Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Watching the news and reading the Daily Pilot this week, I felt I better review my 2011 Harbor Report columns.
This year I wrote 40 columns, and to receive the best presentation of this year's review you must recall the theme song of the Clint Eastwood movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." Then go online to Pilot's webpage and type the keywords "Len Bose" into the Pilot's search bar. Then all my columns will appear.
I am going to assume most of you will agree that the best thing that happened this year was the completion of the Rhine Channel. There are far too many people to thank for completing this task, but our Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller and his crew completed this project well ahead of schedule and did an excellent job. My column about it ran Aug. 5.
The stimulation of the Newport High-Point Series was with this year's winner, John Szalay, aboard his boat, the Pussycat. John received awards from the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and Balboa Yacht Club, and his boat was also mentioned in my column about this year's 20 most interesting boats.
Newport Harbor's Marina Recycling Center was another one of my silly ideas that I hope becomes a reality in 2012. Those columns ran in February and August.
If you are a history buff like myself, you should check out my three-part story in April about the history of boat-building in Costa Mesa.
My best response always comes from Newport's 20 Most Interesting Boats and our harbor's two most interesting people. Yeah, I placed a Duffy electric boat in the powerboat list.
While reviewing the list with one of our harbor's travel lift operators, he told me he called five of his friends to tell them about the boat he was delivering to the shipyard.
In contrast, he pointed to a new 90-foot yacht and said I did not call anyone when I picked that one up. These stories ran in November and December.
The bad this year is when we lost Dr. Nina Nielsen. Later this year a special award was presented in her name to the first female finisher in the Sabot Nationals.
The Farwell family leaving the Swales Yacht Anchorage and apartments after 52 years was another sad occurrence. The Farwell family have always treated me very kindly and are good people. It was hard to see them have to stop managing the Anchorage.
This one had to be the most embarrassing for me. In my Nov. 29 column regarding our local fishermen, I asked Tom Pearson of Pearson's Port "What type of weather keeps you from fishing?"
He replied: "The wind and swell. I am too old to snorkel anymore." (Which means the waves are coming over the pilothouse and he needs a mask and snorkel just to work on deck)
The line was edited to read: "Yes, it's a good life and it's still exciting," he replied. But, he added, he's now too old to snorkel.
It was a very good year in our harbor, but I still have issues with our tideland permits. I do not have enough information to comment on this subject, but I still have to wonder if the cost of permits has been spread equally throughout the harbor.
My ugliest mistake has to have been the mass email I sent telling everyone to look for my 20 most interesting boats story. I must have had five spelling mistakes. I learned a big lesson and have to give Chip a shoutout for that one.
Thanks for reading my stories in 2011, go to my blog site at lenboseyachts.blogspot.com for the full year's review, and we will "sea ya!" next year.
LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I felt honored to be part of the crew who delivered the Balboa Yacht Club's new Committee Boat from San Francisco to Marina del Rey. I wanted to make one shout-out to our captain, Richard DeWolf: "I will go to sea with you any time." Without a doubt, Rich is the most qualified and trusted skipper I have sailed with.
Now that I am home safely, let's talk about what is going on in Newport Harbor this week. That's the 103rd annual Christmas Boat Parade, which runs from Wednesday through Sunday.If you are like me, it's kind of a "bah, humbug!" type of thing. Do I really have to go freeze my butt off and fight the traffic?Then I look at my family and think it's time to start "Feelin' Christmas-Sea in Newport Beach." Life is too short to live like Ebenezer Scrooge. It's time to "Go Big and Go Newport," and we do the Christmas Boat Parade in this town.I also happened to receive a phone call from this year's parade chairmen, Don Lawrenz and David Beek, whose great-grandfather was one of the founders. At last count there were more than 70 boats entered in this year's parade.A couple of new features to note this year: For the locals, bleachers have been added in the Balboa Fun Zone, where the parade is expected to pass by around 6:34 p.m.; and if you go down Dover Drive and pull into the parking lot for the Reuben E. Lee, you should have good access to the parade around 7:44 p.m.I also enjoy walking along South Bayfront on Balboa Island to view all the decorated homes. I find it easiest to bring my bike in the car, drop the family off at the Balboa Island bridge, park in Irvine Terrace, find a place to lock my bike, then walk down South Bayfront.
