef-runner shoes. 5) Have lip and skin protection — and plenty of it — along with my jugs of water, food and other supplies. 6) While I’m waiting for help to arrive, I’ll double-check my flare gun and the three dozen shells that will go with it. The

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18 we had last time were almost not enough. 7) I'll make sure that my fully charged handheld VHF is tied on to something secure, and make sure everyone is wearing a signal mirror, whistle and has a strobe light on their upper arm. One last thing: The dollars and cents math on survival gear is simple — if you need it and don’t have it, your family will have to hold a memorial service rather than throw a party on your next birthday. But if you have what you need, chances are they'll get to host another birthday party. As for the extra cost? Well, you’ll be around to get a job if need be to pay for all the safety stuff you bought. Captain Ron Landmann Minden, Nevada Readers — Having had to go through a life and death experience in an inflatable on the rough Caribbean Sea, Landmann knows what he's talking about. When he says that a six-man liferaft is about right for three people, we couldn't agree more. You have to remember that if you need to get into a liferaft, the sea conditions are likely to be very rough as opposed to like those in a swimming pool. The other thing to remember is that, if you have an EPIRB, Satphone, VHF and lots of flares, you shouldn't have to spend too long in a raft, and therefore the chances of your survival are greatly increased. This is a far cry from when we started Latitude 30 years ago, when it wasn't unknown for cruisers who lost their boats to have to spend weeks, if not months, in liferafts waiting to be rescued or die. Articles were written about how to do things like give pee enemas to ward off dehydration. ⇑⇓I EVEN OFFERED TO PAY FOR NEW MOORINGS With regard to the Angel Island mooring screw up, you guys are right in saying, "considering how long it took for them to install the new field in the first place, we aren’t holding our breath.” The Ayala Cove mooring field has been dangerous for a long time: — See the letter to Latitude from Louk Wijsen of Noordzee on page 60 of the October '01 issue. — See Kim Haworth's December '01 About the Bay column in Bay and Delta Yachtsman. — One of our crew fell in the water, having been unable to easily secure a line. — Sue Robba, a friend of ours, got her leg badly scraped while attempting to secure a line. — My European stainless-steel version of the 'Happy Hooker' is useless on these moorings, although we were able to use these tools on two large Swans in Europe/Med. Based on these '01 items, I called the Park Service and offered to pay for new moorings — the tripod heads are $75 each — but they were too busy spending $300K+ to make the top of Mt. Anne Livermore politically correct and could not afford my offer. It seems to me that they have done a hi-tech bureaucratic overkill, which will make Ayala Cove even more dangerous for the many novices who try to moor there. There is absolutely no need for flotation devices on the underwater mooring lines, as the heavy chain works perfectly. And if they 'rotate' the field, it will become a most uncomfortable anchorage, with large side swells at all times, leading to gear failure. Boats must be tied up pointing toward Richmond to survive the wakes from passing Bay traffic. If experienced sailors require a diver to moor in Ayala Cove,

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Mike — To be clear, the Department of Boating and Waterways was responsible for the new mooring field, not the Parks Department. In fact, Parks notified DBW as soon as the issue with the floats came up but it took a few days to get the official word to close the field until repairs could be made. To DBW's credit, they fast-tracked the project and the field was The moorings at Ayala Cove have been reopened within two repaired and reopened. weeks. Now the moorings are not only user-friendly but environmentally-friendly as well. Check out Sightings for a full report on the new mooring field. ⇑⇓IT'S OUR PLEASURE Back in September of '03, I wrote to ask if you knew anything about a boat I was thinking of buying for my first boat. It turned out that I didn't get the boat. And it seems like centuries ago, for since then there have been two more children, two more graduate degrees, and symmetrically enough, two more boats. But I thought this would be a nice time to compliment you on the steadfast support and encouragement that you’ve given me since that autumn. Four years ago I was lucky if I didn’t accidentally hank the jib to a shroud — something I actually did on a rental at Whiskeytown Lake. Ah, the humiliation! But although I'm hardly a weathered seaman, I now find myself becoming the sailor that I've always wanted to be. I'm taking the Coast Guard Auxiliary's Basic Coastal Navigation course at Dana Point. In addition, I now have a Pacific Seacraft 25 at Dana Point, and am bringing her back to bristol condition as quickly as I can make it down to the marina. And, when I can’t get down to the ocean from Lake Arrowhead, which is where I now live, I sail my Cape Dory Typhoon on the lake. For these past years I have been an avid reader of Latitude. Nowadays I make sure that I pick up an extra copy for my neighbor across the street here in Lake Arrowhead, no matter if I'm at West Marine or Minney's, getting the next bit of gear for Valaskjalf, my Typhoon, or Sjöstrøm, my Pacific Seacraft 25. You folks are a wonderful, blessed group of people for whom I am deeply grateful, and I want to thank you for working so bloody hard. Jonathan Eells Sjöstrøm, Pacific Seacraft 25 Lake Arrowhead Jonathan — It makes our load a little lighter to know that people like you appreciate what we do. ⇑⇓WE'VE JUST CAUGHT THE 802 BLUES OURSELVES We've just learned of the clipping issues you've had with

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your Icom 802 SSB radio. We'd recently installed one on AnamCara, and this morning it started to clip like yours does. Nonetheless, we are currently underway from Las Hadas to Barra and are loving life. Rocketeer is still waiting in Alamitos Bay for our return this summer so we can cruise the Channel Islands. By the way, we have married our two boats and are expecting our new Hylas 54RS to be delivered in the fall of '08. She'll spend her first year out of California cruising from British Columbia to Mexico. Jerry McNeil & Susan Felder S/V Rocketeer & M/Y AnamCara Jerry and Susan — We're sorry to hear about your radio problems. We're told that powerboats have far fewer problems with 802s than do sailboats because they have less clutter to interfere with the antenna. While it's not likely to be a solution, it might be worth carefully going over your antenna and ground set-up, as poor set-ups are what cause the 802s to clip. They do that to protect 'backwash' from the antenna that would otherwise destroy the transmitter. We will have more on this issue as it develops. Congratulations on the new boat coming down the pipe. As for your "loving life" comment, that's the sentiment we got from an overwhelming number of cruisers when we were down in Mexico for the season. And they weren't just loving life — but LOVING LIFE! ⇑⇓MORE ICOM PROBLEMS I think the problems with the Icom 802 are pretty well documented already. I was on friend's boat in Fiji this summer — he and his wife are circumnavigating aboard their Hylas 49 — when he mentioned that they not only had problems with their Icom 802, but so did many of the other cruisers they'd met along the way. He brought his 802 back to Icom over the holidays for service. He's back aboard now, but I haven't heard whether or not the radio is working properly. I've also heard that the problems are limited to the early 802s. Graham Macmillan Richmond Graham — For what it's worth, our non-functioning 802 was purchased in October of '05. Based on what we now know, later 802s have the same problem in certain installations as do earlier ones. ⇑⇓MAYBE IT'S THE MICROPHONE Four boats equipped with Icom SSB radios had failures during the last Singlehanded TransPac. The symptom was clipped transmissions that became increasingly worse until finally the units wouldn't transmit at all. Replacing the microphones fixed the problem. Mark Deppe Alchera, J/120 San Francisco Mark — Your report is both interesting — and a little spooky. We don't know of any other cases where the clipping problem has anything to do with the microphones. ⇑⇓CORROSION ON THE CONNECTIONS? The symptoms you described in 'Lectronic Latitude for the problems you are having with your Icom 802 SSB radio — "clipped transmissions and very limited range" — are almost always the result of corrosion on power connections. It may

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LETTERS be that the 802 is somehow more susceptible to this type of problem than the Icom 710. Paul Mathews Electronic Engineer West Coast Paul — We're aware that corrosion is frequently the culprit when there are electrical and/or electronic problems, but we don't think that's the problem in this case. For one thing, we've had three radio professionals check for things like corrosion, and they didn't find anything. Furthermore, there have been cases in which Icom 802s were swapped out with Icom 710s, and the 710s worked fine. We are following the situation carefully and will report as soon as we know more.

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⇑⇓SO IT'S NOT JUST ME? I'm also having problems with my 802. My boat has a steel hull, so the experts tell me that I should, because of favorable grounding, have great transmitting power. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I've had my installation checked out on several occasions by very knowledgeable amateur radio operators. Gosse Van Der Ploeg Nakiska Curacao Gosse — Normally, steel boats would be expected to have better grounding. Ironically, the boat that convinced Icom that there was a problem with the 802s, David Masters' Endeavour in La Paz, is steel. Nonetheless, her antenna set up had a terrible SWR which made it almost impossible for his unmodified 802 to work. More from him a few letters down. ⇑⇓WE HAVE NO TROUBLE RECEIVING We purchased an Icom 802 in '05. We haven't tried to use it much, but when we have, we haven't had any problem receiving transmissions from long distances. Unfortunately, we're only able to transmit for short distances. Rich, Deb, Kyle and Ryan Farmer Oasis, Mariner 48 San Diego ⇑⇓MINE WORKS FINE I have the Icom M802 and an AT-140 tuner, using a separate 12 AWG antenna wire — and haven't had any problems at all. Icom says that the clipping occurs due to a high SWR. High SWR usually indicates a less than ideal RF ground, or perhaps an antenna problem. For insulated backstays, this could be a bad GTO connection. It's really handy to keep a Yaesu YS-60 SWR meter onboard. This measures radio SWR and output power, and can be used to optimize the RF ground and antenna. John Purins Adventure, BCC #79 John — Thanks for the good tip. We're glad that your 802 works fine, but have to caution you that a disproportionate number of 802s that have the clipping problem developed it after working fine for period of time. See the following letter for an example.


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LETTERS characterize the problem before shipping it back to Icom. Here's a copy of the letter that I sent to them: "This radio (IC-M802, serial number 01864) has an intermittent transmit power problem. With a power meter attached to the antenna port, I observed that the output power often starts at full (approximately 150 watts), then drops after a few seconds to about 5 to 10 watts, then randomly cycles up and down every few seconds. Sometimes the transmit power will stay at full for up to a minute, but more often it drops out after just a few seconds. This happens on low, medium and high power settings, and all across the frequency band. I have checked the radio’s installation carefully, and also tested the radio in another M802-equipped boat, with the exact same test results." Icom repaired the radio under warranty, although the oneyear warranty period had expired several years before. They told me the problem was caused by dirty connectors between circuit boards that was caused by "smoke contamination." I never had any smoke on the boat, so that made no sense. The radio worked fine after the repair for two years, at which time I sold the boat. It sounds like this is a common failure mode for the M802. Lou Dietz Ace, Passport 42 Mountain View, CA


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⇑⇓SAME PROBLEM WITH OUR 802 Our new Icom 802 has also exhibited some of the signal clipping problems that you've experienced. We have been in contact with the Icom service department, and they are very aware of the problem. They are fairly confident they have come up with a fix. We are currently in La Cruz on Banderas Bay, and just shipped our unit to Washington for the fix. This way we'll have a properly functioning radio for our crossing to Hawaii in April. Our plan is to return to Berkeley in July. David Masters of the La Paz-based Endeavor has been working most closely with Icom's engineers on the problem. Here's a copy of an email I received from him in February: "Good news on the M802. The guys from Icom were down for another three days, and it looks like the problem with the M802 is pretty well cornered. We tested a number of antennas, several tuners, and even installed a 710-RT to compare performance. We got consistent performance through a wide range of frequencies. The mod-2, in which they replaced a very small resistor and capacitor on one of the boards in the 802, seems to fix a very large portion of the clipping problem. Icom tells me they can fix all the clipping, but the radio would work exactly like the 710. I prefer what I have with my 802, and will soon explain my take on it. Initially, it looked like there was still a small residual problem on Endeavor in the 8MHz range. We tested all kinds of things over a two-day period to try and iron it out, but just couldn’t find the problem — although it seemed clear that it was something outside the radio. Swapping tuners, swapping cables, and swapping the 802 for a 710 didn’t make any difference. Everyone was very frustrated. The Icom guys left, we moved Endeavor to the other end of La Paz and — magically — the clipping problem was much reduced. We are currently thinking that there was something either in one of the other boats at that end of town, or in the surrounding area, that was causing our headache. SWR — standing wave ratio — for 8MHz in our two days of frustrating testing was between 1.7 and 2.5 — which is very high. SWR for 8MHz at this end of town has consistently been

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1.1-1.2 for the last two days — although we did have a short period where it was back at 1.7. I’ll keep you informed of any progress we have in tracking down this gremlin. I’m currently getting reports of clear signals for all of the frequencies I’ve been using. Weather guy Don Anderson of Summer Passage reports that he can still detect a light clipping on 8122 from me, but my signal is definitely usable. Now that I'm out of the marina, I haven't heard anyone else report that I am clipping. I’m also getting much quicker connections to SailMail, and much higher connection speeds for both uploads and downloads. I’m happy with this fix. Icom is one of the most respected names Of interest to in marine radios, but there have been some, we had a chance some problems with the 802 SSB. to compare the M802 and the M710 side by side. The rap is that the 802 clips while the 710 never clips. This is true, but read on. Both performed as predicted by the Icom engineers. When faced with high SWR, the M802 keeps output power high — above 100 watts — and clips off the potentially damaging voice peaks. This causes the clipping effect. The unmodified M802 is overly sensitive, and does this too readily in some installations — mostly on sailboats with backstay antennas. The M802 with the mod-2 does a good job, clipping only in pretty extreme circumstances, but still keeping up substantial output power. The M710 — we tested the M710RT — deals with elevated SWR differently. Rather than clip off the peaks, it pulls back the power overall to protect the output circuitry. The result is that there is no clipping, but the output power drops to about 30 watts at high power and stays there. The result is no clipping, but a much weaker signal — only about one-third of the output power compared to the 802. Given the tradeoff, I’m personally happier with the M802 approach — assuming the radio has the mod-2. Even with high SWR in the test situation, the mod-2 was putting out plenty of power with much reduced clipping. We had no problem getting through and carrying on a conversation with other stations, and nobody had trouble understanding us. The trade-off is between a strong signal and slight clipping in unusual situations with the modified M802 and/or a two-thirds reduction in output power and no clipping in the same unusual conditions with the 710. I would rather have the full power of the 802 than the reduced power of the 710, especially as we plan to head off to South America soon. I’m certain that not everyone will see the trade-off the same way, but I am opting for the output power. There are also several improvements that have been made between the 710 and the 802 that make the M802 easier to use." That's the end of Master's report. I hope it helps. Greg Davids Pacifica, Ericson 39-B Baja Ha-Ha Class of ‘06 Greg — Thanks for all the very helpful information. The report from Masters on Endeavour is excellent, and we think

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LETTERS lays out the situation pretty clearly, making a difficult subject easy to understand. We had a very pleasant and informative conversation with Rodney Grim, the head tech guy at Icom. There are only two things we found a little funky with his explanation. First, the business about the 802 clipping problems usually being associated with boats that use backstays for antennas. Profligate doesn't have a backstay, let alone a backstay antenna. Even more troubling is that our 802 — as well as others — have worked fine, and then in as little as 30 minutes began to suffer from severe clipping problems. Are we to believe that our SWR suddenly turned much worse in 30 minutes? ⇑⇓EAR EBOLA PREVENTION I read about the problems — "ear ebola" — that surfer/ sailor Liz Clark of the Santa Barbara-based Swell has had with her ears. I'm not a surfer, but as a diver I used to have a similar problem with my ears. But I haven't had a problem since I adopted the following two practices: 1) I irrigate my ears every month with a solution of water (75%) and hydrogen peroxide (25%). To do this well, you need an ear syringe — available in just about every pharmacy — for sucking up the solution and then squirting it into your ears. Let the solution sit in your ear for a few minutes, during which time you'll hear some fizzing as the hydrogen peroxide attacks the wax in your ear. Repeat this about four or five times, then vigorously irrigate and flush your ear with warm water. It’s easiest to do this in the shower. This process also eliminates wax build-up in the ear. 2) After each dive, I fill each of my ears with a solution that is 50/50 white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. I let it sit for five minutes, my head cocked so the solution fills one ear at a time. The vinegar is kind of smelly, but it dissipates in a short time. The theory behind this is that the vinegar alters the pH in your ear, killing all the nasty bugs feasting on the poopy saltwater in your ear. The rubbing alcohol makes your ear dry faster and more completely. It’s the continuous 'water-logging' that causes the cells lining the ear to swell, which opens tiny spaces on the lining so bacteria can start festering. Following the two steps I outlined above each time you come out of the water might seem a little onerous, but the results are well worth it. David Bereznai Planet Earth David — A surfing mishap blew a hole in our left eardrum so many years ago that it prevented us from being shipped off to Vietnam. We were told never to swim again, but found that doing something similar to what you suggest kept our brain lining from repeatedly getting infected. Nonetheless, since neither of us is a doctor, we highly recommend that Clark — and anyone else thinking of trying such cures — clear them with a doctor first. After all, what might be good for one kind of ear problem may be bad for another.

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Cold case solved — Left, 'Aquavit' in 1981. Right, 'Velenga' in 2007.

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To 'complete' the story, Cindy acquired Velenga after the boat had been savaged by a second hurricane, Cyclone Waka, which hit Tonga on New Year's Eve, 2001. Cindy immediately fell in love with the spirited little survivor and helped with the repairs. When her then-owners left to run a charterboat base on another island, they surprised Cindy by giving her Velenga! She has since installed a new head, new galley, redesigned V-berth and done many other upgrades. Cindy sails and occasionally races the boat regularly. Do you have a tale of love lost and refound (boats only, please)? If so, send it to John Riise at and perhaps we'll run it in a future issue. Excuse us, please. In last month's Letters, we mistakenly wrote that 'ti Profligate's beam was 30 feet, which was reflected in the corresponding diagram comparing the two boats side-by-side. In reality, 'ti Profligate has a 24-ft beam, 6 feet less than Profligate, decreasing the smaller boat's footprint considerably. At right is a more accurate comparison of the two boats. Operator error. Depending on which email lists you subscribe to, you may have received an alert about State Assembly Bill AB 1458. This is the one that will require all operators of "all vessels" to carry a state-issued operator's certificate. 'Profligate' and 'ti Profligate.' The prospect of a boating license has been around for many years, and gained much momentum during the ascendancy of the PWC and other small, fast and generally dangerous thrillcraft. We always assumed that when licensing came, it would only apply to powered vessels. Assume again. AB 1458 as now written will apply to kayaks, canoes, outriggers, dragon boats and rafts. Rafts? Yes, rafts. Enforcement begins in 2011, affecting the youngest operators first. (Windsurfers and surfers are off the hook, but small boat sailors are not.) Fortunately, this legislation is still a moving target. RBOC, an organization that generally opposes increased regulation of boating, seems to be endorsing the measure. But their position on many of the details remains unclear, and meetings are scheduled to hash out problems. If reason prevails — and Department of Boating and Waterways look like the good guys on this one — then the certificate will only be necessary for boats powered by engines over 15 horsepower. Full text of the bill is at bilinfo.html — search for "1458." — Paul Kamen Last minute boat show reminders. You will doubtless suspect from the massive insert in this issue that something is happening this month. That something is the Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show, scheduled for April 18-22 at Oakland's Jack London Square. The aforementioned massive


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SIGHTINGS interview with paul cayard Paul Cayard has packed a lot into his 47 years — two Olympics, two round-the-world races, and five America’s Cup campaigns, not to mention several world championships. It goes without saying that the Kentfield resident is one of the most successful products of the Bay Area racing scene. So when he came back into town for a brief stopover in March, we thought it was high time to check in with him and see what he’s up to now. No surprise that he has plenty on his plate. Months after returning from the Volvo Ocean Race last summer (he headed the Disneysponsored Pirates of the Carribean campaign, which finished second despite numerous challenges), Cayard and fellow sailing legend Russell Coutts officially announced their plans to start the World Sailing League, a 12-boat, 8-stop professional racing tour for 70-ft catamarans. Meanwhile, he was drafted by Desafío Español to help them prepare for their bid in the 32nd America’s Cup in Valencia this spring. And in the midst of all this, he lends his name and time to several sailing foundations on the Bay. continued on outside column of next sightings page


Even though Cayard’s team finished second in last year’s Volvo Ocean Race, he feels it was much more rewarding than his win aboard ‘EF Language’ in 1998.

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textmarks Never mind that trusty, and usually waterlogged, tide book. There’s a new free tool in town for getting tide, current, and even wind conditions at several spots around the Bay. Meet TextMarks. By sending a text message to 41411 from your cell phone with a specific keyword (“sftides” for upcoming tidal info, “sfcurrents” for max and slack currents, “aiwind” for the current and recent wind conditions at Angel Island, or “ggwind” for similar conditions at the Golden Gate), you can instantly have the info at your fingertips. When we tried it the other day, we had a reply faster than we could say “Where’s my tide book?” The service is the brainchild of San Francisco J/105 and Laser sailor Ariel

SIGHTINGS Poler, a tech entrepreneur and founder of the company TextMarks. “Basically, our system takes information already available on the Web and puts it out on-demand via SMS or text messaging,” Poler explains. San Francisco wind, current and tide data comes from www. The sailing-related TextMarks have only been up for a week, and at this time they’re only available for San Francisco Bay. But Poler says anyone can create their own TextMark for other areas without needing a degree in computer science. If land-based information is what you’re after, there are TextMarks that give movie rankings or even tell you when the continued in middle column of next sightings page

cayard — cont’d We talked to Cayard about the Volvo, the America’s Cup, his kids’ interest with sailing and, of course, the World Sailing League. Bring us up to date on the World Sailing League. What’s happened since the announcement in Portugal last month? We’re going forward full-speed ahead. We’re working on the technical and commercial parts simultaneously. We just met with the designers and builders recently. It’s such a large undertaking that we’ll have to spread the construction around several builders in order to get sailing by 2009. For now, we’re finalizing the boat design. The goal is to have prototypes sailing by the end of this year, but it’s more likely to be January or February, somewhere in the Mediterranean. What are the next steps? We’re getting much of the organizational side sorted now. Basically it’s a matter of getting budgets and numbers together so that we can give prospective teams and venues a package, and we hope to give them that information in June. The next step will be to go more public with the Paul Cayard. commercial side in June. Contracts with builders will be sorted around that time as well. What kind of response have you seen so far? We’ve had a lot of interest from both teams and venues. They’re waiting for us to get all of our cards in order. On the team side, the interest has come from people who already have teams for the French and Scandinavian multihull circuits. It won’t be exclusively multihull sailors; there’s some interest on the America’s Cup level, too. But the multihull world is in a bit of disarray since the ORMA circuit fell apart, so a few of those folks are interested. Given the seeming availability of the ORMA 60s, why did you decide to go with a whole new design? We chose the 70s because we wanted a one-design boat. The ORMA tris are somewhat complex, and we wanted a boat that is fairly simple and is easily powered up. We want to avoid the situation where you go out and there isn’t enough wind to race. With the cats, you’ll be able to sail in 6 knots of breeze or 35 knots. Of course, one of the issues will be how to de-power the boats. How did you come to meet and select Mr. Lagos? We met him when we were trying to get this off the ground back in 2005, and he was interested in having a Portuguese venue. We came back to him, and he agreed to be involved. Obviously, as a sports promoter, this is what he does. What would it take from the City of San Francisco, or some other Bay Area city, to get the nod to host a stop on the tour? It takes a certain amount of infrastructure. We’d need the city, or someone locally, to host the event — to set up the village and the team bases. And there’s a certain amount of financial value to bringing the event here. When we’re ready again in June, we may get in touch with them. San Francisco has value and interest to us as a venue because it’s such a natural sailing stadium. And, because of that, we may be willing to contact them, whereas other cities are really searching out events to bring people to them. Your initial impressions about the America’s Cup after you arrived in Valencia were quite refreshing. Have they changed after two months in Valencia? Not really. It’s an interesting game, but it’s just not exciting sailcontinued on outside column of next sightings page April, 2007 •

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SIGHTINGS cayard — cont’d ing. That’s the thing that impressed me the most. The America’s Cup is about the organization, the teams, the painstakingly meticulous preparation for racing. But it’s not about the sailing. What will your involvement be for the rest of the event? I’m going back to Spain for another 10 days now to finish my contract with Desafío Español. But I won’t be racing with them. It’s not my program, and it’s not set up the way I would want it to be. I don’t really feel like it’s my team. I’ve been offered the opportunity to do some work with the Italian TV coverage, based on my connections with the Italians during previous Cups. I’ll do some of the rounds with them. It’s a much smaller time commitment, and I can be over there for just a few weeks at a time. You seemed to really enjoy the Volvo experience this last time around. How did the 2005-06 race differ from the race you won in ‘98, on a personal level? More satisfying? Less? Even though we got second on Pirates, I’d say it was a more satisfying achievement, particularly given the issues with the boat and how late we were getting started. I did it this time because of the canting technology, and Disney’s involvement. Professionally, to climb the hill and get second, and to have lived through the race, was pretty rewarding. Were there any particularly hairy moments when you wondered why you were out there? I don’t think I ever really wondered why I was there, but in the Southern Indian Ocean, when the boat was cracking and we were taking on water, and we were a couple thousand miles from anywhere, it was a little scary. We didn’t know if we were going to have to get in the life raft, or what was going to happen. After 35,000 miles on a canting keel boat, what’s your take on that technology? I think canting keels are a very smart thing — they reduce draft, add more horsepower. It’s going to stick around for any type of sailing, and I think it could be a really good technology for big cruising boats. Will the WSL preclude you from doing another Volvo? I’ve had conversations with a couple of teams for the next race in 2008-09. But I’m getting older, and you have to start evaluating things from a risk-reward perspective. I’ve learned not to say never. Anything is possible. Your son and daughter have taken up sailing recently. Are you pleased that they’ve embraced competitive sailing? My son picked up sailing when he started high school, and my daughter followed him into it. The fact that they like it is certainly pleasing to me, and I’m happy if they’re enjoying it. But that’s their thing. I learned a long time ago not to push my kids. We understand that you’re involved in several local sailing foundations. What is your take on the state of junior sailing in the Bay these days? San Francisco YC, St. Francis YC, Treasure Island Sailing Center — they’re all good programs and are good opportunities for kids. With my own kids’ involvment, I see that parents have to do a lot, too; it’s still a rather expensive sport, after all. But sailing seems pretty healthy in the youth age bracket. Where will we see you sailing next? I am sailing a bit on Moneypenny, Jim Swartz’s Swan 601. Otherwise, I don’t have any real plans at this point. In life you go through different phases and, right now, I’m putting a higher priority on my kids. My son graduates from high school in May, and my daughter is a junior, so one’s going off to college and the other is getting ready for it. Sure, I could work harder, and get right into another AC or Volvo campaign. And maybe, once they’re in college, I’ll get back into it, but for now I’m enjoying being around my kids. — ss Page 114 •

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textmarks next bus is coming on selected Muni lines. Apparently one of the most accessed of the more than 250 TextMarks available gives wind information for flying conditions at ‘The Dump’, a popular hang gliding spot near Pacifica. Most TextMarks are free, aside from any regular fees your wireless carrier may charge for text messaging. This seems to us like it’ll be a boon for all sailors, but it remains to be seen how it will be received by racers — or race committees. Most sailing instructions restrict

The Barrans had already commissioned the building of a new Antrim-designed 40-footer when their previous boat sank from a whale hit, above. Notice the structure, right, hanging from the ceiling — that’s the new head waiting for installation.

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xl resurrected Since the late 1980s, the Northern California boat building industry has been more akin to a California raisin than a golden nugget. Long gone are the glory days of Santa Cruz’s ‘fast is fun’ scene, when Olson, Alsberg, Moore and Lee could barely keep up with the demand for new boats. It’s been even longer since a new sailboat came out of the Bay Area — 25 years, by some estimates. But there are signs of a new era in a shed at Berkeley Marine Center, where Cree Partridge and a crew of experts, including his former business partner, John Palmer, and veteran boat builder Gordie Nash, are building a new 40-ft racer/cruiser for a Southern California family. You may recall Antony Barran and his father, Nick, whose ILC 40 continued on outside column of next sightings page


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SIGHTINGS xl — cont’d Mureadritta XL now lies at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean after a whale hit the boat 400 miles northeast of Hawaii when they were on the way home from the Pacific Cup last summer. When the whale struck, the Barrans were already well into the process of commissioning a new, more family-friendly boat. The original plan was to use parts from Mureadritta XL on the new boat to save money. There was even talk of sawing the deck off the old boat to use on the new one. In an instant, that plan changed dramatically. “Once we realized we were starting from scratch, we redesigned the chainplates, eliminated the running backstays, and decided to go with a carbon deck,” Antony explained. “In the end, I think we’ll end up with a much more modern and better boat. But I’m still disappointed with the way we lost the old boat, and I hope never to go through that again.” The new boat, bearing the name XL and sporting the same sail number as its sunken predecessor, is expected to launch in May. continued on outside column of next sightings page


Rick Wesslund, above, has been tearing up the Caribbean this winter aboard his J/120 ‘El Ocaso’, most recently winning his fleet in the St. Martin Heineken Regatta. He’s doing so well, he has decided to stay on the East Coast for the summer.

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ac If you don’t believe that America’s Cup Management — the business created to oversee all things AC for the 32nd race for the Auld Mug — is a for-profit company, allow us produce our first piece of evidence: Television Rightsholder Programme Schedules. In mid-March, ACM released the 21page document, which breaks down the approved TV coverage schedule, including time, length of programming, and channel for each of 18 countries that will broadcast racing. If travel plans will take you overseas between now and July, and you absolutely must watch the dial-ups and mid-race

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xl — cont’d The new XL is nothing if not a local affair: East Bay yacht designer Jim Antrim drew the boat’s lines; Palmer, who now works for a company that makes precision cutting systems in Grass Valley, handled all of the patterns for the framing; the rig is from Ballenger Spars in Santa Cruz; and the rudder and bearings are by ACC Marine near Santa Cruz. “It’s great to have a Bay Area-built boat,” Antony said. “There’s a strong heritage here, and a lot of talented guys in Northern California wish they could have a boat to build.” The father-son team could easily have gone outside California to build the new boat — to South Africa or New Zealand, for example, where the dollar is weaker — but that was never really a serious option. “Having Jim near the boat and having him work with a builder he knew was critical,” Antony explained. And, contrary to popular belief, keeping it local hasn’t added very much to the bottom line, particularly when inspection trips and shipping are factored in. To say that Antony and Nick are pleased with the project so far is an understatement. “This is the first time I’ve watched a boat being built,” said Antony, who’s literally watching the construction from his Southern California office via Web cam updates every 15 minutes. “It’s almost as fun as sailing.” Of course, it hasn’t been without some heartbreaks along the way, the biggest being the total loss of XL’s predecessor. “We had to take a six-week hiatus from the project while we recovered from losing the old boat,” Antony recalled. But as soon as the greiving period was over, construction began last October. “Cree and his guys are bending over backward to make this a smooth process,” Antony gushed. Partridge, whose business shifted to refits and haulouts when the boat building industry moved offshore, admits the rules of the game have changed since he last built a boat 20 years ago. Back then, even with computer lofting, the process was imprecise, which meant more faring and fine-tuning when the various pieces of the boat were put together. “This time, the exact lines went from Jim’s computer, to John’s computer for framing, and then to my computer — in about six seconds,” he explained. Although the boat will have a full interior and is intended to be comfortable for family cruises to Catalina — a full galley, forward stateroom and pressurized fresh water — there’s no question it’s a race boat. For the first year, XL will stick mostly to SoCal waters — the schedule calls for stops at Long Beach Race Week, the Santa Barbara to King Harbor race, and the Southern California PHRF championships. But the boat will come back north in September to make its IRC and Northern California racing debut at the Big Boat Series. — ss

the learning curve While our two crewing experiences last summer were valuable in many ways, the most important lesson we learned is that it's probably best to meet and get to know your fellow crewmates before you join them for an extended cruise. On our coming voyage, we will certainly attempt to follow our own advice. That being said, it was a grand summer adventure for both Carolyn and me. Our first crewing opportunity was with a fascinating and wonderfully eccentric couple in their 50s aboard their S&S-designed 48-ft ketch. We flew to meet them in Dominica in the Eastern Caribbean, and spent two weeks sailing with them from Dominica to Martinique to St. Lucia. We had a romantic anniversary — which included an impromptu serenade from a choir of French Catholic school children — and really got to know the fascinating and impossible-to-describe cruising couple. The wife was the tough and seasoned skipper, and ruled with an experienced and iron hand. continued on outside column of next sightings page April, 2007 •

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SIGHTINGS learning curve — cont’d For us newbie/intermediate-level cruisers, the opportunity to practice all the basics — e.g. dinghy up, dinghy down, cook-clean-store, anchor-anchor-anchor, maintain all systems, legal check in/out, etc. — was invaluable. After the two planned weeks, we parted as friends with the owners. We enjoyed that cruise — especially when compared to the almost 'racing' style of sailing we later experienced while helping deliver a Cal 40 back to California following the Pacific Cup. The delivery crew consisted of three seasoned sailors — a veteran Pacific Cup couple in their late 40s, and a single gentleman of 50 with about 35 years of racing/sailing experience. We were eager to soak up as much of their knowledge as possible. After the grueling 19-day sail, we would have to say that, even if you think that you know somebody based on phone chats, emails, pre-meets and so forth, you just don't know them until you are soaking wet and pissed after pounding/slamming hard for two weeks! Compared to Tambadil, our 40,000 lb almost-full keel Hans Christian, the 15,500-lb, flat forefooted Cal 40 is an excellent boat for surfing downwind, but she gave us a bone-jarring and teeth-rattling upwind voyage home. It's one thing to sail like this for more than two weeks with a wheel, autopilot and dodger, but this boat didn't sport any of these common luxuries. I can’t think of a better first long passage test for Carolyn and me than to hand steer, by tiller, with no dodger, getting constantly slapped in the face by waves for 19 days. Through 23 squalls and 1 gale, we learned much about endurance. Because the rest of the crew were racers, most of the voyage was spent with the boat greatly overcanvassed and with the rail buried. The challenge was increased by the captain’s three recently broken ribs, and the fact that his wife, an experienced sailor, thought she had the flu when we were leaving Hawaii. As it turned out, she passed a kidney stone mid-voyage! With the only painkillers available to her being the vicodin that we had brought in our own personal medical bag, she spent most of the voyage huddled miserably in her bunk. For watches, it just naturally fell out that Carolyn and I sailed at least 12 hours a day, cooked, kept the boat clean, and did the fishing. The other two men sailed the other 12 hours. Carolyn, who proved once again to have an iron stomach, was also the constant nurse for our fellow crewmember, and did it all with her amazing smile. Yes, gents, I am the luckiest guy in the world! Of the beautiful sights, sounds, fun, and experiences that we shared, most are now fogged in an almost mystical memory. We try to talk about it to remind ourselves. Remember that night with a full silver 'moon bow' arcing across the sky? Remember all the great sunsets? Who can forget the huge shark, caught in the translucent clarity of a giant wave, as it swam higher than my head beside me? Those delicious dorado and spicy tuna rolls that Carolyn served perhaps 20 minutes after the fish was landed. The magical time after the gale, alone in the cockpit, PFD still inflated, when the water was alive with dolphins dancing in the moonlight. A lot of great memories. So, with our first big passage, and a kind and flattering letter from our skipper behind us, we look forward to our October departure on what we plan to be a 5- to 10-year world voyage. After 21 years in education — I'm a public school vice principal — and Carolyn’s years as a website/graphic designer, we're both eager to set sail! We plan to sail south with the Ha-Ha in late October, spend a year in the Sea of Cortez, another year between Mazatlan and Panama, followed by a year that starts with a Canal transit and Caribbean crossing, with a few months on the East Coast. If all holds to plan, we'll make visits to the U.K., Baltic countries, Med, Africa, Turkey and more. And we can't think of a better boat to do it in than our oversized and overbuilt Hans Christian 43, with all her heavy and solid gear. — Chad and Carolyn Carvey Page 118 •

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ac repeated twice each day at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. When the LVC finals begin on June 1, racing will again be televised live from 5:30-8 a.m., with repeats at 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. That schedule will hold roughly through the America’s Cup match, with the exception of the first two races, which will be re-broadcast at 8:30 p.m. instead of 9. The evening repeat broadcast returns to its 9 p.m. slot with the third race on June 26.

Spread, Chad and Carolyn Carvey prepared to go cruising by crewing on OPBs (other people’s boats). Above, Chad’s inflatable PFD did its job in the middle of a gale.

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don’t play with fire Fire is always a dangerous proposition on a boat. Wood and resin are natural fuels and, once ignited, are hard to extinguish, as was illustrated by two boat fires in Mexico last month. A 45-ft ketch caught fire at Marina Ensenada around 3 p.m. on March 10 when the owner, identified only as a ‘European cruiser’, forgot to turn off the propane camp stove. The fire spread quickly, and the owner couldn’t control it with his onboard fire extinguisher. The fire department was called, and the Marina Ensenada staff quickly gathered every extinguisher in the marina to keep the blaze from spreading while waiting for the pros to show up. As a result,

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For those without access to Versus, all is not lost. CBS will air a one-hour program with LVC highlights on June 17, and a one-hour program with Cup race highlights on July 8. Both programs are scheduled for 4 p.m. Of course, the usual caveat applies — be sure to check your local listings before you program the TiVo. Coverage times are subject to change. As for what you’ll see, we’re told the

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SIGHTINGS fire — cont’d there was very little damage to the marina and no damage to any other boats. Two fire trucks arrived within 15 minutes, but the fire had progressed so quickly that the propane tanks exploded and the whole boat was engulfed. “The firemen really risked their lives,” reported Lynn Bradshaw aboard her Hans Christian 33T La Vita, “because there was diesel in the tanks, gas in the dinghy and possibly more gas stored on the boat.” After about an hour of pumping water on the blaze, firefighters finally gained the upper hand, but not before both masts had fallen and the boat was gutted. Sadly, the owner only carried liability insurance on the boat, which was declared a total loss. He suffered a burn on his leg and was reportedly in shock over his loss. Ten days later and a little farther south in La Paz, Port Townsend, WA-based Brian Jose (pronounced “yos”) was walking down a dinghy dock to return to his anchored Pearson Triton 28 Shelly B when he realized his home was on fire. The Mexican Navy tried to snuff out the flames, but it was too late. Shelly B burned to the waterline and


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ac — cont’d coverage will be unlike any racing you’ve seen before on TV. Production crews were in San Diego and Valencia last month recording team interviews and special effects, and folks in the know say it will be impressive. Think MTV, according to BMW Oracle Racing’s external affairs advisor Tom Ehman. Frankly, if the sailing is good, it doesn’t matter how slick the post-production is. After all, ESPN’s coverage of the 1987 Cup races in Fremantle drew thousands of sailors and even a few non-sailors to the tube at ungodly hours to watch live coverage with little more than aerial views of the course and cameras on spectator boats. A little breeze can go a long way. — ss

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sank. The cause of the fire may never be determined, but it’s suspected to have been electrical in origin. Sadly, Brian was left with only his driver’s license, the clothes on his back and his flip-flops.

Spread, a 45-ft ketch in Ensenada was destroyed by a galley fire. Check out the plume shooting from the outboard. Inset, the toppled mast acted as a chimney. Above, Brian Jose’s shock at the loss of his boat turned to happiness when the blindfold was removed and he saw the replacement Triton, right.

Cruisers are a tight knit group, however, and Club Cruceros, the cruisers club housed in a small building at Marina de La Paz, passed the hat for the now-homeless Brian. As this issue went to press, more than $1,500 had been raised from donations by cruisers and locals, and many more offers rolled in for temporary accommodations. But a few ‘guardian angels’ took it a step further. On March 21, just a day after his home — and his dream of cruising — was destroyed, Brian Jose was walked blindfolded down the dock at La Marina del Palmar and presented with another Pearson Triton 28! “It was owned by a local and had been at anchor for quite some time,” reported Club Cruceros webmaster Tomas Daly. The ‘angels’ negotiated a price, towed it to the marina, and worked feverishly to clean it up before surprising Brian. Though its rudder is missing, the new boat seems to be in better overall shape than Shelly B. “A work party has already been formed,” reported cruiser Greg Delezynski. “A diver was able to salvage the rudder and winches off Shelly B, and others have volunteered to help re-rig the new boat, work on the engine and help with many other tasks.” If you would like to help out a cruiser in need, contact Club Cruceros at crucerosdelapaz@ So what’s the name of Brian’s new Triton? There was really no other choice: Phoenix. — ld

the clipper race The Clipper Race — the British-run, pay-as-you-go, round-theworld race — has gotten short shrift in these pages in the past. Not because it’s not worthy: 10 identical Dubois 68 sloops crewed by 15-16 amateurs spend almost a year racing through all the oceans of the world; that’s exciting stuff. It’s because historically there have been few American participants and even fewer ties to the West Coast. And, frankly, with all the global racing going on, we have to draw the line somewhere. Change is in the wind, however, and, come this fall, that line is likely to be erased. There is not only a West Coast angle, there is the possibility that the fleet might stop here in San Francisco. You could call Robert Stephens, of Berkeley and Inverness, the agent of that change. The 68-year-old California native has been sailing since he was a youngster. He has owned and raced boats on the Bay since 1969, progressing up through a Pearson Triton and Newport 30 to his present boat, an Express 34 named Quartet. He’s even among the elite few who have been immortalized in these pages in photos of bone-rattling roundups. continued on outside column of next sightings page April, 2007 •

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clipper race — cont’d In his professional life, Robert holds PhD in chemistry and eventually gravitated to a career at Cal/EPA as a mediator when big business and environmental groups sat down to talk. Both his personal and professional lives were turned upside down when his wife was diagnosed with cancer and passed away last year. Among her personal effects was a ‘secret note’ she had written to him, encouraging him to follow his dream of sailing around the world. He had discovered the Clipper Race sometime before that, and quite by accident. He was looking for coverage of the Volvo Ocean Race and sort of stumbled on the Clipper event on TV’s Water Channel. Part of the intrigue was that it seemed very much like the Volvo Race, except for the amateur crews. Each boat wore the flashy livery of a title sponsor, each had a professional skipper aboard, and all expenses such as food and boat maintenance at the 9 or 10 stopBerkeley’s Robert Stephens has signed overs was covered. The big difference, up for this year’s Clipper Race. of course, was that you pay to go. After finding the note and still unsure of what direction his life would take, he happened across the Clipper Race website while visiting his daughter in Portland. As he scrolled around the site, she looked over his shoulder and said, “Go for it, Dad.” And so he did. The many aspects of the Clipper Race — which was started by Robin Knox-Johnston in 1995 and completed its fifth running last summer — are too numerous to recount here. Stephens is particularly interested in its program where Clipper boats take local people sailing during stopovers in various ports. The race also offers an extensive educational tie-in with schools around the world. Using real-time race information, teachers can apply math, geography and other curriculum to students, many of whom become fascinated with the race itself. From the Latitude 38 perspective, perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Stephens’ involvement is the possibility that the race could add San Francisco as a stop. At this writing, the exact route and layover ports for the 20072008 race had not been firmed up. However, in the last race, the fleet ventured into the North Pacific for the first time, stopping in Victoria, British Columbia. That Canadian port is once again tentatively on the docket — and hey, from there it’s just a short hop down the coast to here! “I don’t know how real this is, but the person I’ve been dealing with at Clipper Ventures has been upbeat about the possibility,” says Stephens, who adds he does not have the time or inclination to lobby much for the cause himself. “But it may be that, if there is an expression of real interest from local clubs and so on, then it’s something that could happen.” At present, Stephens is paid up through Australia, which represents about the mid-point of the race. “I originally thought 15,000 miles would be enough, but I would say there is a very good chance I will continue on. If San Francisco is added, I will definitely stay.” Stephens has gone through the application and interview process. The next step for him and other applicants is an intensive three- to four-week training session aboard the boats off England. This also represents the ‘final cut’ where race officials decide if a crewman is a go or no-go. Candidates can be rejected on the basis of health or continued on outside column of next sightings page Page 122 •

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maud On March 14, after five months alone at sea, Maud Fontenoy, the 29-year-old French wisp of a sailor who was dismasted in February just 2,000 miles from completing a westabout solo circumnavigation, crossed her outbound track at Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Fontenoy was met by a small fleet to escort her into port where she spent one last night aboard her 85-ft sloop L’Oréal Paris. The next morning, the resilient and resourceful mariner stepped ashore for the first time since October and was greeted by thousands of cheering supporters.

‘Cap’n Laurel’, Tim Litvin’s 9-year-old daughter, is completely at home behind the wheel of her dad’s Cheoy Lee Offshore 40 ‘Sala-ma-Sond’. Her reason for preferring the helm should come as no surprise to many skippers (and parents): “Everyone has to do whatever I want!”

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clipper race — cont’d personality issues, but hardly anyone goes home for lack of skill. Like Stephens, most applicants are experienced sailors. But those with next to no sailing skills may also apply, and many go on to do the race. Age is likewise not a big factor. Although Stephens will certainly represent the higher end of that demographic, sailors older than he is have done past races. Besides that, Stephens still runs marathons and bikes centuries — he’ll probably be in better physical condition than most of the younger guys. The race itself starts off Liverpool on September 16. It will take 10 months and 35,000 miles to complete. We will be bringing you updates on this story as they develop. In the meantime, if the prospect of having a round-the-world fleet stop in our own backyard is one that intrigues you, we encourage you to

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“These last five months have had numerous hellish moments, but I don’t regret a thing,” Fontenoy said of her journey. “I’ve reached the conclusion that I’ve now come to my limit. It’s not a question of strength, but of determination.” Having already spent four months at sea, Fontenoy was just 10 days from her destination when, on February 10, the carbon fiber mast on L’Oréal Paris snapped in half in benign conditions. After conferring with her shoreside support team, Fontenoy decided not to abandon

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SIGHTINGS clipper race — cont’d get your yacht club, business or other organization to notify info@ to that effect. Stephens will be doing exactly this though his affiliation with the Inverness Yacht Club. Some businesses, such as KKMI Boat Yard in Richmond, have already expressed interest in making their services available if the Clipper fleet stops here. Finally, if you have always wanted to race around the world, and have the time and money, there are still open slots. Rates currently run $7,500-8,500 per leg, depending on distance, or $53,000 for the whole circumnavigation. For info on this or any other aspect of the Clipper Round the World Race, log onto — jr


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maud her goal. “I have always liked extreme situations, so here they are! I was in shock,” she said of the dismasting, “but finally, step by step, I managed to get to the top of the huge spiral staircase.” Fontenoy spent three back-breaking days clearing the wreckage, completing repairs and jury-rigging a mast out of the boat’s 220-lb boom — a set-up which saw her home safely, if a bit more slowly. To keep herself motivated, she wrote her

SIGHTINGS favorite saying on the jury-rigged main: “Make your life a dream and turn that dream into reality.” “This trip has opened me up toward others,” Fontenoy replied when asked about her future. “I think it will very probably be the last one I do by myself. I want to devote myself to others. But now I am really longing to have a shower and dress up like a girl.” — ld

ayala cove open . . . again We reported in last month’s Sightings that the long-awaited mooring field at Angel Island was closed within days of its reopening in mid-February. The lines and floats that hold the eco-friendly moorings’ chains off the sea bed rose to the surface at low tide and fouled several boat props. Angel Island Park Superintendent Dave Matthews immediately reported the problem to the Department of Boating and Waterways, the Most of the boats using Ayala Cove’s 27 new moorings are pointing in the right direction — toward Richmond. government agency responsible for the new mooring field, and the field was promptly closed. Matthews reported that DBW fast-tracked the repairs and, to the DBW’s credit, the moorings were fixed and open again within two weeks. If you’re planning on checking out the new moorings, Matthews suggests tying up to the docks to register before taking a mooring. Park staff will advise boaters of the proper way to tie up in the field ,but here’s a quick primer: Always secure lines to buoys fore and aft, facing northeast (pointing toward Richmond); only two boats can raft together on each pair of buoys — any more than that could be dangerous; and, like campsites at state parks, check-out is at noon. — ld

real lifesavers On February 27, Gig Harbor, WA-based cruisers Bruce Smith and Jan Hein, whom we featured in a November Sightings article, became real lifesavers. The couple were aboard their 34-ft gaff ketch Woodwind on the tail end of a 12-day passage to the Dominican Republic from Panama when, just before noon, Jan spotted something sticking out of the water. At first glance, it appeared to be a fishing boat. Aware that they were within 10 miles of Haiti, one of the more unstable and volatile areas in the Western Hemisphere, alarms went off. We’ll let Jan tell the rest of the story: As we neared their position, the image of a fishing boat disintegrated. It was too high out of the water and too small. Finally, we could see we were looking at the bow of a boat standing six feet out of the water, pointing skyward; the rest of it was obscured by the sea. Clinging to it was what looked like two or three people. “Bring her around,” Bruce shouted, as he went below to make a Mayday call. Bravo II answered immediately and was extremely helpful in relay calls between us and help onshore. Woodwind was slowly coming closer behind the wreck, giving us the best look yet at who and what we were dealing with. We could see there were a man and a woman flung over the underside of the jutting bow. I took down the mainsail and Bruce doused the foresails. “We’ve got to pick them up now,” I said. “We can’t leave them there any longer.” “I agree.” continued on outside column of next sightings page

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SIGHTINGS lifesavers — cont’d The couple was yelling the name of our boat with their arms outstretched, hands motioning us on. As we came closer still, Bruce muttered, “This may be the best thing we’ve ever done.” Still scared, I murmured back, “Or the worst.” Their boat, a dirty beige hulk, had obviously been on fire. Giant angular chunks were missing from the section standing out of the water and the underwater part showed charred sides, holes and shreds throughout. The stern seemed to be missing. The woman was thrown over the top of the boat wearing tiny shorts and a cotton T-shirt; the man, holding them both tightly to what was left of the craft, had on only a pair of white briefs. It was a horrifying scene. Bruce grabbed the woman’s outstretched arms and pulled her weak body under the handrail and between the rigging onto our lurching boat, while the man pulled himself aboard. We cautioned them both to hang on while guiding them to sit on the empty cabintop while Woodwind slowly backed away from the wreck, an ominous sight that’s etched itself deep into our minds. The man’s body was full of fist-sized burns. The two of them were talking, and we listened carefully, hoping to hear Spanish. Though neither of us remembers much from high school French, we immediately recognized it and knew they were Haitian. Even in a state of shock, the man tried to make introductions. Her name was Julie, his Djenson, and he wanted to know ours. Bruce grabbed sheets off our bunks while I grabbed the first aid kit, water, Ibuprofen and a bottle of Pedialight. As Bruce tucked sheets around Julie’s shaking body, he told them our names and used hand gestures to try to get any thread of information that would allow us to understand their tragedy. To warm them up, Bruce pulled out a cold-weather parka that had been stuffed around the engine controls as noise insulation. As Bruce laid it around his shoulders, Djenson worked his arms into the sleeves and managed to get it on and zippered. I worked one of my sweatshirts over Julie’s head, and they were covered in layers of our bedding and towels. Each time we gave him something, he looked in our eyes and said, “Thank you, thank you. God bless you.” With the mainsail, jib and mizzen up, and the engine running wide open, Woodwind raced through the water on a direct course for Montecristi Bay in the Dominican Republic. We could hear Djenson talking to Julie, her weak voice occasionally answering back. Not knowing the full extent of their injuries, we first fed them only crackers and water, then hot tea. Seeing that they were handling the food well, we later gave them some dried fruit and nuts. I wanted to place a feast before them — anything to remove the pain on their faces. Frank on Raffles Light was monitoring our position and assured us that he would guide us into the bay with his dinghy when we arrived. Arrangements had been made for an ambulance to meet the survivors at the Club Nautico dock and immediately take them to the hospital. Using hand signals, we told Djenson “Three hours, ambulance, hospital.” His smile indicated he understood. He pointed to the clouds, to us, to them and said, “Dio. God.” It took us several hours to reach Montecristi Bay so it was dark when we arrived. Frank guided us in with his tender then transferred Julie and Djenson aboard. Djenson was now seized with pain and nearly unable to move himself, so Bruce and a crew member lifted his burned legs, laying them over the side before sliding him carefully into the boat. Frank looked at us and said, “You did good,” before speeding off to the waiting ambulance. Frank returned quickly to collect us, taking us over to his beautiful yacht. As I stepped down into his dinghy, the tears that had pushed on the back of my eyes all day finally made their way out. “It’s been a long day,” I apologized. Bruce got in behind me. “54 people died,” he said. continued on outside column of sightings page 110 Page 126 •

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watch out The staff of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (managed by NOAA) wants to remind boaters to keep a careful watch out for whales in and around the Bay. Gray whales travel north with their young this time of year, headed for their feeding grounds in the Arctic. They stick close to shore and occasionally make their way into the Bay. “Very little of a gray whale is visible at the surface,” said Mary Jane Schramm of GFNMS. “Boaters should watch for ‘spouts’ and stay the distance of a football field from any whale.” And never get between a mother and her calf. Antony and Nick Barran of the

Bruce Smith and Jan Hein, above, rescued two Haitian refugees after the boat they were in with 54 others blew up. They were the only survivors.

