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January 6, 2011
Newport Beach police are reminding sailors to keep their expensive equipment secured following a string of boat burglaries in the last two months. Police responded to five boat burglaries in November and six in December, said Sgt. Steve Burdette. The thieves are stealing high-priced fishing equipment, Burdette said. Daily Pilot boating columnist Len Bose said that, in one incident, a person had nearly two dozen fishing reels and a portable tackle center taken. —Joseph Serna
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | July 19, 2012
Ahoy! The California Department of Boating and Waterways is now a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation. This repositioning will negatively affect boaters, boating infrastructure, on-the-water law enforcement, and boating education. The move by the governor to change the department is merely a grab for the dedicated funds — not general fund dollars — paid by the boaters and fishermen. The tens of millions of dollars paid annually to the former department can now potentially be siphoned away for other purposes, which would neglect the intended purpose of the funds for boating uses.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | April 28, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — When driving down Newport Boulevard toward Lido Marina Village, the bright white finish off hundreds of yachts beckons for a closer look. If you're up for getting a glimpse at how accommodating life on the water can be, or you have a few hundred thousand dollars to spare, the 38th annual Newport Boat Show is worth a visit. The show opened Thursday and runs through Sunday. From trawlers to tugboats and mega-yachts, the show is where attendees will likely find what you're looking for, even if it's boaters insurance or a new deck finish.
NEWS
October 24, 2003
Deepa Bharath The electronics on a boat serves a variety of purposes -- from getting help in times of crisis to making sure boaters find their way home. David Lawson, who has owned Seaside Marine Electronics in Newport Beach for about 18 years, says the scope of his business has changed dramatically since he started out. Lawson initially worked for a marine electronics store and later took over that business when it folded. "Things have changed so much," he said.
NEWS
January 14, 2005
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy. We are into the new year, and it is great to hear that the Newport Beach City Council is wasting no time in appointing committee members to help decide the fate of the Marinapark property. This publicly owned property is the last bayside area that can be developed to the best potential for our harbor, boaters and the public. Ironically, I just read an article in BoatUS magazine about the New York State recreationway plan for New York, and the plan declares "recreational boating ... its most important asset when the plan was written in 1995."
NEWS
July 18, 2003
Ahoy. I received quite a few responses to last week's column, especially about a growing lack of courtesy between boaters in Newport Harbor, and many were concerned with the never-before boater at the helm of a new yacht. Every summer, we have the intensification of those using the waterways, whether sailing classes, charter boats, outriggers, fishermen or paddlers. I actually like to see people using our harbor, and we must all learn to be respectful and tolerant of each other on the water.
NEWS
April 1, 2005
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy. Breaking news! The final plans for Marinapark were approved last night in a secret, closed-session meeting. The last remaining undeveloped city-owned harborfront property is to be developed as a full-scale public marina with slips large enough to accommodate visiting mega-yachts. Also at the late night meeting, members sketched out plans for a public boat-launch ramp, expressing alarm that a public launch is missing in the main harbor of the largest recreational harbor in the world.
NEWS
February 21, 2003
Ahoy. The U.S. Coast Guard asks that all boaters help test their coastal stations' Global Maritime Distress and Safety System Digital Selective Calling capabilities. The marine MF/HF radiotelephone service is part of the DSC system, which allows boaters, with the touch of one button, to send a distress signal to the Coast Guard complete with Mobile Maritime Service Identity number and latitude/longitude if connected to a Global Positioning System from anywhere in the world.
FEATURES
By Mike Whitehead | August 13, 2009
Ahoy, Great news for boaters — and yes, you do make a difference when you make your voice heard. What am I talking about? Once again, the attack on the California Department of Boating and Waterways to dissolve Cal Boating by the state legislators has been avoided because of the enormous outcry from the boating community. Boaters, also, know that the real reason to eliminate Cal Boating is to steal Cal Boating’s dedicated fund source that is funded exclusively by boaters.
FEATURES
By MIKE WHITEHEAD | July 27, 2007
I could not believe my eyes while I was driving along Pacific Coast Highway through Huntington Beach on Thursday morning. I have seen many whales on the beach in my time, but now I saw a beach full of heifers ? real Corriente steers on an actual cattle drive. The U.S. Open Surfing Contest partnered with the Orange County Fair to provide 25 riders on horseback leading 100 cattle along the beach. I hope there will not be any runoff pollution. Speaking of pollution, do you know there is a national issue brewing that could hurt boating as early as next summer?
