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Editorial: This Issue and More By Steve Morrell


Letters You Wouldn’t Believe


Right Guard Gets Fast By Morgan Stinemetz


Southern Regional Monthly Weather and Water Temperatures


Short Tacks: Sailing News and Events Around the South


Our Waterways: Sarasota Considering Volunteer Marine Patrol Program By Harmon Heed


Miami Boat Show Preview and Seminar Schedule


Small Boat Review: Lido 14 By Jabbo Gordon


Cruise Key West By Cyndi Perkins


Cooking Onboard: Pasta: Last of the Galley’s “Holy Trinity” By Robbie Johnson


Boatowner’s Boat Review: Glander Tavana 33 By Eric Gates


Visual Distress Signals By Wayne Canning


Carolina Sailing: Hauling Your Boat Out in the “Holy City” By Dan Dickison


Book Review: Among the Multihulls. A Memoir by Jim Brown By Roy Laughlin


Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez and FISH offer a Maritime Program for Youth By Doug Calhoun


A Ghost Story With a Happy Ending — Overhauling a 1982 Cal 9.2 By Dave Montgomery


Southern Racing: News, Upcoming Races, Race Reports, Regional Race Calendars


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A Boarding Policy for Florida

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In the December issue, following a controversial boarding by police in Volusia County, I wrote about the need for a boarding policy for Florida. I would like to hear from readers on this issue. So please e-mail me some views. I called for a standardized statewide policy on police actions in boardings and inspections. This would be a policy which would help guide police departments—and the FWC—so that all boardings and inspections would follow a set policy throughout the state. It would be easily available on Web sites and in boating magazines and help boaters and the police understand the rights of boaters, so that the police act properly and not go beyond their legal limits. Part of this policy would also be an advisory for boaters and how they should act and what to expect when approached by the police, so that boaters can understand their rights and what rights the police have. Unfortunately, I have this sneaking suspicion that there are a lot of police out there who don’t want such an easily available and clearly stated policy, so that they can continue to do pretty much what they want. I know this is not all the police by any means, but, regardless, we need a policy for Florida boaters and visiting boaters. As it is now, it’s just too damn confusing.

Every April—in time for people to plan their summers—we publish a list of all the Southern youth sailing programs. You can review the list from last year on our Web site at (Sailor’s Resources). Send us the information in a similar format as on these Web pages. Please don’t just send the link to your site. That is very time-consuming and since this is a free service, we are hoping you will help make it easy for us. Let us know if it is new or an update of an existing listing from last year. Send to, with “youth programs” in subject area. Deadline is March 1.


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Anchoring in Sanibel In the letters section, we have several letters about anchoring limitations off Sanibel Island in southwest Florida. Just before press date, I heard from the boater who told us of this problem, Ron Croteau. He informed me that he heard that the Sanibel Police were not ticketing or charging boaters the fee if they had a copy of the Florida anchoring laws with them. We printed that information, compiled by BoatUS and a BoatUS document, in December 2009. You can download it for printing on our Web site, Go to the Quick Links on the left menu.

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LETTERS “Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.” A.J. Liebling

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ADVERTISING IN SOUTHWINDS BRINGS RESULTS Since inception, or almost immediately after placing advertising with your publication, my boatyard business picked up twofold. By the fourth month, business picked up another 50 percent. Presently, I have seven boats in my boatyard as a direct result of your publication. Should anyone require a reference of the results I have received by using your publication, please have them call. Sam Stoia Catamaran Boat Yard 97951 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037 (305) 852-2025 BEACH CHURCH “Beach Church” August 2010 We would like to thank you for publishing the nice article Linda Evans wrote on “Beach Church” in your August 2010 magazine. It was very well-written and a good description of what “Beach Church” is all about. Cherylle and Skip Hird S/V Eleanor M ANCHORING OFF SANIBEL ISLAND Last month, I put out a call for information on restricting anchoring off Sanibel Island in southwest Florida. We heard from a boater who reported being restricted to anchor. That boater contacted Fox News in the area and asked them if they were interested in covering it, which they did and it was reported on the news. The boater said the police were not cooperative at all, but I did not see the news piece. One boater below reported on the news piece. The original boater, Ron Croteau, wrote us a letter on his experience. That letter is below. If any boaters know any more, please email us. Editor In late November, I went to an anchorage I have been going to since we came to Florida in 1979. The anchorage is by the last causeway before Sanibel Island. It has deep water almost to the beach. The area is a park with picnic tables, etc., including a boat ramp.


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How On this day, I was sailing my ketch with a friend, and we stopped there for lunch. I dropped an anchor 50 yards from the beach. Then a Sanibel police officer on a boat came alongside. The police officer said you can only anchor here one night and you must leave. I replied we are here for a lunch break, and only here for a short time. In my mind, I was thinking that was against the law, because I read in your SOUTHWINDS about Factory Bay in Marco Island, and the skipper won in court his right to anchor. I had the magazine on the boat stating that. After the officer spoke, I then turned to talk to my friend, when the harassment started. The officer yells at me, “Who is the captain?” and I didn’t turn around right away, but raised my hand. He screams at me saying he won’t talk to my back. I don’t remember what else he said because I blocked it out of my mind. I always remember when police officers were peaceful protectors of the public. They sure destroyed our peace that day. Ron Croteau


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I was watching Fox News 4 (I believe out of Fort Myers or Cape Coral) last night [around Jan. 4], and they did a story about a sailboat that was refused anchoring in Sanibel. The skipper claims he just wanted to anchor for a few hours so he could go ashore for lunch. He was told to leave by a local water cop. The police spokesman stated the city didn’t break the Florida law about anchoring due to their local law is stricter than the state law. He stated if someone wants to stay longer than 24 hours they must apply for an anchoring permit at the cost of $10. He said it was good for a year. This Sucks. John Almeida We live on Pine Island, which is near Sanibel. First of all, where is this “anchorage” the reader wants to know about? As far as we know—and we have sailed this area for 20 years—there really isn’t any “anchorage” in Sanibel—not in the way there is on Marco (Factory Bay, Smokehouse Bay) or Cayo Costa (Pelican Bay). There is no restriction on anchoring in any of the possible places off Sanibel in Pine Island Sound. All the other water areas off Sanibel would be in the Gulf of Mexico—not a place anyone would want to stay anyway. The anchorage areas on the Pine Island Sound side don’t have any shore facilities a boater could use, so there isn’t a big reason to stay there very long anyway. The marinas on the north end of Sanibel and Captiva do not permit access from anchored boaters except under special circumstances—our club goes to one, and if the marina is full, anchored members may come ashore after paying an access fee, if the marina is not full. No access even to members. If people want to anchor in this area, they generally go to the anchorage off Useppa or into Pelican Bay, which is part of Cayo Costa State Park. Anchorage is free there. Shore access into the park is $2 per day per person. C Wilson Bokeelia, FL

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LETTERS I am not sure why an officer would question someone for anchoring overnight if they haven’t appeared to do so or acted like they would. Of course, on-the-water police officers have much more leeway in stopping and questioning people than officers on land do. In fact, I am convinced some become water cops because they don’t have restrictions that land police officers have, and they can stop anyone for any reason they like. Some people just love being able to do that. Personally, I think it’s sick. I am not sure what kind of police officer would question your motives in the middle of the day about staying the night when you have not yet done anything wrong. They came up to Ron Croteau because they thought he might break a law, although he did nothing to indicate he was going to. That’s a bad reason to harass a citizen— just because they think he might do something wrong. What kind of country is that? Any good police department or police officer should not allow that kind of behavior unless they are ordered to do so from the top, in which case it is our

duty to question the policy at the top. But I don’t see any good coming out of police officers going around telling people what they can or can’t do when people have not done anything to indicate they will. That sounds like heading towards a police state. Can you imagine an officer coming up to you in a park if you sat down at a bench to read a book and telling you that you can’t spend the night on the bench? I know it happens when people go spend days on a bench, day in and day out and all night and sleep there, but that’s hardly the situation Ron Croteau was in. If the city is using the rationale that they didn’t break the law because their law is stricter than the Florida law, then there must be some real strange people running the show in that area. The Florida law restricts what local communities can do, which is what the ruling in the Marco Island case did, too. That doesn’t mean that local communities can make laws that are stricter than the limits imposed on them. Hopefully, the reader who saw the Fox News piece misinterpreted that. Because if a local community used that

rationale, they got some real ignorant people running things there. We heard from Ron Croteau just before press date and he told me that the Sanibel Police are not ticketing anyone who has a copy of the Florida law about anchoring. You can download that law and its meaning (a BoatUS document) on our Web site, www.southwindsmagazine. com. See the short Quick Links menu on the left side. Editor ANCHORING RESTRICTED IN ST. AUGUSTINE, FL This is probably old stuff you`re tired of hearing about, but here goes. I`m a Canadian cruiser back in the United States heading south. Right now, I’m in St. Augustine, FL. Beautiful town, great friends, friendly people, meanspirited politicians. In what seems to be aimed at getting the poor out of the river, they’ve brought in a bylaw limiting anchoring in the town to 48 hours. I thought from the editorials I’d read that these bylaws were not

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valid because state and federal laws protected the rights to anchor in navigable waters. You seem to get both sides of the story. Do you have time to see what gives? All I hear at this end is rumor and innuendo. The folks at the city marina say the bylaw is to stop pollution in the river, but even folks with approved MSD holding tanks are being warned they will have to leave or face fines. Funny, we tourists are bombarded with all this “America, land of freedom and liberty. We fought a revolution for our freedom and some local poobah can’t take away the freedom to anchor just like that.” Jock Tulloch S/V Unleaded Jock, Local communities, by Florida law, can’t limit anchoring like that, but most of them rule by intimidation, meaning they pass what laws they want, betting on the ageold rule that “you can’t fight city hall” and you’ll move on before you do. The

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poobahs are in charge it appears. Turns out freedom means different things to different people. To some, freedom means the majority—meaning the landed gentry— telling the minority—the water dwellers—what to do. It appears the majority landowners are telling the minority water people to get out. In your travels in America—and elsewhere—beware of anyone who speaks in platitudes. Editor

tie up to the mangroves). His reply was that no one will be permitted to anchor there and that we were trespassing. He said the property is privately owned. I thought that the anchoring right issue has been settled. Could that officer be correct or is he confused? The funny thing is that on the front cover of recent Boca Grande Visitor’s Guide is a photo of boats anchored in the bayou! Sue Alaimo

ANCHORING RESTRICTED IN BOCA GRANDE BAYOU Love your magazine...I have a concern that I wanted to let you know about and wondered if you had heard anything about this? A group of boats were anchored at the Boca Grande Bayou this past weekend. A sheriff’s boat approached someone from our group and said that they will soon be ticketing boats if they are anchored in the bayou. Our friend asked if that included if we used a stern anchor (and did not

Sue, I am not sure exactly where you are, but there is one place I have heard of that is a privately owned anchorage in that area. The fact that the local visitor’s guide shows a boat anchored there sure makes me wonder. Maybe that guide is a sign of the area: Everything is privately owned. Or maybe they just weren’t thinking and wanted a pretty picture on the cover. I hope they got permission to anchor there when they took the photo, if that’s the case. Editor


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Right Guard Gets Fast


everal months back, when liveaboard, live-alone licensed (sixpack) Coast Guard captain Bubba Whartz had his ferro-cement sloop, Right Guard, hauled out of the water at Leonard’s Do It Your Self Boat Yard several things happened to which there were no witnesses and no apparent answers. After Bubba had cleaned the starboard side of his boat and gotten rid of nearly 15 years of accumulated oysters, grass, slime, crabs and barnacles, the time ran out on his rented jackhammer about the same time that the one-day time limit, imposed by Leonard, ran out on the haul-out. Bubba’s boat went back into the water. The jackhammer went back to the tool rental place and Leonard, whose main interest was in the accumulation of shells that piled up under the boat—he had a driveway on Longboat Key that needed a new batch of shells—put Right Guard back in the water. But, as it happened, Leonard didn’t get enough free shells to do the whole driveway, so he hauled Bubba’s boat yet again, so Bubba could do the port side, but this time he came down with a bad case of the green-apple-quick-step and had to go home, leaving Bubba at the boatyard alone. When Leonard came back the next day, his mean-as-fireants boatyard dog was sluggish and not very responsive. Bubba’s boat was gone, as was a gallon of Micron 44 bottom paint that belonged to me. I had left it next to Leonard’s boatyard dog, secure in my assessment that no one would get close to my paint without losing some skin to the dog. Yet, I was wrong. My paint had disappeared with Bubba’s boat under mysterious circumstances. The mystery, I am glad to report, may have been solved. I haven’t pinned it down yet, but I am working on it. Leonard’s Do It Your Self Boat Yard is not far from a section of Sarasota most generally occupied by people whose affinity with law enforcement personnel is usually at a


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rather low ebb. The people who eschew friendship with law enforcement have a deeper, more regular bond with various other people—often referred to as “my man,” who deal in chemicals and substances that are about as far from a Sesame Street milieu as Uranus is from day-to-day consideration in the mainstream of human thought. I was in The Blue Moon Bar by myself one day when someone from the Sarasota Sailing Squadron, a guy I had seen around on the Squadron grounds, stopped in for a beer. Doobie served him what he asked for, and when he got his beer, he looked over at me and nodded his head. I don’t think he knew who I was; I was just a familiar face. I knew he was from the Squadron, though, so I asked, “May I join you?” “Sure,” the guy said. “My name is Dalton. Have a seat.” I moved over a few stools and introduced myself. Dalton said that he had seen me at the Squadron a few times and asked me if I was a sailor. I told him I was. Then he asked me if I knew who Bubba Whartz was. “Of course,” I replied. “Bubba often is found in this very establishment, drinking beer and spinning tales of raping, looting and pillaging. He’s a character.” “I know he is a character. He sails a boat he made himself out of leftover cement that he got from a friend who drove a cement truck when they were constructing I-75. That’s right, is it not?” Dalton asked. “You got that right,” I agreed. “How’s Bubba doing? I haven’t seen him for several months.” “In sailboat racing, with the PHRF rating that his boat has, Bubba is kicking ass and taking name at the Squadron.” “That’s surprising,” I said. “I remember Right Guard as

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having so much crud on the bottom that boat would hardly move in 20 knots of wind.” “Well,” Dalton replied, “the boat goes well now. He has been sailing it with a bunch of teenage girls he picked up from a high school car wash one Saturday and winning everything.” “How did that happen?” I wanted to know. “I’m not sure,” said Dalton, “but there is a rumor going around the Squadron that he found some guy who was in the crystal meth business near where he had the boat hauled out of the water, at Leonard’s. Bubba needed help getting his boat ready to go back in the water, and he needed the help to work fast and not goof off. So he made a deal with the crystal meth man to bring about 10 of his most “in-need” customers, ones with real bad teeth, down to Leonard’s Do It Your Self Boat Yard and give them what they craved for free, if they would work hard on Bubba’s boat bottom. They thought that was a swell idea and, with all the lights in the boatyard on, these guys sanded the bottom of Bubba’s boat with varying grits of sandpaper, faired the bottom and rudder of the entire boat by painting it with Dykum-blue layout fluid to find where the high spots and hollows were. When they had the bottom faired, they applied some bottom paint that Bubba had come up with. It was in a can with no label, I heard. Anyway, they put the paint on, used some industrial fans to get it to dry and set up quickly and, about dawn, they were done. Bubba used Leonard’s Travelift to put his boat back in the water and disappear. That was after all the crystal meth guys and their supplier had left the boatyard, which Bubba locked up.” “What about the dog?” I asked. “I’d heard that there was a dog there that was sound asleep the whole time,” Dalton acknowledged. “One of the meth freaks wanted to give him something to wake him up,

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but the general consensus was, I heard tell, that giving something they particularly liked to a dog would be a waste of good times.” “So do you think that Bubba’s boat is faster?” I asked Dalton. “There is no question that it is faster. After the paint had dried, Bubba had the guys sand it out with 1000 grit wet-or-dry paper,” Dalton told me. “They were apparently still revved up enough so that if Bubba had asked them to fly to the moon they might have tried.” “And you are telling me that Bubba is winning all the races he’s entering?” “Every single one,” Dalton said slowly, pronouncing every syllable. “With bubble-headed high school girls as crew?” “Yes, but they are all good-looking and all have hard bodies. Their chests are so big that I swear if they were all to inhale at the same time there would be so much oxygen depletion around the Squadron that normal people would pass out from hypoxia.” “How does he get away with that?” I questioned Dalton. “He donates money to their high school cheerleading squad, and he doesn’t ever give those girls anything but soft drinks and bottled water when they are racing with him on the boat. Bubba has beer on board, but it is under lock and key, and he wears the key attached to the zipper of his jeans,” he explained. “What do you think about that?” “I think that if Bubba found a girl who had the guts to go for the key to the beer he’d marry her,” Dalton summarized. It might be true. Guys will do things like that. They might deny it, but guys lie when it comes to women. They cannot help it.


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Reynolds Industrial Center, 910 Roland Ave., Green Cove Springs. Course satisfies Florida’s boater safety course requirements. To reserve a seat, e-mail flotilla Safe Boating Seminar on Anchoring, St. Petersburg, FL, Feb. 16 Anchoring, a two-hour class presented in one evening, is available to anyone 12 or older. How to select the appropriate anchor, rode and components and their use depending on sea and bottom conditions. St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron, Wednesday, February 16, 7-9 p.m. St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 2nd Ave SE, Demens Landing, St Petersburg. Instruction is free, materials $25 per family. Maximum of 20 students. Pre-registration required. Register at Monthly Boating Safety Courses 2011 Schedule in Fort Pierce, FL, Feb. 19, March 19 About Boating Safety. Go to (click on Classes) for class information and schedule. Classes are usually very full, call and reserve space on the preferred program date. $36 (+ $10 for each additional family member). Classes held monthly. Eight-hour class. Courses are held at 8:00 a.m. at the Flotilla 58 Coast Guard Auxiliary Building 1400 Seaway Dr., Fort Pierce. (772) 418-1142.

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Two-Day Marine Meteorology Weather Course (Level 1) by Lee Chesneau, Miami Boat Show, Feb. 19-20 Lee Chesneau, Senior Marine Meteorologist, formerly with NOAA/NWS’s Ocean Prediction Center, will give a followup to his hour seminars at the boat show with a two-day weekend Sat./Sun. course, also at the boat show, for mariners on understanding weather charts and predicting marine weather. Course includes: • Concepts of atmospheric behavior and its cause and effects of marine weather • Basics of cloud formations and related visibility concerns • Basics of surface weather and patterns • Interpretation of OPC and TAFB surface pressure charts • OPC & TAFB wind and wave chart interpretation • Introduction to Tropical Cyclone 1-2-3 Rule for avoidance • Vessel tracking, forecast documentation and verification • Course certificate Course Fee: $325 (workbook additional $24.95). 8am–4pm Saturday and 8am to 3:30pm Sunday. Reservations online at Click on Seminars. More information on the course and to contact Lee at www.marineweather Marine Systems Certification, Jacksonville, FL, Feb. 22-25 Lamb’s Yacht Center. Jacksonville, FL. American Boat and Yacht Council. (410) 990-4460

About Boating Safely Course, Hudson, FL, Feb. 26 One-day course fulfills the Florida requirements for a boat operator under 21 and allows 14-year-olds and up to operate PWCs. USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 11-7, Hudson, FL, 9135 Denton Avenue, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. All participants receive a free T-shirt. Call Edna Schwabe at (727) 457-3788.