SIGHTINGS ill-fated Mureadritta XL, the ILC 40 that was sunk by a whale strike on its way back from the Pacific Cup last summer, believe they accidentally passed between a mother sperm whale and her baby. Luckily, incidents like that are rare. More often the mother gets injured or killed, leaving the baby to fend for itself. We’ve heard several reports by local sailors of whale sightings from Richardson Bay to Alcatraz to Red Rock. Have you seen any whale activity in the Bay this spring? If you’d like to share your story, email LaDonna Bubak at ladonna@ — ld

lifesavers — cont’d “What?!” He explained that they were refugees. They’d left Cap Hatien bound for the Turks and Caicos the day before on a 20-ft boat with six tanks of gas. They stopped in the middle of the night to transfer fuel and, when they turned on the ignition, the boat blew up, killing 54 people. Julie and Djenson were the only survivors. “They’re going to be okay,” Frank said. “Thanks to you.” Ed. note: Bruce and Jan later visited Julie, 23, and Djenson, 27, in the hospital. Both were expected to make full recoveries from their ordeal and now consider Bruce and Jan their family. Frank from Raffles Light, a developer in the DR, is paying for their care. After enjoying the Dominican Republic for a time, the couple have since moved on and are now enjoying the Eastern Caribbean. If you’d like to follow this amazing pair’s adventures, check out their blog at — ld


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SIGHTINGS piranha lost on baja beach On Sunday, March 10, the Farr 40 Piranha departed Cabo San Lucas for the delivery home to Southern California following its participation in the Cabo Race. The boat was motoring north, hugging the coast when, about 10 p.m., the keel hit bottom, bounced a couple of times, and, before the three crew could get her turned around, wave action drove her onto a sandy beach about 60 miles north of Cabo continued on outside column of sightings page 110


Sad end to a pretty boat — ‘Piranha’ on the beach north of Cabo.

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the three Regular readers of Latitude 38, and our online Lectronic Latitude, know by now that we’re hosting the second Circumnavigator’s Rendezvous at the Strictly Sail Pacific show, held later this month at Jack London Square. (See the show program

SIGHTINGS amigos and Loose Lips for more on the show.) For the last few months, we’ve been periodically asking circumnavigators who have started and ended their roundabouts from the West Coast or Hawaii to let us continued in middle column of next sightings page

piranha — cont’d Falso. No one was injured in the grounding. Alerted to the situation by delivery skipper John Rosenfeld, Voss flew down the next day and then endured a several-hour ride over dirt roads and no roads (even part of the Baja 1000 course) to get to the boat. Upon arrival, his early hopes that Piranha could be saved quickly evaporated. “I saw the first chunks of red hull almost two miles from the wreck,” he said, “and more as I got closer. Ultimately we figured out that the starboard side was no longer there.” From that point on, the recovery crew battled to get — in order — personal gear belonging to the delivery crew or left aboard by the racing crew, as well as sails, spinnaker poles, lines, etc. They didn’t get much. “Even though we could see this stuff, and get a line around it — and were using a 3” diameter seawater pump to blow sand away — we got almost nothing,” said Voss. The “maddeningly fine” sand might as well have been concrete. “We even put a rope around the top of the jib, hooked it to a tow cable on a winch on a Mercedes 4WD and pumped seawater into the sand around it. All that happened is we ‘towed’ the car 8 feet closer to the boat.” After four days of salvaging what little they could, the bruised, cut (from the broken fiberglass and jagged pieces of carbon hiding in the sand) and exhausted crew said their good-byes to the boat and left her to the elements. She was sinking so fast into the beach that Voss felt she’d be gone in a few more days. There were lots of conflicting reports coming out of Mexico in the days following the grounding. One thing Voss did confirm is that Rosenfeld had agreed to deliver two boats home, Piranha and the SC 50 Hula Girl. Voss was advised of this situation ahead of time and, if anything, “I thought it was an advantage, as the two boats could travel together on the way home.” The only change to the plan was that Rosenfeld ended up on Hula Girl, while another skipper he had hired was on Piranha. We were not able to corroborate the exact sequence of events which led to the grounding so will not add to that speculation here. Voss did confirm that, contrary to early reports, Piranha did not hit a submerged object before the grounding. “The bottom line,” said Voss, “is that Piranha is no more. For now, how she got there doesn’t matter. No one was hurt, the insurance company has been great and I look forward to having a replacement Farr 40 sailing in Southern California before you go to press. We will see you at the Big Boat Series in September!” Voss joined the Farr 40 class in 2004 after a very successful Shock 35 program in SoCal. He’s been active with Piranha (ex-Quintessence, hull #83, launched in 2001) ever since, trucking her as far north as San Francisco for the 2004 Farr 40 Worlds and Big Boat Series, and as far east as Newport, Rhode Island, for the 2006 Worlds. — jr

circumnavigator’s rendezvous Latitude 38’s second Circumnavigator’s Rendezvous is a ‘go’ and getting better all the time. Just before deadline, the super folks of the nonprofit Lynx Educational Foundation came on board as sponsors — so this special get-together will take place on the Lynx, which is a privateer-replica, topsail schooner. We don’t know where exactly she will be docked during the Strictly Sail Pacific boat show at Jack London Square, but at 122 feet, she shouldn’t be too hard to find. Official date and time for the Circumnavigator’s Rendezvous are Friday, April 20, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. We apologize for the odd timing, but Latitude personnel have several other commitments that continued on outside column of next sightings page

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SIGHTINGS rendezvous — cont’d day, and Lynx herself will be doing sunset sails during the show starting at 5 p.m., so we’ll have to ‘clear the decks’ so they can prepare. If you’re planning to attend the Rendezvous and want a special treat afterward, it’s $60 per adult ($35 for kids) for a 2.5-hour sail. If you’ve never sailed on a traditional schooner, it’s a fabulous experience, and all the money goes to support the Lynx Foundation mission to educate children in an enjoyable, hands-on, maritime program that will stimulate their desire to learn more about American history. Reservations are required for the sails, and you can make them by calling (866) 446-5969. But not everyone needs to make reservations — as part of our salute to those who have sailed around the world, we’ll be awarding two free tickets to one lucky couple for that evening’s sail. This special event is for West Coast (and Hawaii) circumnavigators continued on outside column of next sightings page

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amigos know about themselves. At this writing, we are receiving at least one a day, and some of them are pretty interesting. Take, for example, Ed Hart, Bob Case and Al Lien. All were members of the Navy Yacht Club in San Diego, all are disabled — and all three completed solo circumnavigations! Even stranger: they didn’t know each other or about each other prior to their voyages! Ed was first, taking his Cascade 29 Hooligan around between 1995-1999. Bob was next, with his Endurance 37 ketch Suntrekka from 1998-2001. Al was the latest, tying the knot off Waikiki with

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rendezvous — cont’d only, and the ship has limited room, so we ask that circumnavigators attend with spouses only. If you have to bring kids, they must be well behaved — they cannot run unattended around the ship. For planning purposes with the ship, we also ask that you RSVP to LaDonna Bubak at if you plan on attending. For those of you who hope to sail your own boats around the world and want to meet those who have, you’ll have a chance. After the Lynx, all circumnavigators are invited to the Latitude booth for more food and drink at our Baja Ha-Ha Reunion party. At some point, we’ll ring a bell and toast the circumnavigators, so you’ll know who they are. As for the Rendezvous itself, beyond munchies and refreshments, it will be, for the most part, unstructured. There are only a few things we have planned. The first is a group shot, so practice your smiles. Next, we would like everyone attending to bring photos from your circumnavigation that we can keep. Preferably, these would be in digital format and recorded in high resolution on a CD or DVD. But we can also work with copies of original photos. Please, no slides. If you only have original photos or slides, we will try to have the means to scan them right there on the ship and give them back to you. As an absolute last resort, we can ‘borrow’ them, process them and send them back to you. In that case, please hand them to us in a self-addressed stamped envelope. We deal with huge volumes of material every month and need all the help we can get to keep it organized. We also want one more thing from each of you: a story. One story that illustrates or typifies the era in which you circumnavigated, a particular favorite destination, a funny anecdote, a favorite personality, a ‘learning experience’ — or just a really great story. We’ll see you there! — jr

his Northsea 27 Catalyst only last year. Ed first met Bob two years after the latter got back, and they only learned about Al a few days before he left. So what’s your story? If you’re a circumnavigator and you haven’t been added to our database, we invite and encourage you to do so. Please send your name, your crew’s names,homeport, boat type, length and name, and the years of your circumnavigation to, or mail the details to Latitude 38 Circumnavigators, 15 Locust Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941. No phone calls, please. — jr

Kelly Geiser, left, who pulled Alex Skillman’s muddy Dolce & Gabbana from the Bay with a boat hook, returns it to its happy owner. Above, even though it spent nearly six months under water, the rescued shoe is in surprisingly good shape. Alex is hoping to have it reconditioned.


go for the gold In the January issue, we told the sad tale of how Alex Skillman lost her right Dolce & Gabbana gold pump one night while walking down the dock in Sausalito’s Clipper Yacht Harbor. We also mentioned that Alex was “holding onto the other one . . . just in case.” Good thing. Early last month, we received a note from Kelly Geiser relating how, while walking the dock at low tide, she spotted a blob of mud in the shape of a high heel. “I remembered how badly I feld for Alex when I read that story, so I grabbed a boat hook and pulled it free.” We quickly coordinated a meeting with the women and took full advantage of the opportunity to snap a few shots. For having spent nearly six months in the muck of Richardson Bay, the wayward sole Toran, six-month-old Mila and Kelly Geiser. looked in remarkably good condition, though we noticed Alex didn’t slip it on. Meanwhile, Kelly, her husband Toran and their six-month-old daughter Mila left aboard their Freya 39 Candide just a week later for points south. Last we heard, they’d made it as far as Catalina and everyone was still smiling. We hope to hear more from the Geisers on what it’s like to take an infant cruising, but in the meantime, you can keep tabs on them at — ld April, 2007 •

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s the map below confirms, there's an enormous patch of open water between the west coast of the Americas many of these bold adventurers as posand French Polynesia — roughly 3,000 sible — starting with the PV group this miles of it. In fact, if you were to circummonth. As a follow-up, we hope many navigate the globe via the tropics, this of them will occasionally report in from vast, blue expanse would be the longest 'out there', in order to keep the cruising stretch of ocean you'd have to cross dream alive for those of us who hope to without any possibility of making a pit someday follow in their wake. stop at some remote landfall. For the first time, Latitude 38 held This fact explains why we dedicate so two send-off shindigs this year. The first much ink to the was hosted by the annual springVallarta YC, and time migration was generously that we like to call co-sponsored by the Pacific Puddle Paradise Village Jump. Since we Resort & Marina first coined that and — another phrase 10 years first — Tahiti ago, hundreds Tourisme. The of West Coast second was hostsailors have ed by Rick's Bar, completed this Zihua's 'cruiser ambitious crosscentral', and, ing, most often again, co-sponmaking landfall sored by Tahiti beneath the dra- "Which way to the Marquesas?" Ray and Peggy's Tourisme. matic, sculpted retirement plans have changed a bit. These Polynepeaks of the Marquesas. We've made it sia-bound cruisers were practically an annual tradition to meet with as many dumbfounded by the fact that the Tahiof them as possible, pre-departure, by tian government sent lovely Stephanie staging send-off parties for them, then Betz all the way out to PV and Zihua featuring their photos and bios in these to welcome them and share firsthand pages. cruising info — not to mention the fact This year, that task became more that she raffled off black pearls and overcomplicated. In the past, most boats nights in swank hotels. Accompanying jumped off from Puerto Vallarta, with a her was Laurent Bernaert of Polynesian smaller contingent leaving from ZihuaYacht Services, who clarified rules and tanejo. This year, though, there are also fees for immigration and other governa half-dozen boats leaving from La Paz, ment regulations. one or two jumping off from Mazatlan, Neither had been to Mexico before and a few sailing straight from California, they loved it — even the bona fide advenand some going via Ecuador and the ture of getting from PV to Zihua by bus. Galapagos. In this two-part feature, That 12-hour trip turned into 20 due to we'll attempt to introduce you to as an engine breakdown, and the fact that Federales had to hold it for six 30° N hours while they cleared the Hawaiian • San Francisco route of banditos! NevertheIslands less, our Tahitian friends hope 15° N to return next year to welcome • San Diego members of the 2008 fleet. Routes of the Historically, the Puddle Pacific Puddle Jumpers Jump has never really had a structured gathering in the islands to celebrate the cross• La Paz ing. But this year the Tourisme folks have designed an event Puerto •Vallarta exclusively for Puddle Jump0° ers called the Tahiti Tourisme • Zihautanejo Cup (July 7). In addition to a cruise-in-company from Tahiti to Moorea and exhibitions of • traditional music and dance, Marquesas entrants will have a chance to test their paddling prowess

in authentic dugout canoes. (Look for a report in August.) With that as background, we now introduce you to the Pacific Puddle Jump Class of 2007. Smooth sailing! So Searcher — Trans Pac 49 Ray & Peggy Wilson, Long Beach You might think that all who attempt the Puddle Jump are longtime sailors with saltwater in their veins. Not so. Meet Ray and Peggy. Although she spent some time around waterski boats as a kid, Ray had never even set foot on a boat until twelve years ago, at age 40. "Growing up in New York," he explains, "my 'backyard'


The PV Puddle Jumpers strike a pose amid the dramatic Mayan 'ruins' at Paradise Village.

was a fire escape!" Ironically, they were heading for a comfortable retirement, having just completed an extensive remodel of the home they expected to live in for the rest of their lives, when they began asking each other, "But what are going to do in retirement?" Neither playing golf nor sitting on the couch fighting over the remote was very appealing. "In 2000 we were literally paddling around in kayaks in Huntington Harbor when we decided to do this," says Peggy, despite the fact that they were both novice sailors at the

Terry won't have to singlehand after all. His crew showed up just before the end of the party.

time. Within months they had bought this boat, moved aboard and rented out the house — selling it not long afterwards. "We never even looked at it again," recalls Ray. This season they'll island-hop to New Zealand, then reassess.

Southwind — Seawind 45 Terry Pope, Vancouver, B.C. "Why am I going cruising? 'Cause there's more ocean than land, and you can go anywhere on the ocean," explains Terry, a retired auctioneer. When he says he's been planning for this cruise for decades, he isn't kidding. He was on the verge of making a similar trip back in '64 when he fell and broke his back. "I've been waiting ever since to get going again." And this time, he's determined that nothing is going to stop him — "Even if I have to singlehand!" His young crew, Jeremy and Michelle, were MIA at the time. They did finally show up, however, in time to get their 15 minutes of photo fame. April, 2007 •

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PACIFIC PUDDLE JUMP '07, PT I Arabella — Swift 40 Mike & Barb Fulmor, Oxnard You might say that Mike is following his father's lead, as Ira Fulmor's Staghound was the corrected-time winner of the TransPac in both 1953 and '54. Although Mike has been sailing all his life, this will be his first ocean crossing and he's rarin' to go — ultimately he'll travel Barb will fly in after Mike and much farther the boys arrive. afield than his dad did back in the day. Mike and Barb have already been cruising Mexico for four seasons. Now, though, the game plan is for Mike and two buddies, John Higbie and Bob Edmonds, to make the crossing to the Marquesas, where Barb will fly out to join them. The couple will then work their way to New Zealand, with an open-ended itinerary afterwards. To the wannabes back home, Mike advises, "Just go for it! This life is not a dress rehearsal, it's the show!" Southern Star — Island Packet 45 Mark Rogers, Berkeley Mark's voyaging dreams were kindled when he was a teenager back in his native South Africa. He volunteered to help a neighbor build a boat from scratch, and when the guy finally took off, Mark vowed to someday follow his lead. After moving to San Francisco, he honed his sailing skills in classes at Spinnaker Sailing of San Francisco. Then last fall he and his wife, Molly, and three-year-old daughter, Kendall, headed south with the Baja Ha-Ha fleet and went on to explore the Sea of Cortez together. On the crossing to Tahiti, Mark will be joined by Michael Sullivan, his best friend's dad, plus young bucks Andy Jenkins and Kurt Talke, as Molly and Kendall have adopted the philosophy that "nothing goes Page 134 •

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to weather like a 747." At the end of the Pacific cruising season, the family plans a two- or three-year respite in New Zealand before venturing on over the top of Oz and through the Indian Ocean to South Africa. Cutthroat — Island Packet 52 Elise & Roger John, San Diego Having grown up sailing along the Eastern Seaboard — as far north as Newfoundland — Elise has been dreaming about long-term cruising for decades. By contrast, Roger explains that he "just found out this was my 'lifelong' ambition three years ago!" You guessed it, that's when he hooked up with Elise after moving to San Diego. They lived aboard for a year, taking every ASA sailing course that was offered, then headed south last fall. Their plan is to jump the puddle, but not the whole puddle. That is, this time around they're headed for Hawaii with a fairly complex plan afterwards to cruise the Pacific Northwest, then return to Mexico, transit the Canal, gunkhole through the Caribbean and along the U.S. East Coast, eventually crossing to the Med. Although Roger is fairly new to sailing, he's no stranger to adventure and physical challenges, having spent 28 years in the U.S. Army, most of which was in Special Ops. He and Elise will be joined on the crossing by another Green Beret, John Mirus, plus retired LAPD Captain The 'Southern Star' crew are rarin' to go: L to R are Cap'n Mark, Michael, Andy and Kurt.

Elise to Roger: "I wanna go cruising aboard 'Cutthroat', and you're coming with me!"

Ed Washington. Whoa! Father Neptune better not mess with this crew! Moonshadow — Ta Yang 50 Howard & Sheira Hudson Auckland, NZ Moonshadow's route to French Polynesia hasn't been what you'd call typical. But then Howard and Sheira, aren't exactly typical cruisers either. Howard, a Kiwi airline mechanic, met Sheira in her native NYC when he was there visiting his "best mate" (her former brother-in-law). One thing led to another and, well. . . fast forward ahead a couple of decades and here they are about to jump the puddle, bound for his native New Zealand to rendezvous with their two adolescent daughters. During the uneasy aftermath of 9/11, Howard decided to act on a long-held dream and bought this vintage cruiser with the idea of packing up the family and heading out — although Sheira and the kids knew nothing about sailing at the time. During the past 4.5 years the couple and their daughters cruised the Caribbean, transited 'the ditch', explored Ecuador and the Galapagos, then sailed north to Mexico. Having just shipped the kids out to stay with their Kiwi grandparents, Howard and Sheira intend to reach Auckland by Christmas. "Having the kids on board was amazing," says Howard. "You drop the anchor in a new anchorage and within seconds the other boat kids are all around." Cardea — Vagabond 38 Jim & Ryan Todd, Muskegon, MI Jim and his 26-year-old son Ryan have only been in Mexico for a few months, but during that time they've struck up many new friendships — one with the father/son crew on No Regrets. We congratulate both duos on orchestrating such

— POLYNESIAN RENDEZVOUS time, though, a meaningful DreamKeeper — I'm going all the way to spend Pacific Seacraft 40 way 'round," 'quality time' Gar Duke & Nicole Friend says the retired together — no Sausalito computer condoubt many Both in their early 30s, sultant. "I've Latitude readGar and Nicole are one of gotta get out ers would love the youngest couples in this of this whirlto be in their year's fleet. "We believe in pool!" shoes. living life now and making Crewing for Unlike most the big adventures haphim this year folks in this pen while we still have our are two wideyear's fleet, the health, drive and wonder," eyed 25-yearTodds' previsays Nicole. olds who met ous sailing exBoth having worked as Bob by chance perience was outdoor educators, they at a recent on the Great have a keen interest in the Puddle JumpLakes, where environmental issues facing er meeting. they cruised our planet, and they hope Although they Lake Michigan their trip will give them a These 'DreamKeepers' want to ex- are neophyte and Lake Hu- Jim and Ryan are working toward a clearer perspective on the plore remote ocean realms. sailors, they ron extensively grand father-son adventure. current challenges facing the both come with useful talents: Mark during the past 15 years. ocean realm. Also, they regard cruising makes his living as a clown — perhaps So how long will the they stay 'out as a "more environmentally sustainable he can charm some uncooperative genthere'? "It depends on how I feel," says way to travel and live," noting, "We have darmes! — and Isabelle, being a native Jim, "but I could be gone two to 10 significantly reduced our environmental of Quebec, speaks perfect French. years." Ryan, however, says, "I'm planfootprint." ning on rejoining the world in October, In recent years, they both took classes No Regrets — Cal 39 07," quickly adding, "but I have no real at OCSC. This season their game plan David & Patrick Kelly, Boulder Creek need to if I don't want to!" is to make the milk run to New Zealand. For more than one reason, David and Next year, they'll head up through Fiji, his 20-year-old son Patrick have dediHoward hooked Sheira long ago. Now he's takVanuatu and New Guinea, then on to cated this voyage to Grandpa — David's ing her home to New Zealand. Palau, a favorite destination from dad. Lying on his deathbed, stricken with Nicole's previous travels. Yeah, cancer, he awoke briefly from a coma, they both love the underwater looked up into David's eyes and simply world. said, "No regrets." David took that as his mantra, symSisiutl — Gulfstar 44 bolic of his intent to make the most of the Bob Bechler, Portland rest of his life. Because he and Patrick This comfortable 44-footer has had both been involved with the Santa been mentioned in Latitude so Cruz Sea Scouts for several years, they many times in Pacific cruising were invited to crew on the communicaarticles that we can now actutions boat for the 2004 Pacific Cup, a 65ally pronounce the name without ft trawler named Steves. That trip ignited getting tongue-tied! (It's a Norththeir dreams of bluewater voyaging, and west Indian name for a legendary within a year they bought this vintage snake-spirit.) Cal with the inheritance Grandpa had Longtime readers may rememleft them. ber how Bob and his then-wife "Hmm. . . Yeah, okay. You two look like fun," says Laurie were first smitten by the 'Sisiutl' Bob. So what if they're novices. cruising bug: In 1999 they were vacationing in Cabo when the Baja Ha-Ha fleet came in. They watched with envy, deciding then and there to pursue the cruising lifestyle. Four years later they did their first Puddle Jump together. Today, although Laurie is now on another path, Bob has jumped the puddle three times, logging over 30,000 ocean miles in the process — enough to have circumnavigated. "This

PACIFIC PUDDLE JUMP '07, PT I to the crew: "Hey, every boat needs a wench," she explains. "Patrick is the boat bitch, because he does all the work, David is the skipper, and I'm the wench!" Wintersea — Kelly-Peterson 46 Dr. Jack Wynters, Victoria, BC Dr. Jack and his longtime mate Linda have done a lot of sailing together during

the past five years: Alaska, the Queen Charlottes, all around the Gulf and San Juan Islands, and the Oregon Coast. But their trip along the Northern California coast was "just God-awful!" They recall being so elated when they rounded Pt. Bonita and saw the Golden Gate that they were literally jumping up and down with glee!


David and Patrick have 'No Regrets' about catching Carly the willing wench.

Although they were both novice sailors at the time, a year later, in the fall of '06, they entered the Baja Ha-Ha and were one of only a handful of boats that sailed the whole way — for which Cap'n David earned a coveted lime-green Tshirt. The plan now is to island-hop to Kiwiland. Patrick's girlfriend, self-proclaimed wench Carly Dennis, is a recent addition

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With any luck, though, that will be the worst weather they'll see on their entire proposed trip to New Zealand and back — as has been the case for many longhaul sailors who've preceded them. As cruising sailors often do, Jack and Linda radically changed their plans — just in the past few weeks. "We actually had intentions to sail south to Ecuador

Moonshadow............. Howard & Sheira Hudson................... Ta Yang 50 ...................... Auckland, NZ Nereida ...................... Jeanne Socrates ................................ Navad 361 ....................... Hamble, UK No Regrets ................ David & Patrick Kelly, Carly Dennis ... Cal 39 .............................. Boulder Creek, CA Odessa....................... Robert Garney & Melissa Closson ..... Westsail 32...................... San Jose, CA Pacifica ...................... Greg & Melissa Davids....................... Ericson 39-B ................... Berkeley, CA Papillon ...................... Jim & Julie Parker .............................. Crowther 50 cat ............... Bokeelia, FL Reflections ................ David & Janet Fosh ............................ Hallberg-Rassy 42........... Portsmouth, UK Rogues Scholarship . M Haley & E Weirauch ....................... Morgan O/I 51 ................. San Diego, CA Sand Dollar................ Don Pratten ........................................ Crealock 34 .................... Beaux Arts, WA Sassona ..................... The Alger-Smith family ....................... Truant Triad 37 ................ Quadra Island, BC Sisiutl ......................... Bob Bechler, M Louch, I Martin .......... Gulfstar 44....................... Seattle, WA Sol Searcher .............. Ray & Peggy Wilson .......................... Transpac 49 .................... Long Beach, CA Southwind ................. Terry Pope .......................................... Seamaid 45 ..................... Vancouver, BC Southern Star ............ Mark Rogers, et al .............................. Island Packet 45.............. Emeryville, CA Splinters Apprentice Bone & Beth Bushnell ........................ Saltram 36 ....................... Maryport, UK Star Struck ................ Paul & Star Dempsey ......................... Maple Leaf 48 ................. Pt Vila, Vanuatu Surprise ..................... Steve & Susan Chamberlin ................ Schumacher 46 ............... Pt. Richmond, CA Talerra ........................ David & Melanie Boots ....................... Cape George 38.............. Shelton, WA Volare ......................... Greg & Debbie Cockle ....................... Catalina 42 ...................... Sydney, AUS Wintersea .................. Dr. Jack Wynters & Linda ................... Kelly-Peterson 46 ............ Victoria, BC

Crew life aboard 'Sassona' is a democracy — they vote on continuing after each leg.

and Chile," explains Linda, "but the more we thought about it, we said, 'Why not head west instead and see the beautiful South Pacific?'"

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PACIFIC PUDDLE JUMP '07, PT I Sassona — Truant Triad 37 The Alger-Smith Family Quadra Island, B.C. When this good-looking foursome set out from British Columbia last September, they were careful not to establish cruising goals that might be impossible to attain. Instead, they just completed one leg at a time, checked their pulse and took a vote: "After completing each step of the trip, we decided to go farther," explains Leslie, a former B.C. park ranger. "Sometimes the big picture seems overwhelming. One step at a time gets you there." She and husband David, who worked with the B.C. Fisheries Dept., bought their first boat 11 years ago, but they credit the recent circumnavigations of two other cruising families — former island neighbors — with inspiring their current globe-trotting wanderlust. Both Genoa, 13, the boat's Ham radio 'officer', and her sister Jordyn, 9, are following a standard B.C. home schooling curriculum, in addition to the education they'll gain from 'the school of life'.

Luckily for Eric and Gisela of 'Far Niente', his brother has no cruising ambitions.

Far Niente — Island Packet 420 Eric & Gisela Gosch, Hemet, CA For the past two years, Eric and Gisela have had one foot in the cruising life while keeping the other firmly planted in the U.S. mainstream. That is, since

bringing Far Niente south with the 2003 Baja Ha-Ha fleet, they've been commuter cruising — "doing the Mexican yo-yo," as they say. Having kindled their cruising dreams through a series of bareboat charters all over the world, they bought this sturdy 42-footer in '95 and began working toward 'the big cruise' shortly afterwards. Their hero, they say, is Eric's brother, who has agreed to run the family business while they leap-frog across the Pacific to New Zealand. (Thankfully, he's not a sailor, so he's not even jealous.) Speaking of heroes, when nobody volunteered to act as the PV fleet secretary, Gisela accepted the role, spending hours assembling the fleet database, as well as other organizational chores. Where Far Niente will ultimately end up is anybody's guess, but Eric and Gisela have a long list of far-flung destinations on their wish list. Dirigo — Morgan 44 Denny Mosher, Napa Denny's inspiration for crossing to


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French Polynesia is a bit different than most: While in college in '73, he had a chance to join a shark research team in the Tuamotus. "For six months I lived on a 45-ft sailboat and dove with sharks every day," he recalls. Although based in Rangaroa, he also visited many other islands. "Thoughout my working career (in the construction biz), I often thought back fondly of those times, and I've always wanted to relive them." He'll soon get his chance to do just that. Joining Denny on the cruise will be two highly-experienced salts, Dale Anderson and Terry Kane. All three men have done Baja Ha-Has and crossings to and/or from Hawaii. Unfortunately, Denny's family isn't into the boating life, so he'll keep his travels relatively short. Plan A is to dive and explore French Polynesian waters until July, then head north to Hawaii, returning to the Bay Area by September. Surprise — Schumacher 46 Steve & Susan Chamberlin Pt. Richmond Although already a decade old, Sur-



After 10 years, Jeanne is happy to finally be heading all the way 'round aboard 'Nereida'.

prise is undoubtedly one of the more high tech boats in this year's fleet. Her composite (glass/Kevlar) construction was done by the Ian Franklin yard in Christchurch, New Zealand — an island

nation where she'll probably return to in a year or two. Carrying a fractional rig with masthead spinnakers, she was designed and built for cruising, including her 145 gallons of fuel tankage. Both Steve, a real estate developer, and Susan, an architect, have many years of racing and offshore sailing under their belts, as have their crew: AJ Benham (aka Nurse Ratched) and John Gillespie (aka Silly Goose). Wisely, the Chamberlins have chosen not to rush through the South Pacific in a single season. They'll cruise French Polynesia until October, then put Surprise on the hard through the cyclone season. Next year, they'll push on to the Cooks, Tonga, Fiji and "who knows?" Nereida — Navad 361 Jeanne Socrates, Hamble, UK A retired math professor turned ocean voyager, Jeanne's sailing history is probably the most remarkable of anyone in this year's fleet. She took her first sailing course in 1994 and three years later she and her late husband George bought this boat in Sweden and did a shakedown

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PACIFIC PUDDLE JUMP '07, PT I cruise through the North Sea. After two years in European waters, they crossed to the Caribbean, sailed north as far as the Canadian Maritimes, and back to the Eastern Caribbean islands and west to Bonaire. While there, George lost his two-year battle with cancer, and Jeanne decided to continue on alone, as her husband had hoped she would. Tracing the tracks of her singlehanded endeavors since then would be a dizzying experience: she gunkholed up to Florida, shipped Nereida to Vancouver, cruised British Columbia, sailed south to the Sea of Cortez, shipped the boat to Ketchikan, explored SE Alaska, sailed to San Francisco where she joined the Singlehanded TransPac as a late entry, raced to Kauai, then north to Sitka — having to repair her engine en route — and south again to California. Recently, somewhere along her route, she decided to radically change her style and make a beeline around the globe, beginning with the Puddle Jump — as

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you read this — and crossing her tracks sometime next year. As spunky as she is, we have no doubt that she'll do it! Pacifica — Ericson 39B Greg & Melissa Davids, Berkeley "This is our 'practice cruise'," explains Melissa, who is headed for Hawaii this time, rather than Tahiti. "We had al-

lowed ourselves 11 months to enjoy Mexico and Hawaii before returning home to start preparing for the next one!" Greg claims he's been dreaming about the cruising life ever since he read his first Latitude years ago. Melissa got the bug — and the reading habit — shortly after meeting Greg. The serious prep started 4.5 years ago when they upgraded to this 39-footer, which they've been living aboard full time ever since. To the wannabes back home they strongly recommend their 'practice cruise' concept: "It will give you a big taste of what long-term cruising is all about. And, if nothing else, you're virtually guaranteed to make some great friends who will enrich your life."


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Tracy and Holger in happier times — in their element, booming along in the challenging waters of Chilean Patagonia.

sailor, about this boat. During the past 31 years, this German-born photographer-turned-ocean vagabond has shepherded his renowned Alden schooner, Lord Jim, through high and low latitudes, completing four circumnavigations, and surviving all manner of adventures — including a punishing Southern Ocean knockdown. Preceding Holger's tenure, this venerable lady had first been a gentleman's racing yacht, followed by a period of neglect, then a long stint as the pride of the Antigua charter fleet. Within her

"We could see that the water was rising steadily, and at a fast rate. It was clear that we were sinking." 71-year sailing history, there have been many highs and lows, but there's never been a chapter as sad as this one.


olger and his longtime ladyfriend, Tracy Brown, had set sail from Sausalito in the fall of 2005, bound around South America via the Strait of Magellan. They'd spent a number of months Page 142 •

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in Argentina and Brazil catching up on repairs and maintenance — among other chores, they had to have the boat's solid bronze steering gear brazed back together, as it had failed on the approaches to the Strait. In mid-March, they finally got underway again from Angra dos Reis, just south of Rio, on a 4,000-mile voyage to the Eastern Caribbean. They had high hopes of arriving in time for the 20th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta. Barely two hours out, though, while skirting the island of Meros, a fishing boat suddenly changed course ahead of them, and they veered inshore to steer clear of her. Minutes later, they felt the gut-wrenching impact of Lord Jim striking an uncharteded rock. "It was just plain human error," admitted Holger, taking full reponsibility, "especially since we knew the waters and hazards around us." In contrast to the life-threatening sea conditions Holger and Tracy have seen elsewhere, it is darkly ironic that in this tragic moment there was little wind and the sea was flat calm, apart from a long, lazy swell coming in from the open ocean. "This swell in turn caused the boat to roll violently on the submerged rock several times before I managed to turn the stern into the swell, and thus got off the rock," Holger explained. "We checked the bilges immediately and turned on all our pumps, including the big pump driven by the main engine. Despite that, we could see that the water was rising steadily, and at a fast rate. It was clear that we were sinking and the boat would go under shortly." One small bit of luck was that they had hired a young Brazilian woman from the Amazon River region as crew. She quickly took on the role of translator, as they weighed their options with a man who approached in a small boat. "We asked if he knew of a shallow spot along the shore where we could run the boat aground. The shore-

line in general was steep-to and covered with huge granite boulders. He did know of such a place, but it turned out it was too far for us to reach. "The water was rising rapidly, starting to flood the main engine. It was a question of maybe two or three minutes before it would cover the air intake and leave us helpless. At this point I spotted a small opening between the huge boulders — an opening which was full of smaller rocks. I ran the boat up onto those rocks and as far into the shore as we could make it. The local man (who turned out to be the caretaker of the uninhabited island) took a line to shore and tied it around a tree. The fishALL PHOTOS HOLGER KREUZHAGE

t is with sad hearts that we have to give you some very bad news," wrote former Sausalito sailor Holger Kreuzhage in a recent email. "We sank the boat." We cannot imagine a tougher sentence for a sailor to write, especially this

— LORD JIM'S SADDEST CHAPTER ing boat which had caused our course change had finally come to our aid and gave us a line attached to his anchor which they had dropped well to our stern. "Tracy was gathering our most essential belongings, while I managed to shut down the engine before it could suck in sea water. I also shut down all our electric systems and closed the fuel tanks.

By that time the water was gaining rapidly and the boat was laying heavily in the water with less than two feet of freeboard. "The water was crystal clear, and we could see that the aft portion of the boat was over a sandy bottom about 40 feet below the surface. The very front of the boat rested on three smaller rocks, with the dolphin striker mostly supporting the weight up front. It was Spread: Slightly crippled by the loss of her steering gear, 'Lord Jim' enters the frosty Strait of Magellan. Left: Steering via emergency tiller. Below left: The wheel in 'deep freeze' awaiting future service.

obvious that the boat would slide backwards once she went under." When there was less than a foot of freeboard remaining, they stepped aboard the fishing boat, which had

"I ran the boat up onto those rocks and as far into the shore as we could make it." come alongside. Stunned and deeply saddened, they watched helplessly as water rolled over the legendary schooner's teak decks and newly-varnished house.

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT caused to the interior. beautiful down there." "As soon as we had the leaking halfway As Holger explains, under control, the drums were released there was a great sense one by one. Eventually the boat was floatof urgency: "We were ing on her own, still heavy in the water concerned that over the first night gear would float away. Plus, bringing the heavier items up "The water was perfectly would help lighten the clear," recalls Tracy, "and as load for the salvage opodd as it sounds, she really eration we were organizing." did look beautiful down there." Refloating this 72-ton classic was no small and with at least one large pump running feat. In addition to the all the time." helping hands of friends, a salvage company was contracted and heavy eanwhile, other friends had been equipment was made searching for a shipyard within a reasonavailable by local marine able towing distance. The best choice was resources. a small yard at Mangaratiba, some 30 "The strategy to raise miles away, which caters to local fishing the boat to the surface involved divers, boats. heavy strops around the boat and about "The tow to Mangaratiba was done in 130 empty 55-gallon plastic drums," retwo stages, over two days, and also inports Holger. "They were maneuvered volved a second go with a diver and uninto place, partially flooded and sunk, derwater epoxy." and then filled with air from a compresAlthough relieved to have arrived, they sor." had to wait several more days for the tide Once afloat, suspended by the drums, to rise high enough so that the battered the hull was slowly towed — with decks hull could be hauled out. They finally still awash — to a nearby island which did get her safely offered shelter into a cradle, free from an impendfrom the threat ing threat of bad of sinking again, weather. Moving but, clearly, no at a snail's pace, part of the prothey eventually cess was easy. arrived safely, "We could not get late at night. her fully onto dry The following land since the caday, divers beble to the cradle gan the process broke two times. of sealing up the The equipment area where most they are using is of the water was hard to believe," coming in, bereports Holger, tween the mas"but the workers sive lead keel seem quite capaand the keelson, ble and are hardusing caulking working. They material and obviously know underwater ephow to repair oxy. More drums boats, were then posi- After months of hard work, Holger was a happy guy as wooden tioned in order to he and his adventurous young crew left from Sausalito albeit more in the framework of balance the load, in 1979, on the first of four circumnavigations. local fishing boats (rather than yachts)." so she could be pumped out. Two portable commercial pumps driven by gasoline engines did the job. t this writing, Holger and Tracy "Slowly, she came up and the decks are proceeding on an 11-step process began to dry," says Holger. "There was that they've outlined to get the old girl still a lot of water inside and we could not sailing again. Although her interior is yet see the devastation the sinking had

Decked out with new sails and fresh varnish 'Lord Jim' was in fine form during the memorable 1978 Master Mariners Race.

Then, shortly before she slid completely under, they heard the sharp sound of breaking timber. "It stabbed into our hearts," recalls Holger. But they soon realized it had only been the tree ashore to which the bow line was tethered. Lord Jim then slid quietly to the bottom, which was 25 to 45 feet deep, rolled about 30° onto her wounded port side and came to rest. From the moment of impact, less than 20 minutes had passed. "The masts were sticking out of the water and she looked beautiful — even under water," recalls Holger. "We knew that we had to do everything to bring her back up. She couldn’t just die like that."


he next two days were filled with a frenzy of activity. Holger, 69, and Tracy, 57, wasted no time in developing a plan to refloat and relocate their longtime home. Literally all of the couple's friends in the local sailing community offered their assistance, and a local dive operator offered to help remove the gear stowed on deck such as sails, the dinghy and the liferaft, free of charge. Tracy, who is a master diver, dove below decks to retrieve some of the couple's more valuable possessions, including an original set of Alden's construction plans from 1936 which had been safely stowed in a plastic tube. "The water was perfectly clear," recalls Tracy, "and as odd as it sounds, she really did look Page 144 •

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— LORD JIM'S SADDEST CHAPTER nity, an everincreasing ground swell of support has emerged among a disparate group of classic yacht aficionados, all offering words of encouragement and suggestions, at the very least. In yacht clubs, boatyards and sailors' bars from Rockport to English Harbor, 'friends of Lord Jim' are swapping tales, comparing restoration strategies and, hopefully, helping to find a resolution to this tragic chapter in the life of a true sailing legend. More determined than ever, Holger vows, "We will not let the boat perish. She is a beautiful boat, especially at sea. She has been our home and part of our lives for a long time. We will make LORD JIM ARCHIVES

trashed and all her electrical systems are ruined, her rig and sails are still in excellent condition. The couple is currently weighing their options, but one idea is to get her sailing, throw on a few kerosene lamps, some manual pumps, a rudimentary electrical system and some handheld electronics, then sail her to a first-class yard in the Caribbean or New England. Tracy confides, "It's been two weeks, but we are still in shock." Although determined to get Lord Jim sailing again as soon as possible, the prospect of undergoing a complete interior refit — again — is extremely daunting. "Tracy and I look at each other and cannot believe the huge job we are facing," says Holger. "Sometimes we think we are too old for this." They reluctantly admit that it may be time to find "another caretaker" for their beloved schooner. "It is not just a question of money," explains the grayhaired skipper. "It would have to be someone who will continue the legacy." As the sad news had spread throughout the international sailing commu-

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The Wylie Wabbit 'Keala' on the way to a win in Saturday's first race.


Working the bow on 'Phantom Mist.'

Below, 'Bustin Loose', 'Recidivist' and 'Howl' in a drag race on the Deepwater course.



t's not often, when talking to regatta winners, that you hear 'babysitting' invoked as part of the victory formula. But that was the case with Andy Costello, whose 1D-35 Double Trouble won on both days of Richmond YC's 25th annual Big Daddy Regatta, held March 10-11. On Saturday, Double Trouble won PHRF 1 with a 2,1,1, score. They returned to the winner's circle on Sunday with a squeaker victory in the pursuit race. The babysitting duty was for Andy's two sons, 5-year-old Andrew and 2 1/2-year-old Nicholas, who rode along on Sunday. Talk about 'double trouble'! Okay, okay. Most of the credit goes to 'Trouble-maker regulars Patrick Whitmarsh, Dave Morgan, J.V. Gilmour, Morgan Gutenkunst, Archie Massey and Rick Reagan — most of whom were also aboard for Trouble's Big Boat Series division win last September. However, considering the boat usually sails with eight, with six she was about 500 pounds lighter than normal and, says Andy, "I think that was also the key to winning." They compensated by tuning for heavier air, basically downsizing one sail size to keep the boat flat and fast. In the medium breeze, it was the perfect combination. In fact, the 101 boats that showed up for the Big Daddy Regatta once again enjoyed a perfect combination of a lot of things — great racing, great committee work, great competition, absolutely spectacular warm weather, and that great Saturday night party. Pretty much exactly what the event's





Big Daddy action — 1) Strong currents had boats going way wide to round marks. 2) Why you don't second guess a "starboard!" call in the Ultimate 20 class. 3) 'Breakaway' sets a hammock. 4) 'Petard' (left) and 'Vivace' charge to weather. 5) 'Jazzy' on a beat. 6) Setting the kite on 'Sweet Ness'. 7) Dueling bow guys. 8) Downwind on the Southampton Course. All photos latitude/jr.


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The pirate-themed Saturday night festivities at RYC included music by the band Shark Sandwich and awards for the best buccaneer attire. On Sunday, luck was as much a factor as sailing skill. As always, the reverse handicap pursuit race went from the Richmond breakwater, around Alcatraz and Angel Islands (either way), and back to Richmond. In most years, it's a roll of the dice whether to go clockwise or counter-clockwise. This year, the dice-roll was whether you even finished. For most, the shifty breeze of morning

'Double Trouble' crew receives their just rewards at the trophy presentation Sunday.

namesake, the late RYC Commodore Bob 'Big Daddy' Klein, had in mind when he conceived of the regatta back in 1983 to celebrate the end of winter and beginning of spring.


aturday's 'serious' racing — three races per fleet on three East Bay courses (Southampton, Olympic Circle and the 'Deepwater' course near Treasure Island) — started out in light, shifty breeze. From our 50-yard-line seats near the Southampton course (on the Latitude photoboat), we were treated to the unusual sight of the windline being exactly bisected by the windward mark: the lee side was riffley with breeze, the windward, glassy calm. Boats were sailing up fine, but as soon as they crossed the windline, they slowed to a stop and drifted back — just short of the mark. It was pretty entertaining watching the J/24 fleet learn the trick of getting up a head of steam and carrying around on momentum alone. (Who says you don't learn new things every time you go out?) Fortunately, the breeze soon filled in to a nice 10-12 knot westerly over all three courses for the day — and it was even a warm wind. Wow!

only got lighter and shiftier through the day, and by afternoon, they were dropping like flies. Of 95 starters, only 39 boats finished — led, as mentioned, by the babysitters on Double Trouble. "We used the tide behind Angel Island to create apparent wind to get to Alcatraz," says Andy Costello. They were 'apparently' one of the only boats to pull that off, which launched them on their clockwise circumnavigation of the islands. On the way home, they were threatened by the rapidly gaining SC52 Kokopelli2 and the new LightSpeed 32 catamaran, helmed by Trevor Baylis, but managed to hold them off for the win. — latitude/jr

RESULTS SATURDAY SOUTHAMPTON COURSE WYLIE WABBIT — 1) Kwazy, Colin Moore, 6 points; 2) Mr. McGregor, Kim Desenberg, 7; 3) Keala, Ron Tostenson, 10. (7 boats). ULTIMATE 20 — 1) Cloud Nine, Jim Carlsen, 6 points; 2) Ricochet, Geoffrey Gardner, 6; 3) Cinderella Story, John Andrews, 8. (10 boats) J/24 — 1) Casual Contact, Edward Walker, 4 points; 2) Running With Scissors, Jim Yares, 6; 3) Little Wing, Luther Strayer, 11. (7 boats) PHRF 5 — 1) Paramour, Moore 24, Rowan & Marina Fennell, 4 points; 2) Pearl, Olson 25, Tom Blagg, 7; 3) Vivace, Olson 25, Larry Nelson, 11. (9 boats) OLYMPIC COURSE PHRF 3 — 1) 10R, Beneteau First 10R, Chris Corlett, 4 points; 2) Mintaka 4, Farr 38, Gerry Brown, 6.5; 3) Mistral, Beneteau First 36.7, Ed Durbin, 8. (7 boats) 99ER — 1) Razzberries, Olson 34, Bruce & Lina Nesbit, 10 points; 2) Dragonsong, Olson 30, Sam McFadden, 11; 3) Two Scoops, Express 34, Chris Longaker, 13. (9 boats) PHRF 4 — 1) Dianne, Express 27, Steve Katzman, 6 points; 2) Uno, WylieCat 30, Steve Wonner, 8; 3) Expressway, Express 27, Mike Robinson, 10. (9 boats) SF 30 — 1) Shameless, Schumacher 30, George Ellison, 5 points; 2) Takeoff (Peggy Sue),

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Laser 28, Joan Byrne, 10; 3) Elusive, Olson 911, Charles Pick, 10. (6 boats) DEEPWATER COURSE IRC — 1) White Fang, Beneteau First 40.7, Mark Howe, 7 points; 2) Swiftsure, Schumacher 54, Sy Kleinman, 9; 3) Bodacious, Custom Farr 40, John Clauser & Bobbi Tosse, 9. (8 boats) PHRF 1 — 1) Double Trouble, 1D-35, Andy Costello, 4 points; 2) Great Sensation, 1D-35, Bogo Pehlaivanov; 8; 3) Bustin Loose, Sydney 38, Jeff Pulford, 9. (9 boats) PHRF 2 — 1) Desdemona, J/120, John Wimer, 6 points; 2) Bullet, Express 37, Michael Maloney, 8; 3) Jarlen, J/35, Bob Bloom, 10. (7 boats) J/105 — 1) Wonder, Tom Kennelly, 9 points; 2) Orion, Gary Kneeland, 10; 3) Larrikin, Stuart Taylor, 12. (13 boats) SUNDAY PURSUIT RACE — 1) Double Trouble; 2) 2 Kokopelli , SC 52, Lani Spund; 3) Sapphire, Synergy 1000, David Rasmussen; 4) LightSpeed, LightSpeed 32 (cat), Trevor Baylis; 5) Backatcha Bandit, T650, Ben Landon; 5) Uno; 6) Secret Squirrel, Schock 40, John Claudianos; 7) Sand Dollar, Mumm 30, Erich Bauer; 8) Swiftsure; 9) Copernicus, Sydney 38, Michael Kennedy; 10) E-2, Tornado (cat), Bill Erkelens. (95 entries, 39 finishers)

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aylight Saving Time sprung early this year, and so did spring-like weather. Bay sailors are no dummies — when they get the chance to sail under fog-free and sunny skies, they jump on it. Boats came out in droves on March 10, the lovely day we snapped these shots, presumably to make up for the hour they were about to lose. In fact, most of March seemed more like summer than, well, summer. If the trade-off for losing an hour of sleep is weather like this, we'll take it! — latitude/ld Spring forth and mulitply — insets, l to r, 'Sequestor' ketches the wind; on a day like this, 'Sea Angel's crew is all smiles; 'Encore' sees red; Raccoon Strait provided a perfect course for an unofficial race between 'Mabrouka' and 'Breezy'. Spread, 'Arowana's skipper enjoys a solo sail in the afternoon sun.


ommodore Tompkins and wife Nancy returned to the Bay Area last month, taking a break from cruising on Flashgirl, their Wylie 39. After 18 months in the South Pacific, they say they have only just begun, but they came back to celebrate Commodore’s 75th birthday

"I take a great deal of pleasure in the boat itself, how it responds to the elements, how it responds to me..." with some old friends. We were honored to be among them. For those of you who don’t know, Warwick ‘Commodore’ Tompkins is perhaps the last active sailor whose roots stretch back to the days of wooden ships and iron men. Raised aboard Wander Bird — an 85-ft German pilot schooner his father converted to a voyaging boat — Tompkins had literally rounded Cape Horn by the time he was 4. (His nickname was bestowed early on when a visitor aboard Wander Bird remarked to his father, “If you’re the Captain, this must be the Commodore.”) In later years, he became sought-after crew, skipper and project manager for countless racing campaigns ranging from 6 Meters to Maxis. He’s sailed in Olympic trials and America’s Cup elimination rounds. And he has sailed with and against virtually all of sailing’s greats of the last half-century: Blackaller, North, Melges, Cayard, Kiskaddon, even Ted Turner! At some point, on some patch of water, they’ve all traded tacks with Commodore. For the last three decades, Commodore has run Sailing Yacht Service, a yacht consulting, rigging and delivery service. We’d cross paths with him frequently in our travels about the Bay, sometimes spotting him working away at the top of a mast. But not from a constricting bosun’s chair. If he was going to spend a lot of time up there, Commodore would fabricate a plywood platform with strategic cutouts so it could be ‘wedged’ between the mast and rigging, allowing him to stand comfortably 80 feet above the deck. Although he sometimes employed grinders and tailers at deck level, if they were unavailable, Commodore could build this thing, get it and himself to the masthead, and rig/unrig it — all Page 154 •

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by himself. Commodore always intended to go cruising, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that he seriously started preparing his boat and gear. His boat of choice was a Wylie 39, which he modified with a deeper, lifting keel with bulb, a lofty fractional rig with cutter capability and water ballast. He and Nancy took off for

points south in May of 2005. At his birthday party, Tompkins was way too busy pressing the flesh and posing for photos to be interviewed. (And learning, to nearly everyone’s surprise, that he shared the same birth date as Skip Allan). So we caught up with him a few days later for a chat. Here’s some of that conversation.

— HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What are the biggest changes you’ve seen in sailing over the years? Wow, there’s a multi-edged question! One of the most obvious changes is top end boat speeds. It used to be that 12 knots was good for a big, serious racing boat. Now it’s 35 knots! Many of the big changes are technological: new fibers, composites, cordage, sails — huge dif-

What's your earliest sailing memory? My earliest memory was when Wander Bird was in hard weather in the North Sea. My father was taking the schooner offshore for sea room. I was about 3 years old. I don’t remember details, but I was told later that a ‘chance sea’, as my father used to call them, stove in 30 feet of the port bulwarks abaft the main shrouds. Now the ship was vulnerable, so he decided to turn and run for shelter up a river someplace in Britain. I remember it was nighttime and we were sailing hard. But mostly I remember the tension on board. Sailing hard on starboard tack put the damaged port side deep underwater as we drove for shelter. There were gaping holes and the pumps were going flat out. As the family

story goes, William, the bosun’s mate, finally came to my father and reported, “You better do something else, skeeper, 'cause the pumps aren’t keeping up.” My father tacked under a lee, and later told me that with all the water she was very sluggish, and had she missed stays and fallen off on a starboard tack again, we might well have sunk. But she fell away on port tack and we made it to safety. Who were your sailing mentors? Myron Spaulding, Peter Fromhagen, Dick Hannan. Mostly Myron. Oh, and C.S. Forester. I never met him personally, but there was a connection through his writing, particularly the British Navy concept that “Nothing that happens on a ship is outside the captains responsi-

Life of a sailor — left, Commodore (at the tip of bowsprit) giving his mother a heart attack on 'Wander Bird'. Above, Nancy 'motorcycle mama' Tompkins heads out on a shopping trip in Aitutaki (that's 'Flashgirl' anchored in the background). Far above, what Commodore does while Nancy's shopping.

bility,” even if he didn't know about it. I think that statement speaks volumes, not only about sailing, but about life. Who is the best sailor today? I don’t know them all. The best sailor that I know personally is Paul Cayard. He did his first ocean race with me when he was very young. We were racing in the Pan Am Clipper Cup in Hawaii, and he was in Kenny Keefe’s watch. He had great sensitivity to everything that was happening. Later, he did a Bermuda Race with me. And still later I sailed as crew with him in 6 Meters.

ference. There is also a big swing toward professional sailing. Locally, there seems to be a drift away from ocean racing as we used to know it here in San Francisco. Yes, you have the Pacific Cup and some coastal races, but most of the long local ocean races like the Buckner or Waterhouse — and the shorter ones where you'd sail to Drake's Bay, stay overnight and sail back the next day — are gone. I think it’s partially because no one seems to want to do this anymore. But I also attribute it to most of the modern, competitive boats being unliveable, whether it’s in them or on them. I mourn the passing of that stuff. There is more to sailing and racing than merely winning. But don't you think modern boats are better and safer? When I was mentored by Myron, he had a safety margin of 3 to 1. In other words, make your gear or cordage three April, 2007 •

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COMMODORE'S 75TH SAILING IN THE 70s You've all read the mantra of an increasingly health-conscious populace: "70 is the new 40." And guys like Commodore could be walking poster boys. He may look a tad north of 40, but Commodore has lost little of his energy or intellect, and anyone who knows him will tell you his wit has only sharpened with time. He's not the only septuagenarian sailor out there; not by a long shot. And we're talking active sailors here, not ride-alongs. At 72, Hank Easom is out most weekends racing his beautiful 8 Meter Yucca (and winning most of the time). Bob Van Blaricom, 76, got back last year from an attempt to take a sailboat through the Northwest Passage and recently published a book about growing up sailing the Bay. Then there's 70-something Jim Tantillo, who sailed the Baja Ha-Ha a few years ago and still teaches sailing. Emil Carles, who turns 79 this month, is still the scourge of East Bay racing with Lelo Too. Those are just a few locals who come to mind. The 70-somethings who are cruising the oceans of the world are so legion we couldn't even begin to list them all here, so we'll let cruisers Larry and Maxine Bailey of the 43-ft Shingebiss II 'stand in' for that demographic. Now both in

their mid-70s, their high-latitude cruising of the last 14 years has taken them from 60°N to 60°S, including around Cape Horn. And don't forget Robin KnoxJohnston. He may be a mere 68, but he's currently sailing the Open 60 Saga Insurance around the globe in the Velux 5-Oceans Race. Of course, they're all mere kids compared to Doc Mebine, who still sails his 1918 R-Class sloop Machree out of the Corinthian YC a few times a week. Yes, she's an old boat, but at 92, Doc is a few years older! If you sense a pattern here, yeah, so do we: Perhaps there is a touch of the fountain of youth about sailing. Perhaps something about being propelled by the wind — call it fun, satisfaction, stress reduction, harmony with nature, simple joy (or all of the above) — might well help some people live longer, happier and more active lives. We plan to implement full testing of this hypothesis at every opportunity. — jr Are you a 'Sailing 70' or know one? Please let us know about him or her at And please include a short bio and contact information. If we get enough, we'll do a feature on this subject in a future issue.

times as strong as you think it should be. Today, it’s about 2 to 1, and we see the results — masts coming down, all kinds of gear failing. On the positive side, all the principles of the dinghy guys from Uffa Fox on have been brought to big boats with a vengeance. And it's shown in their performance.

many boats. Was that by design? Yes. When I started sailing I recognized pretty early that most people worked hard, saved money, bought a boat, and went sailing later in life. I made the conscious decision to do a lot of sailing when I was young, healthy and vigorous, and the only way to do that was to sail on other people’s boats. I learned a lot doing that, sailing with people like Myron. He would never just sit there. If he wasn’t busy doing something else, he’d go up forward and watch the way the wave came off the bow. Not to daydream — he was studying the entry and thinking about how to make it better.

How do you like the cruising life? I like it a lot. I take a great deal of pleasure in the boat itself, how it responds to the elements, how it responds to me. Nancy takes more pleasure than I in the people we see and places we go. And so far, we’re pretty spoiled on both counts. I mean, here we are anchored off Papeete or Moorea and Nancy says, “This is so beautiful — why go anywhere else?” I didn’t have a good answer. Have you been happy with Flashgirl? Very, although like everyone else I wish she were a little bigger. You haven't actually owned that Page 156 •

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What are some of the boats you have owned over the years? I like to think of Wander Bird's doubleended tender as ‘my’ first boat. I’ve also had a 101 (a 13-ft modified Whitehall sloop), a Finn, a Thistle, a Soling and the quarter-tonner Insatiable. That was my last boat before Flashgirl. There’s much ado these days about making sailing more ‘accessible’ to all

sorts of demographics, as well as more exciting and ‘watchable’ to TV audiences. What's your take on all that? There is a disconnect between professional sailing and just regular guys going out and having fun. I think I'm a pretty good sailor, but this stuff with canting keels and foiled multihulls is downright alien to me. It might as well be astronauts going to the stars. It’s certainly funded like astronauts. It is great spectacle, of course, but no one can readily associate with that stuff! I couldn’t race against those guys. Nobody could, with any hope of winning. So in the space of 15 years, I've gone from leading edge to feeling obsolete, at least as a racer. At a more down-to-earth level, I think sailing today suffers from a lack of satisfaction and fun. We need to return joy to it, along with a sense of responsibility. In other words, you no longer have to be as careful because, if something goes wrong, you can call somebody on VHF, SSB or your cell phone to take care of it or come rescue you. I think the rise of shorthanded sailing may be partly in response to this. In shorthanded sailing, there’s nobody to blame but yourself — and nobody to take credit, either. This is gratifying. More people need to take full responsibility for their own actions and their own safety. We've been dying to ask you this for years. There are literally dozens of books on knots. There are videos and DVDs, there are websites. What knots does a sailor really need to know? There are six — the bowline, clove hitch, figure eight, a good rolling hitch and the sheet bend. Also an excellent fisherman’s knot: two overhand knots jammed together, used for joining likesize lines. As the saying goes, you've forgotten more than most sailors will ever know. After all you've seen and done, are you happy with your life at this point? Voyaging — practicing your skills on the sea with a well-found boat — is every bit as good as you dream about. The key to this enjoyment is understanding your own skills, the capability of the boat and the nature of the elements. You will never understand all of it, of course, but a good grasp of the basics is essential. The real answer to your question: I'm having the time of my life. — latitude/jr

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he use of laptop computers with Wi-Fi connections has become as common aboard cruising boats these days as sextants were fifty years ago. With that in mind, we've tapped the knowledge of sailor and Wi-Fi expert John Navas, on the issue of maximizing the effectiveness of Wi-Fi while aboard a boat. (Navas recently created the Wireless Wiki website, http://wireless.wikia. com, a relatively easy-to-digest resource for laymen.) Common Problems In locations where shore-based Wi-Fi signals are strong, using them for Internet access on a boat is comparable to using Wi-Fi hotspots on land. However, the marine environment tends to exacerbate general Wi-Fi problems and create other problems of its own, such as: • Boat hulls and sailboat masts can block radio signals, reducing range. • Movement of other boats can cause interruptions of Wi-Fi connections. • Locating a Wi-Fi antenna below decks can further reduce range. • It may be difficult to get close enough to the Wi-Fi access point for sufficient signal, especially when anchored. • Boat movement can result in aiming problems with highly directional antennas (even when tied to a dock). • Moisture in the marine environment can result in electronic failures. Improving Wi-Fi Higher Power — While it may seem While in Zihua, Melanie Boots of 'Talerra' made a pilgrimage to Rick's Bar every morning, just to get a clear signal, for e-commerce.

that higher power Wi-Fi might help to improve your range, that's not necessarily true, since higher power only helps on transmit, not receive. Thus, it's only likely to help if the other end of your connection is using higher power as well, which is often not the case. In other

Wi-Fi channels are standardized, but vary slightly in different parts of the world. words, what you may well wind up with is an 'alligator' — a big mouth but small ears. Also, unnecessarily high transmit power will tend to increase your interference with other Wi-Fi users, making you a bad neighbor. It's usually much better to just improve your antenna, which helps both transmit and receive. Better Antennas — Usually the best way to improve range is to use a better antenna (or reflector with a standard antenna), which helps both transmit and receive. Better antennas work by being directional. Generally, they 1) concentrate radio energy/sensitivity to/from the desired direction instead of wasting it in pointless directions, and 2) reduce interference from other radio sources not in the desired direction (path). The improvement in antenna per-

formance is referred to as gain, where a higher number indicates the amount of performance improvement expressed in dBi. It takes an increase of 6 dBi to double range; e.g., as compared to a typical 4 dBi antenna, a 10 dBi antenna has double the range. However, a highly directional antenna can be problematic on a boat, since it must be kept aimed accurately at the remote end of the connection, which can be difficult on a boat floating in the water (even when tied up). The width (angle) of the directional pattern (both vertically and horizontally) can be used to see how accurately the antenna must be aimed. The simplest and easiest improvement is to use a higher-gain omnidirectional antenna (4-8 dBi), thereby avoiding the need to aim the antenna horizontally (point it at the shore-based wireless access point). Such an antenna works by concentrating energy/sensitivity in the horizontal direction that would otherwise be

wasted vertically (up and down). Beyond about 8 dBi the vertical beam angle becomes so narrow that vertical aiming can be problematic on a boat. Antenna Location — Higher antenna locations tend to have less interference (e.g., from other boats) than lower locations, so in general it's a good idea to locate the antenna as high as is practical. On a sailboat, the ideal location is at the top of the mast. Since signal loss in the cable between the radio unit and the antenna increases rapidly with the length of the cable, it's better to locate the radio unit next to the antenna, and use lossless cable to support the radio unit, either USB or Ethernet, both of which have advantages and disadvantages (as noted below). Temporary Setup Set up your system as needed, packing it away when not in use. Ideally, the radio unit and antenna will be located together as high as possible (outside on

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— KEYS TO SUCCESS the top of the cabin), usually connected by either USB or Ethernet cable. The advantages of USB are its simplicity, lower cost, and it draws its power

Even though a highly directional 10 dBi antenna is double the range of a 4 dBi version, it can be a problem because of its narrow range.

are that you can run a long cable (up to 100 meters), you do not need a USB driver, and it can support multiple clients with a hub or switch. In this case, one caveat is that not all Wireless Ethernet (client) bridges support multiple clients. Check manufacturer specs.

Permanent over a standard USB cable. Installation A typical USB setup might utilize a Permanent installation device such as the Hawking HWU8DD will give far more range Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter (8 than regular Wi-Fi at the dBi, must be aimed). One caveat here is deck or cabin level. that the maximum length of a USB cable • Install a weatherized is 5 meters (about 16 feet), although that high-gain omnidirectiondistance can be multiplied by means al antenna as high as is of one or more USB active extension practical. If on a sailboat, cable(s) — effectively a ideally at top of mast. standard USB cable mar• Install a weatherized ried to a one-port USB Ethernet 'client bridge' as hub. close to the antenna as posNote, however, that sible, in order to minimize USB Internet connections signal loss in the antenna can be shared by means of cable. Internet Connection Shar• Run weatherized CAT5 ing and a separate network cable from the Ethernet cli(e.g., Ethernet connected ent bridge (if on a sailboat, The Hawking Dish Adapter. to the hub). down/inside the mast). The advantages of using a direct • Power the client bridge via EtherEthernet connection to your Wi-Fi setup net.


ow that you are connected to the Internet, what's the first thing you should do? That's easy, update your computer software and anti-virus software. The Internet has a lot of dark alleys and dangerous neighborhoods, and you need to be careful. There are two things that are needed: One is a barrier or 'firewall' between you and the outside world to limit access to your computer. The good news is that Wi-Fi networks all include routers which also act as an incoming firewall. That's great, but look around the marina — those folks are all on the inside of the wall with you, and if their computers are full of nasty stinking viruses then you can be infected also. The Windows XP firewall works just fine, there is no need for anything else — just be sure it is turned on. And also turn off file-sharing, unless of course you want to

share your secret information with anyone who can guess your password. (You mean it isn't the name of your cat?) The second thing you need is antivirus software to detect and, hopefully, kill anything that does happen to get in. There are lots of anti-virus programs. It's not especially important which one you use, as long as you use something, and keep it up-to-date. Our preference is to avoid the 'all-in-one' Internet security solutions which combine firewall, email and virus protection. Firewalls and anti-virus are two separate things, and there is no need to combine them — doing so just makes everything more complicated. Did you notice the 'up-to-date' comment? An anti-virus program is only as good as its virus definition file and, with a bazillion new viruses being created

If there'd been a clean Wi-Fi connection in the anchorage, this cruiser could have made his nearly free Vonage call from his boat.

• At cabin end of the Ethernet cable, put 1) a hub or switch (for wired network connections), 2) a Wi-Fi access point (for Wi-Fi network connections), and 3) a Bluetooth access point (for Bluetooth network connections). Managing a Wireless Ethernet Bridge — When using a wireless Ethernet (client) bridge, IP addresses of networked every week, this is not something that can be forgotten about. All anti-virus programs have an easy way to update their data files, so do that when you first get Internet access and every day after that. It only takes a few seconds. Two more things to watch for: Email messages can be used to transmit viruses, so if you get a message with a file attachment, don't automatically open it. If you don't know what it is, send a note back to the sender and ask if they really sent it — faking a friend's email address is the easiest thing in the world to do. Also watch for 'phishing' attempts. For example an email (purportedly) from your bank, asking you to go to their (alleged) website and enter all of your secret information and passwords may well be a fake. Some are masterfully done, so be suspicious and trust no one. There are more ideas at the following website: — jim corenman April, 2007 •

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TAPPING INTO SHORE-BASED WI-FI clients on the boat (wired or wireless) are normally assigned by a shore-based DHCP server. The problem is that the wireless Ethernet bridge will typically have a fixed IP address for management that won't necessarily be on the same subnet as IP addresses set by shore-based DHCP servers, preventing networked clients from directly managing the wireless Ethernet bridge.

Two possible solutions to this problem are 1) to use two network adapters (wired or wireless) on a given networked client, one configured by (shorebased) DHCP for Internet access, and the other configured manually just for managing the wireless Ethernet bridge. Or 2) use a multi-homed Ethernet adapter with both a static address and a DHCP address.

mize possible interference, a boat Wi-Fi access point should ideally be on a different minimally-overlapping channel (1, 6, 11 in the USA) from the shore access point. Power — Many stand-alone low-end networking devices that use separate brick-style power supplies are able to

Wired versus Wireless Clients — It's important to note that in order to mini-


ow that you have a working Wi-Fi connection and can browse the web, how do you get your mail from SailMail or Winlink? Both systems offer access via Internet in addition to radio. The details differ a bit, we'll discuss them in turn and try to keep the confusion to a minimum. SailMail offers four ways to get your messages: radio, direct Internet access, a pop3 email server, and webmail using your web browser. Radio doesn't usually work very well in marinas because of the electrical interference from battery chargers and other AC-powered electrical equipment, so use one of the Internet alternatives wherever Wi-Fi is available. The simplest way is to use Airmail's Internet access window (called a 'Telnet' window on older Airmail versions). Just click the 'Internet' button on the toolbar (looks like a 'lightning bolt'), select one of the two SailMail 'stations' and click the green 'connect' button. It works just like radio (except much faster), and messages are sent and received in the same fashion. This method also works on Iridium sat phones and, since the same compression and protocols are used as for the radio links, it is very efficient — there is no need to use a separate compression service. One problem that has been popping up is marinas blocking the Internet ports that are used for special services such as SailMail's Internet connection. Both SailMail servers monitor both port 50 and 50001, so if one doesn't work then try the other (click the 'settings' button in the Internet window). If still no luck, then the next trick is to use Airmail's mail client window Page 160 •

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and access SailMail's POP3 server like a normal email program. This is written up in the Airmail help file under 'SailMail, POP server', and will usually work because very few marinas block the standard email ports (El Cid in Mazatlan being a notable exception — they block everything). And if all else fails, then fire up the web browser and go to and click on 'Webmail'. There are multiple choices described there, so be sure to read what is on the page. The problem with webmail is that the messages aren't easily transferred to the Airmail software, and aren't saved unless you specifically save them. One good way to keep an archive is to sign up for a (free) Google Gmail account, and use that as an archive. Whenever you get a message that you want to save, just forward it to your Gmail address. And if the web browser won't work then you really aren't connected to the Internet, back up and try Google.There is more information for SailMail members here: For Winlink the choices are radio (same issues in a marina), Internet (Telnet), or webmail. There are dozens of Internet/Telnet servers (listed in the 'MBO bulletin' under the View menu) and it can get confusing — see 'Winlink, Internet access' in Airmail's help file and find a fellow user to help you set it up. All of the stations use port 12001 which, again, may be blocked by some marinas. The other alternative is webmail — navigate your web browser to www.winlink. org and click on 'WebMail' on the left side. — jim corenman

tolerate a relatively wide range of input voltage, and can be run directly from 12 volt DC boat power with an appropriate adapter cable. Check manufacturer input voltage specs if possible. Relaying and Mesh Networks — When some boats are too distant from a shore access point for a direct Wi-Fi connection, it may be possible to setup nearer boats to repeat or relay the Wi-Fi signal to more distant boats. (See info on Navas' site.) International Use — Wi-Fi channels are standardized, but vary slightly in different parts of the world. Many Wi-Fi devices will work properly anywhere in the world, either by means of a configuration option (preferable), or by means of different firmware loads (clumsy). — john navas On his website, Navas lists a wealth of useful resource links. Among them are: • Wi-Fi Internet solutions for boaters and marinas — • RadioLabs — • MarineNet Wireless — www. • HyperLink Technologies — www. • Linksys —

— KEYS TO SUCCESS GEEK-SPEAK GLOSSARY • Access Point (also AP) — Basically a wireless hub. An access point provides a central point for wireless clients to connect to, in order to exchange information. An Access Point typically also includes a connection to a wired network, to extend the wired network to wireless clients. • Bridge — A box that connects two networks together, for example your local wired network to a marina Wi-Fi network. In the Wi-Fi context a bridge will act as a wireless client connected to an access point on one side, and an ethernet connection on the other to connect to a computer network card. • Client — In networking terms, your computer. The other end is a server. • Client Card (also Wireless Adapter) — A network card (or box) to connect your computer to a network. Traditionally a client card was a connection to a wired network, but common usage is now as a wireless (e.g. WiFi) network client connection.

• dBi — Decibels over Isotropic, a measure of effective power compared to an Isotropic radiator, i.e. an antenna that radiates equally well in all directions. A directional antenna will have gain in one direction, at the expense of signal in other directions. • DHCP Server — A service that assigns dynamic IP addresses. A DHCP server can be a background program running on a computer (for example a Windows computer with ICS), or an internet router, or a server on a WAN connection. • Ethernet Adaptor — A device that connects a computer to a network. This can be a built-in network adaptor, a PCMCIA card ('PC card'), a USB-connected network adaptor, or (for desktop computers) a card in the computer. • Gain — In radio/Wi-Fi antenna terminology, refers to the increase in signal strength in a particular direction. Antenna gain is usually measured in dBi,

which is gain measure in dBs over an isotropic radiator (i.e., one that sprays signal equally everywhere). • Hub — A device for connecting multiple wired ethernet connections together to form a local network. A hub is a 'dumb' device, basically a network 'party line' where everyone interferes with everyone else. • NIC — Network Interface Card. Same as ethernet adaptor although usually refers to a plug-in card in a desktop computer. Also called a 'network card' or 'client card'. • Port — A network connection. Each computer or network device can carry on multiple simultaneous connections, with each connection using a different port number. Some ports are standardized, for example a POP3 email server always uses port 110 for connections from email client programs. • Router — A device, typically a hardware box, that acts as a gateway between a local network and the Internet. — jim corenman

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e don’t want to jinx anything, but it appeared at presstime that the summer sailing season had arrived. (If you’re reading this with the rain pounding outside and no wind, we apologize.) But whether the westerlies truly have returned or there really is something to that groundhog deal, it’s high time you started at least thinking about sailing. Not to brag, but there’s no better place to think about it than in these pages, and there’s no better place to plan it than right here, in our biggest Crew List of the year. Whether you’re looking for a boat to crew on, or for crew for the boat you have; whether you’re male, female or a couple; whether you are experienced or a ‘newbie’; whether you are interested in cruising, daysailing, co-chartering or boat swapping — there is no better place to do it. But if it’s racing you’re interested in, you can’t do it here; Your Crew List appeared in last month’s issue. If your name appears here, chances are you already know the drill — look for the listing showing the type of sailing you want to do, decipher the ‘code’ beside each name using the information in the gray boxes (highlighting the most desirable aspects using a red pen), and then start making calls. Of course, if you’re listed here, you will most likely be receiving calls, too. If you don’t have a clue what we’re talking about, it’s easy enough to figure out. Plus, you don’t have to be listed here to take part. If you were late getting your name in, didn’t bother, or are looking at your very first issue of Latitude — no problem. All we ask is that everybody wanting to take part in the Crew List first read and acknowledge the disclaimer in the skinny box at the bottom of this page. Or, as we said in the very first Crew


y gray building The Golden Gate YC is located in a modern two-stor Bridge, get on the Embarcadero

Francisco Marina. From the East Bay, cross the Bay turns into Marina. Right and go north. Turn left on Bay and right on Laguna. Laguna past the St. Francis YC and all on Lyon and follow the parking lot around to the right, From the south, take 101 the parked boats to the very end. Park near the old tower. through three stoplights. Left to the Fremont exit. Turn right on Harold Street and go north, it’s a bit tricky. Take on Embarcadero, then follow directions above. From thethrough the Golden Gate toll 101 across the Golden Gate Bridge. Bear left after going approach Marina Green is plaza and follow the “Marina” signs. The first light as you immediate right into the Lyon, but you can’t turn left there. So turn right, and another parking lot to the far end and parking lot of the Exploratorium. Bear right. Follow the on Mason. You’ll now be on turn right on Marshall. Pass under 101, then turn right , and this time you can Presidio property. Marina intersects Lyon at the first stopsign all the way up to the GGYC turn left. Proceed as above. Note that you cannot drive out the jetty to the club. clubhouse. Park at the far end of the parking lot and walk

List, which appeared in the April, 1982, issue, “If using this list leads to your getting hurt, killed or married, it’s not our fault. If you aren’t something of a risk-loving swashbuckler who can handle him/herself in any situation, don’t use this list.”

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o what do you say when you get called or make calls? The interviews you will conduct with your prospective skipper or crew will vary with each situation. Folks getting together for Page 162 •

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Among the boats that will need crew this year are those headed south in next fall’s Baja Ha-Ha Cruisers’ Rally. It’s not too early to start planning!

occasional daysails will naturally remain a lot more flexible than those heading over the horizon for long periods with the same group of people. Here are some general guidelines for the more involved Crew List situations. If we were looking to crew on a cruising boat, we’d certainly ask a potential skipper about his experience, planned destinations and itinerary — and how flexible those latter two are. We’d ask about financial arrangements, accommodations, how the watch system works, how much (or little) stuff to bring and what non-sailing duties he expects of the crew — shopping, painting, cooking, etc. We’d ask when the boat was last surveyed, how much the skipper prefers to sail vs. motor, amenities aboard (hot/cold water, refrigeration, etc.) and what primary and back-up navigation systems he uses. Don’t forget the ‘little’ stuff, either, like on-board rules regarding smoking, drinking, snacking, playing music, entertaining guests, bathing and so on. A skipper, of course, will be more concerned with skills, experience level and compatibility. It’s worth noting here that, to some skippers, people with little or no experience are preferable to those with lots of sea miles — they’re easier for the skipper to ‘train’ to do things his or her way. By the way, it’s a good idea to make a list of questions, make copies of that, and pull a fresh copy out for each new ‘interview’ you do. Otherwise, by the fourth or fifth call, you’ll start to fuzz out over who said what. Trust us on this. The Crew Listing process has put together thousands of crews over the last two decades. Most of them who ‘wrote home’ told or recommendation as to the character of anyone participating in the Crew List, or the conditions of their boats or equipment. You must judge those things for yourself. us nice things about their various experiences. Some said it changed their lives. Some — to the head-scratching of friends and family — quit good-paying jobs they didn’t like to pursue low-paying ones in sailing that they did like. Some even got

— ANY WAY YOU WANT IT married — and thanked us for it. The popularity of the Lists continues, although, like everything, its a bit cyclic. This year, the number of people looking for boats is up a bit, particularly in the cruising category, while the number of boat owners looking for crew is down a bit in all categories. So it’s a bit of a ‘buyer’s market’ for boat owners. As with all bubbles, it could burst next year and be the complete reverse.



nother advantage to having your name listed here is that you get in free to the Crew List party. If you haven’t been to one of these in awhile, they’ve grown from relatively low-key get-togethers to multifaceted events, complete with equipment demonstrations, T-shirt giveaways and the usual no-host bar. This year’s Crew List Party is on Wednesday, April 4, at the Golden Gate YC in San Francisco. Hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. If you haven’t made Crew List connections by then, you’ll have a chance to do that at the party — ‘Looking For Crew’ people and ‘Looking For Boats’ people wear different colored name tags. If your name appears here (or in last month’s Racing Crew List), you get into the party for free. If it doesn’t, you’re still welcome, but it’ll cost you $7 a head to get in. It will help everyone if you bring exact change. Now for a medley of our greatest Listing tips: • Call prospective crew or boat owners no earlier than 8 a.m. and no later than 10 p.m. • If you’re looking to crew, be realistic about the commitment involved. Even daysails can start earlier and end later than you think (the ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ principle). Cruising, of course, requires that you put your life ashore on hold for long periods of time. Plan accordingly. • Be honest. • References. A lot of people, particularly women, appreciate references before getting onto a boat with a bunch of people they don’t know. For skippers, this can be as simple as giving out two or three phone numbers of crew who can vouch for your skills or character (clear it with them first, of course). References might also prove useful for experienced crew looking for new boats. • Don’t be an age bigot when it comes to choosing a boat or crew. There’s as much to be said for the steady hand of experience as for the strength and exuberance of youth. And the steady hand of experience usually brings better music. Give everybody a chance. • If you’re a man, please don’t be a jerk to any of the women on the Crew List. (Many of them have chosen to list themselves by first name only in the event any jerks disregard this notice.) Don’t tell them moronic things like “sex is required” to crew on a boat — an actual quote, we’re sorry to say. On the other side of the coin, we’ve seen some of you women come to the Crew Parties dressed to kill a lot more than time. So please, everybody, leave the hormone thing for another time and place.

• We’ve been asked to address the issue of shyness, particularly for people attending the crew parties. Here’s a suggestion: bring a friend. It’s always easier to walk up and start talking to somebody when you have some moral support. It would help if the friend is at least somewhat interested in sailing, and even better if he or she was willing to take part in the Crew List. However, if the friend happens to be George Clooney or Carmen Electra, find a different friend or come alone. Well, that’s about it. The whole thing’s pretty intuitive once you get going, and if you’re a typical Crew Lister, you’ll be doing just the type of sailing you want this summer — and wondering why you didn’t try Crew Listing years ago. — latitude/jr

CREW LOOKING FOR CRUISING BOATS MEN TO CREW ON A CRUISING BOAT Alex Peters, 57, ................................................................ ................. exp 3 (Vancouver to SF-Catalina 42), wants 1(summer!),5/offers 1,3,4,7. Andrew Peters, 35, (415) 377-6210 .......................................................................... ...................................exp 3/wants 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10/offers 4,5a,b (portuguese),6,7. Art Urbin, 53, (408) 985-2107, ................................. exp 4/wants 3,4,5,6,8,9/offers 2,4,7,8 (Navy, scuba, HF radio). Ben Hackett, 21, (541) 913-1931, ........................................ ........................................................................................ exp 3/wants 4,5,6,8,9,10,11 (Asia, NZ)/offers 2 (elect.),3,4,6,7,8 (young, persistant, college graduate, poor). Blake Rogers, 37, (415) 374-5718, ................................. ................................................... exp 2c (lots of boating!)/wants 2,3,4,5,8,9,10/offers 2,4(veggie),5a,b (French, Nepalese),6,7,8 (astronomy, guitar, sing, exc. swimmer). Bob Barrow, (408) 354-1960 ..................................................................................... ...........................................exp 2c,3/wants 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10/offers 1,3,7,8 (ex-Navy). Bob Macomber, 63, (619) 888-2834, exp 4 (2 Ha-Ha’s; delivery SF to SD)/wants 4 (Ha-Ha 14)/offers 2,3,4,7,8 (nav & late watch conversation). Bob Pezzoli, 62, (925) 631-0545 or (206) 427-5573, ............. ................................................ exp 4/wants 2,3,4,5,6,9/offers 1,4,5a,7,8 (nav, helm). Bob Whelihan, 21, (415) 867-9348, 1323-34th Ave., S.F., CA 94122 ....................... ......... exp 2a (sail solo on my boat)/wants 1,2,3,4,5,6,11 (1 wk-10 day passage 40’+ boats)/offers 1,2,3,4,7,8 (lic’d nav, com, bareboat, coastal, keel, also a boat owner). Calvin Smith, 52, H: (775) 322-2656, C: (775) 250-8421, calsmith3@sbcglobal. net............................................................. exp 2a (basic keelboat sailing cert)/wants 4,5,10,11 (Wants a day without land in sight.)/offers 1,3,4,5b (Swedish),8 (physician). Christopher Brown, 21, (541) 760-2746.. exp 2/wants 1,2,3,5,6,8,9,10/offers 3,4,7. Chuck Beattie, 62, .................. exp 3/wants 1,2/offers 3,7. Coby, 50, (971) 235-4268 .....................................exp 2c (not Bay but long coastal)/ wants 4,5,6,8,9,10,11 (anywhere in deep blue)/offers 2,3,4,6?,7,8 (Xi Gong, Tai Chi). Conor Shannon, 20, (559) 392-4609, 3/wants 1,3,5,6,11 (anywhere)/offers 3,4,6?,7,8 (naval architecture major w/good understanding of boats.) Craig Emmes, 20,, cell: (541) 953-2340 ........................ .................................... exp 2 (10 yrs dinghy sailing/racing, some San Juan Isl. exp.) wants 3,5,6,8,9,10,11 (just want to get exp. & would love to help w/long cruise.)/offers 3,4,6,7. Dan Little, 32, (415) 370-3700, 2c/wants 1,2/offers 3,7. David Berke, 42, (408) 458-6044, ..................................exp 4/wants 1,2,3,4,5,8,9/offers 1,2,3,4,7,8 (divemaster, pilot). David Castillo, 55, (408) 499-0327, .................................... exp 2/wants 1,2,4/offers 3,5a,7,8 (even tempered, sociable). Ed Kangeter, 60, (707) 338-1923, .................................. ........................................... exp 4/wants 11-negotiable/offers 8 (helm, nav, sail trim). Eric Decker, 51, (831) 234-4110, ............................................ ................................................................ exp 3/wants 1,2,3,5,6,8,9,10/offers 1,2,3,7. Frank Donahue, 62, (805) 453-2608, ............................... ................................. exp 4/wants 4,5,8,9,10/offers 2,3,5a,7,8 (38 yrs prof. mariner). Frank Shallenberger, 60, (775) 450-6229 ................................................................ .................. exp 3/wants 1,6 (Farallones, Drake’s Bay, Santa Cruz)/offers 8 (doctor). Greg Weckenbrock, 25, located Prague; best contact is:, phone # (9 hrs ahead of PST) is: 420 776 846875............................. exp 1/wants 11 (Atlantic crossing – Europe to America mid-late Oct.)/offers 1,3,4,5b (basic Czech),6,7,8 (familiar w/small boat sailing, gen. rigging/sailing principles, more). Herman Haluza, 57, (415) 706-9227 ......................................................................... ...........................................exp 3/wants 1,2,3,4/offers 5a,7,8 (bareboat/navig. ASA). April, 2007 •

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ly get cold, seasick, mad at chance. I understand that from time to time I’ll probab 1) None, but I’ll do anything within reason for the on the boat. I’m still game the owner and wish like hell I was anywhere but g the normal cuts, bruises and hollering Bay or equivalent while being active and sufferin the on sails 20 c) 10, b) 5, a) least At Some. 2) or trans-ocean trip l coasta long one least at Bay or equivalent, or 3) Moderate. Several years active crewing on the 4) Lots. Several long ocean passages

I / WE WANT TO CRUISE: 1) SF Bay and/or Delta 2) Monterey Bay 3) Southern California 4) Mexico this fall/winter 5) Hawaii and/or South Pacific 6) Pacific Northwest or Alaska 7) Caribbean 8) Mediterranean 9) Anywhere warm 10) Other destination(s)__________


1) At least a month of shared expenses ration, etc. 2) Mechanical skills: engine, electronics, refrige upkeep 3) Elbow grease for bottom work, varnishing and skills g cleanin 4) Cooking and in a) Spanish; b) Other(s):_______ 5) Language skills — I’m reasonably conversant 6) Ornamental skills — I look good in a bikini/speedo ned at 3 in the morning, 7) Personality skills — I don’t get pissed when awake ns situatio most in and can maintain a sense of humor ______ 8) Other skill(s):____________________________

MEN TO CREW, CRUISING — CONT’D J.C. Reynolds, 60, (510) 222-9235,, POB 20277, El Sobrante, CA 94820... exp 3/wants 1,2,3,4,5,6/offers 2,3,4,7,8 (exp. yacht deliv. west coast crew). Jeff Broman, 50, (801) 554-6934, .................................. .............................exp 3/wants 4,5,8,10,11 (Marquesas)/offers 1,4,6,7,8 nav. & sail). Jeff Vickers, 49, (415) 454-6507, ....................................... ............................................................. exp 3/wants 1,2,3,11 (CA coast)/offers 2,3,7. Jimi Peter, 46, (310) 463-8975, .................................... .................................................................................... exp 2,3/wants 3,4/offers 3,4,7. John Chambers, 57, (619) 990-4819, ........................... exp 4/ wants 11 (Baja Ha-Ha)/offers 5a,7,8 (crewed in last 4 Ha-Ha’s; very fit & experienced). Klaus Wilden, 63, (510) 525-3457, ........................................ ........... exp 3/wants 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10/offers 1,2,3,5 (German),7,8 (splices & knots). Lance Meno, 53, (707) 349-1233 .............................................................................. ..........................................exp 3/wants 1,2,3,4,5,6,11 (west coast)/offers 1,3,4,5a,7. Larry Block, 60, (415) 425-3005 ....................................... exp 3/wants 5,6,7,8,9,10/ offers 1,2,3,4,5a,7,8 (I used to own boat and know what you’re going through). Larry Myers, 53, (707) 527-9412 (Santa Rosa, CA), ............. ......................................................exp 2c,3/wants 4,5,6/offers 2,4,5b (French),6,7,8. Mark Benson, 24, (650) 208-3836, .................................. ..................................................................................... exp 1/wants 3,5,8,10/offers 7. Michael, 26, ....................................................................... .................. exp 2a/wants 1,3,4,8,9,11 (So. & central America)/offers 1,3,4,7,8 (nav). Michael Zweber, 41, (909) 273-0466, (909) 744-9110, ......... ............................................................... exp 3/wants 4 (Baja Ha-Ha 14)/offers 1,3,7. Mike C., 67, ................................ exp 4/wants 4/offers 1,2,3,4,7. Monk O’Maille, 59, (216) 731-3663...exp 4/wants 4 (Baja Ha-Ha only)/offers 1,2,3,4,7. Norm Winters, 66, (707) 994-4242, ................................... ......................................................................exp 2a/want 1,2,4,6,8,10/offers 1,2,3,7. Peter Klune, 47, (619) 225-0493, ............................................ .........exp 3/wants 4,5,8,9,10/offers 1,3,4,7,8 (woodwork, scuba - w/surf instruction). Peter McKenna, 47, (415) 331-2766, ................................. ......................................exp 3/wants 1,2,4,5,6,11 (Hawaii)/offers 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 (nav). Peter Muny, 52, (415) 927-1750, .................................... .......................................................... exp 3/wants 5,6,9/offers 1,4,7,8 (seamanship). Richard Niello, 23, ................................................ exp 2c/wants 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11 (anywhere)/offers 3,4,5,6,7,8 (fun person; boating entire life). Richard Shoemaker, 53, (707) 468-5779, ........................ .................................................................exp 2b,3/wants 3,4,6/offers 2 (engine),4,7. Rick Felton, 59, (925) 575-4970.................................... exp 2c/wants 1,2/offers 3,7. Rick Sorg, 64, ................................................................... ...................................... exp 4/wants 3,4,5,6,8,9,10/offers 1,3,4,7,8 (USCG license). Robert Pretzlaff, 45, (916) 804-9960, ...........................................................exp 2/wants 2,3,4,5,8/offers 1,3,4,7,8 (doctor). Rod Piety, 68, (562) 225-6890 ..................................................................... exp 3,4/ wants 4,5,10/offers 1,2,3,4,5a (some),7,8 (liveaboard 5 yrs, sailing instructor 3 yrs.). Romeo Danais, 60, (408) 267-4636, ......................................... .................................................. exp 3/wants 2,4,8,9,10/offers 1,3,4,5a,b (French),7. Scott Davis, 50, (530) 265-5089 ......................... exp 2c/wants 1/offers 3,7,8 (nav.). Stephen Beals, 63, (916) 961-5839, ............................................ ................................................................... exp 2c/wants 1,2,4,5,8,9/offers 1,2,3,4,7. Page 164 •

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Stephen Bliss, 56, (775) 750-0244, ........................................ ........................................................................... exp 3/wants 1,3,4,6,8,9/offers 1,4,7. Steve Christensen, 49, (415) 596-2167.................................................................... ....................................exp 2,3/wants 1,10/offers 1,2,3,4,7,8 (ex-merchant seaman). Steve Minden, 51, (650) 892-7719, .................................. ............................................................... exp 3/wants 1,2,3,4,5,8,9/offers 1,2,3,4,5,7. Yury Golubev, 52, (714) 315-3646, ............................... ................................................................exp 3/wants 3,4/offers 2,3,4,7,8 (reliability).

WOMEN TO CREW ON A CRUISING BOAT Andrea Nelson, 29, ...................................................... ..................exp 3/wants 4,5,8,9,11 (Spain-summer; Dalmatian Coast)/offers 1,3,4,7. Angela, 33, .............................................................. ............................exp 2c/wants 5,8,9,10,11 (world)/offers 1,3,4,5a&b + (inquire),7,9. Ashley, 33, ...................................................... exp 3/wants 1,2,4,5,8,9,10/wants 1,2,4,5,8,9,10/offers 1,4,7,8 (friendship & sailing only, I’m married). Beth Otto, 23, ......................................................................... ......................... exp 2/wants 4,5,6,8,9,10/offers 3,4,7,8 (college grad., super smart). Beverly, 50, (949) 689-8794, ......................................... ................................................exp 3/wants 3,4,5,8,9,10,11 (will consider proposals)/ offers 1,3,4,5b (some French),6,7,8 (scuba diving, underwater photog., sale & mktg.) Cindy, 50+, (415) 497-5689, ............................................ ............................ exp 3/wants 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9/offers 1,3,4,7,8 (upbeat, fun, reliable). Dawn Brooks, 37, (805) 766-8839 ............................................................................ ........................................exp 3/wants 3,4,5,8/offers 1,3,4,6,7,8 (flexible, adaptable). Elena, 32, ....................... exp 4/wants 4,8,9,10/offers 1,3,4,6,7. Jeannine, 37, ................................................................................... exp 2a,3/wants 5,6,7,8,9,10,11 (Australia/NZ)/offers 3,4 (cleaning),6 (boat washing only),7,8 (handy skills/inquire). Jenny, 23, ................................................................. exp 2 (4 yrs varsity college dinghy racing)/ wants 6,9,10,11 (anywhere Europe, coastal Africa)/offers 1,3,4,5b (some German),7. Johanna, 29, . exp 2a/wants 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10/offers 3,4,7. Joyce Jones, 50+, (415) 939-3150, ....................... .......................................exp 3/wants 1,2,3/offers 3,4,7,8 (organizationally talented). Katharina, 28, (415) 490-7878, .................exp 2b/wants 1,2,3,4,5,8,9,10/offers 4,5b (German),6,7,8 (quick learner). Laura Falls, 48, C: (209) 247-8844, H: (209) 522-8422 ............................................ ......... exp 1 (excited to try!)/wants 1,2,3/offers 3,4,7,8 (Great all-around kind of gal). Leslie & Angelica 40s/50s, Leslie (916) 529-7260, W: (916) 782-8875; Angelica: (916) 247-7689 ............................................................... exp 1(Angelica), 2b(Leslie)/ wants 1,4,11 (Baja Ha-Ha)/offers 4,5b (German & French),6,7,8 (we’ll try anything). Lisa Sheffield, 57, ........................................................... ........................................................ exp 3/wants 4,8,10/offers 1,3,4,5b (French),6,7. Luise, 70, ................. exp 4/wants 5,8,9,10/offers 3,4,7. Marlaina L.P., over 45, 3/wants 2,3,4,6,7,8,9,11 (N.Z., Catalina & Channel Islands)/offers 4,5a,b (Brazil Portuguese, Norske),6,8 (Inquire). Melissa, 46, ................................................................. exp 2/ wants 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10/offers 1,3,4,5a (some),b (some French),6,7,8 (inquire). Miki Pryor, 63, (415) 563-5309, ...................... exp 2/wants 8 (or So. Pac at least 1 mo.)/offfers 1,4,5a,b (French),7,8 (Scuba cert, CPR, more) Renee Wilson, 58, (510) 532-1935, ......................................



..................................exp 3/wants 1,2,4,8,9,10,11 (Turkey)/offers 1,3,4,5a (some),7. Sabine, 32, (805) 450-1964, .......................................................... .................................................. exp 2/wants 3,4,10, 11 (high Latitudes)/offers 3,4,7. Sea Lady, 55, ............................................................. ...............exp 3/wants 1,5,6,7,8,9/offers 2,4,5b (French),7,8 (exc. conversationalist). Stephanie, 20, 2a/wants 4,5,8,9,10,11 (around parts of the world cruises)/offers 4,7,8 (love for sailing & adventure; quick learner).

Sandra Ilkenhons, 59, (415) 259-1703, vessel lies San Rafael, CA, 47’ Steel ketch, Juneau, AK, June ‘07, (you’ll need a passport) ......................wants 2,3,6,8 (rigging).



MY/OUR BOAT IS A:__________

Bryan & Valerie O’Hara, 58/66, ........................................ ..... exp 3/wants 1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10/offers 1,3,4,6,7,8 (ASA coastal cruising certified). Carol & Charles Fallon, 55/60, (530) 644-0522, ................. ........................ exp 3/wants 1,2,3,10/offers 2,4,5a,b (French),7,8 (Did Ha-Ha 2003). Carol & Howard Keiper, 65/68, (707) 746-7163, .................. .................................................................................................. exp 3/wants 3,4,5,10/ offers 1,2,3,4,8 (Marine Naturalist/Scientist; cert. ABYD (elect.) & NMEA (CMET) tech.) Georg and/or Colleen, 49/47, (952) 239-8247, ............ ........................................ exp 3/wants 10/offers 1,2,3,4,6,7,8 (carpentry/restaurant). Holly & Gary Dowling, 49/53, (707) 965-1729, ........... ............................................................................. exp 3/wants 10/offers 1?,2,3,4,5,7. Hugo Schmitt & Sonia Fava, 40/53, (510) 205-3303 ............................................... ................................................ exp 3,4/want 1,2,5,6,8,9,10/offer 1,2,3,4,5a,6(she),7. Mike Messer & Tammy D., 46/36, M: (805) 674-1830, T: (805) 610-8235 ................ .................... exp T: 2b, M: 3/want 1,2,3,4,10/offer 2,3,4,6,7,8 (comic entertainment). Nadja Spira & Jeremy Morenes, 29 (650) 212-7966 ............................................... ................................................................................exp 2a/want 1,2,3,8/offer 1,3,4,7. Randy Laskowski & Alane Dallas, 48/45, (406) 431-6574 ...................................... ..................................................exp 2/wants 11 (Baja Ha-Ha)/offers 3,4,7,8 (Scuba). Ron & Pam Piotrowski, 40s, (415) 307-4773, .......................................................................................exp 2/want 1,2,/offer 1,3,4,7.


CRUISING BOATS LOOKING FOR CREW MEN LOOKING FOR CRUISING CREW Andrew Kurtz, 48, (707) 953-0434,, Columbia 57, Mexico/Hawaii, Baja Ha-Ha ............................................................................................wants 1. Bob Briggs, 59, (925) 385-1604,, Halberg-Rassy 46, Mexico South, Spring 2007 .....................................................................................wants 1,5. Dave Fiorito, 56, (707) 696-0701, C&C 36, Mexico, Fall (Ha-Ha) ..... wants 1,3,6,11. David Albert, 58, (760) 822-7403,, Catalina 42, So. Coastal CA & Baja, Open day - Ha-Ha ................................. wants 1,2,3,7a,8 (cooking),9,10. E. Mante, 39, (650) 578-7782,, 46’ Bluewater cruiser, Pac. NW (San Juans, Vancouver Isl., Seattle), Aug. 1 ....................................wants 2/3/4. Gary Wiens, 70, (928) 564-2436, C: (928) 716-2440, Morgan 38, Turkey, Greece, etc., Summer ‘07 .....................................................................................wants 3,8,9. Hubert Schoenherr, 71,, CT 35 PH ketch, Sea of Cortez (out of La Paz), mid-June ‘07............................................................................ wants 3,9,11. Jerry Campbell, 58, (425) 398-1512, cell: (206) 406-3857, Isl. Packet 40, SoCal from Seattle, Aug. 20, 2007 ..........................................................................wants 1,4,5,6. John, 53, (831) 278-1143,, Valiant 40, Mexico, Oct. 1, 2007....................................................................................................wants 2,3,9,10. John D. O’Connor, 59,, Vagabond 47, Med. then Carib., April ‘07 to ‘09 (This is the 8th year of world cruise) ....................want 1,3,11. Marvin J. Fritts, 62, (206) 949-7587,, Pac. Seacraft 34, Baja & Sea of Cortez & So., Oct. 31 Baja Ha-Ha...wants 1,3,7b (French),8 (scuba, provisioning),9,10. Max Young, 59,, Perry 47/50, Eastern Med., July ‘07............... .................................................................................................... wants 1,2,3,9,10,11. Michael Cohen, 66, (707) 483-4956,, Yorktown 33, Delta & Bay Area, Soon ??............................................................................. wants 1,2,8,9,10,11. Michael Kurty, 42, (707) 290-3434,, Ericson 34T, Monterey, MaySept. ...........................................................................................................wants 1,5. Paul Lampert, (619) 293-3489, 50-ft ketch, S.D. Bay & So. Pacific....wants 1,2,3,9,11. Tom Longmore, 46, (360) 241-0580, MacGregor 26, San Juans, Pac. NW Gulf, Desolation Isl., July-Sept. ‘07 ............................................................. wants 1,3,9,11. Tom McCall, 76, (831) 425-6528, Hunter 29.5, 1 to 3-day local destinations, JuneOct. ..........................................................................................wants you to show up. William Hogarty, 42, (925) 200-2010,, 97’ SY, Mexico, 11/073/08................................................................................................ wants 8 (cooking).


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1) Be willing to share basic expe nses such as food and fuel 2) Be willing to bust butt preparing the boat 3) Have more desire than expe rience 4) Have lots of ocean experienc e 5) Know more about offshore navigation than just pushing buttons on the GPS 6) Have mechanical skills for the engine, refrigeration, etc. 7) Have language skills: a) Spa nish, b) Other:___________ 8) Other skills (woodworking, scuba, etc.)______________ 9) Be unattached and unoppose d to the possibility of a friendship blossoming 10) Look good in a bikini/speedo/ birthday suit 11) Understand and appreciate Confucious’ teachings.

COUPLES LOOKING FOR CRUISING CREW Don & Annie Saul, 63/69, preferred contact:, (425) 242-0044, C: (206) 295-6524, Bellingham, WA, 2004 Hunter 41 AC, Gulf Isl., Desolation Sound, Princess Louisa, Sept/Oct ‘07 .................. wants 1,3,4,6,8 (cooking & conversation). Jerry Morgan & Sherri Wilkinson,58/69, (707) 321-8559, or, Trintella 53, So. Pac., 1st or 2nd week March from the Galapagos Islands .........................................................want 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11. Tom Deming & Kelly Hartgraves, 60/45, (415) 378-8576, Trintella 35 (ketch), Abaco, Bahamas to Cape Cod, mid-May, ‘07...wants M or F w/some exp. offshore, boat’s ready.

