Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For Sale: 2003 Harbor 20 for $ 20,500.

New Bottom Paint
New Mast
New Standing Rigging
New Sunbrella Jib Sock
New Sunbrella Cuddy Cover
Replaced jib boom
Ensign & Staff
Main & Jib Good shape
Freash Running Rigging
Clean motor
C-Foam Cockpit Cushions
Tiller extension

3rd Owner

For Sale: 1996 J 120 ASKING $ 175,000

It may be impossible to have both cruising luxury and high level race performance in the same boat, but the J 120 comes as close as can be achieved in the search for the right blend of compromises. With refrigeration, ample fresh water, and two comfortable staterooms, a couple can cruise for several weeks without needing to visit port. The Value is in the early design and quality construction, which will allow you to sail, offshore, club race and take the family to the island?s safely. When viewing this J 120 please note the B&G Electronics, Overall appearance, Fresh sail inventory and Running Rigging. This is the type of yacht you can be proud of in front of the Yacht Club. HARD TO FIND! GREAT VALUE!

ASKING  $ 175,000

FOR SALE 59' Perry Performance Cruiser built by Westerly Marine

Designed from the outset as a fast, comfortable, true blue-water cruiser, the Perry design has met the goals perfectly. She is easily handled by a couple, or can be single-handed by an experienced skipper. All sail controls lead to the cockpit, and the main and jib sheet winches (electric) are easily reached by the helmsman, as are the GPS, autopilot, chart-plotter, VHF and engine controls. She is a one-owner yacht, with no repairs or refits needed.

When first approaching this custom 59 foot custom performance cruising sloop, designed by Robert Perry, one might question if she was a race boat at one time. My eyes quickly went towards swept back hard dodger and the thought on how comfortable the cockpit must be for long ocean passages. I glanced at the furling boom system along with the roller furling headsails. This blended in with electric primary winches and state of the art electronics I immediately understood that this boat could be easily sailed by two people. Stepping aboard this performance cruiser, from the stern transom steps, the first item that jumps at you is the large wheel. Placing your hands on the wheel of these boats immediately places an ear-to-ear smile on your face on the FUN you will have with a following sea behind you. Another very important feature to this Perry 59 is the amount of interior luxury you get with grand prix performance. As you step down the companionway, the first thing your senses pick up is a warm and fuzzy feeling vibrating from the interior luxurious. Starting with the large owners stateroom forward that provides a comfortable sleeping arrangement at anchor. Shelves and teak trim run along the hull side. There is a large opening hatch above. Aft and to starboard, there is a large stall shower. Across and to port is the head. The owners stateroom also features a vanity with plenty of storage throughout this luxuries stateroom.

ASKING 1,400,000

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Harbor Report: Farewell to my father, my captain

The Bose Family

By Len Bose
December 5, 2014 | 1:53 p.m.

Like I wrote in my February 2013 column, "The importance of sailing stories," this week's column is more for me than for all of you.
In that story, I talked about my mother calling for assistance with my father, who needed to be taken to the hospital.
I wrote: "As we traveled south on Coast Highway, I glanced out to sea. The look of the approaching storm shook me from the inside out this time. I took a deep breath as my emotion started to rise in me like the ocean's tide.