While onboard a boat if I am not in the parade, I let the parade go by, then wait about 30 minutes before I leave the slip and do a harbor cruise. I try to avoid the parade traffic the best I can. If I have to watch the parade away from my slip, I hang out in the Linda Isle lagoon or between Harbor Island and Linda Isle.Keep one of your VHFs on Channel 68 for the most updated information, along with following the parade on Facebook and Twitter.
Hey, Don or David, why don't you let me write posts on Facebook and Twitter? Also, make sure you keep a lookout for Peter Barbour and his under 30-foot boat in the parade. I feel Peter has more fun than anyone else on the parade route. Make sure you yell a big "thank you" to Peter this year.The Ring of Lights awards are for our harbor's waterfront homeowners and were judged Monday night. Phil and Mary Lyons of Harbor Island won the 2011 Sweepstakes award.
Checking out all the waterfront homes is one of my favorite features of the parade. My understanding is that the Balboa Island South Bayfront homes go all out for this event, Lido Isle and the south Peninsula homeowners are getting more into the spirit, and my Ebenezer Scrooge award this year goes to the homeowners on the upper Balboa Peninsula and our local restaurants. I hope these two groups step it up next year!It should be a perfect Christmas Boat Parade this year. Make sure you start "Feelin' Christmas-Sea in Newport Beach."Sea ya!LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
This weekend I will be part of the crew delivering BYC new boat down the coast from San Francisco.
Len Bose - Crew
Dave Beek -Crew
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Tuesday, December 06, 2011
2011Newport Beaches 20 Most Interesting Yachts.
This story is done in fun and to coincide with the 100 largest yachts, the world’s wealthiest people, down to The Daily Pilots 103 list. I spent a couple of days cruising the bay previewing boats that I have seen over this past season. My choices were made by what I feel are interesting and demonstrate the character of our harbor. Most of the boats I have selected are custom and have been in the harbor for a long time. To be honest with you I am just hoping to get the listing on these boats or at least be invited aboard?
# 10 “Watt R Winery” 22’ Custom Duffy Electric Boat. She was customized by Newport Shipyard with a hard top, teak trim, satellite TV, underwater lighting, heater, windless, wine cooler, head and one very large horn. She can be seen every Thursday afternoon on a harbor cruise and is berthed at the Balboa Bay Club.
# 9 “CHEYENNE” 125’ Morrelli & Melvin design. The boat is being re outfitted for an Five Dives Expedition and will carry a 18’ feet long submarine that is expected to be able to dive well below 36,000 feet deep. She is moored just west of the NHYC.
#8 “TYEE” 75’ Northern Marine Long Range Cruiser and expedition trawler. The interior features rare woods, choice granites and rich fabrics. The owners have a long tradition in yachting in Newport Harbor and have owned many different vessels. She is kept in pristine condition and lives on Lido Peninsula.
#7 FORGER 74' Commissioned in 1988 at the German Bültjer Shipyard in Ditzum to a Beeldsnijder design. It is immediately obvious that she is definitely a different sort of motor yacht. Her "iroko" topside gleam has countless coats of varnish. She came to town five years ago and is berthed on the end of Linda Isle.
# 6 "Royal Buzzard," a 70-foot Power Cat built in 2002 at Knight & Carver to a Morrelli & Melvin design. She has a 24-foot beam and is powered by twin 660HP Caterpillars. She can reach a top speed of 24 knots and caries 2,128 gallons of fuel. She has been seen cruising Mexico and docks at Balboa Island.
#5 “Following Sea” The original owner was a member of Newport Harbor Yacht Club who commissioned Ray Hunt to design a 52’ yacht for extended offshore cruising. Built by Dick Bertram in 1964, the construction was cold molded plywood and was said to be the lightest fastest cruising sport fishing boat on the west coast with a cruise speed of 20 knots. Restored by one of Newport’s biggest boat builders, she can be found in the NHYC mooring field.
#4 DRUMBEAT 49' She was built to a Kernan yacht design with a type of commuter boat styling. She was finished by a team led by Richard Crow from Orange Coast College and is now owned by one of our harbor's best yachtsmen. Often seen cruising the harbor or returning from weekend runs she seems to move through the water with little effort. Berthed on the end of Lido Isle.
# 3 “Sea Chase” 47’ Lyman Morse built in 1991. Built at Lyman Morse to a Ray Runt design in 1991. This masterpiece catches my eye every time I see her cruising the harbor. Last seen at Basin Shipyard getting a new bottom, she is as pretty out of the water as she is in her slip just north of BCYC before the bridge.
