Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Harbor Report: More about the moorings (and money)




Logo of the Newport Mooring Association 
By Len Bose
March 20, 2015 | 2:17 p.m.

The talk around the harbor over the last month has been all about the moorings. I can picture city staff members saying to themselves, "Just when I thought we were out, they pulled us back in," which is a little different from the "Godfather" movie quote.
At the end of January, the newly elected City Council requested that the Harbor Commission review the current fees for offshore and onshore moorings. By Feb. 11, the commission had formed an ad hoc committee to do just that.
The first of the committee's meetings took place Feb. 23 at the OASIS Senior Center and focused on the transferability of mooring permits. About 50 people attended, and they expressed concerns not just about transferability but also annual fees, transfer fees and mooring accessibility.
In November 2010, the City Council decided to triple mooring fees and stop the practice of private mooring transfers. Under this ordinance, the permit holder was given the ability to transfer the permit twice over the next 10 years. When 2020 arrived, the transfer of permits for a price would be a thing of the past. Should a permit holder want to give up a mooring permit, he or she would have to surrender it to the city.
Before November 2010, people obtained a permit for as much as $1,000 per foot or more. (Now the cost is down to about $250 a foot.) So if you received a 50-foot mooring permit, you had spent $50,000. That is a lot of money to lose.
This is the simple version; this topic is unbelievably complex when you dive into the details.
The second meeting about the moorings took place March 9, with 93 people attending. The focus was on fees and the dramatic rise in the rates over the last five years. The goal is to come up with a consensus on what will be fair for the permit holders and the city.
Again, this is a very complex issue when you start establishing fair-use fees for Newport Harbor moorings. There are a number of ways of making this argument, including using comparable mooring fees in California and establishing a ratio of mooring to slip fees. What makes sense to me is using the consumer price index (CPI) by looking at the payments from 1977 and adjusting to 2015.
Since the devil is in the details, other topics are bound to surface over the next couple of months. For example, how should the city define a vacant mooring and rental mooring, what type of entity may hold a mooring permit, how many moorings can one person have, how often can a permit holder transfer his or her permits within a year? Also, what will be a fair cost to transfer mooring permits, and has the mooring waiting list ever worked properly?
A lot of time can be saved by using a proposed amendment — drafted by the Mooring Master Plan Subcommittee of the Harbor Commission in 2009 — to the Newport Beach municipal code pertaining to mooring permits. My sources tell me this document is ready to go with the addition of a fair fee schedule.
From my armchair, the work has been completed and should not be slowed down by committee. The third meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 23 at City Hall to revisit mooring fees and transfers. Remember, this is your harbor; attend and express your concerns.
Attention mooring permit holders, especially in the D field: On April 2, the Harbor Resource Department will hold a drawing for 12 dingy racks in the parking lot of the Basin Marina. Complete your entry form before April 1 to get your name placed in the drawing.
For more details, contact Shannon Levin with the Harbor Resources Department at shannon@newportbeachca.gov.
Sea ya.

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Harbor Report: Stretching those sea legs again



The Santa Cruz 50 Horizon finishing the 2011Trans Pac race to Hawaii.
By Len Bose
March 13, 2015 | 7:50 p.m.