New Program That Lets Veterans Sail to Recovery Seeks Sailboat Donations Veterans On Deck is a new 501c3 non-profit that capitalizes on Charleston, SC’s maritime history and character to provide team-building sailing experiences to veterans. The organization offers a way for veterans, who often seem to fall into patterns of withdrawal and isolation, to achieve re-connection, re-socialization, and personal growth by using sailing to impart mastery and success experiences in a social setting. Veterans on Deck currently uses “loaner” boats, but is looking for 24 sailboats of its own, in the 25- to 38-foot range. For those interested in making a tax-deductible donation of a boat (in good working order), or funds, contact the executive director, Ron Acierno, at, (843) 364-1667, or go to


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Chart Reading Course, Naples Sail & Power Squadron, Feb. 28 This is a one-evening course called Chart Smart designed to assist boaters on how to interpret and use the nautical chart. Topics include: What the various colors signify; How to recognize the aids to navigation and how to use them; The various types of charts; Latitude and longitude and much more. Naples Sail & Power Squadron HQ, 297 Airport Rd. N, Naples, FL. Class is from 7-9 p.m. Registration will be from 6:30-7 p.m. Call (239) 643-2702. Captain’s License Class, Miami, FL, March Six-Pack License (OUPV) Course includes USCG exam in class, not at the Coast Guard. Three weekends in March for one course: March 4-6, 11-13, 18-20. (888) 937-2458. SOUTHWINDS PressGang Crew Web Site Up and Running Again PressGang, the crew and boat search Web site that SOUTHWINDS had running previously on our Web site is again active and up-to-date. See details on page 58 or go to Web site, and then “Sailor’s Resources.”


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ABYC Standards Certification, Miramar, FL, March 3 Broward College. Marine Trades Training Center. Miramar, FL. American Boat and Yacht Council. (410) 990-4460 US SAILING Level 1 Small Boat Instructor Course, Venice, FL, Mar. 6-9 The US SAILING Small Boat Sailing Level 1 Instructor Course is designed to provide sailing instructors with information on how to teach more safely, effectively and creatively. The goal of the program is to produce highly qualified instructors, thereby reducing risk exposure for sailing programs. Topics covered in the course include: classroom and on-the-water teaching techniques, risk management, safety issues, lesson planning, creative activities, ethical concerns, and sports physiology and psychology. Prerequisites for the 40-hour course include being 16 years old and successful completion of a NASBLA safe boating course. Holding current CPR and first aid cards is strongly suggested. Participants will use 420-Class sailboats and 13-foot Whalers for training. Venice Yacht Club. Jabbo Gordon, (941) 468-1719, For more information, go to http:// Calendars.htm.

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GPS Seminar, Naples Sail & Power Squadron, March 7 A one-evening introductory course in which students learn what the GPS can tell a boater and also its limitations. Topics include: Understanding the buttons; Reading the pages and entering waypoints. Naples Sail & Power Squadron HQ, 297 Airport Rd. N, Naples, FL. Class is from 7-9 pm. Registration is from 6:307 p.m. Call (239) 643-2702.

way-point navigation and shows you how to relate the GPS to your charts, how to use the GPS and how to purchase one. Bring your handheld GPS if you have one. St. Petersburg Sail and Power Squadron, Wednesday, March 16, 7-9 p.m. St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 2nd Ave SE, Demens Landing, St Petersburg. Instruction is free, materials $25 per family. Maximum of 20 students. Pre-registration required. Register at

Piloting + GPS Seminar, Naples Sail & Power Squadron, March 14, 21, 28 This is a three-evening course for boaters who wish to improve their knowledge and skill in using their GPS. The first evening is learning how to manipulate and interpret the GPS. (Students are encouraged to bring their own handheld GPS units). Evenings two and three are spent on a hands-on task in which every student plans a voyage on their own chart (provided). Students will learn: How to lay out and prepare a course on their chart; How to steer that course and how to monitor their progress on the course. Naples Sail & Power Squadron HQ, 297 Airport Rd. N, Naples, FL. Class is from 7-9 pm. Registration will be from 6:30-7 p.m. Call (239) 643-2702.

Adult Basic Sailing School, Boca Ciega Yacht Club, Gulfport, FL, March 16 Boca Ciega Yacht Club will be offering an Adult Basic Sailing Class beginning Wednesday, March 16. The course includes five Wednesday evening classes as well as four weekend waterfront sailing sessions. Students will put classroom theories into practice sailing the club’s Catalina 16.5 fleet. Cost is $225 per person including all classroom materials and a U.S. Sailing Association Basic Keelboat manual. Participants will receive a complimentary three-month membership. With a 2/1 student teacher ratio, this is the most reasonably priced program in the Tampa Bay area. For registration information, visit, or call Jennifer Rogers at (727) 345-7544. Preregistration is required.

Safe Boating Seminar on GPS, St. Petersburg, FL, March 16 Using GPS is a two-hour class presented in one evening and is available to anyone 12 or older. Teaches principles of

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family. Classes are held once a week (two hours each Monday), for four weeks. Completion of this course will enable the student to skipper a boat with confidence. Three courses in 2011: Starts on Mondays, April 4, June 6, Sept. 19, 7-9 p.m. St. Petersburg Sailing Center, 250 2nd Ave SE, Demens Landing, St. Petersburg. Pre-registration is required. Register online at, or call (727) 498-4001. The course chairman will contact you for confirmation. Coast Guard Auxiliary Safe Boating Courses Jacksonville, FL Safe Boating Saturdays. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $25 including materials. Captains Club, 13363 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville. Meets Florida legal requirements for boater education. Most insurance companies offer discounts to program graduates. Mike Christnacht. (904) 502-9154. Generally held once monthly on Saturdays. Go to for the schedule and to register. Ongoing – Boating Skills and Seamanship Programs St. Petersburg, FL Tuesday nights, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Satisfies the Florida boater safety education requirements. Eleven lessons, every Tuesday. Boating Skills and Seamanship

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BOAT SHOWS Carolina PowerBoat Show and Sale, Feb. 18-20 North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC. Southeast Productions Inc., (336) 855-0208. Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail, Miamarina at Bayside, Miami, FL, Feb. 17-21. See pages 36-37 for show information. Key West Boat Show and Nautical Market, Feb. 27-28 Sponsored by Rotary Club of Key West. New and used boats, marine gear, dive gear, products, clothing, electronics, antiques, fishing, nautical arts and crafts. Sat. 9-6, Sun. 9-4. Truman Annex near downtown Key West. 9th Savannah International Boat Show. March 4-6 Savannah International Trade and Convention Center and the Westin Savannah Harbor. Fri., 12-6. Sat., 10-6. Sun., 115. Adults $8 ($5 on Friday). Kids 12 and under free. The Savannah International Boat Show is the largest indoor and in-water boat show from North Carolina to north Florida. For more information, go to www. SavannahInternational

26th Annual Palm Beach Boat Show, March 24-27 Flagler Drive on the water in downtown West Palm Beach and also at the County Convention Center, Palm Beach, FL. Thurs. 12-7, Fri. and Sat. 10-7, Sun. 10-6. $14, $12 online. Children 6-15 $5, $3 online. Children under 6 free. (800) 9407642.


Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival, Feb. 11-13. South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach, FL. (954) 2057813.

15th Annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, Islamorada, Florida Keys, Feb. 20-21 Sponsored by the Upper Keys Rotary Club. Held at Founders Park on Islamorada, MM 87, Bayside. New and used boats, marine gear, dive gear, products, clothing, electronics, antiques, fishing, nautical arts and crafts. Sat 8-5, Sun 9-4. (305) 453-3802.

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31st Annual George Town Cruising Regatta, Exumas, Bahamas, Feb. 28-March 12 This is a cruisers regatta that builds up over several months. Most boats start arriving from around the U.S., Canada and other countries in November and stay till March. When regatta days start, sailboat races are held in the harbor and around Stocking Island with volleyball tournaments and other beach events in between. Opening night of the regatta is a very big event held Feb. 28. The first event is the “Pass in Review” of the fleet. There also is softball, tennis, coconut harvest, bridge, Texas hold’em poker, beach golf and much more. For more information, contact Bill Sandelin, regatta chairman, at (305) 496-9553, or

JSI 15th Annual Nautical Flea Market, St. Petersburg, March 12 Spaces available for sellers. Shop for bargains, sell your old stuff or just browse. JSI parking lot at ITS NEW LOCATION at 2233 3rd Ave S., St. Petersburg. Call to reserve space at (727) 577-3220 or (800) 652-4914.

32nd Annual Dania Marine Flea Market, Dania Jai Alai Fronton, Dania Beach, March 17-20 The world’s largest marine flea market is held at the parking lot of the Dania Jai Alai Fronton, Dania Beach, FL. Private individuals and corporate vendors sell marine equipment, coral encrusted antiques, used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating related items. Thursday- Saturday. 9-6 p.m. Sunday 9-4 p.m. Thursday $12. Friday, Saturday, Sunday $10. Children under 12 free. Free parking. Al Behrendt Enterprises, (954) 920-7877.


4th Annual Celebration of Sailing Benefit for Sarasota Youth Sailing Program, Sarasota, March 5 The Sarasota Yacht Club will be hosting a benefit for the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program, “Celebration of Sailing:

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Another Night in Cuba,” on Saturday, March 5. The event is a dinner, dance, gaming tables, auction and chance-drawing to help support Sarasota Youth Sailing. This is the Sarasota Youth Sailing’s largest annual fundraiser, and it supports many programs throughout the year. “Celebration of Sailing will raise money to offer sailing programs to the area youth. It is remarkable we live in a beautiful water community, but children as close as five miles away have never even seen the water. Monies raised provide scholarships to both the serious and recreational youth sailors,” says Leslie Joyce, volunteer event chairperson. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34239. Tickets start at $75. For more information, go to, or call (941) 321-4737.

Michael Robertson, 1951-2010 From Jopie Helsen of Sailors Wharf It is with deep regret that we inform you that Michael Robertson passed away on December 26, 2010. Michael started working for the Sailor’s Wharf as a rigger October of 1998 and has been the service manager for the last eight years. He left the company in March of this year. I have known Michael since he was 17 years old. I was trying to pass him once in a sailboat race. He would not let me pass him to windward and lectured me that my boat was much faster, and I should have been ahead of him anyway. He was a successful sailor who went transatlantic twice, lived in Holland for two years running a sail loft, had his own sail loft in St. Petersburg and was known throughout the marine industry on a first-name basis. We all have stories to tell about Michael and, while he could be a pain in the butt, had certain ways of doing things that drove you crazy, WE WILL ALL MISS HIM GREATLY!

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Plantings Begin to Restore Coral at Keys Reef From Florida Fish and Wildlife The long process of restoring coral at a popular reef off the Florida Keys has begun. Biologists with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC); the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; the Coral Restoration Foundation; the Wildlife Foundation of Florida (WFF); and the family of the late Charlie Stroh have partnered to begin a multiyear effort to restore coral at Davis Reef, off Islamorada. Stroh was a successful Iowa businessman who retired to Islamorada and became a deep-sea-fishing enthusiast. He died in 2006, but his final wish was to ensure that Davis Reef is healthy and thriving. By working with the WFF, Stroh’s daughter, Nicole Hass, has helped make that wish a reality. The FWC and its partners have just started the first phase of the project by placing nursery-reared corals at several locations at Davis Reef. The project has the potential to jump-start coral recovery at Davis Reef. The significance, however, reaches far beyond Davis Reef itself. Because coral reef restoration is in its infancy, the scientific information developed at Davis Reef will lead to restoration designs that can be used across the entire Florida Keys in the future. “It is well-known that reefs throughout South Florida have lost coral cover over the past few decades,” said John Hunt, FWRI biologist and project leader. Reefs are vitally important to South Florida. They provide essential habitat to fish and wildlife resources. They provide shoreline protection. Tourism and fisheries are supported by reef habitats. In fact, reef-related industries account for billions of dollars in revenue annually. “This project represents the kind of partnerships that are exciting and necessary for conservation in Florida,” said Brett Boston, executive director of the Wildlife Foundation

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A new, national, free magazine for boat show exhibitors, appropriately titled Boat Show Exhibitor, will launch in February to an initial, estimated 20,000 individuals throughout the United States. The magazine is being published by Imagination, one of the country’s leading custom publishing and content marketing agencies, and underwritten by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). This will be the world’s only magazine dedicated solely to helping boat show exhibitors maximize their primary marketing investment—boat shows. According to the recently released 2010 Boat Show Purchase Influence Report from Foresight Research, boat buyers ranked boat shows as the most influential factor during the consideration phase of the sales funnel. Each issue of Boat Show Exhibitor will help exhibitors realize sales opportunities and improve their ROI via exclusive case studies, display tips, show sales and marketing tools, technology and techniques from veterans of the boating and related consumer show industries. A team of industry writers, marine industry consultants as well as experts from related industry consumer shows will contribute content on topics impacting boat show exhibitors. Topics will range from staffing a display, product presentation, sales training, lead follow-up and customer service to marketing, research, drawing visitors into a display, building sales pipelines and making the sale. The free publication will include four issues in 2011: February, May, August and November. The inaugural issue will be mailed February 7 to an initial, estimated 20,000 individuals throughout the marine industry including boat dealers, boat show booth exhibitors, marine accessory manufacturers, boat manufacturers and other companies with a vested interest in success at boat shows. The magazine will be unveiled during the Miami International Boat Show. A complete editorial calendar can be accessed online from the magazine’s official Web site, Interested subscribers and advertisers are encouraged to visit the Web site to sign up for their free copy.

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has opened a new flagship store in Sarasota, FL. It is the biggest West Marine store in southwest Florida with over 21,000 square feet. The new store specializes in fishing and has a vast selection of rods, reels and gear for in-shore and offshore anglers. It also has over one hundred marine electronics demos on display to touch and test, along with an expanded apparel area for men and women. The new store is also the Port Supply (West Marine’s wholesale sector) regional hub to provide timely delivery of marine products and supplies at attractive prices to the marine industry. The store provides approximately 45 jobs for the Sarasota area. The store’s staff has a combined total of 673 years of boating, fishing and sailing experience. West Marine employs approximately 900 associates throughout the state of Florida. The store is located just south of downtown Sarasota at 4708 South Tamiami Trail at the intersection of Proctor Road in the old Circuit City building.

New Ribcraft Designed for Sailing Coaches Ribcraft recently announced the launch of the Ribcraft 4.8 Coach, designed and built specifically for sailing coaches. The boat is 15’ 7” and has a forward position console for improved visibility, open deck for marks, sailors, and gear, and Ribcraft’s signature deep V hull. The company says that the smooth ride combined with an open clutter-free deck makes this boat ideal for long days on the water and a logical replacement to traditional hardsided coach boats.

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The Lido 14 Story By Jabbo Gordon Photos courtesy W. D. Schock Corp.


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In 1995, Schock redesigned both the deck and the cockpit of the Lido 14, making it more comfortable and less complex.

The Lido 14 “is an excellent training platform, not only for junior programs, but for adults as well. Many California learn-to-sail programs work through parks and recreation departments, and they used Lido 14,” says Tom Schock.

With production going so well with all of its boats, W.D. Schock opened up a plant in Bradenton and sold a variety of vessels, including the Schock 23 and the Schock 35, up and down the East Coast. The Lido 14’s popularity continued to progress until by 1980, when there were nearly 5,000. However, two things happened in the 1980s. A recession was forcing the economy down, while on the other hand, a number of new designs was growing. Schock closed its Manatee County plant and operated only in Corona, which is between Los Angeles and San Diego. Schock died in 1991, and Tom took over the firm. Tom’s brother, Steve, is a civil engineer but still is involved with some of the corporation’s design. In 1995, Schock redesigned both the deck and the cockpit of the Lido 14, making it more comfortable and less complex. The first one off the new mold started the 6000 series, and subsequent vessels are not to be confused with the older “classic.” In 1996, the “new” Lido 14 was used in US SAILING’s Championship of Champions regatta at Newport Beach. The class association had a rebirth, and sailors liked it for day sailing as well as racing. “It’s very easy to pull with a trailer. The mast is easy to put up, and then it’s easy to launch off a ramp, using a dolly similar to ones used for 420s,” Tom Schock said. “The boat is stable and can hold four people comfortably. It’s great for couples. “It is an excellent training platform, not only for junior programs, but for adults as well. Many California learn-tosail programs work through parks and recreation departments, and they used Lido 14s.” Several colleges and universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, use the Lido 14 for their sailing programs, although more institutions employ the Club 420 or the Club Flying Junior. A new full package Lido 14, with almost all the options, will cost about $10,000 and the range on a used one varies from $500 to $6,000, depending on the condition and the equipment.

Its Portsmouth Rating is 98.9, which is the same as a Sidewinder. A Capri 14.2 and Flying Fish are logged at 99.4, while a Day Sailer is 98.5. John Papadopoulos seems to become more excited about the boat as he talks about it. He is a racer, served as an officer in the class and has built or rebuilt several fleets in the nation. The Newport Beach, CA, resident owns both a “classic” model and a new 6000 series Lido 14, and is three-time national champion. “Well, let’s say I’ve been on the winning boat three times,” Papadopoulos said. “I won the regatta in 1999 as skipper, but I was the crew in 2002 and 2003.” He also served two consecutive one-year terms as president of the Lido 14 Class Association. But Papadopolos is proudest of his restoration of six or seven fleets around the country. “There had been Lido 14 fleets all over, but many of them disappeared,” he explained. “The most recent, and the highlight of my involvement with other fleets, was at the Lake Pontchartrain Yacht Club.” The Lake Pontchartrain story is interesting if for no other reason than the way club members overcame adversity. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed sailing in the New Orleans area, many yacht clubs had to start from scratch because they lost boats, clubhouses, members and momentum. Members at Lake Pontchartrain Yacht Club of Mandeville, LA, took an unusual approach, according to Papadopoulos. “The tragedy actually gave them an opportunity to rethink what the goals of the club should be,” he said. “For one thing, they did not want to go back to highly competitive situations where only the top sailors got to race.” The class of choice for LPYC and most of the Gulf Coast Yachting Association was the Flying Scot, but the LPYC group decided it wanted a smaller boat that used fewer people as crew. In addition, this grass roots group was looking for a boat that was more affordable, and yet not obsolete.

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The Lido 14 encourages family sailing and brings a wide age range to the sport. It’s well known among young teens, but there is one skipper who is in his 90s and who has been sailing his Lido 14 since 1958.

Several colleges and universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, use the Lido 14 for their sailing programs.

“These sailors were not driven by technical, go-fast thinking and high pressure merchandizing,” Papa-dopoulos said. “They wanted a boat that could be day-sailed, that was comfortable and that was readily available.” The group also realized the club needed to bring in the family atmosphere and broaden the audience. This in turn meant finding a boat where husbands could take wives and boys could invite girlfriends, and vice versa. Thus, the sailors searched for a vessel that was relatively simple to rig and sail. It was not interested in a spinnaker or a boat that required a plethora of adjustments during a race. “They did their homework and shopped around,” Papadopoulos said. “But unlike some clubs that checked on three or four different classes, they looked at 20 choices.” The Lido 14 fit the model and the committee chose it, thus finding a good solution to a difficult problem. “The group decided what needed to be done, put it together and did it,” Papadopoulos said. Since the main plant was 1,800 miles away in California, Lido 14s were not readily available, and the committee needed to know it had some local support. Papadopoulos made several trips with new and used boats, and an area sail loft backed their play with hardware as well as sails. “That was a year and a half ago, and they have 16 boats in the community now,” Papadopoulos said. “They have created a new family sense in sailing there.” The Lido 14 encourages family sailing and brings a wide age range to the sport. It’s well known among young teens, but there is one skipper who is in his 90s and who has been sailing his Lido 14 since 1958. Low maintenance costs also bring high marks to the class. “They just keep going and going and going,” Papadopoulos said. “As long as they are well respected and not abused, they are easy to maintain. “They keep their value, too. Used boats are highly sought after.”

