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With Capt. John King Saviors in the Tunnel Last week I promised to fin- ish my "End of the Beginning" story. We pick up at that point in the tunnel where I sus- pected that I could see the light at the end. Seeing John King Columnist the light is one thing, getting out of the tunnel is an entirely different matter. It turns out that light at the end of the tunnel shines a long way into the darkness. It can also blind you to the immediacy of the problems at hand. But, it does give hope and it does give direc- tion to your efforts, and those are worth their weight in slogging through. More importantly, as I soon discovered, are the "Saviors in the Tunnel?' Without their help most of us would still be rambling in darkness. I now had claim On a new boat for the Afishinados fleet, but there were obstacles to overcome. More than I had planned for, and a few surprise challenges that would be laid out like land mines in the darkness of the tunnel floor. First, the easy stuff: Sea trial. Check. The boat ran like a bat out of hell and fully exceeded my expectations. Financing. Check~ An unex- C Ia0nj IsLeo0eB Founded in 1913 by freest WJnde Publisher Jon Remy Editor Dixie Redfearn Assistant Editor Charles Kelly Office Manager Kristy Throndson Graphic Designer Emily Ung Multimedia Director Franco Te 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 M Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to One Year Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $8O/yea r A Publication of CommunltyMedia Corporation. CATALINA BLANDER (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3484 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published w;eekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2016 and Title ~l Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. pected major purchase made eas- ier by the saviors at F&M Bank: Transport. Click. The sound of stepping on a land mine that you cannot unstep without dire consequences. It turns out that this boat is a lot bigger than many and on the outside edge of the towing limit for most trucks. I learned that you cannot rent a truck to tow. Not from U-Haul, not from Penske, not from Ryder and not even from Trucks R Us. Nobody rents a truck to haul a boat 500 miles. I did find a company on line called UShip. This is a pretty cool site. You can put in all the particulars and wait for a trucker or trucking company to bid for your transport. Bids do come in, and some are surprisingly cheap, but the challenge is lining up the timing. The second land mine is one that I threw in to the mix, so it should not have been so vexing. The salmon were running out of Moss Landing in Monterey. What better way to test our new boat than fishing for Salmon on the way home? My second savior showed up in the form of the sell- er with an F250 truck who hap- pened to live near Moss Landing and who had the time to give me a tow from Oakland to the land- ing. Thank you Walter Thomas! I invited a couple friends who happened to also own F250s to join me for some fishing. My hope was to get another tow south as far as anybody was will- Our new boat has a name, GUSTO! ing to take me. This got very tricky. If a man (Bert) believes that the load is heavier than his rig can safely carry, there is no way to argue or debate this. You just have to accept it. Bert was willing to use his truck to launch and retrieve the boat at the ramp when we hit a mechanical snag that required moving the boat to a mechanics shop. Robert (the mechanic) was savior number 3, working late to prepare the boat for the next day of fishing. We lost a little fishing time, but managed to get a nice fish on board and release a "shaker" 4 GREAT BOATS TO FISH OR TOUR THE ISLE IN STYLE (undersized salmon). I was hopeful that this short haul would help Bert to reassess the tow south. It did the opposite. Bert became convinced that the boat was heavier than advertised. I could not say a word (difficult for me). I immediately entered a request for transport into UShip. Bert's truck did the haul out at the launch ramp. Since we were already attached, Bert agreed to tow me and the boat to my friend's house in Atascaffero which is located before the dreaded Questa Grade." This downhill grade is not long but it is pretty steep and Bert was not willing to chance the trailer brakes on this stretch of road. We started south and did not make the turn to the 101 which put us into Carmel. We chose-to take a small coun- try road back to the 101 which turned out to be pretty steep and not well-paved: A great test of Bert's truck. This mistake put us both on edge. The boat and trailer loomed large behind us, but the truck performed well and we found our way back to the 101. Two hours later we were rolling along past my friend's house and down the dreaded Questa Grade without trouble. Bert was savior number 4 on this trip. In order to put this boat into charter service in Avalon, it must get named, registered, permitted, insured and approved to operate in Avalon Harbor. Great names are not easy to come by, particu- larly under time pressure. We enlisted family, friends and on-line followers to help us name the boat. Some top contenders were "SMOOTH," "BENDO" and "SLUGGO." We tried these on like you would try out a color swatch on your wail. None stuck, but we had to name the boat to move the needle. Karen suggested "GUSTO" which means "doing something with vigor and enthusiasm?' Nuff said. The boat now had a name. Karen became savior number 5 on this quest, not for nam- ing the boat, but for braving the DMV to register a boat in Livery service that had once been a documented vessel. She emerged with registration in hand, a minor miracle. GUSTO! is now paid for, approved within the harbor, reg- istered with the state, permit- ted with all relevant authorities, insured for a million and waiting for this wind to stop so we can get on with the business of helping visitors "enjoy the isle in style." Capt. John King runs Afishinados Charters and Catallac Tours. Email jophn@afishinados, corn or call 888-613-7770. CONSERVANCY ROAD PERMITS GO PAPERLESS The Catalina Island Conservancy is proud to announce we are now paperless with our Paradise Pass permits and non-commercial vehicle road permits. Documents and instructions for renewal will be emailed to you and digitally signed online. We will no longer have paper road permit packets. Renewal packet emails will be sent out early this year to allow time for questions and assistance as needed. Watch for your email packet from "Road Permits." For questions on road permits please call 310-510-2897 or email us at 4 i Friday, April 28, 2017 THE CATALINA ISLANDER