"Over the last 16 years, my mother and I have made this trip many times, but this time felt different. The parking lot was full, and we ended up on the top level, where you can see out over the harbor. The dark clouds were coming in from Catalina, and it was only a matter of time before the forecasted downpour would be upon us."
This week's story is in the same setting, although this time, as we drove down Superior hill while overlooking the ocean and Catalina Island, the storm had just broken and the beams of sunlight shone through the clouds upon the water and glistened like diamonds off the white-capped ocean. Mom was calling to ask me to hurry home, her voice unable to complete the request. My father had passed away after his 18th year of fighting cancer.
The support from my friends and readers has been overwhelming, with many people stopping by my mother's place or calling to pay their respects. Each person would reflect on the different sea stories, from sailing Hobie Cats in the harbor to watching his grandson progress though the junior sailing programs or sailing with me in the Lido 14s and Harbor 20s.
Boating and our harbor have been a huge part of our lives and are always the easiest to talk about when feeling choked up. Dad would always tell my son, Andrew, and me to sail our own boat and "keep our heads out of the boat." He would shake his head each time I would rush through the house making my last-minute fixes to the boat on the day of the race, and quite often I had found that he had already taken care of the problem.
Nothing made him happier than knowing Andrew and I were sailing together in the upcoming race or that we were headed over to Catalina for a long weekend. Of course, I would always hear a sigh of relief in his voice each time I told him I was in contract to sell a boat.
As he approached the end of his journey through life, he told me how he wanted to update my safety and foul-weather gear for this year's holiday gift. He reminded me to stay patient with my son and to go boating with him every chance I had, even if it meant grabbing Andrew by the ear and making him go.
"I should have done that to you during the Hobie Cat years," he said with a tear running down his face.
My father introduced me to the sea when I was 5 and we lived in Hawaii. He would always encourage me to go to sea and never take it for granted.
One other thing that my dad passed on to me, and I think it came from his father: "If you are working for someone and you have completed your task for the day, pick up a broom and sweep until your day is over."
My family has to give a big shout-out to the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for helping us with the arrangements and providing us with a room for his celebration of life on Dec. 11 between noon and 3 p.m.
As always, thank you for letting me tell my story, and I hope to see you back here next week.
Sea ya.

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

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Biography of Leonard Allen Bose

The two Len Bose's. Photo

Leonard Allen Bose

Bose came into this world on June 12, 1936 to his parents Priscilla & Fritz Bose.  

During the middle of the Great Depression, Priscilla and Fritz decided to pack up the car and move to California with only a few dollars in their pockets.  They made Arcadia home in 1952 and Bose attended Arcadia High School being part of the school's first graduating class of 1955.  He became Captain of the football team, and a member of the Sultans car club.  He met and dated classmate Vivian Bucich during those school years.  They married on Sept. 6,1958 at St. Lukes Catholic Church in Temple City, and he continued his education at USC.

In Sept. 1959 he was drafted into the army and was stationed in Anchorage Alaska.  While in Alaska he became of member of the Way Below Zero Club in Willow Freeze detail.  

In April of 1960 his son Leonard Steven Bose was born. For his son's first birthday he arranged a surprise visit by being on the TV show Truth or Consequences and surprised everyone stepping out from behind the curtain.
Start of the 83 Trans Pac

After his return from the service the couple resided in Arcadia, where they lived for six years then moving to Kailua, Hawaii on the island of Oahu.  During this time he started his long career in the insurance business specializing in transportation trucking.  Life could not have treated the family better being able to spend many days on the tropical beaches of Hawaii.   "Good Times" were had with visiting family and friends, that many of you will reflect upon today.

The family moved back to California settling in Huntington Beach in 1967, where his son’s family lives today.  While working his day started at 6 a.m., out the door by 7.  For close to thirty years he commuted into Los Angeles, with a four hour round trip, arriving home at 6 p.m.  The family would always met together for dinner where most of life's ups and downs were discussed.  He helped start Sea View Little League and became President of that league, and became leader of his sons Cub Scout Pack.   It was commented that if his son had been an alter boy he would have become the pope.

Most of his later years were spent traveling with Vivian, enjoying time with his grandson,
Andrew Dieter Bose, who came into his life in 1999.  He was blessed with many warm
memories of a loving wife, family and close friends.  A life well lived.

Four generations of the Bose family

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Harbor Report: Where there's a Wills, there's a way

Harvey Wills of Western Marine Marketing

By Len Bose
November 28, 2014 | 1:43 p.m.