The key seems to be that the Lido is not that demanding. “You may have to hike out some,” Papadopoulos said. “Otherwise, you just sit in it and go.” For more about the Lido 14, go to

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A First-Timer Primer By Cyndi Perkins


ariners be advised that, in general, the Key West attitude toward modestsize cruising vessels is, “Take it or leave it.” If you don’t like the prices or the accommodations or the natives, don’t let the buoys hit your stern on the way out. Sailors are but a trickle among many tourism streams flowing into the Conch Republic economy. So it’s a long wet ride to the dinghy dock across a frequently whitecapped mooring field? So the shower cubicles are prisonesque? So it’s a long walk to Duval Street and Mallory Square? So what? When it comes to take it or leave it, we’ll take Key West on its own terms. The pleasures of time spent aboard and ashore in this one-of-a-kind outpost far outweigh the pains. And first-timers to “Key Weird,” as it is fondly known, will find that helpful Garrison Bight City Marina staff and fellow cruisers can provide you with the info needed to locate all manner of supplies and entertainment. The Big Chill of Winter 2010 left many Florida boaters out in the cold. Hanging on a mooring ball for more than a month at the southernmost end of the eastern United States (ever thankful for the Force 10 propane heater) was far preferable to the conditions some other boating brethren faced up north in Fort Myers Beach, Stuart, Pensacola and other popular snowbird/liveaboard destinations. From Boca Grande to Vero Beach, cruising sailors found the Hounds of Winter still avidly nipping at their heels no matter how far south the steadily hammering cold fronts allowed them to travel. The lower Florida Keys had the most tolerable temps. Forty-eight miles east of Key West, those waiting for wind without an ‘N’ in it for a favorable Gulf Stream crossing clogged Boot Key Harbor. Throughout February into early March, there was a 30- to 35-boat waiting list for the 226 mooring balls administrated by the city of Marathon. Chip Ahoy took advantage of the convenient pre-registration service, which is NOT a reservation, just gets your paperwork completed in advance. We never progressed to the waiting list. You can’t get on the waiting list until actually in the harbor. Numerous reports of many boats anchored willy-nilly all over Boot Key Harbor, outside the harbor and up Sister’s Creek (I heard tell of a Sister’s Creek survival party) convinced us that staying put in Key West would be safer. Also more enjoyable, given the oft-heard observation this year that causes me to wonder how Marathon is faring in consumer perception: “There’s nothing to do there,” was a common comment among the cruisers we talked to. The same cannot be said for Key West. There is plenty to explore on this “two-by-four” island. It’s every bit as

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charming and culturally rich as advertised, and then some. As one of our favorite staffers at the marina noted, even after living in Key West for several years she is still finding new delights tucked away on every street. It wouldn’t hurt to be wealthy if you were going to stay in Key West an extended amount of time, but there are many ways to enjoy a visit without sacrificing your budget. Staying at a marina in Key West Bight is not one of them. Quoted price with a 30-foot minimum length at Key West Bight City Marina was $88 plus tax per night in February 2010. The boaters who hailed the marina were told that there are no rate deals available by week or month in the basin right downtown in the center of Key West action. On the Web, you can check out the full array of municipal mooring field and dockage options with rates at

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43 per day/$291 per The Key West moormonth during our stay. ing field is in Garrison Garbage, dinghy dockBight east of Fleming age, a parking spot and Key. Once you have a bike rack are included reached Key West Bight amenities. and the main basins The dinghy dock gate holding its marinas and and individual showU.S. Coast Guard station, ers/laundry room have count on about an hour “secret” codes. The more to travel up and codes are given over the around the well-marked phone or in person, not channel at the tip of on the marine radio. Fleming Key to get to the You are asked to not mooring field. share the code with othThe city marina that ers. Key West is having administrates the Key issues with homeless West mooring balls is in Many cruisers mistakenly think this is some sort of aquarium down on the vagrants and would like Garrison Bight and waterfront’s Harbor Walk. Actually it’s the Waterfront Market—a grocery store to prevent these folks should be hailed as “The and deli—which is a convenient provisioning option closest to the Key West from taking up resiCity Marina at Garrison dinghy dock. dence in the shower Bight.” It is actually betrooms. The laundry ter to call on a cell phone in order to obtain the secret codes room has four washer/dryer combos, $1.50 to wash, same for the showers and the dinghy dock gate. The number listto dry. The showers are dimly lit stainless steel cubicles with ed in some guidebooks is out of service. The current numflimsy toilet paper but clean with a plentiful supply of highber is (305) 809-3981. pressure hot water. There are not “occupied” signs on the In February 2010 there were 141 balls available in the doors; you must knock to find out if the shower is empty. field, with about 49 occupied when we arrived. By the end From the Garrison Bight dinghy dock, most provisions of February many more boats had come in. You are not and entertainment are a mile or more away. For quick stops, allowed to occupy balls displaying orange flags (which may a large well-stocked Circle K at the corner across from the be out of service/need repairs) or other signs of occupancy, marina office (under the highway bridge farther into such as a float or personal pendant. The city does not autoGarrison Bight on “charter boat row”) has beer, wine and matically provide pendants (a liability issue we were told), snacks. The highway to the left leads to Publix, Albertson’s, at first a vexing state of affairs for Yours Truly and Capt. Gordon Food Service, Radio Shack, Office Max, Winn-Dixie, Scott. After coming into Key West after an overnight down Kmart—all the normal shopping center/strip mall franchisthe Gulf of Mexico, I was not in the mood to futz around es. To the right lies Old Town, Harbor Walk and street after with a pendantless ball. The trick is to hook the canvas part street of quaint residential neighborhoods liberally salted of the loop on top of the ball. Boaters are instructed to use with unique shops and businesses. There are taxis aplenty two lines, running the lines through the canvas loop, not the here. They are generally efficient. A ride to the nearest grometal shackle. A sailor next to us strung his lines through cery stores and shopping centers, for example, cost $8.15 the metal shackle and after a bouncy night discovered one one-way in February 2010 (so that’s $10 total with tip). A sawn clear through. The marina keeps a close eye on the more affordable option for those unwilling or unable to condition of the moorings and was out several times during exert themselves by walking great distances lugging groour monthlong stay to unwrap wound lines on unattended ceries and supplies is to use the Key West Transit system. boats, replace balls and perform other needed repairs. Bus schedules and info are available online ( Copies of the bus schedule are available in the When we arrived in Key West, the pump-out boat was marina. The city’s transportation office is located next to the nearby. The friendly attendant gave us directions to the dinghy dock at Garrison Bight; grab a schedule or catch the dinghy dock. Had we known it would be more than a week bus there. Bikes and scooters are common here, available for before we saw him again, we would have pumped out then rent or bring your own. Scott missed his motorcycle. No and there. Word to the wise: When you see the pump-out room on Chip Ahoy. boat, do not delay. Wave the waste warrior over. During our City street map in hand, we used our GPS “Serena” to stay, the pump-out boat had a number of technical difficultrack down grocery store locales. In Key West proper, ties, including a blown water pump and burst holding tank Fausto’s Food Palace on White Street or Fleming Street is a that kept it out of service for a day or more. The boat cannot do-able walk or easy bike ride. At this venerable grocery come out on the mooring field in any winds of 15 knots or store chain, family-owned and operated since 1926, we higher. If you see whitecaps, you will likely not be seeing found Old Town Mexican Café’s fresh salsa verde, Cuban the pump-out boat that day. Also, pump-out services are not bread and baguettes from Cole’s Peace Artisan Bread bakavailable on weekends. And the city pump-out boat also ery and a wonderful in-house butcher shop (we recommend services boats berthed in marinas. So do not wait until your Carl’s sweet Italian sausage), all providing a taste of Key tank is full. Avoid the stain of shame. Pump out early and West to Chip Ahoy’s onboard menu. often. It’s included in your mooring fee, which was $16.65 44

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At the corner of Harpoon Harry’s diner, White and Truman we were drawn to the streets another interestOld Cuba section of ing spot to provision and town, packed with reagrab a bite to eat, Pirates sonably priced places to Seafood Co., operates eat authentic, delicious out of a gaudily decoratfood. We particularly ed trailer set up next to liked El Sidoney at 900 the Chevron gas station. Catherine Street. And We had dynamite jumbo being newbies to Key fried Key West pinks West, we, of course, had with fried plantains and to have the obligatory black beans and rice for cheeseburgers and mar$12. Beverages are obgaritas at Margaritaville tained next door at the ($11 and $7) on Duval gas station, ranging from Street, where the service water and soda pop to and atmosphere were single bottles of beer on The dinghy dock and bathhouse compound at Garrison Bight is a bit off the exceptional. Swapping ice. The kitschy ambi- beaten path and a long dinghy ride from the mooring field but includes every- restaurant and shopence of Pirates Sea-food thing from showers and trash disposal with recycling to a parking spot and ping info is a prime is as satisfying as the coin-op Laundromat. topic of conversation food. Hours generally among cruisers; there run from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., five days a week, and it’s best are a multitude of watering holes and dining spots not even to get there early if you want the fresh conch salad before it counting those on the main drag. Anyone who stays long runs out. Prices on fresh raw seafood vary with whatever the enough in Key West will find his or her own coffeehouse, catch happens to be on that particular day. Key West pinks bakery, deli, lunch spot, newspaper or happy hour hangout. were averaging $9.99 per pound, an affordable splurge. The quest for those favorites is great fun. Along with the shops and restaurants of Caroline Down on Key West Bight, Scott and I enjoyed the Half Street, including the venerable Pepe’s and the vintage Shell Raw Bar ($9 pitchers, $5.95 for half-dozen oysters,






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lunch specials in the $10 Radio’s (104.1 FM) “Biz range, hearty and satisBaz”–aka Bizarre Bazaar, fying conch chowder). where from 9-11 a.m. It’s next to Turtle Kraal’s ( M o n d a y - S a t u rd a y ) , Restaurant, where you buying, trading and sellwill see the Key West ing are just part of the Bight dinghy dock. This wacky fun. Public Radio dinghy dock charges $6 91.5 FM provided the per day or $80 per news; 98.7 is Conch month. You pay at the Country; 93.5 is Keysey fuel dock office where Listening and 92.7 will the Chevron sign is. The pop your socks off. All dock is usually crowded run regular weather because it’s the only reports. place to land a dinghy in The weather was at the center of the action, times so rough and cold especially for those during our stay that we boaters anchored out by Never a dull moment during dinghy rides to and from Key West mooring field, could spend a whole Wisteria (aka “Christmas with plenty of boat and wildlife watching to keep cruisers amused. The ever- day or more just hangTree”) Island or Man of changing hues of the gin-clear water are absolutely captivating. ing out onboard. In War Harbor. In addition prevalent winter northerChino Island, where we pulled up for to veteran cruisers, including our lies, the anchorage is quite bouncy. I the night as dark approached. We friends Rosi and Jim, many of the boats resorted to wearing my seasickness were roused from sound sleep by anchored out in this area are home to bands all day and night on a couple of flashing blue lights and footfalls on the working families of Key West. occasions. Along with the radio we the deck. Although the visit was polite Others are derelict “squatter” boats. had reliable Internet and phone recepand brief as the Coast Guard just The Monroe County Sheriff tion. I devoured several good books, wanted to count heads and check IDs Department and the Coast Guard conwhile Capt. Scott fired up the generain the name of Homeland Security, it duct regular “sanitation and safety” tor to power his guitar amp, treating was startling and intimidating. Upon inspections in both the anchorage and the mooring field to impromptu conentering Matanzas Pass at Fort Myers mooring fields. Chip Ahoy was boardcerts. To minimize the splashdown Beach the next day, we were quesed for inspection in late afternoon, effect when we did go ashore in tioned by a U.S. Customs and Feb. 18, 2010. Since we had already windy conditions, garbage bags and Immigration boat that pulled alongcommenced with happy hour and had foulies came in handy. side us. Three is the usual number of all our safety gear and papers in order, At West Marine, Capt. Scott legal examinations for Chip Ahoy on it was a fairly relaxed experience— struck out time and again on acquirlong-distance voyages; let’s hope it’s with the exception of having to pull all ing Yanmar oil filters and a number of the charm this time. of my Space-Bagged clothes from other sundry items such as spark The Coast Guard station in Key under the V-berth to produce two plugs for the Mercury outboard. It West during our visit fielded numermore life jackets. Our life jackets with was some solace that I found a great ous distress calls on a daily basis. As is approved whistles that we usually lending library tucked away in a corthe case elsewhere, it has essentially carry in the cockpit while under way ner. The common items we needed passed non-life-threatening rescues were in the dinghy. Marina personnel were never restocked during the time over to privatized services. In Key I spoke to support the regular inspecwe were there, so if there is something West, the TowboatU.S. operation stays tions, as “squatters” in the mooring you want from West Marine while in busy. As avid marine radio eavesdropand anchoring areas may cause a variKey West, my advice is to special pers, Scott and I were impressed by ety of problems ranging from dragorder it right away, which the staff is the operation’s calm and competent ging down on other boats to dumping happy to do for you. Just down from efficiency in rectifying whatever situasewage overboard. During our stay, West Marine on Caroline Street is the tion arose, from runaway dinghies one boat called the Coast Guard claimknowledgeable and efficient Key West cutting loose in the four big blows we ing distress due to being out of food Marine Hardware Inc., worth a lookexperienced during our stay, to soft and water for two days. The Coasties see even if you don’t think you need groundings, engine failures and sent them a commercial water taxi to anything. There is always some sort of anchor draggings. It is a pity there is get ashore. project going on Chip Ahoy. During no Cruiser’s Net in Key West (at least Chip Ahoy’s Key West boarding our stay in this port we did the folnot that we heard of) but plenty of was the third time on-water authorilowing: toilet joker valve replacement; “dramedy” ensued during storms and ties questioned us since we left the rigging inspection and adjustments; a other weather events. When we tired rivers above Mobile in November rail mount for the 5HP Mercury outof the marine radio, we found several 2009. The first boarding was at board engine and gas cap for said excellent shows on the world band approximately 8:30 p.m. at our engine topped Scott’s list. The latter receiver dial, including Highway 1 anchorage off Pine Island Sound’s was added to the to-dos when the cap 46

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plopped into the water Scott and I were the day after our arrival. grateful to make it to Scott had unscrewed it to the boat as a wall of add fuel; the security wind swooped in from chain fell off, slithering the northwest. We into the gas tank. A new switched on the marine cap was ordered from a radio to listen to a harmarina on neighboring rowing account of a Stock Island. “fearless” local sailor Rushing to beat a named Caleb who set storm and falling darkout in his underpowness one evening when ered Walker Bay in the we had tarried too long anchorage area to resashore with visiting famicue a dinghy that had ly, we hailed a downtown flipped over on its taxi to get back to the owner in 30-40 MPH dinghy dock. Scott winds and was being remarked to the driver, The main dinghy dock in the heart of Key West action closest to Harborwalk washed toward the “Wow, I bet it gets crazy and Mallory Square is in Key West Bight. Mooring ball occupants pay a sepa- Coast Guard Station rate fee to tie up dinghies here. for you when it rains.” breakwall. The dinghy “Rain makes no difowner had been safely It’s always crazy! I asked a guy to ference here; every night is crazy,” fished out onto another anchored sailmove out of the street last night, and said the taxi driver, pointing out a boat. Caleb ended up spending the he told me ‘Go back to Mexico.’ Well, bearded man at Captain Tony’s bar night ashore. As he related, “They I’ve never been to Mexico. I’m from wearing red Crocs and a pink maxi kept hailing me from the breakwall, Poland. I told him maybe I should go skirt, knitted purse slung over one and I didn’t want to be rude, but every visit Mexico on his recommendation.” brawny shoulder. “The bikes, the peotime I had to pick up the handheld to We all laughed. ple walking in the middle of the street. answer, I lost 50 yards!” The radio soap operas are just one of many experiences that I am already missing. The strutting roosters that punctuate the neighborhoods with their “eer, eer, errrs,” the classic salty sea captain scattering food along the street curbs for Hemingway cats, the friendly “how you doin” Jersey atmosphere of Ric’s bar, the punkedout, funked-out, artsy dives and divas on every street corner…I can’t believe I was ever hesitant about sailing to Key West. Even in the worst of winters, it proved to be a marvelous and unique stop that no true cruiser should miss. As clear as the water is, we never did find that gas cap. As if I needed an excuse to return next year… Lake Superior sailors since the early 1990s, freelance writer Cyndi Perkins and her husband Scott have completed two 6,000-mile circumnavigations of America’s Great Circle Loop aboard their 1977 DownEast sailboat Chip Ahoy. At the time of this writing Chip Ahoy had visited other ports including Marathon, Clearwater and Steinhatchee and was on Mobile Bay headed upriver for the summer. Questions and comments may be directed to Cyndi at News & Views for Southern Sailors

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By Robbie Johnson

Pasta: LAST


In earlier issues of SOUTHWINDS magazine, I introduced Rice and Beans as two of what I call the sailboat galley’s “Holy Trinity” of ingredients and presented some of the more important things to know when storing and using them aboard. Now it’s time for a look at the final item of the “Trinity”—Pasta. Rice, Beans and Pasta share some common themes that are of key importance to long-distance offshore sailors: (1) if kept dry and free of insects, and not exposed to extremes of heat, they store well for extended periods; (2) they are inexpensive to buy and can be found in just about any port around the world, and; (3) they are nutritious, and literally thousands of delicious meals can be built around them. If Rice, Beans and Pasta are aboard in sufficient quantity for the size of crew and length of voyage, then no one is going to go hungry. As I pointed out in the articles about rice and beans, there are a few basic instructions for preparing these ingredients properly, and with pasta the same is true. If pasta is figuring into your upcoming meal planning, the first thing to do is to get a pot of water boiling so you aren’t well into the meal preparation and discover you need boiling water. Most accompanying sauces can be prepared and ready for use in the time it takes to get a pot of water boiling and the pasta cooked to perfection. Many sailing chefs end up with goopy, floppy pasta because they didn’t use enough water in the cooking. The proper ratio is 3 quarts of water for 3/4 pounds of pasta. Wait until the water is boiling before adding the pasta to the pot, and always add a little salt

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GALLEY’S “HOLY TRINITY” to the water, like 1½ tablespoons to the 3 quarts of water. And when draining the pasta after cooking, save a little of the water in case you need to thin the accompanying sauces. The pasta water contains starch, and while using it to thin a sauce, it also adds a bit of body as well. There are endless varieties of pasta, but for galley stocking purposes, you need only three or four different types. I usually have spaghetti, elbow macaroni, wide egg noodles, penne and one of the shell-types like bow ties or rotelle. The cooking time is determined more by the thickness of the pasta than the shape: Spaghetti usually takes about 10-12 minutes; penne about 13 minutes; egg noodles 3-5 minutes; and elbow macaroni about 8 minutes. You know the pasta is done when you break a piece and there is no opaque white core, or when you bite into it and it is resilient—not flabby, what’s termed al dente. To rinse or not to rinse: If the pasta is going to be used for a salad, giving it a quick rinse in a colander will free up the pasta of excess starch and remove some of the stickiness; but if a sauce is to be poured over the pasta, forego the rinsing and the sauce will cling better to the pasta. Pasta is good cold as well as warm, and there are some great pasta salad recipes: Egg noodles topped with small English peas and shredded crab meat served at room temperature make an elegant but simple luncheon salad. And there is nothing simpler than warm spaghetti with basil-based pesto stirred in and a slice of garlic bread on the side. In coming issues of SOUTHWINDS, I’ll provide you with some unusual, but easy pasta recipes to smooth your lengthy ocean voyage, but in the meanwhile, why not give this fantastic bow-tie pasta salad a try: MOROCCAN-STYLE PASTA SALAD ¼ pound bow-tie pasta 1 pound sea scallops 5 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon lemon juice ½ small chopped red onion ¼ teaspoon sea salt 2 navel oranges ½ cup Kalamata or other black olives 6 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped ¼ teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper. Preparation: 1. Cook pasta for 15 minutes in boiling, salted water, then drain and rinse in cold water. 2. Season scallops with ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, then heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet and sear scallops over medium heat until just done and slightly brown (1-2 minutes per side). Allow scallops to cool to room temperature. 3. Peel the oranges, removing all white pith, then separate sections and put into a bowl. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons of oil, lemon juice, olives, onion, mint, and remaining salt and pepper. Toss to combine, then add the pasta and scallops and stir well.

