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38 1985 Cabo Rico Cutter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .REDUCED $89,900 38' 1999 Catana Sailing Catamaran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SOLD 38’ 2004 Sabre 386 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SOLD 37' 1997 Hunter 376 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$59,900 37' 1979 Tartan 37 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$54,900 37' 2012 Delphia 37.2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .REDUCED $89,900 37' 2000 Bavaria Sloop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .CALL FOR PRICE 36' 2001 Seawind 1000 XL Catamaran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SOLD 36’ Grand Banks Classic 1990 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SALE PENDING 36' 1996 Sabre 362 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SOLD 35' 1998 Tiara 3500 Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .REDUCED $59,900 34' 2009 World Cat 34 TE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$159,900 32' Cheoy Lee/Richards Offshore 32. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .REDUCED $29,900 28' 1996 Precision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000

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Editorial: Golden Globe Race; Trawlers in a Sailing Magazine?; Anchoring Rights in Florida; Changes in Cruising The Bahamas; St. Petersburg Boat Show – Where were the Sailors? By Steve Morrell


Southern Regional Monthly Weather & Water Temperatures


Letters to Editor


Calendar — Upcoming Events in the Southeast (Non-Race)


Racing News & Upcoming Regattas


Short Tacks: News in the World of Sailing


Golden Globe Race 2018: Two Boats Neck and Neck in the Home Stretch By Steve Morrell


Voyage of Rhombus 2018 – The Southern Sea of Abaco By Fred Braman


The Bahamas: Best of the Best Regatta By Jan Pehrson


Carolina Sailing: Have Tools, Will Travel By Dan Dickison


Incident at Warderick Wells, The Bahamas By Bruce Matlack


Going Over to the Dark Side: 2003 Campbell Custom Motoryacht 35 Review By David P. Hope


Safety Planning For Cruising With Children Aboard By Capt. Richie Mahoney


Southern Regional Racing Calendar


Windflower Sails Again — If it’s a boat, something will breakdown By Murray White

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The Abacos, The Bahamas. Page 34. Photo by Fred Braman.

Going over to the “Dark Side.” 2003 Campbell Custom Motoryacht 35 Review. Page 46. Photo by David P. Hope.

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FROM THE HELM Golden Globe Race 2018 As we go to press in mid-January, the around-the-world Golden Globe Race comes to an end—and what an ending it is with the two final finishers a couple weeks from the finish line and they are racing neck and neck. How do you sail around the world and have a finish that close? Learn how and what the standings are on page 32. The race could be finishing up while you read this—maybe even just before, or just after.

Trawlers in a Sailing Magazine? SOUTHWINDS published twelve articles by trawler owners and instructors Chris and Alyse Caldwell from November 2012 through October 2013. I used this same title— “Trawlers in a Sailing Magazine?”—to start the series off. Since then we have published a few articles on trawlers and a couple of reviews. If you are a sailor and have graduated to a trawler as you get older, you will understand why. In the last few months, I have had so many people ask me about trawlers that I decided to make another push to cover them more in the magazine. We even offered free ads to trawlers for a limited time and starting in the March issue, we will offer classified ads for trawlers at $5/month ($15 for a three-month ad) in attempts to jump-start more coverage. I even had one trawler owner ask me—almost begging—to switch the subtitle of SOUTHWINDS (which is currently “News & Views for Southern Sailors”) to include trawlers in there some way. Maybe we will. This month, we have a trawler article, titled “Going Over to the Dark Side,” that includes a review of a 35-foot “motoryacht.” The review is written by a life-long sailor who decided to make the change. If you want to learn more about trawlers, read the 12 articles by the Caldwells. While reading and proofing them, I learned a lot. You can read them on our website. Go to “Resources.”

Anchoring Rights in Florida In early January, the Seven Seas Cruising Association put



out a call to its members to partake in a survey on supporting a lobbyist to promote and protect anchoring rights in Florida. Their survey showed that there was strong support to do so. The group then sent out an email with a link to donate. In 2017, the SSCA and other groups put together a drive to get donations to hire a lobbyist. They were quite successful and laws were passed or edited that protected anchoring rights in Florida. This new effort is a continuation of that same successful campaign. Partners in this effort to get donations to pay for a lobbyist are Marine Trawler Owners Association, America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association and DeFever Cruisers. To donate, go to

Changes in Cruising The Bahamas In the September 2018 issue, SOUTHWINDS published an article (Back Issues at or see the link to the article on the home page) about boat inspections in The Bahamas. It was about the fact that The Bahamas has started to increase inspections in the Out Islands, where previously this was unheard of, with cruisers only running into inspections in major ports, like Nassau. This month we have an article about a boater who was boarded in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. It was about confusing rules and inadequate communication in attempts to contact the park headquarters. What I think this all means is that The Bahamas is beginning to govern their waters more thoroughly and that boaters can expect more inspections, pay more money and face more rules than in previous years. BoatUS wants to keep track of incidents like these in The Bahamas. Send emails to

St. Petersburg Boat Show – Where Were the Sailors? This was the title of my January issue editorial. I’ve received several calls from individuals and business owners in support of the editorial. If you would like to comment on it, go to, and you will find a link to the article and can leave a comment.

Contribute to Southwinds – Articles and Photos Wanted Sailing Experiences: Stories and photos about experiences in places you’ve cruised; anchorages, marinas, or passages made throughout the Southern waters, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Boat Reviews: Review your boat. See the ad on page 43 on reviewing your boat Charter Stories: Have an interesting Charter story? In our Southern waters, or perhaps in the Bahamas or the Caribbean? Write About Your Yacht Club or Sailing Association: Tell us about your club, its history, facilities, major events, etc. Youth Sailing: Write about a local youth sailing organization or sailing camp Bahamas and the Caribbean: Trips, experiences, passages, anchorages, provisioning and other stories of interest.

Our Waterways: Information about the waters we sail in: disappearing marinas, boatyards and slips; mooring fields, anchoring rights, waterway access, etc. Maintenance and Technical Articles: Repairs, emergency repairs, modifications, additions, etc. Individuals in the Sailing Industry: Interesting stories about the world of sailors out there, young, old, and some that are no longer with us but have contributed to the sport or were just true lovers of sailing. Fun and Unusual Stories: Got an interesting story? Unusual, funny, tearjerkers, learning experiences, etc. Cover Photos: SOUTHWINDS is always looking for nice cover shots, which are always paid for. They need to be a high-resolution vertical shot, but we sometimes crop horizontal photos for vertical use.

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Southeast Air & Water Temperatures, Prevailing Winds & Gulf Stream Currents – February For live buoy water and weather data, go to the National Data Buoy Center at

WIND ROSES: Each wind rose shows the strength and direction of the prevailing winds in the area and month. These have been recorded over a long period of time. In general, the lengths of the arrows indicate how often the winds came from that direction. The longer the arrow, the more often the winds came from that direction. When the arrow is too long to be printed in a practical manner, a number is indicated.


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The number in the center of the circle shows the percentage of the time that the winds were calm. The lengths of the arrows plus the calms number in the center add up to 100 percent. The number of feathers on the arrow indicates the strength of the wind on the Beaufort scale (one feather is Force 1, etc.). Wind Roses are taken from Pilot Charts.

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

ADDING ANOTHER MOORING FIELD IN FORT MYERS BEACH? I alerted the editor of SOUTHWINDS a few months ago to a potential loss of an anchorage area here at Fort Myers Beach (FMB), FL. But it was not as a letter, only an email. For the record, FMB is an incorporated town, not just a “beach” located at Fort Myers, which is a larger city several miles inland from the Gulf and FMB. We have one council member here at FMB who is asking the public works department to begin the process of obtaining the right to develop another mooring field. FMB already has two separate fields with a total of about 70 mooring balls they rent out—known as the Matanzas Harbor Mooring Field. This one Council member has publicly stated that the reason for developing another field is because he sees about 15 boats on the hook, and for some reason, this does not make him happy. Maybe he thinks these folks (which includes my boat, which is anchored there) are a bunch of derelicts, or maybe he simply wants to see more open water. But it can’t be because the town wants to make more money; their present mooring field probably has never paid for itself. Furthermore, this council member went on to say that he would only want to put one or two mooring balls out in this new field, so it certainly will not make money doing that. But we will no longer be able to anchor there, because it will be a designated mooring field! My hope is that if many boaters protest this taking of public property for municipal control, perhaps the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection and other state agencies will refuse to sign off on the request to develop this unnecessary and unwanted mooring field. Most of us on the hook would not use mooring balls, since there are already many open on the two other fields. Are there any boating organizations that also oppose this type of action? If you are concerned, then get involved. Even contacting the state legislature may be of value. Leon Moyer Fort Myers Beach, FL Leon, It definitely appears to be a bad reason to create a mooring field. Should government-run mooring fields be profitable ventures? What about city parks? Or city parking places? How about recycling services? Should they all be profitable? Not necessarily. Government services are for the public good. Running profitable operations should not be the main goal of government service. It’s a little more complex than that. Editor

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Upcoming Events in the Southeast (Non-Race) Go to the Racing Calendar for regattas and local races. Go to Racing News for national and international regattas in the Southeast. • Educational/Training • Junior Olympic Sailing Festivals • Boat Shows • Seafood Festivals & Nautical Flea Markets • Other Events

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EDUCATIONAL/TRAINING U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary organizations throughout the country hold hundreds of regular boating courses on the various subjects. To find a course near you, go to Catamaran and Couples Cruising Seminars, Miami, FL, Feb. 16-17 These seminars are held in conjunction with the Miami Boat Show but are located at the Holiday Inn on the mainland (not at the main boat show on Virginia Key). The seminars are presented by long-time sailing and cruising instructors Jeff and Jean Grossman. Jeff and Jean have been presenting couples cruising seminars for many years and instruction about sailing together in harmony, choosing a boat and cruising. They even wrote a book on the subject. The Couples Seminar will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Catamaran Seminar, held on Sunday, Feb. 17, is about choosing the right catamaran, budgeting, purchase, design and handling. Those who sign up for the seminars receive boat show tickets. For more information, go to (see their ad on page 17). US SAILING INSTRUCTOR AND COACH COURSES IN THE SOUTHEAST (NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TX) Go to the website for courses that might have been scheduled after our press date. For more on course schedules, locations, contact information, course descriptions and prerequisites, go to


To have your non-race event listed in print, contact Email the information (not just a link) by the first of the month preceding publication. Contact us if a little later. They must be public events that are free, or nominal low cost. Other for-profit events can be listed for $35/month up to 150 words (text and title) for first month, $25 for second month. We will print your public event for two months (rendezvous for three months). (If your for-profit event has a quarter page ad or larger, a 150-word notice in this calendar is included for two months.) You can also list your event on our online calendar, Go to EVENTS. No charge for: (1) You have a print ad for the event in the magazine; (2) Public events, non-profit events, free events; (3) Club regattas, marine flea markets, boat shows and other similar events. Contact us for other for-profit events. No courses scheduled in the southeast U.S. as of press date. Check the website, since courses are often added late. For learning-to-sail and powerboat handling courses, go to Small Boat Instructor Level 1 Austin Yacht Club, Austin, TX, Feb. 9-17. Contact Keith Denebeim at Instructor Stephen Gay. Carolina Yacht Club, Wrightsville Beach, NC, March 11-14. Contact Katrina Williams at katrina@carolinayachtcluborg. Instructors Steve Maddox and Katrina Williams. Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX, March 23-31. Contact Terry Flynn at waterfrontdirector@lakewoodyachtclub .com. Instructors Stephen Gay.

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Coastal Passagemaking Instructor Coconut Grove Sailing Club Instructional Center, Miami, FL, March 18-22. Contact Bruce Penrod at bapenrod Instructor Matthew Meadows.

JUNIOR OLYMPIC SAILING FESTIVALS Go to, then Competition>Youth>Junior Olympics>Find a Junior Olympic Festival. None listed this month or next month, but check online in case a new festival was scheduled, or view others further in the future.

BOAT SHOWS Miami International Boat Show, Miami, FL, Feb. 14-18 Largest boat show in U.S. The Strictly Sail Show is now part of this show. Held on Virginia Key at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin. The show can only be reached by water taxis and shuttle buses (supplied as part of entry ticket). Limited parking on Virginia Key is available starting at $100/day. Water taxis and buses can be picked up at various locations around Miami and Miami Beach. Sail Seminars are being held, although no information on the seminars was available on the show website. 10am-6pm.

TrawlerFest, Riviera Beach, FL, March 5-9

shows, specifically designed for cruising-under-power enthusiasts. TrawlerFest includes in-water displays of cruising powerboats, first class boating courses and demonstrations, the latest in marine products and services, and rendezvous-style evening events and activities. Attendees come by boat and stay at the marina, or by land, staying at the event resort or one of the local hotels. Seminars are held on a wide range of topics, along with demonstrations, discussions, parties, and exhibits with industry representatives. Seminar information available online. For more information, go to Held at Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina. 555 NE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL.10am to 5pm. Tickets are $15 in advance (online) or $18 onsite. Seminar tickets include show admission on the day of the seminar. Seminar topics and information available on the website.

Annual Palm Beach Boat Show, March 28-31 Flagler Drive on the water in downtown West Palm Beach.

2019 Wharf Boat Show, Orange Beach, AL, March 29-31 The Wharf Boat and Yacht Show, a powerboat show, is one of the largest in-water displays and exhibitors along the upper Gulf Coast. 4550 Main Street.

