Wednesday, October 31, 2012

42' Reichel/Pugh FOR SALE

This boat was the first designed from the boards of Reichel/Pugh in 1984. She is built of  aluminum with composite FPR sandwich decks over aluminum framework. She was built by James Betts Enterprises in San Diego (currently located in Tahoe City Ca). This Reichel/Pugh 42 is set up for club racing and can be sailed to her PHRF rating VERY easily. She has an updated Ullman Sail Inventory and plenty of beercan sails. Her mast and standing rigging is less than three years old, engine was replaced, enclosed head was added.She has great VALUE to the person that wants to race and bring home all the trophies. You can already see yourself with your family and friends receiving your awards! For the buyer who is looking for the inexpensive performance cruiser, she has the room for an interior.

ASKING ONLY $ 39,000

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Harbor Report: Costumed cancer fighters take to their paddleboards (Un Edited)


When I think of big events in our harbor I recall the Flight of the Snowbirds, Newport to Ensenada Yacht Race, the Ancient Mariners Hobie Cat regatta and now “Paddle for Privates”. If I was going to use one word to describe this event it would be “Genius” and the word holds true to the founder Mandy McDonnell.

                                                                                                                                   Mandy McDonnell

I had a chance to talk with Mandy over the phone this week and go over tomorrows Paddle for Privates costume paddle/beach party and learn a little more about this amazing person. She grew up here in Newport Beach and went through the junior program at Lido Isle Yacht Club. She then sailed for Newport Harbor High and Boston College. On her return from college she was burnt out on competitive sailboat racing but still wanted to return to the harbor. With a quick glance onto the water she noticed Stand Up Paddle boarding or SUP. It became obvious to her that the sport needed a type of club and formed SUP Dog paddling club, which can be found at The club paddles every summer night on Thursdays from  6-8 PM followed by an old fashioned beach party or gathering at a partner bar. 

As the club grew she looked for ways of starting an event of some type. “But then I thought, I just should just not put on an event it should be for a cause” she said. About that same time her father was diagnosed with prostrate cancer, he is fine but she wished they could have found it sooner. With October being breast cancer awareness month and November prostrate month. “I wanted to bring awareness to all parts of cancer” Mandy explained.  Thats when Paddle for Privates costume paddle was born with close to 100 people registered in 2010. This year, Mandy feels that there could be as many as 200 costume paddlers on the water this Saturday.

Just think of the harbor fisherman face as he raises his head up and 200 paddlers, dressed in their most creative Halloween costumes start appearing through the mornings haze and surround his boat. 

As long as it’s human powered you can enter. Just go to  and ask if they still have any boards you can borrow. 

The Fritz Duda Company has played a major role in the success of the paddle along with Suplove boards who donates a new board for the person who gathers the most donations. This years event will benefit Athletes for Cancer.

The location this year is in Newport Dunes and is best accessed via Bayside Drive. The Dunes management must be saving up for their Tidelands Permits because they are charging ten dollars for parking that day. 
Sometime’s you just have to say, I feel like dressing up and making people more aware of how to prevent cancer.
 Also, please make sure you give a big shout out to Mandy McDonnell! She is doing more for the future our harbor than anyone can possibly imagine.
Sea ya.

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

If You Go

What: Paddle for Private

Where: Newport Dunes, 101 N. Bayside Drive, Newport Beach

When: 9 to 5 p.m. Saturday

Cost: $45 online registration, $55 day of; parking: $10

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Newport Beach City Council Vote to increase Marina Tideland Permits.


Tonight the Newport Beach City council voted to increase Commercial Marina Tideland Rates. With the Three Amigos, (Rosansky, Henn and Selich) looking for their forth vote all eyes and ears focused on Rush Hill as he clicked on his mic. Hill was the deciding vote and his comments swayed from side to side of the issue like an IOR boat in a big breeze. Then, you knew it was coming, the big round down "I will only support this motion if we have a two year waiting period before we implement the proposed Target Index Phase, we still need two years to heal from this crippling recession". (Thats not really what he said word for word but close enough for my blog). Council member Henn, quickly counting votes, decide to 2nd Hill's substitute motion and the question was called.

Bottom line: No rent increase for the Marina Tidelands permits for the next two years. Rate will then increase to .36 per square foot  and increase over 8 years to about 1.89 per square foot. It came to about an 18.5% increase.

Will the Marina Owners continue their fight? Yes, I see them getting more involved in City Politics and work to appeal this new code.

