Saturday, October 24, 2015

FOR SALE: Harbor 20 Hull # 37 ASKING ONLY $ 17,500

" UNWIND" Is very clean boat and fast. She features a rebuilt motor, Battery Charger, Cockpit Cover and Jib Sock, Paddle Boom Crutch, Cockpit Cushions. Commissioned to race the Newport Beach One design fleet. White hull with red strips.

Boat purchased in June '10. Sent to Schock for bottom / repair gel coat / new rigging / rewire / etc 
Motor overhaul 9/'10
New Main - 12/'10
New Jib - 11/'13
New seat cushions 1/'12
New batteries approx 6/'12
Last bottom paint 7/'13

Good Clean Boat ONLY ASKING $ 17,500 Contact Listing Agent Len Bose (714) 916-0200

Harbor Report: Shop specializes in your boating needs

Minney's Yacht Surplus at 1500 Newport Boulevard
Len Bose

I was walking back to my car after a Harbor 20 race I was in this last weekend, when a friend of mine Chuck Ullman called out, "I have been diggin' your harbor column."
Of course that made me stop walking and thank him for reading my work. He asked what my next story might be and that's when I got the idea to interview him.
Chuck Ullman

I have noticed Ullman from the time he was a junior sailor and have followed him through college where he sailed for Saint Mary's University. Earlier this year I needed to sell some used sails and headed over to Minney's Yacht Surplus at 1500 Newport Boulevard where I was pleasantly surprised to see Ullman managing the store.
He was quick to help and made me a good deal on the sails. While I was leaving, I thought Ullman had found his niche in the marine business and it was obvious that he enjoyed his work.

Minney's Yacht Surplus has been around for 55 years, first opening on Mariners Mile on Pacific Coast Highway. About 20 years ago it moved up to its present location in the old San Antonio Winery building off old Newport Boulevard.
Minney's slogan is "We make Boating Affordable." It's a place where boaters can buy, sell and trade boating equipment. Chuck Ullman has been the store manager for the last two years and said it's best if customers come by often to see what's new.

 "If you are in the area, you have to come into the store and see for yourself," Ullman said "You never really know what's going to come in. You can call — we have regulars come in everyday."
The shop has a blog site at but I agree that to really get the feel of the place you need to stop by.
I asked about holiday shopping and Ullman said they have a large library of books, antiques, ship's bells and artwork that might be hard to find elsewhere.
"If you have a boater in the family, we will have something they will want," he said.
Minney's has marine surplus for sale and Ullman pointed out that the store has a large variety of small hardware and winches.
"We spent all last month cleaning Barient winches and have a large inventory of new Lewmar winches that are for sale," he said. "We also have port lights and Lewmar hatches available."

Ullman said a customer can come in with anything small and there will always be someone in the store that can purchase it from them. But if you're planning on bringing a trailer load of marine equipment, be sure to make an appointment so that the store owner Ernie Minney or Ullman is around to help you.
Also, if you are shopping for used sails, it's best to make sure you have the dimensions you are looking for. Minney's spends a lot of time updating its sail inventory on its website, so if you are looking for a spinnaker for the upcoming Ensenada race you can follow the inventory of spinnakers online.
Minney's also offers line splicing for your anchor or mooring gear should you be looking for a little help for the mega El Niño winter we are expecting.
I asked Ullman what were some of the strangest items he has seen come through the door and he recalled a hot air ballon and he purchased a parachute one time thinking it was a sea anchor.

It feels good to watch someone go from a junior sailor, find their passion in the marine business and do it all on their own. He performs his job with true passion and whichever route Ullman takes in the future, it's obvious that the customer will come first.
I recommend you stop by Minney's, say high to Chuck Ullman and ask him how to get your boat ready for the upcoming El Niño.
Sea ya

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist for the Daily Pilot.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

2015 Newport Beach High Point Series Scorecard

ALL photos are courtesy of Joy Sailing, as always thank you Joy sailing

Amante dynasty continues for the third year in a row winning the Newport Beach High Point Series.
The Richley family took no prisoners this year by winning the Midwinters, 66 and Leukemia Cup. You have to give it up for them they were one of five boats that attended all the High Point events and sailed consistently throughout the series.  Can anyone catch them next year? The AOCYC calendar for 2016 has already been posted. Please take a look at it 2016 High Point Series  This proposed schedule is the worst I have seen.