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Two Can Sail Cruising Seminars Miami Boat Show 2019 Saturday Feb 16 Couples Cruising Seminar Learn how to take the Drama out of your Dream from choosing the right boat to sailing away together in harmony. The 5-Step Plan to your Dream, Boat & Equipment for Two, Communications, Fear Factor, Working Together on Board, The Cruising Lifestyle

Sunday Feb 17 Catamaran Cruising Seminar Dreaming of owning a catamaran and cruising off to new harbors? How to Choose the Right Cat for You, Design and Construction, The Budget, Current Market, Purchasing, and Tips on Handling a Big Catamaran

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SEAFOOD FESTIVALS and NAUTICAL FLEA MARKETS 37th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival, Cortez, FL, Feb. 17-18 Started in 1981, this two-day festival in the historic fishing village in Cortez, FL, offers a wide variety of seafood, live music, nautical arts and crafts, children’t activities, environmental exhibits and beer. Over the years, the event has expanded from one to two days and from 500 visitors to 25,000. The festival is sponsored and hosted by F.I.S.H.—The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage—which is dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Florida’s traditional Gulf Coast maritime communities. For more on F.I.S.H. and the festival, go to

27th Annual Orange Beach Seafood Festival & Car Show, Orange Beach, AL, Feb. 23 The Wharf, 4830 Main Street. 10am-4pm.

23rd Annual Gigantic Nautical Flea Market, Islamorada, Florida Keys, Feb. 23-24 Sponsored by the Upper Keys Rotary Club. Held at Founders Park on Islamorada, MM 87, Bayside. New and

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Island Nautical 25th Annual Nautical Flea Market, St. Petersburg, FL, March 2 Spaces available for sellers. Shop for bargains, sell your old stuff or just browse. JSI parking lot at 2233 3rd Ave S., St. Petersburg. 8am-noon. Call to reserve space at 727-577-3220.

41st Annual Dania Marine Flea Market, Mardi Gras Casino, Hallandale Beach, FL, March 14-17 Private individuals and corporate vendors sell marine equipment, antiques, used boats, fishing tackle, diving gear, marine artwork and other boating-related items. World’s largest marine flea market. Thursday-Saturday: 9am-6pm. Sunday 9am-4pm. Free Parking.

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Wrecker’s Cup “Race,” Key West, January, February 24, March 31, April 28 This race, if you could call it that, is sponsored by the Schooner Wharf Bar on the waterfront in downtown Key West. This Sunday afternoon race commemorates the race to a wreck that signified the old days when Key West’s main business was wreck salvage. Boats race seven miles out to Sand Key from the Key West waterfront and back. The race has five classes: Classic, Schooner, Multihull, Monohull over 30 feet and Monohull under 30 feet. Locals and visitors are invited and welcome. It is known as the “anything-butserious race.” First boat back wins. No protests allowed. Sailing/boating rules and rules of seamanship always apply. Four races are held over four months. The race is videotaped and the awards ceremony after the race at the bar serves a BBQ dinner while guests watch the race on a big screen TV. Beer drinking is very common. The first race is the last Sunday of the month, starting in January. There is a captain’s meeting the day before the race at the bar at 7pm, where “captains and crew contemplate strategy while reviewing course and race rules.” Race awards, booty, music and barbecue are after the race at the bar at 7pm. This year, the last race in the series on April 28, is the kick-off event and first race of the Conch Republic Cup to Havana, Cuba/Key West Race Week.

2019 National Sailing Programs Symposium, Jacksonville, FL, Jan. 31- Feb. 2 – Late Registration Ends Jan. 28 The National Sailing Programs Symposium (NSPS) is the premier event for sailing education in the United States. NSPS is the only conference of its kind that brings together program directors,  instructors, volunteers, parents and industry representatives to share and learn best practices with one another about running, maintaining and improving sailing programs. The symposium goal is to have participants coming out of the event with ideas to apply to their sailing programs, make them better and help them grow. The symposiums began in 1984. In 2019, NSPS will have more events than ever where attendees can spend guided and focused time networking with their peers, learning from industry leaders and manufacturer representatives, and experiencing keynote presentations from some of the most accomplished and best-known sailing luminaries in the world. The symposium will be held at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. Late Registration ($400) ends Jan. 28. At the door registration ($450) runs Jan. 29-Feb.2.

39th Annual George Town Cruising Regatta, Exumas, Bahamas, Feb. 14-27 This is a cruisers’ regatta that attracts 350-400 cruising boats. Most boats start arriving from the U.S., Canada and other

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After these checkpoints, the boats head to the Pelican Cottages in Key Largo at the finish. Held concurrently is the 64-mile Ultra Marathon, which goes from Tampa Bay to the first check point of the Challenge, Cape Haze Marina. Over 100 boats generally enter the two challenges. For more on the Everglades Challenge, go to and go to the Events page. You can also read a short history of the Challenge in the February 2012 issue of SOUTHWINDS at Go to Back Issues.

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The Everglades Challenge is an unsupported, expeditionstyle adventure race for kayaks, canoes and small boats that starts above the high tide mark on the east beach of Fort De Soto Park on Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, FL, and ends in Key Largo. It is run by the Watertribe, whose fearless leader, Steve Issac, conceived of the race in 2000. This year’s event starts at dawn on March 2, although if you want a good look at the boats, go on Friday, March 1 (noon and early afternoon is best—before the 3pm captains meeting), when the competitors will be going through inspection and setting up their boats on the starting line. Along the 300-mile course, competitors are required to sail, row, or paddle into three checkpoints, but not required to stay there. The checkpoints going south along the coast are: Cape Haze Marina, Englewood; Chokoloskee, Everglades National Park; and Flamingo, Everglades National Park.

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RACING NEWS Racing News, Instruction, Southern Sailors, and National and International Regattas in the South For the complete southern racing schedules by region, go to the “Southern Regional Race Calendar” in the back of the magazine

RACE INSTRUCTION IN THE SOUTHEAST To list your race instruction courses in print (free listings for non-profit groups. A $25 fee to for-profit groups): VIEW UPCOMING REGATTAS & EVENTS ON OUR WEBSITE – LIST YOUR REGATTA OR INSTRUCTION COURSE FREE View upcoming regattas and events in our online calendar. You can list your regatta course yourself on our online calendar for free with more information. Go to, and click on EVENTS. US SAILING Courses: US SAILING has seminars around the country on: Race Officers; Umpires; Judges; and Classifiers. Information, prerequisites, and enrollment online available at Check the website, as classes are sometimes created at the last minute—long after our press deadline, and some fill up quickly.

Courses in the Southeast Advanced Race Management Seminar Pensacola Yacht Club, Pensacola, FL, Feb. 16-17. Contact Hal Smith, Instructor Tim Rumptz.

NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND OTHER REGATTAS IN THE SOUTHEAST View upcoming regattas on our Events page at List your regatta for free. LISTING YOUR RACE SOUTHWINDS lists races in the Southeast eight coastal states for free with date, event and sponsoring organization in the “Racing Calendar” at the end of the magazine. Listed below are upcoming national and international regattas in the Southeast. For other regatta pre-race write-ups with a description in this section, cost is $35/month ($25 for second month) for the first 130 words and $45/month ($35 for second month) for 200 words total. No listing over 200 words allowed. Regattas that run display ads 1/4 page or larger (we give regatta ads reduced rates) will get 150 words at no additional charge for two months. Email, or 941-795-8704, around the first of the month preceding publication to list your event or place an ad.

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US SAILING Hempel World Cup Series Miami, Jan. 27-Feb. 3 US Sailing’s premier event returns for the 30th running of Sailing World Cup Miami with top-level Olympic- and Paralympic-class racing. The only North American regatta to be included in World Sailing’s 2018-2019 Sailing World Cup series. It is a mainstay on the winter circuit for sailors campaigning for the next Olympic and Paralympic Games. Classes include 49er, 49er FX, RS:X, Nacra, Laser, Radial, Finn, 470, 2.4mR. Medals will be awarded to the top three boats in each class. Regatta headquarters will be located at the city of Miami’s Regatta Park in Coconut Grove. Additional hosts for the event include the US Sailing Center Miami (a U.S. Olympic Training Site), Coconut Grove Sailing Club and Shake-A-Leg Miami. These sailing organizations host classes onshore, as well as help run the on-the-water racing. The Coral Reef Yacht Club hosts the opening and closing ceremonies. For more information, go to

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Melges 20 Winter Series, South Florida, Feb. 8-10, March 15-17 The Melges 20 Winter Series is three events held annually for the large fleet of Melges 20s that campaign in Southern states and the Caribbean each winter. All events are held at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club: Event 1 is the series opener (held in Dec.); Event 2 is the Miami Winter Regatta; and event 3 is the Melges Rocks Regatta. After Event 3, Melges 20 racing moves to Charleston Race Week.

Gasparilla Regatta, Tampa Sailing Squadron, Tampa, FL, Feb. 10 Tampa Sailing Squadron’s Gasparilla Regatta is the hot ticket for your February racing fix! On Saturday, Feb. 10, there will be Spinnaker, Non-spinnaker, Racer Cruiser, Cruising and Motherload classes competing on Tampa Bay. Also, “NEW” is a Doublehand class that races around our long course! Our recent dredging of the main channel has been very popular and this is the only regatta in Tampa Bay where you will be fed a hot breakfast before racing. Following racing is our infamous party, with live music, rum libations and an awards dinner. Pre-race skippers meeting is Friday, Feb. 9, at 5pm, featuring a beer keg and $5 hamburger/hotdog dinners. For additional information contact Matt Dalton at For NOR and a discount for early registration, go to

St. Petersburg National Offshore One-Design (NOODS) Regatta, Feb. 15-17 The St. Petersburg Yacht Club is host for this annual regatta. The NOOD regatta features several separate one-design classes, and PHRF racing with a combination of windward/leeward and distance racing courses. Entries from News & Views for Southern Sailors

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2019 Force Five Midwinter Championship, Florida Keys, Feb. 18-23 The Midwinters will once again be hosted by the Upper Keys Sailing Club in Key Largo. Sailors arriving early will have use of the club facility to get in some practice racing. For more information go to, or

Laser Midwinters East, Clearwater, FL, Feb. 20-24 Clearwater Yacht Club.

multi-class regatta in Miami with teams from countries around the world racing on Biscayne Bay. Many consider this to be one of the top ten sailing events in the world. Hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.

Crown Cars Regatta, Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, March 9 This event is now in its 35th year and continues to give participants a great time on the Gulf of Mexico. It is open to all classes with windward/leeward and random-leg courses for different classes. This regatta is a Suncoast Boat of the Year and Gulf Boat of the Year event. NOR and entry forms can be found on the St. Petersburg Yacht club website at You can enter these three races for one combined, reduced rate: Pusser’s Rum Cup, Crown Cars, and Suncoast Race Week. See details on the website.

Snipe Winter Circuit, Florida and the Bahamas, March This is an annual series of events held each winter. Five regattas at three different locations. First was the Boomerang in Fort Lauderdale Jan. 26-27, followed by the Commodoro Rasco in Miami Feb. 2-3. Next is the Bacardi/Gamblin in Nassau, The Bahamas, Feb. 28-March 3. On March 22-24 is the Don Q Rum Keg Regatta at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami. The final event is the Ron Payne in Fort Lauderdale, April 5-7.

4th Annual Miami to Havana Race, March 13

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The St. Petersburg Yacht Club’s 284-nautical mile race to Havana, Cuba, will depart St. Petersburg at 11am on March 18, headed for the finish at Morro Castle off Havana. Although this race was revived in 2016, it was originally staged from 1930 to 1959. Included in the schedule of events in Cuba are a welcome party March 21 and a race starting at the Havana Harbor entrance. A dinner and awards presentations party will be held afterward. Open to boats at least 30 feet. For more information, go to and click on Habana Regatta. Final Entry Deadline is Jan. 11.

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92nd Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta, Miami, FL, March 3-9 Top-tier one-design boats from around the world race on Biscayne Bay. Melges 24, Viper, Flying Tiger, Star, J/70. Coral Reef Yacht Club and Biscayne Bay Yacht Club.

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The Southern Ocean Racing Conference (SORC) is the organizer of this race. The race is hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club and the Hemingway International Yacht Club of Cuba. It will begin on March 13 with boats racing down the Florida Keys and heading across the Gulf Stream to Havana wherever the racers decide the best point to do so is.

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10th Conch Republic Cup/Key West Race Week and Race to Cuba, Begins April 27 The Conch Republic Cup/Key West Race Week race begins on April 27 with a welcome party at the Schooner Wharf Bar and Grill in Key West. Schooner Wharf sponsors the Wrecker’s Race Series which starts on the last Sunday in January and ends with the last Sunday in April. The last race is April 28 and will be the kick-off of the Conch Republic Cup. The race will start at 12 noon on April 28 at the Sand Key Lighthouse and then continue on to Havana, Cuba. Boats should arrive at Marina Hemingway the next day, Monday, with a welcome party on Tuesday. Buoy Races will be held over the next few days, exact location and dates to be determined. Boats may stay in Cuba up to two weeks, choosing their own departure based on needs and weather window. There will be no return race to Key West. For more information, including the updated Notice of Race and full schedule, go to

NEWS FROM AROUND THE SOUTH AND THE WORLD OF SAILING Send us news, including business press releases, to We need to receive them by the 1st of the month preceding publication. Contact us if later (it most likely will get in, but not certain). Okeechobee Water Level Goes Up About Five Inches Since December As of press date in early December, Lake Okeechobee was at 12.52 feet above sea level. This makes the navigational depth for Route 1, which crosses the lake,6.46 feet, and the navigational depth for Route 2, which goes around the southern coast of the lake, 4.66 feet. Bridge clearance at Myakka was at 50.90 feet. For those interested in seeing the daily height of the lake, navigation route depths and bridge clearance, go to (copy this address exactly as it is here with upper and lower cases).