It's time for me to go to sea again.
Over the last eight months, I have been managing a three-boat racing program that includes the Santa Cruz 50 Horizon, J 109 Linstar and my Harbor 20 Only Child. Most of our team's focus this year has been on Horizon with the recent Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Islands Race, which took us around Catalina and San Clemente islands and finished in San Diego.
On March 21, we will start the NHYC Cabo race, which starts in Newport Beach and finishes in Cabo San Lucas. These two races are in preparation for the Trans Pac Race to Hawaii starting July 16.
The logistics of preparing for these events, let alone getting the boat ready, is overwhelming. Fortunately, our skipper, Jon Shampain on Horizon, takes the load of getting the boat ready. Boat preparation and provisioning is a crucial part of the overall success of a sailing program.
Shampain has kept on top of Horizon's maintenance schedule over the last eight years. This year, we updated our electronics, plumbing and safety equipment and continued on our sails rotation plan. While I worked on the transfer of all of our FCC communication licensing, I am not going to lie — Sue West from the Gordon West Radio School helped me with all of these licenses.
Other tasks included race registration, hotel and flight reservation, customs, permits, safety gear updates and crew apparel. Why these few tasks took me so much time, I have no idea, and don't get me started on what I had to do to obtain a Mexican Temporary Import Permit (TIP). If you find yourself needing a TIP before this year's Ensenada race and are down to the wire, you can contact me, and I will tell you how I accomplished this task. All this said, we are ready for Cabo, and I am already working on Trans Pac.
Back to the fun part of all this: racing downwind on arguably the best boat for the job. Horizon sailed well in the Islands Race, winning a second-place finish in class and 11th overall. At the start of the race, the weather forecast indicated that we would be able to finish, although we would have to work hard to make it to the finish line before the wind shut off.
Our approach to Catalina was picturesque. The island was covered in dark green foliage, and the crisp winter air allowed us to see Santa Barbara Island and San Clemente Island as we rounded the west end of Catalina and headed toward San Clemente Island.
Under a very bright full moon, the wind had picked up to 24 knots while we ran down swell as we rounded San Clemente. The moon would hide behind the spinnaker as we maneuvered Horizon through the waves.
As we approached San Diego, the winter breeze began to dissipate while the larger boats were finishing. Unfortunately for us, the breeze filled in from the north, and we had a long beat upwind to the finish. This allowed the bigger boats to correct out over us on our handicapped times, but hey, that's yacht racing.
With the thought that it is bad luck to win the race before the big races, we are very happy with our results, and our mojo bag is full.
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Rio100 "Thats a lot of sandwiches"

My picks for this year's Cabo San Lucas race are as follows: In the big boat class — and I mean big boat — we will see the 100-foot Rio100 being sailed by Newport Beach resident Manoush Moshayedi for the first time on this coast, racing against the 74-foot Wizard, owned by David Askew, Tom Holthus's 65' Bad Pak and Frank Slootman's 63-foot Invisible Hand. These four boats will be battling it out for the first monohull to finish, with the advantage going to the largest of the four, Rio100. Because the forecast appears to be light I will have to go with Rio100 to correct out for class and overall win.
Three large multihull boats will be on this year's race course, with the fastest of the fleet being the Mighty Meloe. Next, we will see the 70-foot class, which is always too close to call, with boats like Brack Duker's Holua, Roy Disney's Pyewacket and James McDowell's Grand Illusion being the favorites.
BOLT
If I had to pick one of these, I would go with Grand Illusion, whose seasoned crew makes very few mistakes on the racing course.

The class breaks have not been posted yet. Two very strong contenders are Craig Reynolds' TP 52 Bolt and Bob Pethick Rogers' 46 Bretwalda 3. In the Santa Cruz 50 and 52 class, the favorite is Team Linstar aboard Horizon, which will be challenged by three other Santa Cruz 50s and two Santa Cruz 52s.
In the PHRF class, if nothing changes before the start, the easy winner will be the J 125 Timeshaver sailed by Viggo Torbensen. This boat is always difficult to beat, no matter what class it ends up in. Without it in PHRF, the next favorite would be Ross Pearlman's Jeanneau 52 Between the Sheets.
To follow the race, go to nhyccaborace.com and look under "Tracking," or follow Santa Cruz 50 + Horizon on our Facebook page.
Wish us a strong downwind breeze and following swell.
Sea ya.

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Harbor Report: Not a stellar time for harbor's sea stars

Hill's Boat Service has just launched its new fuel tanker. The vessel's name at this time is Tanker II. (February 27, 2015


By Len Bose
February 27, 2015 | 4:58 p.m.

