The Harbor Report: Some observations along the waterfront

March 31, 2011|By Len Bose
  • Harbor 20s at M mark in the Spring Twilight.
Harbor 20s at M mark in the Spring Twilight. (Courtesy LEN BOSE )

It's time for my spring Harbor Observation Report. And, yes, I am for hire.

I took my standard route this week by starting out at the Newport Harbor Shipyard. I then looked out over Z mark from the Windward Sailing Club, walked through Lido Village, glimpsed the repo yard, stopped at Ardell Marina, and proceeded to my final destination: Basin Shipyard.

There was plenty of activity at Newport Harbor Shipyard. As I turned down shipyard way I could not help noticing the burgee of the Lahaina Whale smartly placed on the top of Windward Passage's rig.

Walking into the yard, the first thing that grabbed me was the huge Alan Andrews-designed bulb keel.

The skipper Dave "Half Deck" Johnson was high in the scaffolding, prepping the boat for a new paint job.

Seeing Dave work over the years, the boat will be a faultless work of art before she is placed back into the water. If she attends the Newport Harbor Yacht Club's opening day, she is my favorite to win as best overall yacht.


It also appears that Paul Stemler and his J 44 Patriot are also getting ready for opening day, by placing in a new bottom and what looks like a new paint job. Craig Reynolds is placing a new bottom on his boat, Bolt, and it looks really fast.

If anyone can beat the SC 50 Horizon in this year's Transpacific Yacht Race, it might just be the Bolt. After looking at the boat's bottom and asking a couple people around town, Newport Harbor Shipyard is producing some fast-looking bottoms.

At the other end of the yard is the Santa Cruz 50, the Flaca. The owner, Paul Casanova, has the rig and rudder pulled for inspection in preparation for the Transpac, and while he has the boat out of the water, she is receiving a new paint job and a little keel repair.

While walking out on the shipyard ways to have a look at the other shipyards, I noticed Roy Jones' J 133, the Tango, having her interior completely re-varnished for the Balboa Yacht Club's opening day. The Tango has to be the favorite for the best overall sailboat this year at BYC.

My next stop was next to the Windward Sailing Club and there appeared to be the same number of the larger Charter Boats 15 from my quick count in town. While standing there, I pictured the proposed "New Vision" of the harbor for the Lido Village area. I hope the city can improve this area sooner rather than later. It will sure make the boat show more attractive to attend.

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