Applications for the Florida Youth Sailing Grants Program Open until April 1 Application deadline for the Florida Commodores Association Foundation 2019 Youth Sailing Grant Program is April 1. Grants are available to recognized Florida yacht clubs with youth sailing programs. The grants are designed for youths 8-16 years of age who are in need of financial assistance who have an interest in learning to sail or extending their sailing training. Grant amounts vary with a maximum amount per club of $250. Awards will be made by May 1. Details can be found at For specific information, email

Florida Vessel Removal Grants Available The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced in January the opportunity to apply for Derelict Vessel Removal Grants. The application period for the Bulk Derelict Vessel Removal Grant Program began on January 2, 2019 and will end on February 15, 2019, at 5:00 PM (EST). Applications received after February 15, 2019, will not be eligible for consideration in round one. All removal applications must demonstrate proof that due process was provided for each vessel’s owner. At a minimum, this would include an opportunity for the vessel owner to challenge the derelict vessel determination, either in criminal court or in an administrative hearing. Vessel cases not demonstrating that

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Coast Guard Five-Year Documentation Authorized in December Coast Guard Authorization Act The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018, signed into law in December includes a provision that provides recreational

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Sail America Industry Conference Moved to Texas Originally scheduled to be held in Panama City Beach, FL, the biennial conference of the Sailing industry has moved to Horseshoe Bay, TX (outside Austin), because of damage from Hurricane Michael in the Florida location. The dates remain the same: March 6-8, 2019. The conference is held every two years to learn new topics and trends in the industry. About 150 attend the three-day event, which includes a day and a half of educational seminars and other events.

West Marine Hires New CEO In the fall of 2017, Monomoy Capital Partners, a private equity group, announced their purchase of West Marine. In January 2018, a new CEO, Doug Robinson, a sailor who came from Lowes management, was put in place to head the new West Marine management team. But Robinson abruptly left in November, although no reason was given. One month later, in early December, Ken Seipel, was named as West Marine’s new CEO. Ken Seipel comes from the retail sector and has held executive positions in several large retail companies.

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Golden Globe Race 2018 Down to the Final Finish By Steve Morrell


wo years ago, SOUTHWINDS first reported on the Golden Globe Race 2018. The race finally began on July 1, 2018, with 17 boats departing from northern France. Today, the remaining entrants are on the home stretch as we go to press in early January, with four of them heading north in the Atlantic and one heading east towards Cape Horn in the Pacific. The two boats in the lead might have already reached the finish line in late January—before this article is read—with the other three boats finishing in February and even through April. The current top two finalists heading north in the Atlantic are racing against each other in a situation that is so unique I doubt it has ever happened before on a race this long. But before we get into the current standings, let’s recap what the Golden Globe Race 2018 is all about. Golden Globe Race 2018 The race is being held on the 50th anniversary of the original Golden Globe Race held in 1968, which was a non-stop, around-the-world race from west to east, sailing around the five main capes in the Southern Ocean. There were no rules and no fees, just a trophy for the first to accomplish such a feat. Anyone could enter, whether they were experienced or not. There was a window to start—June 1 thru October 31 of 1968. Entrants could start in France or the UK. Nine entered and only one finished, Robin Knox-Johnston. The 2018 version has rules. In general, the skippers, boats and equipment must be somewhat equal to the conditions that Robin Knox-Johnston had in his 1968 trip. And there are experience requirements this time around. No electronic navigation aids are allowed. All entrants must use similar methods available to Knox-Johnston, who used a sextant and tables. There are features that allow for safety, such as a GPS Chartplotter—that will be in a sealed box—that will allow skippers to open in an emergency. The race is a non-stop race, but if anyone needs to make an emergency stop, they can, although they will be entered into the “Chichester Class.” The original Golden Globe was inspired by Sir Francis Chichester’s solo sail around the world in 1966 by the five great capes of the southern ocean (read more in the September issue). But Chichester made one stop for repairs. This new class is in honor of Chichester. Those who are put into it can continue to race and will receive a plaque acknowledging their voyage (only one stop is allowed). If someone breaks the seal and opens the emergency GPS chart plotter, they will also be put in that class. This too is limited to one instance to stay in the Chichester Class. For more details on the race requirements and rules, read the article on the race in Back Issues, September 2017, at The Current Standings As I write this in early January, only five entrants are still in the race, although 17 started on July 1, 2018 from Les Sable d’Olonne in northern France. By the end of July, three


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Jean-Luc Van Den Heede onboard Matmut, a Rustler 36. Photo by Christophe Favreau/Matmut/PPL.

entrants had retired from the race, two became disillusioned and one suffered a mechanical failure. By the end of August, three more were out, one because of a broken windvane and two others were dismasted. In September and August, three others were dismasted and out of the race. On Dec. 12, Susie Goodall, the only woman in the race—sailing out of the UK —had to pull out after her boat flipped end over end in a storm in the Southern Ocean, suffering a dismasting. She was picked by a cargo ship 2000 miles west of Cape Horn. A week later Mark Sinclair ended the race after pulling into Australia, due to severe barnacle and mussel growth on the boat. He figured he would make it to Cape Horn too late in the season. That leaves six sailors still racing, but one, Igor Zaretsky was out of the race and now in the Chichester Class because of the one stop he made in Australia. The remaining five, in order of position as of early January are: Jean-Luc Van Den Heede of France, Mark Slats of the Netherlands, Uku Randmaa of Estonia, Istvan Kopar of the USA and Tapio Lehtinen of Finland. By Jan. 2 all but Tapio Lehtinen had rounded Cape Horn. Lehtinen was still a long ways from the Horn but doing well, although he was having major barnacle and mussel growth on his boat’s bottom, slowing him down considerably. He acknowledges that he has no chance of winning and his main hope at this time is to be at the finish by April 22 when the awards are handed out. That leaves four in the race, but it is the first two who are racing under the most unusual of circumstances. At this point, 73-year-old Jean-Luc Van Den Heede (referred to as VDH) is out front with Mark Slats not far behind him. They are currently in the North Atlantic while the other two are still in the South Atlantic.

Mark Slats on board Ophen Maverick, a Rustler 36. Photo by Christophe Favreau/Matmut/PPL.

What makes the race between these two front-runners so unusual is that VDH is racing with a very damaged rig. He was leading the race for three months from August through October until he was knocked down in early November in the Southern Ocean about 1900nm from Cape Horn. Although he was not injured and his mast was not in immediate danger of falling, the bolts holding the connection for all of the lower four shrouds slipped down slightly to the point where the rigging was slackened. He continued sailing downwind under bare poles, in hopes of making it to Chile to make permanent repairs. But he knows that if he stops in Chile, he will no longer be in the race. He also knows that Mark Slats is about 2000nm behind him in second place. A few days later, VDH made the decision not to stop in Chile for repairs but to continue in the race with his damaged mast—thinking that with his substantial lead, he might be able to limp home and win the race. At that point, he was about 1500 miles ahead of second-position sailor Mark Slats. But if Slats averages 1 knot more than VDH over the next 90 days, he would be able to catch up with VDH and possibly win the race. But VDH did break one of the rules of communication by contacting his wife after his mast was damaged. Consequently, he races under an 18-hour penalty. He continued to sail with just a headsail and sometimes with a staysail as well, but because of the weakened rig, he must nurse the boat along whenever he is going upwind, although downwind, he has fewer risks and fewer problems. Slats, though, continued to make advances and rounded the Horn on Dec. 2, at which point he was only 1022 miles behind VDH—gaining about 500 miles on VDH after one month. Neck and Neck in the Home Stretch So the race is between VDH, who is heading north in the Atlantic under a badly damaged rig, and Mark Slats, who is also racing north in the Atlantic and pushing his boat as hard as he can in hopes of crossing the finish line first. The real advantage Slats has is the ability to go wherever he wants with his boat, while VDH must move cautiously in directions that allow him to just head in the general direction of the finish line in hopes of making it without damaging his rig even more. Ironically, they are both sailing on Rustler 36s—Van News & Views for Southern Sailors

den Heede’s Matmut and Slats’ Ophen Maverick. But not everything is in Slats’ favor in his attempt to catch VDH. Being further south, he ran into heavy head winds while becoming ill from rotten milk, forcing him to lie hove to—costing him valuable time, although he did gain 154 miles on VDH during the seven-day period leading up to Dec. 17. Although VDH suffered some from the same headwinds, he did find favorable winds because of his position further north than Slats. By Jan. 2, the day Istvan Kopar rounded Cape Horn, VDH was already north of the Equator, while Slats was on his tail, but tired from being close-hauled for 14 straight days, being a strain on not only himself, but his boat. In the meantime, VDH had lost ground to him, then gained some afterwards. But in general, VDH was doing well and if all continues as planned, he could make the finish line by Jan. 26. Slats could still catch up and even pass him, but that remains to be seen. By Jan. 13 (just before we go to press), Slats is right behind VDH—so close, that it appears to me they are equal in position. Why? VDH’s time of arrival at the finish is two weeks away. Because VDH, although a little ahead and in a better position because of favorable winds at this time, has a damaged rig and can’t go nearly as fast as Slats in even the best of conditions. Slats’ rig allows him to sail well in all conditions. Poor conditions for both could move their expected arrivals at the finish to be pushed back by several days, even into early February. At this point, either could finish first. And what are the possibilities that after sailing around the world, two sailors could be coming into the finish in the last few weeks of the race so close that it is impossible to call at this late point? They could easily be coming into the harbor at Les Sables-d’Olonne at the same time. That would be something. And coming from behind are the other three—who are far enough behind that none has any real possibility of finishing first or second (barring some catastrophe that befalls Slats and/or VDH). Coming in third is Uku Randmaa, who is still in the South Atlantic, along with Istvan Kopar, who is not far behind. Still in the Southern Pacific is Tapio Lehtinen. What a race. SOUTHWINDS February 2019


Voyage of Rhombus 2018 - Leg 6

The Southern Sea of Abaco By Fred Braman


Isolated and beautiful, Little Harbour can quench your “artistic” thirst or the other kind!

n last month’s issue, crew Steve DiFranco and I toured Spanish Wells and then Rhombus headed north to the Abacos. We had an ideal crossing of the Northeast Providence Channel from Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, and arrived in the Abaco Islands in mid-afternoon on May 25. We entered the popular Sea of Abaco via the Little Harbour Bar Pass, prone to large following seas and recommended only for well-settled weather. The North Bar Channel, a few miles farther on, is a safer entrance in less than perfect conditions. We felt fortunate to be here as the day we chose to travel was the first good crossing day in weeks. It was also on a mid and rising tide, important to entering Little Harbor even for a shoal draft vessel like Rhombus. Once through the ocean pass Little Harbour is about a mile inside the Sea of Abaco, the large cruising area bounded on the east by small islands and the world’s fourth longest barrier reef, and on the west by Great Abaco Island. You can’t see the harbor channel entrance right away, but head for the slip of land called Tom Curry Point with high banks and a pink house on top. As you get closer, you will pick up the channel markers and entry is straightforward as long as you have enough water to enter the harbor. Low-tide depths can approach three feet. Little Harbour We hoped to spend a couple days at Little Harbour, a unique place with an interesting history. Randolph Johnston brought his family here in the early 1950s to pursue his art—metal sculpture. The Johnstons were from the Northeast U.S. and Randolph was a college professor who just wanted to create art and not teach it. He also had become disillusioned with the world’s direction and wanted a place “off the grid” in which to pursue his art and raise his three sons. They With an early start from Spanish Wells and terrific downwind sailing conditions, we made the 50-mile trip to the Abaco Islands in a little more than eight hours. We also arrived at a perfect tide-time to cross the shallow entrance into Little Harbour.


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Quiet harbor on the inside.

built a boat, cruised the Bahamas looking for a good spot to settle and came to this then-empty place as homesteaders. No one lived in Little Harbour before the Johnstons’ arrival in 1952 except a lighthouse keeper and his family. It’s so remote that the first road to Little Harbour wasn’t built until almost 40 years later. Prior to 1990, the only access was by water or footpath. On my first trip there in the late 1980s, Randolph was still living and gave me a tour of his foundry, a most unlikely place to find one! He had become a worldrenowned sculptor and his art can still be viewed and purchased in the family showroom next to the still-operating foundry. Though he was no longer a professor, Randolph taught his children, and his son Pete pursues the art as well as operates a famous Abaco bar, “Pete’s Pub.” A fascinating read is “Artist on His Island: A Study in Self-Reliance,” by Randolph Johnston. We enjoyed our afternoon and evening at Little

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Harbour. There is no town here, but the art showroom, Pete’s Pub and a nice ocean beach were more than enough to occupy the time we had. We would have liked another day in this delightful place, but in a 30-foot sailboat you often travel when you can, rather than when you want to. The area weather was forecast to be nasty by the following night and for the next several days. We’d be better off in a port with more “rainy day activities” than are available on a mooring in Little Harbour. After a delightful night, we decided to continue on to the much larger Marsh Harbour and maybe find a marina to wait out the weather. The Sea of Abaco and Marsh Harbour Leaving Little Harbour, we experienced the swell from the nearby inlet, but things smoothed out a bit as we ventured farther north in the “Sea of Abaco.” It was pleasant cruising, and for once there were a lot of boats. On previous long


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The Albury Ferry sped right past Rhombus en route to the pick-up dock at the marina next door. The ferries run throughout the day to all the cays located on the barrier reef side (east side) of the Sea of Abaco.

stretches in remote areas, we’d usually see zero or one boat, rarely two. Although it’s called a “sea,” it is shallow with a nominal depth of 10 feet, sometimes more, very often less. The area epitomizes the cruising complexity of this irregularly shaped country. The trip from Little Harbour to Marsh Harbour was about 20 miles as the crow flies. But it took 12 waypoints to navigate a route passing through a maze of

shallows, coral heads, rocks and pint-sized islands. The sailing was generally sheltered for a change, except when encountering the swell and rollers whenever passing one of the several ocean inlets. With wind and seas generally in our direction, we made good time, arriving at Marsh Harbour a few minutes before dead low tide. Tide timing was important as I ran aground, mistaking a well-marked


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ship channel that unfortunately ended before the anchorage area, for the yacht entrance. Fortunately, we grounded in sand and the tidal wait was only a half hour or so. We were soon on our way and continued on to Mangoes Marina, arriving early afternoon on May 26. Most cruisers consider Marsh Harbour a great place to replenish the boat, and it is that—with both marine supply stores and real supermarkets. There is also plenty to do. Lively eateries line the waterfront, and live music can be found almost any night. We enjoyed the rest of the day while we waited safely in port for Tropical Storm Alberto to mess with our weather. The next day, I took the 9am ferry to Great Guana Cay. I’ve often recommended to vacationers that they consider Marsh Harbour for a visit. It’s nice in itself and is the most accessible Abaco Island by air with direct flights from Florida daily. It is also the hub for the small people ferries that serve the other nearby cays and operate throughout the

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Tropical Storm Alberto brought heavy rain to “Pig Roast Sunday.” I don’t think anybody noticed!