Not sure how many of you were on the harbor last weekend and noticed all the Pleuroncodes planipes, or red crabs, doing their thing. By Monday afternoon, it appeared that they had little to no life left in them.
I contacted Michelle Clemente, Newport Beach's marine protection and education supervisor, to get the scoop (no pun intended) on all the red crabs.
"They are typically associated with warm water," Clemente explained. "It's a type of mating ritual, and they got cooked when they landed on the sand. It's a little bit warm for them to be out of the water."

Clemente informed me that this was not unusual and happens during the El NiƱo years.
While I had Clemente on the phone, I asked about sea stars and baby sea lions.
"Well, I am not bringing you very good news, Len," she said. "All of our area's sea stars have disintegrated from a mysterious wasting syndrome, and we are not quite sure how this all came about."
You might recall my interview with Clemente last July, when she informed me about this wasting syndrome and explained that it had just made its way from the East Coast to our local waters. She sadly informed me that there are no longer any sea stars in our area.
We then switched over to why all the baby sea lions have been dying.
"The nursing mothers have to head farther out to sea for colder water and food," she said. "By the time the mothers have returned, the pups have gone off looking for food on their own, but many pups have not developed their fishing skills yet.
"Last week, I called Animal Control to pick up a baby sea lion, and they had picked up seven that day already. It's been a tough winter for the sea lions."
On a happier note, Clemente informed me that the city's Traveling Tide Pool van is working. The van features two touch tanks and a display tank and is available for field trips and school outings. Our local yacht clubs should keep this in mind for their junior sailing classes or opening days.
Speaking of opening day, Hill's Boat Service has just launched its new fuel tanker. The vessel's name at this time is Tanker II, and it has been on the drawing board for more than seven years. The owner of the fuel dock is Gary Hill, who started building the boat July 1 in Santa Ana.
The boat is 34 feet long with a 10-foot beam and 4.4-foot draft. The vessel is built from steel and is double-walled to meet U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
"There has never been anything built like this over the last 40 years," Hill said. "Our old tanker was built along Pacific Coast Highway in the 1940s and did not meet Coast Guard regulations as of Jan. 1."
Matt Cox will continue to be one of the vessel's skippers. You have to give it up for the Hill's service team completing this project through all the government red tape. Make sure you give a wave to Matt next time you see him in the tanker. This tanker will probably be around for as long as we continue to use diesel and gasoline fuel to propel our boats' engines.

Richley Family Amante

Last weekend was the start of the Newport Beach High Point Series for our local P.H.R.F. boats. The American Legion hosted the Midwinter Regatta with 18 boats showing up at the starting line. Five long races were completed on wet, blustery days with most of the teams shaking the cobwebs out of their boat-handling skills.
The Richley family, aboard their Choate 48 Amante, has taken the lead in the series with Team Linstar and Milton Santos behind the wheel in second. In third place is Suzanne Schuler aboard her boat Violetta.
The next race in the Newport Beach High Point Series is the Balboa Yacht Club's 66 Regatta on April 18 and 19. For complete standings, go to lenboseyachts.blogspot.com.
Sea ya.

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

2015 Newport Beach High Point Series Scorecard



The first race of the Newport High Point Series was the American Legions Yacht Clubs Mid-Winter Regatta. The Richley family aboard the Choate 48 Amante sail the best out of the gates this season. Who can catch them?

                   Midwinters

Amante              12 Points

Linstar                11

Viloletta              10

RD                       9

Kite 35                 8

Legacy                  7

Sting                      6

Cirrus                   5

Tango                   4

Flaca                    3

Arrow                  2

Lickity Split         1




       2nd Place Linstar









                                         3rd place Violetta



Next High Point race is Balboa Yacht Clubs 66 Regatta on April 18 & 19 2015

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Harbor Report: Rowing coach put the 'sea' in OCC

DAVID A. GRANT, PRESIDENT EMERITUS,
ORANGE COAST COLLEGE



By Len Bose
February 20, 2015 | 5:34 p.m.