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According to the original Glander brochure, the boat is a cruiser/racer meant for Florida and Bahamas waters, with the shallow draft at three feet, and six feet with the centerboard down.

ow! What a pretty sailboat sitting across the small canal. I couldn’t get close enough to see a name, but thought it must be “old”—really old, by all the teak on deck. You can’t find teak like this on newer boats. I was curious to know the brand. The name on the transom was Star Dust, but I couldn’t find the owner. So I picked up my copy of SOUTHWINDS magazine at the Sea Food Shack in Cortez, FL, and then went roaming my usual marinas looking and dreaming. I wasn’t without a boat. My neighbor had bought my Columbia 23 from me and then bought a powerboat. We

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made a deal: He could use my dock, if I could use the boat. Turns out it was a very good deal for me. He only came over from Orlando on weekends, and of course, he wanted to use the powerboat. When the powerboat was in the shop, he would use the Columbia. So I was still able to sail. Even though in six sailboat races in a row (six years), I came in last place. With only a foot of draft, the Columbia in a fresh breeze would go almost as fast sideways as forward. Let it be said I tried and accepted the booby prize every year with grace. You know, battery-operated fans for the sails, etc. Lo and behold, opening up the SOUTHWINDS, I found

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BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW Looking forward with the galley to port. To starboard is the built-in fridge with chart table (with storage under). Forward is the head to port and hanging locker to starboard. Forward is the V-berth which is 6’ 4” long with storage under.

Star Dust listed in the classified section. I immediately called the dealer, Cortez Yacht Sales, and made an appointment to see it. After my general inspection, I could see that even though the outside was nice, the inside needed a lot of work. I went home contemplating and digesting the info. Two months later, Star Dust was still there. I inquired and the price had dropped, but a mechanic had run the diesel engine with a hole in the manifold and filled the cabin with black soot. I was told they would replace the engine so I

waited another month, now almost November, and was informed that the engine was not replaced yet, but if I wanted Star Dust and could come up with the cash in the next few days (before the dockage was due) I could have it for a good price. Well, I did come up with the money, and with the help of five senior citizens from Tropic Isles where I lived, we managed to tow Star Dust with a small powerboat through the Manatee Bridge and across Tampa Bay to its new home. That is a story in itself. What is a Glander? According to the brochure, it’s a cruiser/racer meant for Florida and Bahamas waters, with the shallow draft at three feet, and six feet with the centerboard down. The Glander has a nice but tight layout because of the centerboard trunk and the narrow beam. Starting forward of the V-berth is the chain locker with an access door. The V-berth is 6’ 4” long with storage under. Next is the 32-inch hanging locker to starboard and bathroom to port. Next is the chart table with built-in fridge (new) and lift-up top with storage. Galley on the port side has a microwave, sink and storage. The main salon has 6’ 5” bench seats that convert to single berths on both sides. A 36” by 30” table is mounted on top of the centerboard trunk.

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The quarter berth to port, looking aft. Here, the center table has both leaves up. Galley on the port side has a microwave, sink and storage.

With table sides down, the table is 6 inches wide and allows standing room on both sides. Aft is ample storage under the cockpit with access doors. Inside these compartments, I installed an 18-gallon fuel tank to starboard and two house batteries, an engine start battery and a converter/charger to port. The engine compartment has great access, and above the engine compartment is the power panel. Topside is the huge cockpit with 6’ by 6’ seating area. Aft is access to the stern through a teak hatch and an area for propane with its own locker. Forward of the cockpit, the doghouse with teak eyebrows, handrails, nine opening windows and a teak hatch. At the bow there is a manual windless and anchor roller. Under the waterline is a full length keel and rudder. The rudder is tapered from the rear of the keel, so with a soft grounding the rudder is protected. Here sat the boat at my dock—engine not working, and me contemplating all the work. At this time, I was engaged to Nancy, and the wedding was set for Friday, the 13th of April. So how could anyone handle all that! So I neglected the boat. But after the wedding and the honeymoon, we decided to get it working. We’ve never had it sailing and never seen the bottom, but she sure is a beauty and at our dock. I did have a diver come out to inspect the hull, and he said it looked good. First thing we needed was to get it running. But how? A new manifold with heat exchanger for the four-cylinder Vetus was almost half the price of a new engine, and even then I wouldn’t have known what to expect. This was the summer of 2007, and after doing my research, we decided on a new Yanmar 3YM30 engine as a replacement. I put it in myself, along with all the peripherals. Lo and behold, by September I turned the switch! One turn of the engine and it fired up. I was quite amazed. So Nancy and I took Star Dust out into Terra Ceia Bay and put up the sails for the first time in 11 months. It took off so nicely and we had a beautiful sail. After that, we were all fired up to fix and upgrade the boat. Star Dust was beginning to look good and sailed wonderfully. I had six years of coming in last in our local race News & Views for Southern Sailors

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Topside is the huge cockpit with 6’ by 6’ seating area. Aft is access to the stern through a teak hatch and an area for propane with its own locker. Forward of the cockpit, the doghouse with teak eyebrows, handrails, nine opening windows and a teak hatch.

Looking aft. Another quarter berth to starboard next to the companionway steps.

and not winning with the Columbia 23. Star Dust lost her first race in 2008, when winds were mild and smaller boats had the performance edge. In 2009, Star Dust showed her speed with winds around 12 knots, and again in 2010 with first-place finishes. The crew I had—all 55+ from the park,

were shocked that we finally won. What a great feeling. It cost me T-shirts for the crew, but it was well worth it. As for Star Dust, she performs like a scared rabbit when the winds get to 12 knots. Under that, the other boats have an equal or better chance. In the 2010, one event is worth noting. While on the windward leg and winds erratic, we had to ease off the mark, thinking this would be to the others’ advantage, and they would be able to catch up. Looking back, the others were following us instead of sailing to the mark. We thanked them for doing that but not till after the race. My wife Nancy loves the boat, but we don’t take Star Dust out in heavy seas. We are not spring chickens. I’m 74 and Nancy is, well, elderly. So we’re not ready for the racing circuit yet, but it is tempting. I did try to get into the Manatee Sailing Club race, but they wanted a PHRF rating. I tried to find one but couldn’t on the Glander. So I decided to stay out of the race. I did watch the race and it looked to me like Star Dust would have made a good showing. Here are a few of the modifications and upgrades we made while getting Star Dust back in shape. Besides replacing the Vetus engine, I also removed the fuel tank, which was mounted above it. It was aluminum and had a small leak. I replaced it with a vertical standing plastic 18-gallon tank and located it in the starboard compartment. The engine shaft packing gland was outboard and leaked, so I made a new one inside the hull. The new Yanmar was smaller than the Vetus so I had to modify the existing mounting rails. I also added a new water lock and muffler, installed the two house batteries and the one 12volt engine start battery in the port compartment. New wiring was strung into a Blue Sea control for the 12-volt DC and 110-volt AC circuits. I also incorporated a new charging relay with a dual-battery switch. One neat feature of the switch is the way it turns off the engine alternator while cranking. For shore charging and providing AC power under way, I chose a Tripp-Lite, 1250-watt inverter/charger. The Tripp-Lite is of the older transformer type, but it is bulletproof. We continue to add minor items and changes but we enjoy our Star Dust and sail her often.

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Visual Distress Signals By Wayne Canning


n this day and age of Let’s look at the types of electronic devices on our signals mentioned above boats, we tend to overlook and how they work as well low-tech methods of getas some non-approved ting help. With GPS, VHF, devices that are available. EPIRBs and cell phones, we Some devices and signals feel pretty safe and hardly are designed only for daythink about ever having to time use, others for nightuse visual distress signals time use and some for to get help. Most boaters both day and night. When know they are required to reviewing the types of sigcarry these basic visual signals available, it is impornaling devices, but few tant to remember not all really understand their use are USCG-approved to fuland purpose. The basic fill the above requireflare kit is purchased to ments. Boat owners need meet USCG requirements to have at least the miniand then stuck in a locker mum number of USCGwhere it is forgotten. A approved devices onboard. Visual distress signals: good understanding of Handheld flares, a flare gun and a signaling mirror. how these devices work and what is required to have onboard is important to your safety—as well as that of DAY USE ONLY SIGNALS your crew and vessel. The USCG requires all vessels operating on coastal Distress Flags. Distress flags must be at least 3 x 3 feet with waters, the Great Lakes, the territorial seas and those waters a black square and ball on an orange background. These are connected directly to them to a point where they are less approved by the USCG and SOLAS (The International than two miles wide, to carry visual distress signals. The Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.) only exceptions are the following pleasure vessels operating during daylight hours only: 1. Vessels that are less than 16 feet in length. 2. Vessels that are self-propelled (rowboats). 3. Open sailboats less than 26 feet without an engine. 4. Boats participating in organized events such as races or regattas. The above vessels, when operating at night, must carry one electric distress light or three combination (day/night) red flare.

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Visual Distress Signals Smoke Signals are pyrotechnic devices that can be handheld or floating. They produce a steady stream of orange smoke for a period of 1-4 minutes. They can be seen from a mile or more by aircraft and less than ½ mile from surface craft depending on wind and sea conditions. They are approved by USCG and SOLAS. Like all pyrotechnics they have an expiration date of 42 months after the date of manufacture. Dye Markers. Inexpensive and easy to deploy, they come in several different colors with fluorescent green being the most common. Although not approved by either the USCG or SOLAS, they can be very useful to help search aircraft locate your position. A dye is released into the water leaving a trail or pattern Expiration dates are marked on flares, that can be seen from a distance of up which expire 42 months after the to one mile or more by rescue aircraft. date of manufacture. The dye will remain visible for 30-40 minutes although rough seas and high winds will greatly reduce this. Rescue Streamers. Made of lightweight orange plastic, the Manufacturers recommend you replace dye markers once streamers are 6-18 inches wide and 20-40 feet long. When every 3-4 years to ensure their usefulness. deployed, they float on the water’s surface in a long line that can be visible to search aircraft a mile or more away. Like smoke signals they are used to help aircraft spot small targets such as a swimmer in the water. The advantage they have over smoke and dye signals is that they do not dissipate over a short period of time and can be deployed and left deployed till rescue arrives. Streamers have an unlimited shelf life and do not need replacement if undamaged.

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Electric Distress Light. The electric distress light is accepted for night use only and must automatically flash the international SOS distress signal of three short flashes, three long flashes, and three short flashes, this pattern flashed four to six times each minute. Personal Safety Lights. Personal safety lights come in many

shapes and sizes. They can use incandescent lights, strobe lights and LED lights. Battery-powered, they can operate anywhere from a few hours to more than 100 hours of continuous use. Lithium batteries are preferred and often required to meet USCG approval. Although they can be USCG-approved, they do not meet the minimum requirements unless they flash SOS. They require the batteries be checked and replaced at regular intervals as recommended by the manufacturer. The strobe type are considered the best as they can be seen from the greatest distance and have a good battery. The lights can be manually or automatically operated. Small and lightweight, they are very practical for attaching to life vests. DAY/NIGHT SIGNALS Handheld Flares. Pyrotechnic red handheld flares are approved for day or night use and meet USCG requirements for this. It has been shown that these flares are not very elective during times of bright sunlight. Burn times are from 30-180 seconds. Caution is required, as they burn very hot. The SOLAS flares will burn brighter but for a shorter period of time than the common USCG-approved ones. They have an expiration date of 42 months after the date of manufacture. Additionally you can get white handheld flares. However these do not meet USCG requirements. White flares can be useful to caution approaching vessels and for providing light at night during rescue operations.

Aerial Flares. These come in two types, meteor and parachute. Both types can be fired from a gun launcher or as a self-contained launcher. Some states and countries consider the gun type to be a firearm and therefore use is restricted. The guns come in 12 gauge and 25mm sizes. Meteor flares have a burning time of around 7 seconds while the parachute type will burn for 40 seconds or more. The height the flare goes can be important in being seen. Average height is around 500 feet, but some can go as high as 1000 feet. Aerial flares can be USCG- and SOLAS-approved and have an expiration date of 42 months after the date of manufacture. Laser Flares. New on the market are laser flares. Although they look a bit like a laser pointer, they emit a fan of light instead of a pinpoint. They are also waterproof and more powerful. Laser flares can be seen as far away as 20 miles and can be seen even in daylight. As they are battery-operated, the batteries will need regular replacement. They are not USCG- or SOLAS-approved. WHAT TO DO WITH EXPIRED PYROTECHNICS? Unfortunately it is easier to explain how not to dispose of them than how to dispose of them. Pyrotechnics are considered hazardous waste and have to be handled as such. They cannot simply be thrown away in household trash. Disposal regulations vary from location to location. The USCG will no longer accept them at any location. Without a national collection program, boaters can do one of several things: • Contact the local county public works or sanitation department to see if they’ll accept flares. • Contact local boating groups to see if they accept flares for use in demonstrations or classes. • Contact your local police or fire department to see if they can use old flares or dispose of them in burn units. Do not set off any flares on the water or anywhere near the water or where they could be seen and mistaken for a distress signal. This includes the Fourth of July unless part of a pre-approved program. Firing a flare when not in distress could result in a Class D felony charge, six years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines and reimbursement of all costs the Coast Guard incurs as a result of the false distress. (When boating groups use flares in demonstrations, they inform the local authorities and the Coast Guard of the location and time, so the demonstrations are not mistaken for a real distress signal.) Even with GPS and radio communications, visual signaling devices are still valuable to help rescuers locate you or your vessel when in distress. One should always keep in mind that in the event of an emergency on the water, it is important to have as many rescue devices as possible on hand. Visual distress devices used properly are one more tool to get assistance as quickly as possible. Wayne Canning lives on his Irwin 40 Vayu, in Wilmington NC. A marine professional for more than 35 years, he now is a full-time marine surveyor, runs a Web site for other professional marine surveyors and a site for those restoring project boats. He also provides services as project manager for boat restorations. Visit, or for more information.

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Hauling Your Boat Out in the Holy City one of the area’s largest paint sheds, s this issue of SOUTHWINDS hits the measuring 40 feet high by 110 feet long. streets, it’s the dead of winter in the The company’s 75-ton Travelift can Northern Hemisphere. In South accommodate boats up to 100,000 Carolina, that means not just shorter pounds, with girths up to 19.5 feet, and days, but also inhospitably cold temperits staff can haul at high or low tide due atures. (Hey, snow in Charleston, that’s to the deep draft at the facility. The comfar from the mild Southern winters we’re pany has a mobile crane on hand for accustomed to.) For sailboat owners, this stepping and unstepping masts, as well time of year customarily means ponderas a locked yard for extended dry storing maintenance tasks and upgrades, age. Ross Marine offers competitive rates and perhaps even getting around to for hauling, painting and common mainsome of them. tenance, including engine work. For If you’re a boat owner, maybe you’re welding or other specialty repairs, subgetting your sails washed this month, or contractors are called in. The company maybe some interior varnish attended to. charges $55/day for subcontractors But if you’re like most folks, what’s (which also applies for DIY work). weighing heavily on your mind is where that annual spring haul-out will take Ross Marine’s on-site crane handily deals (843) 559-0379. Another family-owned business, place. In the Holy City—as Charleston is with rigging issues aboard a Stevens 50. Detyens Boatyard, has been in operation since 2006. often known—you’ve got five options for hauling, and that Located well up the Cooper River, some 10 miles north of makes this a hot spot compared to the coastal communities Charleston, this yard offers most of the essential marine in the Palmetto State. Charleston is also home to a number services from engine work to storage. The company is also of businesses that specialize in various marine services from equipped to do sandblasting and welding with an on-site canvas fabrication to topside graphics. machine shop and a mechanic on staff. Among the quintet of boatyards capable of conventionService manager Sean Jeffries points out that the facilial haul-outs—by Travelift or crane—is Ross Marine, which ty operates a 75-ton Travelift, meaning the yard’s capacity has been in operation the longest, since 1986. Situated on here is equal in tonnage to most of the other yards in the Johns Island along the Stono River, this full-service, familyarea. Though the lift basin has some draft restrictions (call owned business is 15 minutes from downtown Charleston for details), Detyens is the only yard in the area with a by car. “Our big advantage,” says sales representative Paul Travelift capable of hauling boats up to 25 feet wide. Jeffries Andrews, “is that we’re right on the Intracoastal says that’s ideal for cruising multihulls. The yard doesn’t Waterway.” The downside of that location, however, is that have a paint shed nor amenities for liveaboards, but there is each of the three approaches limits rig height to 65 feet due a marina not far down the river. www.detyensboatyard. to bridges that span the Stono River and the ICW. com. (843) 553-0091 For those vessels that can get there, Ross Marine has Eight miles up the Wando River from Charleston’s new Cooper River bridge is another full-service operation—the Charleston City Boatyard. This facility has the distinction of being the only boatyard in the state designated as a Clean Boat Yard under the South Carolina Department of Health SERVING and Environmental Control’s recognition program. “We capture all the old paint that comes off the hulls,” says manager Ed Parker, “and we make sure we comply with all the other regulations stipulated by that program.” Wayne Canning, AMS This yard operates a 75-ton Travelift with a beam capacYacht Surveyor & Consultant ity of 19.5 feet. According to Parker, the only size restriction Project Management pertains to draft. “The river here is over 20 feet deep at low tide, but our Travelift basin can’t accommodate boats with POWER & SAIL UP T0 100’ drafts deeper than 13 feet.” Still, he says, the company regPRE-PURCHASE & INSURANCE SURVEYS ularly services boats 60 to 65 feet in length. He notes that the PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR MAJOR REFITS local Beneteau dealer commissions all of his boats there, and SPECIALIZING IN OLDER FIBERGLASS BOATS the largest charter company in the world – The Moorings – commissions boats here, too. 910-231-5874 The Charleston Boatyard has 1,000 feet of dockage, two on-site paint enclosures (one 110 feet long), a boom truck for WILMINGTON, NC 28409 dealing with rigs, and both Westerbeke- and • fied mechanics on staff. The company also offers mobile service by road or by water. The rates here are slightly highAn Online Community for those Restoring Dreams


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By Dan Dickison er than those of Ross Marine in several categories, and the company charges $2 per foot per day for DIY work. (843) 884-3000. A little closer to town, up the Cooper River at the old Charleston Naval Base, sits Pierside Boatworks, at the site of what was formerly Charleston Boatworks. Run by owner John Brophy, this facility is a full-service operation, advertising expertise in rigging work, electrical, fiberglass repair, painting, topside graphics, engine refits and custom woodwork. Among Holy City boatyards, this facility has the greatest capacity for hauling large vessels with both 30-ton and a 70ton Travelifts on site. Brophy advertises a draft of 15 feet, which was tested a few years back when this facility hauled Zephyrus V, the 86-foot ocean-racing behemoth that draws 14 feet 7 inches. The company is certified to service Yanmar, Westerbeke, and Universal engines, and it also is a dealer for Cummins, MerCruiser and Onan. Pierside also offers mobile service calls. The rates here generally fall somewhere between those of Ross Marine and those of Charleston City Boatyard. No long-term dockage is available, nor amenities such as showers. (843) 554-7775. Another family-run yard, Marine Propulsion, is situated at one of the most picturesque spots in the Low Country, just outside of Rockville on Adams Creek at the western end of Wadmalaw Island. It’s 30 minutes from Charleston by car and some four hours by boat (at six knots). Despite its rural setting, this is still a full-service yard with a 60-ton Travelift and essentially no draft limitations.

