Saturday, December 19, 2015

Harbor Report: My top column gems of the year

By: Len Bose

This is the end of my sixth year with the Daily Pilot and I have never enjoyed writing about our harbor more than I do now. During this time I have written 223 stories and counting.
This is the time of year I review my top 10 columns of 2015. If any of these stories catch your attention for the first time or you would like to re-read them, you can visit my blog at or Google them using Len Bose Yacht Sales and name of the story.
I also give a few good gift ideas for those of you looking for last-minute Christmas gifts for your favorite yachtsman.

2015 Top 10 Columns
10. "Take the time to meet the Skipper: A story about Timothy Bercovitz — better known as "Skipper Tim." Published on May 9.
Skipper Tim
9. Trans Pac "Back in the Day": Somers was the communications chairman for the Trans Pac Yacht Club for many years and I thought interviewing him would make for a good story. Released on July 17.
8. Movement on the Moorings: By now, "moorings" might start to sound boring to you, but that's still the hot topic around the harbor. Over the last week, the Newport Beach Harbor Commission held two meetings, during which it completed its recommendations regarding fees for offshore and onshore moorings. This is still a topic of concern going into 2016. Published on April 10.
7. "A solid score for this harbor supporter": Twelve years ago, Jenn Lancaster left her teaching job, packed up her car and moved to California from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Fortunately for every sailor in Newport Beach, Lancaster became the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's racing director. Released on Feb 6.
6. "Rowing into champion status": While moving around the harbor the other day, I noticed all the different college alumni flags flying from homes and boats and the different stickers on cars passing by. I started to wonder: What is our harbor's home team, the team we can all get behind and take pride in? My interview with OCC rowing Coach Paul Prioleau dated Jan. 23.
Lt. Mark Alsobrook
5. "New harbormaster has plenty on his plate": I left off on my last column by informing everyone that we have a new Harbormaster Lt. Mark Alsobrook and I liked what I saw. This week I was able to interview Alsobrook over the phone. Published on Sept. 26.
4. "Swift brothers stay close and fare well in marine business": When I first contacted Pete, he brought up how close he and his brother Tom are, having worked together over the last 30 years. Published on Aug. 29.
3. "Plenty to do in El Nino prep": A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by our Harbormaster Lt. Mark Alsobrook and Harbor Resources Supervisor Shannon Levin to come up with a story to best prepare our harbor users for the upcoming El NiƱo. Posted on Dec. 12, 2015
2. " Rowing coach put the sea in OCC" in OCC": My interview with Dave Grant. At that time, Grant was the dean of students and the head rowing coach at OCC. It did not take much in the way of observation skills to quickly notice that Grant was the big man on campus. Posted on Feb. 20, 2015
1. "1981 Trans Pac": Seven Santa Cruz 50s made it to the starting line in 1981, and they were the talk of the waterfront that summer. All the boats at that time were very similar and it quickly became a race within a race among Chasch Mer, Night Train, Hana Ho, Oaxaca, Octavia, Shandu and Secret Love. Posted on July 2. One of my all time favorite stories.
Gift ideas
You are down to the last four days of shopping for your favorite yachtsman, what should you buy them? I found a few ideas while making my way around the harbor this week.
If you have a Duffy Electric Boat, head over to the showroom at 2001 W. Coast Hwy. They have Duffy hats, shirts, harbor maps and burgees. If you are not already signed up for Duffy Care be sure to ask.
You could also go to Basin Marine at 829 Harbor Island Drive and purchase some of their hats and T-shirts. If you get a little sea sick or have good friends that do ask Derek New, at Basin Marine, about the new gyro Seakeeper that will stabilize your boat and keep your guests smiling.
This is made for boats from 30 feet to 200 feet. "With the push of a button your boat transforms from rolling to stable, guests go from sick to smiling, and memories turn from never again' to 'best trip ever.'"
The next best item I found was the SOS Distress Light offered by Sailing Pro Shop at 885 W. 16th St. Newport Beach. This light is the first ever marine signaling device to comply with all U.S. Signals Coast Guard requirements for night visual distress and is visible at up to 10 nautical miles. That means no more flares to purchase every other year.
While at the Sailing Pro Shop make sure you ask for Carl Swaisgood and tell him I sent you. He has a cool stocking stuffer to give you for free.
Sea ya.