Time for a Len Bose editorial on the condition of our PHRF fleet. Folks the time has come to take our own destiny into our hands. What I propose is that someone, a boat owner or team leader, from our our local fleet stand up and organize our local PHRF fleet? We cannot leave it to the local yacht clubs any longer! Please note that the Ahmanson and 66 series no longer exist. If this Champion would step up and organize our local boat owners and come up with a schedule that would attract at least half  our fleet of  thirty some boats will we will be moving forward. The discussion should also include a Newport Beach Harbor PHRF Championship.  I would shout out to Buddy Richley, Tim Harmon, Brian Dougherty and myself to have a conference call with the idea of getting on the phone contacting everyone in our fleet to ask for a commitment of these owners to attend a desired schedule for 2016. So MUCH more to talk about SOMEONE needs to do something! Are you with me boy's?

                       Midwinters                66           Leukemia Cup          14 Mile Bank

1. Amante              12                       18                 12                                27             = 69 Points

2. Linstar                11                      16                   10                              20              = 57

3. Tango                   4                      13                     8                                27            = 52

4. Cirrus                   5                      10                      5                               25            = 45

5. Legacy                  7                      8                     11                               16            = 42

6. Marisol                 0                      15                      0                              24             =39

7. Heartbeat             0                       0                      7                                  23           =30

8. Kite 35                 8                      17                      0                                0             = 25

9. RD                       9                         0                       4                              13           = 26

10. TNT                     0                       0                       0                              26              =26

11. Patriot                  0                         0                      0                              22             =22

12. Berserk                 0                         0                      0                             21              =21

13. Violetta              10                       0                      0                                  9              =19

14. Adios                   0                          0                      0                             18              =18

15. Whisper               0                          0                      0                             17              =17

16. Whistler                 0                     6                      0                                  10            =16

17. Pussy Cat              0                     0                       9                                  6             =15

18. Varuna                 0                       14                       0                                0            = 14

19. Bolt                     0                        12                      0                               0             = 12

20. Campaign            0                        0                        0                              11             = 11

21. Hot Ticket           0                       4                      3                                     3           = 10

22. DoubleTime          0                     9                       0                                 0                =9

23. In Appropriate       0                    7                       0                                 0                 =7

24. Licit Split          1                     0                      6                                  0                   = 7

25. Elan                       0                      0                     0                                 7               =7

26. Sting                      6                     0                       0                               0                =6

27. Reliance                0                    5                        0                                 0               = 5

29. Briar Rose          0                        0                        0                                 4              =4

30. Flaca                    3                       0                       0                                 0                =3

31. Habanero              0                       0                       0                                 2                  =2

32. Arrow                  2                        0                       0                                 0                 =2

33. Molokai                0                      0                        0                                  1                =1

       2nd Place Linstar

 Tango 3rd place

The Harbor Report: Schocks keep business in the family

By Len Bose
October 9, 2015 | 4:16 p.m.

Its always fun to go around Newport Harbor and talk to people in the marine business, and even more interesting to talk to people who have made the marine industry a family business.
W.D. "Bill" Schock was one of first boat builders to arrive in our area. He built International 14 sailboats at his father house on the Balboa Peninsula near the Pavilion.
The story goes that a neighbor was walking by and noticed Schock's finished product and asked if he would build him one. Shock reportedly said, "You can have this one. It's done." It's my understanding the same thing happened to hulls No. 2 and 3.
Realizing he was now in the boat building business, Schock went up the peninsula and off of Lafayette Road purchased some property. With the help of a few of his friends, he built a boat shop.
The business grew, and he purchased the property across the street to build Santana 22s. Then moving closer to the bay front, he purchased the old ice house, at 2900 Lafayette Road near The Cannery restaurant, that used to aid in loading the commercial fishing fleet with ice.