#2 GALATEA. She is a 53-foot heavy displacement trawler. She was designed by Art DeFever Sr. and built by Paul Lindwall in Santa Barbara for Bill Hanna. You should notice the Hanna name from the cartoons we still watch. She is powered by a single Caterpillar D333 that pushes her 105,000 pounds displacement through the water in expedition fashion. GALATEA was seen cruising the harbor and at Moonstone this year. She is berthed on the Balboa Peninsula.
#1’s That right we have two boats this year as Newport Harbors most interesting Power boats. Both boats are owned by the same owner and have been restored to their original design. The boat on the outside is “CRACKER” a 1956 31’ Rybovich Sportfisher hull
# 24 and re-powered with Cat Disels. The boat on the inside is “FOURBELLS” a 1955 36’ Rybovich hull number # 17 also re-powered with diesels. Both boats where completed this year and will be used for local fishing and cruising to Catalina. Quote from the owner “Project of Love”.
The Sense 43. You just have to “check this out” to believe it. This is not only a new boat, it’s a completely new concept in boating. When you review the video please note the size of the cockpit, how easy it is to maneuver the boat in tight situations. Now picture yourself in Catalina picking up your mooring without help from the Harbor Master. Better yet, you in the cockpit at sunset in your favorite cove. THIS IS THE PERFECT BOAT! Come check it out.
(Salon of the Sense 43)
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
While returning into harbor this last weekend I noticed one of our local fisherman and thought it would make for a good story. With this in mind, I called one of my old school friends Tom Pearson of Pearson Port located at 100 E. Coast Highway phone (949) 675-6771. Tom and I really did go to school together in Huntington Beach while Tom’s father Roy opened up Pearson Port in 1971. Pearson’s Port, in my opinion, is our harbors best fish market and holds the spirit of a true American family business going on its third generation.
I do not know of anyone else who has spent more time on the water then Tom Pearson. If my simple calculations are correct he has spent 10,500 days on the water over the last 40 years. When I asked how many local fisherman we have in the harbor he replied “There are about 20 of us, the commercial industry is a close niche family. We have the occasional “Buoy Fisherman”, which is slang for noob, that needs to reminded of the rules from time to time. But you would be surprised on how close we all are”. I never noticed many local commercial fisherman at the yacht club bar, so I was wondering if this group ever gathered anywhere in town? “Most of the time we are on the water 5 days a week from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM and we still need to make time to maintain our equipment and boats. So, I’d have to say our meeting place is on the fishing grounds” When I asked Tom what VHF radio channel he and the local fisherman used, our signal kind of broke up and I really did not get a clear answer. “Most of the time I have the stereo on and don’t talk to anyone else. I will let my buddies know, in the day boats, if I see any whales or dolphins. As a whole we all try to help each other out”.
Aboard his boat “Harvest” a 26’ Radon he fishes for Lobster, Crab, Shrimp and whatever else his reels can catch. He has 250 traps and this year he was very lucky only losing about 15 traps. “ I was very fortunate this year, I lost about 30 pieces and recovered about 15 them by diving for them, or they wash up on the beach and the Lifeguards would return them, other boaters will bring them by the harbor department or even bring them by the market” explained Tom. Each piece is worth about $100.00 and he still recalls the storms of 1983 when he lost all of his gear. I then asked him what is the strangest thing you ever caught? “ I have brought up some pretty strange stuff but the “Wolf eels” are still at the top of my list” Next I asked him if he had superstitions like if he had a good day does he wear the same clothes the next day? “ No, he replied. I just say a short prayer before the start of everyday. What type of weather keeps you from fishing? “The wind and swell, I am to old to snorkel anymore. (Which means the waves are coming over the pilothouse and he needs a mask and snorkel just to work on deck) If the wind reaches about 30 Knots and the swell is steep I just do not have to do that any longer. Is it a good life I asked? Yes! It’s a good life and its still exciting. Tom replied. How does the future look? “Funny you should ask that Len, we have a major obstacle in front of us now with the Marine Life Protection Act or (MLPA) with the South Coast region going into effect on January 1st 2012. This law is really going to bunch us up and put a lot of us out of business.” This is not really fresh news but if you forgot about this subject make sure you check out www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/ before January 1st 2012.
