The 30th Annual Marina del Rey In-Water Boat Show Thursday through Sunday, January 13th to 16th, will not only be the largest in-water boat show in Los Angeles, but will be where the industry shows some of its hottest new products for the first time.

Jim Bohart and Sailboats, Inc., one of the top three Beneteau dealers in North America, will use the Marina del Rey Boat Show to show off the 2005 Mainship 34 —Ýan affordable modern trawler that has cruising enthusiasts drooling.

“This is the first time the 2005 model has been shown at any boat show on the West Coast,” says Bohart, claiming that this Mainship model focuses on economic, comfortable cruising at affordable prices.

He says that — flybridge sedan or aft-cabin — these Mainship Trawlers are made to take you where you want to go.

Comfort and convenience are paramount in long-distance cruising, Bohart says, adding that the Mainship is up to the task.

Wide, well-equipped flybridges offer excellent visibility and access is simple and safe with wide molded steps, he says.

Below, warm teak and truly livable layouts are perfect for extended living aboard, he adds.

“The Marina del Rey Boat Show is a great place for us to showcase our boats,” Bohart says. “For sailboats, in-water boat shows are the best.

“Customers can see boats fully rigged and in the water, where they belong.”

Whether you’re looking to buy a boat or just check out what’s new in the boating world, the Marina del Rey Boat Show will be the place between January 13th and 16th.

The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day at Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey.

Admission is $10 per person, and children 12 and under are admitted free.

The boat show is presented by the Westchester/LAXñMarina del Rey Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

“The biggest feature of this show is that there are more boats for comparison and they are all easily accessible,” says Bohart, who will also be showcasing the Beneteau 473.

“The first 473, introduced three years ago, has become one of the most popular big boats in the water,” Bohart claims.

He says that this boat combines extraordinary interior comfort, volume and light with bluewater strength, adding that the 473 boasts more features and creature comforts than ever before built in a boat this size.

“This boat is a good-looking, fast, seaworthy boat with a lot of room for the family,” Bohart says.

Accompanying the 473, will be other models from the Bene-teau fleet, including the 423, 373 and 323.

These sophisticated, comfortable cruisers offer balanced sailing power and speed with extraordinary ease of handling, he says.

So, stop by the Marina del Rey Boat Show and see the latest boats the industry has to offer.

Information, (310) 301-9019 or

PLAYA DEL REY PROJECT — Developers of Sea Glass Townhomes are seeking to develop 35 townhomes and 4,000 square feet of commercial or retail space at 6719-6823 Pacific Ave., at Culver Boulevard, in Playa del Rey.

The Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa del Rey will hear presentations from the developers of Sea Glass Townhomes at the Neighborhood Council’s meeting Tuesday, January 11th.

The meeting will be open to the public and held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 1762 of University Hall on the campus of Loyola Marymount University.

The developer is seeking a vesting tentative tract map and a coastal development permit, as required for any construction in the coastal zone of the city.

No other land-use entitlements should be required for the project, which the developer says would comply with all of the city zoning and building laws.

The project plans to include 128 parking spaces — 70 for residents, 31 for guests, and 27 for commercial or retail patrons. The typical townhome unit would be 2,500 square feet, with two stories above a partially-subterranean private two-car garage.

The price tag for the typical unit would be $1.65 million.

At the meeting, the developer is expected to discuss the project’s impact on local traffic, why the project includes retail and commercial uses and the issue of public beach access.


DEVELOPMENT PLAN — The City of Los Angeles Citizens Unit for Participation in Housing and Community Development and the Community Development Department will hold a series of community meetings for the purpose of responding to the proposed 2005-2006 city consolidated plan.

Six community meetings are scheduled throughout Los Angeles, but the only Westside meeting will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, January 20th, at Oakwood Recreation Center, 767 California Ave., Venice.

All facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. A TDD machine for the hearing-impaired and Spanish translation equipment will be provided if requested four days prior to the meeting.

For information and requests, Community Development Department, Greg Woo, (213) 847-9984; or Kim Olson, (213) 847-2350.