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By Len Bose | September 6, 2012
This Labor Day weekend I climbed aboard my 1983 Schwinn Traveler bicycle and set out on a different type of harbor cruise. Words that came to mind on this hot summer day, as I pedaled from Huntington Beach to Newport, were working waterfront facilities, holistic, accessibility, inclusive and enjoyment. I thought back to when I first came down to the harbor in 1975 to sail the Hobie 16 my father had just bought from Fletcher Olson at Hobie Newport. We launched the boat off of 18th Street and I immediately immersed myself into sailing and our harbor.
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By Mike Whitehead | June 11, 2009
Ahoy. The lightning and thunder are gone and it’s back to our June gloom for the weekend with drizzly mornings and the clouds burning off in the afternoons. The seas will be flat with a 2-foot westerly swell, and even Point Conception will only build to 3 feet. If you are planning to head uphill then now is the time to go north around Conception. This week Congress passed a resolution declaring July 1 as “National Boating Day.” Rep. Ron Klein (D-FL) and Henry Brown (R-SC)
NEWS
February 11, 2008
Bob (Robert) J. Voorhies May 8, 1928 - February 8, 2008 Bob was born in Hollywood, Calif. to Gladys and Jerry Voorhies. He graduated from Hamilton High School before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1946. He served as the Captain's orderly aboard the U.S.S. LeJeune. He attended UCLA before marrying Wanda Germain on December 11, 1952. In 1954, together with their three children, they moved from Pacific Palisades to Bayshores in Newport Beach. Bob's career was in the marine industry and he became prominent in the local yachting community as the general manager of the original Newport Marine Supply: the 1st chairman of the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce Marine Division: a vice commodore and founding member of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club: appointed to the legislative committee of the Southern California Marine Assoc.
NEWS
September 3, 2008
Dennis Riegler January 8, 1939 - August 26, 2008 Dennis Riegler, an avid sailor who worked in the Marine Industry in Newport Beach for over 30 years, passed away in Long Beach California on August 26th. He grew up in Heromosa Beach, California where he graduated from Mira Costa High School, El Camino College and then completed post-graduate work at the New York institute of Finance. After military service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he obtained his California Yacht Broker’s License as well as his Marine Surveyor’s License.
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By Len Bose | November 1, 2012
It could just be me fighting through the ups and downs in today's marine industry marketplace, but as I run into work companions, it seems that most of us in Newport Beach look like we have just completed a triathlon. As I look around the harbor, I notice many open moorings, which is strange because with the years of dredging, there are not that many moorings. They will be replaced and realigned, but when will the boats return? Over my 25 years of yacht brokerage, I have never seen this many open slips in town.
NEWS
October 24, 2003
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy. The attack on the state's Department of Boating and Waterways is on again, led by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation seems unwilling to give up its attempt to merge Boating and Waterways with its department, and for one purpose -- money. Your letter-writing campaign stopped the merger earlier this year, and now Parks and Recreation is trying again with the new administration of Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger.
NEWS
September 17, 2001
Ahoy. Last week presented events that probably changed our lives in how we view the world. The marine world has been greatly affected, with closed harbors and most boats remaining dockside rather than getting underway. Well, nationally, the planes are starting to fly on a limited schedule, and the boating industry is looking to determine where it stands. Troubling is the question of how this will directly affect the marine industry, as most people will refrain from buying boats and going on vacation for a while.
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By: MIKE WHITEHEAD | September 23, 2005
Ahoy. Boating access in Newport Harbor, and throughout Southern California in general, is a hot topic as the skyrocketing price of real estate is changing the waterfront. It seems that in the near future, new condos will consume the commercial districts, and marinas will be converted to private slips for the condo owners. However, as I watch another state across the country, I can see that their governor is taking a proactive approach to boating.
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By Len Bose | April 14, 2011
The year was 1979. I was 19 years old, and would drive to the ARCO station on the corner 18th Street and Placentia Avenue to avoid the long lines elsewhere because of the 1970s gas shortage. By smelling the fiberglass resins in the air, I knew that this area of Costa Mesa was the boat-building capital of the United States. What I did not know was that people in the boating industry referred to Costa Mesa as "Costa Mecca. " Its boat-building companies produced about 90% of the 40,000 sailboats built each year in the U.S. Roger MacGregor can remember the days when the roads would be jammed with trucks hauling out sailboats to all parts of the world.
NEWS
August 27, 2004
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy, A national survey reported that boaters have higher levels of satisfaction in marriage and romance than nonboaters. I love surveys like this one, and I knew that I was in the boating profession for a reason. Boating participation continues to be on the rise, according to the 2003 Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract recently released by the National Marine Manufacturers Assn. Recreational boating had 72-million participants nationwide and California is expected to increase between 13,337 to 23,092 boats per year over the next 20 years.