DAYSAILORS LOOKING FOR CREW MEN WITH BOATS FOR DAYSAILING Andy Kurtz, 48, (707) 953-0434, ................................... 1,3,4. Alain Simoneau, 56, (209) 981-8042 ..................................................................... 3. Bernard Slabeck, 50, ........................................................ 1. Bruce ‘Breezy’ Roseman, 44, (650) 226-3019 ................................................ 1,3,4. Craig, 54, (510) 278-2936, 1. E.J. Vongher, 44, 3. Eliot, 47, (707) 668-1940 ...............................................(Eureka-Humboldt Bay) 3,4. Jay Slupesky, 49, (925) 351-8447, ................................. Inquire. James Hurst, 52, (408) 504-0998, ............................... 1. James Morgan, 50ish, ................................................ 1. Jeff Broman, 50, (801) 554-6934, ............................... 1. Jim@L.A.-Or.Co.’s, 56, ........................................................ 1,3. Jim Humphrey, 60, (510) 717-6931, ................................. 2,3. John Thomas, 62, ....................................................... 1,2,3,4. Ken Geiser & crew, 35+, (408) 356-2884, (408) 210-6686, ........................................................................................................................... 1,3,4. April, 2007 •

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Michael Cohen, 66, (707) 483-4956, 1,4. Michael Kurty, 42, (707) 290-3434, ............................................. 2. Mike C., 67, ............................................................................. 3. R. Becker, 54, (510) 882-6607, ............................ 1,4. Tom McCall, 76, (831) 425-6528 ................................................................... Inquire.


CREW LOOKING FOR DAYSAILING MEN FOR CASUAL DAYSAILING Alex Peters, 57, ............................................................. 1. Andrew Peters, 35, (415) 377-6210 ....................................................................... 1. Bob Barrow, (408) 354-1960 .................................................................................. 1. Boz Johnson, 21, (650) 359-6933, 1. Bruce Bartolf, 42, 4,5. Bruce Hood, 71, (510) 846-4306............................................................................ 1. Dennis McCloy, 51, (415) 261-5477 ...................................................................... 1. Fred Christensen, 30, (248) 688-5773 .................................................................. 1. Jim Silver, 49, (510) 749-6709, ...........................1,3(1),4,5. Larry Block, 60, (415) 425-3005 ............................................................................ 1. Lewis Lehnus, 55, (510) 489-6199, ............................ 1. Mark Lazar, 46, (650) 346-9792, ....................................... 1. Michael, 26, .............................................................1,3(1). Norm Winters, 66, (707) 994-4242, ......................1,3(2-3). Peter McKenna, 47, (415) 331-2766, .............................. 1. Richard Shoemaker, 53, (707) 468-5779, 1,2. Rick Felton, 59, (925) 575-4970............................................................................. 1. Scott Davis, 50, (530) 265-5089 ............................................................................ 1. Stephen Baloglu, (San Diego), 1.


Bob & Lina Irby, 60, (415) 713-9515, ........................................ 1,2. Dick & Suzi Mahoney, 50+, (805) 217-3939, 2,3. Tom & Susan, 56, (925) 963-8503 ...................................................................... 2,3.

Andrea Nelson, 29, ................................................... 1. Betty, 50+, .................................................................... 1. Cathy, 43, (415) 252-9322, ....................................................... 1.

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WOMEN FOR CASUAL DAYSAILING — cont’d Dede Thoma, 58, (707) 888-4103, ................................................ 1. Fran S., 58, ............................................................................... 1. Johanna, 29, .................................................................... 1. Joy, 37, ............................................................................... 1. Joyce Jones, 50+, (415) 939-3150, .................... 1. Katharina, 28, (415) 490-7878,,3(2). Laura Falls, 48, C: (209) 247-8844 or (209) 522-8422 ........................................... 1. Leslie & Angelica, 40s/50s, Leslie: (916) 529-7260, W: (916) 782-8875; Angelica: (916) 247-7689 .................................................................................................1,3(2).

Marlaina L.P., over 45,, P.O. Box 1018, Twin Bridges, CA 95720.............................................................................................................1,3(1-2). Niki Simpson, 56, (530) 676-1277 ......................................................................... 1. Pat, 49, (916) 801-5956 .......................................................................................... 1. Patricia Cole, 57, ....................................................... 1. Rebecca Walsh, 52, H: (925) 829-4647 ................................................................. 1. Renee, 58, (510) 532-1935, 1,5. Ruth, 72, (925) 875-0828 ........................................................................................ 1. Toni Sarch, 38, (408) 540-8635, ........................................... 1.




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ome day I will learn to follow my own advice and always go to art galleries, museums and boat shows alone. I have yet to go to any of these places with someone who wants to spend the same amount of time at each painting, exhibit, boat or accessories booth as I do. Once again, I had made the mistake of arranging to meet someone at the boat show. "It's not like Lee to be this late," I fumed as I checked my watch yet again, thinking that, if the wind came up early, she might have blown off the boat show entirely to go windsurfing. But at least we had selected a sensible meeting place — the booth for the Pacific Cup. I knew some of the volunteers staffing the booth that day, so I had a place to leave stuff, and could even sneak behind the counter to sit down and rest my feet for a while. But that was later. Now, I was eager to make the rounds before everything got too crowded. Finally, I gave up and left a note for Lee that I'd be back in an hour, and set off for the boats. I was about to exit the accessories tent when she spotted me. "Sorry I'm late," she apologized as she ran up, almost out of breath. "Amtrak was behind schedule again." "You came here by Amtrak?" "For sure. The train station is, like, closer than the parking lot and much faster than the bus. Best part is that they don't even check for tickets on the short leg between my station and here, so it's, like, a totally free ride." "But if they do check," I reminded her, "there's a stiff extra charge for buying a ticket on the train." "The trick is to get on at a station with no ticket booth," she explained. "No extra charge that way. Anyway, what should we look at first?"


ig boats!" I said. "Before they get too crowded." But, the way the show was set up, we had to walk through both accessories tents before we could get out to the docks, and we were making heavy weather of it. First, I had to stop and discuss a new spinnaker with my sailmaker. Then Lee had to check out a new trapeze skiff, and sign up for a demo ride. I wanted to discuss an electronics upgrade. An hour later we were almost out

of the tent when we came across a huge Hawaiian outrigger canoe, big enough for six paddlers. Lee seemed to know some of the people running the booth. "So like, how are the new digs working out?" she asked. This was a reference to the fact that the club had moved to a new facility across the Estuary since last year. "It was touch and go for a while," answered a young woman, "but I think we landed on our feet. No help from the City or the State, though. We tried to write a grant, but it was our first and probably only try. They say you never get a grant the first time out." "For sure," said Lee. "But, like, keep trying. Cal Boating is finally coming around to funding some projects for non-motorized boating. It used to be that, since they collected most of their revenue from the marine gas tax, they thought they should only fund things for powerboats. I mean, for the last couple of decades it should have totally been called 'Department of Jetskis and SUVs' instead of Department of Boating and Waterways." "You mean because of all the boat ramps they funded?" "All over the state," confirmed Lee, "and mostly far from population centers, where only people who could afford road trips with their boats had access." "I guess because it's all gas tax money," observed the young woman, "the big tow vehicle, the two-stroke engines, and the hundreds of miles of driving to the lake and back became the Cal Boating vision for how boating was supposed to work in California." "Not to mention the driveway or garage or the backyard that the boat is supposed to be stored in," added Lee. "I mean, who were they serving, and how much more fuel does that kind of boating cause to be burned?" "If their budget is based on fuel tax," I suggested, "you can't blame them for encouraging more consumption." "I can and I did," said Lee emphatically. "But they finally seem to be coming around, and, like, I don't just say this because my sailing club finally got a Cal Boating grant." "Aha!" "No, really. Cal boating is finally looking at urban launch sites for non-motor-

"All you need is a wide spot on the dock and the right kind of rack."

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ized small craft. Sure, it took them way too long, but you gotta give them credit for finally figuring it out, sort of. "Powerboating via trailer to the lake isn't exactly going away," I said. "For sure," said Lee, "but think a few years down the road, to post-peak-oil. What kind of cars will we be driving? Will they be capable of pulling trailers on the



Sailors will benefit from new DBW grants for 'non-motorized' boating projects.

freeway? What will our land use patterns be like? Will most people have a garage to, like, spare for boat storage, let alone a driveway or backyard?" "Paradigm shift!" suggested the paddler (who also pointed out that, as a public policy student, she was allowed to use that phrase). "Point is," said Lee, "if boating facili-

ties are really going to serve the public interest, then the focus has to shift to the urban waterfront. And, like, urban populations need on-site storage, ramps or tidal steps along city shorelines, parking and, most important of all, some minimal support for non-profit co-ops that can offer access to boating at way below market prices." "I couldn't have said it better myself," said a man in a suit who had been in-

specting the big outrigger canoe. He had a file folder in one hand, and with the other he passed out sheets of paper to the three of us. "I'm with the California Department of Boating and Waterways." he said, "and this survey is designed to help us determine what kind of facilities for nonmotorized boating we should be funding. And I agree with everything you just said. Our new focus is on urban access." April, 2007 •

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MAX EBB "Great!" exclaimed the outrigger paddler. Maybe we'll try again for a facilities improvement grant next year. I'll fill this out right now."


e all found pens and set to work. The questionnaire was reasonably well crafted, asking the usual questions about what kind of boating we engaged in and what kind of facilities we needed. "Um, there's, like, a serious flaw in this method of data collection," noted Lee. "If there are very few on-site storage facilities for kayaks, for example, you will find very few people reporting that they use on-site storage facilities for kayaks, so your statistics will show very low demand. I mean, it may be true that 'If you build it, they will come' but, like, if it ain't built yet, no one will be there." "Well I think it's fantastic that you're ready to finally fund some small boat facilities," said the outrigger paddler. "Kids today really need this, especially the ones who are being left behind by the culture of traditional school athletics

and field sports." "You know, when I was in school," I recounted, "there was only one overweight kid in my class. (And a good thing, too, because I never had to worry about being picked last when we chose up teams.) But now, when I take the kids from the youth center out for sailing rides as part of our yacht club's public service obligation, it seems like half of them are working on some very serious personal tonnage." "We had GenX, then GenY . . . now we have GenXXL," said Lee. "Between the kayaks, outriggers and dragon boats, I think we can actually make a dent in that problem," predicted the Cal Boating and Waterways rep. "And the windsurfers," added Lee. "Once kids are exposed to any kind of boating they are much more likely to stay in the game. But, like, first they have to be shown where the marina is. Paddle sports are the easiest entry point. For

a small but important fraction of those kids, something clicks in their brains and then they're, like, hooked on boating for the duration." "Someone brought a pile of very interesting statistics to our last yacht club board meeting," I noted. "The sailing industry is flat, windsurfing is leveling off, but paddle sports are booming. The suggestion was to actively solicit paddlers as yacht club members, the idea being that eventually they would move up to real boats." "Ahem," coughed the canoe club paddler. "Check your yacht club constitution. Odds are it doesn't say anything about sailing versus paddling." "Actually," I admitted, "my yacht club was founded by a bunch of powerboaters. But it's a sailing club now." "But what if you could double your membership," argued Lee, "by giving some space to the sea kayak and outrigger crowd? It would sure help lower the average age around that place. And, like, paddlers hate stinkpots even more than








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he man from the Department of Boating and Waterways was still standing there waiting for us to finish the survey, so we all got back to work. Lee didn't get very much further along. "Why all these questions about the amount of money I spend on my boating activities?" she asked as she looked up again from the paperwork. "Oh, that's a very important part of the survey, mandated by the state. We need to know the economic importance of non-motorized boating to the California economy." "Like, thud," said Lee. "What do you mean?" asked the bureaucrat, confused. "You people still don't get it!" she practically shouted. "The whole point of simple, local, non-motorized boating is

that it doesn't cost a lot! I mean, excuse me for going apoplectic, but when I'm talking to people with rectal-cranial inversion I have to crank it up so the

"If it ain't built yet, no one will be there." sound can make it all the way up to their ears." "I think what she is trying to explain," I volunteered, hoping to head off more shouting, "is that by putting importance on economic activity, you imply that priority goes to the forms of boating that involve spending more money." "Exactly!" said Lee. "Like, by this measure, Cal Boating would rather fund a market-rate commercial operator at some chichi phoney waterfront promenade that charges $20 per hour for a soggy old Lido 14, instead of a non-profit sailing co-op down the road that charges the same $20 per month for unlimited

use of much better equipment. Now I ask you, which model better serves the public? The one with all the 'economic activity' that's priced so high that half the local city demographic is out of the market, or the one that runs on unpaid volunteers and costs almost nothing?" "Commercial sailboat rentals aren't too expensive for the general public" asserted the Cal Boating guy. "I'm not so sure," I said. "It's a highly discretionary thing to spend money like that if you're taking a stroll along the Bay Trail. You and I might spend $40 to take out a boat for a couple of hours, but ask any student. Or even the average yuppie who perceives it as overpriced for the value offered." "$20 per hour, that sure puts me out of the market," said the paddler. "But my outrigger club gives me three afternoons a week of team practice, plus the use of our carbon fiber OC-1." "That means a single-person outrigger," Lee translated. "It's 25 feet long, only a few inches wide, a very sophisticated and expensive machine compared

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MAX EBB to the soft plastic rental 'yaks." "And how much do you have to pay in dues to your outrigger club?" I asked. "It's $150 a year, normally, but I do enough maintenance work and teaching to get a deep discount. It's the only way college students like me can afford to get on the water. After I graduate, then maybe I'll be able to buy a boat, but we also have some older retired people on fixed incomes who can't afford their own equipment." "That's why you should give them a grant next year," said Lee, directing her comment to the Boating and Waterways person. "Right!" said the paddler. "Then we could offer more low-cost memberships to people who have no other water access. We also want to buy a pair of dragon boats for our youth program, because nothing beats a dragon boat in terms of bang per buck." From the guy's expression, it was clear he didn't even know what a dragon boat was. "These are giant canoes," she explained, "powered by 20 to 24 paddlers.

Up to four times the capacity of the OC-6 outriggers, so you only need 1 or 2 grownups to keep 20 kids occupied." "And, like, I gotta admit," said Lee, "For city kids going on a one-time outing, it can be a better experience than a sail-

"Okay, okay," said the bureaucrat. "Don't take the economic stuff so seriously. It's only a questionnaire, not a policy statement. We just want to learn."

"Get them hooked on paddling first."

ou know, if you really have to show that this new focus of Cal Boating lines out economically," I suggested, "why not figure in the value of the health benefits from youth paddling programs?" "Or the hospital and health care costs related to high-speed boating accidents," added Lee. "I mean, like, any kid that's diverted from powerboats or PWCs into a human or wind-powered activity is one less basket case in the ER." "We are addressing the powerboat safety issue in a very direct way," said the Cal Boating guy. "We have solicited applications for a Cal Boating grant to fund a safety course for powerboats, waterskiing and personal watercraft. We recognize the high hazard and the high accident rate, and the answer is

ing trip. Paddling is something they can understand right away. The kids can be full participants with almost no practice. Sailing is complicated and scary. Better to get them hooked on paddling first." "Absolutely," confirmed the paddler. "Even a kayak requires lessons, and so do outriggers. Dragon boats are the dream come true of every municipal aquatics program administrator." "Except," quipped Lee, "because they are so cost-effective, Boating and Waterways won't be interested in funding a facility for them. Because they don't represent enough 'economic activity'."



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— MONEY FOR NOTHIN' education. Cal Boating is ready to fund the purchase of the boats needed to run this educational program." "Hmm," said the paddler, thinking out loud. "We could run that program from the outrigger club, and get two nice coach boats out of the deal." "Sorry, the grant stipulates that the hardware has to be used only for instruction, and can't double as support boats for another program." "Rats," she sighed. "Still," said Lee, "does anyone really think that a program that brings more kids into high speed powerboating is going to reduce the accident rate? I mean isn't this sort of like opening a bartending school because there are too many drunk driving accidents?" "Lee, I think you miss the point," I said. "I'm willing to bet that this isn't for kids, this is for repeat offenders. The courts can't sentence anyone to a powerboat safety school unless the school actually exists somewhere." "That does make a certain amount of sense," she admitted. "But, like, I still

think if you could get those clowns out of the overpowered brain-donor machines and into something they had to paddle or sail, the effect on public health and safety would be much more positive." "If Cal Boating wanted to do something useful that wouldn't cost very much," suggested the paddler, "it would make on-site storage for kayaks, outriggers, windsurfers and small sailboats a requirement for each new marina or marina rebuild project it funds. It's much cheaper than funding new facilities, because marinas already have the water access, the parking, the bathrooms, the gangways and the docks. All you need is a wide spot in a dock and the right kind of rack with spaces for rent at a reasonable price." "Is Cal Boating funding marina construction in the Bay Area?" I asked. "We offer below-market loans," he explained, "for both municipal and private marinas. Currently, in the Bay Area we are supporting several major marina

rebuild projects." "See? All you have to do," said Lee, "is ask the recipients of these loans to draw in the kayak racks, and/or make a little space for a non-profit sailing, paddling or windsurfing club, and/or dedicate some otherwise unmarketable inside-tie dock space for dragon boats, large outriggers or small sailboats. So it, like, hardly costs anything to make a big impact on low-cost public access to boating if you're smart about it. But noooooo, Cal Boating looks for 'economic activity' first, then pours money into powerboating because powerboating is dangerous . . ."


he State employee, having taken more than enough abuse at this stop on his rounds, left a small stack of questionnaires on the outrigger club's table and made his escape. "What should we look at next?" asked Lee, apparently invigorated by the confrontation. "Big boats," I said. "Let's get back to the private sector." — max ebb

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THE RACING With reports this month from the more-like-summer Rites of Spring; St. Francis YC's three amigos (the Spring Keel, Spring Dinghy and Spring One Design); the boom and bust of Mexico races; a grand affair at the Acura Miami Grand Prix; Island YC's annual tribute to women skippers, the Sadie Hawkins race; the last word in midwinter scores; and all the goodies we could pack in race notes. Rites of Spring Regatta Oakland YC's 19th annual Rites of Spring Regatta for single and doublehanders was just that on March 17. An event-high 76 boats turned out to earn the new season by sailing in stiff breeze, choppy water and a big ebb. The starts and finishes by the Berkeley Pier were shrouded in fog, while much of the main Bay parts of the course were sailed in brilliant sun. With steady 15-25 knot winds over the whole Bay, all 10 fleets had 10-12-mile courses. There were nice performances in all fleets, and some, well, less than nice ones. Among the former, the little Corsairs (F-24s and F-27s) swept the multihull division, finishing in the top four spots within six minutes of one another and saving their times on their larger F-31 siblings.

with the man on the flying trapeze — the trapeze being the spinnaker pole, which had swung away from the boat with him on it. Our hero hung on, legs flailing just above the water, until a roll the opposite way deposited him back on deck. But none of that held a candle to the story told by Ben Haket and Bernard Slabeck on the Mull 22 Straitjacket. They were sailing downwind under spinnaker when the headstay came off. It didn’t break — apparently the pin on the clevis just came out. Slabeck went forward, fixed the problem . . . and then fell overboard! Fortunately, he was able to grab a fitting on the low-freeboard boat and, with a bit of help from Haket, was able to haul himself back aboard. With a start like this, it ought to be an exciting year out there! — jr

Rite on — Tim and Karin Knowles, above, and Glenn Isaacson, right, won twice in March. Their boats, 'Lilith' and 'Q', respectively, took the honors in their classes at the Rites of Spring and in at least one midwinter series this year.

In the 'less than nice' category, there was lots to talk about at the post-race raftup at OYC. Like the tiller coming off Gordie Nash's Arcadia as he sailed past Angel Island, which caused a roundup and blown spinnaker. But not to worry: the ever-resourceful Gordie and crew Ruth Suzuki soon had the problem sorted out. Then there was the unidentified boat Page 176 •

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DOUBLEHANDED MAX SPIN A (< 120) — 1) Lilith, WylieCat 39, Tim & Karin Knowles; 2) Vitesse Too, Hobie 33,

Grant Hayes/Bill Swech; 3) Harp, Catalina 38, Mike Mannix/Linda Farrabee; 4) Georgia, Van de Stadt 40, Ben & Lucie Mewes; 5) J World, J/80, Travis Travis/Brita Fielsttom. (9 boats) MAX SPIN B (121-149) — 1) Lotta’tude, WylieCat 30, Jonathan & Tim Bloom; 2) Fire Drill, Tartan Ten R, Serge Bisson/Ben Burbridge. (4 boats) MIN SPIN (> 150) — 1) Green Onions, Moore 24, John Tuma/Saul Schumsky; 2) Roxanne, Tartan 30, Charles James/Panda Love; 3) Wings, Columbia 5.5, Mike Jackson/"Merk"; 4) Nice Turn,

Cal 2-29, Richard Johnson/Craig Seavey; 5) Jolin, Nonsuch 30, Joe Helfand/Gary Campbell. (9 boats) MAX NON-SPIN (< 146) — 1) Q, Schumacher 40, Glenn Isaacson/Todd Hedin; 2) Tesa, Catalina 42, Steven Haas/Jeff Walter; 3) Charmed Life, Catalina 470, Patricia Garfield/Diane Murray; 4) Dancer, Tiffany-Jayne 34, Richard Packard/Marianne Ferme; 5) Mimiya, Cat Morgan 440, Mark Koehler/Roger Frizelle; 6) Stink Eye, Laser 28, Christine Weaver/Jonathan Gutoff. (11 boats) MIN NON-SPIN (> 147) — 1) Arabella, Alerion Express 28, Harry Allen/Henry Culp; 2) Joanna, Irwin 30, Martin Jemo/Chuck Hostetter; 3) Keteau, Beneteau First 32s5, Jim Catto/Pete Gibson; 4) Flotsam, Yankee OD, Brad & Geoff Clerk. (7 boats) CATALINA 34 — 1) Crew's Nest, David Irvine/ Bob Brainard; 2) Wind Dragon, Dave Davis/Russ Davis; 3) Amandla, Kurt Magdanz/Susan Stapleton. (6 boats) SANTANA 22 — 1) Maguro, Pete Trachy/Tom Partredge; 2) Auggie, Sally Taylor; 3) Elaine, Leah Pepe/Pat Broderick. (5 boats) MULTIHULLS — 1) Three Sigma, F-27; Chris



'Travieso' rocks and rolls around Pt. Blunt during Oakland YC's RItes of Spring race on March 17. This was the second shorthanded race so far this year to attract a record-breaking crowd. Harvey/Phillip Jenkins; 2) Origami, F-24 Mk II, Bill Pace/Henry Ven den Bedem; 3) Se Bird, F-27, Rich Holden/Skip Fillippone; 4) Papillon, F-27, Andrew Scott/Mike Hinman; 5) E-2, Tornado, Bill Erkelens/Marie Roehm. (9 boats) SINGLEHANDED SPINNAKER — 1) Emerald, Yankee 30, Peter Jones; 2) Travieso, Ericson 30+, Dan Alvarez; 3) Egret, Tartan 30, Tom Boussie; 4) El Raton, Express 27, Ray Lotto; 5) Double Agent, Merit 25, Robin Olliver. (9 boats) NON-SPINNAKER — 1) Deva, J/100, Steve Ripple; 2) Mistral, Conquibin 38, Robert Becker; 3) Slip Away, O'Day 27, David Opheim. (7 boats) Full results —

St. Francis YC's Three Amigos Few signs mark the return of the Cityfront racing season like St. Francis YC's spring invitational regattas — the Spring Keel, Spring Dinghy and Spring

One Design. Spread out over three successive weekends in March (and despite the series' name, all before the official start of spring), the conditions this year would have made Goldilocks proud. It was too light for the small keelboats during the first weekend, a little better for the dinghies during the middle weekend, and blew dogs off chains for bigger boats during the final weekend. The Spring Keel on March 3 and 4 was so light that the first day of racing was abandoned without the race committee boat ever leaving the dock, an unfortunate predicament given the rather healthy 74-boat fleet that came to race. The northerly made a quick appearance on Sunday, long enough for the Melges 24 and Express 27s to squeeze in three races, while the Folkboats, J/24s, Knarrs, and Moore 24s had to settle for

two. The big winners were Don Wilson's Folkboat Windansea, and Steve Pugh's Melges 24 Taboo, which aced their respective fleets with straight bullets. Tom Jenkins also turned in a notable performance in the re-energized Express 27 fleet. Jenkins, a former Melges 24 campaigner who commutes from Arroyo Grande to race Witchy Woman on the Bay, pulled off a 2-1-3 in his third regatta in the class. If nothing else, the little boats that came out for the Spring Dinghy on March 10 and 11 could be grateful they had two full days of racing and warm, sunny weather. "In terms of the current, it was pretty typical St. Francis weekend conditions," reported Laser Radial winner Claire Dennis. "On Saturday, we were banging the beach all the way to get out of the ebb, and on Sunday, when the breeze didn't fill in as much, you went where you could to find wind." The 15year-old finished with three bullets and a second, dropping her fourth, for a twopoint margin over fellow San Francisco YC sailor Katie Maxim. We don't know what kind of weather dance the "big" keelboat racers did the night before, or if St. Patrick is now the patron saint of wind, but the curse of the mind-numbingly light winter weather was broken on March 17 and 18 for the Spring One Design. "We had 26 knots, and gusts up to 28 on Elan," claimed Express 37 winner Bill Riess after Sunday's racing. Forget spring, welcome to summer! Wandering temporary and "fixed" buoys kept the race committee on their toes both days, but nearly everyone agreed that PRO John Craig and his able crew of 20 — it takes a village to put on a race like this — did a yeoman's job of keeping fleets away from each other and from commercial traffic. The other hardest working team of the weekend had to be the jury, which didn't leave the protest room until midnight on Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. And you didn't think sailing was a contact sport? In the J/120 and J/105 fleets, the final results came down to the jury's rulings. With the 120s, it was a case of the wandering weather offset mark leading the entire fleet astray, and thus around the wrong course. While the request to discard the race may have had some April, 2007 •

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merit, the case was thrown out on a technicality. In the J/105 fleet, the issues at hand were a little less benign. Kristen Lane's J/105 Brickhouse was hit at the weather mark during Sunday's second race and sustained enough damage to withdraw from the race. The other boat was determined to be at fault, and Brickhouse was later given average points in that race as Page 178 •

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Scenes from StFYC's Spring Invitationals. In three weekends, conditions went from winter to summer, and skipped right over spring. All photos 'latitude'/jr except as noted.

redress. It was enough to give Brickhouse the regatta win. Fortunately, the incident didn't dampen Lane's unyielding enthusiasm for racing on the Bay. "The conditions were varied and challenging," she said afterward. "But it was a fantastic start to the 2007 season."

SPRING KEEL (March 3-4): EXPRESS 27 — 1) Witchy Woman, Tom Jenkins, 6 points; 2) Motorcycle Irene, Will Paxton/Lauren Goche, 9; 3) Baffett, Tom Baffico/Forest Baskett, 10; 4) Wile E. Coyote, Dan Pruzan, 15; 5) Magic Bus, Paul & Eric Deeds, 17; 6) Xena, Mark Lowry, 18; 7) El Raton, Ray Lotto, 19; 8) Bessie Jay, Brad Whitaker, 31; 9) Mirage, Terry Cobb, 31.



(18 boats; 3 races) FOLKBOAT — 1) Windansea, Don Wilson, 2 points; 2) Thea, Chris Herrmann, 5; 3) Nordic Star, Richard Keldsen, 7. (6 boats; 2 races) J/24 — 1) Casual Contact, Ed Walker, 4 points; 2) Little Wing, Luther Strayer, 5; 3) Running with Scissors, James Yares, 6; 4) On Belay, Don Taylor, 6. (7 boats; 2 races) KNARR — 1) Snaps III, Knud Wibroe, 4 points; 2) Pegasus, Terry Anderlini, 4; 3) Blue,

Jon Perkins, 5; 4) Emma, Michael Carrier, 7; 5) St. Bertram, Chris Andersen, 15. (9 boats; 2 races) MELGES 24 — 1) Taboo, Steve Pugh, 3 points; 2) Smokin', Kevin Clark, 9; 3) Grinder, Jeff Littfin, 11; 4) 525, Tom Kassberg, 11; 5) Flexi Flyer, Mitchell Wells, 14; 6) BRD, Paul Clifford, 17. (12 boats; 3 races) MOORE 24 — 1) Eight Ball, Scott Easom/Kermit Shickel, 6 points; 2) Tortuga, Rusty Canada, 9; 3) Flying Tiger, Vaughn Seifers, 9; 4) Mercedes,

Joel Verutti, 10; 5) E-9, Lesa Gutenkunst, 11; 6) Where's Your Daddy, Maria Flores, 12; 7) Paramour, Rowan Fennell, 13; 8) Morphine, Brad Butler, 15; 9) Absinthe, Dan Nitake, 16; 10) Topper II, Conrad Holbrook, 19; 11) Double Trouble, Kevin Durant, 22. (22 boats; 2 races) SPRING DINGHY (March 10-11): FINN — 1) Darrell Peck, 7 points; 2) John Romanko, 9; 3) Andrew Kern, 13; 4) Henry Sprague, April, 2007 •

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15; 5) Jeffrey Allen, 19; 6) Mike Visser, 20; 7) Forrest Gay, 29. (13 boats; 5 races, 1 throwout) LASER — 1) Tracy Usher, 7 points; 2) Peter Phelan, 10; 3) Mehmet Sevinc, 11; 4) John Pearce, 12; 5) Chris Boome, 16; 6) Mike Rutledge, 20; 7) Simon Bell, 36; 8) Walt Spevak, 36; 9) Eric Wilson, 37. (18 boats; 5 races, 1 throwout) RADIAL — 1) Claire Dennis, 5 points; 2) Katie Maxim, 7; 3) Ben Lezin, 11; 4) Nick Dugdale, 12. (8 boats; 5 races, 1 throwout) VANGUARD 15 — 1) Harrison Turner, 22 points; 2) Will Graves, 24; 3) Jim Barkow, 25; 4) Nick Adamson, 27; 5) Kevin Richards, 41; 6) Matt Hooks, 48. (11 boats; 10 races, 1 throwout) 29er — 1) Dan Brant, 8 points; 2) Ian Simms, 8; 3) Erika Heineken, 10; 4) Brian Malouf, 19. (8 boats; 5 races, 1 throwout)

505 — 1) David Byron , 4 points; 2) Carisa Harris Adamson, 8; 3) Aaron Ross, 13; 4) Jeff Miller, 18. (7 boats; 5 races, 1 throwout) SPRING ONE DESIGN (March 1718; 4 races): 1D-35 — 1) Yeofy, Eliel Redstone, 7 points; 2) Alpha Puppy, Mark Witty, 9; 3) Sweet Sensation, Mario Yovkov, 12; 4) Tabasco, Gary Fanger, 14. (7 boats) EXPRESS 37 — 1) Elan, Bill Riess, 7 points; 2) Expeditious, Bartz Schneider, 9; 3) Stewball, Andrea Cabito, 14. (6 boats) J/105 — 1) Brickhouse, Kristen Lane, 16 points; 2) Donkey Jack, Rolf Kaiser, 19; 3) Aquavit,

2007 Cabo Race Results Cl Fl Yacht CLASS A (3 boats) 1 8 Peligroso 2 15 Medicine Man



Corr. Time

Dencho 68 R/P 66

Mike Campbell Robert Lane

92:11:47 96:27:56

CLASS B (14 boats) 1 1 Grand Illusion 2 2 Denali 3 4 Holua 4 5 Skylark 5 6 Pendragon 6 7 OEX 7 9 Trader

SC 70 N/M 68 SC 70 SC 70 TP 52 SC 70 TP 52

Patrick O'Brien William McKinley Brack Duker Doug Ayres John MacLaurin Peter Tong Fred Detwiler

86:31:40 89:55:18 90:50:36 91:10:42 91:21:57 91:52:53 92:29:05

CLASS C (17 boats) 1 3 Valkyrie 2 10 Cipango 3 11 Blue Blazes 4 17 Morpheus 5 20 Lucky Dog 6 23 Locomotion 7 26 Adrenalin 8 30 Tachyon III 9 32 Roller Coaster

DK 46 Andrews 56 R/P 50 Schumacher 50 J/125 Andrews 45 SC 51 SC 53 SC 50

CLASS D (12 boats) 1 24 Picante 2 25 Reach Around 3 27 Magic 4 28 Tango 5 29 Piranha 6 31 Black Knight

J/133 Henderson 30 Beneteau 47 J/133 Farr 40 Farr 39

CLASS E (9 boats; all others retired or DNF) 1 16 Between the Sheets Jenneau 49 2 19 Katrina Swan 53 3 21 Low Speed Chase Sydney 38 4 22 Windswept Swan 57

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Andy Rasdal Bob Barton Dennis Pennell Jim Gregory Colin Shanner Ed Feo Munson/Clark Kazumasa Nishioka Jack Gordon

90:31:03 93:19:22 94:08:52 98:03:14 99:17:20 101:27:44 101:47:57 102:34:39 103:28:22

Jorgensen Bros. Matt Beattie John Johnson Michael Abraham Dave Voss Phillip Friedman

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Ross Pearlman Damon Guizot McAfee/Bradford Max Phelps

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Spring winners — New Moore 24 partners Kermit Shickel and Scott Easom won their class in the Spring Keel on 'Eight Ball'. Tim Russell, 22; 4) Orion, Gary Kneeland, 31; 5) Whisper, Eden Kim, 31; 6) Natural Blonde, Rob Cooper/Dennis Deisinger, 36; 7) Jam Session, Adam Spiegel, 40; 8) Akula, Doug Bailey, 48; 9) Alchemy, Walter Sanford, 48; 10) One Trick Pony, Peter Szasz, 49; 11) Tiburon, Steve Stroub, 51; 12) Advantage3, Pat Benedict, 52; 13) Risk, Jason Woodley, 53. (26 boats) J/120 — 1) Chance, Barry Lewis, 8 points; 2) Desdemona, John Wimer, 11; 3) Dayenu, Donald Payan, 11; 4) Mr. Magoo, Steve Madeira, 15. (8 boats) Full results —

The PV and Cabo Races Call it the zen of Mexican races. Two races from Southern California to Mexico within two weeks of each other. The first had hardly any entries but enough breeze to bring down a 22-year-old record. The other had a record-breaking number of entries (well, nearly) and hardly any wind. With the size of the all-out racing fleet cut in half by several last-minute withdrawals, Del Rey YC's Puerto Vallarta Race was already an intimate affair. When Scout Spirit, the Riechel/Pugh 77 skippered by David Janes, returned to Long Beach on the first day after it dismasted, the sole focus for Doug Baker's Magnitude 80 became breaking the course record. The only other race boat was Puerto Vallartan Lorenzo Berho's J/145 Raincloud, and, even with a twoday headstart, there was little doubt that the professionally sailed Mag 80 would be the first boat into PV. It was just a question of how soon. As it turns out, conditions favored a rhumbline course nearly the entire way, and Mag 80's time of 3 days, 15 hours, 51 minutes, 39 seconds easily toppled the course record set by the MacGregor 65 Joss in 1985. But evidently it's not that easy to



Kristen Lane, above, and husband Peter campaign several 'Brickhouses.' Kristen won the Spring One Design on the J/105 version.

Bill Riess and his top crew on 'Elan' pulled all the pieces together for a victory in the Express 37 class at the Spring One Design.

shake a MacGregor 65 from the PV race. Concord resident David Kory's Mac 65 Barking Spider 3 won the 10-boat Salsa division on a tie-breaker. (The fun-is-fast racing cruisers in the Salsa division had a one-week headstart, a motoring allowance, and two stops along the way in Turtle Bay and Point Lazaro.) The yin to that yang was Newport Harbor YC's 800-mile race to Cabo, which started two weeks later off Newport Beach. The race will likely be remembered as much for its resurgence as for its agonizingly slow pace. The largest class in the 51-boat race this year, Division C, had 17 starters in the 44 to 68-ft range. It's worth remembering that NHYC struggled to get that many boats in the entire race 10 years ago. "I'd never seen that many big, high-quality boats starting on the same line on the West Coast," claimed Sausalito sailmaker Pete McCormick who was on Jim Gregory's Schumacher 50 Morpheus. "When we got to Cabo, it was just a mass of carbon rigs and big boats." In all, 18 boats over 50 feet started the race, including five Santa Cruz 70s recently returned to the West Coast after their sojourn to the Great Lakes in the late 1990s. What the Cabo race had in numbers, however, it lacked in wind. A flukey 8-10 knot breeze kept most boats moving just enough to arrive in Cabo before the race's seven-day time limit. Several complete wind melt-downs kept the fleet moving at a snail's pace for much of the trip. As Gregory wrote succinctly via email as Morpheus passed Turtle Bay on the fourth day, just half way to Cabo, "No hay viento. Nada!!!

Zippo!! Zilcho!!" As it was, Morpheus finished fourth in class, a result Gregory was content with given that his cruiser/racer is hardly a light wind boat. "We made some good calls early on, but we didn't go far enough offshore looking for breeze at the finish," he explained. "We were sitting in the pool in Cabo, waiting for Morpheus to finish, wondering what had happened," recalled Jeff Thorpe, the navigator on Cipango, after their noon finish on March 8. "At roll call on the last morning, they were just 30 miles behind us, and we were worried

that they'd beat us on corrected time if the breeze at the finish held." As it was, the wind completely died . . . yet again . . . and Morpheus drifted in 8 hours later, giving Cipango a second in division. Bob and Rob Barton's Andrews 56, like many others in the Cabo fleet, used the race as a tuner for this summer's TransPacific Yacht Race, and Thorpe said they were pleased with how the boat performed, particularly in the light conditions. On Tom Aiken's Santa Cruz 52 Lightning, the race may well be remembered for a question (and answer) rather than the results. Frustrated by the lack of


Tom Jenkins, who travels from Arroyo Grande to race on the Bay, took the Express 27 class on his relatively new boat, 'Witchy Woman'.

The Melges 32, a Melges 24 on steroids, was one of just four fleets invited to the Acura Miami Grand Prix this year. But the action was red-hot, not unlike the South Beach nightlife back on shore.

Hot stuff — Below, Joan Byrne on 'Kangaroo Court' in hot pursuit at Island YC's Sadie Hawkins Race. Above, all of the women skippers and crew. Race rules required that each boat be skippered by a woman but left the crew's gender up to each boat. Many stuck with the female theme.

month's Sightings. Results and a few photos of the start and finish are at Acura Miami Grand Prix Just 46 boats were there, but the Acura Miami Grand Prix (née the SORC and Miami Race Week), held off South Beach March 8-11, was plenty grand in every other regard. Aside from the light attendance, the late-winter dose of top caliber racing, double-digit winds, warm temperatures and sunny skies — leave your foul weather gear at home — couldn't have been better. All four classes — Farr 40s, Melges 32s, Mumm 30s, and an assortment


southward progress, Lightning cashed in their chips and dropped out on day five. But not before Skip McCormack proposed to girlfriend and fellow crew member Jody Taliaferro. (She said yes.) After a stop for fuel and dinner in Turtle Bay, the Lightning crew motored to Cabo. In a cruel twist of fate, they arrived not long after those boats that stuck out the slow race. You can understand why no one wanted to talk to us on the record about it. And then there were the folks on Condor, a Columbia 50 from San Diego that raced to the very last mile, only to finish a mere 3.5 hours after the time limit. Despite a race that tested even the most patient of sailors, most people arrived in Cabo with the "warm fuzzy" feeling that Mexican races usually evoke. "The size of the race was pretty extraordinary given that long-distance ocean racing on the West Coast was fairly dead just five years ago," enthused Gregory. Ever the salesman, Gregory, who is the vice commodore of the Pacific Cup YC, spent a good deal of time in Cabo recruiting entries for the next running of another favorite West Coast race, the Pacific Cup. The race may have been a success for most, but, sadly, the return delivery was hardly that for Dave Voss's Piranha, which went up on the beach north of Cabo. There's more to the story in this



of IRC big boats — raced on the same course, which was sprinkled with plenty of talent from around the world. Just like the sailors, boats came from far and wide — 11 countries and 15 states. Bay Area representation, however, was on the light side. The only local boat was Caleb Everett's Melges 32 Stewball, and just a handful of Bay Area sailors were there on other boats. Officially, the smaller event was due to a lack of adequate dock space (blame last year's storms and the increasingly large fleet of megayachts hanging around South Beach in the springtime). Privately, a few wondered if the number of fleets was limited to create a more elite event. In either case, the lighter attendance was not for lack of interest. Many PHRF racers at Key West Race Week would have given their left arm to be in Miami in March, and rightfully so. Much like the racing, the race committee work was second to none. Despite challenging wind shifts, and even a dive boat anchored in the middle of the course at one point, PRO Dave Brennan and the crew at Premiere Racing pulled off nine races during the four-day series. Winners in all four classes weren't determined until the last day, meaning that everyone fought to the very end. Perhaps this was most surprising in the Melges 32 fleet. The big sister to the popular Melges 24 made its debut at last year's Acura Miami Grand Prix with five boats. One year and 11 more boats later, the skill required to win in Miami hit a whole new level. Even so, the Italian crew on Let's Roll (with sail number USA 93, the name is a tribute to the September 11 victims on United flight 93) capitalized on their KWRW victory to win again at the Grand Prix. "Our strategy was to sail conservatively, not too aggressively," skipper Claudio Recchi explained. "We stayed out of trouble, relied on our boat

SHEET speed and succeeded in being consistent." Unfortunately, success among the Bay Area contingent was a relative concept. The best local finish was by former collegiate All-American Mark Ivey, a recent Bay Area transplant who called tactics for Helmut Jahn's Farr 40 Flash. The Jahn/Ivey combo finished seventh in the 16-boat fleet. Fred and Steve Howe's San Diego-based Warpath, with topranked match racer Ian Williams calling the shots, won that class. Another loose Bay Area connection with much better results was John Kilroy's TP52 Samba Pa Ti in the IRC division. Kilroy, who lives in Los Angeles but usually lists Samba's homeport as San Francisco, won his class with a boatload of professional talent on board. From Miami, Samba, is back in the Bay Area now for a refit in preparation for the TransPacific Yacht Race in July. As for the Melges 32s, look for them to make their West Coast debut later this summer. There's talk of a circuit that includes a Bay race or two, the Windjammers Race, and culminates with the Big

FINAL MIDWINTER RESULTS Here are the final midwinter series scores before we put a lid on the 2006-07 season. Get 'em while you can. GOLDEN GATE YC (5 races): PHRF 1 (< 54) — 1) Racer X, Farr 36 OD, Gary Redelberger, 7 points; 2) Kokopelli2, Santa Cruz 52, Lani & Scott Spund, 8; 3) Quiver, N/M 36, Jeff McCord, 15; 4) Heartbeat, Wylie 46, Lou Pambianco, 20; 5) Q, Schumacher 40, Glenn Isaacson, 25; 6) Howl, Sydney 38, Peter Krueger, 26; 7) Sand Dollar, Mumm 30, Erich Bauer, 27; 8) Summer Moon, Synergy 1000, Joshua Grass, 28; 9) Merlin, Melges 32, Richard Courcier, 32. (18 boats) PHRF 2 (55 - 99) — 1) Yucca, 8-Meter, Hank Easom, 4 points; 2) Tupelo Honey, Elan 40, Gerard Sheridan, 12; 3) X-Dream, X-119, Steen Moller,

Boat Series. IRC — 1) Samba Pa Ti, TP52, John Kilroy, Los Angeles, 16 points; 2) Magic Glove, Ker 50, Colm Barrington, IRL, 19; 3) Windquest, TP52, Doug DeVos, Holland, MI, 24. (9 boats) FARR 40 — 1) Warpath, Steve and Fred Howe, San Diego, 43 points; 2) Twins, Erik Maris, FRA,

12; 4) Razzberries, Olson 34, Bruce Nesbit, 16; 5) Cirque, Beneteau First 42s7, Louis Kruk, 20. (10 boats) PHRF 3 (100-155) — 1) Lilith, WylieCat 39, Karin & Tim Knowles, 5.5 points; 2) Uno, WylieCat 30, Steve Wonner, 11; 3) Arcadia, Santana 27 mod, Gordie Nash, 15; 4) Harp, Catalina 38, Mike Mannix, 15.5; 5) Mon Desir, Jeanneau SF, Jerry Nassoiy, 28; 6) Spirit of Elvis, Santana 35, Lewis Lanier, 28; 7) Shaman, Cal 40, Steven Waterloo, 29; 8) Lazy Lightning, Tartan 10, Tim McDonald, 30. (16 boats) IOD — 1) #78, Paul Manning, 7 points; 2) Youngster, Ron Young, 7; 3) La Paloma, James Hennefer, 10. (6 boats) PHRF 4 (> 156) — 1) Crazy Jane, Thunderbird, Doug Carroll, 6 points; 2) Straitjacket, Pocket-

45; 3) Nanoq, HRH Prince Frederik, DEN, 49. (16 boats) MELGES 32 — 1) Let's Roll, Claudio Recchi, ITA, 15 points; 2) Star, Jeff Ecklund, Ft. Lauderdale, 20; 3) New Wave, Carroll/Kullman, St. Petersburg/ Clearwater, FL, 25 (16 boats) MUMM 30 — 1) Mean Machine, Peter De Ridder, MONACO, 14 points; 2) Groovederci, Deneen

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THE RACING FINAL MIDWINTER Rocket, Ben Haket, 6; 3) Gran Wazoo, Pearson 29, Sal Balistreri, 12. (5 boats) CATALINA 34 — 1) Mottley, Chris Owen, 7 points; 2) Crew's Nest, Ray Irvine, 8; 3) Wind Dragon, Dave Davis, 15; 4) Queimada, David Sanner, 17. (7 boats) KNARR — 1) #134, J. Eric Gray, 9 points; 2) Pegasus, Peter Noonan, 13; 3) Narcissus, John Jenkins, 13; 4) St. Bertram, Chris Andersen/Gregg Morrison, 16. (8 boats) FOLKBOAT — 1) Nordic Star, Richard Keldsen, 6 points; 2) Shanty, Richard Haslacher, 11; 3) Thea, Chris Herrmann, 12. (5 boats)

Anderson, 13. (8 boats) DIV. A-LOW (< 99) — 1) Racer X, Farr 36 OD, Gary Redelberger, 4 points; 2) Merlin, Melges 32, Richard Courcier, 8; 3) Razzberries, Olson 34,

Demourkas, Santa Barbara, CA, 20; 3) Champosa, Jonathan McDonagh, Minneapolis, 28. (6 boats) Full results —

women skippers, kicked off a NorCalwide season brimming with opportunities for women to get in on the racing action. A record 20 boats came to Sadie's starting line on February 24. With a storm brewing, the wind was the "wrong

way" on the Estuary and PRO M.L. Higgins used the reverse course option to send the three competitive divisions on their way. The wind was flukey, puffy and reachy, and spinnakers weren't very helpful. But local knowledge paid off


SAUSALITO YC (5 races, 1 throwout): J/105 — 1) Lulu, Don Wieneke, 9 points; 2) Blackhawk, Scooter Simmons, 10; 3) Bandwidth, Leslie Richter/Hank Easom, 10; 4) Streaker, Ron

Bruce Nesbit, 16; 4) True North, Baltic 42, Jeff Dunnavant, 17. (7 boats) DIV. A-HIGH (> 102) — 1) Gammon, Tartan 10, Jeff Hunter, 6 points; 2) Lynx, WylieCat 30, Jim Plumley/Steve Overton, 8; 3) Carlene, WylieCat 30, Fred Soltero, 14; 4) Voyager, Beneteau 34.5, Steve Hocking, 18; 5) Chorus, Kettenburg 38, Peter English, 24. (9 boats) DIV. C (non-spin < 199) — 1) Q, Schumacher 40, Glenn Isaacson, 10 points; 2) Roxanne, Tartan 30, Charles James, 11; 3) Grey Ghost, Hanse 342, Doug Grant, 14; 4) No Worries, J/24, SEA, 23; 5) Maxine, Yankee 30, Stephen Spoja, 26; 6) Tres Bien, Beneteau 323, Don Holden, 31; 7) La Mer, Newport 30, Randy Grenier, 33. (14 boats) DIV. D (non-spin > 202) — 1) Tackful, Santana 22, Frank Lawler, 8 points; 2) Elaine, Santana 22, Pat Broderick, 13; 3) Homus, Ericson 27, Josh

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and, despite racers coming from all over the Bay, the division winners — Ruth Summers, Laraine Salmon and Vivienne Fagrell — were all experienced Estuary sailors. Thankfully no one minded getting a little wet from the rain. Perhaps the

Torben Bentsen, 9. (4 boats) SAILING #2 (> 106) — 1) Eyrie, Hawkfarm, Sylvia Seaberg/Synthia Petroka, 5 points; 2) Reality Cheque, Beneteau 35s5, Kevin Wilkinson, 6; 3) Travieso, Ericson 30+, Daniel Alvarez, 7; 4) Solar Wind, Martin 32, Max Crittenden, 11. (8 boats) ALAMEDA YC (4 races) DIV. A — 1) Rascal, Wilderness 30, Rui Luis, 4 points; 2) Vitesse, Santa Cruz 27, Bart Goodell, 8; 3) Peggy Sue, Laser 28, Jonathan Davis, 15. (5 boats) COLUMBIA 5.5 — 1) Tenacious, Adam Sadeg, 11 points; 2) Maverik, Bill Colombo, 12; 3) Naked Lady, Sue Lund, 13. (6 boats) DIV. C — 1) Bewitched, Merit 25, Laraine Salmon, 6 points; 2) Wuvulu, Islander 30, John New, 10; 3) Lelo Too, Tartan 30, Emile Carles, 12;

glimmers of sunshine had something to do with that. — Joanne McFee FLEET 1 (<129) — 1) Rascal, Wilderness 30, Ruth Summers; 2) Stink Eye, Laser 28, Christine Weaver. (4 boats)

4) Joanna, Irwin 30, Martin Jemo, 18. (8 boats) DIV. D — 1) Pip Squeak, Santana 20, Aaron Lee, 4 points; 2) Dominatrix, Santana 22, Pearson Heidi Schmidt, 11. (3 boats) DIV. E — 1) Svenska, Peterson 34, Fred Minning, 11 points; 2) Flyer, Peterson 33, John Diegoli, 11; 3) Knotty Sweetie, C&C 32, Martin Johnson. (6 boats) TIBURON YC (3 races): DIV. 1 (< 150) — 1) E-9, Moore 24, Lesa Gutenkunst, 3 points; 2) Frenzy, Moore 24, Lon Woodrum, 12; 3) US 101, Moore 24, Rudi Salazar, 14; 4) Pearl, Islander 36, Eric Lyons, 18. (7 boats) DIV. 2 (> 151) —1) Red Hawk, Hawkfarm, Gerry Gunn/John Sullivan, 4 points; 2) Galante, Folkboat, Otto Schreier, 8; 3) Siento el Viento, C&C 29, Ian Matthew, 10; 4) Wind Dance, Cal 2-27, Ann FLEET 2 (130-198) — 1) Betwitched, Merit 25, Laraine Salmon; 2) Dire Straits, J/24, Dawn Chesney; 3) Mirage, Black Soo 30, Lucie Mewes; 4) Lelo Too, Tartan 30, Terri Griffith; 5) Orizaba, Cal 2-30, Carla Thorson. (9 boats) FLEET 3 (> 198) — 1) Pipsqueak, Santana 20, Vivienne Fagrell; 2) Kristina, Ranger 26, Janet

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THE RACING FINAL MIDWINTER Watson, 14 (8 boats) EYC JACK FROST (8 races, 1 throwout) PHRF A (<132) — 1) Encore, Wylie Gemini 30, Andy Hall, 13 points; 2) Kiri, J/35, Bob George, 15 points; 3) Sheeba, C&C 99, Mike Quinn, 16; 4) Joe's World, J/80, Joe Carter, 28; 5) Gig, HB 30, Gil Sloan, 41; 6) Magic, Tripp 40, John Rizzi, 41. (12 boats) ANTRIM 27 — 1) Arch Angel, Bryce Griffith, 8 points; 2) Cascade, Steve Rienhart, 17. (4 boats) MELGES 24 — 1) Personal Puff, Dan Hauserman, 10 points; 2) Tinseltown Rebellion, Cam Lewis, 23; 3) Flexi Flyer, Mitchell Wells, 28. (5 boats) OLSON 25 — 1) Sweet Ness, Reubin Rocci, 14 points; 2) Shadowfax, Mark Simpson, 14; 3) Clean Sweep, Tom Nemeth, 18 points; 4) Samba, Frankel; 3) Nightingale, Nightingale, Maureen McCorm. (6 boats) Full results —

