An article in the April 21-May 4, 2017 issue of The Log announcing the creation of WorldWide Yacht Services incorrectly listed the new company’s phone numbers. The correct contact information is: 619-642-0068 or 011-52-644-231-7747. Carl Levitetz launched WorldWide Yacht Services after the sale of San Diego Yachts/CSLevitetz Yacht Sales. We regret the error.
Re: California’s For-Hire Charter Licenses: What You Need to Know (May 19-June 1 issue)
Chartering is complicated
There is a lot more that needs to be said about the requirements for legal charters, whether for six passengers or twelve, or more, particularly with respect to the licensing of the operator and wharfage agreements with marinas and port authorities. This is not a simple subject, and unfortunately there is a considerable amount of misinformation out there. Anyone considering putting a boat into charter needs to do considerable research to make sure it’s done legally and safely!
Capt. Ann Kinner
Re: Harbor Island redevelopment plans are deficient in lower-cost accommodations (May 19-June 1 issue)
Develop somewhere else
This is the mentality that encourages many including boaters to abandon California. Developers need to develop elsewhere where bureaucrats don’t dictate how people use their property including land.
Re: Are boats in Newport Harbor too fast and furious? (May 5-18 issue)
Respect the Rules
Great article. Respect on the water is needed. The challenge is that people who rent boats, may not (and most likely don’t) have the proper training on the Rules of the Road as it pertains to boating. There really should be some requirement for the benefit of all boaters and their safety.
Use common sense
We desperately need rules and strict enforcement for the SUPs, Kayakers, and, those small sailboats that are primarily operated by those who rent them—and seem to have no respect for their safety or for others’. Many times SUPs and Kayakers string out, side by side and take up the whole harbor. The small sailboats zip back and forth with no regard for anyone. They act with impunity, believing if there is an accident it will be the fault of the power boater—who generally is the only one with any common sense. The rental companies have the false impression that a signed waiver relieves them from liability. That waiver is worth about as much as the paper it is written on. The Harbor Patrol needs to crack down on these people and start handing out fines instead of simply instructing them on the rules—that’s the job of the rental companies. Ignorance of the law should not be an excuse. And, by the way, from what I understand, in court the human and wind powered craft do not have the “right-a-way” as they believe. It has finally been adjudicated to be the fault of the person who could more easily have avoided the accident—in other words—common sense now dictates the party at fault.
Re: Human powered vessel users continue tango dance with boaters (March 10-23 issue)
Most owners of powered and larger sailboats do understand the rules and, practice safe boating. It is obvious that too many users of human powered and small sailboats do not. Quite the contrary, many are blatantly offensive and believe they have the right-a-way—regardless of the fact they will always lose if they cause a collision with a powerboat. This mindset is magnified when in a group and the “pack mentality” comes into play. Lack of strict rules and enforcement will only lead to “water rage” and serious accidents.
Re: Avalon seeking new vendor for fuel dock restaurant (April 7-20 issue)
Island Co. damaging Avalon
How many more restaurants will the Island Company in their infinite wisdom destroy? If we wanted to live in LA we would. Bring back Avalon and please stop with your greed and selfishness. I have been visiting Avalon for over thirty years and I have witnessed the change of how much damage the Island Company has done to the local economy.
Sincerely David H Metcalf