This week, I had a chance to catch up with my good friend Harvey Wills. Wills and his wife, Patty, along with his son, Whitney, run Western Marine Marketing, which represents everything marine-related from vinyl flooring products to Pettit boat-bottom paint.
I met Wills my first day polishing boats in 1979, when I ran into him at the local marine hardware store. I asked someone in the cleaning product aisle which wax he would use on his boat. After a couple of quick questions, he handed me the best cleaner for my task and went on his way.
Wills' grandfather Wes Smith of Newport Beach co-founded the Southern California Yachting Assn. His father, Harry Wills, owned a boat-building business in Santa Monica and became one of the first distributors of Pettit boat-bottom paints. The family had a 28-foot Herreshoff, which they would use for weekend racing or trips to Catalina.
Harvey Wills' first job was maintaining boats in Santa Monica before there were slips and boats were kept on moorings. Wills then went to work for the Newport Supply Co. in Santa Monica and eventually moved to Newport Beach to run a store for the same company on Mariners Mile. He then was picked up by the Andrew Brown Co. and started selling different boat-bottom paints.
In 1978, Wills started Western Marine Marketing.
"When my feet hit the ground every morning, I am calling on marine distributors, marine dealers, fuel dock owners and boat yards," he said enthusiastically about his daily routine. "Every six weeks, I drive to Northern California and visit every shipyard from here to Napa."
Over the years, I have seen Wills at every boat show I have ever attended, and we have always shared our observations on the marine industry.
"Boat shows are still a great venue for face-to-face contact and a chance to touch and feel the boats and receive information on what product best fits your needs," Wills told me.
When it comes to bottom-paint questions, Wills is my go-to man. He has seen everything at every shipyard up and down this state and across the country.
When I asked him how the marine industry was doing, he replied, "The level of business is growing. We might be a bit slow in California. The market seems to generate from the East Coast to the West Coast. People are buying boats again."
I thought it would also be a good idea to ask Wills about some local harbor issues. "The most important issue is making sure our harbor is user-friendly," he said.
We then went on to talk about the fact that we only have one launch ramp in Newport Beach.
"It's a nice facility," he said. "It's a great facility, but on a holiday, it's a mess over there. You can wait over a half an hour to launch a boat."
We agreed that is not an indication of a friendly harbor. In fact, the owners of the launch ramp have been known to just close the ramp during special events and tell people to go to Huntington Harbour or Dana Point to launch their boats.
We also talked about stacking boats in large racks like at the Newport Harbor Shipyard and the importance of the mooring being affordable for people to be able to own a boat.
Harvey and the rest of the Wills family are among the best folks in town, and I always look forward to running into them.
Sea ya.

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Harbor Report: And the boating awards go to

BCYC awards ceremony with Commodore Paul Konapelsky and Lori Everson                   Photo courtesy of
By Len Bose
November 21, 2014 | 12:43 p.m.

Winter has to be approaching, because I just picked up my collection of Christmas Reyn Spooners from the dry cleaners and received the names of award recipients from around the harbor.
Nothing is better than starting the holiday season with your yacht club recognizing your efforts and presenting you with a sought-after award. Each year, I go through all the awards and read the past recipients and pick out the awards that I want to try to win next season.
One award I would really like to get my hands on someday is the Newport Beach High Point Series trophy. Over the last two years, the Richley family has wanted the award more than most, and they took it home again, sailing their Choate 48 Amante in all four of the completed races this season.

Over at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, the Mayol family took home the Commodore Bussey Award for the most active yachting family. Watching the whole family come up to receive the Bussey award is always a priceless moment.
John Szalay, sailing his Peterson 34 PussyCat, took home the Miller Perpetual for the most PHRF awards. Alan Horowitz received the Officers and Directors 1962, the award of merit for outstanding service to the club. I have had my eye on this award for the last couple of years and need to step up my game if I ever hope to get my name engraved on it.
The big award at BCYC is the Elmer Carvey Memorial Scholarship (until 1982 the Balboa Bay Club Yachtsman of the Year), now awarded to the yachtsman who most contributed to the organized yachting community. Past winners of this award have been Cooper Johnson, Jim Emmi, Ted Kerr, Hobie Deny, Lorin Weiss and so many more.
This year's winner is my good friend Peter Haynes. I have never met a person who goes the extra mile for our sport like Haynes does every year. Haynes plays a big part in the Harbor 20 Fleet 1 organization, and without him, BCYC would have a difficult time putting together its club championships. Well done, Pete!
The winners at Balboa Yacht Club this year include Christine Robertson, winning the Pluck Award for volunteering and working hard around the club. Gator Cook took home the Leo V. Collin Perpetual for competing in the Beer Cans, Twilights and Sunkist. This award has always been a favorite of mine and always brings to mind one of my favorite people, Leo Collin. Enjoy the Irish coffees, Gator, because, if I recall, part of the award is all the fixings to make Leo's favorite drink.
The most sought-after award at BYC is the Sportsman of the Year, which dates to 1939 and is given to the racing skipper who consistently displays outstanding sportsmanship. Past winners include Barton Beek, Bill Ficker, Bill Taylor, Dave Ullman and Alex Irving. This year's winner is Tom Purcell, one of the owners of the racing yacht It's OK. Congratulations, Tom, and well deserved.
The extravaganza of all awards ceremonies this year will be the Harbor 20 Fleet 1's "A Night with the Stars" on Dec. 5 at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. I believe the event has sold out and promises to be one for the record books.
Shana Conzelman, the event's chairwoman, and her team have been working hard. With entertainment by the Fred Zeppelin orchestra, this event will be the stairway to heaven. Knowing Conzelman, it would not surprise me if there were search lights in front of the club that night. I am looking forward to this one and another fast-approaching sailing season.
Remember, on Black Friday I will post Newport Beach's 20 most interesting yachts on
Sea ya.