Between 1983 and 1985, I was at the Orange Coast College sailing center almost every day as a member of the OCC sailing team and then one year as coach. During this time, I met people like Jim Jorgensen, Brad Avery and Dave Grant.
At that time, Grant was the dean of students and the head rowing coach at OCC. It did not take much in the way of observation skills to quickly notice that Grant was the big man on campus. One thing I recall about Grant is that he was always a busy guy, and each day, you were greeted by him with a heartfelt hello and a laugh.
Jump forward some 30 years, and Grant has since retired from OCC. But I still get a very warm welcome and a laugh every time I run into him around the harbor.
Grant was born in Los Angeles, and his parents lived in Alhambra. In 1947, after the war, when his father got out of the Navy, the family moved to Costa Mesa.
"Dad did not want to live in the city, so he purchased 5 acres of land in Costa Mesa so that my sister could have horses and I could have dogs," he said.
Grant explained how he enjoyed exploring the bay, duck-shooting and water skiing.
"Kids used to sail their sabots around the bay and explore Shark Island, now called Linda Isle," he said. "We would fish for crawdads. It was pretty wild, and we thought that it would go on forever."

About that time, his father purchased a 24-foot sailboat with an outboard on the back, and the family would sail around the harbor and up and down the coast.
"Going out to the bell buoy was the most exciting thing in the world, and we would look down into the deep blue water and wonder how deep it was there," he explained.
Grant then went on to Newport Harbor High School, OCC and UCLA. At this time in his life, he had rowed a little at OCC and some at UCLA when one day the phone rang and Basil Peterson, then president of OCC, was on the line. He asked Grant if he would be interested in a one-year assignment teaching American history and invited him to his office to discuss the assignment.
During the interview, Peterson hardly looked up from his desk as he explained the one-year assignment. "One more thing — the crew is a mess. Go straighten it out," Peterson said as Grant was leaving the office.
Grant explained that he knew very little about crew, and, without even looking up from his desk, Peterson said, "I am sure you will figure it out."
Later, while Grant was thinking of his new assignment, he happened to see a copy of Sports Illustrated with Harry Parker, the new head coach of the Harvard varsity rowing team, on the cover. Grant picked up pen and paper and wrote to Parker, asking him for his help.
Parker accepted — and invited Grant to spend a week with him.
"I really learned rowing from the best coach in the world," Grant said. "He was fabulous, and he was my mentor through it all." This turned out to be a long-lasting friendship, and OCC extended Grant's assignment.
I asked Grant about some of his favorite moments as the OCC crew coach. He reflected back to 1968, beating Washington State University in the state of Washington. "Back then, that was like beating the UCLA basketball team at home," he said.
I could almost see the smile on his face over the phone while he described to me the team's trip to China in 1968 to compete in a rowing regatta. Grant was also invited back to China the following years as a coach. Grant noted that the team had been invited 10 times to the Henley Royal Regatta in England.
I asked him about the hard part of being the crew coach. ""Every year we would have great kids, fantastic kids that were under 6 feet tall try out for the team," he responded. "The odds of these kids making a boat was very remote, and telling them this was one of my hardest things I had to do as a coach."

