Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Yacht Brokers Credit where credit is due

Michael Peters wrote this story in the latest issue of Power & Motoryacht. Anyone know who Len is?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Harbor Report: As tide rolls out on 2014, a look back

By Len Bose
December 19, 2014 | 12:57 p.m.

It's that time of year again, and like the tide that rolls in and out methodically, I was able to complete my weekly columns one after another. Over the last five years, we are now at 195. That's a lot of water coming in and out of our harbor, and I again look forward to many more tides.
While reviewing this year with me, you are always welcome to go to the Daily Pilot's website at dailypilot.com and enter my name in the search bar, or just head over to my blog site at lenboseyachts.blogspot.com and scroll down the pages.
I have to start with a huge shout-out to my editor, Michael Miller, for hanging in there with me again this year. He will be the first one to tell you I am not a writer, just an active harbor-user hammering out these stories one letter at a time.
This year, I had 11 interviews with people like Deputy Sean Scoles, who kept us updated with the harbor patrol's activities. Harbor Commissioner Paul Blank always responded to my phone calls and emails within moments and helped me stay informed about our harbor's issues.
Michelle Clemente, our city's marine protection and education supervisor

The two most interesting interviews I did this year were with Michelle Clemente, the city's marine protection and education supervisor, and Jim Dastur, a Balboa Island resident who sits on the Tidelands Commission advisory panel. Clemente's office is in the Back Bay Science Center.
According to the center's mission statement, "The BBSC mission is to provide a hands-on facility where students and the public can study and enjoy the estuarine ecology of Newport Bay, and the marine ecology of the ocean, while promoting natural resource conservation and stewardship throughout the watershed." (View it at backbaysciencecenter.org.)
This was a very informative interview, and I still hope that our City Council members and harbor commissioners reach out to her more often. The same goes for Dastur, who happens to be my go-to person for information regarding bulk head heights and tidal gates. If you happen to look up any of my stories this year, make sure you find these two interviews.
Jim Dastur

Each year, I try to talk to one of our Junior Sailors, and this year, I met up with Abby Hampton from Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, who reviewed her experience at the Junior Sabot National Championships this year. It was a cute story and was released the first week of August.
A couple of other interviews I did this year that piqued my interest were with Gino Morrelli and Pete Melvin, who are the world's top catamaran designers, and Capt. Brian Blair from the commercial fishing vessel Ultra Pacific, which I feel is one of the best-looking vessels in our harbor. I was amazed by how regulated this business is.
My fun interviews this year were with fiberglass repairman Hans Van Iseghem, representative Harvey Wills of Western Marine Marketing and Troy Heidermann, the dock master at the Balboa Bay Club.
This year's weekly topics also covered many of the Balboa Angling Club's tournaments and the active fishing season we had. Of course, I kept everyone updated on the Harbor 20 fleet and my silly ideas of picking up mylar balloons out of the water and establishing day moorings off Big Corona beach.
I also spent plenty of time talking about floating docks and water taxies. I am still a big believer in the mooring floating dock system and hope we do not give up on that idea.
Speaking of not giving up, I still plan on producing this year's list of Newport Beach's 20 most interesting boats and should have it complete by the end of this year.
It's been a good year, and I wish the same for all of you. Happy holidays!
Sea ya.

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For Sale: 1996 J 120 ASKING $ 175,000

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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 Joysailing.com
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 lenboseyachts.blogspot.com.
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.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

The Harbor Report: Preparing questions for harbor meeting and cruise

Balboa Ferry Special Harbor Commission meeting November 15, 2014

By Len Bose
October 31, 2014 | 2:41 p.m.