Nippers is an active place, but it also has a wonderful beach and a near-shore reef perfect for snorkeling.

day. It’s the perfect location for day next day as Alberto frittered out into trips to delightful—and very differthe deep Atlantic. We dinghied over ent—outer cays like Great Guana, to Marsh Harbour Marina, the only Man-of-War and Hopetown. It’s a marina on the south side of the hargreat way to see a variety of real bor. They welcome dinghies from Bahamian islands without a personthe anchored fleet to enjoy their bar al boat. and Jib Room restaurant. Steve Great Guana has two personalicamped out at the bar, and I walked ties. The island is really sleepy, except the quarter mile to a spot where I for the famous Nippers bar and a few could set up camp and swim out to other places. Although several high Mermaid Reef. It’s a small reef, profile resorts and vacation homes about a 100 yards in diameter and 50 have been added in the past several yards from shore. There were severyears, you will still find that outal boats and plenty of bobbing heads island charm. If a raucous bar is your in the water. It’s a perfect place to style, Nippers is easy walking dissnorkel, so shallow you don’t need tance or you can call for the to dive. In fact, in most places, you “Nippersmobile” on VHF radio. If it’s can’t. Blue parrotfish, black grouper, quiet you seek, sit under the famous yellow jack, sergeant majors, yellow harbor-side Fig Tree, Great Guana’s goatfish and one big ray all decoratmeeting place. Enjoy a beer from the ed the small reef. It’s great to “sea” convenience store next door and chat The way to Nippers Bar and Grill. life up close and personal! with passers-by. After a spell under We enjoyed the rest of our day, the Fig Tree, I strolled along the harwhile lining up our next two stays in bor front to the Nippers sign and walked up the hill to the Hopetown and Treasure Cay, as we planned our way north Atlantic side of the island. The skies were threatening, and it and then west on our way home. After, we spent some time was going to rain everywhere. Nippers is active rain or at the pool, we walked into town and finally had a great shine, and it was “Pig Roast Sunday” at the bar on the bluff dinner at Colors Restaurant, complete with live music. We over the Atlantic Ocean beach. A huge party was in the enjoyed Marsh Harbour; lots to do, real stores, and you can offering with barbecued pork to boot. The party was in full always buy ice cream! But, it’s a country with a lot of treasswing when I arrived and the afternoon sped by. Nippers on ure spots and it was time to move on. Next stop, Elbow Cay any Sunday afternoon is most likely the world’s premier and beautiful Hopetown. people-watching place! The trip on the ferry back to Marsh Harbor was the Fred Braman writes about his travels in his Catalina 30, roughest yet! Forty-five knot winds and big seas on the usuRhombus, for SOUTHWINDS Magazine. Prior parts of this ally calm Sea of Abaco. Since I wasn’t driving, I just enjoyed series can be read at in Back Issues starting in September, 2018. a beer and held on! Sunshine and calm had returned by the


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Slaughter, Class C Champion, racing in the Best of the Best Regatta. Photo by Jan Pehrson.

Best of the Best Regatta Water and land come together into a true Bahamian experience broadcast live on TV By Jan Pehrson


ailed in Montagu Bay, Nassau, Bahamas, Dec. 6-9, the Best of the Best Regatta crowned a new champion in the A, B and C classes of Bahamian sloop sailing with New Legend, Susan Chase and New Slaughter winning in their respective classes. The third Best of the Best Regatta was the first regatta broadcast cannon to cannon on local television, drawing the largest Bahamian TV audience of any programming, including NFL football. More than 50 boats throughout the Bahamas competed for the crown of Best of the Best. The event was also a huge draw as thousands of spectators came out to watch unique Bahamian sailing and enjoy the sights and sounds in the Regatta Village. Built of wood with overhanging booms, huge sail areas, and crew stacked up one behind the other on “pry boards” to balance the sails, Bahamian sloops are exciting as well as traditional. In the Bahamas, the two dozen sloop regattas that are sailed each year throughout the islands are supported by the government supplemented by local fundraising. The ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources created a special regatta desk to deal specifically with the sport, and the Ministry of Tourism also provides sponsorship. According to Andrew J. Burrows of the Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources, sloop sailing represents to many communities the single largest economic activity of the year in terms of domestic, as well as international tourism. Regattas are a major draw in increased hotel nights, rental cars and restaurants. “Everybody benefits from regattas in the islands, so it is in the government’s best interest to keep them going. We

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offer a lot of assistance, technical as well as financial.” “One of the challenges we have had with regattas is that too many Bahamians come to regattas and are only aware of the shore side activities. While these are important, we wanted to balance with the quality of sailing that happens on the water. This was one of the major goals of the Best of the Best regatta: To bring the water and land together into a true Bahamian experience. We had a major three-night concert series with top Bahamian entertainers. Twenty thousand people came out. We wanted to be family oriented, so we had face painters, stilt walkers and character artists. We created a regatta village. When you come to the event you had no reason to leave; we had food and entertainment.” “In the future, we see the opportunity to monetize the sport for the sailors. We want to create the opportunity for these guys to become professional full-time sailors, so we are creating advertising opportunities through greater TV. We see NASCAR as the model.” Burrows invites people interested in a true Bahamian experience to combine their vacation with a regatta. For the regatta schedule, go to /events/regattas-homecoming For planning help and deals on airfare, rooms, and cars, go to Jan Pehrson is a sailing photojournalist who spends summers in San Francisco, CA, and winters in St. Pete Beach, FL. As a racing and cruising sailor and Coast Guard licensed skipper, Jan’s familiarity with sailing and the sailing community lends an indepth element to her prolific array of photographs and articles. Contact her at SOUTHWINDS

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Have Tools, Will Travel Mobile marine services make up a growing segment of the marine industry, and that’s particularly the case around the South Carolina Lowcountry. By Dan Dickison Brian Clinosky of Charleston Yacht Services has been making house calls for 30 years. Photo courtesy Charleston Yacht Services.


sk anyone who has ever owned a boat with an inboard engine and they’ll tell you that dependable service technicians who work on-site are a godsend. And that goes double for owners whose equipment or systems require service while their boat is transiting unfamiliar waters. Though engine mechanics have long made “house calls,” service technicians who care for brightwork or refrigeration or rigging, for example, have historically been affiliated with boatyards. But that scenario has evolved in recent decades and mobile marine services are becoming the norm in many parts of the U.S. Around Charleston, S.C., there’s a growing network of such professionals. Here’s a rundown on the ones you’re most likely to need. Engines and Motors Most boat owners are capable of conducting routine maintenance on their vessel’s engine(s), but bigger jobs are best left to the professionals. In Charleston, you can choose from several providers, including Aaron Vickers, who owns and operates Oil in a Day’s Work. Based in North Charleston, Vickers works primarily on diesel engines and has been operating his business for 14 years. He says he services boats as far south as Hilton Head Island and as far north as Myrtle Beach. He also works on IPS units and Zeus propulsion systems. (843810-3207;; Based in Charleston, Advanced Mobile Marine Repair Services is a comprehensive outfit servicing inboard and outboard engines, and electrical and mechanical marine systems (DC and AC) on board any size vessel. For over 20 years, proprietor Jamie Guilfoyle has worked on boats as small as eight feet up to those over 80 feet in length. He says he will travel nearly anywhere throughout the Palmetto State and his business is fully insured and registered with the state of South Carolina. He also does boat trailer repair and small welding jobs. His motto is “keeping your boat afloat, whatever it takes.” (843-754-1526;; Refrigeration and HVAC John Gervais, III, has been operating Atlantic Boat ACR since 1987. He services and repairs heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, and works on electrical repairs and sailboat rigging. He also fixes problems with icemakers and ice machines. His business is an outlet for new AC and refrigeration systems and replacement parts, so Atlantic Boat ACR is a factory-authorized service center for major brands, including 40

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CRUISAIR, Marine AIR, Sea Frost, Norcold, Adler Barbour, Vitrifrigo, Dometic and Nova Kool. Gervais has traveled all over the Palmetto State for work and has also tackled projects in Wilmington, NC, and Savannah, GA, (843-729-5976;; David Wehunt and his wife Hope run Southeastern Marine of the Carolinas in Longs, SC, (just north of Little River). The Wehunts have 30 years’ experience doing custom installations of air conditioning systems, refrigeration systems and generators, while also conducting plumbing and electrical repairs. David says he’ll travel as far south as Charleston and as far north as Wilmington, NC, depending upon the job. (843-557-4650;;;) Canvas Jeri and Jim Perillo own and operate Custom Canvas of Charleston, and they work on dodgers and biminis and all forms of custom canvas including interior and exterior cushions, winch, windlass, hatch and binnacle covers, etc. In business for 30 years, the Perillos also fabricate custom stainlesssteel frames. Based in North Charleston, Jim used to travel, but now only does projects in the immediate Charleston area. (843-767-1573;; Owned and operated by Chet and Ada Klutts, Waterland Canvas has been in business since 1989. This company specializes in biminis, cockpit enclosures, equipment and hatch covers, as well as cushions. They also custom bend stainless steel framing. With six staff members in the shop, they also repair canvas products, including restitching, replacing zippers and clear vinyl panels. Waterland works primarily around the immediate Charleston region. (843-875-4544;; Lowcountry Marine Canvas, based on James Island, designs, builds and repairs custom canvas coverings including cockpit and interior cushions. Proprietor Cheryl Perica has run this business for almost 20 years, though she operates on a part-time basis these days. Perica primarily services customers around the Charleston area but has worked on jobs as far away as Beaufort, SC. (843-442-2981; Facebook; Woodworking Wando Marine Repair is owned by Donny Gillett who has been working on boats since the 1980s. Based in Cainhoy (just

north of Charleston), Gillett works in wood and composite materials, building and repairing decks, cockpit grates, interior and exterior trim, electronic enclosures, toe rails and more. Though he mostly works in the Charleston area, he will occasionally travel beyond the region. (843-532-6927; Doug Dow of Dow Woodworks is a qualified shipwright who works on projects as small as seven-foot prams and as large as 500-ton square-riggers. His shop is fully equipped, and he has experience working on traditional craft with modern construction methods. Dow, who has 30 years of experience in this field, builds and repairs mostly in the Charleston region, but he has traveled as far as Ohio and California for projects. (843-270-1845;; Jacks of All Trades Some mobile service outfits tackle a diverse range of jobs and you can count JBS Marine Services among those. Based in the West Ashley area of Charleston, Joe Ballo started his business in 1991 and has been servicing an array of boats and onboard systems since then. Ballo and his technicians work on most mechanical and electrical projects, including propeller and propulsion repair, and have experience with marine canvas and upholstery as well. They travel all over the Carolina Lowcountry to work on projects, and Ballo says if he can’t fix it, he’ll know who can. (843-795-3484)

An example of the custom work executed by Chet and Ada Klutts and their team at Waterland Canvas. Photo courtesy Waterland Canvas.

Harrison Marine Services, owned and operated by Lewis Harrison for over 25 years, works on inboard and outboard engines and boat trailers. Harrison also conducts thermal imaging and oscilloscope diagnostics as well as engine and transmission oil analysis. Based on Johns Island, Harrison also does moisture testing on wood and fiberglass hulls, but only services boats in the area immediately around Charleston. (843-559-3383;; This list doesn’t include companies that exclusively paint, weld, dive, varnish, repair fiberglass and gelcoat or do detailing, but many mobile outfits exist in the Lowcountry that provide those services and most can be found via a simple online search.

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Incident at Warderick Wells Boarded in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park By Bruce Matlack


y best guess is that we attracted attention and frowns by arriving through their seldomused back door, coming in over the sandy shallows in our old, quarterinch-thick plywood trimaran, instead of following the channel markers in front of park headquarters. Things went downhill from there. It was February. We were cruising in the Exuma islands chain, coming into Warderick Wells cay, the headquarters of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park—the world’s first land and sea park, created in 1958. It lies about 125 miles southwest of Nassau. My 46-year-old Searunner 31 trimaran, Scrimshaw, floats at about two and a half feet, so my son and I decided to “go for it over the sands” on a rising tide—with a bump here ‘n there expected. But it was saving us from beating to weather another hour or so to arrive fashionably and normally at their front door. They did not know of our arrival plans because we could not raise them via VHF, email or phone. It was rough going getting there in an excess +of 20 knots of wind, so I can’t say we gave it a big priority check on the things-to-do list. We snagged a plain white mooring ball, and set our usual “Y” lines from both float bows so as not to swing about and maintain a small footprint between two other

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An anchorage at Warderick Wells, park headquarters of the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.