I knew Grant has a great passion for the sea and plenty of sea stories. Here is one he told me: In 1972, during a six-month sabbatical, Grant and three of his closest friends purchased a Cal 28 by the name of Passages and sailed to Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia, retracing some of the routes of Capt. James Cook.
"Well, I never told the crew how often I dropped the sextant, which always made for excitement during our expected landfalls," he said.
Another time he and the OCC sailing director, Avery, were making plans for the college's 65-foot sloop Alaska Eagle to sail in the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race.
"The fire was blazing with my dog at our feet," he said. "It was warm in my living room and very comfortable. Then fast forward into the race, and everyone on the boat was seasick except Avery and I while we smashed into these huge seas with water going over our heads constantly. Avery and I had three-hour watches on the wheel, and while Avery was coming onto watch, he looked through the boat's port light and asked me to tell the story again about the fire and what a great idea this race was."
Grant was inducted into the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1975, becoming only the sixth West Coast mariner to be given that prestigious honor. He even found time in 1989 to climb the 19,240-summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
I wanted a list of Dave Grant maxims.
He laughed and answered: "Regarding what to do when you lose, you can be disappointed but not discouraged, and as a coach, I would say, 'I never give up until you give up.' To a sailor, I would say, 'A ship in a harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.' This would always remind me to go to sea. There has been many times when I have used the quote from Cecil Rhodes, 'So little time, so much to do.' We have a lifetime to do these things, and we are crazy not to do them."
We then talked about some of the changes he experienced in the harbor. He mentioned "the loss of the big sailing vessels in front of the Stuft Shirt, which is now called A'marree's. It was always a sight to see the Goodwill, a 161-foot schooner, sail in front of the sea base. I also have a concern that the harbor is so built up now that kids have lost the chance for adventure around the harbor."
When I asked him if he had any concerns around the harbor, Grant explained, "The harbor distinguishes us from most other cities. We have a harbor and we don't take very good care of it. Why don't we put huge amounts of money into cleaning things, making sure the catch basin running through the Back Bay is maintained and improved? We have a fabulous resort, and we don't take very good care of it. If the city would put some money into it, it would be money very well spent."
At the end of my interview, Grant pretty much summed it up in one short comment: "We are very lucky to be here."
I have much more biographical information and notes regarding Grant on my blog site at lenboseyachts.blogspot.com. I have to tell ya, I learned a lot on this one.
Sea ya.

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist





Notes:

                                       BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
                                                                  
                                    DAVID A. GRANT, PRESIDENT EMERITUS,
                                                  ORANGE COAST COLLEGE

David A. Grant: Administrator at Orange Coast College for 34 years.  He was named the College’s president in August 1989. He served in that position until 1997.
Dave was born in Southern California and grew up in the Harbor area.  He graduated from Newport Harbor High School and Orange Coast College.  He received his BA in political science at UCLA and his MA in American history from Cal State University, Long Beach.  He also did post-graduate work at Stanford, University of Stockholm and University of Oslo. 
 In 1963 Dave was selected to be an OCC history instructor and head rowing coach.  He served as Assistant Dean of Students from 64-1974 and as the Dean of Students from 1975-1986.  He then served as Director of Marine Programs, Facilities and Services for OCC for three years prior to being named as OCC’s College President.
As College President, Dave was intensely involved in all its operations, raising substantial amounts of money from the outside for College needs: The remodel of the Robert B. Moore Theatre, the Student Center and the new Harry and Grace Steele Children’s Center.  He championed the new Technology Center and set up the College’s first High Technology Group to keep the campus up to speed in technology.    He encouraged a now flourishing international students program, inaugurated an Honors Program for those students who wanted a particularly rigorous challenge, established a Transfer Opportunity Center and a Puente Program aimed at assisting Hispanic students as well as a Re-Entry Center, geared to help women returning to higher education.  He put the College first in the state with a Skills Guarantee Program, which guarantees the quality of OCC graduates to employers.
Dave selected more than 80 full-time new faculty members, revitalizing many academic divisions.During his tenure as President of the College,  he also taught a class five days a week from 6 am to 8 am each morning.
 For all those reasons, he was honored by the Governor of California and the California State Legislature.
 The OCC President was inducted into the Intercollegiate Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis, Maryland in 1975 becoming only the sixth West Coast mariner to be given that prestigious honor. 
 During a 1972 sabbatical leave, Dave sailed a 28-sloop to Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji and New Caledonia, retracing some of the routes of Capt. James Cook.  He has sailed extensively in New Zealand and Australia, having competed in the Sydney-Hobart yacht race several times, circumnavigated NZ’s South Island aboard the College’s sloop Alaska Eagle as well as sailing with that vessel in the Society Islands and through much of Northern Europe.  He has also sailed amongst the Galapagos Islands and competed in several TransPacific  and Mexican yacht races.  He has sailed through the Straits of Magellan and was a member of an expedition to South Georgia Island, east of Cape Horn.
 In 1989, he climbed with a team to the 19,240 ft. summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. 
 Dave has been coaching rowing at Orange Coast for most of his adult life, fitting in those early morning hours 6am to 8am before his “real job” on campus.  During his tenure, the Pirates have become a formidable rowing power in the US.  His crews have won numerous championships and have competed many times at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.  OCC was the first American college crew to be invited to race in the People’s Republic of China which they did in 1985. He also coached rowing for elite Chinese oarsmen for a summer in Shanghai.   He served as Assistant Rowing Coach for the United States for the 1984 Olympic Games.  Twice he has been featured in the nation’s premier sports magazine, Sports Illustrated.
 He has been a significant fundraiser for the College, having just chaired the committee that raised $substantial funds for the addition to the College’s School of Sailing and Seamanship.
He was a leader in establishing the Newport Aquatic Center and served on its Board of Directors for 10 years, and as its president for four years.  He has been a member of the Orange Coast College Foundation Board since 1989 and was a key member of the team that successfully passed a major bond issue for the Coast Community College Dist. The OCC Collegiate Rowing Center is named for Dave.
 He served on the Board of Trustees of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum including a two year term as the President of the Board. At the Nautical Museum he has been a frequent lecturer on historical maritime adventures.
 He is a member of Newport Harbor Yacht Club, the Cruising Club of America and the Leander Club at Henley on-Thames,  England.   He was recently the Chairman of the Orange Coast College Foundation Board of Directors as well as President of the Friends of the OCC Library.  He was also elected to the public office of Trustee of the Coast Community College District for a second four year term.





