California Sea Scouts Earn Flagship Award
Fresh from an impressive
finish in the Lexus Newport-to-
Ensenada International Yacht
Race, a crew of California Sea
Scouts traveled across the country “It’s a good idea to check your
in May to accept the BoatU.S.
National Sea Scout Flagship
trim tabs every 26 years,
Award for 2006. BoatU.S. whether they need it or not.”
Chairman and Founder Richard
Schwartz presented the trophy to 1980 Crestliner (“Maggie”)
Sea Scout Ship 711, Del Mar,
of Newport Beach as the top
performing Sea Scout unit in the
country. The ceremony took place
at the Boy Scouts of America Photo by Jimmie Homburg
Annual Meeting in Washington, The crew of Ship 711 celebrates winning this year’s BoatU.S. Sea
DC, May 26. Scout Flagship Award in Washington, DC.
David George, 18, of Villa
Parte, CA, the ship’s boatswain, and the ship participates in community service
Skipper Mike Stewart of Costa Mesa events like the annual Scouting for Food
accepted the award along with 13 other drive and a harbor cleanup. Ship 711 calls
crewmembers and seven adults, including the BSA Newport Sea Base homeport and
Wes Heusser, Commander of the Balboa its principal vessel for training and cruis- “This 1980
Power Squadron, the sponsor of Ship 711. ing is a Columbia 43 sloop, named Del Crestliner
The BoatU.S. Sea Scout Flagship Mar. The Ship also sails Scout Spirit, a
Award recognizes excellence in program 77-foot Reichel/Pugh ocean racer, which
quality, youth achievement and adult com- they crewed to a second-in-class finish April a good life.
mitment. Like all Sea Scout units, Ship 30 in the Newport to Ensenada race. Mike I completely
711 uses boats, seamanship and nautical Stewart joined Ship 711 in its founding year, restored this
skills to develop character and leadership 1962, as Mate. He stepped up to adult boat and replaced
qualities in young people. leader post of Skipper the following year and
has remained at the helm ever since.
just about everything
The Ship and its two dozen Sea
Scouts, aged 14 to 20, compiled an This is the fifth year for the Flagship on it except for one —
impressive record of accomplishments with Award, originated by BoatU.S. in 2002 to the BENNETT TRIM TABS.
36 days of on-water activities last year, mark the 90th anniversary of Sea Scouting, After 26 years of service,
including 22 days of extended cruising a co-ed program for young adults age I topped off the reservoir
to Catalina Island and the other Channel 14-20 with over 7,000 youth participat-
Islands. Regular activities range from for- ing in 550 Ships nationwide. A perpetual with a bit of fluid and
mal training in boat handling, rules of the trophy bearing the names of annual winning they worked perfectly.
road and safety drills to boat maintenance, Ship resides at the BSA National Scouting I don’t believe there is
electronics and engine repair, with a good Museum in Irving, TX. For more information, anything more durable
measure of fun thrown in. In addition, contact: SeaScouts@BoatUS.com.
on a boat.” — Bill Mundy
Florida’s Wrecked Boats May Be Removed
call 954.427.1400 or visit our
Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has signed into In order for the marina to start this website: BennettTrimTabs.com/M-tabs
law HB 201, clarifying notice requirements process to remove the boat, the marina
of a marina having a possessory lien on a must first provide written notice to the vessel
vessel and giving boat owners time to take owner, via certified mail or in person. They
action. A boat in a “wrecked, junked, or must also post the notice at the marina and
substantially dismantled condition, which on the boat. The written notice is required at
has been left abandoned at a marina” can least 60 days before the sale of the vessel.
be removed and disposed of by the mari- The notice will include an itemized statement
na, and reasonable expenses passed on of the marina’s claim, a description of the
to the boat owner. If the boat is damaged vessel, demand for payment, and a conspic-
as a result of a named storm, the marina uous statement that, unless the claim is paid
must wait 60 days before it can dispose within the time stated in the notice, the ves-
of it to allow the boater or their insurance sel will be sold at a specified time and place.
company time to take necessary action. This bill takes effect July 1, 2006.
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