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The Dana Point Harbor Boat Show runs Thursday through Sunday, featuring more than 100 boats in the water and 50 boats on display ashore.



If you go

When: from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: OC Sailing Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place

Admission: Free Thursday; $9 for adults and free for children 12 and younger Friday through Sunday

Parking: Free at most harbor lots. A shuttle will be available at each parking lot every 10 minutes.

Information: danaboatshow.com or 323-655-2010

Seeking smooth sailing with boat sales

With 100 boats in the water and 50 to 60 boats on display on the land side, the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show is hoping the revival of boat sales seen over the past few years in California will continue its upward trend.

The latest numbers from the National Marine Manufacturers Association show an increase in California’s powerboat sales, up 17 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, and up more than 21 percent in 2013 compared to 2012.

Boat show organizer Ray Hebert said the show has been growing alongside the sales increases, with more than 50 boats sold at last year’s show.

For Brett Tilly, owner of Tilly’s Marine, with dealerships in Ventura and Huntington Beach, the recovering economy has had a major positive effect on his business.

“We nearly doubled our sales in 2013 compared to 2012,” said Tilly, whose stock includes Malibu ski and wakeboard boats, along with Robalo fishing boats.

The change is a welcome one after the company weathered the recession that crippled California’s boat sales. The low point was 2010, as powerboat sales totaled $310 million, about one-fourth of the $1.2 billion sold in the industry’s heyday in 2005.

“We were in the middle of opening our Huntington Beach shop in 2010 during the worst of it,” Tilly said. “It was ugly, but we made it.”

Now, they’re hoping to sell a few boats at this year’s show, planning to display seven boats from their inventory, along with a 22-foot Robalo center console fishing boat, priced at $59,500.

Boats at the show will range from 14-foot sailboats to 75-foot yachts, with prices ranging from the thousands to millions of dollars.

A selection of personal watercraft, paddleboards, kayaks and more will be on hand at the show.

Aboard Laguna Beach resident Lydie Denier’s 36-foot Hunter sailboat, the silence is noticeable.

Still within the confines of Newport Harbor, Denier hasn’t raised the sails and the motor is still running, but the drone of a diesel-powered engine typical of cruising sailboats is absent.

“We like to try new things; we have an electric car and electric bikes, so it made sense for us to get an electric-powered boat,” Denier said.

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Sailing co-op set sights in Sooke

The Sooke Sailing Association is looking to create a sailing co-op in Sooke. - Submitted photo

You may have heard of car co-ops, housing co-ops, gardening co-ops. Now, perhaps because of our easy proximity to the sea, some people in Sooke are in the process of putting together a sailing co-op.

The directors of the Sooke Sailing Association have done some groundwork to start up a Sailing Co-op in Sooke, and they would be happy to hand it over to a group of people interested in co-op sailing.

“We started Thursday night sails last year and got overwhelmed with people that wanted to learn or practice sailing,” indicated Gord Fulcher, the Commodore and one of the Directors of Sooke Sailing. “Also being a non-profit association with a focus on youth Sailing we have been offered keel boats to use or sell to help make our sailing camps for kids continue.”

The main goal would be cooperative ownership of boats for the purpose of training, day sailing and cruising, for adults as well as families.

Fulcher said there would be a booking calendar available, and each co-op member would get 300 hours a year. More time would be available by purchase, based on availability.

Experience is not necessary, said Fulcher.

“In order to skipper, there are courses and orientation procedures that must be followed. The only thing you must do is contribute 25 hours of work a year towards the club either administrating or maintaining our booth.”

Each co-op member would pay an annual fee and contribute their time towards maintenance, administration or social events (whatever your strengths or what you want to learn).

The costs like maintenance, insurance, moorage etc. would be covered by the yearly fees.

“In any case,” summed up Fulcher, it would cost “way less than owning your own boat.”

There are two boats available for the co-op. A 2007, Catalina 22 Mk II and a Catalina 27 which was generously donated this spring to help get a co-op started in Sooke by the Van Isle Sailing Co-op (Nanaimo). A minimum of two people are required to take out a boat, and the maximum capacity is five.

There will be an open house on June 1 starting at noon and running until 3:00 p.m. at Mariners Village docks. More information is available at sookesailing.com.

The Sooke Sailing Association a non-profit association in Sooke will be doing Thursday night sails again this year starting in June.

With notes from Gord Fulcher

 


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The Dana Point Harbor Boat Show runs Thursday through Sunday, featuring more than 100 boats in the water and 50 boats on display ashore.


Seeking smooth sailing with sales

With 100 boats in the water and 50 to 60 boats on display on the land side, the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show is hoping the revival of boat sales seen over the past few years in California will continue its upward trend.

The latest numbers from the National Marine Manufacturers Association show an increase in California’s powerboat sales, up 17 percent in 2012 compared to the previous year, and up more than 21 percent in 2013 compared to 2012.

Boat show organizer Ray Hebert said the show has been growing alongside the sales increases, with more than 50 boats sold at last year’s show.

For Brett Tilly, owner of Tilly’s Marine, with dealerships in Ventura and Huntington Beach, the recovering economy has had a major positive effect on his business.

“We nearly doubled our sales in 2013 compared to 2012,” said Tilly, whose stock includes Malibu ski and wakeboard boats, along with Robalo fishing boats.

The change is a welcome one after the company weathered the recession that crippled California’s boat sales. The low point was 2010, as powerboat sales totaled $310 million, about one-fourth of the $1.2 billion sold in the industry’s heyday in 2005.