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Bob Gardiner, 32. (7 boats) PHRF 2 (>133) — 1) Lelo Too, Tartan 30, Emile Carles, 11.5 points; 2) Breakthrough, J/24, Darren Cumming, 15; 3) Crinan II, WylieCat 30, Bill West, 20. (6 boats)

Henry Cassidy, 9 points; 2) Mistress Quickly, Larry Weaver, 13; 3) Magic, Beat & Magdalena Naef, 15; 4) Saffron, Frank Della Corte, 21. (7 boats)

SANTA CRUZ YC (7 races, 1 throwout) CREWED — 1) Outrageous, Olson 40, Malcolm Brown/Rick Linkemyer, 8 points; 2) Absolute 05, Santana 35, Keith MacBeth, 16; 3) Gandalf, Santana 35, Dewitt/Quitzau/Diola, 16. (6 boats) DOUBLEHANDED — 1) Cinderella Story, Ultimate 20, John & Isabel Andrews, 9 points; 2) Wild Fire, Moore 24, Howard Ruderman, 13; 3) Nobody's Girl, Moore 24, Sidney Moore, 21; 4) Skal, Moore 24, Karina & Dave Shelton, 24. (8 boats) SANTA CRUZ 27 — 1) Sumo, Jim Livingston/

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SHEET RACE RESULTS BYTE — 1) Trish Sudell, 28 points; 2) Gail Yando, 34; 3) Laurie Davis, 46; 4) Jeff Nelson, 53; 5) Gina Knox, 62. (13 boats) RYC SMALL BOAT MIDWINTERS (4 SNIPE — 1) Doug Howson, 32 days, many races): points; 2) Vince Casalaina, 53; 3) Doug EL TORO SR. — 1) Chris Watts, 62 Cefali, 56; 4) Michael Mack, 61; 5) Alpoints; 2) John Pacholski, 66; 3) Gordie berto Amengual, 78. (17 boats) Nash, 71; 4) Fred Paxton, 80; 5) Paul OPEN CLASS (Breakwater EnTara, 114; 6) Mike Quinn, 114; 7) John trance) — 1) Greg Paxton, IFJ, 36 Amen, 136; 8) Skip Shapiro, 148; 9) points; 2) Charles Witcher, Megabyte, Chris Straub, 163; 10) Art Lange, 169. 50; 3) Bill Gutoff, Banshee, 54; 4) Bob (28 boats) Carl, Banshee, 81; 5) Erich Bauer, EL TORO JR. — 1) Patrick Tara, Megabyte, 101; 6) Greg Miller, IFJ, 32 points; 2) Mackenzie Cook, 36; 3) Total focus on 'Howl' during the final GGYC midwinter race. 102; 7) George Wilson, Sunfish, 106; Marina Fennell, 70; 4) Kyle Gorsiski, 8) Bill Gage, Megabyte, 109; 9) Bob 83; 5) John Marlett, 85. (10 boats) Kate Gaumond, 101; 6) Patrick Snow, 103; 7) Kyle Cronin, Sunfish, 133; 10) Mark Phillipps, IFJ, 137. OPTI — 1) Lauren Cefali, 45 points; 2) Will Larsen, 113; 8) Trevor Rowedder, 166; 9) Domenic (29 boats) Cefali, 49; 3) Jack Barton, 54; 4) Nevin Snow, 56; 5) Bove, 180; 10) Markus Suorsa, 191. (30 boats) ELLEN HOKE

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THE RACING FINAL MIDWINTER RESULTS CFJ — 1) Julia Paxton, 24 points; 2) Tom Parker, 33; 3) Simon Vaxia, 44; 4) Ryan Gorsiski, 44; 5) Eirik & Sorcha Evenhouse, 63. (10 boats) I-14 — 1) Kirk Twardowski, 12 points; 2) Lawrence Henderson, 25; 3) Ted Rogers, 26; 4) Rand Arnold, 31; 5) Chris Rutz, 39. (10 boats) 29er — 1) Finn-Erik Nilsen, 17 points; 2) Max Fraser, 25; 3) Ian Simms, 26; 4) Brian Maloo, 34; 5) Gaylin Yee, 36. (9 boats) WABBIT — 1) Tim Russell/Rusty Canada, 15 points; 2) Melinda & Bill Erkelens, 18; 3) Andy Hamilton, 18; 4) Colin Moore, 26; 5) Stanton Morris, 31. (9 boats) CORONADO 15 — 1) Dave Rambaugh, 12 points; 2) Craig Lee, 18; 3) Steve Fishman, 21; 4) Kiersten Vance, 31; 5) Kevin Wasbauer, 35. (10 boats)

LASER — 1) Steve Bourdow, 14 points; 2) David Lapier, 34; 3) Walt Spevak, 43; 4) Mark Halman, 43; 5) Claire Dennis, 61; 6) John-Bernard Duler, 68; 7) Eric Wilson, 68; 8) Bill Buckingham, 84; 9) Mike Rutledge, 95; 10) Mike Scott, 96. (54 boats) OPEN CLASS (Outside Breakwater) — 1) Doug McWilliams, Flying Dutchman, 19 points; 2) Del Olsen, Int. Canoe, 25; 3) Brian Bauman, Thistle, 30; 4) Michael Gillum, Thistle, 46; 5) Mike Radziejowski, Int. Canoe, 47; 6) Don Jesberg, Finn, 59; 7) Mike Molina, Lightning, 61; 8) Mark Briner, Johnson 18; 64; 9) Gil Woolley, Contender, 66; 10) Dan Brandt, Int. Canoe, 69. (23 boats) SKIFFS — 1) David Liebenberg, Aussie 18, 12 points; 2) Archie Massey, Aussie 18, 17; 3) Skip McCormack, 49er, 18; 4) Brian Malouf, 49er, 19. (8 boats)

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Tempesta's Flying Tiger Anarchy. The SD NOOD was the Flying Tiger's major West Coast regatta debut, and attracted eight boats. Once upon a time, the NOOD was a big event in San Francisco, but some years ago the decision was made to eliminate the Bay from the line-up. San Diego was the only West Coast venue on the nine-stop tour this year. A real offshore dinghy: Last month Richard Feeny took a few weeks off from his job as San Francisco YC youth sailing director to do the Montego Bay Race with some East Coast cronies in February. They sailed the Riechel/Pugh-designed fractional-rig, all-carbon, 30-ft rocketship Cone of Silence to a second-place finish overall. Co-owner Doug Mitchell calls the boat an "offshore 505," and. based on their log from the race, that sounds about right. We were hoping to re-print some of the race log, but ran out of room. If you have a few minutes to spare, it's a good read: www.gothecone. com/mobay.html Another sailor with local roots, Brent Rhune, was on 76-ft ILC maxi Captivity (known once upon a time as Sagamore)

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Crossing paths — Rick Wesslund's 'El Ocaso' and Jim Swartz's 'Moneypenny', both with strong connections to the Bay Area, fared well at the Heinie last month. The St. Maarten stop on the Caribbean circuit is always a favorite with sailors and their non-racing support crews.

for the Mo Bay Race, although they didn't quite make it to the land of Marley. "We won the Guantanamo Bay race," he jokes. Captivity dismasted about 30 miles off Cuba and pulled into the U.S. Naval base there to get things sorted

out. During their several-day stay, they were treated to a tour of the base. "It was actually a fairly nice area — palm trees and grassy green hills. And a few prison cells." Making the team: To the surprise of

no one, really, Capitola's Morgan Larson retained his top spot on the US Sailing Team's 2007 rankings, which were announced last month. Larson and crew Pete Spaulding absolutely demolished their competition at qualifying events for the 49er team in Miami this winter. Another Bay Area-based sailor, Molly Carapiet, was named to the team for the first time. Carapiet and her crew, Molly O'Bryan, are campaigning for the American spot in the women's 470 class in Qingdao next summer. Carapiet received a second honor in March when she was awarded The Belvedere Cove Foundation's Scott Harris Perpetual Memorial Trophy for "outstanding skill and good sportsmanship" by a young adult between the ages of 18 and 24. Rising star Claire Dennis of Saratoga was also recognized by the foundation, receiving its Winton Award. The 15-year-old reigning Laser Radial youth female world champion and 2006 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year nominee was commended for her "outstanding performance as a young sailor." From the inside out: Stop by Corin-

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Making an impact — An action-packed moment at the starting line of the final Jack Frost midwinter race last month. The boat on the left was judged to be in the wrong, and both boats retired immediately. Inset: amazingly, the visible damage was fairly small and no one was injured. The moral of the story is to be cautious out there, especially as the Bay gets more crowded during the summer and conditions get more challenging. It's a dangerous world, so take care!

thian YC at 7 p.m. on April 25 to hear an insider's perspective on the America's Cup. CYC will host Tom Whidden, CEO of North Marine Group and an eight-time AC veteran, discussing the evolution of technology in the race for the Auld Mug.

Unlike most talks in the CYC series, this one's free. RSVP online at www.cyc. org/speakers. Sale boats of the month: Several race boats have been switching hands lately. See if you can spot a theme.

Leading off, Jon Perkins has added another Knarr, Larkin, to the Perkins brothers' flotilla. . . . Jim and Jen Vickers are the new owners of Joyride, a J/109 formerly raced on Lake Tahoe as Ice Nine. Jim, a physicist in the semiconductor industry, didn't intend to race the boat in its first year, but then signed up for the Three Bridge Fiasco, where he finished third in the doublehanded non-spinnaker division. He's now signed up for the Singlehanded Sailing Society and HDA seasons. "My non-racing plan is going to hell!" he laughs. . . . Marin architect and San Francisco YC member Onne Broek will take delivery of a new Beneteau 10R later this month. It's Broek's first boat, but the former delivery skipper has raced J/105s on the Bay for years. "I was looking for

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SHEET wife, Mary, handling the pit. They're on a three-year plan to get fully up to speed in the competitive fleet. . . Chad and Myra Salinas of San Francisco have entered the world of boat ownership with their first boat, a J/92 called J Moto. In the short-term, racing will take a backseat to parenthood, as, not long after they added the boat to their family, they found out they were soon to add a baby, as well. Going down: Just one boat, a Santana 22, has signed up so far for this year's Coastal Cup. Fortunately, the race is still three months away, so there's time for plenty more entries. "We moved the start to a relatively late date of June 20-24, which is about three weeks before the start of the TransPac," explains race chair Charles Hodgkins. "Since the race is more than 300 miles, it satisfies the 160 nm offshore qualification for the TransPac, and I'm hopeful we'll have a good turnout." BOATPIX.COM / COURTESY DOUG MITCHELL

a competitive boat that would also be comfortable," Broek says. "Based on how the 10R did in Key West, I think it will be plenty quick." And based on how 10R dealer Chris Corlett did in the Big Daddy last month (he won his class), there's hope for the Farr-designed, carbonrig boat in local conditions. If more 10Rs come to the Bay, Broek says he'll consider doing a fully crewed race campaign, but in the short term he plans to focus on shorthanded racing. The yet-to-be-named boat will be berthed in Paradise Cay. . . . Steve Pugh has sold his J/105 Taboo to Rich Pipkin and Phillip Laby, who will campaign it as Racer X after an elaborate re-naming ceremony. Pipkin, an Alameda-based architecture and engineering consultant who's raced on the Bay for 20 years, and Laby, a San Francisco mechanical engineer who comes from the Ventura dinghy scene, met on the J/105 website, where each was looking for an entry into the

Wet work — Richard Feeny's wild ride to Jamaica, the 30-ft R/P-designed 'Cone of Silence', was the smallest boat in this year's Mo Bay race.

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Going up: Speaking of the TransPacific Yacht Race, entries are now up to a very healthy 54 fully-paid entries as of March 21, and race entry chair Bill Lee expects another 10 boats to be on the line for the start of the 44th biennial race to Hawaii in July. Lee is hopeful that more multihulls will take an interest in the race this year. He's received an entry from one catamaran and interest from another, but needs a total of four to have a multihull class. If neither of these races floats your boat but you're still looking for something to do, perhaps you'd consider Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week on June 22-24. (There's no lack of West Coast racing opportunities come summer!) LBRW organizers are rolling out the welcome mat for Northern California boats again this year. The City of Long Beach will waive mooring fees for

The long and the short of it — 'Lost Horizon 2' gets rolled by 'Sojana' during last month's St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.

out-of-town racers from June 17-27. But sign up early because transient slips and end ties are limited. Last year 160 boats from San Francisco to San Diego were in

town enjoying winds of 20 to 22 knots. Who says it's never windy south of Pt. Conception? Online entry is available at Another sign of spring: A robust fleet of 15 Mercuries raced on the first day of their NorCal Series hosted by Encinal YC on March 18. Overcast skies gave way to sun, warmth, and a very shifty breeze with 3-8 knot puffs. After five races in the 20-race series, Doug Baird and Jim Taylor have the lead. Complete results at Junior mints: Northern California sailors did quite well against their southern brethren at the first event in the Harken Optimist Spring Series


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'Painkiller' gets proactive and throws in a reef inside the Bay during the Doublehanded Lightship Race on March 24, while, 'Dragonsong' hopes for the best outside the Gate.

Moneypenny, with a cast of dozens from Northern California, finished second to ABN Amro One in the Big Boat 1 fleet, and San Franciscan Rick Wesslund's J/120 El Ocaso, also with a big NorCal

contingent, posted four bullets and a second to win the Spinnaker 5 division. On the line: The crewed and doublehanded Lightship Races were just starting as we put the final touches on this issue, and the San Francisco Cup was about to start just hours later. Check,, and www., respectively, for results. Parting words: Beer can racing is back again this month, and not a moment too soon. If you have a boat, use it! If your friends have a boat, make sure they use it — taking you with them! If you answered 'none of the above', you still have two tricks up your sleeve. Scope out the racing calendar and head to the nearest marina or yacht club with a race scheduled for that evening. Boats are often eager to pick up fresh faces wandering the docks. (A six-pack of your favorite beverage to share with your new friends after racing helps.) Lastly, there's Latitude's crew list party at Golden Gate YC April 4 from 6-9 p.m. If your name appears on the crew lists in the March or April issue, entry is free. Otherwise, you can join us for just $7.


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We depart from our normal format this month to bring you our annual springime overview of Greater Bay Area Bareboat and Crewed Charter Yacht Fleets. Accessing the Bay: A Boatload of Charter Options As you look out across the Bay on any busy weekend, a sizeable number of the sails you see will belong to charter boats of one type or another. In fact, sailing is such a popular pastime here in the greater Bay Area that it can support an enormous rental fleet of drive-it-yourself 'bareboats', as well as two dozen crewed charter vessels licensed to carry from 6 to 80 passengers. The Bay Area's legendary sailing grounds are also home to almost a dozen sailing schools where newcomers can learn the ropes and eventually become qualified to charter any boat in the fleet — even those equipped for overnights. As regular readers know, it's our annual tradition every April to publish this updated comprehensive resource, detailing virtually every charter boat available for hire in the area. We encourage you to peruse it now, and perhaps also save it for future reference. Bareboats — As every sailor worth his salt knows, the term bareboat was coined back in the late '60s to mean a drive-it-yourself rental boat equipped with all necessary sailing gear, as well as interior amenities. Over the years, that novel concept evolved into what is today a multimillion-dollar industry with char-

ter bases located in both tropical and temperate climates all over the planet. Here in the Bay Area, there are roughly 250 bareboats available for hire, but the businesses that manage them are not simply rental agencies. Almost without exception, these boats are offered by sailing schools — usually called 'clubs' — which offer a full spectrum of courses, from basic sailing to coastal cruising and celestial navigation. In most cases, you don't have to be a member of the sailing club to rent a boat, although nonmembers will pay somewhat higher rental prices. The first time you charter with a company you will generally have to get checked out by their staff so they'll feel confident that you're not going to run the pride of their fleet into a waterside restaurant. Our advice concerning checkouts is to drop by the rental outfit a few days ahead of time and get 'signed off', so you won't cut into your precious charter time on a busy weekend. Beyond rental discounts, there's usually added value to club membership such as dockside barbecues, 'social sails' where everyone pitches in a few bucks to cover costs, and charter flotillas to idyllic venues in the Caribbean, South Pacific or elsewhere. For folks who don't own their own boat and/or who don't have close friends interested in sailing,


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As the following list demonstrates, there is a wide variety of sail-it-yourself bareboats available for rent in the Bay Area. Compiled here are listings from the area's principal companies (listed alphabetically). We've attempted to be as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible. We regret any errors or omissions. Please note: Not listed here — due to space limitations — are university and community sailing programs which offer the use of sailing dinghies and daysailers in conjunction with their instructional programs.

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Atlantis Yacht Charters Sausalito (415) 332-0800 • 30' & UNDER • Ericson 30 • 31' - 35' • N/A • 36' - 40' • Columbia 36 Catalina 38 Beneteau 38 • OVER 40' • Nordic 44 ••••••••••••••••••••• Page 194 •

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Cass' Marina Sausalito (415) 332-6789 • 30' & UNDER • Santana 22 Mk II (6) J/24 C&C 25 Bristol 27 Lancer 30 Cape Dory 30 • 31' - 35' • C&C 35 Ericson 35 •••••••••••••••••••••

AL = Alameda ; SA = Sausalito; RI = Richmond

• 30' & UNDER • Santana 525 (2) AL, SA Colgate 26 (6) AL, SA, RI Hunter 290 (2) AL, RI Hunter 306 AL • 31' - 35' • Hunter 31 (6) AL, SA, RI Hunter 310 (2) SA Jeanneau 32 (2) AL, SA Hunter 320 (3) AL, SA, RI Hunter 326 (2) AL Hunter 33 AL Gib Sea 33 RI • 36' - 40' • Hunter 356 RI Dufour 36 (2) [3-cab] AL, SA Hunter 36 (2) AL, SA Jeanneau 37 SA Caliber 40 AL Jeanneau 40 SA

joining a club is a smart move. The friendly ambience of a club creates a low-pressure forum for advancing through a hierarchy of classes, and the natural camaraderie that comes with shared activities on the water often spawns lasting friendships. Even if you already own a boat or have access to a friend's, the Bay's combined fleet of so many varied types of boats can be a valuable resource. Suppose, for example, you can go out racing with a friend whenever you like, but you rarely get time on the wheel. Renting a bareboat is the perfect solution for honing the full range of skills. We'd bet that virtually every Bay Area sailor has

• OVER 40' • Hunter 41 (3) AL, SA, RI Hunter 410 [3-cab] RI Jeanneau 43 [3-cab] AL Gib Sea 43 [3-cab] AL Hunter 44 DS [3-cab] RI Hunter 466 [3-cab] RI Jeanneau 45 [3-cab] RI Jeanneau 54 [4-cab] AL •••••••••••••••••••••

J/World Alameda (510) 522-0547 San Francisco, Puerto Vallarta • 30' & UNDER • J/80 [26'] (6) • 31' - 35' • J/105 [34'] (3) J/35C Seawind 1000 cat [33'] • 36' - 40' • J/120 [40'] (2) • OVER 40' • Jeanneau 43 DS •••••••••••••••••••••



Lighthall Yacht Charters Santa Cruz (831) 429-1970 • 30' & UNDER • N/A • 31' - 35' • Catalina 34 (2) • 36' - 40' • N/A • OVER 40' • Catalina 42 (1) •••••••••••••••••••••

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Sausalito (800) 995-1668 • 30' & UNDER • Islander 30 Ericson 30 • 31' - 35' • Beneteau 311 Pearson 32 Ericson 32 Beneteau 33 Seawind 1000 [34'] cat Beneteau 35



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• 36' - 40' • Beneteau 38 Beneteau 393 Caliber 40 • OVER 40' • Beneteau 423 •••••••••••••••••••••

Monterey Bay Sailing Monterey (831) 372-7245 • 30' & UNDER • Hunter 22 Cal 27 Coronado 30 • 31' - 40' • Celestial 34 • OVER 40' • N/A •••••••••••••••••••••

OCSC Berkeley (800) 223-2984 (members only) • 30' & UNDER • J/24 (22) Ultimate 24 (2)

Olson 25 (4) • 31' - 35' • Catalina 32 (4) Gemini 105 cat [34'] J/105 [34'] (5) J/109 [35'] • 36' - 40' • Catalina 36 (5) Sabre 362 Caliber 40 C&C 110 [36'] • OVER 40' • Seaward Schooner [82'] •••••••••••••••••••••

Pacific Yachting/Sailing Santa Cruz (800) 374-2626 • 30' & UNDER • Santa Cruz 27 Catalina 28 Olson 911s • 31' - 35' • Beneteau 31 Catalina 31 Catalina 32 (3) Beneteau 33 (3) Hunter 33 Hunter 34

Catalina 34 (2) • 36' - 40' • Catalina 36 Hunter 36 • OVER 40' • Beneteau 46.1 •••••••••••••••••••••

Tradewinds Sailing School & Club Pt. Richmond (510) 232-7999 Brickyard Cove / Richmond Marina Bay (*boats also at Folsom Lake)

• 30' & UNDER • Capri 22 (7) Newport 24* Catalina 25* Catalina 250 Ericson 27 (3) Cal 27 (2) Catalina 270 Newport 28 Catalina 30 (4) Newport 30 • 31' - 35' • Beneteau 323 Cal 31 (2) Dufour 31

fantasies about chartering a boat in some tropical paradise, but if you never get a chance to take total responsibility for a boat — including anchoring — how will you ever be qualified to charter abroad? Trust us, it's a whole lot more fun to begin an expensive vacation charter if you have confidence in your abilities, as opposed to the continual angst brought on by trying to fake it. Likewise, if you're thinking of buying a boat of your own, there's no better way to scrutinize the differences between popular makes and models than by personally sea-testing them before you commit. Crewed Charter Vessels — The vessels you'll find on these pages are accessible to folks of all ages, with no sailing skills required whatsoever. However, there are special occasions when even diehard sailors who own arsenals of sailing craft could also use these services. Consider a few possibilities. Suppose you have a slew of relatives coming in from out of town for a wedding or reunion, and you'd like to show them around the Bay. Do you really want to cram them all onto your beat-up old daysailer with the nonfunctional head? No. The smart move would be to charter one of these well-kept 'multi-passenger' vessels, where the pampering service of a professional crew will allow you to sit back, sip champagne and play tour guide.

• 36' - 40' • Hunter 35 Islander 36 Catalina 38 • OVER 40' • Beneteau 42 Jeanneau 43 •••••••••••••••••••••

Spinnaker Sailing of Redwood City (650) 363-1390 • 30' & UNDER' • Santana 22 (4) Cal 24 (2) Merit 25 (7) Catalina 27 (2) • 31' - 35' • Bristol 31 Catalina 320 Hunter 336 • 36' - 40' • N/A

Spinnaker Sailing of San Francisco (415) 543-7333 • 30' & UNDER' • Santana 22 (4) Santa Cruz 27 (6) • 31' - 35' • Hunter 310 Catalina 310 Catalina 320 Catalina 34 Allmand 35 Hunter 356 • 36' - 40' • Jeanneau 36 Catalina 36 Hunter 380 Beneteau 39 C&C 40 • OVER 40' • Hunter 410 Hunter Passage 42

• OVER 40' • Ron Holland 47 •••••••••••••••••••••

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WORLD Similarly, when your coworkers are scratching their heads trying to come up with an original plan for the annual office party, you'll be a hero when you introduce them to the idea of a Bay cruise on a bona fide sailing vessel. Those who care to pitch in with the sailing chores are usually welcome to help, while the rest of the group soaks in the salt air and takes in the sights. The Bay Area's fleet of fully crewed charter vessels breaks down into two principal categories: 'Six Pack' boats, which are licensed to charter with only six passengers for hire, and 'MultiPassenger Vessels' (technically called Inspected Vessels). In most cases these can legally carry up to 49 passengers. On these pages we've attempted to be as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible. We regret any errors or omissions, so please let us know if we've left anyone out! 'Multi-Passenger' Vessels (7+) (In alphabetical order.) Argosy Venture: One of the largest and more unique yachts in Northern California, this 101-ft Nevins motorsailer does occasional charters on the Bay as well as annual expeditions beyond the Golden Gate. Built as a private luxury yacht in 1947, her gleaming brightwork

'Argosy Venture' is a rare classic.

and period styling make her an eyecatching sight when she roars across the Bay at 12 knots. • Carries up to 12 passengers. • Berthed at Brisbane Marina. • Available for special custom charters locally (including corporate), family charters and expeditions, as well as film and dive charters. • (650) 952-4168; email: charters@; website: Adventure Cat I: A familiar sight on the Bay, this 55-ft catamaran was custom-built specifically for chartering here. Definitely one of the fastest local charter boats, she's been clocked at 20 knots with a full complement of passenPage 196 •

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gers aboard. Guests can choose to ride on the open-air trampoline, forward, or within the sheltered salon.

• Berthed at South Beach Harbor, San Francisco. • Some scheduled sailings (individually ticketed), private group charters, offshore charters (such as to Monterey) and special events including corporate and baseball parties to McCovey cove. • (415) 543-7333; email: rendezvous@; website: www.

'Adventure Cat II' is fast and fun.

• Carries up to 48 passengers. • Berthed at Pier 39, Dock J, in San Francisco. • Available for scheduled sails daily (individually ticketed), private group charters and special events, including weddings, whale watching and corporate programs. • (415) 777-1630 or (800) 498-4228;; website: Adventure Cat II: Designed by cat connoisseur Kurt Hughes, Adventure Cat II was launched several years ago. Like her older sister (above), she is fast and fun, yet is much larger and, consequently, can carry twice as many passengers. For really big groups, consider chartering both boats and sail together in tandem. • Carries up to 99 passengers. • Berthed at Pier 39, Dock J, in San Francisco. • Available for private group charters and special events, including weddings, whale watching and corporate programs. • (415) 777-1630 or (800) 498-4228; email:; website: Bay Lady: At 90 feet in length, Bay Lady is the largest Coast Guard 'certified' sailing vessel on the West Coast. Licensed to carry up to 80 passengers, she holds the second-largest capacity of any sailing charter vessel in the region. Bay Lady was built of steel in New England specifically for the charter trade. Her design combines modern strength and safety features with an old-time sail plan — she carries great clouds of sail on her traditional gaff rig. • Certified for 80 passengers (most comfortable with about 65).

The steel schooner 'Bay Lady' carries 80.

Chardonnay II: This custom-built Santa Cruz 70 is one of the most popular charter vessels operating on Monterey Bay. She was custom built for fast sailing, yet with the comforts to accommodate up to 49 passengers. She offers a wide array of

'themed charters' such as wine tasting, sunset cruising and corporate teambuilding. • Carries up to 49 passengers. • Berthed at Santa Cruz Harbor. • Custom 'themed charters', special events and corporate teambuilding. • (831) 423-1213; website: www. Derek M. Baylis: Named after a famous Bay Area yachtsman, this distinctive 65-ft cat ketch was built specifically for conducting ocean research and marine education. Tom Wylie designed it to be an "environmentally friendly way to keep up with whales and other marine life without using an engine." • Carries up to 38 passengers on daysails or 12 passengers for overnights. • Berthed at Monterey; pickups in Santa Cruz by special arrangement. • Specializing in marine research and educational marine study groups (such as the Monterey Aquarium's Science Under Sail program and great white shark study at the Farallons). Also available for private group charters. • (831) 372-7245; email:; web: www.derekmbaylis. com or


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Gas Light: Designed my Carl Schumacher and built by master shipwright Billy Martinelli, this beautifully crafted 50-ft schooner is reminiscent of the days when hay and produce were brought down Bay Area rivers to market under sail, aboard similar scow schooners. Her main cabin is spacious and bright, while her broad decks make it easy to mingle during a party cruise, and she heels only minimally. • Carries up to 49 passengers (ideal with 25-35). • Berthed at Schoonmaker Marina, Sausalito. • Available for private group charters 'Nehemiah' is the only Bay charter boat to have circumnavigated. She does youth sail training in addition to custom charters.

Glory Days: This classic Morgan Out Island 51 is owned and operated by Pam Powers, one of the few professional female skippers in the local charter trade.


and special events including corporate meetings and teambuilding. Kids' groups welcome. • (415) 331-2769 or (415) 601-1957; email:; website:

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The Morgan O.I. 51 'Glory Days'.

Before going out on her own a few years ago with the purchase of Glory Days, Pam skippered many of the Bay's biggest charter vessels. When Morgan first began producing the Out Island line in the late '60s, it quickly became a hot cruising design, and charter companies loved them — especially the 51s, like Glory Days. • Certified for 42 passengers — probably the only O.I. 51 which is. • Berthed Pelican Harbor, Sausalito. • Available for corporate events, private charters, weddings, ash scatterings, teambuilding sails and Angel Island BBQ sails. Occasional scheduled sails (individually ticketed) such as Friday night sunset sails and full moon cruises (see website for schedule). • (800) 849-9256 or (415) 336-0392; email:; website: www.sailsfbay. com Nehemiah: Among the things that make this classic wooden ketch unique in the Bay's charter fleet is the fact that she has circumnavigated — twice

— under previous owners. Her current use is also unique, however. Capt. Rod Phillips and his wife, Admiral Joni, enjoy doing Bay charters for the general public, which finance their true passion, youth sail training — particularly for 'at-risk' youth. Solidly built and traditionally rigged, she is an ideal platform for hands-on training, as well as pleasure sailing. A lifelong mariner, Rod also captains S.F. Bay ferries. • Carries up to 32 passengers. • Berthed Richmond's Marina Bay. • Available for youth sail training, scheduled sails (individually ticketed) and private charters. • (510) 234-5054; email: captain@; website: www. Ruby: At 64 feet in length, this double-ended steel sloop has been a familiar site on the Bay for as long as we can remember. In fact, Ruby has been chartering longer than any other boat on the Bay — 26 consecutive years. She's

The custom steel sloop 'Ruby'.

also become a landmark at her San Francisco Boat Works homeport, adjacent to The Ramp restaurant. Owner/skipper Josh Pryor designed and built her himself back in the '70s with thoughts of long-distance cruising, but once he started chartering her, he discovered that both he and she were well suited to the business. In addition to scheduled sailings, she does a variety of special charters — one of the most memorable was when The Playboy Channel brought April, 2007 •

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WORLD a dozen bunnies aboard for an Opening Day photo shoot in the waters off what is now SBC Park. • Carries up to 31 passengers. • Berthed at The Ramp restaurant, foot of Mariposa St., San Francisco. • Available for lunch and evening sails daily (individually ticketed), private group charters, and special events including corporate functions and ash scatterings. • (415) 861-2165; email: rubysailing@; website: www.

special events including corporate functions and baseball tailgate parties. • (415) 543-7333; email: rendezvous@; website: www. Seaward: This 82-ft staysail schooner was a new addition to the Bay Area charter fleet last season, having arrived here from Boston last summer. Rather than doing typical daysails, during the The sail training schooner 'Seaward'.

Sea Raven: This comfortable 65-ft catamaran specializes in elegant dining cruises under sail, accommodating up to 30 guests for 'sit-down' dinners in her customized salon. For this purpose, she is completely unique within the Bay Area fleet, which, naturally, brings her plenty of corporate business and special-occasion charters. • Carries up to 48 passengers. • Berthed at South Beach Harbor, San Francisco. • Available for private charters only: dinner cruises, private group charters,

spring, summer and fall her primary function is running hands-on sail training for youngsters in, or near, the Bay. When winter approaches, she heads for the sunny latitudes of Mexico, where she offers a series of programs which combine education in traditional seamanship, study of the marine environment and fun in the sun. She is owned and operated by the nonprofit Call of the Sea organization. • Carries up to 45 passengers on day trips; 15 for overnights. • Berthed at Sausalito. • Available for youth sail training, overnight coastal trips, scheduled (individually ticketed) Friday night and Saturday sails, overnights to Drake's Bay and the Farrallons, private group charters and corporate events, plus 'adventure sailing' in Mexico during the winter. • (415) 331-3214; email: info@; website: www.; and for Mexico: www. Team O'Neill: Based in Santa Cruz, this custom-built 65-ft cat is expansive, stable and fast — ideal for party charters

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OF CHARTERING or whale watching in the waters of Monterey Bay. Although Jack O'Neill is a longtime sailor (as well as a lifelong surfer), he initially became interested in the 65-ft Team O'Neill cat in connection with another of his passions — hot air ballooning. He rigged her with a tabernacle mast that hinged aft, and used the massive 65 x 28-foot platform as a 'launch pad'. Although Team O'Neill is available for private charters, she spends much of her time these days running educational sailing trips for grade school kids. Called the O'Neill Sea Odyssey, these programs focus on marine science, integrating classroom study and community service with sails out into the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. • Carries up to 49 passengers. • Berthed at Santa Cruz YH. • Available for private group charters, whale watching and special events including corporate, as well as educational programs including the O'Neill Sea Odyssey. • (831) 475-1561; website: www. and www.

19 days, 4 hours and 51 minutes, if anyone's counting. • Carries up to 25 passengers. • Berthed at South Beach Harbor, San Francisco. • Race charters (including offshore), private group charters, and special events including corporate. • (415) 543-7333; email: rendezvous@; website: www.

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Yukon Jack: Although a remarkable amount of 'big boat' racing takes place on the Bay each year, only a minuscule portion of the sailing community ever gets to ride on those sleek, go-fast machines. But if you'd like to check out the adrenal thrill of blasting across the Bay on an ultralight, this proven Santa Cruz 50 is the boat for you. A former ocean racer, she actually holds the San Franciscoto-Tahiti record from her '95 crossing:

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This 'Apparition' is a familiar sight.

small-group chartering in mind. Captain Stan Schilz loves to introduce guests to the ease and comfort of multihull sailing by letting them take the helm. One of the few crewed charter yachts that does overnights, this 38-footer has two double cabins and a full galley. If you're planning to bareboat a cat soon, spending some time aboard Apparition would be good preparation. • Carries up to 6 passengers for private charters. Can also be bareboated by special arrangement with up to 12 passengers. • Berthed at Schoonmaker Marina, Sausalito.

Carrera: At the smaller end of the spectrum is Gene Maly's well-kept Capo 32 racer/cruiser. Based at Monterey, Carrera balances her increasingly busy schedule between intimate group daysails and instructional sails that feature plenty of one-on-one attention. • Carries up to six passengers. • Berthed at Fisherman's Wharf, in Monterey. • Available for scheduled daysails including whale watching and Marine Sanctuary tours, private charters, accredited instruction, and "teambuilding challenges" for corporations. • (831) 375-0648; email:; website: Cat Ballou: Originally a Caribbean charter yacht, this sweet-sailing Catana

42 catamaran joined the Bay Area charter fleet after owners Chuck and Ellie Longanecker upgraded her substantially during an extensive refit. As well as doing custom charters on the Bay, she also occasionally voyages beyond the Golden Gate. In fact, in recent years she's offered a series of 'adventure charters' to, from and within Mexico. A management consultant by trade, one of Chuck's specialties is teambuilding charters. • Carries up to six passengers. (Note: This vessel will soon be licensed to carry 12 passengers.) • Berthed at Schoonmaker Marina, Sausalito. • Available for private group charters, special events and corporate charters, including teambuilding. • (888) 566-8894; website: www. Flying Tiger: This sleek former racing yacht is one of the newest additions to the Bay's charter fleet. Originally designed to race in the SORC, she was later fitted out for comfortable cruising and explored both Mexico and Alaska. Kirk Miller (a.k.a. Capt. Kirk) gave up a

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Incognito: This custom-built C&C 48 is the 'dream boat' of 30-year charter skipper Mark Sange. He had been looking for a stiff, high-performance boat that was well balanced and responsive. And to hear him tell it, Incognito filled the bill perfectly. Having skippered big luxury charter yachts in the Med for a decade, Mark knows a thing or two about putting excitement back in his client's lives. "I like to introduce them to the therapeutic effect of bashing to windward in 20 knots of breeze with the lee rail buried." • Carries up to six passengers. • Berthed at Sausalito Yacht Harbor. • Available for all types of private charters, including corporate and special events; specializes in instructional 'performance sailing' charters. • (415) 868-2940; (415) 987-1942; email:; website: or


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The C&C 48 'Incognito'.

Lanikai: This lovely C&C 44 racer/ cruiser — whose name means heaven near the sea — is one of the newest additions to the S.F. Bay fleet. Having

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commercial captain, he enjoys sharing the experience aboard this Catalina 36 MKII through a wide variety of charter offerings, including lessons. • Carries up to six passengers. • Berthed at Oakland. • Available for private group charters, sailing lessons, teambuilding, memorial services and overnights to Drake's Bay or Half Moon Bay. • (415) 302-0101; email: captain@; website: www.

Cap'n Bernard welcomes all on 'Ta Mana'.

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Ta Mana: "When it's time for a break from the ordinary," says Cap'n Bernard, "experience the Bay under sail!" he invites both experienced sailors and landlubbers to take a turn at the helm of this 36-ft cutter. • Carries up to six passengers. • Berthed at Sausalito. • Available for private group charters and special events. Passenger participation encouraged. • (415) 272-5789; email: or see website www.

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CHANGES With reports this month on Mike Harker starting his 11-month circumnavigation with Wanderlust III; from Crystal Wind on the skipper having to issue his first mayday in 30 years; from Mico Verde on a punctual cruising from Seattle to Australia; from Aquarelle on a fourth season of cruising in the Caribbean, including Carnival in Trinidad; from Fleetwood in South Africa; from the Wanderer on walking the docks at Marina Vallarta, and all the Cruise Notes we were able to jam in. Wanderlust III — Hunter Mariner 49 Mike Harker A One-Year Circumnavigation (Manhattan Beach) I've finally gotten my new boat out of the Miami Boat Show so I can start my circumnavigation. It's going to be a quick one, for if all goes well, I'll be in Australia for the Sydney Boat Show in July, then continue on to South Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean, and back to Miami for next year's boat show. Even though my boat is going to be displayed at some stops along the way, I'm intending to complete the trip in 11 months. It sure feels great to get back on the water again! I find it exhilarating to be able to go from one exotic locale to another using only the forces of nature. I really missed that during the 18 months I waited for my new boat to finally be ready. And what a beautiful boat she is! Hunter listens to their customers and dealers, so even some of my design input made it into the 'Bluewater' version of the 49. There were a few things about my Hunter 466 that I thought needed improving, and a few things I wanted to add to the new boat for my own safety and comfort while single or shorthand-


After meeting Harker at the Miami Boat Show, Kimberly McKeag of Toronto joined him for the leg down to Georgetown.

ing in heavy seas. For example, I carry an emergency rudder that stows away until needed, then fastens to the stern with already-fitted pad-eyes. I also have a Viking 6-person SOLAS liferaft and two EPIRBS, including one that is a personal model. I have two complete charting and plotting systems — the Navionics Platinum charts for the world on the RayMarine E120, and Nobeltec world charts on a laptop powered by an isolated 12-volt battery pack. This gives me options that I hope I never need to use. The Bluewater version of the Mariner 49 has a 68-ft mast that is seven feet taller than on the standard model, and a deeper keel. I have a full-roach main with three inline reefs, a self-tacking staysail, and a 120% genoa. I also have the 8-gph watermaker, so I changed one of the three 80-gallon water tanks into an reserve fuel tank with transfer pump to the 120-gallon main tank. The water, not the fuel, is filtered through a twinfilter FilterBoss cleansing system. I have a twin propeller bow-thruster for tight marinas, a Flex-O-Fold threeblade folding propeller, and the FischerPanda 12 KW genset. I had the Hunter stainless department build an arch/bimini/davit system similar to the one on my old boat, and added three 75-watt solar panels on the top. By the way, the davit system for my dinghy works really well, no matter if I'm retrieving or launching. I had three journalists along from German television during my first week of sailing. Although I was born in Southern California and still live there, I have a lot of longtime contacts in Germany, and will be doing shows for German television as I go around the globe. I'd been so busy preparing my new 49footer to circumnavigate that I didn't get time to take many photos in the beginning. But now it's different, particularly since I met such a photogenic subject as Kimberly McKeag, who will be sailing with me down to Georgetown. She's 30ish, from Toronto, and I met her at the show in Miami. She has her Power Squadron license, but needs some sea time so she can sit for her Coast Guard license. It was the perfect excuse for her to sail with me to Georgetown. She hopes to rejoin me for another week in the South Pacific.

I'm off for Jamaica and Panama, and on that latter leg expect the typical boisterous conditions. I will be providing regular reports for Latitude and 'Lectronic as I go along. In addition, I'll have my www. website and blog up and running before I leave Panama. I hope to see some of the Puddle Jump fleet when I reach French Polynesia. — mike 03/05/07 Readers — Harker used to bike along the shores of Santa Monica Bay. One day he stopped at the Hunter dealer in Marina del Rey and picked up a copy of Latitude. After reading about the Ha-Ha, the non-sailor bought a Hunter 34 and did the Ha-Ha with several friends from Germany. Following a singlehanded Baja Bash, he bought Wanderlust II, a Hunter 466, at the Miami Boat Show. He singlehanded her across the Atlantic to the Med. Sailing with various crew around the Med, he then crossed the Atlantic again to the Caribbean, Panama, French



Polynesia, and was headed to Hawaii when the rudder broke. Once that was fixed, he sailed to Hawaii and back to California. Inspired by the experience, he and Hunter worked together so he could do a one-year circumnavigation with the new Hunter Mariner 49 Bluewater model. After the circumnavigation, Harker wants to do another Ha-Ha and a lot more sailing on Banderas Bay in Mexico. Did we mention that a hang-glider accident left Harker in a coma for a long time, and that for a about a decade he was unable to walk? Although doctors assured him that he'd never walk again, after much tremendous effort and dedication, he proved them wrong. He still has no feeling beneath his knees, and can't stand in one place without touching something. Nonetheless, Harker expects

to do much of the circumnavigation short or singlehanded. We believe in Mike! Crystal Wind â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brewer 45 Martin A. Vienneau My First Mayday (San Diego) After more than 50 years of sailing, with 30 of them on my Brewer 45 ketch, I had to issue a mayday call. It all started when I was forced to take Teruo, my longtime Japanese friend and shipmate, to a hospital in Mazatlan. His kidneys had stopped functioning. After watching him suffer in the hospital for several days, I had no choice but, with a heavy heart, put him on a plane back to his native Japan. Teruo

was the best crew I ever had â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not to mention the fact that for the last four years his sushi had been a big hit at all the cruiser potlucks. So there I was, with no choice but to singlehand Crystal Wind back to San Diego. On the way up the coast of Baja, Martin with Princess, his beloved kittty. She cried her eyes out the night they rolled gunwale to gunwale at Punta Cunas. COURTESY CRYSTAL WIND

When we were at St. Barth in the winter, we loved to get up at dawn, both because the light was soft and sweet, but also to see what new boats were around. One morning we got up and saw this frigate anchored well off Shell Beach. What a beautiful sight she made with the pinkish clouds in back. We never did find out her name or where she was going. The photo doesn't go with any body text, but we had to run it somewhere, and decided that this was the place.

CHANGES I took on fuel at Turtle Bay from Servicos Anabela, a panga that had a big fuel tank with fuel gauges, filters — the works. Their panga looked like a gas station, but they come out to your boat. It's very convenient, but . . . I told them I had a Baja Filter, but they assured me their diesel didn't need to be filtered — plus it would take too long. After they assured me once again that they filtered the fuel twice while ashore and another two times on the fuel panga, I let them fill my tanks without using the Baja Filter. You live and you learn. At age 76, I guess I'm still learning. The first night out, motoring past Cedros, wasn't a problem. But the next day, with 20+ knots of wind on the nose, my Yanmar started talking to me in low RPMs about halfway to San Quintin. I assumed the problem was with my filters, but I didn't want to try to change them in the big seas. The closest anchorage was Punta Cutas. It's not a highly recommended anchorage, but I figured it might be good enough for me to change the filters. Since it was already dark, I decided that I might even spend the night there. Figuring that I'd drop the hook in 15 to 20 feet to get some protection from the big northwesterly swells, I eased off the throttle. Big mistake! The engine quit. It was a panic situation, as there was no way that I could get sail up in time. I quickly dropped the anchor and 300 feet of chain. It held, but I couldn't get far enough in to get protection from the lumbering swells. So Crystal Wind rocked from gunwale to gunwale all night long while I held Princess, my kitty, in my arms. She cried her little eyes out all night long in fear. In the morning I determined that it wasn't just the filters, as the injec-


Teruo was the best shipmate that Martin ever had, but the need for dialysis treatments have put an end to his cruising career.

tor pump wasn't working. The anchor seemed to be holding, but if it dragged, I would be on the rocks. After a few hours of thinking it over, I decided that I had no choice. So I put out a Mayday. A 50-something-foot powerboat heading north answered my call. He didn't want to tow me into those seas, but said that if it was necessary, he would tow me to the next safe anchorage. Better yet, he made contact with the Coast Guard in Long Beach, which called the Mexican Navy for assistance. The skipper of the powerboat informed me that a Mexican warship was steaming down from Ensenada, and asked if I could hold out. I said that I could, because at the moment it wasn't life-threatening. I thanked him profusely for his help. When the warship arrived, they sent over an English-speaking officer along with a chief engineer and four enlisted men. I thought to myself, 'Wow, where does the Mexican Navy get these people?' They all came right out of Central Casting: bright, courteous and cheerful. They were just fantastic. My fears evaporated and I was back in my element — adventure on the high seas! The officer explained that the captain didn't want to tow me in the big seas because it was too dangerous, which is why he sent the chief engineer over. They were going to try to get my engine going! The engineer and two of the enlisted men spent all afternoon in the engine room, with the boat still rocking from gunwale to gunwale. "Are you all right in there with all that rocking?" I asked. "Yes," he replied, "I love it." He then showed me the filters, heavily saturated with water. Thank God I had spares — two large Racors, plus one on the engine. "But damn," I swore to myself, "there must be at least 10% water in the diesel in my tanks." "Well, you know they make more money selling water than diesel," replied the chief engineer. I wasn't amused, but I saw the humor in it. It was getting late, so the engineer said that he'd take the injectors back to the ship and clean them, then bring them back in the morning. Since it was still rough, he asked if I wanted to spend the night on their ship, although it meant I'd have to leave Princess behind. "No way," I said, "I'm not going to

leave her all alone. So I had another long night of rocking and rolling. When the chief engineer returned in the morning, he decided, like me, that the injector pump wasn't working. After talking about the problem on the radio with the captain of the warship, he said, "I guess we'll have to tow you, we've got permission to take you to San Quintin, the next port — but you'll have to sign a release." No problem, I'd sign! So they towed me out to the ship with a 300-foot hawser. They wanted me to run it through the hawsehole and tie it off to Crystal Wind's samsom post. But I wouldn't let them. "Even though my boat is heavily built," I told them, "the post would be yanked right off in these seas." So we put the line across the deck, through one hawsehole and out the other, making a tow line of about 20 feet in front of the boat. It had a solid grip on the entire bow. The captain insisted that two of his men stay on Crystal Wind during the tow. So off we went, warship, Crystal Wind, crew, kitty and I. All night

'Crystal Wind' as seen nearly 30 years ago on San Francisco Bay shortly after Martin bought her from Herb Madden.

long and into the next day we went, doing a steady seven knots. You know how when you're going into the seas there is a hesitation at the crest of a wave before you race down the other side? Well, when you're being towed by a warship the size of a destroyer, there is no hesitation. The Crystal Wind's 22 tons went straight through the waves like a torpedo, rose briefly, then surfed right into the next wave. There was no rock and roll. The ride was quite nice — exciting in a satisfying way. God, I was proud of Crystal Wind. With three of us now aboard, I asked about night-watches. "No need," they repled, "as there are two men on the warship watching us from the fantail." The ship's floodlights were on us all well, so I started thinking about what I would serve my mates for supper. Paella! While in Mazatlan, I'd found this huge tin of paella, with shrimp in the shell and

everything. All you had to do was heat it up. I dug a bag of chicken wings out of the freezer and saturated them in a lot of olive oil and garlic. I put them in the wok with the paella and baked some rolls made from Krusteeze Quick Bread Mix. My two crew looked at each other and thought, "He's making paella in these seas!" Later I heard one of the officers check in with the captain of the ship. The captain must have asked what we'd had for dinner because I heard the officer say, "Paella." Then he started to laugh. When I asked him what was so funny, he said, "The captain says he should have come aboard!" After dinner, I left the oven on to keep the boat warm. The officers

and I settled down for a long, steady night. I gratefully slept in the aft cabin for the first time since Isla Cedros. In the morning we enjoyed fresh-squeezed orange juice, buttermilk blueberry pancakes, and hand-ground Starbucks coffee for breakfast. That's what I call being a gentleman at sea. Finally, San Quintin lazily came into view. It was flat, calm and quite beautiful. My new navy friends towed me into the inner bay with their longboat. At long last, I dropped the anchor, safe and sound. After handshakes and many hugs, they left to go back on patrol. The point that I want to get across is that the Mexican Navy was truly fantastic. They were not only efficient, but had full command of the situation from the moment they arrived until the moment they ever so gently dropped me at San Quintin. The captain and crew were the best, I'll never forget them! It took me another three weeks to get to Ensenada, and finally to San Diego, where I am now cooling my heels on my private mooring in the bay. — martin 03/10/07 Readers — The Mexican Navy — like a lot of other government agencies in Mexico — is a much more professional organization that it was just a few years ago. It's great to see. Now that Martin, who is 76, is back in San Diego, what's he going to do? Get ready for more cruising, of course. You can read about it in Cruise Notes. Mico Verde — Westsail 32 Warren Johnson and Stephanie Parry-Johnson (Seattle, WA) We bought our Westsail 32 in San Warren and Stephanie and the volcano. Beautiful Tanna Island also has cargo cults, hot water springs and wonderful people. COURTESY MICO VERDE



CHANGES Diego in the fall of '03, and had her trucked to Seattle where we planned to liveaboard and refit her in time to start cruising by August of '04. We managed to do it, too, without going too crazy in the dreary Seattle winter. There were a few nights, however, where we drifted off to sleep with the help of varnish fumes. In any event, we departed Shilshole Marina on August 16 — on schedule — to start our cruising adventure. We spent five months in Mexico, practicing our Spanish, doing some inland travel, and eating some great — and not so great — Mexican food. We began our Pacific crossing from Zihuatanejo in midApril. As crossings go, ours was pretty uneventful — except when we jibed to port and started heading south to cross the equator at 135 West. The problem is that the boomkin fairleads cracked under the pressure of the jibe. We fixed them with tarred marlin and they held fine for the remainder of our trip. After 29 days and 3,500 ocean miles, we were happy to set foot ashore at Hiva Oa in the Marquesas. We then spent seven wonderful, aweinspiring months cruising west through the various island groups — French Polynesia, the Cook Islands, American Samoa and Fiji. Some of our favorite destinations were Tahuata of the Marquesas, Rangiroa of the Tuamotus, and Suwarrow of the Northern Cook Islands. We had great weather, with steady tradewinds the entire season, so we only put 50 hours on the old Perkins 4-108. That November we left Mico Verde at Vuda Point Marina in Fiji for the tropical cyclone season, and flew back to Seattle where we both worked for seven months. When June of '06 rolled around, we couldn't wait to get back to cruising. Once back in Fiji, we hauled Mico Verde and hired a company to strip off


'Mico Verde' in Fiji. Warren and Stephanie returned to Seattle to work during the tropical cyclone season in the South Pacific.

the bottom paint. We think they went through eight colors of bottom paint before they got to the gelcoat, and probably lightened the boat by 100 pounds. Our Westsail had a few osmotic blisters, but they weren't too serious, so we let her dry off for a few weeks while we did some overland travel. We returned just in time to see the workers put on the final layers of bottom paint. We splashed here, spent another week or so attending to a few projects, and then headed off to cruise Fiji. The weather across the entire Pacific in '06 was a little bit off — at least compared to the previous year. As a result, we sat through a lot of storms on the hook, and had front after front roll through for the whole season. In fact, after a month of trying to cruise the resort-ridden Mamanuca Islands of Fiji, we decided that it was time for a change of scenery and made the 400mile trek west to Vanuatu. We had a very bumpy ride, but arrived on the island of Tanna ready to get back to real cruising. Tanna is a beautiful, untouched island with an active volcano, hot water springs, cargo cults and lovely people. Overall, we spent about six weeks cruising through the islands of Vanuatu. In late October, we arrived in the northern port of Luganville on the island of Espiritu Santo. When the weather faxes showed a low forming, we decided to leave for Australia a bit earlier than we planned so we didn't get stuck waiting for a better weather window. It turned out not to be such a good idea. A day after we left, the weather faxes showed the low growing in force — and it was soon declared to be tropical cyclone Xavier! We sweated bullets, of course, but the only thing we could do was move away from the low as fast as possible. The wind blew a steady 30 knots, and the waves were the biggest we'd ever seen, with some of them as high as 20 feet and breaking. But we made our fastest noon-to-noon runs ever on that passage, 175 miles each for two days in a row. Within four days we were safely out of the track of Xavier and

into steady trades and sunshine, something that was all too rare last season. Those days were a great close to the season, as we arrived in Bundaberg, where we readied Mico Verde to wait while we worked in the U.S. for three months. We have a few projects lined up for the boat before we start cruising Australia, including replacing our old heat exchanger, getting a boatwright to look over our bowsprit and boomkin, and touching up the brightwork. We've found that our stamina for boat projects is always strongest after being away from cruising, so we'll try to make the most of our time before cyclone season ends in May. — warren & stephanie 03/08/07



The Drews' Caribbean fun. Spread, Racing local boats off Bequia. Insets; 'Aquarelle' at the Pitons, and two Trini girls during Carnival.

