February 19, 2010

Photos That’ll Make You Sick…with Envy

The Nyby’s 33-ft cat Aita Pe’ape’a may not be large or new, but it got them where they wanted to be — in the blue waters of the South Pacific.

Aita Pe’ape’a
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Think you have to have a million dollars and a big new boat in order to go cruising?

Tristan and Mindy Nyby didn’t. As they wrote in their blog, "We’re a couple who decided to leave L.A. on our 1964 33-ft CSK catamaran, Aita Pe’ape’a, to see what we could find. We’ve found paradise in the South Seas."

We submit some photographs from them as evidence they aren’t pulling our legs.

Hell-A traffic, one reason why sailing to the South Seas seemed like a good idea.

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The Cup Comes to San Francisco

Provided it doesn’t get hung up in customs, the America’s Cup should arrive at SFO this afternoon around 4:15 p.m. It will go on display tomorrow for the general public in the San Francisco City Hall Rotunda at 11 a.m. and Lt. Governor, umm, we mean Mayor, Gavin Newsom will formally welcome BMW Oracle Racing a half-hour later. The Auld Mug will only be on display until 3 p.m., when it will leave for a "victory tour" that will start in San Diego, where it will be temporarily housed on U.S.S. Midway. During the tour, arrangements — and possibly modifications — will be made to the Golden Gate YC in order to house it there.

It’s coming to its new home; limited engagement, one day only!

© 2010 Gilles Martin-Raget

A confab between the Mayor’s office and the BMW Oracle Racing camp will immediately preceed tomorrow’s showing, and the topic of conversation is reportedly to be where the next cup will be held. We’d love to see it come to the Bay, but that’s hardly guaranteed. The best way for that to happen is a large show of support from the local and regional sailing community. So grab your friends, even non-sailing friends, and head over to City Hall tomorrow. Unfortunately, this event coincides with the second Corinthian Midwinters. In lieu of being there in person, visit our facebook page where the top post tells you how to make your voice heard.

Ad: 2nd Annual Boat Fest

The weather is warming up and now is the time to start thinking of the upcoming sailing season. Drop by Boat Fest today (noon to 5 p.m.) or during the weekend (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) at Marina Village Yacht Harbor in Alameda. Over 100 new and used boats will be on display, in addition to 29 exhibitors and daily seminars on a wide range of topics. (Free admission and parking.) Drop by the Latitude booth on Saturday or Sunday to say hi!

Don’t Miss the Boat

We’ve heard many financial pundits theorize lately that the economy is finally beginning to rebound. That should give you a big sigh of relief. Unless, of course, you were hoping to snatch up your dream boat at a rock-bottom price. Because if consumer confidence really is on the upswing, the window for making the deal of a lifetime may come to a close sooner than you think.

Don’t miss the boat! Boat prices are lower than ever and financing is available – if slightly tougher to get than in years past.

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Needless to say, the current market for both new and used boats strongly favors buyers. Not only do many cash-strapped sailors need to liquidate their ‘floating assets’, but brand new boats are languishing on showroom floors. So well-equipped, used cruising boats and daysailers are being offered at prices well below historic norms. And many new boat dealers have slashed their margins dramatically.

But is there any money out there to borrow? Local funding agencies tell us there’s plenty of it for qualified buyers, at fixed rates in the high 6s, and adjustable rate loans under 5%. With a solid credit rating and 15 to 20% down, you could score the deal of a lifetime. As a bonus, you can usually write off the loan interest on boats of roughly 25 feet and up, because they legitimately qualify as second homes.

If you’re in the market, you’ll want to drop by Boat Fest — see the ad above for details. Be aware also, that for the first time ever, used boats will be part of the mix at Strictly Sail Pacific, slated for April 15-18 at Oakland’s Jack London Square.

Far be it from us to give anyone financial advice, but don’t cry on our shoulders if you wait too long, the window closes, and that dream boat slips through your fingertips.

Why Wait Until 16 To Circumnavigate?

One of the reasons Kiwis are such good sailors is that they start young in life. Take these little guys, who are the grandchildren of New Zealander Ken Beashel. The oldest is 18-months-old.

The photo of the kids comes to us via Warwick ‘Commodore’ Tompkins of the Mill Valley-based Wylie 38+ Flashgirl. Tompkins used to compete against Beashel in the ’60s and ’70s. Beashel then started Beashel Boatworks in Pittwater, specializing in wooden boats. He built the skiff in this photo, which features a bulb keel. Colin, one of Beashel’s sons and dad to the two boys, now runs the boatyard but was seen at the helm of a number of Australian America’s Cup challengers in his day. Beashel’s other son, Adam, has been with Team New Zealand and other high-end campaigns.

“Gwab dat sheet…and my binky!”

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Jessica Watson and Abby Sunderland, who are both hoping to complete non-stop singlehanded circumnavigations, better start looking over their shoulder, because there is a much younger generation hoping to go after the record they hope to set.

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