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Issue #152 October 2015
BLOODHOUND! THE COOLEST BOAT IN MARINA DEL REY TRAGEDIES ON CATALINA ISLAND DEALING WITH BLISTERS AT THE HAULOUT TONS MORE
A Magazine For The Marina del Rey Boating Community
From the Editor The Mariner is Editor/Publisher Pat Reynolds
Columnists Richard Schaefer Dave Kirby For advertising rates and Information contact 310-397-1887 email [email protected]
Mailing address P.O. Box 9403 Marina del Rey, CA 90295 The Mariner appears on the last Friday of every month. This issue Sept. 25 - Oct. 3
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Well I’m happy to report I survived the 2015 L.A. Tsunami. I was on my boat in E basin when the security man knocked on the boat. “Hey Juan, what’s up? I asked. “Management recommends people leave their boats,” he said. “The Chilean earthquake is causing a tsunami.” “Really?”
I grow old and asked about my sailing experiences. I will leave out some information, sure I will, like that under a foot thing. I’ll probably mostly tell the story to young kids who won’t challenge me. I’ll say, “Come here you stupid kids. Did I ever tell you about the time I weathered a tsunami in my boat?” One of the kids will wisecrack me and I’ll jack him up against the wall like Mr. Brennon did to me in the fifth grade. “I could have lost it all you rotten punk!” I’d say to him.
“If you stay, it might be a bit rocky.” “I’ll tough it out.” I went online and learned from the L.A. Times that at 4:46 a.m. it would hit Newport Beach and travel swiftly, arriving a minute later in the Port of Los Angeles. By 5:06 a.m., the tsunami would show up in Santa Barbara, and by 5:10 a.m., in the Port San Luis. That’s a crazy fast wave. As it turns out, it was under a foot high, but the point is it was still technically a tsunami and I weathered it on my boat. It’s a story I will tell when
He’d settle down and I’d cry before all of them, then tell them it’s okay for men to cry. They would think I’m crying about the tsunami but I’m crying about being so bloody alone. “Hey, get out of here you crazy rascals - old Pat has to mail a letter,” I say wiping the tears. The kids disperse and I realize I definitely need to get some psycho help…pronto!
Thanks for picking it up!
Off the Wire
Re;ease the Hound! The Story of Bloodhound - the Coolest Boat Around
The Underbelly Windward Yachts’ Simon Landt Talks About Bottom Blisters
Tragedy on the Island By Captain Richard Schaefer How Recent Deaths at Catalina Can Help Us Be Safer Boaters
According to Dave Monthly Fishing Report by Captain Dave Kirby
Racing - Sunset Race Winners
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43 Silverton 2008 Sportbridge Volvo IPS diesels 200 hours 2 cabins. Very clean. Almost new condition boat for less than one half the new price! $299,000
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52 Californian 1990 cockpit MY Cat diesels, stabilized, spacious interior $159,000 48 Californian 1987 Cockpit My, Cat Diesels double cabin $159,000
40 Carver 1999 aft cabin , diesels. loaded, $139,900
35’ Cooper Aft cabin, 2 cabins, Great Liveboard potential loaded $59,900
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Coming Events! What’s Happening Around America’s Largest Recreational Harbor and Catalina Island Too!
Buccaneer Day Aargh, mateys! Come celebrate our 26th Annual Buccaneer’s Weekend. Don your best pirate attire and set sail for Two Harbors for a weekend of treasure hunts, costume contests, great food, live music and a lot of fun. Visit www. visitcatalinaisland.com for tickets and more.
5k ‘walk on water’ SUP race At 9 a.m. with a (new-this-year) 5k ‘walk on water’ SUP race. The course begins at DRYC and continues up the main channel of the harbor, finishing in front of DRYC. The event is open to the entire paddling community for a starting entry donation of $35 made directly to cancer research organization City of Hope. To register, visit www.cityofhope.org/paddleforhope.
The Regatta for Hope Del Rey Yacht Club (DRYC) will again partner with Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (SMWYC) and the Marina del Rey Chapter of City of Hope to present The Regatta for Hope. The course begins at DRYC and continues up the main channel of the harbor, finishing in front of DRYC. The event is open to the entire sailing community for a starting entry donation of $35 made directly to City of Hope. To register, visit www.cityofhope.org/paddleforhope.