Did Council member Hill miss an opportunity to gain some political hay? Yes, He should had said two years with no change and max the increase at 14.5%. I don't think it would have passed but it sure would have been fun to watch.

I hope the home owners are ready to change their spinnakers down to a 1.5 because this rent squall is now headed their way!                

Friday, October 19, 2012


We have the 2013 Beneteau 37 Limited Edition in stock NOW! You have to view her, she has got it all, when it comes to performance she can race with the best of them. If its comfort you are looking for, when you are in Catalina, she will give you that also. The best part about her is she will also fit in a 35' Newport Beach slip that will save you a ton of money.

Not sure why I am telling you that because she will never be in the slip, you will be sailing!

Please give me the opportunity to show you why I am referred to in town as "The Sailboat Guy".
I will go the extra mile for you.  LTD Special, one boat : $199,455

You cannot afford to miss this time of your life with your family in Catalina! 
BOSE Family 2012 Catalina

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Harbor Report: The original Larson's Shipyard

Last Sunday while riding my bicycle down to the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for some more Harbor 20 team racing practice I looked into Larson’s Shipyard, 2705 W. Coast Hwy.
I thought it strange that the shipyard was open late on a Sunday morning until I noticed Eberisto “Abe” Parra and his crew working hard. I decided to stop and introduce myself.
He agreed to an interview, saying, “Sure, Len. I’ve seen you around town. Didn’t you work in an office here at the shipyard in 89?”
“Yep, that was me,” I said. “Good to see you, Abe. I hear you are part owner now and running this place?”
For some 32 years, Abe has truly been running the shipyard.

Abe started working at Boatswains Locker in 1980. That same year, Al Larson called Boatswains Locker, asking if they had any extra help. Work was a little slow so they sent Abe.
“Al had trouble pronouncing my name so he started calling me ‘Abe’ and it stuck,” he said.
Abe started out sweeping and cleaning props. Later Al taught him all his trade secrets on running the shipyard, working with wood and metal.
“Mr. Larson was a very, very good man to me.”
You can hear the affection in Abe’s voice when he talks about the shipyard and Al, who died in 2000.
Today Abe runs a crew of four, and the yard and machinery have recently gone through a complete renovation, from rebuilding the motors and transmissions to new cables and equipment. They are ready to serve all boaters needs.
I was surprised to hear that they had recently pulled a 58-foot Viking sport fisher out for its annual maintenance. I never realized that they could pull out such a large boat.
The yard can hold four boats at once and right now for boats under 30 feet, the shipyard is offering a deal where $20 per foot gets you a haul out and bottom paint, including two coats on the hull and a third on the water line with Pettit marine paint. For boats more than 45 feet, Larson’s is charging $45 per foot. With Abe learning from the master himself, he and his crew are the perfect choice for restoring a wooden boat, or for electrical, fiberglass and gelcoat repairs. You should also keep this yard in mind if you have an old boat on your mooring and have to destroy it.
I asked Abe what he likes to do with his time off and how he likes to boat.
“I like to go fishing with my customers,” he said. “In fact, last month I was fishing on the 64-foot Viking Bad Company. That’s a very nice boat.”

As I wrapped up my interview, two happy customers, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Barns, who just had their Harbor 20 Moving On bottom painted, dropped by to thank Abe for his work and gave him a gift. I don’t see that everyday!
So, the next time you need to haul your boat for its annual maintenance, make sure to call the original Larson’s Shipyard at the same phone number it’s had since 1947: (949) 548-3641.
Shipyards to high-rises
On a side note: While researching this story, I found some great quotes from Al in a 1989 Los Angeles Times story written by Shearlean Duke.
“Back when I went in business, there were more boatyards here than restaurants,” Larson said. “Now everywhere it's high-rises and restaurants.”
“Today, the city has only seven boatyards, about half as many yards as it once did — even though the number of boats to be serviced in the harbor has tripled since the 1940s,” the story says.
“Keeping Larson's Shipyard operating as a shipyard was part of the deal worked out in 1979 between the city and the developer who bought Larson's property,” it continues. “At that time the city of Newport Beach took a stand to maintain all the shipyards it could as a service to the boating public.”
What a difference a day makes!
Sea ya.