Formerly known as Rockville Marine, this business is owned and run by Susie and Anthony Black who have been specializing in diesel engine maintenance, repair and replacement since 1993. “We have Yanmar-, Cummins-, and MAN-, Westerbeke-, and Beta-certified mechanics on duty,” says Susie, “and we also do mobile service calls on request.” Black says the yard employs staff experienced in fiberglass work, electrical repair and boat carpentry. Marine Propulsion also keeps a crane on site for stepping and unstepping rigs, but the facility offers no overnight dockage or amenities such as showers and pump-out stations. Like all the other boatyards listed here, Marine Propulsion also monitors VHF channel 16. (843) 559-1025. Among the many marine service businesses in the Charleston area are two others that are important resources for sailboat owners. If you’re in need of fiberglass repair or painting services, Kurt Oberle of High & Dry Boatworks on James Island has built a solid reputation for superb work ( (843) 224-1615). And master shipwright Mark Bayne of Sea Island Boatworks in Mt. Pleasant is the most experienced wooden boatbuilder and restoration specialist in the entire region. (843) 886-3077. Both Bayne and Oberle’s businesses are landlocked, but both proprietors are accustomed to making on-site service calls. Okay, all those excuses for not hauling are looking pretty weak now, so get started. When the weather warms up, that is.

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JIM BROWN’S MEMOIRS Among the Multihulls. A Memoir by Jim Brown. Commentary by Roy Laughlin


mong multihull sailors, it’s impossible to say Jim Brown, without including the word “Searunner” in the same sentence. Jim Brown has one of the most extensive and enduring reputations of any contemporary multihull designer. His identity as a designer is in many minds grafted to his most wellknown design, the Searunner trimaran. Now in his eighth decade, Brown recently released the first volume of his memoirs, Among the Multihulls. A Memoir by Jim Brown. Brown’s first volume covers the decades between 1950 and approximately 1980. His focus is almost entirely on the birth and the early years of the American multihull scene, particularly as he experienced it in California. The primary narrative centers on Brown’s involvement as a designer and builder of multihulls intended primarily for the cruising lifestyle. A second volume is


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expected early in 2011. Brown’s story is not an autobiography. The events of his long life do form a framework for the larger discussion. Those passages in the book are part of a larger context of Brown’s discussions of the genesis of multihull designs and the concepts on which they were based. One of the most extensive threads early in the book was the influence of other designers such as Arthur Piver, a name equally recognizable to Jim Brown’s among multihull aficionados. Brown’s narrative comprises a substantial and authoritative content of ideas about multihull design, especially with respect to what worked, and what did not in the 1950s and 1960s. Brown’s significant contribution is to integrate, from his viewpoint, the evolution of early multihulls with examples and commentary on both his own designs and those of many others. His comments, both laudatory and critical, focus on himself as well as others. The latter half of the book is substantially a travelogue of the Brown family’s first complete cruising experience from California through Central America in the 1970s. Much of what existed and they experienced then no longer exists. Brown’s numerous observations of social conditions—and the cross-cultural experience provided by cruising—completes the search for a resolution that, in Brown’s case, led to a transition from youth to acceptance and the successful meeting of middle-age responsibilities as a father and a husband. Many poignant paragraphs make this reading stay in the reader’s mind. A reader would not expect Brown, who has spent his life designing unusual boats, to write anything but the unusual memoir. The printed memoir is only text. Illustrations, photos and plans, Brown explains on the second page of the book, will be available on the Web, with his narration. As of mid-October 2010, the effort to populate the Web pages was not completed. The narration in the book is more than strong enough to stand alone. Any multihull sailor older than 40 will enjoy this book for the memories it will bring. Any one younger may be pleasantly surprised to find that at least with respect to multihull devotees, the more things change, the more they stay the same. The attraction of multihulls has not changed. The new generation(s) that continue to find them appealing and worth the effort to acquire and sail do it for the same reason the older generations did. If the current economic malaise continues, we may witness a revival of the owner-builder. In that case, this work will be the contribution of a man who morphs from guru to prophet. Among The Multihulls. A Memoir by Jim Brown is available from Amazon books, or can be ordered from, or by following the link at

Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez and FISH offer a Maritime Program for Youth By Doug Calhoun


he Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez, FL, and the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage (FISH), recently established a youth program. The program offers local youth an opportunity to learn about the waters of Manatee County—located on Students are required to complete a series of challenges before going on to the next course level. This is the coast on the south side of a picture of two students completing the kayak challenge. In the first course, there is a canoe, a rowing Tampa Bay—and to under- challenge and a kayaking challenge, as well as a knot-tying challenge and the challenge of passing the stand and develop seaman- Florida Fish and Wildlife “Boatsmart” course. Pictured here are two students with Jaime Canfield, director and instructor of the Turner Maritime Challenge Program. Photo by Bob Landry. ship and build character at the same time. the skills they have learned. Students will learn how the The Turner Maritime Challenge Program at FISH, is local community grew from its rich maritime heritage into a offering “Seas the Day” classes to young teenagers. The last large and diverse community which, because of its interdeclass will began in January and runs to the last week of May. pendence, requires maritime rules to continue to function. Students can join up anytime this spring. Classes will meet The program has its own kayaks, canoes, skiffs, small after school on two weekdays each week. On Saturdays, stupowerboats and sailboats that these students will learn to dents will go out in boats in local waters to add to and show paddle, row, run and sail safely and confidently, and at the same time prepare to pass a state-approved boating safety course. The Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez has won sevAdvertise in SOUTHWINDS—Distributed at eral awards for the historical craft it has built. Its own tradiover 500 locations in 8 southern states tional boat shop offers a model for students to study historical wooden boats having a Florida history. The class will Janet Verdeguer • (941) 870-3422 have its own tools, which the students will learn to identify and use properly in practice and for projects, as well as to maintain its own fleet. Classroom sessions study navigation aids, plotting a Steve Morrell • (941) 795-8704 course, and the study of the maritime heritage. Boat-shop work will help students gain specific skills as well as confidence in their use. They will also gain an understanding of the traditional craft of wooden boat building. The outings with boats should make clear the benefit of all the classroom and boat-shop work and the basic joy of personal accomplishment, as well as interdependence and camaraderie and just plain fun on the water that all this knowledge brings. For more information on the Challenge Program, e-mail Jaime Canfield, director, at, or call (941) 792-8200. The maritime museum is located at 4523 123rd St. Ct. W., Cortez, FL 34215.

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A Ghost Story With a Happy Ending —

Overhauling a 1982 Cal 9.2 By Dave Montgomery The deck open and exposed to allow the balsa core to dry out.

In 1981, Bangor Punta moved its Cal sailboat factory from California to Tampa, FL. A year later Ghost was born—a “Standard” Cal 9.2 with a cast iron fin keel. Seven years later, Tom Davis purchased her from the original owner, and one of the great love affairs between man and boat began.


or Tom, his Cal 9.2 was the perfect racing machine. He found the boat ideal for the lighter winds that predominate in northeast Florida. Tom raced her in almost every event offered in and around Jacksonville and even took her to Key West race week in 2003. A garage full of trophies is testament to 21 years of hard successful campaigning by Tom and his many crews. But time and literally hundreds of races eventually took their toll on Ghost. It became apparent that she needed a major overhaul. The refit and refurbishing required the kind of effort that can only be lavished by a man with a passion, and Ghost was Tom’s passion. The result has been, according to Tom, a boat that’s even stronger, faster and more competitive than it was before. But first a little history. Cal Yachts was the name given to Jensen Marine when it was purchased by international conglomerate Bangor Punta. At the time, Jensen/Cal was one of the largest production boat builders in the country. Contributing to its success were boats like the extremely popular Cal 25 and the legendary Cal 40. Despite the popularity of the products, Bangor Punta and Cal lasted only until 1984. One of the last new models introduced by Cal in 1981 was the Cal 9.2, a Ron Holland half-ton IOR design originally sold in Europe as the Jeanneau Rush. Ron Holland is known for building fast boats that win races, and the Cal 9.2 was no exception. Its predecessor half-ton design won the Sydney to Hobart race in 1979—one of the smallest boats ever to do so. To this day, the Cal 9.2 is a competitive club racer, often beating much newer designs around the buoys. Tom Davis’ Cal 9.2, Ghost, was raced hard in spinnaker class year in and year out. The cumulative results were signs

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Miscellaneous forward deck repairs completed: chain locker; mast step and deck area; chainplate area.

of structural fatigue in the rigging and stress cracks developing in the deck. The area around the mast step (Ghost has a deck-stepped mast) was flexing, developing cracks and absorbing water in the balsa core. The foredeck had a wet balsa core and was starting to deteriorate. Serious cracks were developing at the port chainplate. The forward anchor locker bulkhead had rotted out, and water was starting to penetrate the interior. The raw-water-cooled engine was near the end of its useful life. The gelcoat was worn through in some areas, and starting to expose the laminate. Tom knew if he raced her a few more years in that condition the situation would only get worse until something broke. It was time. So, as much as he hated to do it, Tom took Ghost out of the water and began the work necessary to bring her back to peak racing (and safe sailing) condition.

This project wouldn’t be the first modifications done on the 28-year old campaigner. In 2003, Tom eliminated the seat that ran across the stern end of the cockpit in order to give himself more maneuvering room while racing. In 1994 he replaced the leaky horizontal cabin lights with four oval portholes that dramatically changed the look of Ghost from her stock siblings. When the plastic headliner got old and cracked, as headliners eventually do, he simply removed it. After all, racing boats don’t need to be pretty inside. For the 2004 haulout, Tom’s first decision was where to do the work. The cost of a boatyard would be prohibitive so he trucked Ghost to his suburban Jacksonville home. It was convenient having the boat there, but after six months, the homeowners association complained that a large boat repair project was incompatible with the ambiance of the neighborhood. Ghost had to move. Luckily, one of Tom’s regular crew owned property far from established neighborhoods and offered it free of charge. Another truck was hired and the boat was transported again. At this point, Tom estimated the project would take six to ten months and cost about $5,000. Tom has always been an optimist. He was off by three years and about $10,000. The next item to tackle was how to protect the boat from the elements during the time she would be open and exposed. To do this Tom put on his engineering hat and designed a system of tarps supported by the surrounding trees to provide shade and shelter for the project. After a couple of trips to the Waldo Flea Market and after running some old spinnaker sheets between the trees, Ghost was cov-

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The rig built to hoist the old engine out and the new in.

Ghost and the shelter built to enable work on the boat.

ered and protected. Now it was time to get to work. Here’s the rundown of work Tom (occasionally aided by crewmembers) completed on Ghost along with his comments:

that area now, but much stronger. • He completely opened up the foredeck area and replaced all the old wet balsa with new balsa. To reglass the deck, he used heavy woven roving with stitchmat and West System epoxy to build a stiffer foredeck. The extra strength in that area was worth a little added weight. • The area around the mast step is ultra critical so extra care was taken to rebuild it stronger than it was. The area was built up with multiple layers of glass to stiffen and reinforce the area. Also, the penetration for mast wiring was improved so that water intrusion will never again be a problem. • The chain plate areas were opened, dried out and high-density filler applied. Then the deck was reglassed with heavy woven roving for strength. Now the chainplates sit slightly high on the deck so that water runs away from them. • The cabin top was opened and dried in several areas. High load areas were filled with high-density filler. • As a preventive measure, all 250 holes in the deck were opened, inspected and filled with high-density filler. Before painting Tom drilled a dimple into each hole location so the holes could be found after painting. The new hardware was drilled slightly small in hole size and tapped to take the mounting screws. Now the boat is dusty dry inside, with no leaks. If a leak were to develop, the water will drain straight through the high-density filler, and not wet the balsa core. This is a feature that all boats should have, but most boats don’t because they are typically production boats. • Another improvement was sealing the deck against future moisture intrusion. Tom took the same approach you would take with a blistered bottom. He applied multiple coats of Interlux 2000 to build a barrier coat. The deck has a minimum 10 mils of epoxy barrier on its deck. This should minimize any future moisture problems.

• Starting at the bow, the forward anchor locker was removed and glassed over. Tom feels racing boats don’t need them. All they do is fill with water and she’s certainly more seaworthy with no hole in the front of the boat. • At the forward hatch, the deck was thin and flexed too much. After peeling off the outer skin and repairing the core, Tom reinforced the deck with mahogany stiffeners around the hatch opening. The deck is marginally heavier in

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But wait, there’s more! Tom advises, “When you take a boat completely apart, you find all kinds of scary things, and one of those scary things were cracks in the chainplates. It’s also a huge relief to catch a problem like this before there’s a failure and have the perfect opportunity to fix it.” The original chainplates were rated at approximately 8,000 pounds, about the same as the shroud breaking strength. The new chainplates are one size larger, rated at 12,500 pounds. Tom adds there were several other “discoveries” that are too numerous to detail here. The next item to address was the engine. Tom reports, “The old Universal Atomic 2-cylinder was a nice little engine but even a nice engine goes bad when you pump

Ghost arriving at the boat yard ready to return to the water.

The newly rebuilt Ghost on the water.

saltwater and fish through it for 21 years.” After much research, he decided to replace it with a Beta Marine 2-cylinder diesel. Like the Atomic, it is based on a Kubota engine, but in Tom’s opinion, it’s better adapted for marine use and more serviceable. Instead of raw water, the engine is cooled by a heat exchanger with a water-glycol mixture. The new diesel has more horsepower than the old one, and Tom says, “It is actually a pleasure to own.” Finally, the entire boat was sanded and coated with 2part polyurethane paint. “More expensive but worth it,” says Tom. Naturally this process took many weeks of work, but at long last Ghost was ready to sail again. Interestingly, the process of getting her back out of her

bucolic workspace was far more complicated than getting her in. The truck was larger and trees had grown up during the three years of the project. After many hours of maneuvering and the felling of a small tree, she was finally extracted and traveling to the marina where she would be re-rigged and put in the water. What were the biggest obstacles? According to Tom they were weather and time limitations. “Why does it always rain on your day off?” he asks rhetorically. Getting parts at a reasonable price was interesting but challenging. “I became very resourceful at finding discounted supplies and parts.” A St. Augustine shop called Sailor’s Exchange was an excellent source for some of the items he needed. When it was all said and done, the entire overhaul took 3 ½ years and an estimated cost of about $15,000—almost half the initial price of the boat. Why did it take so much longer than estimated? “I put off replacing the engine thinking the old one could be rebuilt. Fortunately, a couple of experienced mechanics convinced me it would be a bad expenditure. I also grossly underestimated the damage in the deck. Ghost didn’t look bad, but the hidden damage was extensive. I’m sure many boat owners are laboring under a similar delusion, thinking some caulking or epoxy filler will solve their problems.” Since Ghost has been back in the water, Tom couldn’t be happier with the results. She won the 2010 First Coast Offshore Challenge overall, took first in the St. Augustine Yacht Club’s Race of the Century and has cinched first place in the First Coast Sailing Association 2010 Spring River Series. His concerns about the added weight from the extra glass on deck proved to be unwarranted. The added weight from extra glass around the repairs is more than offset by the entire deck core being dry. Tom says Ghost is an even faster boat since the overhaul. Since the hull is stiffer and stronger, he’s been able to tighten up the rig and add a precious fraction of a knot to her speed — something all racing skippers work for. To other boat owners contemplating a similar project Tom says, “This is a rewarding experience if you truly enjoy all the aspects of boat ownership. You need to read and talk to others who have done it. The Internet is a great source of information. You can’t let the surprises and the problems you encounter get to you. Just understand you must put a lot of time and energy into the boat. When you are finished, you’ll be so proud of what you’ve done, you’ll be like me, telling the entire story to anyone who’ll stand still long enough to listen.”

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43rd Regata del Sol al Sol Gears Up for the 2011 Race The St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s Regata del Sol al Sol/Mexico Race, an international regatta from St. Petersburg, FL, to Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico, is gearing up for the 2011 regatta with approximately 12 entries so far. Twenty-eight vessels set sail for Isla Mujeres last spring. There is still plenty of time to get prepared and turn entries in by April 9, the final entry deadline. Organizers are encouraging racers to enter now, and try to break the record of 43 entries this year. There is a secure site for online entries, or entries can be mailed in—or a combination thereof. For more information, go to Anyone interested in joining in the fun on the island, but not necessarily wanting to sail, can fly to the island and be part of the festivities. There are many island activities planned, such as the Golf Cart poker run, snorkeling, Rum and Coke party, United States versus Mexico Basketball game, and more. In order to keep track of sailors and friends coming to the island, and to get everyone involved in the after-race activities, organizers are asking everyone to contact reservations specialist Judy Malone at jmalone@human for rooms and island transportation. Elizabeth (Beth) Pennington will again head up the regatta committee with a very efficient staff. They can be

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Antolin Rivera Named District Secretary for Laser District 13, Covering all of Florida By Eric Robbins In Puerto Rico, Antolin Rivera was a passionate sailor, on a Sunfish, a Nacra 5.2, a Cal 27, and crewed on J/24s. He and his family moved to Tampa in 1994 from Puerto Rico when Antolin accepted a transfer with Tandem Computers. He quickly got involved at Davis Island Yacht Club. Antolin and his wife Heleyde have a Lippincott 30, ShipaJoy, on which they cruise Tampa Bay. He got into Lasers in 2005, when his son was in the Opti program at DIYC. While crewing on big boats, he realized his first love was little boats, so he acquired a used Laser from the DIYC sailing coach. Antolin became the key force in founding a new Laser fleet at DIYC. The district championship in December was Antolin’s first event in his new role as district secretary. He stepped forward to represent the class to the regatta officials at Lake Eustis, ensuring a smooth relationship. Antolin has plans to expand the Laser Suncoast Series to seven events next year, and the new fleet will host the Masters MidWinters in February. Davis Island YC named Antolin the 2010 Sailor of the Year for his success in forming and leading the new Laser fleet. He switched careers last year from computers and is building his reputation as a broker for Florida Yacht Sales.