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By Len Bose | December 13, 2012
It's that time of the year again, for the good, the bad and the ugly of 2012. This year I wrote 39 stories; each year, I review my column and itemize my stories and observations into the following categories: The good For the second year in a row, dredging the harbor has been on the top of the list. The Newport Beach City Council and Harbor Resources Manager Chris Miller are down to the last few scoops of dredging the entire harbor. So much good was derived from this process, including increased water quality and marine life, the need for continuous dredging and — my favorite — how the harbor looks without moorings.
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By Len Bose | November 1, 2012
It could just be me fighting through the ups and downs in today's marine industry marketplace, but as I run into work companions, it seems that most of us in Newport Beach look like we have just completed a triathlon. As I look around the harbor, I notice many open moorings, which is strange because with the years of dredging, there are not that many moorings. They will be replaced and realigned, but when will the boats return? Over my 25 years of yacht brokerage, I have never seen this many open slips in town.
NEWS
October 25, 2012
Ahoy! Halloween will be zeroing in on everyone's radar Wednesday when the ghosts and goblins walk the streets on this nearly full moon night. My wife is polishing her broomstick for a ride across the skies and her caldron is warming up in the middle of the main salon. Most everyone knows that boaters can be very superstitious, and most superstitions are centuries old. Yet, even modern seamen have their old and new rituals, especially fishermen who have all types of questionable practices.
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By Len Bose | September 6, 2012
This Labor Day weekend I climbed aboard my 1983 Schwinn Traveler bicycle and set out on a different type of harbor cruise. Words that came to mind on this hot summer day, as I pedaled from Huntington Beach to Newport, were working waterfront facilities, holistic, accessibility, inclusive and enjoyment. I thought back to when I first came down to the harbor in 1975 to sail the Hobie 16 my father had just bought from Fletcher Olson at Hobie Newport. We launched the boat off of 18th Street and I immediately immersed myself into sailing and our harbor.
NEWS
By Len Bose | April 14, 2011
The year was 1979. I was 19 years old, and would drive to the ARCO station on the corner 18th Street and Placentia Avenue to avoid the long lines elsewhere because of the 1970s gas shortage. By smelling the fiberglass resins in the air, I knew that this area of Costa Mesa was the boat-building capital of the United States. What I did not know was that people in the boating industry referred to Costa Mesa as "Costa Mecca. " Its boat-building companies produced about 90% of the 40,000 sailboats built each year in the U.S. Roger MacGregor can remember the days when the roads would be jammed with trucks hauling out sailboats to all parts of the world.
FEATURES
By Mike Whitehead | June 11, 2009
Ahoy. The lightning and thunder are gone and it’s back to our June gloom for the weekend with drizzly mornings and the clouds burning off in the afternoons. The seas will be flat with a 2-foot westerly swell, and even Point Conception will only build to 3 feet. If you are planning to head uphill then now is the time to go north around Conception. This week Congress passed a resolution declaring July 1 as “National Boating Day.” Rep. Ron Klein (D-FL) and Henry Brown (R-SC)
NEWS
September 3, 2008
Dennis Riegler January 8, 1939 - August 26, 2008 Dennis Riegler, an avid sailor who worked in the Marine Industry in Newport Beach for over 30 years, passed away in Long Beach California on August 26th. He grew up in Heromosa Beach, California where he graduated from Mira Costa High School, El Camino College and then completed post-graduate work at the New York institute of Finance. After military service in the U.S. Coast Guard, he obtained his California Yacht Broker’s License as well as his Marine Surveyor’s License.
NEWS
February 11, 2008
Bob (Robert) J. Voorhies May 8, 1928 - February 8, 2008 Bob was born in Hollywood, Calif. to Gladys and Jerry Voorhies. He graduated from Hamilton High School before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1946. He served as the Captain's orderly aboard the U.S.S. LeJeune. He attended UCLA before marrying Wanda Germain on December 11, 1952. In 1954, together with their three children, they moved from Pacific Palisades to Bayshores in Newport Beach. Bob's career was in the marine industry and he became prominent in the local yachting community as the general manager of the original Newport Marine Supply: the 1st chairman of the Newport Harbor Chamber of Commerce Marine Division: a vice commodore and founding member of the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club: appointed to the legislative committee of the Southern California Marine Assoc.
NEWS
By: MIKE WHITEHEAD | September 23, 2005
Ahoy. Boating access in Newport Harbor, and throughout Southern California in general, is a hot topic as the skyrocketing price of real estate is changing the waterfront. It seems that in the near future, new condos will consume the commercial districts, and marinas will be converted to private slips for the condo owners. However, as I watch another state across the country, I can see that their governor is taking a proactive approach to boating.
NEWS
February 25, 2005
MIKE WHITEHEAD Ahoy. "Last year proved to be a good one for the boating industry, and 2005 promises to be a big one as well," Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, said in his annual state of the industry address at the Miami International Boat Show. This was reported in the Soundings Trade Only Today, a publication and a daily e-mail news update for the marine industry that you can find online at http://www.
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