Persons Port is old Newport, its like going to Basin Shipyard and meeting the New family, going to Island Marine fuel and meeting the Beeks or the Hills at their fuel dock. Be a good American and check out Pearson’s Port, meet the Pearson Family, tell your friends about it and support our local fisherman.
(Please read unedited story, Tom is not to old to snorkel!!!)
By Len Bose
November 29, 20118:38 p.m.
While returning to the harbor over the weekend, I spotted a local fisherman and got an idea for a good story. With this in mind, I called one of my old school friends, Tom Pearson of Pearson's Port, at 100 E. Coast Hwy.
Tom and I went to school together in Huntington Beach while Tom's father Roy was opening Pearson's Port in 1971. Pearson's Port, in my opinion, is our harbor's best fish market. Going on its third generation, the market holds the spirit of a true American family business.
I do not know of anyone else who has spent more time on the water than Tom Pearson. If my simple calculations are correct, he has spent 10,500 days on the water over the past 40 years.
When I asked how many local fishermen we have in the harbor, he replied, "There are about 20 of us. The commercial industry is a close-knit family. We have the occasional 'buoy fisherman,' which is slang for noob, that needs to be reminded of the rules from time to time. But you would be surprised on how close we all are."
I never noticed many local commercial fishermen at the yacht club bar. I asked him if this group ever gathered anywhere in town.
"Most of the time we are on the water five days a week, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and we still need to make time to maintain our equipment and boats," Tom said. "So, I'd have to say our meeting place is on the fishing grounds."
When I asked Tom which VHF radio channel he and the local fishermen used, our signal broke up and I did not get a clear answer.
"Most of the time I have the stereo on and don't talk to anyone else," he replied. "I will let my buddies know, in the day boats, if I see any whales or dolphins. As a whole we all try to help each other out."
Aboard his boat, the Harvest, a 26-foot Radon, he fishes for lobster, crab, shrimp and whatever else his reels can catch. He has 250 traps, and this year he was very lucky to lose only about 15 traps. Each piece is worth about $100.
He still recalls the storms of 1983 when he lost all his gear.
I then asked him what was the strangest thing he ever caught.
"I have brought up some pretty strange stuff, but the 'wolf eels' are still at the top of my list," he said.
I asked him: Is it a good life?
Yes, it's a good life and it's still exciting, he replied. But, he added, he's now too old to snorkel.
I also asked him about how the future looked.
"Funny you should ask that, Len," he replied. "We have a major obstacle in front of us now with the Marine Life Protection Act, or MLPA, with the South Coast region going into effect on Jan. 1 , 2012. This law is really going to bunch us up and put a lot of us out of business."
Pearson's Port is old Newport. It's like going to Basin Shipyard and meeting the New family, going to Island Marine fuel and meeting the Beeks or the Hills at their fuel dock.
Be a good American and check out Pearson's Port. Meet the Pearson family, tell your friends about it and support our local fishermen.
LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I never know how my story will be published once they have reached the editors desk at The Daily Pilot. I submitted this years story last Sunday and after 12 hours of work you never know if you will make the cut?( Story was placed on hold to further notice and then they told me "have a good Thanksgiving"
I can't stand it any longer here is a peek!
I can't stand it any longer here is a peek!
“??????????” 40’ Friendship designed by Ted Fontaine. She will leave you speechless has she glides down Newport Harbor most weekends with the whole family aboard. Truly one of Newport gems! She is berthed on south side of Lido and kept under a full cover.
“?????????” 22’ Custom Duffy Electric Boat. She was customized by Newport Shipyard with a hard top, teak trim, satellite TV, underwater lighting, heater, windless, wine cooler, head and one very large horn. She can be seen every Thursday afternoon on a harbor cruise and is berthed at the Balboa Bay Club.
The Story should be out on Friday!
Friday, November 18, 2011
I thought I would end my weekly updates with a final list of Interesting Facts about the project. To me, they truly represent the collaborative and teamwork approach from everyone involved to ensure things went as smoothly as possible.
But, before I do that, I would like to thank a few people who helped make this project a success. They are (in no particular order):
1. The entire team at Anchor QEA, including Steve Cappellino, Michael Whelan and Rob Walker. Rob did a remarkable job keeping the ship afloat managing the day to day operations in the field. Well done!
2. The entire team at Dutra Dredging, including Steve Hutchison, Andrew Hunt and Scott McIvor. Their efficiency, professionalism, and public awareness were noticed by all, therefore positively affecting the overall outcome of the project.