Aquarelle — Feeling 446 Terry & Evelyn Drew Carnival In Trinidad (Santa Cruz) This is our fourth season of spending the winter aboard our Feeling 446 Aquarelle in the Caribbean. We're presently in Tyrrel Bay, Carriacou, after a 20-hour trip back from Trinidad. We'd sailed to Trinidad intending to spend just two weeks, but ended up spending a month. Carnival in Trinidad, said to be the second largest after the one in Rio — was great. So were the people, both the locals and cruisers. What an amazing place Trinidad is.

And the weather is great. The temperature is 85 to 90 degrees with light winds during the day, then drops down to 72, with dew, at night. We stayed in Chaguaramas, which is somewhat isolated from Port of Spain, which is where all the Carnival activities take place, but is one of the major yacht storage and repair facilities in the Caribbean. We had to 'commute' to Port of Spain for the festivites, most of which take place in the evening. The Carnival parades and competitions go on for miles, so it was nice to see the D'john trucks in the middle of

the various tribes. We guess that keeping your tail feathers dry is the key thing for revelers. The pan drum bands are in a completely different area, but the music is really great. After Carnival some of the cruisers opted to go in groups to the Orinoco River in Venezuela, while others continued on to Guyana. — terry & evelyn 03/06/07 Fleetwood — Naja 30 Jack Van Ommen Setting Out From South Africa (Gig Harbor, WA) Tomorrow I'll be rounding the Cape of Good Hope and entering the Atlantic Ocean, which will allow me to point my bow toward the Americas. The Atlantic will be Fleetwood's home for the next few years. I hadn't counted on spending nearly three months in South Africa, but I needed to take care of some maintenance in Durban and Simon's Town, the latter just outside of Cape Town, and in this part of the world you always need to wait for weather windows. I spent half of the three months in Durban, which was one of the best and most enjoyable stops on my two-year voyage. The marina was within a short walking distance of the town center, and two yacht clubs, the Royal Natal and the Durban YC, competed for the praises of visitors. And just about all boating equipment was available at the nearby chandleries. Over the years I'd heard rave reports about the hospitality one gets in South Africa and the beauty of the country. Nonetheless, both exceeded my expectations. We're all familiar with the terrible crime problem in South Africa, so some cruisers prefer Richards Bay over Durban, which is further away from the mostly impoverished native urban population. But the marinas in Richards Bay are far from town and there's not much to do there anyway. Practically all the white Durbanites who formerly inhabited the town center of Durban have moved to the outskirts and become 'SubD(b)urbanites'. They've been replaced in the town center by colored and black Africans. I did see some very attractive residential areas with homes, April, 2007 •

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CHANGES landscaping, and tree-lined roads that would be the envy of upscale California towns â&#x20AC;&#x201D; were it not for the high walls and security systems. Behind these walls white men still live in a world that most blacks can't imagine. I don't like to say it, but after talking with the locals, reading the newspapers and listening to the radio, there seems to be little hope for the entire African continent. Christmas in Durban was a memorable experience. The Sacred Heart Cathedral had a wonderful service in both English and French. The Cardinal, a black African, had gone to seminary in Louvain, and celebrated parts of the mass in French. There was also a French-speaking Flemish priest. The choir part that sang in French were mostly Congolese refugees. Because the cathedral is downtown, the congregation had changed from mostly white to mostly black. But it's a vibrant and close community led by some truly caring pastors. Christmas was also made special by the four Polish female crew of two Mantra 28s, Asia and Ania. The two boats are doing a doublehanded around-the-world race. The two boats arrived in Richards Bay from Mauritius a few days after me, flying the Polish ensign. The two on Ania were Joanna Raczka, skipper, and her 22-year-old crew Aleksandra Peszkowska. The duo on Asia were Joanna Pajkowska, skipper, and Karolina Bratek, her 20-year-old crew. Pajkowska had done the 2000 OSTAR from England to the Caribbean without any sponsorship, and finished respectably. She has also been a volunteer crewmember in the Royal National Lifeboat Society on the South Coast of England. She showed me the burgee from the Mazurey, which was left here at the Point YC by fellow countrywoman Krystyna ChoynowskiLiskiewicz, who was the first woman to


Thanks to improved weather forecasting, going around Africa is now less daunting. Seen here is the Cape Town YC beneath Table Mountain.

singlehand around the world. Naomi James is usually credited with that record, but she actually didn't do it until three years later. The two boats are owned and sponsored by the Mantra yard, and the circumnavigations are being run as a race between the two. In any event, the four ladies cooked up a storm on Christmas Eve, and I happened to be the only non-Polish guest. They served borsht, piroghees and special pastries, and sang Polish Christmas songs. What fun. Having launched the two boats in the Italian Adriatic port of Monfalcone, I learned that they had sailed to Panama, across the Pacific, spent the cyclone season in Australia, then continued on to the Chagos, Reunion and Mauritius before arriving at Richards Bays. They are now on their way across the South Atlantic to Brazil. While in Durban, I also had the unusual opportunity to be joined by five other sailors who have either been sailing solo all the time or most of the time. Starting with the oldest, they were Georges Prat, 75, of Bayonne, Francebased 39-ft Lerges; Philippe Blochet, 71, of the Paimpol, Brittany, France-based 35-ft steel sloop Ar Sklerder; myself; Bill Hughes, 67, of the Fremantle, Australiabased Westsail 32 Kymika; Dieter Pollak, 66, of the Vancouver-based Amazon 44 Amazon 1, and Noel French, 58, of the Plymouth-based Bavaria 44 Tigem. Prat, alias 'Six Fingers', is the oldest and, having lost the use of four fingers on his left hand in an industrial incident, is the only genuine singlehander. He's on his second circumnavigation. You could never tell when he was being serious or mischievous, because he always had this mocking squint in his eyes. He doesn't look anywhere close to 75, and most conversations start with your having to try to guess his age. Someone once told me once that for every year you're on the ocean, you rejuvenate a year. Blochet, who is the second oldest, is also on his second circumnavigation. He started his first one in '96, and was rendered unconscious by a mild stroke while between Cape Town and St. Helena. He didn't bother to see a doctor until he returned to France,

where he had an operation. He sold his boat and bought a camping trailer, but after a few years had the irresistible urge to do another circumnavigation. Bill Hughes immigrated to Australia from North Wales when he was 29, and his ultimate destination is Hollyhead, Northern Wales. Dieter Pollak, a German-Canadian, was born in Sudetenland and grew up in Westphalia. He started building Amazon steel sailboats in Vancouver, then took off aboard one. His wife joins him from time to time. Noel French, who at 68 is the youngster in our group, is classified as handicapped, having been run over by a car 10 years ago. He was clinically dead twice because his heart stopped twice during operations, so he jokes that he's been resurrected more times than Jesus Christ. He broke his boom on the way from Panama to Alaska, and was dismasted near New Zealand, so he's had some troubles. Several of the six of us have taken crew or passengers on part of our voyage. Bill Hughes, Noel French and I haven't taken anyone else aboard until now. We left Durban in a 10-boat fleet, tak-

Spread: The bottom half of this Komatsu doing a little dredging at the La Cruz Marina site had better be made of stainless steel or there could be corrosion issues. Inset: An aerial photo of the marina site. The latest rumor is that there will be a large Holiday Inn built in the left-hand corner of the marina site. Of course, it was also rumored that boats would be able to move into berths as early as June. That's not true. A marina official told 'Latitude' that slips won't be available until December, and that everything won't be done until a year after that.

ing advantage of a good window along the 'wild coast'. As many know, the coast here is infamous for enormous waves that are created when a southwesterly gale or more builds up against the fast south-flowing Aghulas Current. We all listened carefully to weatherman Fred Meyer on the Peri-Peri Net at 7 a.m. and again at 5 p.m. to get the green light for a long enough window to carry us to whatever the next port would be. From Durban, in particular, it's a long stretch with no place to hide, and it's dangerous, because if a southwesterly does kick up, it does so with a vengeance. Our first stop was East London, a true river port. We were locked in there for 10 days by the weather. Most boats then made it to Mossel Bay. But the three slowest boats, my 30-footer, a 31-footer, and a 32-footer, stopped in Plettenberg Bay to sit out the southwesterly. From

there I made it all the way to Simon's Town. 'S-Town' is in False Bay, and is just a short train ride from downtown Cape Town. 'S-Town' is a delightful old town with a large navy base and older homes at beach level and newer ones on the surrounding hills. The False Bay YC treated us with the then-taken-for-granted South African-style hospitality. Some of the boats of our group had gone on to Cape Town, but the S-Towners all agreed that we'd picked the better spot. Besides, the Royal Cape YC is far from town, and the moorage is more expensive. I celebrated my 70th birthday on February 28th. My cruising pals spoiled me with a party, dinner, gifts, cards and their attention. It was very special. For my birthday, three couples and I toured the wine country near

Cape Town. The wineries and vegetation reminded me of Sonoma County. I made three trips into Cape Town in the commuter train that follows the breathtaking coast for part of the way. They even have a restaurant car. Cape Town is beautifully laid out beneath Table Mountain. But now, it's time for me to head north into the Atlantic. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; jack 03/04/07 Puerto Vallarta Marina Walking The Docks The Wanderer In the two years since we last visited Puerto Vallarta Marina, which is located at the busy edge of Puerto Vallarta near the airport, much seems to have changed. While the marina was pretty much full two years ago, there were lots of empty storefronts and restaurants, and many of the condos surrounding the facility looked empty and rundown. As for the restrooms, they were disgusting. In just two years, just about everything but the deplorable condition of the restrooms has changed. The marina is jam packed, the marina-front restaurants seem busy, the condos looked occupied and spiffed up â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it's hopping. We'd taken a $2 bus in from 40-minute-distant Punta Mita at the tip of Banderas Bay to visit our old friend Barritt Neal aboard his Peterson 44 Serendipity. We'd last seen him and his lady Renee Blaul on the hook in St. Barth three years ago. Having had to resort to using WD-40 to start his 26-year-old Perkins diesel on the way up from Panama, Barritt decided he'd better come up with a solution to his engine problems before making his sixth Baja Bash. Shortly after entering the marina perimeter, we were idling in front of a Yamaha repair facility trying to decide Who ya gonna call in P.V. when you've got a question, want to charter a boat or buy a villa on the water? Why not 'Go To' Del Mar? 'LECTRONIC / RICHARD



CHANGES whether they might have a small fastener we needed. An attractive woman came up behind us and said, "Can I help you find something?" We were a little taken aback because we're seldom approached by women who aren't hookers, and this woman clearly wasn't in that business. The woman turned out to be Caroline Del Mar, not all of which is her real name. Like a lot of Americans in Mexico, she had a story. Having once had the great big house, the luxury car and all the material things, for one reason or another — we didn't really want to know — she'd given it all up to sail south from San Diego 18 months ago. Because it didn't turn out to be the best crewing experience, she prefers not to name the 41-footer or the captain whom she and the other girl aboard abandoned in San Blas. The other woman took off for Costa Rica, while Del Mar found herself working on a whale-watching boat out of Vallarta. "I love it here! I'm a Mexican now," says Del Mar, who has enough enthusiasm and positive attitude to power a megayacht. "I love the weather, the people, the bay, the food, the popsicles, the tranquilo atmosphere. It's just a wonderfully different vibe from the States. Plus, I never want to be cold again in my life." Although Del Mar now works for Mr. Mahi Mahi fishing charters, an outfit opened up with the proceeds the owner win in a fishing contest, she does way more than just book fishing charters. "I am," she says with utter confidence and a winning manner, "the 'go to' gal in


Having left Reno to sail to the South Pacific, Joe and Lori are now betting they can have fun and make money chartering out of Vallarta.

Puerto Vallarta for charters and tours, vacation planning, boat sales and real estate, and everything else you can think of. I'm always happy to answer questions, solve dilemmas, assist travelers — whatever." Indeed, with there being only a slim possibility of any future benefit to her, she'd interrupted ordering a lemonada from a nearby bar to see if we needed help. She then took us inside the Yamaha shop to help us get a fastener from a place that normally doesn't sell fasteners. 'Go To' Del Mar explains that she only works in her marina front office part of the time. The rest of her waking hours, she's busy meeting as many people as she can — even if it's just confused-looking people such as ourselves — in order to increase and broaden her client base. Among other things, she's looking for clients to charter La Evasion, a Beneteau 456 that's well-known on Banderas Bay and was recently purchased by her brother to put into charter service. If you've got any questions for the Go To Gal, email her at carolinemexico@hotmail. com. After wishing good luck to Del Mar, we headed down to F-Dock to find Barritt. As we entered the gate, we were met by Joe Lacey, who had done the '95 Ha-Ha with his wife Lori aboard their Reno-based Island Packet 40 Dos Amantes. They'd planned to sail to the South Pacific, but something came up. "When we got to Mazatlan," Joe explained, "we discovered that we'd fried all the batteries. So we limped down to P.V. to get them replaced. After spending a couple of months here, we looked at each other and said, "We really love this place, let's not go to the South Pacific right away." So they decided to see if they could make some money chartering their boat. As we understand it, Americans are now allowed to own 100% of Mexican corporations — except in certain sensitive areas such as maritime activities. So the Laceys had to find a Mexican partner to own 51%. Yet through some legal process, that person signed over 100% of all future profits. We're not entirely clear on the details, but it took them about six months and $7,500 to become legal. That's a lot of cash, but it hasn't taken them long to start recovering it and more. "We've been slammed since the end of October," says a proud Joe. "We usually go out six days a week, but several times we've worked more than 10 days in a row." While the couple can take up to 15 people out at a time on their

40-footer, they would be packed in like sardines — as are the typical charter boats on Banderas Bay. Seeking a better clientele, the Laceys limit their boat to six to eight guests, and only accept groups in which everybody knows each other. They do four, six and eight-hour charters, for which they charge $400, $575, and $750, respectively. "And we love doing it, too," says an obviously happy Lori, "because we get to sail all the time, see whales, dolphins, turtles, and manta rays, and be surrounded by people who are having a wonderful time." The couple say there are three things that set their charters apart from most others: 1) They won't do 'cattle charters'; 2) They let their guests do everything on the boat, including backing her out of the berth, and 3) Lori serves gourmet food instead of the usual ham sandwiches. "Our signature," confirms Lori, "is that I serve just baked chocolate chip cookies and strawberries on the way back in.

When Barritt went to work creating a deeper bilge for his much-loved and much-travelled Peterson 44, he didn't expect to find cement.

And not just any chocolate chip cookies, but ones with chocolate chips and brown sugar imported from the States." Apparently word has gotten around that the Laceys do a 'cut above' kind of charter, so they've been very, very busy, and have been getting repeat clients. "One woman from Washington had so much fun that she chartered our boat for five days in a row," laughs Lacey. About this time we bumped into Barritt, whose Serendipity is berthed just across the dock from Dos Amantes. He confirmed that late just about every afternoon he sees a group of very happy-looking people disembarking from the Laceys's Island Packet. If you ever might be interested in a charter aboard Dos Amantes, you can contact them at At 67 years of age, Barritt, like many older active cruisers, appears to be in

excellent shape. It might have something to do with the fact that he's been cruising almost nonstop from '91, in Mexico, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, the East Coast, back in the Caribbean, and back in Mexico again. And he makes an effort to stay in shape. "I got my mile jog in this morning," he said. Unfortunately, Serendipity's Perkins 4-154 — not a lot of the 62-hp engines were made — wasn't doing so well. Convinced that he and Renee couldn't do a Bash with the engine, the question became whether to install a new Yanmar or rebuild the 26year-old engine. It's a no-brainer, right? You go with the new engine. Or do you? Barritt explained that while he originally dreamed about

putting in a new Yanmar, it wouldn't be so simple — and it would be about three times more expensive. "The biggest problem," he said, pointing down into the engine cavity, "is that most of the old stuff wouldn't fit. I'd have to redo the refrigeration, watermaker and all those things. In addition, I'm sure that I'd need a new shaft, new cutlass bearing, new prop and other stuff." Figuring that it would cost $12,000 for just the new engine, plus another $8,000 for installation and necessary modifications, he decided to go with a $6,500 rebuild. One of the considerations is that he'd bought a full rebuild kit back in '98. When 'Teapot Tony' gets done with the job in a month or so, Barritt expects to be able to get another 7,000 hours out of the old Perkins. "She was a good engine for a long time. In fact, I got saltwater into her twice many years ago, but it didn't do any permanent damage. The first time happened while crossing to the South Pacific. But I just pulled the injectors, put a towel over the top of them, put a drop of oil in the injector holes, and hit the starter a couple of times. It took four hours and a lot of oil changes while in eight-foot seas, but it fired right up and ran great. I think the cause was a clogged anti-siphon valve." Barritt figures that running the engine without load for all these years — to charge the batteries and run the refrigeration and watermaker — have done more damage than the saltwater. Despite going with an engine rebuild, Barritt has spent many hot and sweaty hours in the Peterson 44's engine room, and not just cleaning things up. "Ours is the last of the 200 Peterson 44s that were built, and she's been a Renee and Barritt aboard their much-loved Peterson 44 'Serendipity'. They did the '03 Ha before heading to the Caribbean. LECTRONIC' / RICHARD



tremendous boat. In fact, the only gripe I've got is that the engine bilge is so shallow that when we heel over in rough weather, the water spills onto the cabin sole. So, I decided to fix that by making the bilge deeper. I got a big surprise when I started digging down there and found that the manufacturer had put cement over the top of the lead. I felt like John Henry for a few days chipping away at that stuff." After talking to some other owners, he learned that all the 44s — for whatever reason — have cement on top of the keels. Current plans call for the couple — Renee, an R.N., was in San Diego at the time keeping her finger on the pulse of that line of work — to do the Baja Bash, something Barritt has already done about five times. "It's no big deal — and certainly nothing compared to taking the Thorny Path from the East Coast to the Caribbean. That's 1,300 miles rather than 700 miles, and you have to start your day at 3 a.m. and quit by 10 a.m. We just hated that. If we had to do it again, we'd definitely take the offshore route."

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According to the folks on 'Viva', Chuck Silver, above, and his wife, Ann, are the new marina manager and dockmasters at Bocas del Toro Marina in Panama. They and their boat 'Mirage' are well known to folks at Two Harbors.

Does the fact that the couple are heading back to San Diego mean they are swallowing the anchor? "No, no, no, no!" says Barritt. "We're going to spend about a year giving Ser-

endipity a complete refit. She's been an absolutely wonderful boat, with no serious problems, but she deserves a refit. It will take about a year, at which time we'll head back to Mexico for more cruising. We'll base out of Banderas Bay, but we'll be cruising the entire country. In fact, we even liked Huatulco a bit when we came through this year. The people in Mexico are the sweetest and most friendly that you can imagine, the music is fantastic, and the food is outstanding. The thing I can't understand is how Mexican food can be so interesting, while the food in Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica is so boring." Shortly after getting back to San Diego in June, Barritt and Renee will join a group of friends on a catamaran charter out of Raiatea. He's really looking forward to visiting the places he cruised years ago with Serendipity and, after the charter, will take Renee to Cook's Bay, Moorea, one of the most beautiful places he's been to. "But nobody needs to worry about us going over to the 'dark side' on catamarans. We sailed a lot with Blair

IN LATITUDES Grinols on Capricorn Cat back when he used to take everyone on those snorkeling trips out of Z-town, and that was great, but Renee and I love our Peterson 44 too much to ever give her up." The couple have also already made reservations for the Annapolis Boat Show. "We loved Annapolis when we were back there with our boat a few years ago — except it was so cold when we left that we had to wear socks on our hands. We can't wait to return." Having spent well over five years cruising both in Mexico and in the Caribbean, Barritt is the perfect one to ask which is better for cruising. "They are so different but so good that the only solution is to have a boat in both places." — the wanderer 02/28/07 Cruise Notes: "We gave ourselves two years to decide whether or not we would really like cruising," report the Nichols family — parents Carl and Yvette, and kids Joel, 14, and Kyle, 11 — of the Friday Harbor, Washington-based Formosa 46 Liberty. "But

after seven months, we're going back home. Having made a unanimous decision, we're going home to literally sell our farm so we can do long term cruising." By the way, Carl and Yvette told us there were two things that made them buy their boat, which is actually a near copy of a Kelly-Peterson 46. The first thing was the solid pilothouse-like enclosure around the cockpit, and the second was a special helmsman's seat that fits into the aft companionway. Let's talk about the cost of cruising, shall we? During our interview with Barritt Neal of the Peterson 44 Serendipity, he told us that he was paying about $870/month — everything included —

The Nichols family have literally decided to sell the farm! Left to right are Carl, Yvette, two unidentified friends, Kyle and Joel.

for his berth at Marina Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta. That's based on a three-month stay in the high season. It's not cheap, is it? In fact, he says it's about $70/month more than he paid at Crew's Inn, a very nice marina in Trinidad, which has all the amenties, including a crew lounge,

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gym, pool, and everything else. It's true, many marinas in Mexico — particularly those in places such as Banderas Bay where the demand for slips far exceeds the supply — are more expensive than typical marinas in California. But before you get too discouraged, consider the report from Martin Vienneau of the one-time Sausalito-based Brewer 45 Crystal Wind, who has also been cruising in Mexico, and who is also featured in this month's Changes. According to Vienneau, he and his Japanese pal Teruo spent the last five years having a great time cruising in Mexico on just $15,000 a year. That includes "everything", says Vienneau, including a trip back to the U.S. for him, a trip back to Japan for Teruo, dining out frequently, and all the maintenance for the boat. But here's the critical thing — they only stayed in marinas about 1% of the time. As always, the key to budget cruising is staying out of marinas — it's easy in Mexico because there are so many free anchorages — and avoiding tourist restaurants and bars. Some cruisers lived on less and some lived on more, but he figured the average is about $23,000 a



Most winter nights there are anywhere from 25 to 40 sailboats anchored off La Cruz. They pay nada for the privilege.

year. Hmmm, that's not too bad, is it? By the way, having made it back to San Diego, Vienneau is about to return to Mexico in the fall for more cruising — with his ex-wife of 20 years! "She's the

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head honcho for her husband's architectural magazine, but she's giving it all up to go cruising with me. We remained good friends even after we got divorced, and her husband has told her, 'Go for it!'" How civilized. So what's it cost to circumnavigate? We'll have an excruciatingly detailed report on that in the June issue. But it's probably less than you think. "Jon Feldman of Eugene died of cardiac arrest on March 12 while aboard Gertrud, his beloved Bristol Channel Cutter, while near Loreto, Baja," reports Mark Reed of the Portland-based Southern Cross. Feldman and his partner Cathy Ellis had just weighed anchor when Feldman began experiencing chest pain. Ellis, an RN, issued a mayday, began treating Feldman, and then altered course for Loreto. Feldman went into cardiac arrest 30 minutes later and could not be revived. Jon and Cathy had purchased Gertrud in Seattle approximately seven years ago, and had sailed extensively in the Pacific Northwest, including a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island in '04. They passed through the Bay

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Area in the fall of '05 on their way south, spending a month or more in Oakland. This was their second season cruising in Baja. Feldman was in his mid-50s." Sean and Kathryn Kennedy, who sold Gertrud to Feldman and Ellis years ago, report they are heartbroken at the news of his death. "We'd bought a larger boat, and had hardly put out the word that Gertrud was for sale when Jon and Cathy knocked on the hull. It took no time at all to know these were the right people to adopt our little jewel. I've often thought that selling Gertrud was one of the great mistakes of our lives, but it has always been easier to bear knowing she was with the right people. We had too few opportunities to sail together, but we knew the three of them were made for each other. It's sad to know now that Jon is no longer with them." More than a year later, some of the boat is still on the beach. Neil Steinbrenner, who reports that he had a great time on the last Ha-Ha aboard the S&S 80 Kialoa III, and his wife took a trip to the Caribbean this winter, where they made an interesting discovery on

deserted Morgan Lewis Beach on the boisterous northeast shore of Barbados. It was a number of relatively large pieces — including the transom — of the J/44 First Light that had been owned by Andy and Jill Rothman, formerly of Tiburon. You may remember that, a little over a year ago, the couple's boat suffered a broken rudder when they were only about 1,100 miles from completing a nine-year circumnavigation. Despite their valiant efforts to steer and save the boat, she ultimately had to be abandoned." A lot of armchair sailors harshly criticized the trio — Bruce Ladd was along as crew — for abandoning the boat, but we don't think the people in chairs have any concept of how difficult it is to steer a fin-keel boat that's lost her rudder




More than a year after being abandoned, pieces of 'First Light' — large pieces — could still be found on the beach in Barbados.

in the trades. At least two boats lost their rudders crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean last November. One was scuttled, and the other was abandoned after their crews didn't have any better luck trying to steer the disabled boats than did the crew of First Light. Three years ago, the rudder on Mike Harker's Hunter 466 Wanderlust II broke while enroute from the Marquesas to Hawaii.

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CHANGES Had another boat not come to their assistance, Harker and his crew may not have been able to make it back to land. If you read the first Changes this month, you'll note that Harker is off on an 11-month circumnavigation aboard the Hunter Mariner 49 Wanderlust III — and he's carrying a complete replacement rudder onboard. Yeah, that's how important a backup rudder is to a guy who has already lost one at sea. "We're spending four sunny, summery months Down Under in wonderful Hobart, Tasmania," report Steve and Dorothy Darden, who years ago lived in Tiburon, but have called their Morrelli & Melvin 52 Adagio home since 2000. "While we're down here, our cat is snugly berthed at Bainbridge Island near Seattle, awaiting our return on May 1." After their boat was launched in New Zealand, the couple sailed to Tasmania, and absolutely fell in love with the place. In fact, it was years before they could tear themselves away for the trip up to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, where they have cruised the last several years. Speaking of cats, Wayne 'the Mango


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45-ft cat Capricorn Cat. Blair will help them bring the boat north from Newport to her new home in Brisbane next month. Wayne and Carol hope to sell their Cross 45 trimaran Little Wing soon, as it would enable them to do the Ha-Ha in late October. No matter what, they intend to cruise Mexico with their new-to-them cat next winter. The couple have become great friends with Blair, and plan on upholding his tradition of taking lots of folks sailing. The new owners offered Blair the opportunity to use the cat he built whenever he wants, but after a couple of reasonably serious health issues, Blair has decided that it's time for him to swallow the anchor completely. So the 70-something-year-old bought some motorcycles and quads for himself and Joan, and will soon be tearing up the deserts. While those two may now be gone from the cruising scene for good, it will be a long time before they're forgotten. Roy and Marlene Verdery of the Sausalito-based Pearson 36 Jellybean appear to have come down with a case of cat fever. "We're heading to Florida to

look at Manta cats," they told us while in La Cruz. Then there are J.R. Beulter and Luprecia Dipp of Gudadalajara and Puerto Vallarta, who two years ago bought a Catana 47 cat and christened her Moon and Stars. After having so much fun cruising the cat from Florida to Panama, they've put her up for sale because they've sprung for a brand new F/P Eluethera 60 catamaran. She should be completed in France in about eight months. In other cat news, tune in next month and we'll tell you about Peter Brown's sort-of new Seattle-based Grainger 48 cat Taj. We say 'sort of new' because it was started something like 10 years ago. Seaward, the 82-ft Sausalito-based steel schooner owned by the nonprofit Call of the Sea foundation, left Banderas Bay in March for Sausalito via the offshore or clipper route. We hope to have a report next month on how it went. If you've done a 'clipper route' trip back to California from Panama or Mexico lately, we'd enjoy hearing how that went. "In the March issue, the crew of

the Tacoma-based Westerly 36 Saucy Lady reported very light winds on their way from Ecuador to Mexico," recalls Carol Baardsen of the Napa-based Offshore 40 Mary T. "But in February of '05, my husband and I had a beautiful, 16-day, moonlit passage from the Galapagos to Barra de Navidad. We departed in company with the Peterson 44 Mamouna, which took less than two weeks to reach Zihuatanejo. One night, while 400 miles off the Gulf of Tehuantepec, we had 35 knots of wind, but fortunately it was on our quarter. Close to shore it was blowing 60 knots. Otherwise our trip consisted of broadreaching in 10 to 15



This scene will soon be repeated, when the schooner 'Seaward' returns via the clipper route from Mexican waters.

knots of wind. We also got lucky, as the ITCZ was quite narrow and moving south as we moved north. Five rainbows, one distant waterspout, a few squalls, and 12 hours later we were out the other side. It helped that we motored judiciously from squall to squall, usually for an hour or

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CHANGES two. I don't know what time of year the Rombaughs made their passage from Ecuador to Mexico, as the wind varies depending on the season and sometimes the year, but I recommend that people read the North Pacific Pilot Charts before writing off the direct route from Ecuador to Mexico. We thought the offshore trip was a good way to skip the coastal bash in winter." A reader who prefers to identify herself only as 'Angie D' reports that she'll become a 'pollywog' next month, meaning she'll be sailing across the equator for the first time. "I've done a bit of research on the rites and rituals associated with transforming from a pollywog to a shellback, but crawling through garbage and/or being dragged behind the boat is not that appealing. I'd be interested in what other cruisers have done — or had done to them — on their first crossing." The ritual will be entirely in the hands of whoever plays Neptune on the boat, Angie. If you're lucky, it will be your husband or Significant Other, because in that case you could hold the 'you're never going to get laid again' sword over

looking for pollywog photos. "We're just back from a quick recon around Cabo and up into the Sea of Cortez," report Steve and Linda Dashew of the Southern California-based Wind Horse. "The offshore islands were as alluring as ever. On the way back up the coast we stopped at Mag Bay, then worked south inside the bay, past the navy base to the Rehusa Channel. If you take care and watch the tides, you can find your way across the shallows to Rehusa. There is protection from the north for anchoring, and the whale watching was wonderful – but we wouldn't want to be there in a southwesterly. We examined the options for going out to sea via the Rehusa Channel — which has been previously discussed in Latitude — but they didn't seem appealing. The local navy contigent confirmed that the channels going out to sea were only deep enough for pangas. After six weeks in Southern California, we're off to Kodiak, Alaska." If you're near a computer while reading this, check out the Google satellite view of the Rehusa Channel, which is at

This is an old illustration of pollywogs becoming shellbacks. Would anybody like to share some photos of a more current ceremony?

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the extreme south end of Mag Bay near Punta Tosca. The satellite view gives a terrific view of the different depths and channels. Fascinating. Plenty of Southbound cruisers are headed for Ecuador, knowing that in previous years cruisers have found Bahia de Caraquez to be an excellent alternative to spending the summer in Central America and even mainland Mexico. The problem with Central America, in addition to the heat and humidity, is the lightning. It's not at all uncommon for boats in places such as mainland Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama to be hit. Ecuador, on the other hand, enjoys an entirely different — and pleasant — climate during the summer. A potential downside is that the always politically unstable Ecuador may be closer to civil war than normal. Whether this would affect cruisers in Caraquez is unclear, as the capital of Quito is, at 9,200 feet, almost twice the elevation of Denver, making it almost a different world from the coast. The problem is that newly-elected President



Rafael Correa ran on a platform of rewriting the constitution, and wants to disband the Congress, a legislative body in which his political party doesn't have a single seat. This doesn't sit well with the members of Congress he wants to oust, so there has been hand-to-hand

This is the popular surf break at Sayulita, but it's sometimes possible to anchor a little further out by the cemetary at Muertos Cove.

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Banderas Bay but still considered to be part of the Vallarta Coast, is one of the hippest spots in Mexico. It's full of surfers, backpackers, neo-hippies, dogs and more dogs, and fans of reflexology. While standing on the beach there last month, we fell into conversation with Patricia, a middle-aged woman who, along with her husband, runs a surfboard rental and panga fishing charter business from the beach. She claims that when they moved to Sayulita 10 years ago, there were only five cars. Now there is nowhere to park. But Patricia still loves the place because it reminds her of Santa Cruz, where she used to live a few decades back. Make that a tropical Santa Cruz. She seemed surprised when we told her that we've anchored Profligate off Sayulita and brought our dinghy through the surf to eat and walk around. "Most boats anchor for a few hours and move on," she said. "It's calm today, but we're on the open ocean, so it's often rolly." It turns out that Patricia has some sailing in her past. She made the passage from Tahiti to Hawaii via the Marquesas aboard an engineless 41-ft wood yawl in the '80s.



This is Art, not Bill, and he's holding a tuna, not a dorado, but man, are there ever still a lot of fish off mainland Mexico!

She remembers it as a good trip, even though they got hung up in the ITCZ for about six days. She declined to continue the delivery back to California, which may have been a good thing, because the

boat sank off Maui a short time later. We'd seen one of Patricia's fishing pangas come in the day before — the operators drive them through the waiting surfers at about 150 miles an hour and right up the steep sand beach — and marveled at the size of the two dorado a client had landed. The next day, they were pushing a panga back down into the water, but it was full of palm fronds rather than a fishermen. We asked what they were doing. "We're building a palapa on the ocean," Patricia replied, as if everybody did it. We had to ask her to explain. "They take the stuff out about four miles, where they build more of a raft than a palapa, take the GPS position, and leave it out there. Fish such as dorado like to swim in the shade of things like the raft, so when we bring our clients back out in the pangas, they are more likely to catch fish." Hmmm — does that seem only halfway sporting to you, too? Anyway, if you're sailing down the coast from San Blas to Punta Mita and t-bone something that looks like a raft made of palm fronds, take it up with Patricia.

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The next day we were walking through Paradise Marina where we saw Bill Vaccaro of the Chico-based Moody 44 Miela with a huge smile on his face. No wonder — he'd just caught 16 dorado. We told him about Patricia's fish-rafts. "We know where it is," he replied. "That's where we caught these". Speaking of fishing pangas, Rudi, a Swiss-German fellow who works at the Mañana restaurant in Punta Mita, but, because he is married a Mexican woman, belongs to a local fishing/tourism cooperative, told us he just bought a new panga. Care to guess how much they cost? We don't know how much the typical 27-footers used by fisherman cost, but Rudi's 32-footer, to be used for local fishing and tour groups, and which comes with a bimini top and toilet, ran $15,000. But that's without the engine(s). Because Rudi mostly stays inside the bay, he settled for a single 90hp Mercury. That cost another $12,000. So they aren't cheap. There are two problems with Galileo, the European GPS system that is/was

supposed to be operational by 2010. The first is that a survey has revealed that not one of the seven companies in the five-nation consortium are working toward completion of the project! The second is that they want to charge for it, which is going to be a tough sell since the U.S. provides GPS service to everybody for free. True, the commercial version of Galileo would be a little more accurate than the U.S. system, but at this point nobody thinks there are enough potential users of that service to turn a profit. While Galileo may take until 2011 to come on line — if it ever does — China has announced that their Beidou GPS system, which initially will only cover China and her neighbors, should be working by '08. The primary reason for alternative GPS systems is simple — the on-off switch



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SANTANA 20. Fantastic one design racing class boat, sail #481. Fin keel, trailer, Nissan outboard. Excellent condition, complete with one set of racing sails. Bottom professionally feathered with Teflon. Mainly sailed in fresh water, Folsom Lake. Must sell. $4,800/obo. (916) 599-0127.

BIANCA 26/28 SLOOP. Elvstrom designed, Danish built. Former 1/4-ton champ. Yanmar diesel. Five sails. A real eye catcher in very good condition. $12,000. Located L.A. (310) 702-6543. ERICSON 27, 1979. Roller furling, twin electric drive with two automatic chargers, full hull flotation, loads of teak lining, lots of extras. A shiny, clean boat. $7,500/obo. (650) 571-8024.

25 TO 28 FEET MELGES E-SCOW, 1979. Early 80s Johnson E-scow. Early 80s Melges Escow, 20-ft. Pyramid 6.60, age unknown. Melges scows and Pyramid with trailer. All fiberglass and deliverable. Want to sell or trade for traditional catboat, i.e. Marshall cat. Loving owners preferred. Matt (510) 815-0250. ISLANDER 28, 1977. If you are looking to buy an I28, use this boat to set the standards. New as follows: LP cooktop, standing, running, port windows, plumbing, AC/DC wiring, AGM 31 start, 4-6v house, 2,400-watt inverter charger, custom head liner. 23-hp Volvo, 386 hours, lines aft, Adler-Barbour, knot, depth, wheel, new main, 150, 97, 70 hank on. Berkeley slip. $14,000. Call for complete details (707) 235-6238. 1985 HUNTER 28.5 SHOAL DRAFT sloop. 4 sails, full-batten main, 2GMF Yanmar inboard, full galley, VHF, depth, stereo. Draws 4 feet. Berth at the Antioch Public Marina is available. $17,000. (530) 862-1156 or email: OLSON 25, 1988. Excellent condition 1yr-old standing and running rigging. Roller furling, new main and jib. Deluxe interior. 5-hp Nissan ob, full set of racing sails, dual-axle road trailer. Asking $12,900. Brent (510) 207-8844. MacGREGOR 26D/TRAILER, 1989. Clean inside, good condition, dry storage, extras. $3,500. Also, 9.9-hp 2005 highthrust Yamaha, low hours, excellent condition, $1,500. Call (925) 458-6257 (lv msg). ISLANDER 28, 1984. Never in salt water. Like new and all original. Autopilot, Yanmar very low hours. Located on Tahoe. $22,000. Gary (775) 848-1347. CATALINA 25, 1981. Fixed keel, pop-top, standard rig, 7.5 Honda, dinette model, lines led aft, depth, knot, compass, VHF radio, extra sails, comes with trailer, good condition. Currently in dry storage in Morro Bay. $5,500. (805) 462-2665.

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CAL 2-27, 1976. Well maintained, dodger, Harken roller furling jib, stereo, rebuilt diesel motor with minimum hours, knot, depth, VHF, new batteries, battery charger, shore power, full galley with plenty of counter space, new cushions throughout, spacious private V-Berth, marine head, holding tank with y-valve and sink, bow roller, 2 anchors. A great boat for cruising and racing. Located at Brick Yard Cove Marina. Asking $8,500. (916) 456-3717 or (916) 799-2566. CATALINA 27, 1978. Above average, original condition except LPG heater and stove. Atomic 4, runs excellent. Vinyl cockpit cushions, TV, microwave. Berthed at Half Moon Bay, possible slip available. $5,800. (530) 878-2779. INTERNATIONAL FOLKBOAT 26. Built in Sweden, 1976. Solid, full keel, fiberglass classic. Stiff, great Bay boat. New standing rigging 2005. VHF, depthsounder, compass, gel battery, alcohol stove, outboard. $7,500. Located Marina Bay, Richmond. (209) 928-3196.

MacGREGOR 26X, 2002. Swing keel, trailer with surge, super cruise package, 50-hp Nissan TLDI Tahoe compliant, very light use, fully equipped. Excellent. $21,900. (916) 501-7291.

OLSON 25, 1987. HULL #106. Santa Cruz-built. Race ready or solid Bay sailer. Dual-axle trailer, 9.9-hp outboard, full newer sail inventory. Excellent condition. $12,800. Call (650) 591-8998 or email:

CAL 2-25, 1979. 6-hp outboard. Profurl roller furling. Recent main, electronics. Well maintained, pretty clean, and ready now for Bay cruising. Farallones vet. ‘Big’ little 25-footer with headroom and transferable SF Marina berth. See <http://www.> $8,900. (415) 810-6542 or

RANGER 26, 1972. Standing rigging 2005. 15 hp Merc outboard with electric start. Mast strut, reinforced cabin overhead. New windows 2002. Jiffy reef, lines led aft. 2 anchors. Bottom job 2006. VHF 2005. $5,500. (925) 284-2118. RYC.

CATALINA 27, 1984. Original owner. Two trips to Cabo and beyond, Smallest Boat Award Baja Ha-Ha ‘97. Diesel, Harken furler, dodger, bimini, Autohelm, stove, oven, refrigerator, inflatable, 4-hp outboard, ground tackle. $14,000/obo. (510) 236-9849.

READY FOR SUMMER? O’DAY 25, 1977. Fixed keel, berthed Stockton. New: Hatch, life jackets, VHF radio, flares, extinguisher, reconditioned sails, wiring, running lights, battery charger. Lots of extras. $2,500. Motivated seller. For more info email:

ERICSON 27, 1979. New Yanmar 2GM20, prop, shaft, cutlass and fuel tank. Also includes refrigeration, dodger, radar, knot, depth, roller reef, autopilot, pressure water, galley completely remodeled. Recent canvas and upholstery. Mexico veteran. $17,500. (510) 364-1984. Email for more photos:

COLUMBIA 28. Bill Crealock design, #547 of 553 built. Full-batten main, Isomat boom with internal lines, new running, standing rigging, lifelines, lots re-done/new gear, rebuilt engine, terrific Bay boat/cruiser, solid, clean interior. $9,600/obo. Call (916) 369-8922.

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MacGREGOR 26 CLASSIC, 1990, on newer trailer with brand new radial tires and new brake light kit. Swing keel, water ballast, beachable, new tiller with cover, 4-stroke 9.9-hp Evinrude motor. $7,200. Call (707) 254-7016. 2002 CATALINA 250 WING KEEL. Original owner. Light use. Honda 8-hp outboard, wheel steering with binnacle compass, Raytheon speed/depth indicators, roller furling 110 jib, teak interior floor, shore power, automatic battery charger, solar trickle charger, two auto-inflatable lifevests, cockpit cushions, water resistant ICOM handheld VHF, all other standard features. Many small extras. Interior like new. At Lake Oroville $22,000. Call John (530) 898-0814. CAL 2-225, 1979. 2004 9.9-hp Honda ex-longshaft electric start, roller furler, VHF, GPS, trailer, newer upholstery, cutter rigged, Porta-Potti, deck plumeed. Lake Tahoe, good condition. $11,500. (775) 786-3452 or (775) 544-1476.

SANTANA 525, $7,500/OBO. Perfect first boat, daysailer or overnighter. Fully refurbished, re-rigged, bristol condition. Sausalito berth. New sails, boom, shore power, water pressure, blue Awlgrip hull, stereo, and many extras. 100% turnkey. Nothing to do but go sailing. Call (415) 332-3617.

ISLANDER 28, 1977. Great condition. Sail and standing rigging only a few years old. ProFurl self-furling jib, 3-reef point main, recent overhauled Atomic 4, new fuel tank, new upholstery, VHF, depthsounder with alarm. $18,000. (510) 215-8737.

26-FT INTERNATIONAL FOLKBOAT. Dodger, self-tailing winches, wood stove, good sails, sail cover. Great Bay and ocean sailboat. Local fleet. I got a larger boat, so she’s for sale. $5,600. Chris (415) 332-7501.

SANTANA 525. New lines and deck hardware. Multi-function Horizon instruments. Stereo/CD player, complete sail set. Dry sailed on trailer, trailer included. Ready to sail and travel. Join club, gain space. Hull #148. $7,500. Call (831) 241-2159 or email:

CATALINA 27. Massively upgraded. Outboard standard rig. New charger/batteries, sails, boom, windows, stove, traveler, 2 motors, furler. 1976 model. $8,000. (925) 286-5252 or

ERICSON 28T, 1985. Fractional rig, Universal diesel, Harken furler, self-tailing winches, lazyjacks, multiple sails, new head, refrigeration, inflatable, outboard, wheel helm, recent canvas, varnished interior. Excellent Bay/offshore, racer/cruiser. Ready to sail. $18,000. (714) 871-6842. Pictures: SPIRIT 28, 1979. Tiller steering, inboard 15 hp Yanmar, roller furling jib, detachable baby stay with 70% storm jib, double reef main. New bottom, new hatch, excellent Bay/Delta cruiser. Many extras. $7,950. Evenings (916) 967-8522.

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PEARSON 30, 1977. $15,900/obo. Love this boat but larger boat acquired so to keep wife happy this one’s got to go. Located Redwood City Marina, CA. Fast, seakindly, clean. Strong construction. Sleeps six comfortably. Wheel steering, controls at helm. New: Roller furling genoa, main, davits, dodger, bimini top, weather canvas. Spent 2k on Atomic 4 gas engine, completely overhauled by licensed mechanic. Runs like new. Complete service records available. Outboard bracket on transom. For pictures, email: For tours and first consideration call (650) 380-5535.

BRISTOL 29.9, 1977. Yanmar 2QM20, Stream Stay roller furling, dodger, Stalock standing rigging, 125% genoa, 180% drifter, cruising chute, Hood main with 2 reefs, self-tailing winches, dual lifelines, mahogany interior/teak and holly sole, gimbaled 3-burner stove, 68 gal H&C pressure water, 2 anchors, Navik vane, Zodiac dinghy. This one-owner boat has been meticulously maintained. She is not a project, but a well-equipped boat ready to cruise. I am moving from the Bay Area and am forced to sell her because of slip price/availability in SoCal. $35,000. Email: or call (925) 785-6248. CHEOY LEE BERMUDA 30, 1964. This is a project boat. New main mast, restored mizzen, new rigging, Atomic 4 with spare. Also selling all tools I have for the boat. Berthed in Alameda. $13,000. Call (510) 337-1635 or

ERICSON 29, 1972. Universal diesel, rebuilt two years ago. Harken furling, tiller, VHF, jiffy reefing. $12,500. (510) 758-0709. CAL 30 FULL-KEEL CUTTER. Rigged to singlehand offshore and coastal. Plenty of room for family. Diesel, radar, liferaft, Monitor, great sails. Too much to list. A beautiful boat ready to go. Located Long Beach. $27,000. (562) 787-5653.




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ISLANDER BAHAMA 30, 1979. Great family cruiser/racer, standing headroom, sleeps 5, enclosed head, pressure water, dodger, wheel, diesel, stereo/CD, new 130% jib on furler, $19,000, owners bought up. See: <www.freewebs. com/bahama30/> Call (415) 254-9973 or BABA 30. Photos of this Robert Perry go-anywhere, cutter-rigged double-ender can be seen at website: <http://members.> Delivery available. $52,500. or (805) 773-5512. CAL 3-30. Best boat for the Bay or Delta. Recent 27-hp Yanmar, Q-sails, all rigging, cushions. Singlehanded set-up. Dodger, furling, stacking main.Stiff and strong. Sausalito berth. $18,500. Bob (415) 412-9110.

1983 CAL 9.2R 30-FT RACER/CRUISER. Legendary Ron Holland design. Very clean. Engine well-maintained. 3 headsails (155%, 120%, 100%) plus spinnaker. Autopilot. $21,000/obo. Details please contact Yoshi: (310) 836-7871 or email: CATALINA 30, 1982. Sausalito slip, good boat, hull inspection clean, black anodized mast, Ballenger spar, Harken furler, recent new bottom paint, recently repowered good torque, new prop, Raymarine 4000 autopilot, new dodger, serviced winches, Avon Redcrest dinghy, sailed regularly on Bay. Good family boat for weekend fun. Invested almost 30k, asking $24,999. (408) 529-4370. Leave message for Greg to get slip number. PEARSON 30 COASTER. Yanmar diesel with very low hours. Two jibs, spinnaker. Berthed downtown Sausalito. Needs some work. Will consider partial finance or partner(s) who can work on it. $12,500. (415) 332-3415 or HUNTER 29.5, 1996. Excellent condition. Roller furling, Yanmar diesel, bottom paint 2006, Autohelm, AM/FM stereo, dodger, refrigerator, H/C pressure water, charger. Berthed in Alameda. Working out of country. Must sell. Asking $37,000 but willing to negotiate. or voicemail: (510) 870-8654. CATALINA 30, 1981. New sails, covers, 24-hp Yanmar diesel, good interior, replaced mast, boom, standing rigging. Berthed in SF. $23,500. (415) 731-4956.


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C&C 29, 1977. Quantum sails in new condition, new solid vang/Harken traveler system, wheel steering. Rebuilt Atomic 4. At Richmond Yacht Club. $10,000/obo. (209) 586-9121.

NEWPORT 30 Mk II, 1976. Upgrades include rebuilt Atomic 4 with minimal hours, LPU, standing rigging, mast wiring, thru-hulls, valves, head, holding tank. Race ready. Interior in nice condition. $15,000/obo. Call (707) 645-0538 or email: HUNTER 30, 1990. Excellent condition, original owner. Barrier coated at commissioning, and professionally maintained. Dodger, roller furler, extensive electronics, full interior amenities. $32,000. Web page: < flatbushflyersale.doc> Berthed at RYC. Call Don Zingale (510) 215-7760.

J/29 1984. Fractional with Nissan 4-stroke. New double-spreader mast and standing rigging 2004, rod uppers. Pineapple carbon and Dacron sails, Airex kite, chicken kite. Almost everything replaced since 2001. Berkeley berth. $18,000/obo. (510) 644-8173 or ERICSON 30, 1968. 60 hours Kubota diesel. New rigging, thru-hulls and holding tank, $9,500. Also 36-ft slip at Pier 39 for sale, C-5. Best location, close to everything. Excellent Marina facilities and parking, $12,000. Both, $20,500. (925) 228-4635 or: RAWSON 30, 1981. Great shape. Cruise the world. Rebuilt diesel, 6 sails, radar, GPS, SSB, windvane, fridge/freezer, watermaker, oversized rigging, etc. On the hard in LaPaz. Reduced to $28,000US. Email Jay: or call (604) 617-1436. 1967 SPARKMAN & STEPHENS Columbia 29 Mk II. Rebuilt from masthead to rudder. Fresh paint, new Yanmar, standing and running rigging, new fuel/water tanks, new instruments. Transferable Sausalito slip. Sail anywhere now. $19,000. (415) 995-2521.