Liquidation sale at Action Watersports Action Watersports in Marina Del Rey is having a huge trade in Liquidation sale. There will be silent auction give a ways and kinds of stuff on sale. Kayaks From $199, surfboards $79 and up, SUP boards starting at $299, wet suits $49.95, wake and ski 30-50% off, rep demo boards for cost, savings of 70%. Action Watersports, 4144 Lincoln Blvd. Marina del Rey, CA 90292. 310.827.2233
Discover Marina del Rey Day This popular event held in waterfront Burton Chace Park is free fun for the whole family. Enjoy water events, games, music, arts & crafts, and children’s marionette shows. Different organizations fill booths throughout the park with information on health, safety 4
and the environment. Visitors who whish to access the popular inflatable games must pay $5 for a wristband. Food and beverages are also available for purchase on one of several gourmet food trucks. Parking is available for $8 in County Lots #77 and #4 located at 13560 and 13500 Mindanao Way. This annual event is sponsored by the Department of Beaches and Harbors. Starting at 11:00 a.m. More info 310305-9545
Fall Fest at Catalina Island Live music, food, games, hay rides, pumpkin patch on the beach, and much more! Join the Avalon community from 5-9pm along Crescent Avenue (Front Street) as they raise money for local charities and kick off the Fall season. Fun for the whole family! City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310-510-0220 ext. 231, www. cityofavalon.com
Halloween Monster Mash Regatta A truly unique race for MdR! Dress your boat and wear costumes for this 3:00pm inverted start race at the S mark. Round all the marks in any direction and any order, finish in front of the Clubhouse, relax, enjoy the Roast Beef dinner, games and raffle. Then, go inside to enjoy the Jazz band after the race party. What better way to spend the day with friends and family. All boats invited - Dinghy, PHRF, Orca, Cruisers – and welcome. Adults, juniors, college sailors and anyone or anything else able to fill out an entry card is encouraged to participate! Register online at dryc.org. Race chair David Ross 310980-7829.
Memorial Service for David Peterson A memorial service will be held for the friends of David Peterson at the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club who died this past month. Please contact [email protected]
if you would like to come share memories and pat respects.
Marina del Rey Farmers Market Enjoy fresh produce & artisan favorites at the Marina del Rey Farmers’ Market. Locally grown, organic fruits & veggies, pre-packaged meals, delicious desserts & hand-crafted
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jewelry, clothing, arts & crafts. Located at the corner of Via Marina & Panway Way (parking lot 11, adjacent to the Cheesecake Factory). Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 9:00 am - 310-3059545
CYC Yachting Luncheon: U.S. Coast Guard At The Ready – MdR Welcomes New Station Commanding Officer Join fellow yachting enthusiasts to welcome Lieutenant Junior Grade James Matthew Hurtt as he takes command of the Marina del Rey homeported USCGC HALIBUT. He will comment on the ever-evolving mission of the U.S. Coast Guard – worldwide – and share some of his front line experiences maintaining the Peace in foreign waters. Additionally Skipper Hurtt will provide an up-date on local boating safety issues for enhancing use and enjoyment of recreational watercraft. Happy Half Hour – Noon, buffet luncheon - 12:20 p.m. Presentation 12:40 p.m. $18.50 includes Luncheon, tax, service and parking. Reservations appreciated. Open to all who enjoy yachting and adventure, as a public service of CYC. California Yacht Club, 4469 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. For info - 310.823.4567 [email protected]
Halloween Haunt in Marina del Rey On Halloween, the Department of Beaches & Harbors transforms Burton Chace Park into a spooky scene for “Halloween Haunt.” Those who dare to enter the park will encounter pirates, zombies and other special characters that only come out on this haunting Halloween night. Those who dare can watch the scary movie screening at 7:00 pm. Halloween treats will be provided for trick-or-treaters! Starts at 7:00 p.m. More info - 310-305-9595
Annual Halloween Parade at Catalina Don your favorite costume and join island school kids and residents alike for the Annual Halloween Parade down Crescent Avenue starting at 4pm Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. 310-510-1520, 2015