North U Racing Tactics Seminars, Fairhope, AL, Feb. 19, Canyon Lake, TX, Feb. 19, Shreveport, LA, Feb. 26 A one-day course focusing on strategy, tactics and rules. Skippers, crews and junior sailors are encouraged to sign-up. The seminar fee is $85 for US SAILING members and $115 for non-members (attendees can join at the North U Seminar and receive the discounted registration rate plus the 2009-2012 US SAILING Racing and Rules Book). See complete price schedule on line. Registration is required. Go to and click on “Seminars” for registration and seminar updates on all three seminars. The fee for the seminar includes a full day seminar with a North U instructor as well as the North U TRIM CD set for home study and review. The Fairhope Yacht Club will be hosting the seminar on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the yacht club at 101 Volanta Ave. in Fairhope. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. and class starting at 9 a.m., ending at 4:30 with a lunch break. The seminar will be taught by Bruce Hedrick, who has instructed racing, cruising and weather seminars for over 25 years and is the associate publisher and managing editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. Bruce has been sailing and racing for over 40 years aboard a variety of sailing vessels. For more information, visit, or call (251) 928-3276.

The Shreveport Yacht Club is host with instructor Steve LeMay. Go to www.shreveport for more information.

Race Management Clinic, Sarasota, March 12-13 The Sarasota Sailing Squadron and the Sarasota Yacht Club will host a Race Management Clinic on Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13. Tom Duggan, certified international race officer and U.S. national race officer will lead the clinic. Tom is a US SAILING race management instructor, but will be giving a hands-on clinic with material he has put together for a more informal session than the US SAILING Certification Race Management classes. Sessions in the classroom will be at the Sarasota Yacht Club, and the on-the-water classes will be at the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. This is being offered both to novice and experienced race volunteers and will enhance the race management skills of local race officers. Cost is $50 per person for the two-day classes for members of SYC and SSS, and $65 for non-members (SYC and SSS are subsidizing this for their members). Lunch may be ordered for $10 extra per day. To sign up, go to, or call Cindy Clifton at (941) 365-5694 or

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Sunfish International Masters, U.S. National Sunfish Team Racing, Sunfish Midwinter National Championships, Fort Walton Beach, FL, March The Fort Walton Yacht Club will host the Sunfish International Masters, which hosts competitors from around the world on March 13-16. Right after that event, on March 16, the club will host the U.S. National Team Racing Championship which will bring U.S. sailing teams from across the country to compete in special one-design “team” boats (this event will also qualify the top three nations who have not previously qualified for a chance to compete in the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico in the Sunfish Class event). The final phase of the competitions will be held on March 17-19—the Sunfish Midwinter National Championship, which will also have sailors from across the country competing in 10 fleet races over the three-day period. The competition is open to all International Sunfish Class Association (ISAF) members.

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RACING For more information on the championships, go to, or contact Fleet Captain Lou Richards at (850) 683-0885.

31st Annual George Town Cruising Regatta, Exumas, Bahamas, Feb. 28-March 12 See “Short Tacks” for more information.

2011 Lightning Class Southern Circuit Gears Up—First Regatta March 12-13, Savannah, GA For nearly 40 years, the annual Lightning Southern Circuit has been sending a fleet of 50 or so boats on a combination road rally and regatta that includes stops at Savannah, GA, and Miami, before finishing with an additional couple of dozen of the 19-foot-long sloops in St. Petersburg, FL. The series kicks off at the annual Deep South Regatta, held March 12-13 at the Savannah YC. On March 14-16, the Lightning Midwinter Regatta will be hosted at the Coral Reef YC in Miami. The Lightning Winter Championship in St. Petersburg will take place on March 17-20. Competitors from South America, Europe, and North America will be on hand, as well as former and current world champions and Olympic sailors. For more information, go to REGIONAL RACING

Regattas and Club Racing— Open to Everyone Wanting to Race For the races listed here, no individual club membership is required, although a regional PHRF rating, or membership in US SAILING or other sailing association is often required. To list an event, send the regatta/race name, type of racing (PHRF, one-design and type boat), location, dates, sponsoring organization), e-mail and/or phone contact and/or Web site (if applicable) to editor@southwindsmagazine. com. DO NOT just send a link to this information. Since race schedules and venues change, contact the sponsoring organization to confirm. Contact information for the sailing organizations listed here are listed in the southern yacht club directory at Club Racing. Many clubs have regular club races year around open to everyone and new crew is generally invited and sought. Contact the club for dates and information. Individual club races are not listed here. We will list your club races if they happen on a regular schedule (eg, every Sunday; every other Sunday, etc.).


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Southeast Coast Race Calendar FEBRUARY South Atlantic Yacht Racing Assoc. Go to this site for a list of the clubs in the region and their web sites. (state in parenthesis) Race schedule not posted for 2011 by press date. Charleston Ocean Racing Association. South Carolina. Regular club racing - See Club Web site for details. Race schedule not posted for 2011 by press date. Neuse Yacht Racing Association New Bern, NC. Regular club racing - See Club Web site for details. Race schedule not posted for 2011 by press date. Lake Lanier. GA Regular club racing - See Web site for details. 5 1064 Race. Lake Lanier SC 12 Hot Ruddered Bum Long Bay Sailing. Regular club racing - See Club Web site for details. Race schedule not posted for 2011 by press date. MARCH South Atlantic Yacht Racing Assoc. Go to this site for a list of the clubs in the region and their web sites. (state in parenthesis) 5-6 Laser Southern Lasers Lake Lanier SC (GA) 56 Y-Flyer Midwinters. Carolina Sailing Club (SC) 12-13 Atlanta Cup. J/22, J/24 Lake Lanier SC (GA) 19-20 Tommy Whitesides Regatta. Open. Carolina SC (SC) Charleston Ocean Racing Association. South Carolina Regular club racing - See Club Web site for details. 19 Spring Harbor Race Neuse Yacht Racing Association New Bern, NC Regular club racing - See Club Web site for details. 27-28 NYRA Invitational. PHRF Lake Lanier. GA See club Web site for club race schedule 5-6 Laser Southerns. Lake Lanier SC 12-13 Atlanta Cup. Lake Lanier SC. 26 Around Alone. Barefoot SC Long Bay Sailing. See Club Web site for local club races Race schedule not posted for 2011 by press date.

weekends. Lake Eustis SC ( Weekend races twice monthly, Sept through May Rudder Club, Jacksonville, biweekly (approximately) races on the St Johns River

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Catalina 22 Midwinters, Cocoa, FL, Feb. 26-27 The Indian River Yacht Club will host the Catalina 22 Midwinters on Feb. 26-27. Windward/Leeward races will be held on the Indian River in the vicinity of government marks 77 and 79. Exact distance and course are weatherdependent and will be announced at the skippers’ meeting on race day. The skippers’ meeting and awards ceremony will be held at Lee Wenner Park, 300 Riveredge Dr., Cocoa, FL. Boats will be hauled out after racing on Saturday and stored, mast up, on their trailers. Entry fee is $40. Register on Feb. 26 at Lee Wenner Park on Saturday at 9 a.m. Skippers’ meeting will be at 11 a.m. The first race will start at 12:30 p.m. On Sunday, the first race will start at 10 a.m. For more information, contact Jerry Butz at

2011 First Coast Offshore Challenge, Jacksonville, FL, to Georgia and Return, March 30-April 2 First Coast Offshore Challenge, the premiere offshore sailing event of the spring season in northeast Florida kicking off the north Florida offshore season, is set for March 30 April 2. FCOC 2011 features three offshore races in four days and three onshore parties for skippers and crew. The regatta, held off St. Augustine, FL, and St. Marys, GA, is co-sponsored by North Florida Cruising Club and St. Augustine Yacht Club. Participants come from throughout the Southeast with a total of 35 yachts expected in Spinnaker, Non-Spin and Cruiser class. Information is available at East & Central Florida Race Calendar Club Racing (contact club or Web site for details): Rudder Club of Jacksonville ( Weekend races organized seasonally Indian River YC ( Weekend races organized seasonally; Wednesday evenings during daylight savings. Melbourne YC ( Friday afternoons; Small boat Sundays on alternate weekends throughout the year, sometimes suspended during regattas. East Coast SA ( a women’s series and a regular series; At least one event each month. Halifax River YC ( Halifax SA ( Sunfish racing weekly; Race series organized seasonally. Lake Monroe SA ( Wednesdays and News & Views for Southern Sailors

FEBRUARY 4-6 12th Wayfarer Midwinter Championship Regatta. Lake Eustis SC 5-6 3rd Annual MC Scow Train Wreck Regatta. Lake Eustis SC 12-13 Hagar the Horrible Regatta. Space Coast Catamaran Association (beach cat race) 12. One-Day Regatta on Lake Monroe. LMSA 19-21 George Washington Birthday Regatta. Lake Eustis Sailing Club 19-21 420 Midwinters. USSCMC 26-27 Catalina 22 Midwinter Regatta. IRYC MARCH 5 DuPont Cup Regatta. Effingham Forest YC 5-6 Trans Monroe Regatta. Lake Monroe SA 5-6 South Points Regatta SAISA (High School Students) US Sailing Center, Martin County 12-13 River City Regatta. Rudder Club 12-13 Catalina 22 Regatta. Rudder Club 12-13 Optifest. (Under age 15) US Sailing Center, Martin County 15-16 Zenda U for MC Scows. Lake Eustis SC 17-19 39th MC Scow Assoc. Midwinter Championship Regatta 19 Thunder Mug Regatta. Halifax SA 24 M-17 and C Scow. Zenda U 25-27 6th M17 Midwinter Championship Regatta & 12th C Scow Midwinter Championship Regatta. Lake Eustis SC 30-2 7th Annual First Coast Off-Shore Challenge. St. Augustine YC

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2011 Washington’s Birthday Regatta, Palm Beach Sailing Club, Feb. 20-21 Featuring ocean racing for all classes: Opti IOD all classes (except Opti Green), Lasers all classes, Sunfish, Snipes and Portsmouth. Palm Beach Sailing Club. Information and registration at (561) 881-0809.

Washington’s Birthday Regatta, Barnacle Historic State Park, Biscayne Bay, FL, Feb. 26 The 16th annual revival of this regatta takes place on Biscayne Bay just off shore of Barnacle Historic State Park at 3485 Main Highway in downtown Coconut Grove. The regatta was first organized in 1887 by Commodore Ralph SOUTHWINDS

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RACING Munroe, founder of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Coconut Grove pioneer. The race is open to traditional-style sailboats (eg, mudhens, seapearls, bullseyes, sharpies, Bahama dinghies, cat boats, gaff-rigs, etc.). It is a great spectator event by land or sea. Award ceremony follows the race at the park. The entry fee is a suggested donation of $15 per boat, made payable to The Barnacle Society, a not-for-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to support the state park. For more information and the NOR, go to, or call (305) 442-6866.

2011 Acura Miami Grand Prix, March 10-13

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26th Key Largo Steeplechase, Key Largo, FL, Dec. 11-12 By Rick White

Farr 40, Melges 32, Swan 42 and IRC boats are invited to race in this event. Four race days. Event details, entries and past results are available at Southeast Florida Race Calendar Palm Beach Sailing Club, See club web site for club racing. FEBRUARY 12-13 Laser Masters/Jack Swenson trophy 15-16 Laser Masters Midweek Madness 20-21 Washington’s Birthday Regatta. Optis, Lasers, Sunfish, Snipes, Portsmouth Racing on Biscayne Bay: Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Association. Go to the club Web site for local club races BBYC Biscayne Bay YC BBYRA Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Association. CCS Cruising Club of America. CGSC Coconut Grove SC. CRYC Coral Reef YC. KBYC Key Biscayne YC. LYC Lauderdale YC. MYC Miami YC. PBSC Palm Beach SC. SCF Sailfish Club of Florida. STC Storm Trysail Club. FEBRUARY 4 29er XX Class Regatta. CGSC 5 Comodoro Rasco Snipes. CGSC 5 Etchells Florida State Championships. BBYC 5 Pineapple Cup to Jamaica. 12 Masters Regatta Stars. CRYC 25 Etchells Mid-Winters East Regatta. BBYC 26 Washington Birthday Regatta. Barnacle State Park. MARCH 7 Bacardi Miami Sail Week. BBYC, CRYC, CGSC, SALM, USSA 10-13 Miami Grand Prix. 14 Lightning Southern Circuit. CRYC 18 45th Annual Don Q Snipe Regatta. CGSC 19 Full Moon Regatta 25 Etchells Coral Cup. CRYC


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The 26th Annual Steeplechase around Key Largo was cursed with very light winds and slow going. Photo by Rick White.

On December 11-12, the 26th Annual Key Largo Steeplechase, a 110-mile trek around Key Largo for beach catamarans, was cursed with very light winds all weekend. Consequently, this was one of the slowest recorded times to complete this usually very fast course. The race is always scheduled for the second weekend in December and draws top world-class sailors from around the country and world. The initial start is in Barnes Sound just north of Jewfish Creek and goes north through Card Sound and then out to the ocean side through Angelfish Creek. The boats then head south to Channel Five Bridge and then back north to finish at Gilberts Resort. The first day the fleet lands at Anne’s Beach on Lower Matecumbe after what is usually a drag race down Hawk Channel, although this year some of the boats spent 14 hours on the water before the first day’s finish. The second day is very technical, having to navigate the Intracoastal Waterway around and sometimes over the sandy shoals and through the mangrove creeks of the bay side of the islands. Thus the name “Steeplechase” from Merry Olde England.

Florida sailors did well, taking the top three trophies. Brett Moss and John Casey of Fort Lauderdale took first place overall and for the best time. Past champs, Eric and Bill Roberts of Palm Beach, had to settle for second spot, and defending champs, Mike Phillips and Kenny Pierce of Miami, were third overall. The race is sponsored by Catamaran Sailor magazine and

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Catalina 22 State Championship, Cocoa, FL, Dec 11-12 The Catalina 22 State Championship was held in blustery weather on December 11-12 in Cocoa, FL. With gusts up to 30 knots, 10 boats from around Florida competed to win the state title. Gene Cochran of Fort Pierce emerged as the winner for the second year in a row, with Randy Pawlowski of Sanford as runner-up.

Laser District 13 Championship, Lake Eustis, FL, Dec. 11-12 By Antolin Rivera and Sam Chapin

Results (place, boat name, captain, total points): 1, Game Over, Gene Cochran, 11; 2, Gold Rush, Randy Pawlowski, 15; 3, True Love, Frank Brown, 24; 4, Girl Dog, Paul Hellings, 26; 5, Mercury Rising, Brad Ruff, 28; 6, Sold Out, Jerry Butz, 35; 7, Double Bubble, Mike Nulf, 35; 8, Sensuous Slob, Albert Pivonka, 45; 9, Godspeed, Peter Bush, 51; 10, SWpirit of 76, Larry Simpkins, DNF.

Florida Keys Race Calendar Key West Sailing Club. Every Saturday – Open House at the Key West Sailing Club. 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (305) 292-5993. www.keywestsailingclub. org. Sailboat Lane off Palm Avenue in Key West. Come by the club to sail. Non-members and members welcome. Wednesday night racing has begun for the summer season. Skippers meet at the clubhouse by 5:00 p.m. and boats start racing at 6:00 p.m. in the seaplane basin near the mooring field. Dinner and drinks afterward. Upper Keys Sailing Club (UKSC). Go to the Club Web site for regular club racing open to all. FEBRUARY (UKSC) 12-13 Commodore’s Regatta 24-26 Force 5 Midwinters MARCH (UKSC) 4-6 JY-15 Midwinters 12-13 Marlin Cup 19-20 Glander Cup 26 Portsmouth Spring #2

Southwinds Annual Online West Florida Race Calendar Posted Sept. 1 For the past five years, Southwinds has posted the race schedule on its Web site ( for all racing in west Florida area from Tampa Bay south to News & Views for Southern Sailors

Winners of the Laser District 13 Championship at Lake Eustis, FL, in December. Photo by Antolin Rivera.

Over the weekend of Dec. 11-12 and 12, the Lake Eustis Sailing Club hosted the much-anticipated Laser District 13 Championship. Sixty Florida sailors competed, ranging in age from 13 to 83 years. With extremely light wind on Saturday, and a lake wind advisory in effect on Sunday, the conditions for racing were all about extremes. The races on Saturday tried patience and calm, as all the Laser fleets had to contend with fickle light wind. On Sunday, the conditions were on the other side of the wind spectrum with unabated winds of 25 knots and gusting. On Sunday, there were many capsizes during the two completed races. As a decidedly nasty squall line approached from the northwest, the race committee smartly abandoned racing for the day. The Davis Island YC was well represented, as 18-yearold Michael Zonnenberg of DIYC managed both conditions to win the overall standard rig group. Michael is the grandson of local sailor Martin Zonnenberg. Luke Lawrence of Palm City was second, and David Chapin of Winter Springs was third and the first Master (over 35). Eric Lawrence of Palm City was the first youth in this group. DIYC’s Conner Blouin, from Tampa, won the radial division. Erika Reineke of Fort Lauderdale took home the second-place trophy and also the first youth and first woman. Nick Valente of Mt. Pleasant, SC, took third. Liam McCarthy of St Pete won the 4.7 fleet. Sophie Naughton of Marblehead, MA, was second and Martin Hood of St. Pete third.


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RACING Egmont Key Regatta, Davis Island Yacht Club, Tampa Bay, Jan. 8 By Harmon Heed

Upcoming Regattas

Sportboat Classes to Headline Charlotte Harbor Regatta, Feb. 3-6 The 2011 Charlotte Harbor Regatta is scheduled for Feb. 3-6 and will feature more than 100 boats in 11 classes, including the Viper 640, S2 7.9, Hobie 16, Hobie Wave, Weta, F16, F18, Flying Scot, Laser, Sunfish and Precision 15 classes. For information about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, contact regatta chairman Brian Gleason at (941) 2061133, or Go to for information.

Gasparilla Regatta, Tampa Sailing Squadron, Apollo Beach, FL, Feb. 5

Martin Zonnenberg’s Tartan 37, Cool Change—on the left—overtakes Mike Doyle’s Irwin Citation, Wing It, during the Davis Island Yacht Club Egmont Key Regatta on Jan. 8 in Tampa Bay. Photo by Harmon Heed.

This is the oldest running regatta in the Tampa Bay area, dating back to 1935, 76 years ago. The 52-mile race starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and usually finishes around “0 dark thirty” the next morning. The finishing time limit isn’t until 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. Because of the usually late finish the club has a tradition of having hot chili ready and waiting for the crews until the last boat is in—“no matter how late!” This year, the wind and finish forecasters were wrong, thankfully. Instead of the predicted 10 knots during the day down to 3 knots at night, the winds during the day were 1618, gusting to 25 knots, and at dusk, they dropped only down to seven knots. The race was over at 9:22 p.m. when Odyssey, the boat with the highest PHRF rating, finished. The chili lasted longer than the kegs did. The 29 entries were dominated by the 16 boats in the two spinnaker divisions. The corrected difference between first and second finishers in Spin A was only 32 seconds, well under a second a mile. The winners were among the usual suspects except in the Racer/Cruiser division where Hall Palmer blasted to victory in his long 53-foot Beneteau recently returned from Annapolis. There were no protests and only one boat DNF’d. The following week, the DIYC hosted the Keel Boat Regatta and graciously offered free berthing the week between the races and $5 entry discounts to boats entering boat regattas.