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

Thursday, December 17, 2015

For Sale: 1980 68' DEERFOOT Hull # 1 ASKING $ 319,000

1980 68' DEERFOOT Performance Cruiser

Deerfoot 68’ was conceived by the California industrialist Stanley Dashew, an experienced sailor who had owned a 39’ Friendship sloop, 76’ Alden schooner, 60’ Alden ketch and a large catamaran. Based on the boat market, at that time as well as his personal requirements, Dashew observed that there was a market for a large, fast, simple performance cruising yacht that could be handled by two people, with separate accommodations for three couples and a paid hand if needed. Most important was good performance with every possible comfort. Dashew had met up with Bill Lee and the “Fast is Fun” crowd in Santa Cruz and was able to sail aboard Merlin and was impressed by the concept of ultra-light sailboats. He presented his concept, of an light weight performance cruiser, to Doug Peterson in San Diego, who designed the hull, keel, and rig plan for Deerfoot. This boat you are looking at today was built by Salthouse Brothers yard in New Zealand under the close eye of Dashew. Detailed planning of the interior and construction was done during construction. New Zealand was chosen for building after Stanley Dashew’s son Stephen stopped there during a world cruise. Both Dashews were impressed by boatbuilders and their employees in New Zealand. Who built their boats for the demands of the Southern Ocean. Along with the availability of native kauri timber, used extensively in Deerfoot, also played a big role in choosing the Salthouse Brothers yard. The original concept of a shallow, light displacement performance cruiser was preserved, and although the displacement had been increased considerably with added creature comforts, and in spite of the cruising rig, Deerfoot kept most of her desired characteristics. Since Deerfoot is intended for long ocean passages, great attention was paid to safety at sea. There are watertight bulkheads fore and aft, plenty of pumps-manual and electric. Fire-retardant resins where used during construction and there are extra large hatches over every cabin and compartment.


Looking Aft

Owners Stateroom

Specification sheet

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Newport Harbor Yacht Clubs "Yachtsmen's Luncheon"

About 40 people attended todays Yachtsmen's Luncheon. I started to get a little chocked up when thanking Mel Richley for giving me my first break into offshore sailing. Richley owners Amante one of Newport Beaches 20 most interesting boats. I swear my 1983 Christmas Reyn Spooner is shrinking!

Newport Harbors Most Interesting Yachts of 2015

Len Bose's 2015 Newport Beach's Most Interesting Boats

Newport Beach's 20 most interesting yachts. This story is done in fun and coincides with other lists, from the 100 largest yachts to the world's wealthiest people down to the Daily Pilot's 103 list.

I spent a couple of days cruising the bay checking out boats that I have seen over this past season. I checked in with shipyard owners, yacht insurance companies, mechanics, and marina owners. My choices were made based on boats that 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. I mixed it up a little this year so it’s not always the same boats. If you do not see your boat here make sure you contact me. 

 Please enjoy!


“Dragon”   Photo by Len Bose

10. “Dragon” 2006 38’ San Juan. Stunning boat located in Promontory Bay one of the last 38’s  built. My favorite feature to these boats is the engine covers in the cockpit they make for a perfect lounging area while in Catalina. She is powered by twin Yanmar diesels, two staterooms. She is a forty-three knot boat but why would you want to go that fast when you look that good?

"Whiskey Girl”   Photo by Len Bose

9. “Whiskey Girl” Hinckley 29R Talaria She was launched in 2006 and is owned by her original owner. She is often seen around the bay and at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club main dock or at her home just off of Bayside street. She is powered by a single 370 HP Volvo diesel and Hamilton jet drive. With her comfortable V-Berth forward Moonstone Catalina is not out of the question and at thirty knots you can be there in less than an hour. 

DULCINEA   Stan Miller Photo

8.  DULCINEA 1988 110’ Yachtfisher built by Knight & Carver to an Ed Monk design. She can accommodate six passengers  and three crew. Refit maintenance and alteration in 2004. She has a range of 3,000 miles at a cruising speed of 14 knots. She is Jane Fonda of super yachts. Overtime you see her she keeps getting better looking. Berthed on Lido Peninsula.

Chief     Photo by Len Bose

7.  “Chief” 1947 25’ Red & White Chris Craft, the owner of this boat is not new to the list of Newport Beach’s 20 most interesting boats. This is the third boat that he has restored, all wooden boats and all in PERFECT condition. She is on the south east corner of the little  Balboa Island.

William B    Photo provide by the Hill Family

 “WILLIAM B” 77’ Splashed in 1942 at the Naval Shipyard in Puget Sound Bridge. The “WILLIAM B” is a household word in town. Known to have a LOA shorter than her draft is not necessarily true. Always seen at a number of yachting events throughout the years. Her owner is always one of the first volunteers to help out. ( written eight years ago.)

"Quick Spin"  Photo by Len Bose

5. “ Quick Spin” Palm Beach 50 Express. This gorgeous yacht is berthed on Linda Isle just across from the SOL restaurant. I am guessing this is the 50’ model. Palm Beach yachts has been recently acquired by Grand Banks. She comes with twin 435 HP Volvo IPS 600 diesels she weighs in a lean 27,500 pounds which equates into an economical performing yacht. She features two staterooms and one very sexy cockpit.

                                              "Proud Bird"                Photo courtesy of boat owners

4. Proud Bird   38-foot Buddy Davis Proud Bird is now often seen at Whites Cove in Catalina, cruising the harbor or fishing our local waters. The boat is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 485 horse powered 6-71 TI engines. She has a 14-foot beam and displaces 35,000 pounds. Her cruising speed is 18 knots with her top speed reaching 22 knots. She can be found in the upper bay.