Ongoing Tropical Rock Every Wednesday 6:00 -9:00 p.m. at The Warehouse Restaurant Unkle Monkey duo performs island music and pop/rock on guitar, ukulele, congas, and steel drum. Voted one of the ‘Top 3 Bands on the Westside’ by The Argonaut two years in a row. They are a “boater friendly band” and will take all your Jimmy Buffett requests! Happy Hour 4:00 -7:00 p.m. 4499 Admiralty Way Marina Del Rey Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club We invite members, guests, and prospective members to join us for cocktails, food, live music, dancing and fun on Sunday afternoons from 4:00 to 7:00 (food served at 5:00). No reservations needed. This is a great way to end your day on the water, or just to wind down from the weekend. Live jazz or classic rock bands are here for entertainment. We are located at 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292, (310) 827-7692. Please visit our website at www.smwyc.org for activities, membership details, racing, events, directions, and more. Women’s Sailing Association of Santa Monica Bay Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589 Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting, held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and a light dinner is served. Each meeting features a guest speaker discussing their adventures and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all skill levels to join. Its programs, include day sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and the northern Channel Islands, For membership information contact email [email protected]
wsasmb.org or on the web at www.wsasmb.org. Marina Sunday Sailing Club Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers and crew in a friendly social environment for daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises to Catalina and other destinations. We meet onthe2ndand4thSundayofeachmonthon the patio at Burton Chace park under the Club banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. We hold a brief business meeting and then head out for an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks and more socializing. Visitors are welcome and a one day guest membership of only $5 entitles you to brunch and a day of sailing, if space is available. No prior sailing experience is necessary. For 2015
more info call (310) 226-8000 or see website at www.marinasundaysailors.org Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay Owners of Catalina Yachts Join us for our monthly meetings at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. We would like to welcome Catalina owners to join our club. We have speakers, cruises to Catalina, races and other events throughout the year. Our doors open at 6:00 for happy hour and then dinner around 7 to 7:30 and our main event after that. Join the fun and meet other owners of Catalinas. For more info email Jeanne Cronin at [email protected]
Single Mariners of Marina del Rey Attention sailors and singles. Single Mariners of Marina del Rey invites you for a dinner and a sail. Join us twice a month for a meet and greet social hour followed by dinner and a meeting. The goal of the club is to meet new people that have an interest in sailing or want to learn about ocean going sailing. We are a FUN social club built around weekend sailing on the bay. We match skippers with crew for a fun day of sailing. We meet on the first and third Thursdays of each month with a day-sail the following weekend weather and skippers permitting. The meetings are held inside Pacific Mariners Yacht Club. There is a $7.00 charge to attend. PMYC is located at 13915 Panay Way, Marina Del Rey. For additional information contact Single Mariners Commodore, Alan Rock at [email protected]
, (310) 721-2825 or visit the website www.singlemariners.net. Marina Outrigger Recreational Paddling Come try Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe paddling at Mothers’ Beach, Palawan Way (south of Admiralty), Marina del Rey. For adults and young people ages 13 and older. Saturdays, 8 a.m. For more information, email [email protected]
or visit www. marinaoutrigger.org. Kids’ Outrigger Canoe Program Young people ages 8-13 are invited to Mothers’ Beach, Palawan Way (south of Admiralty), Marina del Rey for a free introduction to Hawaiian-style outrigger canoe racing. Meets first and third Saturdays, 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Marina del Rey Outrigger Canoe Club. For more information, contact Margot Page, (310) 821-5169, or email [email protected]
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ocean conservation Society recognized
Los Angeles, CA - Councilmember Mike Bonin recognized local marine biologist and founder of the Ocean Conservation Society, Dr. Maddalena Bearzi this past month for her contribution to the scientific community and in turn, society. Bonin said Bearzi’s work went beyond the species she studies like dolphin, sea lions and whales and had importance for the health of our own species. “Knowing more about dolphins and whales is not just important in order to protect those species— it is important to our own health as well,” said Bonin. “Our ecosystem is inextricably linked and I am incredibly grateful for the work that Dr. Bearzi and her team at OCS do to study and protect our oceans and marine life.”