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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Harbor Report: West Marine will point the way

Matt Jessner Newport Beach West Marine General Manager

By Len Bose
November 14, 2014 | 3:09 p.m.

With the holidays quickly approaching, I thought it would be interesting to walk into West Marine and talk to the different department managers.
Matt Jessner, the general manager, has been with the company for four years. He started at the Long Beach store and arrived in Newport Beach a week ago.
Jessner enthusiastically explained that the Newport Beach store is the largest West Marine on the West Coast and "the leading edge of the new face of West Marine." He said the new face is all about product knowledge and keeping a large inventory in electronics, fishing gear, apparel and rigging.
When I asked him why customers should come into the store rather than shop online, he replied, "You will receive professional service with expert advice on which product will best meet your use."
I then was introduced to Bryce Fuller, the electronics manager. Fuller has been with the company for seven years and at the Newport Beach store since its opening one year ago.
When I asked Fuller what was the best-selling electronic item, he quickly pointed out the Simrad Evo 2 Chartplotter/Multifunction display with touch screen. I asked him what might be the best holiday gift, and he replied, "There is so much to consider. One idea would be the Flir One. We are one of the only stores that has this product on hand. The Flir One is a case for the iPhone 5 and is an infrared camera attachment."
West Marine Rigging Gorden "Gordo" Christie

To me, this looks like a perfect gift for boaters who would like to read the temperature of their engine's cooling system or their first mate. Fuller also provided me with a couple of other holiday gift ideas when I brought up safety at sea: handheld VHF radios and a personal lifejacket AIS beacon that can be seen on your new chart plotter.
An even better thing to wear on your lifejacket is a personal locater beacon, or PLB. This device uses satellites to pinpoint that unfortunate crew member who unexpectedly went for a swim. I am going to buy one for myself for the upcoming sailing season.
Next, I walked over to Keri Hynes, who runs apparel and has been with the company for eight years. Her favorite product in the store for the holidays? "I like the Luci inflatable solar lantern," she said. "They come in different colors and only weigh 4 ounces."
The Newport Beach store has a ton of clothing, and this time of the year, the best deals can be found in summer wear. For example, Reyn Spooner and Tommy Bahama are marked down.
Hynes was quick to point out that this store carries women's tall Bearpaw boots.
"We do our best to listen to our customers' needs and then match them up with the best products," she said, adding that a customer might need a furry blanket for the upcoming boat parade or be preparing for next year's Trans Pac race to Hawaii.
I asked her opinion on the best value in sunglasses. "We sell a lot of Maui Jim and Costa sunglasses," she said. "Both companies are quick to respond to their customer returns should they break a lens or frame. If I was to pick one, it would have to be the Costa."
Continuing through the store, I met up with Dawn Davis, who manages the fishing gear. Davis has worked in the fishing industry for 11 years, and I noticed she knew more about fishing than I do about sailing.
She is another employee who pays close attention to her customers' requirements. Whether you are a beginner or advanced angler, she can set you up with all you need from gear to bait. When I asked her what she had behind the counter that would be difficult to find this season, she pointed out the two-speed Penn Fathoms reels, sizes 15 to 60.
My last stop was with my good friend Gorden "Gordo" Christie in the rig shop. Gordo has been working in the rig shop since the store opened.
"We can do anything with line, wire and chain," he explained while ordering me parts for my Harbor 20's mast. "If we do not have what you are looking for, we can get it for you."
I walked out of West Marine feeling that this team is ready to help. The store is becoming the hub of the harbor. I continually run into customers or industry people there.
Sea ya.