Results (boat name, boat type, captain): Spin A (6 boats): Time Bandit, J-35, George Haynie; Warrior, Tripp 38, Grant Dumas; Mariah, J-109, Jose Suarezhoyos: Spin B (10 boats): Semper Fi, J-29, Ray Mannix; Team Effort, Tartan 30, Tom Turton; Fire & Ice, J-105, George Cussins: Non-Spin (4 boats): Eclipse, Chrysler 27, Ron Kinney; Sazerac, Ranger 26, Peter Watts; Odyssey, Morgan 25, Grover Griffin: Racer/Cruiser (6 boats): Relativity, Beneteau 53, Hal Palmer; Prime Plus, Beneteau 44, Frank Hanna; Shady Lady, Cal 34, Steve Honour: Cruising (3 boats): Mistress, Hunter Passage 42, Steve Grote; After You, Irwin 38 cc, John Gardner; Tango III, Hunter 28.5, Rafael Paris. 70

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Tampa Sailing Squadron will host the 47th annual Gasparilla Regatta. This regatta ties in with the annual Gasparilla celebrations, parades and pirate festivals in the Tampa Bay area. It also includes a shoot-out challenge to the Davis Island Yacht Club Racer/Cruisers for the coveted Pirate Musketoon. Racing will include both Spinnaker and NonSpinnaker classes, as well as Racer/Cruiser, Multihull, True Cruising and Mother Lode. One-design fleets are encouraged to attend. Go to for more information.

Michelob Ultra Cup, St. Petersburg Yacht Club, March 5 Racing in Tampa Bay, this race is a Suncoast Boat of the Year and St. Petersburg Ocean Racing Challenge event. The Michelob Ultra Cup will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. All classes are invited. The event has enjoyed a varied venue over the years, finally landing at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. The Notice of Race can be found on the St. Petersburg Yacht Club web site at

18th Annual Conquistador Cup, Charlotte Harbor, March 5-6 Historically the largest regatta in southwest Florida, this event is run by the Punta Gorda Sailing Club and the Royal Order of Ponce de Leon Conquistadors. The regatta begins with registration and free beer on Friday evening, March 4, at Harpoon Harry’s Restaurant, at Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda. Two buoy-course races are planned for Saturday afternoon with Spinnaker, NonSpinnaker, True Cruising, and Multihull divisions. Racers will meet at Harpoon Harry’s after racing for beer and a buffet. On Sunday, will be the reverse start Conquistador’s Cup, with some 70 boats racing. The winner is awarded the coveted Ponce de Leon Conquistador Helmet and gets his boat pictured on next year’s regatta T-shirt. An awards ceremony with beer and munchies will follow the completion of Sunday’s race at Harpoon Harry’s. For the NOR and entry forms, go to

Bradenton Yacht Club Annual Around Egmont Key Race, March 12

Suncoast Race Week, Tampa Bay, April 1-3

Racers can choose to go either direction around the island. Spinnaker, Non-Spinnaker, Racer/Cruiser, Multihull, and True Cruising fleets. NOR at

A longstanding tradition among regattas in Tampa Bay, this event will again be three days of racing from the Gulf of Mexico into Tampa Bay. There will be a slight change in the venue which will be explained in the Notice of Race. It is a Suncoast Boat of the Year event and a qualifier for the St. Petersburg Ocean Racing Challenge (SPORC). The yacht clubs involved this year are the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, the Bradenton Yacht Club and the Davis Islands Yacht Club. Look for the announcements on the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Web site at and the Suncoast Race Week Web site,

Sarasota Youth Sailing Program Sailfest Regatta, Sarasota Sailing Squadron, March 14-15 Sailfest will be a part of the Sarasota Bay Yachting Association (SBYA) Boat of the Year series. One-design classes will be spread out over Saturday and Sunday. Racing for all PHRF boats will be held on Saturday, being consistent with all other SBYA events. One-Design fleets include Laser 4.7, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, Optimist RWB, Optimist Green, Sunfish, Club 420, and Flying Scot. Any other fleet with five or more competitors is welcome with prior notice. All money raised will go to benefit the Sarasota Youth Sailing Program. For information, go to www.sarasota, or contact David Livingston, Sailing Director at (941) 504-4236 or e-mail

Crown Cars Regatta, Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, March 26 This event, now in its 27th year, will continue to give participants a great time in the Gulf of Mexico. Although it is a one-day event, it will have windward/leeward courses and point-to-point venues for different classes. The site this year will again be the St. Petersburg Yacht Beach Club at Pass-agrille. This is a Suncoast Boat of the Year and St. Petersburg Ocean Racing Challenge event. Notice of Race will be posted on the St. Petersburg Yacht website at Entrants who would like to keep their vessels at Passa-grille for Suncoast Raceweek the following weekend may do so by making arrangements with the SPYC dockmaster downtown.

35th Southwest Florida Regatta, Melges 24 Regatta and the Porsche Cup of Naples, Naples, FL, March 26-27 Held by the Gulf Coast Sailing Club, the regatta will begin on Friday, March 25, and conclude on March 27 with a party afterwards. The Porsche Cup of Naples will highlight the regatta and will be held at the new Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club in Naples. The 4th Annual Melges 24 Regatta will also be a part of this regatta. It will be one of six regattas in the southeast circuit of the US Melges 24 Class Association, southeast district. For more information and to register for the regatta, go to, or call (239) 263-7254.

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West Florida Race Calendar Club Racing Boca Ciega YC. Gulfport. Every Sunday following the third Friday of each month. Skippers meeting at 10 a.m., PHRF racing, spin and non-spin. (727) 423-6002. One-design, dinghy racing every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. March through October. Jim Masson at (727) 776-8833. Bradenton YC. Races April thru October. Wednesday evening races at 6:30 p.m. Winter races Sunday at 1:30. PHRF racing on Manatee River. For info, call Gerry Baily at (941) 981-3891. Clearwater Community Sailing Center. Regular weekend club races. Davis Island YC. Regular club racing weekly. Dunedin Boat Club. Spring/Fall PHRF racing in the Gulf of Mexico; June-Aug. Bay racing in St. Joseph’s Sound, alternate Wednesday nights. Paul Auman at (727) 688-1631, or Edison Sailing Center, Fort Myers. Sunfish and dinghy racing once a month, year-round Platinum Point Yacht Club. Weekly PHRF racing on Mondays starting at 1 p.m. on Charlotte Harbor. Port Charlotte. Third Saturday of month, year-round. Punta Gorda Sailing Club. Charlotte Harbor. Weekly racing. Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Friday evening races start in April. St. Pete Yacht Club. Friday evenings (except April 3) through Aug. 28. 1630 starts off The Pier. Venice Sailing Squadron. Saturdays. First Saturday of each month, PHRF racing. Start at mouth of Venice Inlet. Boat of the Year Races (BOTY) Tampa Bay: (SuncoastBOTY) Caloosahatchee (Fort Myers area): (CBOTY) Sarasota Bay: (SBBOTY) Naples/Marco Island: (N/MBOTY) FEBRUARY 4-6 Lake Eustis Sailing Club, Wayfarer Midwinters 5-6 Gulfport YC, A-Class Catamaran Midwinters 5-6 Lake Eustis Sailing Club, MC Scow Train Wreck Regatta 5-6 Tampa Sailing Squadron, Gasparilla Regatta 9-11 Davis Island YC, J24 Pan-Am Trials 11-13 Gulfport YC, 505 Midwinters 12 Sarasota Sailing Squadron, Cherry Pie Regatta. (SBBOTY) 12-13 Davis Island YC, J24 Midwinters SOUTHWINDS

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St. Petersburg YC, Valentine’s Day Regatta Clearwater YC, For the Love of Sailing Davis Island YC, Laser Masters Midwinters St. Petersburg YC, NOOD Lake Eustis Sailing Club, George Washington Birthday Regatta Marco Island YC, Winter Cup (N/MBOTY) Clearwater YC, Laser Midwinters East St. Petersburg YC (PaG), 505/Contender Midwinters Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society, Edison Gulf Race (CBOTY) Davis Island YC, Commodore’s Cup (SuncoastBOTY-NS,S) Venice YC, Windjammer to Venice. (SBBOTY) Gulfport YC, Classic Moth Midwinters St. Petersburg YC, Disabled Midwinters

26-27 26-27 26-27 26-27 MARCH 5-6 St. Petersburg YC, Michelob Cup. (SuncoastBOTY-NS,S) 5-6 Punta Gorda Sailing Club. Conquistador Cup . (CHBOTY) (CBOTY) 5-6 Clearwater Community Sailing Center. Team FOR Invitational. Optimists 5-11 St. Petersburg YC, Thistle Midwinters 7-11 Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Flying Scot Midwinters 11-13 Davis Island YC, Fireball and Friends 12 Bradenton Yacht Club Annual. Around Egmont Key Race 12-13 St. Petersburg YC, Allison Jolly Regatta 12 Naples Sailing & YC, Spring Regatta (N/MBOTY) 14-16 Clearwater YC, Snipe Midwinters 17-19 Lake Eustis Sailing Club, MC Scow Midwinters 18-20 Sarasota Sailing Squadron. One-Design Midwinters 18-20 St. Petersburg YC, Winter Lightning Championship 19 Caloosahatchee Marching and Chowder Society, Shrimp Festival Race (CBOTY) 25-27 Lake Eustis Sailing Club, C Scow Midwinters 25-27 Gulf Coast Sailing Club, GCSC Regatta (N/MBOTY) (CBOTY) 25-27 St. Petersburg YC (PaG), Crown Cars (SuncoastBOTY-NS,S) 26-27 Isles Yacht Club. Leukemia Cup. (CHBOTY)

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Maxine Sansom Series 2011, Pensacola, FL, March 5, 12, 19 By Kim Kaminski The Maxine Sansom Regatta is a unique three-race series held on Pensacola Bay every March. The series honors Maxine Sansom for her work through the years on various race committees at the three Pensacola-area yacht clubs. The race format has three different competitions, each one held at one of the three clubs Sansom frequently worked with. Each of these races is held by the individual yacht club fleet captains but are combined for an overall series trophy. The first race is held at the Navy Yacht Club of Pensacola in conjunction with its first race of the season, the Commodore’s Cup Race #1. The second race is held at the Pensacola Beach 72

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Yacht Club in conjunction with its springtime race, the Rites of Spring Regatta, and the final race of the series is held at the Pensacola Yacht Club (which was Maxine’s home club) and is known as the Maxine Sansom Series Final. Participants can race in one race, two out of three races or in all three races. However, the overall series trophy goes to a participant of all three races. Race #1 will be held on March 5, Race #2 on March 12, and Race #3 on March 19, with the awards ceremony held at the Pensacola Yacht Club following the final race. For registration and more information, go to

Mardi Gras Race Week, New Orleans, LA, March 10-20 The New Orleans Yacht Club is holding its annual premier racing event with One-Design racing March 10-13 and PHRF Racing March 18-20. With six boats constituting a class, the one-design classes expected are Melges 32, Melges 24, Finn, J/22, J/24, J/30, J/80, Lightning, Open Flying Scot, R-19, V15, Moths, Fish Boats, Sonars, Sunfish and Optimist. More information, as well as hotels and directions are posted on the Web site, Limited free “college style” housing is available. Northern Gulf Coast Race Calendar See local club Web sites for club races. LEGEND BucYC Buccaneer Yacht Club, Mobile, AL BWYC Bay Waveland YC, Bay St. Louis, MS CSA Corinthian Sailing Association, New Orleans, LA FWYC Fort Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton Beach, FL FYC Fairhope Yacht Club, Fairhope, AL GYC Gulfport Yacht Club, Gulfport, MS HYC Houston Yacht Club, Houston, TX JYC Jackson Yacht Club, Jackson, MS MYC Mobile Yacht Club, Mobile,AL NOYC New Orleans YC, New Orleans, LA PYC Pensacola YC, Pensacola, FL PBYC Pensacola Beach YC, Pensacola Beach, FL PontYC Pontchartrain Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA SSYC South Shore Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA SYC Southern YC, New Orleans, LA FEBRUARY 5 Mardi Gras Regatta. PYC 12 Valentine Regatta. PBYC 13 Billy Goat Regatta. BucYC MARCH 5 Great Circle Regatta. MYC 11-13 Mardi Gras Race Week. NOYC 12 Leukemia Cup. BucYC 13-15 Sunfish Int’l Masters. FWYC 16 US Nat’l Team Race Championship. FWYC 17-19 US Midwinter Nat’l Championship. FWYC 18-20 GORC. GYC 19 Lukemia Cup. SSYC 19-20 MS HS Sailing Team Racing. GYC 26 Dogwood Regatta (J/22,R19,FS,Finn). FYC 26 Race for the Case. GYC 26 Spring Fling/Jane Englund. JYC 26 NO-Mandeville and Return. SYC/PontYC/CSA/NOYC 26 Elissa Regatta. HYC 26 Spring Showdown. FWYC

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2001 Charles Morgan New Passage 55' Reduced; $399,900. Custom steel, two-stateroom passagemaker. Diesel, generator, stabilizer, bow thruster, air, much more! She’s loaded and ready to explore the 7 Seas!

1983 Sabre 38 Centerboard $74,900. Shoal draft 4'3". New GPS Chartplotter, VHF with RAM Mic, Westerbeke diesel, new mast step. Classic Sabre performance cruiser sleeps 7.

1983 Albin 43 Classic Trawler. Recently reduced to $109,900. Twin Diesel Twin stateroom Owners aft cabin. Generator, Radar, GPS, Autopilot and so much more! Owner says Bring Offers!

1990 Island Packet 38 Cutter $149,900. Radar, GPS, generator, wind, solar, autopilot, refrigeration, SSB radio. She is loaded and ready to cruise again.

SAIL AND POWER BOATS VAGABOND 47 CUTTER/KETCH ...................................................REDUCED $179,900 45' MORGAN HERITAGE WEST INDIES ..............................................................$89,500 ENDEAVOUR 42 CC ..............................................................................................SOLD! MAINE CAT 41 USCG CERT. CATAMARAN .....................................REDUCED $369,900 BENETEAU 39 FIRST CLASS 12 .......................................................REDUCED $57,900 HUNTER 386 .........................................................................................................$99,900 38 ISLAND PACKET CUTTER.............................................................................$149,900 38 SABRE CENTERBOARD SLOOP ....................................................................$74,900 ISLAND PACKET 35 ...........................................................................................$149,900 35' CATALINA 350 LOADED....................................................................................SOLD! 34 BENETEAU 343 ..............................................................................................$115,900 SABRE 34 CLASSIC..............................................................................................$89,900 29' SEA TRIBE CRUISING CATAMARAN...........................................REDUCED $69,900 HINCKLEY 40 CUTTER......................................................................REDUCED $39,900 MORGAN/HOLDEN CUSTOM SLOOP ..............................................REDUCED $37,900 STILETTO 27 CATAMARAN; ................................................................................$29,900 CALIBER 28 .............................................................................................................SOLD

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lication, possibly later (contact us). Take $5 off text ads, $10 with photo, to renew ads another 3 mos. SAVE MORE ON RENEWALS: Ask us about automatic renewal (credit card required) to take $10 off above prices on text only ads and $15 for ads with photos. Ads renewed twice for 3-month period unless you cancel. BUSINESS ADS: Except for real estate and dockage, prices above do not include business services or business products for sale. Business ads are $20/month up to 30 words. $35/month for 30-word ad with photo/graphic. Display ads start at $38/month for a 2-inch ad in black and white with a 12-month agreement. Add 20% for color. Contact editor@, or (941) 795-8704. BOAT BROKERAGE ADS: • For ad with horizontal photo: $20/month for new ad, $15/month to pick up existing ad. No charge for changes in price, phone number or mistakes. • All ads go on our Web site classifieds page on the first of the month of publication at no additional cost. Add $10 to place the ad early on the Web

site. Unless you are a regular monthly advertiser, credit card must be on file. TO PLACE AND PAY FOR AN AD: 1. Internet through PayPal at Applies only to $25 and $50 ads. (All others contact the editor) Put your ad text in the subject line at the end when you process the Paypal payment, or e-mail it to: E-mail ALL photos as separate jpeg attachments to editor. 2. E-mail, phone, credit card or check. E-mail text, and how you intend to pay for the ad to E-mail photo as a jpeg attachment. Call with credit card number (941) 795-8704, or mail a check (below). 3. Mail your ad in. Southwinds, PO Box 1175, Holmes Beach, FL 34218, with check or credit card number (with name, expiration, address). Enclose a SASE if photo wanted back. 4. We will pick up your ad. Send airline ticket, paid hotel reservations and car rental/taxi (or pick us up at the airport) and we will come pick up your ad. Call for more info.

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Three WindRider 17 trimarans for sale. $8195. $1000 below list. Brand new in the box. Three available: blue, white or yellow. Located on Anna Maria Island near Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. Call Brian (941) 6851400 ( (4/11)

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_________________________________________ Santana 23D. Preferably with trailer. Will pay top dollar. Anywhere in Southeast U.S. (941) 488-1860. (4/11) _________________________________________ Nimble Nomad or Wanderer trawler. (239) 728-9813. (4/11)

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10-foot Trinka yacht tender with all sails with spar bag, teak floorboards, bronze drain, epoxy barrier coat and bottom paint, canvas boat cover, and custom trailer with spare tire. Excellent condition. Great sailing/rowing dinghy built by Johannsen Boat Works in Vero Beach, FL. Very nice. $2,500. (239) 3139179. (2/11)

18’ Florida Bay Wooden Sharpie. Just restored. 2 sets of sails. Custom aluminum trailer. 3hp Outboard. Ready for the water. $2,900. North Florida. Will deliver. (305) 9237384. (3/11)


_________________________________________ Small Sailboats for Sale. All sailboats are used but in good shape, sailable and have all the parts. One newer Sunfish, $550. One older Sunfish, $350. One Zuma, new, $1000. One Mini Sunfish, $400. Located at Anna Maria Island on Tampa Bay and the Gulf. Call Brian Dahms. (941) 685-1400. (2/11) _________________________________________ Dinghy, Caribe 9 L RIB 2003, light grey Hypalon, 17” tubes, lifting rings, seat, oars and pump. Rated for 15 hp OB, $1,100. Cortez Yacht Sales. (941) 792-9100. (2/11) _________________________________________ 78

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BROKERS: This newly built 12-foot wooden sailboat will be loads of sporty fun for its new owner. It was made with the same professionalism that The Shipwright Shop has provided the community since we have been in business. $4,600. (239) 850-6844. (3/11)

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Classic Restored Star (22’) Sailboat For Sale. Built in 1929 by Joseph Parkman in Brooklyn, New York, is one of the oldest Stars in existence. The boat was completely restored at the Lucas Boat Works in Bradenton, FL. A pictorial record of the restoration is available. The Star is now located in Sarasota,FL. Hardware is over 95% original, two wooden masts. Trailer included. Several sets of older sails. $15,000. (941) 928-9207. (2/11)

22 Catalina Sport, 2006. Mainsail, genoa, swing keel, raising kit, swim ladder, boat cover, antifouling paint, 4HP Yamaha, transport cradles, TrailRite trailer. Milton, FL. $11,500. Jim., (413) 698-2667/ 446-2239. (3/11)

Telstar 26 trimaran. New standing rigging, new roller furling. 25hp OB 4-stroke, electric start. Tilting mast to get under bridges. Good condition. New Upholstery, radio, Porta-potti, etc. $21,000. (305) 893-6061. (3/11)

Columbia T-26 Trailerable. 2’ draft, excellent condition. Good sails, furling jib, new lifelines, Bimini/dodger. Sailmaster OB, overhauled, 0 hours. Good sailor, cruised Florida to Chesapeake. Located St. Petersburg, FL. Asking $6500. (727) 374-6787 (4/11) News & Views for Southern Sailors

1973 ERICSON 27. Same ownership since 1976. Every upgrade imaginable. Registered antique vessel. Main, 155, working & storms jibs, asymmetrical. Two autopilots. 4-year-old Honda 4-stroke outboard is a gem. Ready to cruise/race. Sails, rigging excellent. Last time raced (12 mi) boat won class by 6:24 in real time. $7,200. Palmetto, FL. (941) 776-1237. (2/11)

Catalina 27. 1977. 3 sails, low hours Mercury, pressure water, wired 120v, new galley, Zodiac w/motor, VHF, 2 anchors, good bottom paint, $5000, OBO. Located Sarasota Bay. (941) 351-8089. (4/11)

Morgan 27 race boat, Chiquita, 1972. Has won hundreds of PHRF trophies, Tampa Bay, P’Cola Bay, Mobile Bay & offshore. Maintained/upgraded to near perfect condition. One very solid/fast boat. Contact Rick Johnson, (251) 476-1444, at Turner Marine, Mobile, AL for details. (4/11)

1996-2004 Alerion Express 28. FOUR to choose from, $60,000 to $81,900. New Orleans, LA. (727) 214-1590. Full specs at

2005 Sea Tribe Open Bridgdeck Catamaran. Reduced $5,000! Fast stable South African Cat with open bridgedeck, two double berths, one single, outboard, two heads with Porta Potti, self tacking jib. $69,900. AlanGSYS (941) 350-1559.