Biggest Fish he ever caught!
After the disappointment of no bait at the bait dock, local Captain Monte Cook and friends headed out looking for yellowtail. After a few cans of chumming cat food they caught three mackerel on one pull and were in business. A little later Cook caught the biggest fish he’s ever reeled in—a 20-pound yellowtail and then a 26-pounder a little while later. When he isn’t out reeling in big ol’ yellowtails, Cook is working on the non-profit organization he founded called Supporting our Servicemen. For years he has been devoted to the cause of helping the men and women who have served the country upon their returning back from their service. To learn more about the organization visit www.sosveterans.org.
david Peterson 1938-2015
David Peterson, was a longtime resident of the Marina Del Rey area and well-known welderfabricator among the yachting community. David passed away peacefully on Saturday, 9/05/15, following complications from several diseases. He was a member of Pacific Mariners Yacht Club for over 40 years and led a life of adventure both at sea and on land. David had a magical way of recanting his stories to all who would listen. As he tells it, he cruised every ocean except the Indian Ocean. He gained a wealth of information over the years and offered advice freely to anyone who asked for information. He leaves behind his devoted partner of 19 years, Barbara Taylor, her family that she shared with him, and his many friends. Service is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at PMYC. Please RSVP to [email protected]
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challenges organization Suffers Another Setback In a ugly turn of events, the Challenges Foundation, an organization that focuses on using sailing to provide alternative therapy to veterans with PTSD, took a major hit. The wooden boat, Emerald, (built in 1924) they use to take out their guests sank in its slip during the night. The boat and the organization have been struggling as of late with finances, where to store the boat and now this. “She is now in dry storage, at a facility in Gardena,” said Alec Milstein, current President of the organization. “Her rigging is disassembled, her motor and most salvageable hardware removed. For the moment, Emerald is out of commission until monies can be raised to effect real repairs on her hull. We estimate this number to be $55,000 to cover the shipwright, materials, and space,
plus the trucking and launching fees to bring her back to the water. Needless to say, this has drained us all emotionally and financially.” Milstein continued: “In order for Challenges’ sailing program to continue, we are looking for other vessels to take our vets out on. The bestcase scenario may be with ‘per-use’ loaners, or for some reasonable rental fee. If there are any owners or organizations that would like to lend their vessel to us at least once a month so that we may continue to serve the Veterans and local community, we would love to know. The best candidate would accommodate 15-20 people, but we will be grateful for whatever we can get.” To get involved visit challengesfoundation.org
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the Sea Lion dilemma Who is legally allowed to chase a sea lion away? Here’s the lowdown from NOAA: In summary, certain private citizens, marina owners, government officials, and commercial and recreational fishermen may deter Pacific harbor seals, California sea lions and eastern stock Steller sea lions under certain circumstances as described below: • Private Citizens – Only the owner of the private property (e.g., a dock or vessel) may deter seals and sea lions to prevent damage to their private property. • Marina Owner – Only the marina owner, or an employee of the owner, or an agent of the owner may deter seals and sea lions to prevent damage to the marina. • Government Officials – City, county, state or federal officials or their employees may deter listed and non-ESA-listed sea lions and seals determined to be a “nuisance” animals to prevent damage to private or public property, or to protect the public from potential threats. • Commercial and Recreational Fishermen. Fishermen can deter seals and sea lions from damaging gear or depredating catch, only if they are actively fishing.