                                            Sea Chase      Photo provided by owners

3. “Sea Chase” 47’ Lyman Morse built in 1991. I do not have that much information on this custom boat. She is hull # 1 of a Hunt design and kept in Bristol Condition. What I do know about the boat is that the owner and his wife handle the boat perfectly and are seen on bay cruises and runs down south. This masterpiece can be seen just north of BCYC before the bridge.

El Tigre        Photo by Len Bose

2“El Tigre” 64’ Yachtfisher.  She was splashed in 1981 designed by Ed Monk and built by Elliot Marine in Marina del Rey. I ran into the boat unexpectedly while walking the docks near the Newport Shipyard and she just jumped at me. Every person I asked around town said she is the best of the best. “ They don’t make them like that anymore.”

Shanakee       Photo by Len Bose

1. 'SHANAKEE" 78' Nordland Ed Monk design splashed in 2008. Designed for passages off the Pacific Coast and glacial runways of the Inside Passages. She was constructed with high-techcomposite structure and screams perfection. Built with a sailors eye, her beauty will last longer than the best french wine. If she is in town you can find her on the Lido Peninsula or Moonstone Cove in Catalina.


Amante     Photo courtesy of Joy Sailing

10.   “Amante" 1983 Choate 48’ Peterson design. For the third year in a row this years Newport High Point Series winners. Good thing there are three bothers that race her together because one person could not kept all of the pickle dishes she has won over the last over the last 33 years. Berthed on Lido Isle.

Horizon   Photo courtesy of Joy Sailing

9. “Horizon” 1983 Santa Cruz 50’ Built in Santa Cruz and is hull number 26 of 28 built. She had an extensive refit 2010 and is the boat to beat in her class when sailing to Hawaii or Mexico. This year she placed 1st overall in the Ensenada Race, 3rd in class to Cabo San Lucas and 2nd in class in Trans Pac. She will be headed back to sea this February in the San Diego to Puerto Vallarta Race. You can find her on the Lido Peninsula.

Whisper   Photo courtesy of Sail Smile
8. “WHISPER”  Rhodes 29’ I call her the giant killer. She is sailed on Monday Nights and makes most of our local club races. Always kept in perfect condition and the ‘old boys that sailer her seem pretty darn happy to be on the water. Berthed on the west side of Lido Isle.

Hooligan      Photo by Len Bose
7. “Hooligan” 1968 Ericson 41’ Bruce King designed. She has to be one of the best looking sail boats on the water. The same family has owned her for the last 32 years with the third generation making many trips to Catalina each year and always attending their yacht clubs opening day. She is kept on a mooring on the east end of the bay.

Manaaki    Photo provided by owner
6. MANAAKI” 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. Hands on owner with true corinthian spirit.

Dauntless       Photo provided by owner
552’ 1992 Hinckley Sou’Wester Hull number #2 “Dauntless”. Hinckley made 17 of these 52's with only two of them on the west coast at this time. One is kept in Marina del Rey and is owned by Michael Eisner the other is here in Newport Beach at the Balboa Marina. She is a Hinckley, you have to love it.

                                      Teal               Photo provided by owner
4. “TEAL”  42’ Hinckley Daysailor built in 2007 to a Bruce King design. I first noticed this boat pulling into Moonstone on a warm summer afternoon with ensign, club burgee and private signal all flying perfectly. Often seen sailing the harbor and outside. She is berthed next to the NHYC.

Methetabel    Photo provided by owner
3.“METHETABEL” 76’ Pedrick Design built at Admiral Marine in 2000. Built of all composite materials after 13 years she is still “state of the art.” Last seen heading for Mexico when she is in port you can find her at Newport Harbor Yacht Club or at Moonstone in Catalina. Berthed just west of the NHYC. She is one of the most elegant vessels I have seen in our harbor.

Windward Passage       Photo Provide by Dave Johnson
2. “WINDWARD PASSAGE” 73’ Built on the Beach in the Bahamas in 1968 to an Alan Gurney design. Best known for Transpac greatest single performance and with a crew list from the Sailors Hall of Fame. Alan Andrews designed Keel and Rudder revision by Westerly Marine and Paint at Newport Shipyard within the last three years. She is berthed at the Ardell Marina. “In every sailors heart there is a piece of WINDWARD PASSAGE”

Phased            Photo provided by owner

1. “Phaedo” 66’ Gunboat. Launched in 2010. She has had a major refit and is a work of art. She has sailed in the last two Trans Pac’s and the Caribbean in 2011. There is an uber modern, stylish interior with open spaces instead of stuffed furniture, with everything from weight-saving clear coat carbon counter tops instead of Corian to being the world’s fastest cruising cat with a pizza oven. This interior would not be out of place in a hip New York City Central Park apartment. While she is in port you can find her at the Newport Shipyard.