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Fair Weather Boating

Fair Weather Boating

For a few weeks it seemed like winter arrived with rain every few days, and the Newport Boat Show was about to start. More often than not, it seems it always rains at least one of the boat show days. As usual, it doesn’t take long for the weather to change, and earlier this week […]

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Sunseeker Yacht Argo Featured at Newport Boat Show

Sunseeker Yacht Argo Featured at Newport Boat Show

This weekend is the Newport Boat Show in Lido Village, and in my opinion the “Belle of the Ball” will be the 108-foot Sunseeker Predator, Argo. This $6 million yacht is in a class by itself. Some insight into the uniqueness is appropriate. For more than 20 years, Sunseeker Yachts – manufactured in Great Britain – […]

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Fishing and Sailing in Newport Harbor

Fishing and Sailing in Newport Harbor

The first fish I caught in Newport Harbor was around 1958 in the family kid’s boat, which was a 10-foot Glaspar with a 5 ½ hp Johnson outboard. This was before Boston Whalers and way, way before hard bottom inflatables, which was the kid boat of choice from the 1960s to the present. I was […]

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Off-Season Boating

Off-Season Boating

Most active local boaters love the “off-season.” Fewer boats in the harbor makes it easier to find a guest dock space at the city docks and restaurant docks, such as the Bluewater Grill, Woody’s or the Rusty Pelican. Speaking of the Rusty Pelican, their garlic bread, clam chowder and other hors d’oeuvres are still to die for. […]

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La Paz Sea Trial

La Paz Sea Trial

Captain Ron is a hero, again! Five days ago Ron Hirt, co-owner of the international printing business Primary Color and the 50-foot Hatteras sport fisher Sun Dance, and I returned from La Paz.  Our trip entailed supervising and repairing miscellaneous items aboard the yacht following our recent adventure with 39 other yachts from all over […]

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Boating Memories

Boating Memories

Is this a great life or what? Yaaahoooo! This is what I was thinking following a newscast on TV when they showed trailer boats covered with several inches of snow on top. It was snowing and the blustery winds had the snow moving sideways. The newscaster mentioned the video was Wisconsin and with the wind […]

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Yachts and Fishing in Newport Harbor

Yachts and Fishing in Newport Harbor

In some cases it’s a small world. As I have written in the past, Newport Harbor has an international foot print. From America’s Cup winner Bill Ficker to Sea World pioneer Milt Shedd, our little harbor is known worldwide. There are many other local boaters that have earned fame and fortune. This came to mind […]

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Newport Harbor: Home to Wooden Boats

Newport Harbor: Home to Wooden Boats

Our city has a more than 100 year history of boating and boat building. While some of the early boats were small and some were home built, we also had some notable yacht builders. The most memorable wood boat builder, still in business when I was a youngster, was South Coast Shipyard. The almost sweet […]

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Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club's Women’s Sailing Convention

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club’s Women’s Sailing Convention

In hindsight, sailboat racing in my youth as a non-calm (the term used to identify junior sailors) at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club was my introduction to gender equality. Beginning in kindergarten during the “Leave It To Beaver” 50s, we were continuously instructed at school (when appropriate) to form a single file line with the […]

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Weather or Yacht

Weather or Yacht

Late last week I had the occasion to once again be reminded what a remarkable and unique area we are blessed to encompass. I was headed north on the 73 from San Juan Capistrano, arrived at the top of the hill beside Newport Coast, and witnessed a site to behold. The air was clean and dry which allowed […]

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