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Release the Hound! Designed in 1874 Bloodhound is arguably the coolest boat in MdR
here are things in this world that simply have soul. They are special. There is no way to quantify or find a formula for what makes them this way—they defy all analyzation. By virtue of their story, what inspired them to come into creation, perhaps what they’ve done to survive—this gives them soul. And anything might have it—a person, a song, a work of art…it doesn’t matter. Bloodhound has soul. From the back of the boom, made of timber, that hangs six-feet over the stern to the tip of the 22-foot bowsprit, she is 98feet. Thin and sleek…sexy even. She was designed in the late 1800s, but moves with a modern gait. This wooden masterpiece is a boat that inspires —so much so, that it beckoned to return to another time and when it did, it commanded the same respect that was given when she was the best of the best. It was a simple and fateful photograph that Robert Gilbert saw sometime in the mid 1980s that started it all. A racing yacht designed by William Fife III was pictured and Gilbert had to know more. In the beginning he learned that this was one of the first sailboats ever built expressly for racing—a thoroughbred. A Scottish Nobleman in his 20s had her built to win races and that she did. The original Bloodhound lived a long life where she was loved and cared for before being destroyed in a fire in 1922. But that was only her first life—a reincarnation was in the cards. Gilbert, an Oscar winning filmmaker and a respected architect, would not recreate this boat on a whim. He would research, plan and execute an authentic re-creation of this yacht come hell or high water. He formed a team of trusted craftsmen who he knew would complete the work at the level he demanded and for more than 10 years the small group worked relentlessly at bringing the new Bloodhound to life. In a Ventura boatyard tenacity ruled the roost—it was a monster of a project but Gilbert would not stop until this new Bloodhound would sit high on her lines waiting for 8
a daysail in the Pacific. “Not only can he manifest the vision and see it clearly, he has the perseverance to follow it through,” said Robert’s wife, actress Valerie Wildman, who watched Gilbert go through the arduous build process. “Stone by stone, plank by plank—whatever it takes to finish it.” When the last task on the list was crossed off on an afternoon in 1993, the 68-foot 40-tonner was dropped in and nearly 100 years later, Bloodhound was reborn. “She’s 12-feet wide,” Gilbert said of the first sail after the build. “And she barely stirred up the water. She was fast.” [ed. note: her top speed was 15-knots on the San Francisco Bay]. For Gilbert and Wildman, Bloodhound, through the years, has been more than a boat. To hear them speak, there’s no feeling that it is an inanimate object that they have to paint and maintain. They speak of “the hound” with reverence—as if about a family member they love dearly—maybe even a muse of some kind. Bloodhound hasn’t been a sailboat that they use to entertain friends and family—something to sail over to Catalina if the work schedule allows. Instead she’s been an element of their lives. A vehicle for change and adventure. “Bloodhound led us down to Mexico,” said Wildman. “We never would have ended up down there and that became the adventure of our lives.” Someone saw Bloodhound and thought it would be a perfect addition to a wooden boat fleet that gave whale watching and marine wildlife tours in a small town south of Puerto Vallarta. Both Gilbert and Wildman were having lean-times in their respective careers, but it seemed Bloodhound had career aspirations of her own and
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would bring the couple along for the ride. “We were like ‘oh shit, what are we going to do?’ And the boat got a job in Mexico.” Wildman said laughing. “And we followed the boat—so did friends and partners.” They collectively invested in a weird and wonderful project in the jungle of Mexico where Bloodhound showed people from all over the world what the marine world had to offer. Wildman said countless visitors would tell her after the journeys that their lives were changed forever. The Mexico project ran its course and the Hound returned back to her home port of Marina del Rey where she now sits peacefully awaiting her next sail. Gilbert, who actually owned the sixth boat to move into Marina del Rey, said contrary to popular belief, the large wooden boat isn’t that overwhelming to maintain. He said there is someone constantly varnishing and since he stays on top of the other maintenance issues, it’s not a burden. Clearly, creating Bloodhound has been a calling for Gilbert and a blessing for Wildman. The three of them have helped each other all along the way and accrued love and respect as they went. If and when Bloodhound moves on to her next chapter Wildman says she want her to be in a role where she will “uplift the spirit of others” as she did during her time in Mexico. But until then, they will remain together, the happy family they are. “The thing I love doing more than anything is sailing and I think she’s one of the most beautiful boats in the world…and she still wins races,” Gilbert says grinning. “I feel blessed to own her.”
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The Underbelly Talking Blisters with Windward Yacht’s Simon Landt
s we make our way into “haul out time” it’s important to know a little about the dreaded (or not so dreaded) blisters that can form on the bottom of the boat. We caught up with Simon Landt, manager of Windward Yacht Center to talk about the pesky blisters that give us pause and surprise when we get to see the other half of the boat.