I have written about the Harbor Commission special meeting set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15.
It will convene in a conference room in the Harbor Patrol facility at 1901 Bayside Drive and then be moved to one of the Balboa ferries waiting at the Harbor Patrol visitor's dock for a tour of the harbor.
Copies of the route with waypoints to be called out on the tour can be found on my blog site, lenboseyachts.blogspot.com. Commissioners will address the waypoints on which they are most well versed. The ferry has a capacity limit, and guests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
In an effort to familiarize you with the waypoints, I thought I would take the time to share my observations, concerns and the questions I will be asking at the different waypoints during the harbor tour.
We will start at the Harbor Patrol Office. Let's hope Deputy Sean Scoles attends this meeting because he is easy to approach, loves the harbor and does an outstanding job.
I would ask Scoles: 1. What is his definition of a derelict boat? 2. How does the mooring waiting list work? 3. Can people pass on a permit if they do not like the location, and how many times can they play the pass card? 4. Can two mooring permit holders trade permits to obtain a more usable location for themselves? 5. How did the VTIP program work this year for our harbor? 6. How many boats can a mooring permit holder keep tied to a mooring at one time?
Most of these questions relate to city codes or policies, but this will be a good chance to hear how these two departments define them.
Assuming we head over to the M Street public pier first, I would have to ask an attending council member if the city has received and filed the recommendations made by the Harbor Commission last year regarding public piers. For example, have the park rangers enforced the rules, optimized the available space and considered the Adopt-a-Dock program? To be fair, the Harbor Resource Department has made improvements to the public docks this year by replacing benches and walkways.
It would be interesting if we then could go out of the harbor entrance and over to Big Corona to discuss that area as an alternative place for day moorings and, at the same time, do a quick overview of a tidal gate.
I should just stay on track and, as the ferry moves down the Balboa Peninsula toward the Fun Zone, point out what I see as a derelict vessel and see if it fits Scoles' definition of a derelict boat.
Next up will be the Balboa Ferry Landing, and I assume we will talk about sea-level rise. This will be a good time to ask Harbor Resource Manager Chris Miller where our harbor's data points are so we can observe them ourselves during the upcoming king tides this winter.
We will then go past Bay Island to view the new bulkheads/seawalls. At this time, the water is ebbing and the harbor is almost at low tide. What you should notice is how the steel wall was finished, and there should be little residue from the retreating tide line. The bulkhead cap will be noticed along with the expense of changing the docks to meet the new height of the seawall.
Continuing up the Balboa Peninsula and just about at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club, we will come to the waypoint RGP 54. Miller and Commissioner Doug West will lead this topic, which regards dredging and eelgrass mitigation permits.
From my point of view, these guys are staying on task and are the best people for the job — although I will ask if the Coastal Commission considers the upper bay's eelgrass as part of the lower bay's eelgrass percentage for the whole harbor.
Interesting stuff, huh? We are barely halfway around the harbor. Please place Nov. 15 on your calendar and attend this meeting. Next week, I will review the rest of the harbor with you.
Sea ya.

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

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What is a derelict boat in Newport Beach?


Chapter 17.20


17.25.020 Anchorage, Berthing and Mooring Regulations.
f. Maintenance in such non seaworthy condition that it is unsafe, unsightly or poorly maintained, including, but not limited to: broken windows, unsecured doors and hatches, excessive marine growth attached to the vessel, the vessel is inoperable for its intended use, partially destroyed or partially repaired for more than three continuous months, provides access to marine mammals, is actively seeping hazardous or toxic material into the surrounding waters, and would present a physical danger to public safety personnel during emergency access;

The Harbor Report: Serious stuff: rising seas and harbor protection

Proposed Tide Gate at entrance of harbor.

By Len Bose
June 6, 2014 | 3:04 p.m.

Last week, I attended the Tidelands Management Committee meeting, where the main two topics were protecting Newport Harbor from rising sea levels and replacing the Balboa Island seawalls.
Assistant city engineer Robert Stein gave both presentations, which lasted close to 2 1/2 hours.
Regarding protecting against rising seas, Stein recommended verifying predictions by observing levels over the next five years. Of course, an earlier discussion was about which predictions the city should use. What was presented were the predictions from the California Coastal Conservancy-adopted climate-change policy.

The following was taken from Stein's report: By about 2020, king tides could be 3 inches higher than today, on track for a 55-inch rise in sea level by 2100.
He also suggested setting new harbor-wide standards for seawall elevation to 10 feet and establishing new requirements for the finish floor elevations from 1 to 4 feet.
The report considered tide gates at the harbor jetty and whether they could reduce overall harbor protection costs. Another concern was sea-level-rise protection measures for the Balboa Peninsula.
So what will start to happen when five years go by and the sea level has risen by 3 inches? I would hope you would see the city purchase a consultant's report to see if a tide gate will work. At this point, a tide gate would still be more than 10 years out before completion.
The city's standard for seawall height will be increased to 10 feet. The Balboa Peninsula will have to consider sand berms up to 5 feet high and hope that its floor elevation is above 11 feet.
The second presentation looked at the Balboa Island Seawalls Replacement Project. To see the best explanation of what is being considered, go to the city's website, newportbeachca.gov/seawalls. Send comments to seawalls@newportbeachca.gov. Also, while walking around the island, look for the story boards located at different light poles on the boardwalk.
My observation was that the committee members are leaning toward new seawalls at 10 or 9.5 feet and moving forward with plans and engineering. The committee is reaching out for more community input.
A great deal of time was spent talking about how to pay for the seawalls and plan for the worst. I felt the consensus was to hold off on committing to build anything until there are more facts. The city will also wait and observe sea levels for the next five years to see if predictions are reached.
As 5 p.m. approached, I looked out the window and was overcome by the desire to go sailing on the Thursday night beer can races. I quietly made my way out the door with the intention of not missing the boat, no pun intended.
As I looked to the sky and reviewed all that was said in the meeting, the thought of the predicted upcoming El Niño made me wonder if this winter storm might move things along a little faster.
Sea ya.