SEAFARER 30, 1980. One owner. McCurdy & Rhodes fin keel design, sturdily built, beautiful lines. Diesel, wheel, Ullman sails, fully equipped, lovingly maintained/ upgraded by original owner. Turnkey, ready to sail. Ventura. $19,500. Call (818) 889-2669 or email: for photos. CORONADO 30, 1973. Yanmar diesel, dodger, club-footed jib, 3 headsails, spinnaker, lazyjacks, new top paint and new ship-to-shore radio in 2006, refrigeration, TV, microwave, life vests. Health forces sale. $12,500/obo. Dean (925) 458-1937.

32 TO 35 FEET PACIFIC SEACRAFT 34, 1996. Crealock sloop. Rigged for singlehanded offshore cruising. Oversized winches, Seafrost 12v refrigeration, propane stove, microwave, B&G instruments, ST4000 A/P, ICOM402 VHF. Berthed Shelter Island, San Diego. $133,900. For detailed info call (949) 489-1529.

BABA 30 CUTTER, 1978. Cosmetic fixer: Topside varnish, cabin headliner. This stout and beautiful Perry design is great for SF Bay, Mexico or circumnavigation. Good sails, Autohelm vane, Volvo diesel, reefer, propane stove and Force 10 heater, etc. Recently hauled. Priced way below the next cheapest Baba in the country. for more boat info: <www.babaowners. org/> $33,000/obo. Call (415) 531-8519 or email: ISLANDER 30, 1971. Atomic 4 with electronic ignition, new fuel lines, clean with new interior varnish. $14,000/obo. Located Glen Cove Marina. Please call first (925) 234-1173.

YACHT CONSTRUCTOR’S CHINOOK 34’9” LOA, 1967 full keel cruiser. North sails, spinnaker, original mahogany roller furling boom, plus genoa furler, with centerboard. Many new extras, 37-hp Westerbeke and transmission, fresh service, fresh bottom paint, full boat cover, dodger. New PSS, zincs, 3-bladed prop, cutlass bearing. Over $50K invested. Located at Marina Bay Yacht Harbor. This is a true sailboat with delightful characteristics: A nimble Bay daysailer and coastwise cruiser with new CG documentation. Upcoming wedding has owner motivated to sell but please, serious inquires only. Full equipment list and description plus pictures: or (623) 326-0539.

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SOVEREL 33-2, 1985. Flexi Flyer is a winner. Fast, beautiful, well maintained, new bottom, fresh sail inventory. <http://> $31,000. (408) 656-9919. COLUMBIA 5.5 METER. Impatient is completely restored from keel up, better than new. Classic fiberglass sloop, superb daysailer for family to play on or learn on. Newly painted heavy-duty 4-wheel trailer. Call Captain Bill Jarvis (510) 521-8075 or PROVEN RACE WINNER. Bluefin, Santana 35. Extensive sail inventory. Bottom faired to perfection. New sprayed bottom job in 2006. Rebuilt diesel. Beautiful blue hull with white deck. GPS, depthmeter, knotlog and electronic compass. Standing and running rigging all in excellent condition. We have sailed her and won extensively. $35,000. Please call (707) 246-0949. ISLANDER 32, 1972 CUSTOM KIT Yanmar diesel. Stove/oven, head, GPS, depthfinder, radio/CD player, plenty of life jackets and sails, sleeps 6, fiberglass hull, teak interior and trim. $16,000/obo. (510) 467-5990.

HUNTER 33.5, 1992. Roller furling jib, 700 hour Yanmar. Lines led aft to cockpit. New running rigging. Large 2-stateroom cabin. Stand-up shower. Large galley, microwave. New cushions. Autopilot, VHF, Loran handheld GPS. Excellent condition. Transferable Sausalito slip. $57,500. (415) 716-7504 or FUJI 32, 1977. $37,500. Well maintained, Second owner. Classic ketch design. Currently in Delta. Photos available. (707) 332-0020. ALBERG 35. All new: Bottom, rudder, shaft, propeller, transmission, Racor fuel filters, starter, alternator, raw water pump, standing and running rigging, low hour Universal diesel. New electrical system. Sacrifice: $19,950. Chris (415) 332-7501. 1D35, SWEET SENSATION, HULL#35. Grand Prix sailboat with trailer. Excellent condition, dry sailed. Join the fastest growing 1D35 fleet in the Bay. Will sell to serious local owner for racing on the Bay. Full sail inventory. More info on website: <> Mario (415) 546-7245 or ERICSON 32, 1986. D/S, K/M, log, A/P, AM/FM/CD, VHF. New standing rigging. Universal diesel with new starting motor and rebuilt transmission. Cockpit cushions, LP stove and oven, new batteries and head. All lines led aft. $29,500/obo. (650) 948-1760.

DOWNEAST 32 CUTTER, 1979. Bimini, radar, davits, furling jib, autopilot, solar, hard-shell sailing dinghy, wheel steering. Diesel, 90 gallons water, 70 gallons fuel. In La Paz. Well maintained. $33,000. (949) 500-0652. MASON 33 DOUBLE-ENDED GAFF ketch. 1968. Cedar on oak. Mason’s updated Tahiti ketch. 6’3” headroom. Cruise equipped. Good condition. Liveaboard 22 years. For details, pictures, contact info: <> $54,000. Located, Poulsbo, WA. HUNTER 33, 2005. High power inverter, all appliances in galley, boat sleeps 6 comfortably. 29 hp Yanmar diesel engine, roller furling for mainsail, traveler. Radio, stereo system with CD player, outside speakers. $108,000/obo. (925) 980-0754. ALBERG 35, 1965. Diesel, windvane, radar, much more. Needs minor work. Good condition. First $20,000 takes her. Call Mark Eilers (707) 971-0537. CATALINA 320, 1993. Pristine condition. Very little wear on new engine and rig. Motivated seller. $65,000/obo. Call or email for pics and details: (510) 548-9986 or

CATALINA 320, 1998. Commissioned and moored at Tahoe Keys Marina, So. Lake Tahoe. Kept in excellent condition. Like new, a must see. Find detailed information on website: <> or call Richard (775) 848-8520 or (775) 849-4118. WESTSAIL 32, 1974. Hull #202. A lot of custom stainless, must see to appreciate. $55,000. Location San Diego. Tom (520) 836-5914.

ISLANDER 32, SLOOP, 1964. Engine removed, a total project, on stands. Avila Beach mooring included. $3,000. (805) 434-2135. WAUQUIEZ 32, 1973. Tough North Atlantic veteran, long-range cruiser, repowered with Yanmar, low hours. New Doyle stackpack main, furlex, Autohelm 2000. Two 35-lb Bruce anchors plus chain. $29,500. (510) 534-4317 or email:

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HUGHES 38-FT SLOOP. Built in 1970 in Canada. 60 hours on new engine. Pictures available. Asking $36,000. Possible Monterey slip. Call (831) 915-4984 or (831) 775-2475.

SCHOCK 35 – BIG AND FAST, with cruise interior, full electronics, Simrad TP-30 with remote AP, stove and oven, GPS, AC/DC power, rod rigged, cherry condition. Rates PHRF 72, Local 66. Pics on request. $34,900/obo. (702) 374-2787 or FAST YACHT 345, 1983. Camper Nicholson/Ron Holland design, great racer and cruiser/liveaboard, inside beautiful, all new. Outside needs work, engine new, but needs work. $30,000. Randy (775) 230-4303.

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TAYANA 37 Mk II CUTTER. Original owner, launched in 1988. Complete records and manuals. Tapered Isomat mast, Yanmar 44 diesel, Lewmar hatches and many additional upgrades. Alameda Marina berth 740. Asking $118,500. Call (510) 299-1072 for complete details.

C&C 35 Mk II, 1975. One of the models that made the original C&C their reputation. Rod rigging, records for the past fourteen years, custom double spreader spar, Autohelm 4000. Buy and sail not buy and fix. Three spinnakers two poles. Fully equipped. Simple systems. Atomic 4 engine recently overhauled. Solid not cored hull. Best value on this model in US and Canada. $26,500. Steal it now. (415) 892-6308 or (415) 516-1299. CHALLENGER 35 KETCH, 1975. Bulletproof, full keel, fiberglass hull, 11.5-ft beam. Loaded with all that is needed for extended cruising. Chrysler Nissan 4-cylinder diesel engine, Furuno radar, SSB, radio, autopilot, liferaft, Monitor windvane and more. Asking $35,000. Call (510) 757-5815. WESTSAIL 32, 1977. Well equipped and maintained. Excellent condition. Outfitted for cruising. 28 hp Volvo 2003. Dual Racors. Stove and oven. Refrigeration. Documentated. Tools and many extras. Located Sausalito. $52,500. Call (415) 331-0500.

36 TO 39 FEET CANADIAN SAILCRAFT CS36, 1984. Located in Paradise Village, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Excellent condition, January haulout and survey. Loaded for cruising, full instruments, Avon, 10-hp, five sails. Two spinnakers, Westerbeke diesel. $70,000. Larry (925) 376-1081 or (925) 330-9110 (cell) or email:

FILL THIS VOID IN MY LIFE. Looking to purchase a 1994 to 1998 Catalina 36 Mk II. If you own one, located in Northern California, that may be seeking a new home soon, please call Greg (415) 819-6871 or email: CATALINA 36, 1989. Blue dodger, recently refurbished inside. Brand new furling jib, VHF, interior cushions, very clean. The boat was hardly used. Available for inspection at Pier 40 at San Francisco. $65,000/obo. Call Mario (415) 546-7245 or email:

HUNTER LEGEND 37.5, 1989. Excellent condition. Yanmar 34 hp with low hours. New Doyle Stackpack and cockpit cushions. Raymarine depth, speed, wind instruments new in 2006. CNG stove, microwave, Queen berth aft, H/C pressure water system. $57,500. (530) 241-5630. ISLANDER 36. Andiamo, a beautifully maintained classic. Fast, stable and roomy with 6’4” headroom and shower. New main with ‘I36’ logo, headliner and AC/DC lighting. Roller furled 125% headsail, selftailing winches, Perkins 44 diesel. Just $29,500. For details call (530) 582-8235. FAIR WEATHER MARINER 39, 1986. Drop dead gorgeous. Newer rigging, sails, fridge, holding tank, hard dodger, fantastic arch/stern rail, 14 coats of exterior varnish, port light covers, new sail cover, new interior cushions, new lifelines. Absolutely the nicest teak interior built. Freshwater boat for 18 years. $129,900. Call Pete for details on free shipping. (386) 986-9627.

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ISLANDER 36, 1973. Original owner. Yanmar diesel, new fuel tank. New headliner, upholstery and carpets. New tinted windows, teak rails. New Harken furler. Custom boom/traveler, oversized wheel. Force 10 stove/oven. 6 North sails, 2 spinnakers. $49,000. (415) 435-4950.

CATALINA 38 NEW HOME NEEDED. 1980 Sparkmans/Stephens design. Great Bay boat. New bottom 9/06, strut reglassed, recent new rod rigging, all Barient self-tailing winches, spin gear, 2 spinnakers, full batten main, hard vang, foil headstay, folding prop, cockpit cushions, clean interior. Needs new plumbing and electrical. Has fresh 110 shorepower and includes new 12 volt panel and some wiring supplies. Great opportunity for a handy man to get a lot of boat for a little money. Call and I’ll email you pictures. $30,000. Bob (650) 344-8030 (days) or (650) 343-8559 (eves) or

BENETEAU 390 OCEANIS, 1988. Spacious, good condition, well equipped. Volvo Penta, autopilot, radar, wind power, dinghy, hot/cold and pressure water, refrigeration, recent bottom paint, new batteries, dodger, roller furling, EPIRB. Ready to go. Reduced to $76,000. (415) 902-8509 or SWAN 39.1, RON HOLLAND DESIGN. Perfect blend of cruiser/racer, Spectra watermaker, single side band, sail inventory including new full batten main, diesel 40 Perkins, 3,800 hours. Beautiful wood interior. Asking $129,000. Boat in San Diego. (305) 573-0794. ISLAND PACKET 380, 1999. Very wellmaintained and equipped for ocean cruising, this great cruising boat has been lightly used, and is being sold by the owner who has moved to Switzerland. She includes electric anchor windlass, ocean-rated liferaft, inflatable tender, spray dodger, lifering, SuperCool refrigerator/freezer, Ultra Leather-covered cushions. ICOM802 SSB, ACR Globalfix 406 EPIRB, Raymarine radar with GPS and color chartplotter, inverter, second anchor and rode, cutlery, crockery, toolset, etc. $240,000. Call Mark or Eric 011-41 (79) 566-7763 (Switzerland) or email:

CHEOY LEE CLIPPER 36, 1978. Cruise ready. Good teak decks. Newer sails, rigging, radar, wind generator, solar. Sailomat. AP, depth, speed, GPS 406 EPIRB, SSB/Ham, gelcells, refrigeration, drifter, mizzin staysail, Volvo 25 hp rebuilt 2003. Pilot berths, 3 anchor systems with 1,250-lb Maxwell, WM inflatable with 5 hp, 8’ Walker Bay. Charts to New Zealand and more gear not listed. Dragon Lady is a full-keel cruiser and could easily circumnavigate. Live your dream. $58,500. Charlie (619) 822-3831.

CHUNG HWA MAGELLAN KETCH 36, 1977, in Mexico. Proven coastal cruiser, great liveaboard. Seattle to Mexico 2004, 17 months full-time cruising Mexico, Zihua to BLA. Fiberglass, diesel, 2003 new masts/rigging, 2001 re-decked/re-cored. Adler-Barbour Super Cold Machine, Seaward Princess Stove, extensive ground tackle, charts Mexico to Panama. We did the hard work for you. Located Marina Mazatlan. Reduced to $49,900. Detailed specs and pictures available. Call (775) 841-0522 or

CATALINA 38, 1981, HULL #130. Classic S&S design, bright white hull with blue sheer stripe. Best value under $60k, replacement over $150k. Fast Bay racer, PHRF 114, perfect Delta cruiser. CNG oven, double sink, pressure water. Universal 3 cylinder diesel with very low hours, heavy duty #48 Lewmar 3-speed winches, wheel steering, roller furling, spinnaker, etc. 3rd owner. Newport Beach only since new. Photos available. Reduced to $49,995. Includes delivery to Alameda. Hurry: (949) 533-5317 or (714) 545-4537 or

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CATALINA 36, 1984. Mexico vet, cruise ready. Radar, new plotter and instruments integrated with pilot, new VHF with remote mic, wired for SSB and solar, 90-amp alt, inverter, mast and bottom refit, new windlass, 3 anchors, 2 spins, spare main, 7 winches, all systems upgraded. Elegant interior, 3 solid teak tables, custom wood and amenities, revarnished sole, new cockpit cushions and table, BBQ, newer canvas, much more. Berkeley O Dock slip. $59,000. Specs and pix at: <www.> (510) 697-0525 or email:

40 TO 50 FEET BLOCK ISLAND 49 CUTTER, FREE. 41‚ LOD., Project boat. Built 1960. Port Orford cedar, oak frames, Sitka spruce mast, all very serviceable after cleaning, minor repairs, painting. Cabin top, cockpit, interior require extensive work, though much salvageable, including brass portholes and etched glass. Sank at dock January 2006 and re-floated. Hull not compromised. A beauty in the past, she can be again, but a significant restoration project. Serious inquiries only, call Steve or Lisa (916) 487-7576 or (916) 997-5730.

CAPE GEORGE 36 CUTTER, 1991. Yardfinished, original owner, professionally maintained, cruise ready. Equipment list available. $134,000. Call (253) 720-1036 or (253) 720-1025.

C&C 38 CUTTER, 1975. Strong, fast, two circumnavigations. Hard dodger, beautiful custom interior, Yanmar diesel, full batten main, furling jib, 3-way hot water, Heart inverter/charger, radar, Interphase forward reading sonar/depthsounder, Muir windlass, new prop and shaft, needs minor cosmetics. $39,000. (510) 593-8697.

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FREYA 39. Commissioned in 2003. Reefer, freezer, forward scanning sonar, Raymarine E80 chartplotter/radar, GarmIn 182 chartplotter, wind generator, 3 autopilots including the windvane, solar panels, Force 10 3-burner stove/oven/broiler, BBQ grill, diesel heater, SSB, VHF with hailer and power mike at helm, depthsounder, deck shower, head with shower, TV, DVD, VCR, CD player, radio, cassette player, indoor and outdoor speakers, 11.3-ft dinghy (roll-up with hard floor inserts, Zodiac, never used), 15-hp Yamaha outboard on a hoist which doubles as an emergency tiller, trysail on separate track, storm jib, staysail, gale sail, Istec spinnaker, main with 3 reefs and furling jib, Yanmar 47hp turbo diesel, line cutter, ATN climber, bosun chair, 6-man liferaft, EPIRB 406. Email:

INGRID 38 KETCH. Looking for buyer interested in refurbishing project. Good fiberglass hull, Volvo, on hard since 1998, wood deck and masts need repair. $20,000/obo. (360) 376-6063.


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ISLANDER 36, 1976. Rebuilt Perkins 108 diesel. New headliner, dodger, counter top, windows and upholstery. Large wheel. Never raced, ready to cruise. $39,999. Also, Sea Eagle dinghy and 9.5-hp Nissan, $2,499. (707) 575-0630.

YORKTOWN 40, 1982. Westerbeke diesel, windlass, autopilot, Avon, generator, depth, knot log, VHS, new bottom and more. A comfortable cruiser, professionally maintained. Can deliver. $39,000. A lot of boat for the buck. Call Roger (310) 670-5844. J/40, 1986. Offshore ready. SSB, watermaker, fridge, Autohelm radar and EPIRB and more. $136,000. Flathead Lake Montana. Call (406) 253-5566. For pictures email:

CAPE GEORGE 36, RESTLESS. Strong, comfortable bluewater/coastal cruiser. Hasse sails, Brion Toss rig, teak decks, bronze fittings, self-tailers. 205 gallons water, 126 gallons diesel. Custom finished 1989. Major refit 2002. Continuously upgraded; outstanding condition. Moorage. Seattle. $155,000. (206) 527-9143. ERICSON 39, 1971. Glass flush-deck sloop. New: Yanmar, shaft, prop, stove, Profurl, main and 120% jib. Six sails. Needs: Woodwork and paint. $15,000 or offers.

46-FT PETERSON RACER/CRUISER/ liveaboard. Stylish 1979 flat-top IOR Peterson with Kevlar hull. Cruising interior in 1995. Kevlar sails and spinnaker, with 12 winches. Formerly known as Ghost. $125,000/obo. Call (360) 920-3888 or email:

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FORMOSA 47 KETCH, 1979. Center cockpit. Ford Lehman. Huge stateroom, large master bedroom, two bunkrooms, two heads with showers. Needs cabin work. Berthed in Delta near Rio Vista. $35,000. (530) 476-3271.

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ISLAND PACKET 44, 1995. Gorgeous, bulletproof. Half the price of new 44’ at $22k. Only one on West Coast. Loaded for cruising including davits, dodger, bimini, 3 anchors, Dutchman, main, genoa, staysail, trysail, A-sail, mast-mounted whisker pole, Autoprop, watermaker, solar panels, liferaft, para-anchor, more. Slip available in SD. Call (858) 272-0122 or email:

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50-FT LOA FERRO KETCH. Permanent custom slip in Moss Landing, North Harbor. Workshop, engine room, wood stove. Sleeps 6-8. Great liveaboard with standing headroom. Illness forces quick sale. Needs some work. Ship and slip $25,000/ obo. Serious only. (408) 506-0858.

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41-FT BOUNTY II, ROD LEE. Just back from Mexico, great condition. 1-year-old main, all new standing rigging, dodger, two 8D AGM marine batteries, 360-ft-high test chain, 60-lb CQR, electric Lofran windlass, 406 EPIRB, two autopilots, plus Capehorn windvane, 24-mile radar, 2010C Garmin chartplotter. Engine: 3GM30 Yanmar V-drive in perfect shape. Everything on boat in new/very good condition. Latitude 38 was founded on this Bounty, nostalgia anyone? Reduced: $45,000. John Hardisty (707) 996-9645.

CHOATE 40. Transpac ready. Totally refit from bow to stern. All new: Sails, transmission, engine, windlass, watermaker, hot shower in/out, autopilot with wireless remote, radar/chart, alum wheel, walk- thru transom, radar arch with davits, stereo, BBQ, bait tank. Bought a bigger Choate. < htm> Please call (310) 569-1594 or email: PETERSON 44 CENTER COCKPIT, 1977. Two staterooms, two heads. New Yanmar, LP, fuel tanks. Robertson autopilot, solar panels, Ham, radar, RIB dinghy, outboard. $129,000. San Carlos, Mexico. Call or email for complete list and photos: (520) 742-2727 or

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WESTSAIL 43. In preparation for 2year cruise to Mexico, complete refit undertaken: Awlgrip paint job, new rigging, new ground tackle, new Maxwell windlass, Spectra watermaker, Glacier Bay refrigeration, solar panels, dodger, bimini, refinished interior, upgraded electronics and much more. After cruising Mexico, Shearwater has been shipped to the Chesapeake, where it is now offered for sale. $148,000. See more photos of Shearwater at <> (804) 462-3162 or

ERICSON 41. Astraea is an absolutely pristine vessel that has been cared for by a discriminating yachtsman. She underwent a total refit in 1995. She has complete cruising equipment and is ready to go offshore. $73,000. (250) 882-0011.

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SWAN 43. Built in Finland 1969 to highest Sparkman and Stephens standards. Health forces quick sale at good price. Needs some work, but is in great shape. $84,000 in Mexico. aggielukaszewski@

NORSEMAN 447 CENTER COCKPIT cutter. 2 heads, Marinized navigation computer, diesel 180, water 120, Furuno chartplotter, radar, SSB, Monitor vane, 220 watts solar, 10’ Avon, 15-hp Yamaha, Northern Lights generator, diesel heater, 16-gph watermaker, Corian, Princess range, 12 volt Frigoboat, 300-ft chain, 4 anchors, BBQ, full batten main, 2 spinnakers, 2 poles, hard dodger, Shadetree awnings. Fast, safe and comfortable passagemaker. She excels to weather and flat aft sections allow surfing downwind. Auckland, New Zealand. $209,000. Email:

HUNTER 41 DECK SALON, 2005. Raymarine radar, E80 plotter, full instrument package, Yanmar 56 hp, low hours, in-mast furling main, dodger, bimini, cockpit cushions, davits, outboard lift, 11-ft dinghy, 15-hp Honda. Excellent condition. $220,000. Call (925) 337-2445.

OYSTER 485, 1995 from boards of Hollman & Pye, built by Oyster at Windboats in UK. Second owner selling due to relocation to shallower waters. Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific vet, over 30,000 miles mostly mom-and-pop doublehanded. Sloop rig, removable inner forestay, 2 storm sails, Hood main and Gowan (Oyster) genoa, NL 6 kw genset, watermaker, 10’ RIB with 15-hp 2-cycle Johnson on Kato davits. 3 cabins, two heads, Force 10 four-burner propane stove plus BBQ on aft rail. Lying Newport Beach. Make the world your Oyster. Excellent condition inside and out. Full details at: <www.> $440,000/obo. Carl Mischka (949) 500-7261. CAL 40, 1964, #21. Located San Diego. Blue LP topsides 2004. Bottom peeled and barrier coated 2004. Quantum main, 150%, Harken roller furler 2002, dodger 2003, Perkins 4-107, folding prop, refrigeration, windlass. $57,000. (619) 447-5235 or

HUNTER PASSAGE 42. Two staterooms, 2 heads, 62 hp Yanmar, 800 hrs. Loaded: Autopilot, alternator, full cockpit enclosure, new upholstery, custom cabinetry, thin-screen TV, Bose sound, mainsail handling system, dinghy davits. $149,000, $119,000. Call (619) 239-6054 or email:

CONCEPT 40, 1982. Gary Mull design. Swan looks and quality. Completely refurbished. New Westerbeke engine, decks, rigging, mainsail, gel batteries and windlass in last 2 years. GPS map, radar, inverter and MaxProp. Aft cabin with 2 heads. Reduced: $84,500. Jim (805) 650-1481. CASCADE 42 PILOTHOUSE, 1977. Ready to cruise, full batten main, furling headsail, dual helm, Freedom 2500, radar, Ham/SSB, solar panel, 60-hp diesel, CPT autopilot, fiberglass dinghy. Located San Diego. Specifications and photos at: <> $69,500. (619) 585-8726.

CHALLENGER 40 WITH SLIP in Newport, OR. Amazing Grace is a wellequipped bluewater cruiser with beautiful mahogany interior, 2 staterooms, spacious salon and cockpit. New mainsail, 2 jibs, gennaker, Newmar charger. Large galley with upright ac/dc refer/freezer, Force 10 stove. Electronics include radar, GPS, VHF, Navman speed/depth/wind instruments. Force4 dinghy, Mercury outboard. Full canvas enclosure. Live aboard or circumnavigate. Asking $79,000. Option to own slip at the Embarcadero Resort. $25,900. Call Loren (530) 228-1827 or BENETEAU 473, 2005 in extremely nice condition. Two-wheel steering. Full-battened main for performance, cruising spinnaker with sock, roller furling, jib and genoa, bow thruster, electric halyard and primary winches. Diesel hydronic forcedair heating to each cabin. Three double cabins, two heads. Teak decks, liferaft, autopilot, radar, extra fuel tank, 10’ Caribe RIB dinghy. This is a very well thought out, comfortable and easy boat to sail, maneuver and maintain. $295,000. Lying Alameda. Call owner Randy Chandler (925) 285-0351.

41-FT W.D. SCHOCK GRAND PRIX, IOR, designer William Cook. New Pathfinder 65-hp engine, mast, standing rigging, running rigging, bamboo sole. Carbon fiber main and jibs. PHRF 63. 14 winches. A boat for Pacific Cup. $59,950. (707) 246-4863.

67-FT JUNK RIG SCHOONER, 1917. All wood construction, 6-71 Detroit rebuilt, 130 hours ago. Vessel Whitefin for sale: $105,000. (415) 331-3612.


42-FT COMANCHE, S&S-DESIGNED, Chris Craft built. F/G liveaboard oceancruising sloop. Classic New England lines, modern underbody, fast, responsive, doublehander. Major rifit: Mast, rigging, sails, wiring, offshore anchor gear, dodger, profurler, interior. ABI portlights, etc. Excellent Perkins diesel, new paint. $49,000. (415) 713-6876. BENETEAU 423, 2004. Like new. Two staterooms, two bathrooms, main mast furling, autopilot, color chartplotter, radar, set of new North sails, spinnaker, heater, new lines, factory inverter, folding prop. A must-see boat. $230,000. Brian (415) 682-8804.

1929 HISTORICAL 92-FT WOODEN schooner. Hodgdon Bros built, William Hand design. Needs restoration. Truly a classic. Go to website for all info and pics before calling: <> Reduced to $149,900 or trade for boat or real estate. Be creative. (541) 661-1070.

51 FEET & OVER TAYANA 55 CUTTER. Completely equipped for ocean cruising. Reduced to $399,000. See specs & pics at website: <> or email:

FORMOSA 51 CENTER COCKPIT ketch. Legendary, strong fiberglass hull, repowered with a Ford Lehman 120, 600 hours. Replacement Isomat aluminum masts currently stored awaiting install. Huge aft cabin, two heads, one with tub. Engine room with washer/dryer. Needs a great deal of work, electrical/carpentry. Currently berthed in Berkeley. Fast sale at $49,900/obo. Owner may finance, serious buyers only. (510) 508-0151 or

SEABIRD YAWL, PRICE REDUCED. Duchess. MMBA member, Marconi full keel. Built 1940 of mahogany. LOA 33-ft, LOD 26-ft. New Yanmar. Send for list of equipment and numerous upgrades. $6,000. (510) 215-6620 or jtucker903@

CRUISING DEBUTANT 25.5. (Modified Folkboat.) Built 1962 Denmark, mahogany over oak frames. Tivoli has been impeccably maintained by same owner for over 40 years. Gasoline inboard. Complete maintenance list available. $15,000. Call (415) 307-1655.

SKALLERUD 54. Steel hull motorsailer. Rebuilt Perkins diesel and new drive train, cruising electronics, new kitchen, ketch rig. Project boat that needs a handy person to finish interior. $59,000. Call (650) 964-2854.

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CORSAIR F27 TRIMARAN, 1990. Hull #164. Spinnaker, square-top main and jib. 8-hp outboard. $44,000. For complete specification sheet and photos, please email: or call (510) 299-5671.

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DANISH SPIDSGATTER 25. Berthed in Sausalito. 1939 Berg design. Want a project? Ingolf is a classic double-ender sloop looking for a home. Needs new canvas, deck, chainplates, and engine. Recent survey. Best offer. Call (415) 264-2066.

MARPLES 44 TRIMARAN. $35,000. Project boat, needs new owner. Hull 90% completed. Top quality. Located So. Cal. Includes boat, tools, materials, container. Can be complete on site. See: http:// (909) 437-5691.

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JIM BROWN 31-FT SEARUNNER ventwing tri. Located on the beautiful Sea of Cortez in Guaymas, Mexico. Full suit of sails. Honda 9.9 outboard, solar panel. Seven Barient winches. $19,000. Go fishin’ or sail off on your dream cruise. or (505) 895-5649. PIVER TRIMARAN 24, 1960. Strippeddown hull, 27-ft aluminum mast. $2,000/ obo. Call Tom (916) 996-1239 or email: BROWN 34 SEARUNNER TRIMARAN. Fresh Kubota 2-cylinder diesel. Amas freshly painted. Lots of extras. $10,000. In Rio Vista, CA. (925) 584-7658.


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CORSAIR F24 Mk II, 1996. Barely used carbon fiber main, 2 jibs, spin, reconditioned trailer, 2005 Honda 4-stroke, very good condition. $34,500. Call Cal (831) 661-0280.



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CROSS 42 Mk II OFFSHORE pilothouse cutter. Professionally built in Seattle. Fast. Join the 240-mile club, average 10 knots. Stable, 24.6’ beam keeps her less than 10 degrees of heel, average 5. Performance, new Doyle sails with flat cut, allows for 30 degrees off the wind. Accomodations will sleep four couples comfortably. Have receipts totaling over $85,000 invested at wholesale prices in last twelve months, not including hundreds of man hours. Don’t think there is a better prepared multihull for blue or green water work for under $200,000. If you would like to preview boat call for DVD. Have recent survey, insured with Boat U.S. Asking price $179,500. Call (530) 559-7912.

PRICE REDUCED: 53-FT LUXURY catamaran. Fountaine-Pajot 1991, proven, seaworthy world cruiser completely refit in 2005 at Svendson’s including new mast, standing and running rigging, sails, refrigeration, batteries, water heater, electronics. Custom interior includes galley up light, spacious salon, 4 double berths, plus double berth crew’s quarters, 3 heads, bathtub, custom hard dodger, watermaker, 8kw genset, large tankage, electric winches, 110/220 electrical, new bottom paint 2006. $479,000. See <www.> (650) 804-6716 or email: CATANA 472, 2001. This high-performance, fast, comfortable, roomy and easily handled catamaran is now for sale. A beautiful boat, perfectly maintained. Now in Panama going to Puerto Vallarta. Take a vacation and come see her. Info via email: See details on Yacht World. Fully equipped with extras. Caligo design model with one hull as the owners cabin. Beautiful cherrywood interior. Asking $780,000.

OUTRAGEOUS, BROWN SEARUNNER 31. Open-winged amas. Has had little use. Surveyed 2004. 9.9 4-stroke electric start ob. Sleeps 4, 2 sinks, galley, etc. Dock 3, Brisbane Marina, $165/mo. dock fee. OK to stay on boat 3 nights/week. Minutes from downtown SF. $6,000. (650) 207-4044.

CHARTER SAIL MEXICAN MAYAN RIVIERA 2004 Hunter 466 • Fully equipped • Crew & food included Cancun Airport pick-up • Snorkel / Dive / Visit ruins S/V Bruja Marina • (818) 262-5853 • Mexico 011-52 (984) 120-5958 •


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39-FT CUSTOM GRAINGER MYSTERY Cove cat. 38.75’ x 23’ x 4’. All vinylester resin and honeycomb construction, oversized rig, very fast, spacious interior with exceptional storage, motivated seller. Was $189,000US, now $130,000US for fast sale. Lying Panama, 011 (507) 6668-9758 or

WANNABE NOAH SAYS, “I’ll take a raincheck.” Aluminum hull 57’ x 14’ for righteous man to build floating home. Chevy engines, Volvo Penta outdrives, Koehler generator. Some etc. $15,000 for all, $10,000 for hull only. Pics/info call (209) 327-7333.

$269,000, 1998 LEOPARD 45. Clean, strong, refit 2003-05. Generator, AC, mainsail, refrigerator, rigging, radar, SSB, RIB, windlass, electrical, etc. Lots of cruising gear. Ready in the Med for your cruise. I will trade for R.E. (415) 381-1109 or GEMINI 105MC CATAMARAN. 34 feet. Less than 160 hours on 27-hp diesel engine. Lots of upgrades including screecher on curved track with roller furling, which is great for downwind sailing. Asking $135,000. (209) 538-9018.

17-FT BOSTON WHALER. Montauk hull sport model with 80-hp Evinrude outboard. Excellent trailer. $8,500. Ray in Burson (209) 772-9695.

1988 BAYLINER 2556 FLYBRIDGE. $30,000 spent on this boat in last two years. Brand new, not rebuilt, Mercruiser 260 hp with rebuilt outdrive, 145 hours including carb, exhaust manifolds, dual batteries, fresh water cooling. Halon automatic fire extinguishers. Everything in the engine compartment replaced with engine. Down riggers, new upholstery 2005, 9/2006 hauled and bottom painted, new canvas and all woodwork professionally refinished. Cleanest on the Bay. 4-wheel trailer included. Call for huge equipment list. $19,500. (415) 378-8634.

FOUNTAINE PAJOT 38, 1999. Excellent condition. Never chartered. 4 cabins, 2 heads with showers. Lewmar windlass, 260‚ 5/16 ht chain, three 65w solar panels. Separate house and start batteries. Link 1000, engine gauges. Achilles RIB, 9.9-hp Suzuki. $199,500. Email: whoulihan@cox. net for details/pics.

CUSTOM 60-FT CAT, 1999. Fast, long, light, world cruiser or term charter. Four queen-sized cabins with heads and showers, two crew cabins. Epoxy honeycomb vacbag post-cured hulls. Large cockpit with hard top, fridge, twin helms. Calvert Vectran main, jib and screecher, Yanmars, Harken/Antal hardware. For info: <> In Florida. $795,000. Email: or call Tem (727) 842-7312. We are back from Caribbean and Panama.

BOSTON WHALER, 1999. Conquest 21. Mercury Optimax 200 offshore outboard with 376 hours. Fully loaded. Meticulously maintained and in excellent condtiion. All boat and equipment manuals included. Horizon 400 windlass, Raytheon L365 fishfinder, Furuno GPS navigator, VHF, fresh water shower, canvas sun top, windshield, side curtains, aft curtain. Full fishing package with live well and wash down, full boat cover, dual batteries with shore power charge/hook up, plumbed head, 92 gal. fuel tank and more. Asking $26,995. Located Sausalito. Call Bart Welles (415) 722-1592. PILOTHOUSE DOUBLE CABIN trawler, 1976, Trumpy & Sons. 52’ LOA, 74,000 lbs, 5’ draft. Inboard Detroit diesel, 270 hp. Operational, ideal for liveaboard. Tons of extras. Available for viewing: Pier 38 in San Francisco. Mario (415) 546-7245 or

32-FT CLASSIC MONTEREY. Totally restored Monterey fishing boat, converted to day boat, sportfisher or Bay cruiser. All woodwork has been done. New fuel tanks, hydraulic steering, tinted glass, etc. GMC 2-71 diesel engine. Needs to be finished, such as controls, wiring, exhaust and finishing touches. Must be seen to be appreciated. $45,000, will consider any reasonable offer. More pics and details: or pls call (707) 964-5423.

ERICSON 32, 1985. Deep-keel version, new electronics, rigging, Hood 100% jib, head. Low hours on Yanmar 30 installed 2003. Bottom paint 11/06. Equipped for sailing and cruising, this classic sailboat features roller furling, electric windlass, self-tailing winches, with all lines leading directly to the cockpit. Berthed at Sausalito Yacht Harbor. Professionally maintained with a recent survey available. 1/2 share for $17,000 or two 1/4 shares for $9,500/each. $250/quarter share/month. Call Sam (707) 421-0366 or email: I HAVE CRUISED MY ESPRIT/VALIANT 37 from San Francisco to San Blas islands of Panama, but circumstances allow me to continue for no longer than 3 months/year. 2/3 partners are wanted to cruise the boat the rest of time. Equity of $25k and $150 monthly expenses provide you with unique opportunity to cruise Caribbean for 12 weeks/year. Only experienced sailors capable to run a ‘ship’ are wanted. For more info email: or call 011-507-6743-4873. CATALINA 30, 1981. New sails, covers, wheel steering, 24-hp Yanmar diesel, good interior. Berthed in SF, South Beach. 1/3 timeshare, flexible schedule. $350/ month. (415) 731-4956.

POWER & HOUSEBOATS 65-FT WOOD CLASSIC, 1939. Heavy built ex-trawler. GMC 12V-71, 21-kw generator. Full electronics. Lots of equipment. Ready to go. Would make great conversion. More pics/details: Asking $112,000 or any reasonable offer. Call (707) 964-5423.

NON-EQUITY PARTNER(S) in Pearson 30 cruiser sailboat with Yanmar diesel. Berthed in downtown Sausalito. Owner gone a lot. $150-200/mo. (415) 332-3415 or



36-FT TRIMARAN KETCH. Ready for Mexico. Spotless interior, bow nets, custom dodger, large cockpit, wheel steering. Ballenger spars, Profurl rollerjib. Radar, Autohelm, GPS with plotter, knot, depth, winspeed. Yanmar diesel. Located SF Bay. $15,000. Call John (800) 499-SAIL.

TRADE OR SALE OR DONATE: 1974 68-ft x 20-ft working steel trawler/office/ home. 1,200 sq.ft. of space. Legal liveaboard. Trade value: 45 to 70-ft sailboat or cash or terms. Be creative. Berkeley slip. See: <> Email: or call (510) 665-7716.

CATALINA 36. Alameda berth, 1/4 share. Autohelm, dodger, bimini, offshore raft, diesel. New last 3 years: Rigging, jib, head, interior, fuel tank, shaft, heat exchanger, hoses, alternator. Major refit and hauled Jan. 2007. $1,200 down, $275/mo. John (415) 740-4629.

BENETEAU 393 PARTNERSHIP. Sausalito. 2002, excellent condition, well maintained, beautiful interior. 2 cabins plus salon and 2 heads. Diesel, good sails. Fast cruiser. Great electronics. Nonequity partnership, prefer active sailors. $500/mo. (415) 331-4900 (days) or (415) 332-4401 (eves).

SPENCER 32 GLASS/PLY. Atomic 4, furling, solar, epoxy barrier, blister free, New: Paint, rigging, electric. Currently in Puerto Vallarta sailed from Seattle 4 years ago, surfing/cruising since. Well maintained, off season dry stored. $20,000. Pics: <www.> Email: emmet or FINE WINES: Merryvale, Honig, St. Supery, Bogle, Santa Ema, Titarelli, lotsa Aussies. Castell del Vino imports quality wines into Mexico. Strictly temperature controlled. Mazatlan, P.V., Cabo, La Paz, delivered to your slip/residence. Mike (669) 116-0772 or Tannya (669) 982-7522 or email: <www.>

RAFIKI 37 CUTTER, 1978. New rigging, electronics, liferaft, dinghy/motor and much more. Engine tired but have drop-in replacement. Dry stored in La Paz. $100k spent over last three years. $75,000. (415) 331-3612. LEARN TO SAIL in the Sea of Cortez. San Carlos Sailing School, an ASA school based in San Carlos, Sonora. Specializing in learn-to-sail cruises, vacations. Also offer boat rentals, day trips. See: <> or please call (800) 874-4830. PARADISE CONDO RENTALS. Marina residence overlooking N. Vallarta Lagoon, Banderas Bay. Access to 5-star resort amenities. 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo or 3-bedroom, 3-1/2-bath, sun deck, palapa, Jacuzzi, view. See: <www.paradisevillage. com> Condo info: Call (925) 208-1601 or email: AHOY, BAJA HA-HA. MEXICOLDER low amp marine refrigeration in Mazatlán, Mexico, call on VHF Ch22. Designed/built in the tropics for the tropics. Authorized service center for most US brands. <> Email: sales@ Internationally accepted marine surveys, too.

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PLAN YOUR MEXICAN GETAWAY NOW at the brand-new, gorgeous Cielo Y Mar condos. Located in Punta Mita, 35 minutes from Puerto Vallarta, available to rent from private owner. Right on the beach, 10 feet from the water, they offer spectacular views of ocean and mountains, the biggest infinity pool in the area, an endless beach, great advanced and beginning surf breaks, great fishing, tremendous views of whales, bird life and the islands. While uncrowded and tranquil, it’s just a five-minute walk to several waterfront restaurants. Choose from a spacious and beautifully furnished one or three-bedroom unit, or an amazing two-story penthouse with lovely shade trellis on the top floor. See details: <> To reserve, call (415) 599-5012.

TRADE TRADE OR SALE OR DONATE: 1974 68-ft x 20-ft working steel trawler/office/ home. 1,200 sq.ft. of space. Legal liveaboard. Trade value: 45 to 70-ft sailboat or cash or terms. Be creative. Berkeley slip. See: <> Email: or call (510) 665-7716.

WANTED WANTED: FREEDOM 25 with round mast. Also possibly interested in a Freedom 21. Call Chris (408) 445-2557.

VOLVO MD3B 36-HP DIESEL, running take out with 2,300 hours. Complete engine, trans, wiring harness, manuals, parts list and panel. Last run January 17 and stored inside since takeout. Located Brookings, OR. You haul, $500. (541) 251-0799. CATALINA 30 JIB FURLER. OE Schaefer unit. I am replacing the factory-installed Schaefer jib furler on my 1996 Catalina 30 Mk III standard rig. Pictures and additional detail available by request. $750 offers/ trades considered. Bill (415) 974-0700 or 4-CYLINDER PERKINS 108 DIESEL, 50-hp. Removed from a 32’ Westsail. Has shaft lock. Recently serviced: oil, fuel filters, and antifreeze. Runs and looks good, $2,500. Also, 42’6” aluminum mast with 15’ boom, $1,050. 2 spreaders, ss rigging and turnbuckles, fixed position triangle steps. No roller furling. Mainsail is in good shape. (707) 252-8011 or see in person at Napa Valley Marina. I HAVE NEW NAVICO CORUS autopilot computer, feedback, hydraulic pump. Need C-600AD display or 600AP programmer and compass. Will sell mine for $500 or buy yours. Need 3.5-hp fourstroke, 8’ portabote, Air-X turbine; PUR PS 40. (510) 769-1414. STEERING GEAR: Sayes rig in good condition, $1,500. Tiller Master, works great, $125. Sea Course tiller pilot, very powerful, worked for me, $75. Newport Beach. Photos available. (949) 338-1662 or



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WANTED: REMOTE CONTROL for Autohelm 3000 Autopilot. Must be analog, pre-Seatalk. Attachment configuration with 4 female receptacles. Call Ethan (360) 789-3022 or NEW 63-FT ALUMINUM MAST, boom, sails, winches, sail track, Schaefer stainless steel blocks, cleats, anchors, misc. items. These items were purchased for a 53’ Roberts that was never finished. They have been stored inside my shop since new. I believe these items are worth about $30,000, would sell for $17,500/obo. Call (707) 964-6712. You can see them at Van Peer Boatworks, 32600 Hwy 20, Fort Bragg, CA, 95437. AIRES WINDVANE, WIND GENERATOR, manual windlass, paranchor, Trilite w/strobe, Edson pump, outboards: (2.59.9), Survivor-35 watermaker, aluminum davits, SGC-230 tuner, outboard crane, dive gear, inflatables: Avon-Achilles, survival suit, BBQ, headsails, bottom paint, books, charts, fittings, blocks, 35HT anchors. or (415) 497-3731.

LET MY TRAINED COCKROACHES install my 16 hp Universal in your Catalina 30. Cheap. 14 hp Westerbeke, $1,500. YSM Yanmar 12 hp, $2,000. 2QM Yanmar, $1,200. All complete with transmissions and gear. My poor roaches need food so buy. (415) 272-5776. PAPER CHARTS: Mexico to Panama, South Pacific, Caribbean. Good to used condition, all usable. All scales. Mostly black and white, some color. Hundreds, sell as collection only, make offer. Email: YANMAR 3QM 30H. Runs and looks good. In Eureka, possible delivery. $3,500. Also, 26-ft racing sloop, a Thunderbird with tandem-axle trailer. Fast, fun, stable, currently on trailer, ready to go. $4,500. Call (707) 441-9031 or (707) 496-7380. HAWKFARM OWNERS: New Petters AC1W exhaust system complete with new mounting flange, $160. Bruce (510) 234-7020 or


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USED AND UNUSED GEAR: Survivor 06 watermaker, Maxwell 21 self-tailing winches, LectraSan treatment system, Jabsco water pumps, Galley Maid water heater, new two-burner stovetop, hard canister for liferaft. CNG tanks, whip antenna, more. For prices and details: HARKEN MIDRANGE ROLLER traveler(s): Highbeam with double-cam end controls and car, $325. Lowbeam with single-end controls and car, $220. Windward sheeting car assembly, $200. Leave message for Mike (650) 572-1115 for pics, more info or to see. TWO SPINNAKERS 70’ x 37’. Will shorten to suit, $800/each. Dacron jib, 10-oz, like new, 54’, luff 13.8, hanks or foil, $800. complete charts Inside Passage, $500. Sailmaker Goring (510) 523-9011. INVERTER/CHARGER, Freedom Marine 20. 2000w and 100a. Used 4 years. $340. In Alameda. (209) 604-6581. VOLVO MD2010 10-HP DIESEL with approx 100 hours use, complete with tach panel and shift lever, in-line 2:1 transmission, 7% down angle, freshwater cooled. Very quiet running 2-cylinder engine. Just serviced at Volvo service center. $3,750/ firm. Gary (415) 215-0907. 74-FT MAST DESIGNED for catamaran. Also, SGC SSB radio. (415) 269-5165.

MISCELLANEOUS CAPTAIN’S LICENSE CLASSES. OUPV (6-pack)/100 ton Masters, plus towing and sailing endorsements. USCG-approved courses. Successful completion satisfies USCG exam requirements. Offered by US Maritime Academy of California. Weeknight classes in San Mateo, Sausalito and Ventura. Call Mike (650) 298-9489. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ROBERT French for an outstanding job repowering my Catalina 30. He had a strong attention to detail and clearly cares about his work. Thumbs up! Greg.

CLUBS & MEMBERSHIPS SINGLE SAILORS ASSOCIATION welcomes all levels of experience. Members enjoy daysailing, cruising, group sails, socials, etc. Monthly meetings 2nd Thursday of month, social 6:30 p.m., meeting 7:30 p.m., Oakland Yacht Club, 1101 Pacific Marina, Alameda. Guests welcome, PICYA member. Call (510) 273-9763. <>

NON-PROFIT MARIN POWER & SAIL SQUADRON promotes high standards of navigation and seamanship, offers members free classes ranging from Seamanship to Celestial Navigation plus cruises and social events. Next Boat Smart classes in Novato May 15, 16, 22, 23, all from 7 to 9 pm. For details and registration call (415) 883-6777. TWO HOUR GPS CLASS, April 23, 2007 and Boating Safety Class, 4 Lesson begins April 30, 2007. Offered by Santa Clara Power Squadron, Sail & Power Boating. Call DeWayn (408) 255-6097. For map or to register online go to: <http://www.usps. org/localusps/santaclara/PE.htm>

PROPERTY SALE/RENT MAINE COAST COTTAGE FOR RENT. Summer cottage on quiet cove with sunset views over Casco Bay available for several weeks, summer 2007. $2,000/week. Built in 1910, 5 bedrooms, 2 baths, new kitchen, lots of privacy, idyllic setting. Tennis court, dinghy, private waterfront, hour from Portland airport. Call (212) 741-1152 or DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS opportunity. Waterfront property, 3 large bedrooms, 3 baths, 2,650-sq. ft. beautiful home. Large deck with great views, covered dock, 2 slips, lots of nice extas. Only $849,000. Most furniture can stay for the right buyer. Live where you play. (925) 963-8605 or (925) 684-2816.

BERTHS & SLIPS 40-FT SLIP AT PIER 39 D DOCK for rent. $350 per month. Great location in San Francisco and great marina facilities. No liveaboards please. Call (425) 643-0614. 36-FT SLIP AT PIER 39 FOR SALE. C-35. Great location, close to everything. Excellent marina facilities, good parking. No liveaboards. Must sell. Reduced to $10,000/obo. Call Rafael (415) 595-9428 or PIER 39, TWO SIDE-BY-SIDE 36-ft slips, C dock. May be modified to double-wide, with total width of 29 feet. 27 years left on sublease. $12,500/each/obo. Call Bill (818) 226-6021. 40-FT BERTH FOR RENT, ALAMEDA Estuary. Private dock, good security, power, water, close parking, space to work on your boat, peace of mind, good deal. $239/month. Sorry, no liveaboards. Also, boat electrical repairs. Call Capt. Ed (510) 521-2000 or (510) 280-4994 (cell).