Osmotic Blisters can be a very worrying sight for the boat owner, however, a good percentage of blisters that we see are purely cosmetic and render no immediate harm to the structure or sea worthiness of the vessel. It‘s only in the cases of the larger blisters that hold liquid or have become open that require attention. Any GRP/Fiberglass boat can develop blisters, they can manifest from the way the boat was fabricated at manufacture, inadequate protection of the hull bottom in the water and/or the circumstances associated with age. Older boats do tend to have more blister problems, although we have seen some blister issues in the newer boats as well. Originally boatbuilders used polyester resins for fabrication, but since the late 80’s, vinylester or epoxy resins are used and have generally cut down on the amount of blister problems. As for addressing and repairing blisters, the repair can be a little tricky, especially knowing how much to grind back into the hull and whether you need to use laminations or just a good quality filler for the repair. There is a wealth of information in boating literature and the internet. And of course you can also ask the staff of the haul-out facility what the best course of action should be. It’s one of those things that can sometimes be a bit intimidating—if you don’t feel up to the task and there’s money in the budget, then it’s probably best to get a professional at the yard to do the work. 10
But let’s say you take care of your isolated blisters—what then? We recommend applying two coats of a two-part epoxy primer over the repaired areas before bottom painting. That will be adequate to seal the repairs. If you have repaired areas all over the hull bottom, then it may be worth it to strip off the remaining bottom paint, down to the gelcoat, sand the bottom, then apply a barrier coating of two-part epoxy primer (usually three coats) and chemical link it to the bottom paint. Again, there is no guarantee more blisters won’t appear in the future. As for the time between haul outs to inspect, it is always advisable to have the boat hauled at least every three years and have new antifouling paint applied. Paint is a hot topic these days and your yard manager will have advice about that. I sometimes get asked about gel peels. Some boatyards still do gel peels - it’s a very costly venture and you lose the use of your boat for a good chunk of time as they have to let the hull laminations dry out. I would not recommend this route unless the hull bottom is completely covered in blisters and you love the boat that much. There is still no absolute guarantee that you will be rid of blister problems. At Windward Yacht Center we recommend isolated blister repairs and then monitor the smaller ones at each haulout. Lastly, while the boat is living its life in the water, have a reputable dive service do regular cleaning and keep you abreast of any problems or concerns they have with the boat bottom. At Windward Yacht Center we have carried out hundreds of blister repairs with great success. We have a very experienced crew and we use the latest materials and repair techniques. We are happy to put our name against any repairs that we do.
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Tragedy on the Island
A look at the recent accidental deaths on Catalina Island and what we can learn
ased upon nothing more scientific than my personal recollection over the past 40 years, I would estimate that, on average, Catalina Island suffers about one boating related death per year. However, since December 31st, 2014, the number of deaths now stands at five.
Remember, in emergency situations, communicate with your crew, remain calm, and get them into life-jackets. Before things turn really ugly, attach float-lights if you have them, and notify the Coast Guard or Harbor Patrol of your plans.
Let’s go back and examine each of these tragic occurrences and see if there are lessons to be learned that might help us to become better prepared to handle emergencies on the water and better yet, how to prevent them before they happen.
On September 7, at about 1:20 a.m., just outside Descanso Bay (about .25 miles northeast of Avalon), two small boats/tenders collided at high speed, causing the death of two of the occupants and sending three others to the hospital.
On December 31, 2014, a relatively rare Nor’easter came up suddenly and struck Avalon hard, with little warning. The crushing waves claimed the lives of two men; one of them a Harbor Patrolman. Several boats were battered to bits; their wreckage strewn along the beach and over the bottom of the harbor. But, it could have been much worse.
Anyone who’s been at Catalina aboard a boat has doubtlessly seen dozens of small craft—mostly skiffs and dinghies—buzzing around the various harbors, coves and anchorages. I have seen many “close calls” while at the island, and I am often amazed that there aren’t even more mishaps than there actually are.
In a situation like this there are limited choices for a skipper to make; stay where you are and ride it out, or clear out and head for open water or perhaps a more protected anchorage. Which one you chose will, in large part, be predicated upon your experience, condition/type of vessel and the abilities of your crew.
I’ve also seen countless people, who have been drinking, climb into their tenders (often after first falling merrily into the water) and speed off into the darkness; usually singing and/or screaming as loudly as possible. Frankly, I am surprised that I don’t see bodies floating around every morning while I’m having my coffee, in the cockpit.
