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From the Boathouse: Newport has a great water safety record
Ahoy!The boating season officially begins this Memorial Day weekend, and this week I am writing my column from Philadelphia. This is perfect timing to visit the cracked Liberty Bell just before Memorial Day.Previously known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is the time to remember those who gave...
From the Boathouse: New life for the Delta Queen
Ahoy! Many people in the area and visitors from around the world remember the Reuben E. Lee Restaurant later renamed the Pride of Newport as the most famous faux Riverboat in Newport Harbor floating securely attached to shore by the Back Bay Bridge. The floating barge was built with a superstructure...
From the Boathouse: Lasers take to the water
From the Boathouse: Lasers take to the water
Ahoy! An exciting target in Newport Harbor is closing in fast on my radar, and taking a closer look, I can see it is the 81st annual Flight of the Lasers. It's a Newport Beach tradition that began more than eight decades ago and now features Olympic-class sailboats. Keeping with recent traditions,...
From the Boathouse: L.A. Boat Show coming soon
From the Boathouse: L.A. Boat Show coming soon
Ahoy! The New Year means that the new boat show season has arrived, and it starts with the Los Angeles Boat Show this month. The exciting news is that the show has weighted anchor from the Los Angeles Convention Center and moved to its new home port at the Fairplex in Pomona. The L.A. Boat Show...
From the Boathouse: Section of new bill not neccessary
From the Boathouse: Section of new bill not neccessary
Ahoy! I am giving the order for all hands on deck as a bill has been introduced by California legislators to abolish second-home mortgage deduction, which includes any vessel with a mortgage and listed as a second home. AB 71 was introduced by Assembly Member David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and coauthored...
From the Boathouse: Time for my Christmas poem
From the Boathouse: Time for my Christmas poem
Ahoy. The Christmas boat parades have finished for another season, and the only parade that I can see on my radar is for Friday. The Northwest's traditional parade is the Christmas Ship Festival and the route takes the vessels past 45 waterfront communities on Lake Washington and the Puget Sound....
From the Boathouse: It's time for Christmas boat parades
From the Boathouse: It's time for Christmas boat parades
Ahoy! The time for Holiday and Christmas parades are upon us in Southern California and across the nation. Our local harbors will be awash in decorated boats and almost anything that can float for the next few weekends throughout the world. You would be surprised at the watercrafts, and I use that...
From The Boathouse: Be sure to fill out this survey
Ahoy! I'm hailing all those in the recreational boating industry in our local harbors and inland areas to complete a brief but important survey. The National Marine Manufacturers Assn. in Washington, D.C. is asking for input about maritime-related tax policies, and which ones you want to protect,...
From the boathouse: Of lobsters, sandcastles, tropical storms
Ahoy! Oct. 1 is nearly here, which signifies the beginning of local lobster season. I cannot wait to dine again on our local crustaceans. Speculation is floating across the waters that this year will be a good one for catching bugs. So send me updates with your catches this year, versus the past...
From The Boathouse: Floods, drought and rip currents
From The Boathouse: Floods, drought and rip currents
Ahoy! We are now officially in the middle of the boating season, even though we boat year-round in Southern California's coastal waters. Although, I have to admit, I find the off-season months to actually be the best to go boating, especially with less traffic on the water. While we are suffering...
From the Boathouse: Plenty going on for the Fourth
Ahoy! July 4 is approaching fast and it'son a Monday this year, which will create a three-day weekend. Waterways will be very congested with thousands of boaters from across the nation, with many boaters hitting the water on Friday. The Fourth of July is traditionally known as the busiest boating...
From the Boathouse: The difference between sailor and sailer
Ahoy!Most of you will be reading this column while enjoying the Labor Day weekend, and this weekend typically signals the end of the summer season across the nation. Summer in Southern California has been great for boating, with mostly moderate temperatures, only a few hurricane swells reaching...
From the Boathouse: Storms can bring debris; Jetpack lifting off from Newport
Ahoy! Finally, rain fell on the Southland, and the slow-moving storm brought thunder and lightning, especially to Orange County. Too bad the storm did not linger in our area for a few more days, as we need the rain. However, rain is still forecast for Friday and, at this writing, Sunday. This is...
From the Boathouse: Flight of the Lasers welcomes Hall of Fame sailor
Ahoy! The Flight of the Lasers raced through Newport Harbor on July 17, and a special guest from the Annapolis Yacht Club, Gary Jobson, borrowed a laser to race. Jobson, a world-renowned sailor, has been inducted in the National Sailing Hall of Fame and the America's Cup Hall of Fame. Let's not...
From the Boathouse: 'Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired' slated for Saturday
Ahoy! An annual superb sailing event is closing in fast on my radar, and it is zeroing in at the American Legion Post 291. The post and the American Legion Yacht Club plan to host the 27th annual "Sail for the Blind and Visually Impaired" on Saturday. The event is sponsored by the Women's Sailing...
From the Boathouse: What's this about Boaty McBoatface?
The newly built RRS Boaty McBoatface splashes across the Internet and goes viral. Do you salty dogs know what the prefix RSS means in the nautical world? I will tell you in a couple of weeks, but you can Google it. The National Environment Research Council decided to ask for help to name its research...
From the Boathouse: An explanation of boat name prefixes
Ahoy!In a previous column (From the Boathouse, April 1, 2016), I told you about the recommendation of using the name of RRS Boaty McBoatface for a ship and what the prefix RRS means in the nautical world. Vessels can have letters used in front of their names, and these informal, military, or national...
From the Boathouse: Getting to know the U.S. Coast Auxiliary
Ahoy! Recently, I was asked who are the United States Coast Auxiliary and how do they help me as a boater? Well, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard. The auxiliary volunteers are widely popular for their free vessel-safety checks for any recreational...
From the boathouse: Weathering the SoCal warmth
Only in Southern California can we decide between boating or snow skiing in the middle of winter.Remarkably, due to the warmer temperatures, I am still noticing recreational boaters cruising Lake Arrowhead when I visit our cabin.However, this is not what I experience while skippering yachts along...
From the Boathouse: Christmas parades and a poem
Ahoy! The Christmas and holiday boat parades are underway in the southland and across the nation, and I hope everyone will have an opportunity to watch a parade, and wave to the boaters who take the time and expense to decorate their vessels. Our local parades will begin with the Dana Point Harbor...
Published in Los Angeles Times on December 12, 2015 — Print headline: "Parades and a poem"
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