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Scrimshaw, a Searunner 31 trimaran, anchored in the Bahamas.

larger vessels. Within a short time, an official-looking skiff motors up with “Warden” marked on the side and carrying a 40’s something captain, along with a military dude in full battle fatigues who was carrying an AR-15 on his shoulder. With the Parkland School shooting in Florida fresh on our minds, either Charlie, my 36-year-old son and crew, or I, greeted the approaching armed launch with something like, “Wow! You guys make us feel right at home,”—in jest of course. Neither of them gave a smiling acknowledgment of our jovial greeting. The “commandant” at the wheel did all the talking. “Why did you not call ahead that you were coming here?” I said, “Well, we tried and…” He cut me off and said we were in the wrong mooring field with such a small boat and we may have to move. The young army dude of the National Defense [sic] Force (NDF) in fatigues stood speechless, at the ready, with rifle pointed downward. The skipper then ordered us to go ashore to pay for the mooring in advance after saying the office just closed for the day. I reminded him of that and he said, “Well, you make sure you are there at exactly 9am to pay when they open in the morning. He then motored around our boat ominously, looking for something else to complain about (it seemed to us). His parting words were to shorten our mooring lines, as he sneered at our unusual multi-hull “Y” set up. As captain, and being trained by the boat’s builder, Jim Brown, I left it the way I had it. When they left, Charlie and I looked at each other in disbelief, saying, “What an A-hole!” The next morning we enjoyed a walk-about and paid the mooring fee at the park office and I asked an office worker, “What’s the deal with the full-on military reception?” He said, “Well, all eyes with binoculars were upon you coming in here as not many vessels sail across the sands over there. The ones that do usually have to be rescued. They are not used to real sailors like you two.” The next day, we headed out for a half-day sail to a place called Pirate’s Cove. In the area, we found only two mooring balls where the chart said there were four, and no other vessels. As we attempted to hook up, we noticed the 44

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mooring line was only held by three of five strands, so we tied a rolling hitch down below the frayed part. Just then, a warden boat with the same commandant aboard with a different NDF mate arrives and yells, “Don’t tie to that one; tie to the one we are about to repair,”— which was further out towards the big rolling North Atlantic. He yells, “You can pay us twenty dollars now out here, or you can pay in the box on shore.” I shouted back, “We’ll pay on shore,” not wanting his vessel close aboard in a strengthening current which was making both Charlie and me nervous about this whole Pirates Cove visit by now. Then the warden took off at high speed after fashioning some quick repair to the other mooring. We decided to can this whole idea and head out after about 15 minutes. Anchoring out was strictly prohibited in the area due to the protection of stromatolites on the bottom— ancient geologic accretions. We respected that. We headed south, still in the park, and found a suitable anchorage for the night that offered great exploring of a quiet cove with expansive Atlantic views beyond. The next day we headed southerly again towards the park border, being amazed by the beauty of the place, and passing Johnny Depp’s personal Island digs where a huge sign was posted that read, “Keep Going! This is not Disney World!” I am thinking, “Gee, he must be a real friendly guy—and I am glad that I don’t know who he is!” Two hundred feet astern of our slow motoring pace, the warden boat again appears. I did not pay much attention until it suddenly pulls along side and the same dude commandant screams at me for not responding to his radio calls (that we did not hear), and he was pissed off. At the time, I had the radio in the aft cabin and could not hear any calls (I have since moved the radio station into the cockpit). Then he yells, “You skipped out on the mooring fee at Pirate’s Cove!” Charlie and I yelled back in unison, “We let the mooring go after fifteen minutes due to safety concerns of the tattered mooring and strong current.” He pulls close up to our starboard rail now and says, “You gotta pay whether you are there five minutes or two days!” Then he calls to the military kid, “Board them!” We are thinking: WTF is this? The young kid jumps aboard in his jack boots, throws a form in my face and politely—in a near whisper—says, “This is not an official boarding; it is just a warning, but I need your social security number and for you to fill out the form.” Reading the form I noticed that it asks how many nights—not how many minutes—a boat was moored. And I wondered what he was going to do with my U.S. Social Security number? Charlie starts to continue the argument, wherein I say, “Get them the 20 bucks and shut up—it is just like windsurfing road trips to Baja California, remember? Extortion by those in control.” He gets it. The young military kid feels bad for us and is apologetic, I have had it with the warden’s attitude, who is at the helm keeping the boat nearby, but getting too close to us at times. I yell at him, “Get away from

gering my fragile wood boat that is registered with the USCG as a documented vessel and as her captain. I demand that you stand clear at once!” He promptly moved. As we were all drifting in a pretty fast current, I realized I needed to maneuver the boat, so I did a 360 turn in the current to move away from the boat while Charlie assisted the kid with his papers. They were soon done and the kid was back onto the warden’s boat and they were away with my 20 bucks. I was a newbie to this park—and to most of the Bahamas—as a skipper, however this incident has left a bad taste in my mouth when I think about ever returning. No one has been able to satisfy my curiosity of why I was treated this way. Is a 46-year-old wood boat with an old man and his son running drugs or guns—or a habitual mooring fees “skater”? During the rest of our stay in the Bahamas I came across some other stories about dealings with the authorities and the park. I heard from several sources that an American yachtsman died recently and bequeathed near one million dollars to this park that he loved to visit. I later learned that as of March 1, just a month after we were there, a fee of $.50 per foot was added for anchoring which up to then was free. Previously, there was only a charge for picking up one of their moorings. So, beware of anchoring for any reason anywhere within the boundaries of this huge park without paying somebody, somewhere. I also heard another story about a sailor who picked up a park mooring. A storm came up one night and his mooring broke, sending his vessel aground. He sent out a May Day, and by a complicated string of communication events, the park eventually sent a rescue boat to pull him off. The rescue boat radioed specific nighttime instructions to bring in all lines so they wouldn’t foul the rescue boat prop(s). The sailboat in trouble failed to heed this advisory. The rescue vessel’s prop ending up being fouled by a line, causing it to go aground in the black of night, so the rescue boat captain calls for a second park rescue vessel to come to assist both in getting off. Both grounded vessels get pulled off successfully with hardly any damage. But the yacht skipped out without paying the 20-dollar mooring fee—irritating the park folks. Why would one pay for a mooring that broke and gave one grief? The same—or worse—could have happened to us and Scrimshaw had we not made the prudent decision to leave the frayed mooring at Pirate’s Cove without even going ashore. To be fair, as my son likes to say, we could have been victims of circumstance. Their Internet was down, so we could not communicate at that level. Cell tower service was nonexistent for days as we approached from the north, so there was no possibility of a connection even if they had working Internet. VHF failed with limited range and line of sight. It was near closing time for the park office when we arrived, unannounced. And finally, a crewmember who was on board earlier in the trip had accidentally taken our Waterway Guide the Bahamas 2017 when he left. The guide had all the park information with him, so we arrived blind, without entry details. Aside from this incident, we had a great time cruising 2000 miles throughout much of the Bahamas for three months. Highlights for me were winning major cruiser races at Hope Town, Abaco, in the northern group of cays, and race week in George Town, Exuma, in the middle cays. News & Views for Southern Sailors

The 176-square-mile Exuma Cays Land and Sea National Park, created in 1958, was the first land and sea park in the world and is one of the most successful marine parks. It is the first “no-take reserve” (all fishing is prohibited) in the wider Caribbean. Photo courtesy, official website of the Islands of The Bahamas.

But like everywhere else, maybe things are a changin’ over there—but not always for the better with more and more visitor pressure. Bruce Matlack is the first national and world champion of windsurfing. Bruce purchased Scrimshaw from his friend Jim Brown and refurbished the boat. Brown is the creator of Searunner Trimarans and author of several books on multihulls.

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Going Over to the “Dark Side” —

2003 Campbell Custom Yacht 35 By Capt. David P. Hope


hy would a sailor ever go to the “dark side?” I was certain that I never would do such a thing. I thought that one day in the far distant future, I would have my last sail, sell my beloved sailboat, and that would be it— finished, done, etc. I have sailed various craft since the early 80s, starting with a worn-out Gulf Coast Catamaran, then a Hobie 16, and then getting into sailboards. In 1992 I bought my first monohull sailboat, a 1982 S-2 Center Cockpit 9.2. I loved that boat. In 1998, I switched to a Hunter 376 and thought I had arrived. We sailed out of Deltaville, VA, and all over the Chesapeake Bay from Norfolk to the top of the bay. We sailed when others would not venture out. We sailed when others chose to drop the hook after an hour’s sail and party the weekend away. We sailed. In 2003, I bought my last sailboat, a Hunter 420 CC Passage, a wonderful coastal cruiser and Bahamas boat. My fiancee and I sailed that boat to the Abacos three times, and once all the way to St. Petersburg, FL, from the Outer Banks of NC.


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So what happened? Why would I go to the dark side? I have often heard, “Oh, sailing is so much work!” I never thought of sailing as being work. It’s fun, it’s what you do, it’s a sporting event. It did finally dawned on me that sailing is physical. On our last trip to the Abacos, I hurt my lower back twice, fortunately after arriving in the Abacos. Each time, I was out of action for at least five days. On the first incident, we sat in Spanish Cay for five expensive days, waiting for my back to get well enough to carry on. As time wore on the right shoulder tore also. Both have been repaired, but the right shoulder, arm and hand are not as strong as the left; of course I am right-handed. On our first trip to the Bahamas, we did a fair amount of Intracoastal Waterway work. I think the evil seed was first planted then. People in trawlers would pass us in the ditch. The “captain” would be standing in the doorway with a cup of coffee in his hand—and he did not have an overcoat on, nor gloves, nor a stocking cap. He looked very comfortable. What I knew was that I could still sail, he could never ever sail and that is what I hung onto. Anyone who does destination sailing will recognize that a lot of motoring is involved, even in the ocean, where we spend most of our time when transiting to and from far destinations. Evil thoughts crept into my mind more frequently. I don’t have the upper body strength that I used to have. I can certainly sail in benign conditions, but what if the weather gets really bad? I know what bad weather is and have been spanked severely and was much younger at that time. Can I still physically handle the boat in foul weather? When you start thinking that way it’s time to do some serious introspection. Further, I was tired of doing 6.5 knots all the time, sailing or motoring. So, in 2013, I took the plunge and bought a 2003 Mainship 30 Pilot and had a custom hard top manufactured for it. Would I like this boat? I loved it. You get on the boat, turn the key and off you go. It was great for sunset cruises, going to Manteo, letting the dog swim, and just enjoying being on the water. We could spend one or two nights aboard and not be too cramped. I thought I had the best of both worlds, a sailboat for windy days and a motor boat for non-windy days. Wrong, only one boat gets used. The Hunter 420 continued to sit in her slip behind the house. Now the real decision had to be made, am I going to sell my wonderful sailboat and buy a larger power vessel? Reluctantly, I came to the decision that, yes, I was actually going to pull the plug on my boat and sailing and go to the dark side. I knew that I must define my wants and needs, and ultimately my budget—which was somewhat dependent on the selling price of the sailboat. Then, in 2016, I put on the full court press and traveled to see boats from Newport, RI, all the way down to Miami, with stops in between. I knew that I wanted a down east or

The aft deck has 8 feet by 5.5 feet of open space, with another 1.5 feet available under each gunnel. A 3’2” x 3’6” hatch allows access to the rudder, autopilot ram, muffler, waste tank/through hull and really spacious stowage.

Maine-lobster-boat style of vessel. I have always loved the lines of those boats and they cruise faster than most trawlers. I was tired of doing 6.5 knots and 8-10 knots had no appeal. In my search, I looked at some very nice Back Coves, True Norths, older Legacys, old Hinckleys and one-offs—but nothing really wowed me. Finally, we drove to the 2016 Annapolis Power Boat and Brokerage Show where we found a pristine 2003 Campbell Custom Yacht. She is a down east, built on a 35-foot Duffy hull, which is manufactured in Brooklyn, ME, and then shipped to the Campbell Custom Yard in Oxford, MD, where Tom Campbell’s yard customizes the entire yacht. The Duffy hull was designed by Spencer Lincoln for fishing off the coast of Maine. This particular boat is 35 feet over all, a 12-foot beam, and a 14,000-pound displacement, which is what I had finally decided that I wanted, particularly for maneuverability and, hopefully fuel consumption. She has a lot of bright work, more than I really care to deal with, but that was definitely part of the wow factor. After spending two to three hours on the boat, we were taken with her. She really had the things I was looking for, coming from a cruising sailboat. News & Views for Southern Sailors

The CCY 35 is powered by a single Cummins 480 turbo diesel engine. Top end is 26 knots and she is rated to cruise at 20 knots. Having cruised from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, all but one day on the outside, to the Abacos, I have found that 14-15 knots is the sweet spot for cruising this boat. At those speeds, the boat averages 1.29 to 1.3 nm per gallon and is the most comfortable at those speeds. According to the fuel flow meter, when you push above 15, the economy begins to slip toward 1 to 1. I haven’t traveled far enough at say 16 or 18 knots to take an accurate measurement. If you choose to travel at 6.5 knots to 7 knots, then the meter shows a burn of 3.5 to 4 nm per gallon, but who wants to go that slow in a down east? Well, I do when we are motoring the 8 nm to Manteo, NC, from Colington Harbour, our homeport. In 2013, this boat was the recipient of a larger bow thruster and the addition of an external stern thruster. These thrusters can work independently or in unison; toggled together, they can hold the boat against a bulkhead while a single-handed captain deals with dock lines. The stern thruster has proven to be very useful when backing into a transient slip. Electronically, the CCY carries an Onan 5k generator, two SOUTHWINDS

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The main salon/helm area comprises the living area of the boat. A convertible settee is to port with a very nice wooden folding table to starboard. This table lowers to make a coffee table and can be moved for that purpose.