$25,000 - 30’ custom built, aft cabin, cutter rigged ketch. The hull & Volvo engine & transmission were completely re-conditioned in 2007. Hand laid up fiberglass hull. Built in Sweden in 1980. Main cabin has 6-foot settee/berths each side and a semi-enclosed forward V-berth. Boat lies in Cortez, FL. Contact Tom O’Brien (941) 518-0613. (3/11)

1978 Ericson 30, Good condition. Repowered in 2004 with Kubota diesel, runs great. Roller furler, anchor windlass, 4ft draft. Located Tampa, FL. Asking $16,500 or best offer. Contact Scott (813) 340-9599. (3/11)

2009 Eastern 31 Coastal Explorer. Reduced to $274,950. This is a loaded boat with many factory and dealer options. Ruggedly built and sea-kindly. Factory warranty and dealer support. Must see to appreciate. Low interest financing available. $274,950 Contact Ed Massey at (941) 725-2350


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31’ Hunter, 1984, Extended sugar-scoop transom, Yanmar 2GMF 13hp diesel, ready to cruise or race. 2 VHF radios, Spinnaker sail with pole, Bimini, and lots of miscellaneous gear, $24,500, Call Butch @ 850-624-8893, Edwards Yacht Sales, Quality Listings, Professional Brokers,

2004 C&C99 32’ sloop. Red Awlgrip hull. Carbon mast. Racing and cruising sails by Doyle. Tack-Tick and Furuno instruments. Excellent condition. Lying South Florida. Ready to cruise or race. Asking $114,900. (305) 323-0395 or (2/11)

1970 33-ft. Pearson Sloop, Full batten main, roller furling, 21 HP diesel engine. $13,600 OBO. Jesse (813) 989-1730. Leave message. Many upgrades. (3/11)

33’ Pearson, 1974. 30hp Faryman diesel, electric and hand starts, Harken furling Genoa, fully battened main, skeg-hung rudder, 4’ draft (board up), tiller and autopilot, Lewmar #44 self-tailing winches, new bottom job. $18,500. Stewart Marine, (305) 8152607. In Miami since 1972.

36’ Intercontinental Trimaran, One of 24 produced by Intercontinental Trimarans, Diesel Engine, Genset, A/C, Raymarine A57D chartplotter, watermaker. $79,900, Roy S. @ 305-775-8907, Edwards Yacht Sales,

Intercontinental Trimarans Trimar 36. Molded FG/balsa core. 36hp Yanmar. 3' 2" draft. Inflatable/3hp Evinrude. Extensively reconditioned/outfitted. Spacious cockpit: new cushions, full enclosures. Finely fitted yacht interior: two full-sized double beds, new upholstery, AC, solar panel, TV, 3-burner range/oven, cold-plate refrigerator, microwave, 2KW generator. Aft cabin. $79,900. Gulfport, FL. (813) 956-3119. (3/11)


32’ Beneteau, First 32, 1984, Liferaft, new sails, Awlgrip, autopilot, just back from the Islands and ready to go. $47,000. Kirk @ 818371-6499, Edwards Yacht Sales, Quality Listings, Professional Brokers, www.Sailboats

34 Catalina 1993. Exceptional quality and equipped like new, but at half the price. Raymarine plotter, GPS, Autopilot, wind, depth, speed, ICOM M-504 VHF with RAM mike, reconditioned main and genoa sails, electric windless, custom Bimini and sail cover. Clearwater, FL. $80,000. (303) 5223580. (4/11)

45' Jeanneau 1996 . . . . . . . . . . .$129,000 42' Vagabond 1980 - Project . . . .$29,900 40' Bayfield 1984 . . . . . . . . . . . .$109,500 40' Condor Trimaran . . . . . . . . . .$69,000 39' Corbin PH 1984 . . . . . . . . . .$110,000 37' Endeavour 1979 . . . . . . . . . . .$37,500 33' Hans Christian 1982 . . . . . . . . . .SOLD 33' Cheoy Lee 1977 . . . . . . . . . . . . .SOLD 30' Hunter 1982 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SOLD POWER

34' Sea Ray 1983 Twin Gas . . . . .$29,900 34' Sea Ray 1983 Twin Diesels . .$39,900 28' Sheffield Diesel/Charter Biz . . .Offers 20' Shamrock 1989 . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9,900


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32’ Hunter Vision 1991. Ready to Cruise Liveaboard. Bottom Paint Buff and Wax Oct. 2010. AC Generator Diesel Engine. $39,900. Pictures at 19412. Ivette at (786) 597-2055, or email (2/11)

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2008 34’ Beneteau 343. Like new condition, low hours Yanmar diesel, Air Condition, Inmast furling mainsail, shoal draft, autopilot, GPS chartplotter, VHF stereo and much more. Better than new and priced to sell! $115,900.

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37’ Endeavour 1979, with 50hp Perkins diesel. Traditional “B” Plan layout with forward V-berth. Harken RF, GPS Chart Plotter, Radar, Auto-Pilot, Manual Windlass, S/S Davits, Marine Air, Propane Stove. Beautiful interior. At our docks. Asking $37,500. 941-792-9100

Hans Christian 38 Telstar ’86. Incredible, wellequipped, well-maintained HC38 with a bow thruster, Espar diesel heat, new Simrad Robertson autopilot, great sails & proven vessel. $169K RogueWave Yacht Sales “Your Choice for Blue Water Boats” www.roguewaveyachtsales. com. Kate/Bernie (410) 571-2955

39’ Corbin Pilothouse 1981, 64 hp Pathfinder diesel 200 hrs, blue water cruiser, Gen Set, All Roller furling, solar, wind gen, radar, auto pilot, GPS, electric windlass, full galley + more. $110,000. Cortez Yacht Sales (941) 792-9100

Cape Dory 40. 1986. Very well equipped for circumnavigation. Many recent upgrades by knowledgeable owners. Solar, wind, a/c, RIB, numerous spares. Located Kemah, Texas. For details, (979) 864-7755. $118,750. (4/11)

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40’ Condor Trimaran 1987. USCGDocumented Vessel with unrestricted Coastwise Endorsement. LEX-SEA was previously owned by Ted Turner Jr. as Troika. Fast, fun and capable of ocean racing. Great sail inventory, recent Yanmar 29, Maxi Prop, New Dodger, Stack Pack, Hood RF, Custom Helm Seats. RayMarine Electronics. Key Largo. $69,000. 941-792-9100

41’ Morgan Out Island Ketch 1983. 65 HP Cummins (2003), Bow thruster (2009), Harken genoa Roller furling(2010), Awlgripped hull, Full batten main and mizzen, $74,900. Andy Gillis (239) 292-1915.

2008 Hunter 41DS #399. Reduced to $249,900. This is a new in-stock boat loaded with factory options, including AC, gen and a full suite of Raymarine electronics. Was $284,188, now $249,900. Great financing available, Contact Ed Massey at (941) 7252350.

42 Irwin Ketch, 1977. Roller main, ‘99, 60hp. Westerbeke, air conditioning, generator, 4‘6” board up. Stout 29,000-pound cruiser. All new opening ports. $49,500. Stewart Marine, Miami, since 1972. (305) 815-2607, www.marine

42’ Catalina MK II, Three Cabin, 1992, Yanmar, New sails and newer electronics. $124,500, Joe @ 941-224-9661, Edwards Yacht Sales,

1995 Beneteau 42s7. Rigged for shorthanded performance cruising. Spacious 3-cabin pearwood interior. Large owner stateroom forward. 50hp Volvo. Flex-o-fold propeller. 5’11” draft. Clear Lake, TX. $134,900. (281) 538-2595. (2/11)

42’ VAGABOND KETCH 1980, Center Cockpit, aft cabin walk thru with 3 Cabins, 2 Heads, propane stove, h&c water, refrig, microwave, bbq, gps, radar, vhf, ssb, speed & depth, auto pilot, solar panel, inverter/charger, dodger, Bimini, 5 sails, electric windlass, 4 anchors, Perkins Diesel ready to be installed. Interior suffered some water damage. $29,900. (941) 792-9100.

43’ Voyage Charter Version, 2000, This Voyage 430 Catamaran is well equipped for cruising or charter. Known for their excellent sailing performance! $245,000, Call Tom @ 904-377-9446, Edwards Yacht Sales, Quality Listings, Professional Brokers,


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FREE ADS 43’ Endeavour CC Ketch, 1978. Desirable cruiser/liveaboard boats. 2 staterooms with private heads, refitted and maintained in excellent condition. $129,900, Call TJ @ 941741-5875, Edwards Yacht Sales,

2008 Beneteau 43. Air Conditioning, Generator, Radar, GPS, Autopilot, In Mast Furling $234,900. St. Petersburg, FL. (727) 214-1590. Full specs at

45’ JEANNEAU 45.1 Sun Odyssey 1996, Volvo Diesel, Twin Steering, 4 separate cabins, two heads w/shower, roller furling main, electric windlass, auto-pilot, Tri-Data, full galley, Rib w/ OB. Excellent performance. $129,000. Cortez Yacht Sales (941) 792-9100.

45’ Hunter 456 Center Cockpit, 2004, In beautiful condition! 2010 bottom paint, center cockpit models - 6’ 5” headroom, large salon and galley, large, comfortable master suite $235,900, Call Capt. Wendy @ 941-9160660, Edwards Yacht Sales,

Free ads in boat gear for all gear under $200 per item. Privately owned items only. (941-795-8704)

2006 Hunter 466. Asking $179,000. One of Hunter’s most popular cruising yachts. Loaded, three staterooms and never chartered. Includes dinghy and OB. Must see! Contact Al Pollak at (727) 492-7340.

1999 Catalina 470. Bowthruster, Genset, 3 AC, Windlass upgrade, custom arch and davits, and a lot more. $225,000. New Orleans, LA. (727) 214-1590.

1995 Tayana 48 Center Cockpit. Air Conditioning, Generator, Autopilot, Electric Winch, Navy Hull, $279,000. St. Petersburg, FL. (727) 214-1590. Full specs at

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CLASSIFIED ADS Wanted: Daggerboards for Santana 23D and a Laser. (941) 488-1860. (4/11) _________________________________________ 36” destroyer style helm wheel in very good condition. $200 (cost $560 new). (941) 3421246. (4/11) _________________________________________ Used anchoring gear in very good shape. 110’ of 9/16” nylon three-strand, 16’ of 5/16 galvanized HT chain and 22-pound West Marine Traditional Danforth anchor. $140 (Costs $284 new). (941) 342-1246. (4/11) _________________________________________ Hawkeye handheld depth meter ($50); Fujinon 7X50 binoculars with compass ($200); 35 pound CQR anchor ($200); Danforth 20 pound High-Test anchor ($50); 50 ft 5/16 inch HT chain—almost new ($50); West Marine portable, electric cabin heater ($40). St Pete area. (727) 319-9080. (3/11) _________________________________________ Hydrovane Self-steering Unit, VXA 2D, was on 36’ Catalina. All attachments/Manual. Hardly used. Excellent condition. St Pete Area. $3500. (727) 420-3832. (3/11) _________________________________________ New Bomar white aluminum portlite w/screen, 17”x 7”. $100. New Whale Gusher 10 alumuinum bilge pump $125. Perkins 4107 diesel injectors, new $100. Garmin GPS 50, older model but new in box $100. Forestay 1/4”x 39ft. with Stayloks on ends, make your boat a cutter, $125. Call Tom, (954) 560-3919. (2/11) _________________________________________ Johnson 2 cycle outboards: 6HP, 7.5HP, 15HP, 35HP. Pull & Electric Start. ’80s models. Prices starting at $250. Please call (941) 8707473. (2/11) _________________________________________ Lightning Class Sails. Excellent condition. Two jibs, one new, one like new, $250 each. Two mainsails, one new, one like new $450 each. Two spinnakers, one new, one like new, $450. Located at Anna Maria Island on Tampa Bay and the Gulf. Call Brian Dahms. (941) 685-1400. (2/11)


_________________________________________ Yachts Wanted. If you have a custom, classic, character, traditional or generally "salty" yacht, power or sail, we would like to place it in our salty yacht project at E-mail or call (813) 340-0227 for more information.

Looking for experienced broker or will train the right individual. Must have boating background and be a salesman. Aggressive advertising program. 37% sales increase in 2010, Come join the EYS team! Call in confidence, Roy Edwards (727) 507-8222, Yachts@ _________________________________________ SAILING CLUB MANAGER. Sarasota Sailing Squadron. Full time employment. Manage day-to-day operations with vendors, members and guests. Manage finances, supervise, plan and coordinate all aspects of grounds, buildings, docks, and sailing and social events. Manage small staff and volunteers. Compensation package including benefits in the $55-65K range and based on experience. Go to jobs, and follow prompts on manager for more information. _________________________________________ WORK IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. CYOA Yacht Charters is seeking full time help: Boat Maintenance. Must be experienced, have your own tools, knowledge of common systems on sail and powerboats up to 50 feet and able to operate these vessels. References required. Must be legal to work in the U.S. Apply by email to (3/11) _________________________________________ Massey Yacht Sales Mobile Broker Do you prefer to sell yachts from your home office? If you do and are a proven, successful yacht sales professional, we have positions open for Florida west and east coast. Take advantage of the Massey sales and marketing support, sales management and administration while working from home selling brokerage sail and powerboats. Call Frank Hamilton (941) 723-1610

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Charter Business For Sale. Two sailboats. Turnkey operation. Great location. Clearwater/Tampa Bay Area. Priced to sell. For more info, visit, or call (727) 642-2828. (1/11)

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WILLY continued from page 86 Bradley, who went directly into shock. “What the hell?” is all he could say. His eyes were the size of silver dollars, and his knuckles white as snow from the grip he had on the mainsheet and the side of the boat. I didn’t look down, but I imagined yellow fluid running down the cockpit drains. “Are we in a Flipper movie?” He questioned. No sooner than he said that, and the shark turned and swam away. Flipper stayed alongside for a few hundred yards more. If I had not seen this with my own eyes, I would not have believed it, and to be honest, I still can hardly believe it happened. I am writing this down now before I forget all of the details, or before it becomes just another sailor’s yarn. 84

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Shark Attacks Free Willy By Bud Elkin


y name is Aaron Bud Elkin, and I live in Palmetto, FL, on the south side of Tampa Bay. I often take trips up and down the west coast, but this day I just wanted to go out for a spin with a couple of my friends. I decided we should take a trip up and back in nearby Terra Ceia Bay. The bay is no more than a couple of miles long and probably no more than a mile or so wide. We were out for a lazy afternoon sail in my Aloha 28. Austin is in the Navy, and gets leave every now and then, so we decided to get together with Bradley, my neighbor, and go out for a spin. After clearing the shallows, we set the genoa. The genoa pulls us along in a moderate wind about 4 to 4.5 knots, so we didn’t see the need to mess with the main. After all we were just out to enjoy the sun and water. On our way back down the bay, heading back in, Bradley was sitting in the cockpit on the port side; I was sitting on the starboard cockpit side with the tiller in hand, and Austin was standing by the starboard winch holding onto the boom. Two other boats were sailing past us; we waved, they waved, we smiled, they smiled, and then, just as the last smile left our faces, we hit something hard enough to stop us in our tracks. Austin was nearly thrown off the boat. He was hanging onto a rope I had tied off to the boom and a cleat to keep the boom on the starboard side of the boat. Bradley slid and hit the front cockpit wall, and I was thrown toward the open hatch. The hold on the tiller is the only thing that kept me from going down below. Using proper sailor terminology, I said, “What the hell was that?” Austin was dragging himself back onto the boat as best he could; Bradley jumped down below expecting to see water flushing madly through what must have been a keel-removing moment, and I continued to steer over some86 February 2011


thing that first sent the bow straight up into the air, followed with the bow heeled to starboard 45 degrees diving into the drink. Next the whole boat rolled to starboard, touching the rail while Austin was holding onto the boom rope for dear life. After we righted, and Bradley crawled up from below to say we had no leaks, we looked behind us to see a whirlpool right aft of the rudder with what looked like a flipper—or some kind of gray-looking fin—just under the water spinning in a rather large circle. It reminded me of the whirlpools we used to see in the Colorado River when I was younger, except this one had something large spinning around in it. We sat there for a moment or two before the genoa took up the wind and darted us onward. All three of us looked in amazement behind us as the roiling whirlpool got smaller and smaller while Free Willy—as my boat is named—sailed away. I jumped on my cell phone to call Ray. Ray scrubs all the boat bottoms in our area. I thought he could get hold of Mote Marine (a local marine research center) or the marine patrol to come to see what I ran over. He has seen almost everything possible while diving on our boats. He has been rammed by manatees, bumped by sharks he didn’t care to measure, put up with red tide—and other anomalies in his tenure. I thought with all of his experi-

ence he would be able to figure out what it might have been that we ran over. I was certain it wasn’t the bottom or any obstruction because the water is 11 to 12 feet in that area, and there are no obstructions anyone knows about near that position. Mote Marine came over and found two 9foot-plus bull sharks. They tagged both of them. “One was sporting a new white stripe on his side,” Ray said. It appeared the shark’s radar, sonar—or whatever they use—was on the blink that day. I figured that shark helped me out a bit by scraping some barnacles off my keel. Two days later we went out again, and wouldn’t you know it, I spotted a fin not two hundred yards away from my port side. I pointed the fin out to Bradley. (I had to make sure it wasn’t just me that saw it.) As we sailed very near where we hit the shark earlier, I thought there must be something causing these suicide attacks. I have never heard of a shark attacking a sailboat, although I have heard and read a number of stories of sharks attacking people, rafts, surfboards, etc. I have not heard of anyone running over a shark? It appeared like the crazy thing was coming back for a rematch. If you think that is strange, what happened next is beyond me to believe. As Bradley and I watched this psycho shark speed broadside toward Free Willy, I began to have flashbacks from the movie Jaws. What did I do to piss this animal off? We had no ill-feeling toward the animal for getting in our way the first time. I saw enough shark shows to know that they have something going on that keeps them from running into stuff, so what was going wrong? We continued on our starboard tack awaiting the inevitable, and holding on tight. When the shark got no more than 50 feet to port, a dolphin popped up right beside Free Willy’s port side, spitting all over See WILLY continued on page 84