Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Holiday gift ideas for a sailor 2010

Continuing our countdown at No. 8 of Newport Harbor's 20 Most Interesting Boats:
No. 8: FORGER — 74' — Commissioned in 1988 at the German Bültjer Shipyard in Ditzum to a Beeldsnijder design. It is immediately obvious that she is definitely a different sort of motor yacht. Her "iroko" topside gleam has countless coats of varnish. She came to town five years ago and is berthed on the end of Linda Isle.
No. 7: DRUMBEAT — 49' — Originally commissioned for the previous owner of the No. 9 Sailboat "Rocket." She was built to a Kernan yacht design with a type of commuter boat styling. She was finished by a team led by Richard Crow from Orange Coast College and is now owned by one of our harbor's best yachtsmen. She is berthed on the end of Lido Isle.
I found some more ideas for what to leave under your sailor's Christmas tree. Everyone likes to be green around the holidays so I thought the Davis No Spill Fuel Recovery System would be the perfect stocking stuffer or it might bring a laugh if you bought it for the owner of the boat you are boarding for the upcoming Christmas Parade. You can find them at West Marine store locations or online.
Next I noticed the Argus Battery Bug. This looked like a very simple way to manage your electrical system on your boat. You can also find them at West Marine or online.
Harvey Wills from Western Marine Marketing told me about the GOST Cloak System.
"Most property loss occurs in the initial minutes of a break-in, before police or security teams have had a chance to respond," the GOST's website reads. "The GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies — formerly Paradox Marine) Cloak system is designed to provide protection in the critical time gap between onboard alarm activation and the response team's arrival.
"In a matter of seconds, the GOST Cloak system fills the protected vessel interior with an impenetrable cloud of smoke that makes the intruder disoriented and confused and forces them off the vessel until the response team arrives."
This would make for some funny video of the bad guys leaving your boat or me, "The Yacht Broker," who did not follow the boarding instructions properly.
Now I have some holiday gifts from our local marine vendors I would like to give out to my readers. These vendors are people I have learned to trust over my 23 years on the harbor, and I hope you will recognize their names the next time you need something for your boat. Please e-mail me at boseyachts@mac.com with your boat name and type after you read this story and I will place your name in a hat.
This week the gift bag contains the following:
From Harvey Wills and Western Marine Marketing Inc. we have an oxidation removal kit. The Western Marine Marketing product line covers everything from ValVtect Fuel to Pettit products.
Independent Rigging will do one free anchor chain to rode splice. While you have Richard at your boat, you should ask him to take a look at your standing and running rigging.
"Rob The Diver" has offered inspection and reports on bottom condition plus free replacement of one large plate zinc, two trim tab zincs or two shaft zincs up to two inches in diameter. More zincs can be replaced for free if the owner supplies the parts. Rob has most of Newport's 20 most interesting boats on his client list.
Arturo Yacht Maintenance has offered one free wash down. While you have Arturo on your boat, you should get a quote on your varnish or waxing your hull. Arturo can take care of most of your problems on your boat.
From last week, Ellen Shockro received the Island Marine Fuel and T-shirt, Megan Delaney won the Gary Miltimore Catalina print, Michel Yahn won the Mariners General Boat Show swag bag and the famous Carbon Money clip. Ray Lewis won the free boat title search from the Mary Conlin Title Co.
Continue to follow Newport's Most Interesting Boats countdown because I have some rather large gifts still in the bag. If you are a local vendor, contact me if you would like to help.
LEN BOSE is an experienced boater, yacht broker and boating columnist.

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