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Lido Boat Show Drops Anchor This Weekend

Lido Boat Show Drops Anchor This Weekend

Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s hard to believe that yesterday was the opening day of the Lido Boat Show (lidoyachtexpo.com). Earlier in the week I was able to cruise through the early boat arrivals before the majority of dock fingers and yachts were placed. I feel at home when I’m working on Sun Dance […]

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Boating and Fishing

Boating and Fishing

I’ve written in the past about Dick Valdes and his impressive Orange County career of creating at least three boat manufacturing companies. Columbia sailboats was the first that I recall, followed by Lancer which created sailing yachts, and two motorsailers which impressed me. The 44 and 65-foot which had twin engines and were quite roomy […]

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Boating Activities in Newport

Boating Activities in Newport

Wow! It’s hard to believe that this weekend is Labor Day Weekend. This event usually is Newport Harbor’s busiest boating activity of the year. This is also a reminder to the active boaters that the off –season (an oxymoron) will begin at the holiday’s ending. The reason I mention this is that while the off-season […]

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The Pilgrim Comes to Newport Sept. 12

The Pilgrim Comes to Newport Sept. 12

A friend asked me to help put the word out for a hands-on memorial for Dennis Holland on Sept. 12, 2014. For those unfamiliar with The Pilgrim and Dennis Holland (who passed away a few months ago), he was a local resident who spent 12 years building a sailing ship, the Pilgrim of Newport, in […]

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Fishing and Sailing

Fishing and Sailing

The busy summer sailing and fishing seasons continue with gusto. Last weekend we had a local offshore fishing tournament, and this week we had a sailing championship. Recently I bumped into a harbor long-timer that has worked on hundreds, if not thousands, of boats in Newport Harbor. Everette Tibbits has been hand-painting boat names on our fleet […]

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Boating Safety

Boating Safety

Recent events have once again reminded me of the most important issue with regards to boating: safety! Safety must always be on the forefront of all events before, during and leading up to the ending of your boating. The following proves my conclusion. After the 4th of July fireworks on Biscayne Bay in Miami, three boats […]

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Memories of Newport Harbor

Memories of Newport Harbor

In the mid-1950s I was able to sail and putt-putt around Newport Harbor with my older brother. That was a bygone era where kids were playing with their friends until dark and no one even thought twice about not locking their front doors. The “Leave It To Beaver” TV show was a good example of […]

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Old Glory Boat Parade

Old Glory Boat Parade

Some of the fondest memories local boaters retain are the very special boat parades and boat greeting armadas that nautical traditions necessitate. On Sept. 11, 2002, scores of boats met outside the jetty off Big Corona Beach to share solidarity and respect for the fallen a year earlier in New York City. Many times a large […]

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A Boat Builders Paradise

A Boat Builders Paradise

As I’ve stated in past columns, our area was once a hub of new boat construction. On the border of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach on 16th Street between Newport Boulevard and Superior Avenue were two international yacht builders whose vessels sailed the seven seas. On the north side was Ditmar and Donaldson, which built beautiful […]

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Fond Farewell to Shipbuilder Dennis Holland

Fond Farewell to Shipbuilder Dennis Holland

I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of Dennis Holland on his passing. He was quite a character, and his accomplishment of building his tall ship, the Pilgrim, was huge. If I recall correctly, she is a replica of the tall ship that Richard Henry Dana crewed on a couple […]

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