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

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Harbor Report: Commissioner is leaving his mark on the harbor

                                               Harbor Commissioner Paul Blank                                 Photo Joysailing.com
By Len Bose
October 17, 2014 | 3:01 p.m.

This week, I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite people, active harbor user Paul Blank.
In July 2012, Blank was selected by the City Council to sit on our Harbor Commission. At that time, I wrote, "He's very responsive, truly loves our harbor and will make a great harbor commissioner." As it turned out, our council selected one of the best and most productive commissioners I've ever observed.
Blank started to fall in love with our harbor at age 8, when he signed up for the city's beginning sailing program. He later attended Estancia High School and then moved on to UCLA and participated on the sailing team. The day after he graduated from UCLA, he moved to Corona del Mar and has lived there ever since.
Blank stays active on our harbor by sailing his Sabot, paddling his stand-up paddleboard, racing on the 49-foot, 11-inch sailboat It's OK and spending time in his True North 38 power boat.
When I asked him how he most enjoys the harbor, he replied, "Any moment I get to spend on the harbor is just a blessing. Asking me how I best enjoy the harbor would be like asking a parent to pick their favorite child."
Blank and I talked further about his role as a harbor commissioner and how he became interested in taking the seat. He expressed a keen interest in local politics.
"It's important for individuals to get involved and have a say in what their community looks like," he said.
During the last two years, he has set up a committee on stand-up paddleboards, should they be restricted within our harbor, along with making public pier recommendations. Both tasks were completed and presented in such a professional manner that it has become the standard for the Harbor Commission. One also gets the feeling, when observing this type of presentation, that the City Council can make a timely decision and things get done.
Blank is now working on the Harbor Commission's outreach committee, among other topics. An upcoming event to take notice of is the special Harbor Commission meeting scheduled for Nov. 15. The meeting will convene in a conference room in the Harbor Patrol facility at 1901 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.
The meeting will then be moved to one of the Balboa ferries waiting at the Harbor Patrol visitor's dock for a tour of the harbor. Copies of the route with waypoints to be called out on the tour can be found on my blog, lenboseyachts.blogspot.com.
Commissioners will address the waypoints about which they are most versed. The ferry has a capacity limit, and guests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Blank explained that the best way to prepare for the meeting would be to familiarize yourself with the waypoints and bring all of your questions and concerns.
We went on to discuss the hot topics of today and his concerns for the future. The most important topic today is our RGP 54 dredging and eelgrass mitigation permit, which should be completed in the first part of 2015. Another important topic is the development of our Lower Castaways. Both topics will be covered during the special meeting.
When we talked about the future, Blank brought up water quality and the rising sea level.
"The harbor's water quality has never been as clean as it is now in my lifetime, and it must continue to improve," he said. "Dredging and trapping debris and contaminants upstream is an extremely important element in keeping the water in the bay clean. Progress has been made; there is more to do."
While talking about sea-level rise, Blank explained the non-alarmist approach, which entails monitoring the harbor's data points and adjusting to the information.
Like Blank said, "It's important for individuals to get involved and have a say what their community looks like."
I was very pleased to hear that the Harbor Commission has added my idea of day moorings off Big Corona Beach to its description of alternative anchorage areas.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 15 and bring your questions.
Sea ya.

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

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Harbor Report: Lots of high points in High Point series

2014 Harbor 20 Championships at the NHYC

By Len Bose
October 10, 2014 | 5:21 p.m.