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

Saturday, November 08, 2014

The Harbor Report: Continuing our spin around the harbor

Should she stay or should she go now?

By Len Bose
November 7, 2014 | 2:39 p.m.

Join me now as we continue around the harbor in preparation for the Harbor Commission's special meeting set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15.
In my last column, I began a list of the questions I plan to ask at different stops along the commission's harbor tour. We stopped with RGP 54, regarding dredging and eelgrass mitigation permits, which will be discussed just as we approach the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
As the ferry continues up the Balboa Peninsula, the next waypoint is the Cheyenne (ex PlayStation). This vessel is intended to be support for a deep-sea submarine. The owner will not like what I have to say but it’s time to revoke her special mooring permit. She has taken up a large foot print of our harbor for long enough and its time to throw in the towel on this one.

Our next topic will be jet packs, and this is all but decided with the Harbor Commission recommendation to prohibit them in the bay. The City Council will discuss the water-propelled vessels Jan. 13 or 27. And you will have a chance to meet our newest harbor commissioner, Bill "Skip" Kenny, who, I feel, will turn out to be very productive.
Next up is Marina Park, and I assume Harbor Resource Manager Chris Miller will lead this discussion. My question will be: Is there room for a marine recycling center at this location? I will also try to understand if dry storage will be available for mooring permit holders and other harbor users.
19th Street Pier

As we work our way toward the Rhine Channel, the next two waypoints will be the 19th Street Pier and the Newport Bay Marina. The 19th Street Pier has a new public restroom, and I just wonder how often the local residents might complain about late-night guests at the public docks. I will need to check in with a couple of my friends who live on their boats in the surrounding moorings for their input.
The Newport Bay Marina has been working hard to complete this project, and we will just need to wait and see if all of the requirements that the city made are being followed.
As we do a 180-degree turn, it might be a good time to ask Harbor Patrol Officer Sean Scoles about noise complaints in this area of the harbor, make note that there are two public docks in the Rhine and ask if we have enough commercial working space at the end of the Rhine for the future.
Our cruise will now head under the Lido Bridge, and the next two topics will be alternative anchorages and Lido Marina Village. I have good friends on both sides of the debate about whether to make the North West Lido Channel into an alternative anchorage area.
This is the exact spot where I asked my wife to marry me some 24 years ago, and I have to say I really like the idea of installing day moorings in Big Corona as an alternative anchorage. Commissioner Brad Avery will lead this discussion.
As for the Lido Marina Village, two thoughts come to mind: That is a lot of big-boat slips that could support more large charter boats than we already have, and the developer has promised that's not the intention. Make sure you note the proposed public pier alongside the sea wall just northwest of the Elks Lodge. It's a perfect spot for a new public pier.
Next, we will travel east down Mariners Mile, and our waypoint is to discuss Vessel Overhang. This will be a difficult topic to cover while on the ferry.
As we proceed past the Orange Coast College Sailing Base, it might be a good time to ask if there is another public dock that very few harbor users are aware of nearby.
Next, we will round Bayshores and head toward the PCH bridge. The next big waypoint is the Lower Castaways. Commissioner David Girling is chairing this for the commission and doing an outstanding job.
I have to wonder how this area's plan might change now with the new City Council. I have always felt this area is best served as a marine industry launching point, but very few people have agreed with me. It's a huge topic, so pay close attention to Girling on this one.
As we head back east down Balboa Island, note all the shore moorings' derelict boats on the beach. Good time to ask about the state's VTIP program.
This will be a fantastic opportunity for you the harbor user. I hope you can make it.
Sea ya.

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