“We were in the middle of opening our Huntington Beach shop in 2010 during the worst of it,” Tilly said. “It was ugly, but we made it.”

Now, they’re hoping to sell a few boats at this year’s show, planning to display seven boats from their inventory, along with a 22-foot Robalo center console fishing boat, priced at $59,500.

Boats at the show will range from 14-foot sailboats to 75-foot yachts, with prices ranging from the thousands to millions of dollars.

A selection of personal watercraft, paddleboards, kayaks and more will be on hand at the show.

If you go

When: from noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Where: OC Sailing Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place

Admission: Free Thursday; $9 for adults and free for children 12 and younger Friday through Sunday

Parking: Free at most harbor lots. A shuttle will be available at each parking lot every 10 minutes.

Information: danaboatshow.com or 323-655-2010

Aboard Laguna Beach resident Lydie Denier’s 36-foot Hunter sailboat, the silence is noticeable.

Still within the confines of Newport Harbor, Denier hasn’t raised the sails and the motor is still running, but the drone of a diesel-powered engine typical of cruising sailboats is absent.

“We like to try new things; we have an electric car and electric bikes, so it made sense for us to get an electric-powered boat,” Denier said.

Denier and her husband, Michael Jakobsen, are some … Click here to login or subscribe and see more.

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Sanctuary Intl’ Boat Show – Multihull Solutions blitzes sales records

Multihull Solutions has smashed its sales records with an outstanding Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, confirming that the popularity of multihulls is stronger than ever.

At the close of the show on Sunday, Multihull Solutions had recorded AUD$5.7m in new boat sales, including four Fountaine Pajot Hélia 44 sailing catamarans, a Saba 50 sailing catamaran and another share in the Hélia 44 Whitsunday syndicate.

The company also has an additional seven further orders in progress that are subject to upcoming sea trials and factory inspections on catamarans including three Hélia 44s, a Lipari 41, Sanya 57, Summerland 40 and Cumberland 47.

The Multihull Solutions Brokerage division was also successful at the show, with provisional orders taken on a Mahé 36 Evolution and Lavezzi 40 sailing catamaran.

Multihull Solutions managing director Mark Elkington said the boat show was undoubtedly their most successful in history.

‘We were absolutely inundated with genuine buyers who came to the event looking to secure a great deal,’ Mark said.

‘The sheer quantity and quality of visitors at our stand is evidence of the show’s appeal, as well as the ever-growing popularity of multihulls,’ he said.

Multihull Solutions’ sales record adds to an already successful year with their expansion into Asia yielding immediate response from regional multihull enthusiasts, and a new management board recently established to oversee the future development of the company.

Multihull Solutions now has offices in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Hong Kong and represents many of the world’s leading power and sail multihull brands including Fountaine Pajot, Fountaine Pajot Motor Yachts, Sunreef Yachts, Catana Catamarans, TAG Yachts, NEEL Trimarans and Privilège Catamarans. In addition to selling new multihulls, the company has the largest pre-owned multihull brokerage division in the Asia Pacific region.

Further information about Multihull Solutions can be obtained by contacting 1300 855 338 (within Australia), 0508 MULTIS (within New Zealand), or +66 8 1894 1530 (within Asia), emailing info@multihullsolutions.com.au or visiting the website.


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Set sail with Park City Sailing

Park City Sailing will host its annual Sailapalooza Saturday and Sunday at the Jordanelle Reservoir.

Based at the personal watercraft ramp, the organization will have several different types of boats available for rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Park City Sailing vice president Ken Block said the group hopes to attract a lot of people to the dock for test sails. He noted that P.C. Sailing wants to improve on the nearly 300 people who came out to last year’s Sailapalooza.

“The dock sinks, there are so many people,” he said. “Hopefully we can continue that.”

In order to accommodate more people, Block said the group added a day to this year’s event.

“This year, we’ve actually expanded,” he said. “Sunday is an experiment because, in the past, we’ve had people who want to go, but it’s an important soccer weekend or baseball weekend or a family picnic or something. So, we decided to open up for both days.”

The process is simple, Block said. Show up and members of the organization will take you out on the Jordanelle for a ride.

“You show up, sign a waiver form and tell us what type of boat you’d like to go on,” he said. “This year, we’re going to feature boats that represent our entire fleet. We literally have something for everyone.”

There will be J22s, Rhodes 19s, Elliot 6Ms, Club 420s, lasers and optimists available for rides. Ride length will be based on demand and how many people are waiting.

“We take people out for sails, probably 20 minutes on average,” Block said. “If you get there really early, you tend to have a longer sail. The middle of the day gets extremely busy.”

For those who want to hang around by the docks and enjoy the weather, Block said there would be plenty of food available.

“At about 11:30, we’ll be firing up our grill,” he said. “We’ll have free hamburgers, free hot dogs, soft drinks, all that.”

Everything at Sailapalooza will be free, Block said.

The normal Jordanelle entrance fee is the only expense for guests.

“There is a $12 per car admission to the park,” he said. “We encourage supporting the park. All the dollars that are spent at the gate are invested in the infrastructure that benefits our community.”

Though the reservoir isn’t anywhere near full, Block said he’s hopeful that this year will be a good year for sailing.

“The water level is coming up,” he said. “It should be equal or greater than last year, which is encouraging.”

Overall, Block said, Sailapalooza is a way to draw attention to sailing in Park City and provide access for anyone who has ever wanted to sail.

“Sailapalooza is our way of showcasing our facility and the spirit of the organization,” he said.

For more information about Sailapalooza or Park City Sailing, visit sailpc.org.


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