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


I had the opportunity to deliver the 2012 Beneteau Gran Turismo 44 from Newport Beach California down to San Diego after this years fall boatshow. The 90 mile trip took a little under 4 hr at a cruising speed of about 25 knots. When I left the harbor the boat came out of the hole on on to a plain effortlessly. She ran quite and was easy to trim, I engaged the autopilot and walked around the boat as if I was a marine surveyor. The Air Step hull design seemed to keep the vibration down to a minimum and the boat responded quickly to the course changes I needed to make to avoid the lobster traps.
The time passed quickly and after two engine inspections I realized that the engine hatch was out of the way and would not interfere with any guests. I had my 13 year old son along with me and for the first time, after many trips to Catalina and up and down our coast, he did not get sea sick. Has my son gotten his sea legs our was it the Air Soft ride? I’m not sure yet and will not have the answer until our next trip, his smile was priceless as we pulled into the slip on Harbor island.
Other standout features to the boat is the dinghy storage area, the large windows in the two staterooms and how easily maneuverable the boat is with the Joystick. This boat also rides extremely well at anchorage. We had stopped for a little while and fished off of San Onofre. The boat remained quite and stable as the waves slapped the hull and the bow turned into the wind. I smiled when my son asked if we could us the boat to go to Catalina “ This boat would be perfect for the island dad?”
It appears I need to sell more boats ASKING $ 550,000 and easy to show! Please give me a call to set up a showing.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Our Little Secret

While attending this weeks harbor commission meeting, one of the commissioners made note of the following City Code

Newport Beach City Muni Code on crafts in main channel and harbor entrance

11.12.170 Crafts Prohibited in Harbor Entrance.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any paddleboard, kayak, pedalo, life raft or similar type of craft used for the transportation of persons in any portion of the main channel or entrance channel of Newport Harbor as defined in Section 11.12.160. (1949 Code § 10723 as amended by Ord. 1090; August 24, 1964)

No telling how old this code is but it's got to go! You might ask let's just look the other way? We can do that but what if we have a new Harbor Master come through town like the one we had in 2008, can you say "Deana Bergquist". Capt Bergquist was the person that insisted to inforce the 5k speed limit in the harbor during beercan races.

The best thing todo is work with our Harbor Commissioners and change this code. Otherwise one day you might just want to take your pedalo to look at the sea lions and end up with a ticket. Think about it, no paddle boards, surf kayak in the main channel or entrance channel?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Harbor Report: Let's welcome the paddleboarders

I am sure most of you were around in the 1970s when our harbor was full of Hobie Cats and Windsurfers. Later, you may recall, kayaks joined in the fun.
Now the trend is stand-up paddleboards. Will this last longer than the others? My gut says it will continue to grow for another 10 years then fade away.
Recently Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle requested that the Harbor Commission consider installing “paddleboarder lanes.” I just don’t see that working, but it brings awareness that more discussion is needed.
The problem is seasonal. On hot summer days, with the water temperature reaching 72 degrees, the harbor is going to fill up and most users will be novices.
Do we need paddleboarder lanes for the other 300 days in the year? I don’t think so.
We can ask the rental companies to go over the 10 most common mistakes novice paddleboarders make and paint the paddle blades fluorescent orange. We could even go so far as to ask the Sea Scouts, Newport Aquatic Center, paddleboard clubs or the rental companies to go out in dinghies on busy weekends and help novices.
Every time I am operating a large vessel I look across the harbor, sizing up who is around me. I can spot the lesser -killed sailors, electric boat rental operators, novice power boat operators and large charter fleet captains with a lot on their minds.
When looking for the novice paddleboarder, the first item I notice is if their life jacket is attached to the back of their board or trailing behind them. Usually, they are on their knees, their paddle or blade is facing the wrong way, or their knees are bent and shaking.
My favorite is the deer in the headlights “OMG, I am going to fall“ look.
Boat operators, you need to stop speeding up in an effort to knock down the paddleboarder. I’ve seen some of harbor best pull this stunt when they see one of their friends paddling by. Funny: yes. Good idea: your call.
If you are an advanced paddleboarder, you already understand that it’s best not to paddle five boards abreast when the harbor is busy. You have a good grasp of the tonnage rule and that the closer you are to a large moving vessel, the odds are you will not be seen by the operator. I am not 100% on this one, but I would assume that if you are the overtaking craft, you would still need to keep clear and are the burdened craft while passing. It should be easy for you to spot trouble coming your way and avoid it. For example, I no longer drive an electric boat into on coming traffic during the boat parade. It should be easy for you to notice 40 Harbor 20s all sailing to the same marks or that it’s noon on a Sunday and the whole charter fleet is coming down the Lido Channel.
Look at what the ‘70s did for the marine business. How many people do you know first came to this harbor to sail a Hobie or a wind surfer? This group of harbor users need to be treated as potential clients. Let’s not chase them away by restricting their movements, ticketing them or knocking them off their boards.
Sea ya