A knowledgeable skipper, with a stout boat and a stalwart experienced crew would probably decide to take his chances on open water. In the case of the storm that hit Avalon, a good tactic would probably have been to leave the harbor and try and get behind the island...perhaps to the “Palisades “ area— about four or five miles out of Avalon and slowly motor back and forth, a safe distance offshore, until the storm relents.
Here’s some advice on dinghy decorum:
Another option would be to reach off the following seas and either head for open water—offshore winds usually dissipate as you sail further out to sea—or make for the well protected waters of Catalina Harbor, about 16 miles from Avalon and roughly 12 miles from the Isthmus. However, in very high winds Cat Harbor can become a howling hell hole —no heavy seas—but gale force winds can funnel through the Isthmus from the Northeast. If you anchor well, and have proper ground tackle, your vessel probably won’t drag—but you won’t be sleeping either. It will probably be the longest night of your life, with banshees screaming and howling in the rigging. A less experienced crew might choose to stay in place. In the case of Avalon, I would suggest that you ask for advice and help from the harbor patrol, but they are likely to be very busy. In general, my recommendation would be to secure your boat as well as you can and get your crew ashore—if possible. Property is never worth risking your life or dying for. If you are in a harbor that you are not familiar with, and are not sure of the protection it offers in the prevailing conditions, but you are with an experienced crew and have a good boat , “Get Out !” Find open water and “reach-off” the wind and seas. 12
• K eep your speed below six-knots and pay attention to your wake when you are in a mooring field or anchorage area. Watch for swimmers and snorkelers. It’s good manners and good sense. • H ave life-jackets aboard and young children should be wearing them. It is now the law. • I f you’re out at night, use running lights if required, but in any event, at least have a flashlight to shine at approaching vessels to make you visible and to help you see when you get in or out on a dark dock or boat. • D on’t overload the boat. If you’re sitting on the tube or rail and your butt is getting constantly wet in flat water, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re overloaded. • T oo much horsepower/throttle is dangerous. Tenders and skiffs are easy to flip. • Don’t drive the dink drunk. I call it the, “Four D Rule”. • K eep a sharp eye for swimmers, divers and snorkelers. A prop or a solid blow from a plunging bow can be a killer, and recently was. • C arry a waterproof, hand-held VHF if you are making a long run, especially at night. Don’t trust your cell to have service or be waterproof. An air pump, bailing device and an air-horn are also good to have along.
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About a week after the aforementioned tragedy, a young woman was struck and killed by a dinghy, at the Isthmus, while snorkeling in the mooring field. The prop hit her in the head and she was pronounced dead at the scene. Here are a few diving/snorkeling tips to help keep you from becoming a statistic. • B e sure and use a snorkel with a day-glow orange tip. • W hen snorkeling try and stay out of fare-ways or open water as much as possible. As a general observation, there is more “stuff” to see in the shallows along the shoreline anyway. • B e alert and constantly look up and around. Be aware of your surroundings. • L isten for prop noise under water, and check it out when you hear it.
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To navigate with limited navigational equipment, you should know the dead reckoning or DR technique. This is the process of estimating one’s current position based upon a previously determined position, or fix, and advancing that position based upon known or estimated speeds over elapsed time, and course. On our representative trip back from Catalina Island, Isthmus Cove for example, we know from the chart that the distance is about 30 nautical miles to Marina del Rey on a magnetic course of about 350. We also know from experience, boat speed log or engine RPM’s, that our vessel cruises at 10 knots. Our typical trip would then take 3 hours (30 nautical miles divided by 10 knots= 3 hours). Let’s say we encounter the fog bank after one hour of travel from the island. By our calculations, then, 10 knots times 1 hour travel= 10 miles elapsed distance. We mark this distance upon our drawn course line of 350 degrees, and we have a pretty good estimate of our position when we encounter the fog. If we are good helmsmen and maintain our current speed of 10 knots, then we should be very close to the Marina in two more hours by our watch. Naturally wind and current are going to have an effect your DR results. Supplied by Captain Joel Eve 20
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