3. Jesse Salem and Bruce Inlow at Bellport / Newport Harbor Shipyard were instrumental because of the large number of vessels that are under their control. In total, they relocated 143 boats in an orchestrated ballet each and every week.
4. Lastly, and most importantly, the individual Rhine Channel property owners who took ownership of the project through every stage. Without everyone’s help, understanding and patience, this project would not have been successful. Thank you!
Now, on to the final list of Interesting Facts:
1. The attached figures (preliminary draft) show the exact depths to which the Rhine was dug through the use of colors. You’ll notice about 5 areas that are much deeper than the surrounding areas. This is where we had to “re-dredge” in order to chase the contaminants deeper than expected. The figures create quite a mosaic so that we can now see the exact depths of the channel.
2. Approximately 250 boats were relocated throughout the project, including 143 from Bellport alone.
3. 123 piles were removed and replaced.
4. 90,000 cubic yards of sediment was delivered to the Port of Long Beach.
5. The tug made 105 round trips to the POLB.
6. The tug traversed through the harbor at least 400 times if you consider the hauling of full/empty scows back and forth to their mooring areas, along with the other ancillary equipment moves.
7. There were no accidents on the project.
8. Approximately 98,000 gallons of fuel was used on the project, with the bulk of that for the tug boats.
9. 3 Permits were required (Coastal Commission, Army Corps and the Water Board).
10. The Mitigated Negative Declaration took about 9 months to complete from start to finish.
11. About 25 legal agreements had to be executed between the City and the private property owners along the Rhine.
12. Approximately 200 water quality samples were taken throughout the project.
13. Approximately 200 sediment “grab” samples were taken, and about 75 sediment cores were collected to analyze post-dredge contaminants.
14. For the first 3 weeks of the project, there was daily contact with at least 5 different harbor user groups to coordinate the major end-of-summer sailing regattas, including the Sabot Nationals.
15. A brief history of the project’s evolution:
A. Studies first started in 2002-2003 by Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) and Coastkeeper who found sediment toxicity and elevated metals, pesticides and PCBs in the Rhine.
B. In 2005, SCCWRP, Coastkeeper, Anchor QEA and the City teamed up to write a water quality grant request for money to conduct a feasibility study to find a solution for the sediments.
C. Between 2006 and 2009, the City looked at several options for contaminated sediment management including the use of an upland landfill or a Confined Aquatic Disposal site, but both were too expensive.
D. In late 2010, an option at the Port of Long Beach for disposal was finalized, and the City started preparing the necessary engineering and permitting studies.
E. Dredging began in August 2011 and ended in November 2011.
This concludes my regular updates. Once again, thank you for your patience and cooperation!
And now, just think, when we start dredging the Lower Bay in the next couple months, the Rhine folks won’t be impacted – what a relief!!
Harbor Resources Manager
( (949) 644-3043 * firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 11, 2011
This is my weekly summary of events for the Rhine Project for November 7 – 11.
· Please see the attached figure. As you can see, this figure is now 100% finalized! All dredging is complete, all piles have been installed and all of the docks are available for vessels to return to their slips.
· This week, Dutra installed the last 4 piles along the docks in the Rhine. With all the practice they’ve had, this last bit went smoothly and efficiently.
· Dutra also made their last trip up to the Rhine Wharf to unload the crane barge of the random debris, piles and miscellaneous equipment used during the project.
· All of the miscellaneous dock work has been completed with the exception of a few pile caps at the American Legion marina.
· The barges and disposal scows are moored at the east end of the “H” Mooring Field until they are demobilized in the next few days. The excavator barge, however, will remain in the harbor until the Lower Bay dredging project begins in January.
· All of Dutra’s crews have demobilized to other projects along the West Coast.
· Interesting fact No. 15: The crane barge will be demobilized on Saturday and towed up to another project in Washington. To do this, a fairly large tug boat needs to tow the 210’ barge. A rough, ballpark estimate is that the tug will consume approximately 17,000 gallons of fuel over the six day trip to Washington!!! That’s a huge number especially when multiplied by an estimated $4 per gallon cost!!
Next week, I’ll be sending out my final Rhine update that will include a list of statistics about the project that I think you may enjoy.
Have a great weekend…and thank you.
Harbor Resources Manager
( (949) 644-3043 * email@example.com