Sea ya

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

Friday, October 05, 2012

The Harbor Report: Superstitions are serious business

                                                                                                  Mark Gaudio talking home the Gold

Over the last couple of weeks you might have started to notice that I am a superstitious  person when it comes to my routine before and while I am boating. Before a big sailboat race or stepping onto any type of boat I have my routine/superstitions. 
It starts when dressing, which shirt, pants and hat has the right mojo for the event I am attending that day? The right song in the car as I leave my driveway and change my watch. This year my song has been the theme from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Once on the boat my sandals are taken off and placed in the back of the boat. This is only a small part of my routine that I can tell you about without giving away my secret mojo.
The people that I called and tried to interview are all sailing and fishing champions that are well recognized throughout our harbor. We all know that banana's are not allowed on fishing, racing sailboats, or even on delivers and it was mentioned with everyone I interviewed.
When I approached Chris Raab and asked him if he was superstitious and what his routine was he walked the other way. I missed the name of his wife, but she laughed when I asked and commented " oh yah, he has quite the routine". Chris never returned my calls the following day.
Next I spoke with Bill Menninger during last weekends Harbor 20 Fleet Championships, and yes the Menninger's won their 4th championships last weekend. Bill informed me that he try's not to put much thought into his superstitions but did tell about how he prefers to wear dark colored shirts to present a more  competitive attitude.  
I obtained much more information from Mark Gaudio when I called him over the phone. He to was a little reluctant in revealing his routine at first. " I start by picking socks for the day, if I won an event I will place the date and the event name on the inside of the sock and will only wear them the following year for that event" he told me. "I have big boat socks, dinghy socks, I am not sure were a Harbor 20 fits in, is it a big boat or a dinghy? So I don’t wear any shoes when sailing Harbor 20's" he explained. Mark also had a pair of blue sailing shorts that he would only wear on Sunday's if he needed them. He will never attend the skippers meeting, he always sends his crew, and if he is leading after the first day he will wear the same exact cloths for the rest of the event. 

Dave Ullman described his routine by explaining his superstitions as a form of a comfort level. "once the race starts all my superstitions are disregarded and I will focus on sailing logically" he said. Although before the race Dave described himself as being very carefully about his routine. Never stepping on cracks while walking to the event, lucky hats and shirts. Never wearing the shirt from the regatta you are racing in and if you are winning always wear the same clothes from the day before. Dave went on to explain that you never win the practice race before a big event and explained he has turned around and not crossed over the finish line on those types of races.

I wanted to reach out and get a better idea of what some of our local fisherman routines are before leaving the docks. This group was a lot harder nut to crack because I don't walk the walk and or even come close to talking the talk. When I approached JD from JD Tackle on Balboa Island, next to the ferry, I had to drop a few names before I could get a good response from this old salt. He went on to explain "bananas on board is one of the biggest crimes, big game tournaments have fellow competing anglers hanging A bunch of them under the bow pulpits of rival boats. Women on board- causes problems to no end. Bring a camera- it's like reverse karma. Mourning with the wind out of the southeast, the fish bite the least. I find that commonly so, they( offshore fish) bite better when there's a westerly breeze.

I also had a chance to talk to Chris Webb he explained it's always wise to have a pink jig in the water and he has his lucky fishing spots he always returns to. He told me he listens to Bob Marley " the fish like Bob" he told me. "You also need to make sure you take down your catch flags from your privies trip before you leave the harbor and yes I have my collection of lucky hats. 

So do ever find yourself saying that one of these champions found a lucky wind shift or got lucky by finding the fish over and over again? I do and still wonder how Ullman passed me when I pushed him to the left side of the course during BYC Club Championships this year and he went on to win that one race  and the Championships. Could it have been the fact he is a also a  world champion or was it that crack in the side walk before you walk into the club?

Sea ya

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

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

2001 Catalina 36 MK II FOR SALE in Newport Beach California


                                                                                       PRICE CHANGE TO $ 99,500
This Catalina 36 MK II is the perfect example of pride of ownership. The owners have put in a tremendous amount of time, hard work and thought to make this yacht in top condition. When viewing her please note the New Port lights, Pristine Engine Compartment and overall appearance. Newport Beach slip may be sub leased on a month –to-month agreement with the yacht club. Easy to show ASKING ONLY $ 99,500. For more information on this like new boat go to the link on the right "Len Bose Yacht Sales Listings"