Over this last week, we wrapped up the 2014 Newport Beach High Point Series. We have a new Harbor 20 Class champion and Harbor 20 High Point winners.
Every year, our local sailboats race under the Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) in an event sponsored by the Assn. of Orange Coast Yacht Clubs (AOCYC).
This series of races is called the Newport Beach High Point Series and determines our harbor's PHRF champion. The Newport Beach High Point started in February with the American Legion running the Midwinter Regatta and wrapped up with the Newport Ocean Sailing Assn. (NOSA) 14 Mile bank race.
The other regattas that make up this series are the Balboa Yacht Club's 1st 66 series race, race eight of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club's ocean racing series and the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's Ahmanson Cup.
Amante taking this years Ahmanson

By the time we completed three of five races, Roy Jones' J 133 Tango and Brian Dougherty's J 105 Legacy were tied for first and the Richley family's Amante was in a very close third.
Then came the Ahmanson Cup, which was sailed in September. At this point, the Richley family decided to put the hammer down and won their class and took home enough points to take the lead in the High Point Series. With one more race left in the Newport Beach High Point Series, any one of these three boats could have taken home the coveted champion's light blue burgee.
With little to no wind last weekend, the 14 Mile bank race was abandoned and a round of Coors Light was passed around Amante as the race committee notified the participants.
This makes the second year in a row that Amante has won the light blue burgee, with 29 boats entered in this year's series. Be sure to give Amante a "well done" at the start of the BYC Sunkist series on Nov. 2 when you see it on the starting line.
While the 14 Mile bank race was being abandoned, another race had opted to keep going. The Harbor 20 fleet had 41 boats waiting around for wind after completing one race in the Saturday class championships.
With the weather as hot as it was, along with the light wind, this was one of the most difficult regattas I sailed in this year. Shannon Heausler was my crew, and we found some breeze on the far left of the course and sailed into a fifth-place finish on Saturday.
While waiting for the wind to fill in on Saturday, the eventual winners in A fleet, Gale and Jon Pinckney, sailed by, and Jon commented, "So, Len, I guess you sailed all the way over to the left and kissed the pig?" My reply was: "Not only did I kiss the pig, Jon, I dressed it."
Sunday, we got in five races in more light air, and the Pinckneys sailed a very consistent regatta, digging their way through the fleet when they needed to have all top-four finishes. If you are wondering how the Pinckneys did it, Jon wrote a detailed account of the race, and I posted it on my blog site at lenboseyachts.blogspot.com.

Mark Conzelman had a tight battle with five other boats to win B fleet. The difference between first and seventh place was only nine points. In C fleet, Kathryn Reed won on a tiebreaker over Roxanne Chan.
Gale & Jon Pinckney
The Harbor 20 High Points Series results are in for 2014. In C fleet, Michael Volk was third; in second place was Andy Everson; and this year's winner is Jan Houghton. In B fleet, Len Connelly was third; Tom Corkett was second, while Conzelman sailed away with the trophy. In A fleet, Helen Duncan was second, and Peter Haynes took home the trophy.
Before we call it a year and prepare for our winter series, Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club has one more big regatta coming up Oct. 25 and 26. The Corinthian Cup is a junior event sailed in Sabots, Lasers and CFJs.
This is a huge event with approximately 70 to 80 juniors sailors representing themselves and their yacht clubs in an effort to win the Corinthian Cup. NHYC will be defending its title this year.
Sea ya.

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

Monday, October 06, 2014


Amante repeats and takes the 2014 Newport Beach HighPoint Series

Legacy finishes in 2nd place

Tango in 3rd

Amante repeats and takes the 2014 Newport Beach High Point Series. I will do a complete write up of this years series in my column this week.

                   Midwinters         66      BCYC  NHYC
Amante         07              17        7      14   = 45
Legacy          10              18       4       9    = 41
Tango           11               13       8       5    = 37
eXigent                          16          0      13   = 29
Cirrus              0              19         5       5   = 29
Linstar          08              14         3            = 25
Adios            09              15         0            = 24
Berserk                           12          0      10   =22
In Appropriate               18          0            = 18
RD                                  12          6             =18
PussyCat      05              10          2             =  17
Maiden                          16           0             = 16
Sting                               14          0              =14
Kokopelli2                                          12      =12
Free Event                      11          0               =11
Margaritaville                                       11    =11
Beserk                                                   10    =10
Whistler                          10          0              =10
TNT                                 09          0           = 09
Lickity Split   01             08          0    1      = 10
BOLT                                                     8      =8
Hot Ticket     06                             1           = 07
Its OK                                                  07      =07
Marisol                                                 06     =06
Violetta         04                0           0            = 04
Lucky Star    03                 0           0            = 03
Rebel Yell                                              03  =  03
Bud                                                         02  = 02
Baraka          02                  0          0            = 02

Next race: ALYC Midwinters 2015    2-14 & 15

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Editorial: If you are enjoying the Newport High Point Series please work with your yacht club and ask them to make an extra effort for this series and promote the next event at the awards. 

This years lessons learned: When a yacht club hosts an event it is highly recommended that if only one race is sailed  all classes sail the same distance. 

For those of you who wonder how the scoring works?