Muster everyday except Sunday at the Baywood pier (next to Coffee ‘N’ Things) between 7:30AM and whenever the last mate leaves. No quorum required. Come on over and join the Navy.

Assemblyman Blakeslee has signed on to co-author legislation to discourage individuals from abandoning boats in California’s waterways. The bill, introduced by Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance), would create a vessel turn-in-program that would allow boat owners to surrender their unwanted vessel to a state government agency, rather than abandoning the boat. The bill will also address the rising number of abandoned, dilapidated boats in the state by increasing the abandonment fine from a minimum of $500 to $1000.

Abandoned vessels pose a significant risk to marine wildlife and cause environmental damage through oil, fuel and toxic substance leaks. Currently, grants through the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund allocate monies to local agencies for the removal of abandoned marine vessels.

Assemblyman Blakeslee is optimistic that through this vessel turn-in-program, the added hassle for the vessel owner will be eliminated with no extra cost to the consumer because the funds will be through the existing Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund. Blakeslee states, “Not only will this bill help those in California’s boating industry, but the environment will be further protected and preventive measures will be encouraged to prevent any further degradation of California’s beautiful waterways.”

This is the second time legislation has been proposed to address the issue of abandoned vessels. The bill’s author also introduced AB 1950 in the 2007-2008 legislative session to address this issue. AB 1950 was unanimously supported by the Assembly and Senate, but was vetoed by the Governor. Legislation is being re-introduced this year to respond to the growing problem plaguing the State.

From Bosun Jack Moore – While in the back bay I observed South Bay Fire Dept. launch a jet ski / wave runner type craft. We were told that they have had it only nine months. This appeared to be a practice launch / run.They stated that the South Bay Fire Dept. number was 528–1053 and a Capt. Wilcox would be the contact.This might be of interest to the sailing group on our web site, and I hope they never have to call it.