Shock had three sons, Tom, Scott and Steve. Tom wanted to build boats and took over the boat manufacturing business in Santa Ana and later moved out to Corona. Scott wanted to sell and service new boats, and Steve wanted to design boats.
One thing I noticed about the Schock boys is that they all ended up with the perfect partners. Tom married Jane, who I never really had the opportunity to get to know, although we had a chance to talk at a number of the Lido 14 parties years ago.
Scott married Marie, with whom I had a chance to work on some boat deals and discuss harbor issues. I always felt that I could trust Marie's opinion when it came to the harbor.
Steve married Ruth, who was my best friend from the moment I met her while racing sailboats in college. I saw her later in the Lido 14 fleet.
The old ice house has been the display room for the Schocks for close to 75 years — next year will mark that anniversary. Just recently Marie and Scott Schock decided to retire and have passed the helm to Ruth and Steve.
Because of this long history, dating back to before there was even water in the bay (just kidding; I just like to say that when expressing a great deal of time), the Schocks are able to provide a full-service boatyard, parts department, eight display slips, Mercury and Yamaha outboard certified technicians and years of experience to their customers. Both of their salesmen have been with them for over 25 years, which is unheard of in the marine business or any business today.
Today Schock Boats exclusively sells Grady-Whites boats and are a service center for Boston Whaler.
Some big news on the water this past weekend.
Gale and Jon Pinckney ran away with the Harbor 20 fleet Championships in A Fleet.
The race seemed to be for second place. Walter Johnson aboard Patches and Anne and Kurt Wiese, sailing Ping, tied for third with 36 points, the Wieses taking it in the tie breaker. Mary and Jim Buckingham, sailing Buckshot, stayed 3 points ahead of these two to claim second.
In B fleet, Craig Chamberlain and I won aboard my boat Only Child. It came down to the last race against Mariah and Daniel Geissmann aboard Red Devil. The person with the most heat this weekend was the father-son team of Porter and Chris Killian, sailing in C Fleet. The B's and C's started together, and if the Killians had been sailing in B's, they would have won the regatta.
Porter, 15, was at the helm this last weekend. Not sure what the kid was eating for breakfast, but he was able to find the wind all weekend.
Out in the ocean this last weekend was the 14-mile bank race, with 29 boats participating. Dare won this race, although the big winner was the Richley family's Amante.
This race was the last of the Newport Beach High Point Series and the third year in a row that Amante has taken the trophy.

LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist for the Daily Pilot.

Friday, October 09, 2015

2015 Harbor 20 Fleet Championships

It’s Monday the day after the 2015 fleet one championships and I have been staring at the results for the last two hours reviewing the regatta over and over again in my mind and waiting to see John Whitney post the results on the class web site.
I did happen to finally achieve my goal and move up a division by winning B fleet, but after it is all said and done the whole regatta was enjoyable to me this year. No, it’s not because I won well maybe a little. The regatta was fun for me because I purposely took a step back and cracked a few jokes between my crew, Craig Chamberlain, and I between and during the racing.

In fact I only stamped my feet once, on the bottom of the boat, the whole weekend while having one of my “Only Child” temper tantrums. I made sure we went by to congratulate the previous race winners and the teams that where racing close to us throughout the regatta. We made sure to talk to happy people like Debra and Peter Haynes, Anne and Ed Kimball, and the brother sister team of Kathryn and Ted Reed. These folks are always going to give you a big hello and tell you how lucky we are just to be taking part in this event.

Another thing I did different this year was attend the Saturday night dinner party and I have to say our fleet captain Nik Froehlich did an outstanding job. I never sat at a table that was laughing so hard during the daily first awards and throughout the night. Froehlich was requesting a story from the winner before he presented their award. You also had to be in attendance to receive the award otherwise it was presented the next place finisher. It was going so well Froehlich decided to break out some more awards and just asked participants to come up and tell their stories from the race course.

One of the better laughs of the night came when Argyle Campbell came up to tell his story and was immediately followed up by Bridget his wife. Argyle quickly returning to the microphone, with the face expression of disbelief, and informing the crowed “ I cannot believe that Bridget came up here, she never has done that before.” Greg Newman was at our table and I have never seen him laugh so hard. Of course he had his daughter Jessica sitting next to him and she was on fire with the jokes all night.  All good times to remember.

As for the racing conditions this year we had a light warm breeze, Saturday, out of the south that made it difficult for the race committee to set up a race course in the harbor. The breeze was staying at about six to eight knots for the most part of the day. The weather mark and finish line was tucked under Bay Island so that was that was tricky part of the race course for us. Later in the day John Fuller, our PRO, extended the leeward gates closer towards the PCH bridge and we made the mistake of sailing to the right side of the course upwind in that last race on Saturday.

Sunday we had rather big rain clouds that pushed the wind around thirty to sixty degrees. The good news was it never rained on us the bad news was the breeze never settled in. With the wind going from South West to West the starting line was moved closer toward the NHYC. During the first race we noticed the breeze out of the south west and that Bob Yates and Phil Thompson sailing Jubilee in A Fleet went left into the mooring and came out smelling like bacon.

By the second race the wind was leaning further west and getting lighter. If you stayed away from the herd and in some type of breeze you would win ask Porter and Chris Killian. The B and C fleet started at the same time this year and the Killian’s were killing it all weekend long sailing in C fleet. In fact they were so in tune, with the wind, they would have won B fleet by over six points.

As always it appeared that finding your way out of a bad start and consistently sailing your way back into the top five was how you would win your division. I just wish there was a way to have a drone flown above the race course and use yellow tracker with wind information. If we could do that I would spend another two hours staring at the results.

It was an engaging season this year and I hope to see you all at our December 4th awards dinner.