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The Harbor Report: Holiday gift ideas for a sailor

December 09, 2010|By Len Bose
  • Boat No. 8, The Forger.
Boat No. 8, The Forger.

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.

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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.

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