In the forward part of the main salon and to starboard is the nicely appointed helm. Stowage exists under the helm seat, and in small hatches to port and starboard, beside each seat and in sliding drawers under the settee.

8D house batteries, and one 8D starting battery. The engine has a 140-amp alternator with smart regulator. A Xantrex 3000 inverter/battery charger controls electrical power to the boat. She has two 30-amp electric inlets. The boat is well outfitted navigationally with Garmin equipment to include a 7212 multifunction display, radar, depth sounder and an AIS transceiver. She also has an autopilot. I added a marine single side band radio. Livability is very good for a 35-foot yacht, which did take some getting accustomed to, coming from a 42-foot sailboat. The aft deck has 8 feet by 5.5 feet of open space, with another 1.5 feet available under each gunnel. A 3’2” x 3’6” hatch allows access to the rudder, autopilot ram, muffler, waste tank/through hull and really spacious stowage. The main salon/helm area comprises the living area of the boat. A convertible settee is to port with a very nice wooden folding table to starboard. This table lowers to make a coffee table and can be moved for that purpose. I had a 32-inch TV mounted on the bulkhead an inch above the table. Forward of the port settee is the mate’s seat and navigation station. To starboard is the nicely appointed helm. Stowage exists under the helm seat, and in small hatches to port and starboard, beside each seat and in sliding drawers under the settee. Two large sliding windows are on each side of the house. The three-pane windshield is adorned with windshield wipers, complete with a washdown system. Opening hatches are above the helm and mate’s seats. The CCY has a central vacuum system and central heating and air. Engine access is excellent, with three hatches directly over the engine, a hatch to starboard, and one to port. There is plenty of room to get around inside the engine room, with access to all systems. Moving forward in the boat, three steps down from the helm area, the galley is to port with a two burner Force 10 propane stove, a convection microwave/oven, two sinks, a small refrigerator/freezer, and again, good stowage for a

35-foot boat. Corian countertops exist throughout the boat. To starboard is the head and vanity with a nice separate shower stall. More very good stowage exists in the “bathroom” area. The forward cabin consists of a large V-berth with custom mattress. A hanging closet is to starboard, and cabinets to port. All of this was done in beautifully crafted cherry woodwork. The exterior is finished with flag blue Awlgrip and cream decks and coach roof. Substantial stainless steel handrails run from the bow to approximately two thirds aft on the boat. A Simpson Lawrence windlass and a wash-down system are mounted at the bow. A stainless steel anchor roller holds a Delta anchor. The CCY 35 is a couple’s yacht, but can accommodate an occasional guest or couple on the convertible settee. The current crew consists of two humans and one pooch. Finding room for everything that is needed for a six-month cruise is challenging, but can be done. I added a small Dometic freezer which sits in the starboard aft corner of the main saloon. The little freezer in the boat’s main refrigerator was just too small to be effective at all. I love being able to sit in the living area and see outside without having to stand up, go to a portal, and peer outside. It’s wonderful. On nice days, the double sliding wooden doors at the back of the house are wide open, as can be the windows and hatches. The Campbell Custom Yacht has proven to be a worthy cruiser. As stated earlier, from Beaufort, NC, to Marsh Harbour, Abaco, we spent one full day on the ICW, the remainder was done in the N. Atlantic, cruising at 14-15 knots. We could literally travel twice as far daily compared to the 6.5 knots spent on the sailboat. The only pit fall is the range is diminished due to the 210-gallon fuel tank as opposed to the ability to sail and to motor at 5.5 nm per gallon. With the wind often at or near 15 knots, the ride proved to be lumpy, but that is all, not squirrelly, and not pitching and tossing. The idea was to find the correct speed for the


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Forward of the main salon, three steps down from the helm area, the galley is to port. To starboard is the head and vanity with a nice separate shower stall.

The forward cabin consists of a large V-berth with custom mattress. A hanging closet is to starboard, and cabinets to port. All of this was done in beautifully crafted cherry woodwork.

wind/wave conditions, sometimes a little faster and sometimes a little slower. This boat does not need stabilizers, as the correct speed adjustments compensate for the sea state. We did catch a lot of spray and water over the bow, with the

wipers getting a good work out. The CCY has proven to be an excellent Bahamas boat as it is easy to get in and out of slips, the 3.9-foot draft is Abacos-friendly, visibility from the helm is wonderful, the gunnels are wide enough for safe and easy transit and exiting the boat to a dock, and she has a nice wide swim platform. For the captain’s ego, compliments truly abound. There are larger boats, faster boats, trawlers, etc., but for now and for me, I love this boat.

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Savannah at the helm of the dinghy.

Capt. Richie and his 10-year-old daughter, Savannah.

Safety Planning For Cruising With Children Aboard By Capt. Richie Mahoney


ailing, family and adventure offer up quite the necessity to balance safety and fun. There is always an opportunity for education and developing skills for a lifetime of adventure on the water. Finding that right balance is crucial for any mariner. Just as teaching a child to always buckle up while in a car or to look both ways before crossing the street, we as parents must evaluate the dangers, take calculated risks and teach our children skills to mitigate the dangers of daily life. The same spirit of safety and precautions must be taken before venturing out into open water on an extended cruise. As a single dad, I can tell you from experience that traveling with kids is never a cakewalk. Sometimes the simplest tasks of just going to the grocery store can be down right daunting. Have you ever been on a road trip with one of these little creatures? You might as well add four hours to an eight-hour trip! As a professional mariner and full time liveaboard, I hoped that exposing my daughter to the virtues and freedoms of the lifestyle at an early age would help in building skills for the future. With that freedom, there are certain skills that are required, as well as responsibilities. I was presented with an opportunity this past summer to take my 10-year-old daughter, Savannah, on a sailing adventure on Florida’s west coast that turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. Even though we had been sailing together 50

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her whole life, this was our first multi-week trip together. As anticipated, there was a bit of learning for both of us along the way. As with all responsible parents, my first concern was safety. I established ground rules for wearing life jackets while underway. Florida law requires: Children under 13 years of age on vessels operating on waters outside the geographical boundaries of Florida must wear a USCG-approved PFD unless the child is below deck or in an enclosed cabin. Each person on a personal watercraft (PWC), such as a Wave Runner or Jet Ski, must wear a USCG-approved life jacket. Our rule aboard Boomerang Love, our 1976 Whitby 42 center cockpit ketch was simple: while underway during daylight hours, a PFD was to be worn any time you leave the cockpit. After sunset and during periods of deteriorating weather, a PFD was to be worn at all times and you must be tethered in. Simple enough and it is easy to enforce when you, the parent, follow the same rules. Just as a prudent parent would teach their child how to call 911 on a telephone in case of an emergency, we covered and practiced how to call the Coast Guard on the VHF radio. While in sight of land, a cell phone is useful, but

being able to broadcast over VHF channel 16 (and to all vessels in the area) was deemed more valuable in order for someone to quickly render assistance. This led us to another lesson of what information the Coast Guard would be asking for over the radio: our position. We practiced several times each day finding our position on our GPS chart plotter as well as our heading and speed. In the event I become incapacitated I wanted Savannah to be not just comfortable, but confident in her ability to relay this vital information. The next safety procedure we practiced was what to do in the event I fell overboard. I would routinely tether myself at all times but there is always that chance of inadvertently going overboard. We practiced throwing the life ring, pulling the engine back to neutral if under power, how to put the autopilot into standby mode, and to turn the wheel hard to starboard. If under sail, we covered the basic maneuvers in order to heave to. Watching a 10-yearold girl comfortably at the helm of a 28,000-pound, 42-foot sailboat is something to behold! We also made sure the boarding ladder would always be easy to deploy from deck or from the water. While underway, we practiced doing this often so that it would be second nature and muscle memory would take over rather than fear of doubting what to do when faced with the task. Boats talk to you in various ways, and one of their languages you can smell. Our standing rule was if you smell something out of the ordinary, say something. It could be smoke, plastic burning, diesel fuel, propane or even the holding tank. All of which are clues to something being amiss and can easily be rectified before it becomes a more serious problem. Fire is every boat owners worst fear, and prevention is the first step in preventing a fire aboard. Inspecting electrical, fuel and LPG connections on a regular basis is just the first step in prevention. Being overly cautious, Boomerang Love is equipped with four smoke detectors and 18 fire extinguishers. Every time you turn around, an extinguisher is within arms reach. I don’t like the idea of going empty-handed when responding to a fire. Until you have had that gut wrenching feeling of “almost” putting out a fire when the fire extinguisher runs empty, you will always be sure to grab two or three more along the way. Because Boomerang Love is a fiberglass boat, it would take very little time before a fire would fully engulf the vessel. We established and practiced abandonment procedures should the unthinkable happen—either through uncontrollable flooding or fire. Because Savannah’s room was the V-berth, we practiced opening and escaping from the bow hatch. One of our safety rules was to always sleep with your life jacket in your bunk. Should the need arise to escape through the hatch, it is important to note; once you are out of the hatch, then you put your lifejacket on. Our ditch bag, flares and other emergency gear is staged in a locker in the cockpit so it is quickly accessible. Every day prior to getting underway, we would inspect our life raft and dinghy to be sure they could be easily released. One of the coolest little gadgets we carry aboard is our DeLorme SPOT. While it is by no means a replacement for an EPIRB or PLB, it is an easy way to notify friends and family that all is okay and they are able to track your position. You can even program messages to be sent out in the event of distress. Part of our pre-departure planning involves passing along to family and friends the News & Views for Southern Sailors

Savannah showing her knot-tying skills with bowline knot.

contact information for Coast Guard stations that may be on our route. In the event those on our notification list received an SOS alert from our SPOT, they will have the information readily at hand and could pass on our last known position and vessel information. Both Savannah and I enjoy the freedoms and adventures the cruising life affords us. While some may view the lifestyle as risky or dangerous, those risks are offset by proper planning, safety gear, and the knowledge how to use it. Children playing contact sports wear helmets and pads to mitigate the inherent dangers of their activity. We use car seats for children because we know and accept the dangers that come with driving in traffic with them in the car with us. The same holds true when on the water. Knowing the risks and planning for them will make for a safe and enjoyable trip with those you hold dearest. Capt. Richie holds a 1600/3000-ton Master Captain’s License from the US Coast Guard. He currently works in the offshore oil and gas industry in Louisiana as captain of a 240-foot oilfield support and exploration vessel. During his “off time” from the oil patch, he cruises aboard Boomerang Love, a Whitby 42, or is hiking the mountains of Tennessee. SOUTHWINDS

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Geechee SC, Savannah, GA.

FEBRUARY No regattas scheduled this month MARCH 9 Keelboat Midwinters. LNYC 23 St. Patrick’s Day Regatta. GSC

Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): FPYC: Fort Pierce YC, FYC: Florida YC, IRYC: Indian River YC, LESC: Lake Eustis YC, LMSA: Lake Monroe SA, MDYC: Mount Dora YC, MYC: Melbourne YC, RCJ: Rudder Club of Jacksonville, SAYC: St. Augustine YC, FEBRUARY 1-3 19th Wayfarer Mid-Winters Championship Regatta. LESC 1-3 10th MC Scow Train Wreck Regatta–Triple Crown 2. LESC 2-3 Catalina 22 State Championships. IRYC 14-15 Flying Scott Clinic. LESC 16-17 49th George Washington Birthday Regatta. LESC 17 Florida East Coast Winter Youth Series Regatta. MYC MARCH 2 Trans Monroe Regatta. LMSA. 3 SC 45 Regatta–Multihull Regatta. IRYC 9-10 Flying Scot Space Coast Invitational Regatta. IRYC 12-13 Zenda U Training for MC Scows. LESC 14-16 MC SA Mid-Winters Championship Triple Crown 3. LESC 16-17 Ocean Regatta. FPYC 23-24 Youth Regatta. SAYC 28-30 St. Augustine Race Week. SAYC 30-31 Mount Dora Annual Sailing Regatta. MDYC TBA River City Regatta. RCJ TBA Orange Peel Regatta. FYC

Charleston Ocean Racing Association (CORA) organizes many of the regattas in the Charleston, SC, area. Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): LNYC: Lake Norman YC, Lake Norman, NC, 52

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Regional Sailing Organizations: BBYRA Biscayne Bay Yacht Racing Association. US PHRF of Southeast Florida.

Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): BBYC: Biscayne Bay YC, CGSC: Coconut Grove Sailing Club, CRYC: Coral Reef YC. Miami. MYC: Miami YC. USSCMC: US Sailing Center Martin County. FEBRUARY(*see Racing News & Regattas, page ***) Jan. 2- Feb. 3 Sailing World Cup Miami* 3 Commodores Rasco. CGSC 3 Star Zagarino Masters. CRYC 4-6 Star Youth Worlds. CRYC 7-10 Star Midwinters. CRYC 7-8 Star Walker Cup. CRYC 8-10 Melges 20 MWS #2. CGSC 9-10 Etchells FL State Championship. BBYC 16-18 I420 Midwinters. MYC 20-21 Miami to Bimini. MYC* 22-23 J70 Midwinters. CRYC 23 Barnacle’s George Washington Regatta. CGSC 23 Annual BBYRA OD #6. MYC 24 Annual BBYRA ORC #6. MYC MARCH (*see Racing News & Regattas, page 20) 1-3 Etchells Midwinters East Regatta. BBYC 3-10 Miami Sailing Week* 3-9 Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta* 13 Miami to Havana.* 15-17 Melges 20 MWS #3. CGSC 16 BBYRA OD #7. CRYC 17-19 Lightning Midwinters. CRYC 22-24 53rd Annual Don Q Snipe Regatta. CGSC 22-24 Etchells Coral Reef Cup. CRYC 23 BBYRA ORC#7. BBYC

Race Calendar Key West Community Sailing Center. A social hour featuring lite fare is held on Fridays from 6-8pm. Beginners and non-members welcome. The KWCSC is located at 705 Palm Avenue (off Sailboat Lane). 305-292-5993. Upper Keys Sailing Club (UKSC), Key Largo. Go to the Club website for regular club racing open to all. FEBRUARY 2 Fleet Captains Regatta. Portsmouth 2-3 Club Championship #7 (Portsmouth) 3 Fleet Captains Regatta. PHRF 9-10 Club Championship #8 (Portsmouth) 16-17 Buccaneer Blast 18-23 Force 5 Race Week MARCH 1-3 Moths #2 9-10 Blackwater Sound Challenge 9-10 Club Championship #9 (Portsmouth) 16-17 Commodore’s Regatta News & Views for Southern Sailors

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Race Calendar The organizing authority for racing and boat ratings in West Florida is West Florida PHRF at For the Tampa Bay Area & Florida West Coast Yachting Calendar, go to the St. Petersburg website at, then “Regattas” and “2018-2019 TB Regattas,” then page down to the calendar. Clubs with regattas listed this month (go to club websites for local club racing schedules): CHR: Charlotte Harbor Regatta. CHCSC: Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center, CHYC: Charlotte Harbor YC, CMCS: Caloosahatchee Marching & Chowder Society, CYC: Clearwater YC, DBC: Dunedin Boat Club, DIYC: Davis Island YC, DIYSF: Davis Island Youth Sailing Foundation. GCSC: Gulf Coast SC, IYC: Isles YC, PGSC: Punta Gorda SC, SSS: Sarasota Sailing Squadron, SPYC: St. Petersburg YC, TSS: Tampa Sailing Squadron, FEBRUARY(*see Racing News & Regattas, page 20) 1-3 Charlotte Harbor Race. CHR 2 Around the Point Race. DIYC 9 Commodore’s Winter Cup. CMCS 9 Gasparilla Regatta. TSS* 9-10 Valentine’s Regatta. SPYC 14-17 St. Pete NOOD. SPYC* 16 Cherry Pie Regatta. SSS* 16 Gulf Race. DBC 16 Valentine’s Regatta. CHCSC 20-24 Laser Midwinters. CYC 23 Around Egmont. BYC 23-24 Can/Am Series 2.4mR. CHYC 23-24 Melges 32 Regatta. DIYC 25-Mar 1 Thistles Midwinters East. SPYC MARCH (*see Racing News & Regattas, page 20) Feb. 25-Mar 1 Thistles Midwinters East. SPYC 1-3 J/24 Midwinters. DIYC 1-3 Mutineers Midwinters. TSS 1-4 M-14&MC Cup. SSS 2 Naples to Ft. Myers Offshore. CMCS 2 Pass-a-grille Run. DBC 8-10 Crown Cars Regatta. SPYC* 8-10 Fireballs & Friends. DIYC 9 Conquistador Cup. PGSC SOUTHWINDS

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SOUTHERN REGIONAL RACE CALENDAR 9 10 15-17 16 16-23 16-17 20-23 23 23 23-28 23-24 28-30 29-31


SAISA High School. DIYSF Pot O Gold Regatta. SSS One-Design Midwinters. SSS South Pointes Regatta. DIYC St. Petersburg-Habana. SPYC* Melges 32 Regatta. DIYC Lightning Midwinters. SPYC Leukemia Cup. IYC Hillsborough Bay Race. DIYC Flying Scot Midwinters. SSS Classic Regatta. GCSC Can/Am Series 2.4mR Finale. CHYC Sunfish Pan-AM Qualifier. DIYC

Clearwater Challenge. CYC

Clubs with regattas listed this month The GYA is the main organization coordinating all races in the area BWYC: Bay Waveland Yacht Club, Bay St. Louis, MS FWYC: Fort Walton Yacht Club, Ft. Walton Beach, FL


Fairhope Yacht Club, Fairhope, AL Gulf Yachting Association Gulfport Yacht Club, Gulfport, MS Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Association, New Orleans, LA LYC: Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX NOYC: New Orleans Yacht Club, New Orleans,LA PontYC: Pontchartrain Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA PYC: Pensacola YC, Pensacola, FL SYC: Southern YC, New Orleans, LA FEBRUARY (*see Racing News & Regattas, page 20) 2 On the Water Race Management Practice. PYC 16 US Sailing Race Management Seminar. FWYC* MARCH 8-10 USODA Gulf Coast Championship. BWYC 9 Fleur de Lis. NOYC/SYC/LPWSA 10 NOYC Opening. NOYC 16-17 Alfonso Sutter. Laser D14 Championship. GYC 16-17 San Jancinto Regatta. LYC 16-17 Mardi Gras Regatta. NOYC 23-24 Dogwood Regatta. FYC 23-24 Northshore Cup High School Regatta. PontYC 23-24 US Sailing Safety at Sea Course. PYC 23-24 Mardi Gras Regatta One Design. NOYC 30 Double-handed. FYC 30-31 Wet and Cool. FYC

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14’ RS Quest 2016. Modern daysailer dinghy fun and user friendly. Cutting edge features furling jib, Asym spinnaker with retrieval/dousing system, Gnav strut vang, single reefing, centerboard. Rotomolded construction, trailer, deck and jib sock cover. Easy to single or room for 4. $8687. Paul at Masthead Enterprises, 800-783-6953 or 727327-5361.

16’ Raider Sport #133. Built new, fall 2017. Winner 2018 Mug Race, Tennessee Valley Club Challenge, dinghy. Set up simply for efficient sailing. Includes main and jib, excellent road trailer. Will deliver eastern USA for gas. $5500. Cell 727-804-2644.

Hunter 17. Roller furling headsail. Ready sail. Located Anna Maria Island, FL. $1900 without trailer. $2400 with trailer. Call Brian 941-6851400. (2/18)

27’ 1976 Jensen Cal Sailboat w/trailer. Pop top, head rid, Roller furling jib. Navigational & communication equipment. Auto pilot, Porta Potty, full galley, Bimini top. Two roller headsails, mainsail, spinnaker sail & 2 poles. 10hp Honda 4-stroke (electric start). Internal fuel tank 10 gallon. Tandem axle trailer. Located Bay St. Louis, MS. Cell phone 918-791-4723. $12,000 OBO. (2/18)


30’ O'Day 1978. Tiller, swing keel, draft 3.57.0. Great Yanmar diesel 15hp. Marine galley and head. New insulated hull-liner, interior decor, battery charger, bottom paint and varnish. Sleeps six. A/C + reverse cycle heat. AM/FM/CD/VHF. Easy to handle. $14,000. 252-717-1681 Washington, NC. (3/19)

30’ Cape Dory Cutter, 1982. New sails in ‘08, upgraded 20 HP Volvo, Harken furling, Yankee and Staysail, wheel, GPS, Achilles RIB, 4’2” full keel. Reduced to $12,500. Stewart Marine, Miami, 305-815-2607

DownEast 32 Cutter, 1979. New Yanmar 30 diesel. This is a classic sailing vessel cruise ready. Main with full battens, batt cars on fast sail track. Genoa and Stay Sail on Roller Furling. Monitor Wind Vane steering, Instruments at helm w/repeaters, bimini, dodger, shade canvas. Marine Air, Refrig, Radar on swing, Propane stove oven and grill. $39,900. George Carter 941-792-9100

1977 32’ Cheoy Lee 32 Offshore. Classic design, offshore yacht. She’s undergone recent full refit with numerous upgrades and improvements. In Sarasota. John Banks. JohnBWYS@ 813-220-8556. $29,900. Full details and photos: www.windsweptyachtsales

35 Catalina 350 2008. 13’ beam gives her the interior of a 40’ yacht. Shoal draft for local waters. Heat/AC, electric windlass, autopilot, speed, depth, wind, Ram mike, GPS plotter. In-mast furling. Asking $115,900. Kelly Bickford CPYB Massey Yacht Sales, St Petersburg. 727-599-1718

35’ Chris Craft Caribbean Ketch 1973. Sparkman and Stevens design. Perkins 4107, Running. I am getting up there in age & it’s time for me to find a new home for my boat. Wind generator, good set of sails. Boat needs to be loved. Located in water in Sarasota. $12,000. 954-294-2168

31’ Island Packet 1986/2017. Extensively updated by professionals and maintained by a captain. Cockpit is fully enclosed with new bimini and canvas dodger. Interior of boat is in excellent condition with 16500 BTU AC by Flagship Marine. Turn Key Ready. Lake Pontchartrain, Mandeville, LA. Asking $59,000. 985-630-3900, or (3/19a)

32’ Pacific Seacraft 32 Pilothouse. Incredible boat in incredible condition. See complete Virtual Tour at Asking $100,000. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center, St Pete. Contact Jamie Birch (317) 750-8664,

36’ Catalina MK II 2000. Harborage Marina Slip Available, Visit Featured yachts at for more details. Located at the Preferred Yachts brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St Petersburg. Reduced to $82,500. Contact Joe Zammataro 828-560-0220.

Seaward 32RK 2005. Shoal draft 20 inches! Lower the keel for deep draft 6’6”. 1 owner. Meticulously maintained. Fresh water boat. Stored indoors. Well-equipped with trailer, A/C, full enclosure, dinghy, O/B & more. $99,500. Contact S&J Yachts 410-6392777

2013 Gemini Legacy 35 catamaran. Most of these models were equipped similarly, the difference is in their maintenance and care. This one is perfect and available in St. Petersburg. Asking just $189k. Call Kelly Bickford at Massey Yacht Sales 727-599-1718 and arrange your inspection today.

2015 Fountaine Pajot FP MY 37 Power Cat. Award Winning! AC/Gen. Loaded & Turn Key. $585,000. TryB4uBuy. Call 727-487-2278

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37’ Tartan 1979. Only 2 owners, New rigging, New bottom paint. A well-cared for pedigree yacht. Asking only $50,000. Harborage Marina Slip Available. Located at the Preferred Yachts brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St Petersburg. Contact Joe Zammataro 727-560-0220.

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1998 Catalina 380. In mint condition. Tall rig, wing keel, fully cruise equipped, continuously upgraded & professionally maintained. Featured in Jan. 2018 SOUTHWINDS. Lying, Stuart, FL. She is very clean, she is very able, her gel coat shines and she is a boat you would be proud to own. $119,000, Steve Dublin, 954-895-5748,

38’ Hunter 386 2004. $92,500 Contact: Joe Weber 941-224-9661

38 Lightwave Catamaran 2001. Built in Australia to world-class standards. Magnificently maintained and equipped. Asking $230,000. For more details, contact Jamie Birch 317-750-8664

2001 Hunter 380. Spacious cruiser, aft cabin with queen bed, air condition, large freezer/fridge and shower. 255W solar panel with large battery bank. New davits. $85,900, Cape Coral, FL. Luc Carriere 239-822-4056, (2/19)

2014 Lagoon 39 New Design. Not a storm boat! Turn-Key ready! Call Today $299K 727-487-2278

39’ Beneteau 393 2005. Owned by a meticulous and caring boater. Many recent upgrades. Asking $118,000. Located at the Preferred Yacht’s Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Pete. Contact Bo Brown 727-408-1027

39’ Hunter 2011. Freshwater boat until 2017. Furling main, bow thruster. Well maintained and easy to sail. Asking $159,900. Contact Joe Zammataro 828-560-0220.

40’ Catalina 400 2006. Fast, twin helms, centerline berth. Motivated owner. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St. Petersburg. Contact Bo Brown. 727-408-1027.

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40 Catalina 400 1996. Catalina’s most sucessfull design. Shoal draft, aft cockpit. Spacious aft owner’s cabin with center line queen berth. Fantastic cruising interior. Tropical Texan is equipped to cross the Gulfstrem or the ocean. A fully equipped Bahamas cruiser. Just returned and needs only provisioning. asking $120k. Kelly Bickford CPYB 727-599-1718

40’ Block Island Migrator 40 Yawl 1987. Price Reduced! Now $79,000 (Asking $89,000) Contact: Melanie Neale 305-8074696

41’ Hunter Deck Salon. New to the market. Exceptional value. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St. Pete. For details and more pictures, contact Bo Brown 727-4081027,


41’ Fraser Sloop 1989. Robust Canadian Bluewater capable with beautiful lines. Asking $74,500. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Pete. For more information, contact Steve Lippincott 727- 458-5056.

40’ Caliber 1992 Asking $100,000. Blue water cruiser, New, Bimini & Dodger, New Main, New Stack Pack, New Running rigging. For more details Contact Jamie Birch 317750-8664.

41’ Hunter Deck Salon 2007. One of the best layouts in this size boats. Asking $155,000. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center. For more information, contact Steve Lippincott 727- 458-5056.

41’ Islander, 1973. Customized Caribbean family cruiser, 50hp Perkins, 30gph watermaker, 2 refrigerators, 2 Blake heads, generator & AC. Measured 7’ draft, 44% ballast. New main, new dodger, fresh bottom. $45,000. Stewart Marine, Miami, 305-8152607

Southerly Yachts 32’ - 67’ NEW & Brokerage boats. Best shoal-draft, blue water boats! Sail her across the ocean or up on a beach. Proven & well engineered for over 36 years. Push a button & the keel swings back. Go where others cannot! Several brokerage models available: 36, 38, 42 , 45 , 47, 535, 57. S&J Yachts 410-639-2777,

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42’ Tartan 1982. $79,000 Contact: Contact: Melanie Neale 305-807-4696

2006 42’ Beneteau 423 America. Beautiful Flag Blue, Low Hours, diesel generator, excellent sails, air conditioning, Bow Thruster, electric winches, dinghy and davits. Lightly used and super clean. $154,900. Gregg Knighton 941-730-6096. Full details and photos; www.windsweptyachtsales

PDQ Antares 42 2002. New listing. High quality cruising catamaran built for offshore safety for a couple. Never chartered. Original owner lightly used on the Chesapeake Bay. 3 cabins, spacious layout. A/C, generator, forced hot air heat. $398,000. S&J Yachts 410-639-2777.