OCC'S DAVE GRANT IS INDUCTED INTO PRESTIGIOUS LEANDER ROWING CLUB
Thursday, July 11, 2002

Retired Orange Coast College president David A. Grant, who recently completed his 38th and final season as the college's head crew coach, has been inducted into the prestigious Leander Club, located in Henley-on-Thames, England. 
Grant returned this week (July 9) from England where his OCC crew reached the second round of the Henley Royal Regatta competition. After beating the University of Bristol, England by four lengths in the opening round, the Pirates lost to Queen's University of Belfast by two lengths in the second race. 
The Pirates competed in Henley's Temple Challenge Cup division. 
Grant, 63, has taken his OCC crews to the Henley Royal Regatta on 10 occasions in 38 years. He joined Orange Coast College's faculty in 1963, and served as OCC president from 1989-95. He took three years off as crew coach while serving as president. 
Though he retired from the college in 1995, Grant continued to coach OCC's crew. 
Founded in 1818, the Leander Club is the world's oldest and most renowned rowing club. It is headquartered in a building located next to the Henley Bridge, situated at the finish line of Henley's famous rowing course. 
Leander's membership, which stands at 3,000, comprises distinguished past and present British and overseas oarsmen and oarswomen, together with those who've given special service to the sport of rowing. 
Earlier this spring, OCC's beautiful boathouse on North Lido Channel in Newport Beach was named in Grant's honor. The boathouse is now called the David A. Grant Collegiate Rowing Center. 
Grant served as OCC's assistant dean of students from 1964 through 1974, and was dean of students from 1976 through 1986. He was director of marine programs, facilities and services from 1986 through 1989. He became OCC's sixth president in '89.