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By Mike Whitehead | April 18, 2014
Ahoy! I cannot believe that Easter is on my radar for Sunday already, and I know many boaters who are planning to take their family and friends on a cruise this weekend. Well, I have good weather news to report. I am predicting pleasant conditions for boating, other outdoor activities and Easter brunch on the patio. The air temperatures along the coastline will remain cool, and the temperatures will reach into the high 60s and a little higher for those in the direct sunlight.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 13, 2014
On Thursday morning, 25-year-old Kane Curran spotted a creature he may never see again. A pod of about 40 or 50 false killers whales - that's actually their name - swam roughly a mile and half from the Newport Harbor entrance, Curran's third sighting of them in the past 24 hours. "Being out here for so long and seeing a species I've never seen before, it's quite an experience," said Curran, who grew up in the area. "It could very well be something I don't see ever again. " False killer whales are the third largest of the dolphin family.
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By Mike Whitehead | February 21, 2014
Ahoy! Unfortunately, propeller strikes are a common risk in recreational boating. They can occur when someone falls overboard or an inattentive skipper runs over someone in the water. I believe that these accidents are about 99% avoidable. In my column on Feb. 28, 2003, I wrote about an incident in 1995 that resulted in a lawsuit based on a fatal propeller strike: "A few summers ago in Tennessee, Rex and Jeanne Sprietsma, husband and wife, were enjoying a day's outing aboard a boat when things went from good to tragic.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | February 14, 2014
Ahoy! How refreshing to hear that Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill actually addressed a couple of harbor-related issues in his speech during the 33rd annual Mayor's Dinner. I have known Hill for many years, and I have personally seen his interest in harbor improvements during my tenure as the marine division chair for the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Two items that constantly entered the discussion are the need for water taxis and the collective thinking outside the box on how to redesign the moorings with amenities such as electrical power and water service offshore - exactly what he mentioned as among his goals as mayor and what the city needs to develop in the harbor.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | January 31, 2014
Ahoy! Wondering if you should venture outside of the harbor entrance this weekend? I recommend that you go whale watching with your family and friends aboard your boat or book a trip with a commercial operator. The seas will be under four feet, but dress warmly as the daytime air temperatures only will reach into the 60s. Our temperatures are very pleasant when I look at the weather across the nation with severe freezing conditions. If the conditions allow for smooth cruising in your boat, take a few hours to see if you can spot a gray whale.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | January 17, 2014
Ahoy! Are you planning to cruise your boat south of the border to Ensenada or Cabo San Lucas for an adventure and warmer weather before the hurricane season begins this year? Then I highly recommend that you do not cross the U.S.-Mexican border without the proper paperwork aboard your vessel or prepare to potentially have your boat impounded by the Mexican Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT). Many American and Canadian boaters who cruise into Mexican waters are not aware of the SAT, which is similar to the IRS. Additionally, many boaters do not know or understand the specific fees and exact paperwork that must be carried aboard any visiting vessel while in Mexico.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | January 3, 2014
Ahoy! I want to wish everyone a very happy New Year, and I know that 2014 will be a great year for boating. As we leap into the New Year, let us reflect for a moment on the people you know personally who are boaters and those who work in the maritime field. You will be surprised how boating touches almost everyone's life at one time or another. Sailors are a very superstitious group and just what kind of resolutions should boaters make anyway? We can easily cast off into this dialogue with the No. 1 resolution that all boaters will be courteous to everyone while on the water, whether sailing or in a power boater or on any type of floating craft.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | November 1, 2013
Ahoy! Halloween brought out the ghosts and goblins knocking on my door for a treat. When I see the trick-or-treaters prowling the neighborhood, I like to sit back and think of all the crazy boating and fishing superstitions that sailors have believed through the ages. Many if not most superstitions were invented and believed by sailors who were trying to explain something that occurred during their voyage, such as a weather-related incident like St. Elmo's fire. So I thought you might enjoy some sailor superstitions - and remember, no bananas aboard.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | October 2, 2013
Ahoy! Attention all boaters: Have you heard about the grand opening this weekend for the largest West Marine store on the West Coast? This gigantic flagship emporium encompasses more than 27,000 square feet, with 18,000 products in the showroom. West Marine built the store with boaters in mind, using the responses from a survey of Orange County boaters. The store is built so shoppers can see and touch various products, including more than 100 marine electronic products, a new "Bait Shack" with fishing gear, and small boats from kayaks to inflatables.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | June 27, 2013
Ahoy! The Fourth of July is next Thursday, and every year on the fourth is the Old Glory Boat Parade in Newport Harbor. This wonderful annual tribute to freedom attracts boats from neighboring harbors and spectators around the harbor. This year's theme for the parade is "Stars and Stripes Forever Is the Color of Our Freedom. " The American Legion Yacht Club at Post 291 organizes the parade in conjunction with the post's annual July 4 fundraiser for the American Legion's Boys State program, VA hospitals and the Orange County Stand Down for homeless veterans, plus other worthy causes.
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