2007 42’ Jeanneau 42 Deck Salon. Twin Helm, VG Sails, Diesel engine and generator, Bow Thruster, Electric Winches, full electronics 2 stateroom, 2 head Dinghy and Outboard. Alan Pressman 941-350-1559, $149,900. Full details and photos; www.windsweptyachtsales


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42’ Jeanneau Sun Odyssey Deck Salon 2006. Gorgeous boat with many upgrades. Asking $172,500. Located at the Preferred Yacht’s Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Pete. Contact Bo Brown 727-408-1027

Samba 2001 42’ Catalina - $119,900 Greg Merritt - 813-294-9288 -

42’ 1981 Tartan Schell Keel. New Awlgrip, new spar, new furler, new standing & running rigging, autopilot, GPS, 2015 UK mainsail. Gregg at 941-730-6096, GreggWYS@gmail. com $59,900

42’ 2007 Lagoon 420. Super clean and wellequipped 4-cabin, 4-head version. Fresh bottom paint, 2014 sails, 2009 engines, new radar, new house batteries, new solar panels, newer upholstery and cushions, and much more. Aggressively priced at $339,000 for a quick sale. Fort Pierce, FL, Matt Malatich of S&J Yachts 843-872-8080.

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42’ Island Packet 420. Asking Only $219,000. Low hours, upgraded electronics, Motivated seller. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St. Petersburg. Contact Joe Zammataro. 727-5600220.

42’ Moody Center Cockpit 2002. Rare offering. Furling main, electric winches, generator, bow thruster. Bill Dixon design. Asking $147,500. Harborage Marina Slip Available. Located at the Preferred Yachts brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St Petersburg. For more details Contact Bo Brown 727-408-1027.

Island Packet 420 2001. One-owner boat. Very clean, electronics upgraded in 2017. A/C, genset, newer sails, beautiful jade green Awlcraft hull paint. $255,000. Punta Gorda, FL. Contact Bill Bolin of S&J Yachts, 941-2126121,

So Bella - 1981 42’ Passport - $77,000 Brad Peterson - 305-481-1512

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Half Moon - 1979 42’ Pearson - $66,500 Ryan Daniels - 904.580.0559 -

44’ CSY Pilothouse. Amazing Bluewater cruiser completely updated and upgraded to the highest standards. You’ve never seen a boat like this. Asking $180,000. Contact Bo Brown 727-408-1027

44’ Catalina 445 2014. Possibly the best boat Catalina ever built. 3 staterooms, exceptional equipment and well-maintained. A must see! Asking $300,000. For more details contact Joe Zammataro 727-560-0220 Joe@Preferred, or Jamie Birch 317-750-8664.

45’ Island Packet 45 1999. Turn key and ready to cruise, this yacht is fully equipped and beautifully maintained. A/C, genset, solar, wind generator, watermaker. $235,500 St. Petersburg, FL. Contact Bill Bolin of S&J Yachts, 941-212-6121,

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2008 Jeanneau 45 DS. In Annapolis and ready to sail. Price reduced to $199,000.

45’ Hunter Center Cockpit. Asking $118,000. Spacious aft cabin, Easy to sail & Great Value. Fresh Bottom Paint Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina in St. Pete. Contact Bo Brown at 727 408-1027.,

46’ Moody Center Cockpit 2000. Bluewater Cruiser, Shoal draft 5’3”, low engine hours, spectacular slip available in downtown charming St Petersburg. Asking $264,000. Contact Steve Lippincott 727- 458-5056

Outbound 46 2012 One owner boat - meticulously maintained - ready to cruise. Updated interior layout which debuted in 2012 w/ nav on stbd side & larger head aft w/ separate shower. $525,000. Call S&J Yachts 410-6392777.


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46’ Contest 1995. Dutch Built, true blue water cruiser with many upgrades. St Pete slip available. Asking $299,000. Contact Bennie Ficarotta at 727-412-1765.

46’ Hunter 460 2001. 3 stateroom with office layout. Located at the Preferred Yacht’s Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Petersburg. Contact Bo Brown at 727-408-1027.

47’ Dufour-Nautitech 1995. Twin Volvo 55 300Hrs, she is out of the water on the hard for maintenance. Electrical changed from Euro to US. New generator, new awl-grip paint, new bottom paint, new sail drives. New Ray Marine autopilot. This big catamaran, is the charter version layout with 4 State Rooms & 4 separate Head and showers. Blue Agave plans to be back in the water in early February. Currently offered $209K. Call George Carter 941-792-9100

Water Music - 2008 49’ Hunter - $229,900 Barbara Burke - 904-310-5110 - -

Victory - 1978 50’ Gulfstar - $150,000 Barbara Burke - 904-310-5110 - -

2005 Sea Ray 52. Price Reduced. Super Clean in Miami. LOADED with options, all the toys & enclosure. Call Denny Perez 407-434-1801, or,

Irwin 52 1984. Complete restoration of bottom, mechanical, sailing systems, cosmetics. Modern smart upgrades including solar panels, wind generator, flat screen TV, memory foam mattresses. Owner has invested over $450,000. Virtually nothing has been untouched. Asking $330,000. Contact Bill Bolin S&J Yachts 941-212-6121 2014 Beneteau 48 Oceanis. In Florida, Beautifully Loaded, Low Hrs, AC/GEN/Bowthruster. $333K Must See! 727-487-2278


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Trawler ads SPECIAL PRICE $15 for a 3-month ad with horizontal photo and 40 words. March issue deadline: Feb. 5. Email to 53’ Gulfstar Motor Yacht 1974. New Paint, new bottom, new ports, amazingly roomy boat, draws 4’ 6”, tons of upgrades. Asking $175,000. Contact Craig Williams 813-3400956,

36’ Marine Trader 1979. Ford Lehman diesel, 120 hp, 2680 hours. Beam 12.5’, draft 3.5’. 100 gal fuel, 80 gal water. Perfect boat for the Loop or the islands. Fort Myers. $39,000. 603-702-1200. (4/19f)

30’ Willard Marine Trawler 1974. $49,900 Contact: Kirk Muter 954-649-4679

Southerly 535 2014. Luxurious bluewater cruiser – Immaculately maintained! Shoal draft 3’ 5” w/variable draft up to 11’. Lg. raised salon w/ panoramic views. Stunning master stateroom. Bow/Stern thrusters. All furling sails. Power winches. Asking $1,250,000. Contact Jack Malatich S&J Yachts 410-639-2777.

Theamata - 1989 37’ Albin Palm Beach $69,900 - Steve Horinek - 239-887-0898 -

34’ American Tug Flybridge 2009. $339,900 The most extensively equipped American Tug available. Ready to cruise, wonderful on the Great Loop or in the islands. Contact: Leo 941.504.6754. 38’ Californian trawler. 1979 new engines in 2014. TMD 31a Volvo diesels, 8 KW northern lights generator, two staterooms, two baths. $35,000. 954-295-5771 (4/19f) 59’ Hinckley Sou’wester 1991. The Roll Royce of Yachts. Only 2 Consummate Owners who lavished this magnificent yacht with loving care. Slip Available. Located at the Preferred Yachts Brokerage Display Center at the Harborage Marina, St Pete. For more information, contact Joe Zammataro at 727560-0220,

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1990 Grand Banks 36 Classic. Two Staterooms, two heads, Twin Cummins, Onan generator, air conditioner, gorgeous wood interior/exterior, GPS, radar and more. Great Circle Looper. $117,000. www. Joe Hamilton., or call 727-612-5502

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1988 Grand Banks 42 Classic. Two staterooms, two heads, Twin Cat Diesels, Westerbeke generator, air conditioner, clean inside and out. Owner installing new fuel tanks, good electronics and much more. Great Bahamas boat, US Coastal cruiser or Great Circle Loop adventure. $159,900., Alan Pressman, or call 941-350-1559.

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1977 44ft Thompson Trawler. Twin 4-53 Detroits, 4ft draft, autopilot, dive platform, new electric windlass. 2016 trip to Havana, Cuba 2.5 mpg over 1600 nm. Great liveaboard or looper. $55,000. 305-606-7432 (3/19)

48’ Hi-Star 48 Sundeck 1989. Price Reduced! $124,9000 Contact: Kevin Barber 850-9820983

Gailreder drogue for sale. Never used. $195. _________________________________________ I buy boat, marine, and nautical stuff. I come to you and pay cash. The Nautical Trader 941-704-4828 or

Sailboat Line, High Performance double braid High Tenacity polyester. Ideal for all running rigging. Very low stretch. Several colors sizes. 3/8”$0.35, 7/8”-$0.40, 1/2”-$0.45, 5/8”$0.80 PER FOOT. Dock Line, Premium Double Braid Nylon. Purpose built for heavy duty use. 1/2”$0.45, 9/16”-$0.55, 5/8”-$0.70, 3/4”-$0.95 PER FOOT. Black, Gray, Navy. Contact me for full specs, sizes, info. Can ship to all USA zip codes. 954-214-1692 (3/19)



2007 Seahorse 52 Raised Pilothouse Trawler. Outfitted for Long range or live aboard, twin engine, 2 cabin/head. Great circle loop ht. AC, water maker, 2 radars and much more. $529,000. (4/19f)

The Navigator’s Last Ship. A work of Fiction by Damon F. Wright. $5 + $1.65 postage. Damon Wright, Box 2683, Crystal River, FL, 34423. (3/19)


Freelance Sailboat CAPTAINS needed for day charter operation in Miami, FL. Must have EXPERIENCE and USCG 50Gt MASTER license or better. More online at (4/19) _________________________________________ Yacht Sales. Curtis Stokes & Assoc., Inc. has opportunities throughout Florida for experienced brokers or new salespeople. Applicant must be ethical, hard-working and have a boating background. Training available. Inquiries confidential. 954-684-0218, _________________________________________ Edwards Yacht Sales is expanding! Several openings for yacht brokers in Florida. Looking for experienced broker or will train the right individual. Must have boating background and be a salesman. Aggressive advertising program. Come join the EYS team! Call in confidence, 727-449-8222. www.EdwardsYacht , Yachts@ _________________________________________ Yacht Sales Person Needed Preferred Yachts, located at the beautiful Harborage Marina in St Petersburg, has an opportunity for an experienced full time yacht broker or we will train you. We are a unique boutique yacht brokerage with a large brokerage display center that attracts buyers and sellers from around the world. Preferred Yachts is one of only 50 Certified Professional Yacht Brokerages in the US and hold to the highest standards of professionalism, knowledge and integrity. With 38 years experience, we know how to help you be successful and our clients to achieve their dreams. For more details, Contact Joe Zammataro, CPYB Call: 727-527-2800 or Write



Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath waterfront home and deeded deepwater boatslip on protected waterway near Intracoastal, ocean. $318,000. MLS #92216. 18 Fish Hatchery Rd., Edenton, NC. Contact Cindy Twiddy Realty. (2/19)


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Windflower Sails Again — If it’s a boat, something will breakdown By Murray White


fter 27 years, my 1969 Venture 21 got back in the water and sailed again. Murphy’s Law was with me all day—getting me into difficulties and getting back out of them. A fellow stopped by while I was rigging and he immediately spotted the new stainless steel keel, which was gratifying. While rigging, I was serenaded by a lawn mower and a weed eater. The boat was on a lean a bit on the trailer and somehow the mast wandered off to the side while using the mast-raising tackle, causing the rivets to pop which caused the mast foot to come loose.  I was able to bump the foot back on the mast and raise the mast successfully. The tide was low, and as I launched the boat, one of the trailer wheels went over a drop off and the truck could not pull the trailer out. After cogitation, I dove down and tied a rope to the corner of the submerged trailer. I then moved the

stern of the boat over the corner of the trailer and fastened the mastraising tackle to the rope and lifted the trailer up a foot or so. The truck was then able to tow the trailer back up past the drop off a foot or two. Then I moved the boat to the dock away from the trailer. Then the truck got the trailer out. Phew!—no skyhook needed. I sailed about a bit with the main sail and keel half way down. I was serenaded by Whiting Field helicopters. Then I decided to lower the keel fully down and somehow the keel cable slipped out of the winch and the keel went down and hit bottom—I think. This anchored the boat while I lowered the sail and cogitated. Gradually, the wind slid the boat into deep water drifting towards a shore. I skulled the boat towards the shore so the keel would be raised by going aground. I used the mast-raising tackle and a tree to pull the boat hard on

shore to raise the keel enough for me to reconnect the keel cable to the winch and raise the keel. I sailed back to the ramp, but the truck brakes had sort of locked up from the preceding trailer fracas. Well, they freed up somehow, and I was able to retrieve the boat without going over the ramp drop off. While unrigging, I was serenaded by a huge noisy smelly chuntering diesel truck. Why diesels can’t shut off, I have no clue. It is strange that quite a lot of ramps have a drop off. I was fortunate that only one of my wheels went over the drop off. There was a cup of water in the bilge. I have that and a list of things to do/check/fix. A colleague of my father was heard to say, “I’ll be glad when I am fed up with boats.” I think he was a motorboat man, however. I wish you better luck than me.

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