Grant was inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 1975. He was only the sixth West Coast mariner to be given that prestigious honor. He was an assistant U.S. Olympic crew coach for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. 
During his 38 seasons as OCC's head crew coach, Grant's Pirates became one of the most formidable collegiate rowing powers in the nation. They won more than 80 percent of their races -- against the likes of such collegiate heavyweights as UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Harvard and Pennsylvania. 
Grant's OCC crews have competed in international regattas in England, Ireland and Canada. In 1984, his Orange Coast squad became the first Western crew ever to row in the People's Republic of China. 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Harbor Report: The man who monitors the moorings

Deputy Sean Scoles of the Newport Beach Harbor Patrol

By Len Bose
February 13, 2015 | 4:17 p.m.

This week, I had a chance to catch up with Deputy Sean Scoles of the Newport Beach Harbor Patrol. Scoles' duties included monitoring the mooring fields, keeping the moorings' maintenance schedule, contacting derelict boat owners, maintaining a mooring waiting list and anything mooring-related.
This has been the third year that Scoles has given me time to interview him, and we started again with the definition of a derelict boat. He reminded me that boats that are not operational, take on water and are in disrepair all fit into the Harbor Patrol's definition of a derelict boat.
"Just because a boat is ugly does not mean it is derelict," Scoles said. He indicated that there are about five to 10 derelict boats, on offshore moorings, in the harbor at this time. "We are doing our best to contact these owners and working with them to solve the problem," Scoles explained.
Please take note that mooring permit holders no longer have to keep a boat on their moorings. This can be part of the reason we see so many open moorings in the harbor at this time. If you do happen to own a boat that is in danger of becoming a derelict, your best option is to bite the bullet and pay a salvage company to dispose of your vessel.
You should also note that the city of Newport Beach has been awarded a grant from the state referred to as the Vessel Turn In Program (VTIP). This could be one of your best options to solve your problem. Stay tuned for more details on this very important topic.
We then reviewed our mooring waiting list policy. The last time I checked, there were 250 people on the list. Every two years, the people on the list have to respond to a letter that they still have interest in obtaining a mooring. If they do not respond, they are off the list. It is the responsibility of everyone on the waiting list to update his or her phone number or home address.
Next, we talked about guest slips and guest moorings. "Just come to the dock with your boat and bring a photo ID, CF registration and/or Coast Guard documentation with you up to the office, and we will collect the fees and you are on your way," Scoles said.
If you would like to anchor in the designated anchorage area, you just need to drop anchor and can stay for five days in a 30-day period. If you would like to raft up with two or more vessels, you can obtain a marine event application online on the harbor department's website.
Scoles went on to tell me that the best way for the public to help the Harbor Patrol is to contact it at (949) 723-1002 should you see anything out of the ordinary or have a noise complaint. "It's a big harbor, and the more eyes we have, the better," he said.
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I was pleasantly surprised to see that 50 people attended this month's Harbor Commission meeting. On the agenda was the Mooring Review/Ad Hoc Committee Formation to examine the current administration of the moorings and to make recommendations to the Harbor Commission, which would then forward those recommendations to the City Council for consideration.
The good news is that Councilman Duffy Duffield was in attendance and spoke to the audience. "We can make this thing work." he explained. He reminded the crowd that now is the time to take part in the system, attend the public meeting over the next couple of months and bring forward a recommendation that the council can pass.
That's the good news; the bad news is that most of the Harbor Commission had to recuse themselves because they are mooring permit holders, belong to a yacht club with moorings or have a possible conflict of interest.
This left Commissioners David Girling, Duncan McIntosh and Joe Stapleton with the whole kit and caboodle. Who really knows what caboodle means, but there was a whole bunch of it dropped on their laps. To make a quorum, the subcommittee needed another commissioner, and by a draw of cards, Brad Avery was selected to vote on the subcommittee recommendation only and not to take part in the subcommittee meetings.
Most everyone attending the meeting who replied to public comments requested the ability to transfer their permits again rather than surrender them back to the city, which is due to take effect in the near future. This will be a huge topic of interest that I will report on over the next couple of months.
Sea ya.

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Invictus due into Newport Beach Friday the 13th

The 216-foot mega-yacht Invictus
Invictus is due into town on Friday the 13th between 2 & 3 PM.