Category: Marina Nautical News

Marina del Rey makeover may not float with boaters

County plan to move boater facilities to Fisherman’s Village parcel has users worried they’ll get the short end of the deal By Pat Reynolds                       On Saturday morning in a small room with no more than a couple dozen Marina del Rey residents, members from the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning stood by to field questions and provide explanations about the Marina del Rey Visioning statement the agency released last week. The document proposes shaking up the harbor’s existing landscape to improve traffic flow while increasing its...

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The copper boat paint battle continues

By Pat Reynolds The issue of a potential ban on copper boat-bottom paint in Marina del Rey and a possible dredging of the entire harbor for environmental reasons have the local boating community rattled and concerned. And they are not alone. Los Angeles County, probably the most prominent stakeholder in all of this, is not pleased with what the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board aims to do. In a recent 15-page letter to the water board, L.A. County Director of Public Works Gail Farber and Watershed Management Division Deputy Director Gary Hildebrand made it clear that spending...

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State board proposes dredging Marina del Rey: Pollution from copper boat paint is damaging the environment and there’s no easy solution in sight

                              By Pat Reynolds On a recent weekday morning in a small public meeting room in Marina del Rey, about two dozen residents heard representatives of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board introduce a proposal that could affect millions. The issue before the Small Craft Harbor Commission: water pollution in the harbor. According to the state board’s Los Angeles office, the waters of Marina del Rey are on their way to becoming too toxic an environment to sustain many of the organisms that inhabit...

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Setting sail in murky waters: Marina del Rey boatman Aleks Taldykin dives into reality TV

By Pat Reynolds For anyone who has made their way around Del Rey Landing (also known as the fuel dock), gazed up at the massive mega-yachts and wondered what’s going on in there, I have a TV show for you — and it happens to star a boater from Marina del Rey. Curiosity about what’s going on with these towering vessels is exactly the grist for the reality show “Below Decks,” which will soon air its second season on the Bravo network. In the standard reality-show recipe of casual romance, sassy insolence and young attractive people partying, “Below Decks”...

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’Round-the-world race boat lands in Marina del Rey: An achievement in sailing research and design, the $6-million vessel is like a muscle car on the water

By Pat Reynolds To boaters, boats are not just boats. They’re a vehicle to places we aren’t designed to go, and for this we are forever grateful and always intrigued when we see something special. Up on stilts in a boatyard in Fiji Way in Marina del Rey sits such a specimen. She’s 60 feet long, 21 feet wide and oddly flat. There is no cabin, but two pods on either aft corner. A giant Hugo Boss logo on each side of the boat stretches below the waterline, indicating that when it sails it heels up high and the...

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