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SAN FRANCISCO DOCK. 36’ x 13’ slip with dock box for rent/lease/sale at Pier 39, SF. Call for pricing. (530) 283-5805. 36-FT SLIP AT PIER 39 FOR SALE. C-5. Best location, close to everything. Excellent Marina facilities and parking. $12,000. Also Ericson 30, 1968 with 60 hours Kubota diesel, new rigging and holding tank. $9,500. Both, $20,500. (925) 228-4635 or

CREW EXPERIENCED CIRCUMNAVIGATOR seeks crew for Arctic voyage from Iceland to Norway, on to Spitsbergen, return to Norway, Summer 2007. Three separate legs available. Well-founded 44-ft staysail schooner currently in Iceland. Must share expenses, participate fully. (505) 466-6326 or CREW NEEDED FOR CRUISE from Seattle to San Diego in August for Baja Ha-Ha. Share expenses. Island Packet 40, well equipped. Also need crew during Ha-Ha. Call Jerry (206) 406-3857. LOVER OF THE SEA SEEKS attractive companion for adventure. I’m 49, tallish, blonde, widow, fit and into: Nutrition, rowing, sailing, hiking, biking, possible romance. Seeking youngish female with similar interests. Photo and creative response: kajunglejim@aol.Com or (707) 527-0605. CREW NEEDED FOR DELIVERY of Alden 44 sailboat from Seattle to SF in late May. Will cover expenses. Some experience required. The trip should take 5 to 7 days. Call (510) 649-7754 or email:

TRYING TO LOCATE MISS MOLLY! Tony/Karin call Val/Phil, SV Somewhere. +44 (0) 779-265-4161. JIM WHO OWNED DEVRIES Lentsch sloop Pearl: I lost the number you gave outside RYC. Email me: exstreamski@ or call (775) 303-2679.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES SMALL BOAT MARINA OPPORTUNITY on Tropical Island! Work for a leading defense contractor with excellent benefits. Requires maritime knowledge and boating experience, related degree/experience. Computer and interpersonal skills required. Send resume by email: mil or fax (256) 890-8533. For additional information visit:

CAPTAINS, FIRST OFFICERS AND crew and sailing instructors. Best pay in the biz. Rendezvous Charters and Spinnaker Sailing is hiring. P/T or F/T, midweek and weekend shifts available. Want to love your job? Building sea time? ASA Certification earns more $$. Join this fun company full of great people. Fax resumé to (415) 543-7405 or email: rendezvous@ SAILING SCHOOL OFFICE, CATERING, maintenance. No experience required but is preferred. Run phones, prepare food for charters, crew, maintain our 26 sailing yachts. F/T or P/T. Fax resumé to (415) 543-7405 or email: rendezvous@ Great people, great $$, a fun job. SAILBOAT RIGGER WANTED. Must have prior experience as a rigger and be familiar with most aspects of boat repair and maintenance. If you enjoy working outdoors, problem solving, and the camaraderie found in boating, this could be the job for you. Excellent salary for the right person. Email complete resume’ to: or call (415) 331-3400. RIGGING SHOP FABRICATOR. Svendsen’s Marine in Alameda, CA, is seeking a full-time entry-level rigshop fabricator to help satisfy its growing rigging business. Candidates should have a sailing background. Preference will be given to candidates with good computer skills and customer service experience. Position includes benefits. Please email resume to: For more information about Svendsen’s Marine, visit <> No phone inquiries please. SALES: CLUB NAUTIQUE, the Bay Area’s leading sailing and powerboat school and charter club is currently seeking an upbeat, customer service-oriented team member for our East Bay sales department. The position is full time, commission plus hourly, plus benefits. Successful applicant will have experience in boating as well as sales and must be able to work weekends. Passion for boating a must. Resumé to: NEED 2 EXPERIENCED SALES people to join Sausalito office of busy yacht brokerage. Three west coast offices, as well as Ft. Lauderdale, broaden sales base, leads. Great staff and team support. Best Sausalito waterfront location. Call Bill (415) 332-8070. BAY MARINE BOATWORKS in Pt. Richmond is hiring for the following positions: Travel Lift Assistant, Finish Painter, Chandlery/Purchasing Manager. Experience preferred but we will train the right person(s). We offer full benefits including medical, dental, vacation and 401(k). Please fax a copy of your resumé along with a cover letter to (510) 237-2253.

OFFSHORE PASSAGEMAKING INSTRUCTION IN THE ATLANTIC John & Amanda Neal are dedicated to providing hands-on, documented instruction aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46 Mahina Tiare III, drawing on their combined 456,000 miles and 61 years of experience. • (360) 378-6131 Alameda Custom Upholstery & Canvas Business Large customer base with instant income In operation for 23 years • Owner willing to train • $65,000 Agent Rich Krinks • (510) 814-4802 • April, 2007 •

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MASTER SHIPWRIGHT. Svendsen’s Boat Works is seeking a full-time master shipwright to help satisfy its growing boat repair and retrofit business. Applicants shall have mastery of all aspects of wooden boat repair and construction, including structural framing, decking and spars. Applicants should also have skill in the installation and integration of marine electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems, with the ability to coordinate extensive repair and retrofit projects from beginning through completion. Preference will be given to candidates with formal training in boat building, ABYC certifications and a history of stable employment. Relocation reimbursement and/or assistance with immigration will be considered for out-ofarea or international candidates. Position includes full benefits. Email resumé to: TRAVEL LIFT OPERATOR needed. Heavy equipment moving experience preferred. Excellent pay and benefits. Great Alameda location. Email resumé to: or fax to: (510) 769-0815. SEASHINE, a twenty-year-old premier boat maintenance and detail company, is looking to hire. The ideal candidate will be responsible for cleaning and detailing yachts; duties include polishing, washing, carpet and cushion cleaning, bilge cleaning and wood work. We are looking for someone who has a keen eye for attention, is able and willing to work hard, and has a passion for excellence. The role has a strong potential to grow into a crew lead, in which the responsibilities will include managing and working with the team. Please send your resumé and a cover letter, summarizing who you are, to: or fax (650) 594-1184. CAPTAINS, BE THE FIRST ON THE West Coast Trolley Boat. See website: <> Amphibious, 42 passenger, jet powered, state of the art. Sacramento city and river. Requirements: 50 GT ticket, P/T and F/T. Jim Heffelfinger, Sacramento Yacht Charters (916) 552-2933. OFFICE ASSISTANT/RECEPTIONIST. Outstanding organizational skills, detail oriented, excellent written and verbal communications skills, multi-tasking, Microsoft Office, A/R, Quickbooks. Saturdays required, full-time with benefits. Emery Cove Yacht Harbor. (510) 428-0505 or fax: (510) 428-4940 or email: $14-$17/hour, depending on experience. SKILLED PAID BOAT MAINTENANCE and crew position on two high-end cruising sailboats in Sausalito. Good mechanical and electrical skills needed, as well as interest in occasional crewing for local Bay area sailing. Flexible position. Call (415) 331-5005.

CAPTAIN WANTED PART TIME. 30-ft passenger launch operating from Pier 39. Requires 50-ton license. Prefer issue #2 or higher. Must be available Sat. and Sun. Good for student or retired person. (415) 781-3950. DOCK STAFF: CLUB NAUTIQUE, the Bay Area’s premier boating school and charter boat fleet has an opening for a boat detailer/mechanic at our new Marina Bay location in Richmond. Pay commensurate with experience. Send resumé to: AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY to sell today’s hottest marine technology: OSSA Powerlite diesel electric propulsion systems. This is a full-time inside sales position working from Glacier Bay’s new corporate headquarters in Union City. We are looking for a highly motivated, self-starter with solid knowledge of the marine industry and a track record of sales success. Excellent telephone skills, strong mechanical aptitude and knowledge of boats and boat systems will be needed when you talk with our sophisticated customers. Glacier Bay is a rapidly growing, internationally known company backed by one of the world’s largest venture firms. We offer excellent advancement potential and a very competitive compensation package. Please email your resumé to Wayne Goldman at: or fax: (510) 437-9200. I AM SAILING AWAY this fall and need to find someone to take my place at Scanmar International, home of the Monitor windvane, in Point Richmond. I am looking for someone to fill a key full-time position in our office. The position would start out doing the ‘pink’ jobs such as answering the phone, filing, preparing invoices and shipping documents and would evolve into a sales position as knowledge of our windvanes is gained. The job will include a hands-on learning experience of how the Monitors are built and how they work. Sailing and/or cruising experience would be wonderful, but is not a requirement. For more information about Scanmar, please visit our website <www.selfsteer. com> Email your resumé to me, Emmy, at CUSTOM MARINE MATTRESS manufacturer seeks representative. Part-time commission-based opportunity. Responsibilities include visiting customers’ boats to make patterns and exhibiting at local boat shows. Territories include Delta and Bay Area. For more info, please call Dave or Brian (949) 752-7795. PIER 39 MARINA. Property Administrator: Full time, perfect applicant has accounting, people skills, and boating background. Great benefits, great team. Also, Weekend Patrol Boat Operator: Customer service, excellent boat handling a must. Fun job. Please call (415) 705-5557 or email: info@

SEA BEAR CANVAS • Marine Canvas Fabricator • Port Townsend Wonderful work space • Over a decade in business • Well regarded Unlimited work for motivated owner • Potential for growth Lease assignable • Seller will train new owner

COMMISSIONING AND REPAIR person needed for busy new yacht sales and brokerage company. Must have experience in repairing boat systems, new installations, rigging and electronics. Full-time and part-time positions available. Call Debbie (510) 236-2633.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES CATALINA ISLAND, CA, POWERBOAT charter business. 6-passenger boat. 49passenger boat. Website. Avalon City dockside permits. Pebbly Beach mooring. Turnkey business. Could be expanded to include sailing charters. $295,000. See <> Call Burney Ramming (310) 422-1406. FACTORY REP/SALES BUSINESS for west coast expansion of TomCat Boats. The TC9.7 has the interior room and performance of a cat, yet priced like a monohull. The perfect combination to capture the expanding market of retiring babyboomers. (408) 887-8044.

TONGA CHARTER SAILING BUSINESS for sale. Lifestyle business in exotic Vava’u Group. Sail blue Pacific waters, hidden lagoons, white-sand beaches, uninhabited isles. Snorkel colorful reefs teeming with fish, explore hidden caves. 8 years established business. $89,000 USD. Email:

TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY PEARSON 26, 1976. Clean, good shape, full set of sails including storm jib. 9-hp ob, runs, needs battery/work. Marine head/ stainless sink. Great Bay boat. Must sell, $6,500/obo. Located Port Sonoma. Mark (805) 450-9864. HELP CREATE AN AMAZING CHILDhood. Hard-working, sealorn Colorado couple seek great deal on stout, midsized bluewater cruiser. Our dream: True ‘quality time’ sailing with our incredible little boy, Quinn. Your boat – part of the dream? or (970) 884-7768.

COSTA RICA DREAM LIFE for sale: This Tamarindo, Costa Rica-based charter operation includes 2 sailing catamarans (42ft Kurt Hughes 1995, 36-ft Kurt Hughes 2002) in overall excellent condition with combined capacity of 64 passengers. This established, profitable, expanding, and turnkey business has a great reputation in the fastest growing area of Costa Rica. Also included: 2000 Mercedes 12-person minivan, snorkel gear for 70 people, 3 kayaks, 6-man dinghy with 15-hp Yamaha, 18-foot panga with 40-hp Johnson, 28ft hard-bottom inflatable with 100-hp Yamaha. $950,000, owner will finance $250k. <> info@ Only serious inquiries please. 011-506-842-3204.

45’ x 15’ SLIP AT PIER 39 for sale. Great location and marina facilities. Sublease, no livaboards. Call Rob (804) 784-2717. CORONADO 30, 1972. Interior in good shape. Exterior needs TLC. Running rigging 4 years old. Sails are worn but useable. Has outboard bracket. No engine. Garmin 172 GPS. In Vallejo. Have bigger boat. $3,500/obo. Call Darrell or Nicki (707) 474-7940. RANGER 33. So. Marin. Atomic 4 gas engine. Pedestal steering. 2 sets of sails. Sleeps 6, head, galley, newly rebuilt starter. Includes tools, needs a little TLC. Good condition. $9,999/obo. (707) 815-6306.

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ADVERTISERS' INDEX AB Marine ........................ 109 ABC Yacht Charters ............ 202 ABC Yachts ....................... 250 Afterguard Sailing Assoc. ..... 26 Agape Villages .................. 151 Alameda Marina/ Pacific Shops, Inc. .............. 61 Alameda Prop & Machine ... 168 Albatross Yacht Charters ..... 203 All Things Computers .......... 111 Almar Marinas .................... 33 American Battery ............... 236 Anacortes Yacht Charters .... 203 Anderson’s Boat Yard ........... 57 Annapolis Performance Sailing.183

Aqua Marine ....................... 30 Aquatic Protection Agency .. 245 Bair Island Marina ............... 10 Baja Naval ....................... 220 Ballena Bay Yacht Brokers.18,19 Ballenger Spars ................. 188 Banner Bay Marine ............ 241 Barillas Marina .................. 218 Bay Island Yachts ................... 7 Bay Marine Boatworks.......... 79 Bay Marine Diesel.............. 240 Bay Propeller ....................... 32 Bay Risk Insurance ............... 89 Bay View Boat Club ........... 187 Bellingham Charterfest ........ 204

Berkeley Boat Sales ............ 243 Berkeley Marine Center ........ 71 Beta Marine Engines ............ 28 Blue Water Insurance.......... 224 Bluewater Network............. 243 Bo’sun Supplies.................. 240 Boat US ....................... 28,169 Boat US Insurance .............. 184 BoatExec............................. 50 Boatguys ........................... 234 Boomkicker/Easystow......... 190 Bottom Siders .................... 228 Boy Scouts San Francisco.... 248 Brisbane Marina .................. 93 British Marine ...................... 24

Brunos Island Resort ........... 193 Butler Rigging .................... 228 BVI Tourist Board ................ 205 Cabrillo Yacht Sales ........... 248 Cal Berkeley ...................... 193 Cass’ Marina....................... 48 Chris Cox Signs ................. 173 Chula Vista Marina ............ 103 City Yachts .......................... 17 Clipper Yacht Harbor.......... 169 Coast Marine ...................... 44 Coastal Cup ...................... 151 Conch Charters.................. 205 Corinthian Yacht Club ......... 188 ... 236

Cover Craft ......................... 37 Coyote Point Marina ............ 44 Cruising Direct Sails ........... 169 CYOA Yacht Charters ......... 200 Davis Instruments................ 161 Desolation Sound Charters .. 203 DeWitt Studio .................... 241 Diesel Fuel Filtering ....... 30,157 Dimen Marine Financing ..... 157 Dirigo Sailing .................... 200 Dockwise Yacht Transport...... 97 Downwind Marine ............... 68 Dutchman.......................... 175 Easom Rigging .................... 55 EM Design ........................ 230

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ADVERTISER'S INDEX - cont'd Emery Cove Yacht Harbor ..... 37 Essex Credit Corp. ............... 83 Farallone Yacht Sales....... 12,13 Fleetkeeper........................ 230 Flying Cloud Yachts .............. 25 Footloose Yacht Charters ..... 201 Fortman Marina ................. 100 Fujinon, Inc. ........................ 72 Garhauer Marine ................. 77 Gentry’s Kona Marina ........ 232 Gerry Sea of Cortez Charts. 222 Gianola & Sons ................. 174 Glacier Bay ....................... 220 Glen Cove Marina ............. 109 Go Cats ............................ 204 Page 240 •

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Golden Gate Yacht Sales ...... 14 Golden State Dsl Marine ..... 239 Grand Marina ....................... 2 H&S Yacht Sales .................. 16 H.F. Radio ........................ 106 Hanse ............................... 224 Hansen Rigging ................... 63 Harken ............................... 58 Haynes Sails ..................... 234 Hidden Harbor Marina ......... 34 Hogin Sails ......................... 60 Holmes Marine Specialties .. 138 Hood Sails .......................... 81 Hotel Coral & Marina ......... 225 Interlux Yacht Finishes ...... 46,47

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Island Girl Products .............. 35 Jiffy Jax ............................. 239 JK3 Nautical Enterprises .. 59,67 John Beery Yachts .............. 248 Johnson Marine, C. Sherman. 52 Karmin, Capt. Jerrold ......... 107 Katadyn ............................ 137 Kissinger Canvas ............... 157 KKMI - Boatyard of the Year .. 65 KKMI - Paint/Electronics/Bkg. 73 KKMI - Paint/Woodwork/ Rigging/Metal ................... 31 Lake Merritt Sailboat House... 34 Landfall Navigation ............ 110 Larry R. Mayne Y&S Broker . 246

Larsen Sails/Neil Pryde ...... 104 Lee Sails ........................... 232 Lewmar Marine.................... 91 List Marine Enterprises ........ 151 Loch Lomond Marina .......... 167 Maine Cats ....................... 203 Makela Boatworks ............. 236 Marin Marine/MJM Yachts . 111 Marina Bay Yacht Harbor ... 219 Marina de la Paz ............... 242 Marina Mazatlan ................. 76 Marina Puerto Salina.......... 221 Marina Puesta del Sol......... 217 Marina Real ...................... 218 Marina Village................ 22,23

Marine Engine Co. ............. 238 Marine Lube ...................... 232 Marine Outboard Co. ........ 228 Marine Servicenter ............... 56 Mariner’s General Insurance . 64 Marotta Yachts................... 249 Mason Yachts .................... 243 Mazatlan Marine Center/ PV Yachts .......................... 30 McGinnis Insurance............ 200 McDermott Costa Ins. ......... 145 McGrath Yachts ................... 21 Milltech Marine, Inc. ............ 82 Moorings, The ................... 199 Modern Sailing Academy ... 198

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DeWitt Art Gallery & Framing (510) 236-1401 (800) 758-4291 121 Park Place, Point Richmond, CA 94801 Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. • Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. • Saturday 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Avoid Rocks, Shoals, 'Land Sharks' & Confiscatory Taxes We have resolved marine insurance coverage, damage claims, warranty and lien disputes. Experienced in drafting and negotiating purchase/sale, charter, builder's contracts and dealing with the IRS, State and local tax agencies. A life-long, Bay, coastal, Delta racer/cruiser as well as an Officer/Director and/or Counsel of Yacht Clubs and other maritime entities since 1954. Affiliate of the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS).

ADVERTISER'S INDEX - cont'd Monterey Bay Marine ......... 232 Napa Valley Marina ............ 94 Nelson Yachts ...................... 27 Nelson’s Marine ................ 252 New Era Yachts ................. 245 Nielsen Group Realty ......... 108 Norpac Yachts ................... 251 North Beach Canvas ............ 85 North Sails ........................ 150 North Sails - San Francisco ... 49 Northern California Pacific Powerboat Expo............... 101 Oakland Yacht Club ........... 190 OCSC Sailing...................... 43 Opequimar Marine Center .. 223

Orange Coast College.......... 95 Outboard Motor Shop .......... 96 Outbound Yachts.................. 45 Owl Harbor ...................... 140 Oyster Cove Marina............. 98 Oyster Point Marina ........... 102 Pacific Coast Canvas .......... 107 Pacific Coast Yachts............ 247 Pacific Yacht Imports ............. 11 Pacific Yachting and Sailing 110 Paradise Village................. 141 Passage Yachts ................... 4,5 Passage Yachts Brokerage ... 245 Performance Cruising Inc./ Telstar ............................. 105

Peter Crane Yacht Sales ...... 247 Pier 39 Marina .................. 105 Pineapple Sails ...................... 3 Prime Fabrication ............... 230 Punta Mita Beachfront Condos ...................................... 240 Pusser’s Rum .......................... 6 Quantum Pacific .................. 41 Quickline .......................... 105 R-Parts .............................. 239 Raiatea Carenage Services . 139 Randall Burg Yacht & Ship .... 20 Richardson Bay Marina ........ 34 Rodgers & Assoc................ 228 Ronstan Marine, Inc. ............ 87

Rooster Sails ........................ 37 Ryan’s Marine ................... 234 Sail California ........... 38,39,40 Sail Cyclades .................... 204 Sail Exchange.................... 230 Sail Warehouse, The .......... 216 Sailrite Kits .......................... 86 Sal’s Inflatable Services....... 103 San Carlos Yacht Sales ....... 244 San Francisco Boat Works..... 32 San Juan Sailing ................ 202 San Leandro Marina............. 29 Sausalito Yacht & Ship ........ 236 Sausalito Yacht & Ship Brokerage ....................... 246

Sausalito Yacht & Ship Dock-n-Sell....................... 242 Scanmar International .... 69,174 Schaefer Marine ................ 111 Schionning Designs ............ 150 Schmidt, Charlotte Yacht Sales .............................. 247 Schoonmaker Point Marina . 186 Sea Frost........................... 225 Sea Scouts of Marin ........... 243 Seacoast Marine Finance ...... 80 Seaportal ............................ 62 Seashine ............................. 26 Seatech ............................ 234 Selden Mast, Inc. USA .......... 42 April, 2007 •

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ADVERTISER'S INDEX - cont'd Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors/SAMS ............ 172 South Beach Harbor ............. 90 South Beach Riggers............. 85 South Beach Sailing Center .. 85 South Beach Yacht Club ...... 185 Southern California Marine/ A to Z Marine Services ....... 54 Spectra Watermakers .......... 70 Spin Tec ............................ 192 Spinnaker Shop, The ............ 66 Staaf Sails ......................... 107 Starbuck Canvas .................. 35 Star Marine Electronics ......... 96 Page 242 •

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Strictly Sail Pacific ............. Insert Sunsail Charters ................. 203 Sunset Kidd Yacht Sales ...... 244 Svendsen’s Boat Works ......... 53 Svendsen’s Metal Works ..... 189 Swedish Marine ................... 51 Swiss Tech America ............ 222 System Three Resins.............. 36 Tartan/C&C Yachts .............. 15 The Boat Yard at Grand Marina ........................... 166 The Yacht Exchange ........... 244 Tiburon Mist at Paradise Cay. 78 Tim’s Zodiac Marine ........... 192

TMM/Tortola Marine Management ........ 205 Tradewinds Sailing ........... 103 Tradewinds Sailing Center .. 168 Trident Funding .................... 75 UK Sails .............................. 99 Vallarta Yachts ..................... 24 Vallejo Boat Works ............. 191 Vaughan, William E. .......... 241 Ventura Harbor Boatyard .... 145 Viking Lifesaving Equipment 136 Voyager Marine ................... 84 Watermaker Store, The ........ 35 Waypoint .......................... 106 ................ 242 Wedlock, Ramsay & Whiting Marine Surveyors ............. 239 West Coast Inflatables ........ 108 West Coast Yachts ................ 74 West Marine Products .......... 8,9 West Marine Rigging............ 92 Westwind Precision Details .... 85 Whale Point Marine Supply .. 88 White, Chris Designs .......... 239 Winch Buddy ...................... 32 Winchmate ....................... 239 Windtoys ............................ 28 Wizard Yachts, Ltd. ............ 246

Wooden Boat ..................... 36 Wright Way Designs ............ 24 Wyliecat ........................... 109 Yachtfinders/Windseakers .... 26 Tell 'em that

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128' Gaff Schooner. Certified for 39. Famous and beautiful. $850,000 Sausalito

COLUMBIA 22, 1967 $995

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ISLANDER 21. Two headsails, Standard Horizon fathometer. $995

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330' LUXURY YACHT, '95, Le Levant, 90 passengers ...Call 42' CHIKITA 111 TRAWLER ....... Must sell NOW $9,900 41' FLOATING HOME, '71, in Isleton, CA ......... $99,000 41' MAINSHIP SEDAN, '89 ......Must sell $109,000/offer 35' OWENS M-YACHT, '66 ................................ $24,000 34' TIDEMEN TRI-CABIN ...................Reduced $18,900 34' NAUTELINE, houseboat liveaboard ....Now $13,000 27' CAL JENSEN, '73, pop-up top, in Berkeley ... $9,900 see 25' LUHRS 250 TOURNAMENT, '94 ................. $32,900

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47' Bristol, '92. Recent survey, a cruise- 40' Hunter Legend 40.5, '95. Low hrs, transready thoroughbred. $399,000 Sausalito ferable Sausalito slip. Great price! $110,000

39' Valiant, '97. Legendary design. Immaculate. $219,500 Sausalito

43' Endeavor cntr. ckpt., '80. Turn-key ready for extended cruise. $164,000 MDR

40' Jeanneau, 40.3, '04. Spectacular, loaded with new gear. $199,000 MDR

46' Hunter 460, '00. One owner, 3 staterooms, pristine. $217,000 MDR

38' Hans Christian, '80. Recent refurbish, 31' Pacific Seacraft Mariah, '78. Cruise loaded with gear. $114,500 Sausalito ready. The best. $95,000 MDR Sistership • 38' Cheoy Lee ketch, '80. beautiful classic avail. at the Marriott! $59,900 San Diego • 34' Ericson, '78. Great starter boat, strong and fun to sail. $29,000 MDR

Our Sausalito office is expanding. We are interviewing experienced sales people to fill two positions. Cruising and sailboat knowledge are helpful. Great location, great team. Call Bill Hersey at (415) 332-8070 for an appointment. April, 2007 •

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SAIL 27' NOR'SEA cutter, '85 .................................. Sale Pending 30' CATALINA Mk III sloop, '93 ...............................45,900 32' MARINER ketch, '72 ..........................................39,900 32' WESTSAIL cutter, '71 .........................................58,900 33' CAL sloop, '87 ...................................................47,900 33' WAUQUIEZ GLADIATEUR sloop, '82 ................49,500 34' CATALINA sloop, '86 .........................................57,500 34' GANLEY SHADOW steel sloop, '86 ...................55,000 34' HANS CHRISTIAN cutter, '76 ............................40,000 34' ROBERTS steel cutter sloop, '91 ........................64,900 35' CAMPER NICHOLSON sloop, '74 .....................52,500 35' COLUMBIA 10.7M sloop, '78 ............................37,900 36' ISLANDER FREEPORT sloop, '79 ....................... SOLD! 36' UNION POLARIS cutter, '78 ..............................78,000 37' BROWN SEARUNNER sloop & trailer, '85 .........28,000 37' HUNTER cutter, '82 ...........................................37,900 37' ISLAND PACKET cutter, '95 .............................267,500 37' TAYANA Mk II cutter, '87 .......................... Sale Pending

38' DOWNEAST cutter sloop, '75............................28,000 38' ALAJUELA cutter, '76 ..........................................GONE 40' HANS CHRISTIAN CHRISTINA cutter, '86 .......165,000 40' VALIANT cutter, '78 ...........................................84,900 40' VALIANT cutter, '76 .........................................103,000 41' COOPER 416 pilothouse sloop, '79 ...................99,000 41' MORGAN classic CC cutter, '88 .......................104,500 42' CASCADE CC ketch, '65 .................................... SOLD! 42' CHEOY LEE CLIPPER ketch, '70 ......................... SOLD! 42' BROWN SEARUNNER cutter, '76 ......................59,500 42' HUNTER PASSAGE CC sloop, '90 ....................124,500 43' WESTSAIL custom tall rig cutter, '76.................115,000 46' CAL CRUISING 3-46 CC sloop, '77 ...................79,500 49' LIBERTY CC cutter, '87 ....................................265,000 50' GULFSTAR Mk II CC ketch, '77 ......................... SOLD! 51' CUSTOM STEEL CC ketch, '76 ........................125,000 POWER 25' SKIPJACK sport cruiser & trailer, '87 ...................34,000 25' SKIPJACK sport cruiser & trailer, '87 ...................34,750 28' CARVER RIVIERA with trailer, '84.......................37,000

46' OCEANIC CC CUTTER, 1985. A cruising wonder from 'Down Under', the Oceanic is a center cockpit design you'll love! From her gleaming topsides, to her well engineered hard dodger and swim platform, to her wonderfully spacious interior, she has something to please the most discerning sailor. The current owners have completed a number of upgrades. $149,000 USD/offers

40' BENETEAU OCEANIS 40CC SLOOP, 2000. This is the one you've been searching for! She's in better than new condition, with central air, genset and custom Nick Jackson dinghy davits…there's nothing more to add. She's never been chartered and shows beautifully. Cast off now for distant shores. New pricing reflects a $30,000 reduction! Her owner is motivated to sell NOW! $199,950 USD

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SEA RAY AMBERJACK EXPRESS, '92...................97,500 TIARA 3100 EXPRESS sportfisher, '93 ...............125,000 AVANTI 3255 EXPRESS & trailer, '89 ..................47,500 BAYLINER 3218 motoryacht, '88 .......................68,500 WELLCRAFT 3200 COASTAL EXPRESS, '85 .......26,500 CRUISERS 3375 ESPRIT EXPRESS, '84 ...............79,500 TROJAN 10 METRE sedan sportfish, '97.............49,500 NORDIC TUG trawler, '99 ...............................309,000 CHB tri-cabin trawler, '78 ..................................39,000 RAMPAGE OPEN EXPRESS, '01 .......................319,000 GRAND BANKS classic trawler, '76 ........... Sale Pending OCEAN ALEXANDER trawler, '85 ....................176,000 MONTEREY sedan convertible, '83 ..................169,500 WELLCRAFT PORTOFINO EXPRESS, '89 ...........59,500 TROJAN F-44 motoryacht, '78 .........................110,000 VIKING sedan convertible, '89 .........................300,000 C&L SEA RANGER trawler, '79 .........................199,500 FERRETTI 150 motoryacht, '97 ........................650,000 VIKING convertible, '98 ...................................950,000

45' VIKING SEDAN CONVERTIBLE, 1989. This Viking 45 has won tournaments for her owner, yet provides beautiful accommodations with her two-stateroom layout too. She's well equipped, in beautiful shape and could be your ride in next season's fishing tournaments! Come see why this is the right boat for the best sportfishing waters in North America, the Sea of Cortez. $300,000 USD

“It's about the boat” Marina Del Rey, CA (310) 305-9192

Crealock Design Meticulous Owner in Exceptional Condition.

1990 Cheoy Lee 47

$198,000 Dave Pedrick Design Well Maintained, Northern Lights Genset, Three Cabin, Two Head

‘86 Wylie 39’ $110,000 New Engine,Sails & Rig, Self Tacking Jib Setup

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Endeavour 43 Cockpit, 1980 Exceptional condition $164,000

Freedom 45, 1990 Rare boat $249,000

Chancellor Custom 2002 Aluminum expedition vessel $105,000

2000 Azimut 39’ $295,000 The Italian Motor Yacht

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Kelly Peterson/Spindrift 46 Superb condition cutter $168,000

Formosa Puvieux Cutter ketch, 1980. Long range Exceptional service and cruiser. $148,000

Schock 35, 1988 Very competitive boat

results for your$55,000 boat listing!


44' ROBERTS, 2000 • $230,000

38' KAISER, 1971 • $79,500

37.5 HUNTER, 1990 • $74,500

36' CHEOY LEE, 1986 • $59,000

BENETEAU 473, 2002 ~ $265,000

BENETEAU 423, 2004 ~ $205,000

36' MORGAN, 1984 • $39,500

34' CATALINA, 1989 • $58,000

36' PEARSON, 1978 • $38,950

CATALINA 34, 1987 $50,000

BENETEAU FIRST 36.7, 2002 $134,900

ISLAND PACKET 320, 1998 $130,000

BENETEAU 361, 2001 $128,500

31' HUNTER, 1987 • $32,500

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Call 415-235-0756 or 831-247-8228 We are on the water, monitoring cruise ships, performing BlueBoater trainings, and testing outfalls for harmful toxins.

1D-35, 1999. Fresh water sailed, dry stored indoors. $89,500



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CUSTOM 55 PERFORMANCE BLUEWATER CRUISER New in 2004. Very well thought shorthanded boat. $449,000

BENETEAU 51 'Idylle' 3 strms, 3 heads, crew quarters forward. New sails, many recent upgrades. BIG go anywhere 51-footer. $129,000

OPEN 50 'Tuesday's Child' Extensive upgrades. Real interior including V-berth. Water ballast. Inboard diesel. $150,000

SANTA CRUZ 50 Go fast and have fun. Recent mast, sails and scoop. $179,000

DAVIDSON 50 'Jumpin Jack Flash' Excellent Pacific Cup or TransPac boat. Very good condition. $189,000

PACIFIC SEACRAFT 37 Near perfect blend speed, strength and efficiency under sail with wonderful creature comfort while at rest. $115,000

38' Wauquiez MkII Sloop, 1981, $89,500 New




Islander 36, 1977. Loaded, ready for Mexico. $39,999

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Roughwater 41, '78, single dsl sedan .......... $46,000 Hanse 370, '06, new, terrific quality .... Special Pricing Uniflite 32, '77, twin diesel, new everything .. $42,500 WylieCat 30, '07, hybrid ..........................$126,000 WylieCat 30, '97, outboard ........................ $79,000 Chaparral 24, '94, sleeps 4, I/O, trailer ...... $19,000 Chaparral 23, '87, I/O, trailer, like new.......... $6,000

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Visit Us In Our New Office On Oakland’s Embarcadero just off the 880 Freeway Choosing the right broker is important to your piece of mind. You must feel confident about the marketing of your yacht, that the agent is proactive in reporting buyer activity and has the negotiation skills to close the transaction. If you are fortunate to have found someone – you have chosen well. If you’re still searching for that individual, this report asks 20 questions to help you with your decision.

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44' CT CUTTER RIG, 1986 New Yanmar diesel, 2004. Two staterooms, refrigeration/freezer, stunning interior. All reasonable offers considered! Must be sold! Asking $119,000

43' IRWIN, 1985 Perkins 85 hp diesel, radar, autopilot, dodger. Great condition. Asking $139,000

43' WESTSAIL KETCH, 1976 Crealock design, 85hp diesel, dodger, SSB, GPS, radar, hydrostatic drive, custom interior. Asking $87,000

410 HUNTER, 2002. Yanmar diesel, inverter, Raymarine radar, autopilot and wind instruments. Beautiful interior. Must see! Asking $169,000 Also a 410 Hunter, 1998…$130,000

37' SEA RAY SEDAN BRIDGE, 1993. Twin Mercruisers, 7.5 Kw genset, radar, autopilot, full canvas, enclosed flybridge, two staterooms. Excellent condition. Located S.F. Contact listing agent Gary Kapland at (415) 613-0712.

36' CATALINA, 1984 Universal diesel, radar, autopilot, GPS, dodger, new mainsail, furling jib, Achilles with outboard. Asking $54,900 Also a 34' Catalina, 1988…$59,900

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Newer interior paint & varnish. Aft cockpit has teak decking. Huge sail inventory, full-batten North sails (2003), spinnakers, storm trys'l, North genoa & furling jib. Lewmar winches, Furuno 16-mile radar, B&G 790 knotmeter & fathometer. New engine in 1994, built by Don's Boats in Auckland, NZ. Designed by Laurie Davidson. Asking $189,000 At our docks in Alameda. Contact Rob Harris (510) 521-2727

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45' HUNTER 450 CENTER COCKPIT SLOOP, 1997 This low time vessel is well equipped, professionally maintained, and shows bristol ($40,000 spent over the past year). With two spacious staterooms, two heads, very functional galley, HUGE comfortable salon, and lying in one of the best slips in the Sausalito Yacht Harbor, she'll make an ideal pied à terre. $199,000

42' CHEOY LEE GOLDEN WAVE, 1984 Nice cruiser, JUST listed. Check for details. $112,000

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37' HUNTER 376, 1997

38' BENETEAU, 1990

Cruising World Boat of the Year (Best Value) in 1997. Fresh water cooled Yanmar diesel with low hours, main with Dutchman system and electric self-tailing winch, all lines lead aft, huge cockpit with walk-through transom, substantial dodger. Three staterooms, 6'6" draft.

Moorings 38 model, designed around a modified First 38s5 hull and is a sleek and fast two-stateroom/two-head racer/cruiser, perenially popular on the brokerage market. This one is clean with a new suite of sails and a rebuilt Yanmar engine.



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38' HINCKLEY, 1969 S&S-designed beauty, never cruised and extensively refit – repowered, new full batten main (2006), new high clew jib (2006) on new Harken roller furler (2004), replaced standing rigging (2004), completely rewired and replumbed (2002), updated electronics, etc. – and showing very nicely. $89,000


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38' PEARSON 385, 1984

30' HUNTER, 1990

Very roomy (actually UNBELIEVABLY roomy!) center cockpit sloop built to typical high Pearson standards, in nice shape, priced right and lying in a transferable Sausalito Yacht Harbor slip – all in a nice turnkey package!

For the price, it's hard to beat the Hunter 30: She has an attractive interior with a spacious aft cabin, combined with good sailing characteristics. It's difficult to find boats in this price range that offer these features, and this particular boat shows very well.



36' ISLANDER, 1983 The Islander 36 is one of the most popular 36-ft sailboats ever built, and this particular late-model example is VERY clean inside and out. With $20,000 spent over the past several years (including a new heavy duty dodger, new North Sails full batten mainsail, new 135% North Sails jib, and new Garmin chartplotter), the boat needs nothing. $64,500


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29' COLUMBIA, 1967 This S&S classic has had only two owners since being built and commissioned here in California almost 40 years ago. Her current owner has loved her for almost 15 years, during which time he estimates he's spent upwards of 2,000 hours of his own time working on the boat; he still has the original Columbia factory brochure. Lying transferable Sausalito Yacht Harbor slip. $19,000

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44' LA FITTE CUTTER, 1980 Robert Perry designed, a vey well equipped and nicely maintained cruiser. $129,000

36' CS CUTTER, 1981. Westerbeke 30 hp 1,500 hours, RF headsail & staysail, FB main, AP, radar, watermaker, solar panels, much more. $65,000

42' SPENCER, 1966 Canadian built, Yanmar, Aries, solar panels, cruise equipped. $60,000

35.5' BRISTOL, 1979 New sails, Harken RF, vang. Diesel, classic Hood design. Sausalito slip. $49,500 Also: 47.7' BRISTOL, 1992, $399,000



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39' CAL, 1979 Fully equipped for cruising. Beautiful shape. Monitor windvane, dodger, bimini. SAIL 52' Hartog schooner ...............'99 49' Reliant Ketch .....................'91 47.7' Bristol CC .........................'92 47' Hylas .................................'86 46' Chesapeake .......................'98 46' Seastar 460 .......................'82 44' LaFitte cutter .....................'80 44' Hylas .................................'86 43' Swan .................................'86 43' Hans Christian...................'82 42' Spencer.............................'66 41' Kettenberg, F/G .................'67 41' CT .....................................'76 41' Morgan O/I......'74 & '73 from 41' Beneteau 411 ....................'99 40' O'Day ................................'86 40' Seawolf (2) .....'68 & '73 from 40' Hunter (2) ................ '95 from 39' Cal.....................................'79 39' Freya .................................'81 38' C&C Mk III ........................'86 38' Catalina .............................'84 38' Ingrid ...........................'74/84 38' Cabo Rico .........................'81 37' Endeavour .........................'77 37' Irwin .................................'79 37' Hunter ...............................'78 36' Islander '85, '77, '76,'73 from 36' CS Cutter...........................'81 36' Rival ..................................'86 35.5' Bristol ..............................'79 35' Fantasia.............................'78 35' Ericson, nice .....................'79 34' Scandia cutter ...................'84 34' C&C ..................................'80 34' Sabre ................................'83 34' Hanse ................................'04 33' Newport ............................'84 33' J/33...................................'89 32' Contessa ...........................'76 32' Catalina 320 ......................'98 31' Hanse 311 .........................'02 31' Pacific Seacraft Mariah .....'79 30' Islander .............................'75 30' Lancer ...............................'80

41' MORGAN OUT ISLAND Two available, 1973 & 1974. From $75,000

195,000 149,900 399,000 195,000 89,000 135,000 129,000 185,000 215,000 189,000 60,000 54,500 79,000 75,000 179,900 75,000 65,000 116,000 85,000 109,500 63,000 43,900 95,000 89,500 39,500 40,000 36,500 34,000 65,000 97,500 49,500 69,500 36,000 45,000 47,500 49,000 104,000 36,500 44,500 41,000 84,960 84,000 79,000 15,000 36,000

42' CATALINA, 1989 Low hours (390). New elliptical rudder. New electronics. $118,000 30' 30' 30' 29' 28' 28' 27' 25' 14' 12'

Hunter ...............................'90 Alberg ...............................'79 Catalina .............................'81 Columbia, perfect ..............'67 Newport ............................'79 Pearson Triton...................'61 Pacific Seacraft .................'80 Schock #10 .......................'77 Whitehall, sail/row ............'02 Beetle Cat, wood ....................

36,000 18,500 24,500 22,000 9,500 11,000 59,500 7,500 11,000 9,975

POWER 67' Stephens Alum..................'80 895,000 65' Pacemaker, cert.................'71 299,000 65' Elco Classic MY ................'26 450,000 61' Stephens ...........................'66 250,000 58' Hatteras, TCMY .................'73 330,000 57' Stephens MY, alum. ..........'80 895,000 57' Chris Craft ................... 2 from 119,000 51' Bluewater ..........................'88 175,000 50' Stephens ...........................'65 135,000 44' HiStar ................................'88 215,000 43' Wellcraft Portofino ............'88 99,500 42' Grand Banks .....................'80 189,000 40' Bluewater ..........................'79 45,000 38' Bayliner .............................'88 Reduced 38' Chris Craft, nice ................'65 49,900 36' Grand Banks .....................'71 18,500 34' Sea Ray Sundancer ...........'01 169,000 33' Bayliner Montego ..............'78 19,950 32' Bayliner .............................'78 45,000 32' Silverton F.B., 370 hrs .......'98 59,000 31' Sea Ray 310 S.D. ..............'98 69,500 30' Sea Ray 305 DB ................'88 59,900 30' Sea Ray Sedan ..................'79 20,000 30' Wellcraft Scarab w/trlr ......'87 39,000 29' Sea Ray Amberjack ...........'99 71,000 29' Regal Commodore ............'89 87,900 28' Sea Ray .............................'91 37,900 27' Sea Ray 270 ......................'88 26,900 26' Osprey ..............................'02 98,000 25' Sportcraft ..........................'99 28,500 24' Orca, inboard ....................'99 59,950 24' Bayliner .............................'98 15,900 24' Regal 242 w/trailer ............'98 37,000 22' Grady White 222 w/trlr ......'02 59,000

36' SWEDEN, 1984 CYC champion, race-equipped, many trophies. $87,500

33' MASON As new. Ready to cruise. $114,500


HYLAS 47 & 44, 1986. High quality, Sparkman & Stephens design, comfortable cruisers, 3 & 2 staterooms. $195,000 & $185,000

38' HANS CHRISTIAN TRADITIONAL, 1984 Low hours, updated sail inventory, Furuno radar, chart plotter, Simrad AP, two double staterooms.

36' ISLANDER, 1985. One of the last ones built. Yanmar. Real nice. $67,000 Also: 1977, $55,000 & 1973, $34,000

43' HANS CHRISTIAN KETCH, 1982 Brand new engine, radar, AP, GPS, air/heat, 7kw scuba compressor. $189,000


31' HANSE 311, 2002 Very little use, shows better than new. New sails & electronics. $84,000



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30' S-2 CENTER COCKPIT. Aft stateroom sloop. Diesel, roller furling, wheel steering, autopilot, self-tailing winches, shower w/tub, enclosed marine head, galley & more!...Great buy! Asking only $18,500


66' THORNYCROFT CUTTER-RIGGED KETCH Classic 1923 design, well maintained. She's like a beautiful & comfortable private British club down below. Must be seen. Teak decks, diesel, genset, radar and more. Extremely charming and a great performer. Asking $199,000

37' DE FEVER TRAWLER by North Sea Trawlers. Glass, Ford-Lehman diesel, bow thruster, radar, flybridge, 2 heads, full galley, mapping GPS, genset, 2 heads, showers, loaded & very nice! Asking $110,000

30' WILLARD VOYAGER TRAWLER. Glass, diesel, cabin heat, well-respected design offering remarkable seaworthiness of a much larger vessel. USCG documented, colorful & attractive. $34,950/offers.

38' C&C SLP. A perfect cruiser. F/G, dsl, furling, solar, rod rig, stays'l, full batten main. Safe, comfortable, dependable, singlehand set up. Proven circumnavigator ++ more!. Try $39,950


37' GULFSTAR cruising sloop. Double aft stateroom, furling, dodger, dsl, solar, full galley, 2 heads w/showers, teak & holly sole & more. New windows installed and more refit underway. Ask $49,950

25' PURSUIT 2470 Walkaround Fisherman by highly respected S-2 Yachts, Inc. 2001 model. Twin 150 hp Yamaha V6 O/Bs. new Furuno radar & fishfinder, galv. trailer, head, transom door, sport fish pkg & more! Ask $53,000

58' ALDEN BOOTHBAY Motorsailer Ketch. Aft S/R, PHcenter cockpit, dsl, furling, AC, Onan, radar, inflate, lrg. sail inventory, etc. Loaded w/world cruising gear & amenities. Super boat! Must see! U.S. document. Ask $279,000 SAIL 100' MEGA sloop, dsl, cold-molded, loaded, fast, huge, yacht or charter . 1,995,000 47' VAGABOND ketch. Project...86,000/obo 47' STL. COLIN ARCHER Ketch...Ask 55,000 40' ANGELMAN Ketch. A beauty in wood. Big & ready to cruise. Dsl, radar, etc. .................. Asking 48,950 38' INGRID Ctr. Super strong double-ender, dsl, lots new, radar, vane, GPS & more ............................. Ask 59,200 38' KETTENBURG Slp. Dsl ...... Ask 49,500 38' C&C Slp, world cruiser...... Ask 39,950 36' STEEL HARTOG ketch, double-ended cruiser, great potential & value.19,500 36' NIELSEN classic 1918 Danish aux. sloop. Nice condition ............. Asking 15,000 33' ISLANDER Wayfarer Slp. Atomic 4 just rebuilt. Furling, AC & heat. Nice!...12,800 32' PEARSON VANGUARD slp, NEW inboard, NEW LPU, NEW sails, super clean example of a great design ......... Asking 10,950 32' RANGER Slp. I/B,. Great Gary Mull design. Spinn., ++ ........ Ask $16,500 28.5' PEARSON TRITON. F/G, diesel. Near total refit of Alberg's legendary Pocket World Beater ........ Ask 16,000 27' CATALINA, diesel, wheel & more! ..................GREAT DEAL @ $6,000 24' RHODES/MacCorty by Seafarer. O/B, main, jib, genoa, all glass ... Ask 2,350 POWER 140' CRUISE SHIP. Steel, twin diesel, recent MAJOR REFIT, would also make a great entertainment yacht. Must see. Check our website ............. Ask $1,000,000 63' FERRY conversion, 671 diesel, 19.5' beam, excellent condition . Ask 28,000 61' YTM STEEL TUG. 610 hp low hrs CAT dsl. Lots of gear. Good living accommodations 3,000 gallons fuel reported on board & much more...72,500 60' MATTHEWS MY, '65, twin diesels, big, comfortable liveaboard cruiser w/South SF berth ..... Asking 215,000 50' STEPHENS aft stateroom MY, twin diesels, flybridge, genset, great design from a great yard ...... Asking 128,950 45' STEPHENS 1929 classic .... Try 75,000 42' OWENS ARUBA Aft Cabin Motor Yacht. Twins. She's a project but is big & comfortable. Take a look .24,000/obo 40' CHRIS CRAFT, Aft S/R ......... Try 9,750 36' UNIFLITE. F/B, aft cabin, twins, radar, GPS and more! .. Asking 59,950 36' CHRIS CRAFT CAVALIER. Aft cabin, flybridge, twin V8s, many recent upgrades, very nice................ 34,950 35' NORTHERN STEEL TROLLER. Reliable & economical Cummins dsl, good heavy weather boat set up to go to sea & stay there. There's more!........ Ask 35,000

35' PEARSON sloop designed by Carl Alberg. Glass, diesel, 3/4 full keel, windvane. Full lifelines & pulpits, wheel steering, dodger & more! This is a nice, clean craft from a great builder & a great designer. $21,950 Ask

35' STEEL CHRIS CRAFT ROAMER, cruise/ live, twins, rare & very desirable 1956 ........................ Asking 34,750 34' LAKE UNION Dreamboat. Classic 1928. Dsl, shower, beautiful design ... 14,950 33' SONIC Offshore Express.... Ask 62,500 32' CARVER. Glass, twins, Sausalito liveaboard berth. Nice! ......... Ask 30,950 31' MONTEREY BAY EXPRESS PH utility, F/G, 1991, twin 130 Yanmars, trailer, USCG-documented, commercial quality gem ................ Reduced! Ask 34,950 31' UNIFLITE EXPRESS. Helm up with enlosure, twins, glass, galley. Strong & no blisters ...................... Ask 14,950 30' CHRIS CRAFT Constellation, twin V8s, very nice 1967 ........... Asking 14,950 30' ALUM. CREW/SUPPLY vessel, radar, GPS, scanning sonar, VHF, crane and more. Just refit ..................... 35,000 29' WELLCRAFT 2900 EXPRESS. Twin screw (not outdrives). Super clean & nice! .................................... Ask 24,950 28' CARVER SPORTFISH. Twins, big flybridge w/full canvas, galley, shower, clean! ............. Reduced! Ask 10,950

28' OWENS FLAGSHIP. Twins. EXCELLENT 1959 GEM! ...........Reduced $19,950 28' RODMAN WA, F/B, 2004. Twin dsls, high quality & loaded. Looks new! ........................... Ask 189,000 27' FARALLON, '88, I/B ........ Ask 52,000 27' UNIFLITE Hardtop Sedan Express Cruiser. Twins. Nice clean boat with no blisters........................... Ask 19,900 26' BARTENDER by Caulkins. Fast, seaworthy .......... 2 starting at 13,500 25' FARALLON SF w/trailer. New twin 180 hp Volvos, radar, etc .... Asking 17,500 25' FARALLON FISHERMAN, 6 cyl. dsl, duo-prop, H/T & more ..... Ask 19,500 24' SEA RAY V8. Full Delta canvas, trl, o/d, nice! ............................. Ask 12,000 18' SEA RAY 175-5 Series. Ski & fish pkg w/tlr & very clean ............ Ask 8,900 OTHER 2 LIVEABOARD HOUSEBOATS in San Rafael.............Starting at 23,500 obo 60' STEEL BARGE, 20-ton A frame, spuds, deck house, more........Offers/55,000 56' LCM-6 with dive support, steel, W/H, twin 671s, full elect ........Try 25,000

39' VALIANT cutter. Outstanding Robert Perry doubleender, EPIRB, raft, hard dink w/mtr, VHF, HF, radar, email, GPS, solar, hard dodger, vane, bimini, wheel, dsl, more! Extra clean, beautiful world cruiser. $219,500

31' SEA RAY 310 SUNDANCER Express. 1998 twin mercruiser 350 MPI Magnums. Twin shafts, props & rudders – not out drives. Very strong, clean & desirable. Comfort performance & seaworthiness. Priced right... Asking $64,500


50' ADMIRALTY MOTORSAILER KETCH by the famous American Marine Yard. Robust TEAK construction, eonomical twin Ford-Lehman diesels, radar, GPS, etc. Shower, comfort, seaworthiness, genset, full galley & a lot more. Asking $119,900


44' MAGELLAN KETCH by American Marine. FordLehman diesel, aft stateroom, center cockpit, full dodger, bronze fastened mahogany, teak decks, radar, two heads with showers. Well laid out. Asking $38,900

37' HATTERAS Convertible. A modern classic, one of the best boats Hatteras ever built. Major refit & repower w/twin Detroit 8V53s just complete, 7.5 kw Onan, flybridge, etc. Vessel is in OUTSTANDING CONDITION. Asking $179,000


CLASSIC CRUISER 65' CLASSIC, '31 MOTORYACHT BY WHEELER. 16' beam, recent 40k hull refurb. Bottom's good & she's ready for you to finish restoration. Pilothouse, twins, 3 heads, huge salon, crew's quarters & more Asking $55,500

41' HINCKLEY CUTTER. Classical tradition from one of our VERY best builders. Excellent condition & vastly upgraded. New diesel, refastened, teak decks, large sail inv., 6'6" headroom & much more. Must see! Asking $69,900

The OLD KERMIT PARKER BROKERAGE Serving the Boating Community since 1956. April, 2007 •

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UPGRADE NOW – SAIL LATER Hans Christian 38 This bluewater cruiser is in for some service on through-hulls, valves, dripless system, bottom job, buff and wax. Soon she'll be all ready for summer!

Pacific Seacraft 37 We welcome the care and craftsmanship of Michael Connelly building his own cruiser from a bare hull. There's plenty to do, but Michael's doing it right.

Hunter 35.5 The new owner of this Hunter 35.5 brought her in to be cleaned up and prepared for club racing with a new racing bottom.

34-ft Trawler This comfortable trawler will handle with ease with the newly installed bow and stern thrusters. Over time we'll do an interior refinish and add a generator.

Hunter 31 This brand new Hunter 31 is being commissioned for H&S Yacht Sales. You'll likely see her in the water at Strictly Sail Pacific.

Dry Storage Sales Yard Nelson's Yachts has more than 40 boats hauled and ready for your inspection. See our ad on page 27, and call to list or stop by to see what's on display.

These owners are taking advantage of the early spring and Nelson's huge indoor workspace to get ready for summer sailing. Call now so your boat is ready for this season! SACRAMENTO AFFILIATE: McClellan Indoor Boat & RV Storage (916) 640-0161 •



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Latitude 38 April 2007  

The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.

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The April 2007 issue of the West's premier sailing and marine magazine.