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On the Water Keep it Simple BY CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS Owning a boat is a love affair driven by functional- ity and gadgets. We buy a boat with a particular set of 'needs' in mind. I can re- call my first boat purchase, a 24' Stryker with a 150hp outboard, built to fish with a top-of-the line fish-find- ing sonar, bait tank, rocket launchers and rod holders. The accommodations in- cluded a cuddy cabin for two sleeping bags, a glory bucket and a barbeque. Perfectly simple. The boat, appropriately named "Ojala" which translates into "I hope," was a dream come true. We would load her up, then trailer her to fill up the fuel tank, launch her and make our run to the fish- ing grounds. Then we would re- turn to the launch ramp, pull and wash the boat, trailer her back to the house and put her away until the next trip. With Capt. John King Although this all sounds pretty simple, it became a chore. Traile- ring a big boat with a small truck is a white-knuckle experience. At the end of the day I was exhaust- ed. Then the kids started to complain and it became clear that we needed a bigger boat, one that could accommodate our little family on weekend trips to the islands and be left in the water at a marina when we returned. John King We got a 40-footer Columnist and named her 'K's Hurrah'. The step up from a trailerable 24-foot boat to a 40-foot home on the water is a very big step. I now had sleeping accommodations for five in beds, which included a master suite and crews quarters, a galley with stove, fridge and mi- crowave, walk-in head with show- er, air-conditioning and reverse- air heating and the all important inverter to power the television. Did I mention this boat also had two motors and a generator? Having a boat in a marina is a lot easier than trailering a boat, however, there are a lot more costs such as marina slip fees, diver's fee for keeping the bottom clean and of course the obligatory mechan- ics costs. Boats that have all the comforts of home are not simple. They are complicated pieces of machinery and fiberglass with de- signer fabrics and air conditioning wrapped in a floating box. We loved K's Hurrah, she was a good boat however she was lim- ited. She could not make the run to Cabo San Lucas, which had become important as a reachable destination in the right boat. This new destination added another layer of complexity in the form of water-makers, long dis- tance communications systems, safety enhancements including life-rafts and of course high-end electronics for navigation and fish finding. Enter the Afishinado: A fishing machine that can do it all. Afishinado performed well as a personal boat, surviving two hur- ricanes and massive seas. Hav- ing won numerous tournaments, Afishinado had the pedigree of a Ca/a//a00 -Cruises & l our00; BOOK A PRIVATE CHARTER 00.lixd.,om SSS-00I $-111t) top-notch fishing vessel so we put her into charter. Of course, that meant adding redundant systems for holding bait, more rods and reels and storage, fish processing station and exotic fish catching tools such as teasers Vehicle No'lse Test-ing for retesting and late vehicles as part of the annual Vehicle Registration Will be condu00m00ltt00day mornings fro00 AM to 10000 PM i i i /Vll - i.00T.E ! ! AVALON SCO N T EDTO ,-_ b ! THE QUALITY OF LIFE !N AVALON i i WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW i Vehicles that do not pass Vehicle Noise Testing wNI have until I SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 to be re-tested & pass without penalty. i Vehicles that do not pass can return during testing times for retestlng I with no penalty and will receive the City permit upon passing at the i standard cost: $29. Late vehicles fee: $25. i Decibel Standards: ! ALL OTHER VEHICLES VEHICLES 6,000 Ibs OR GREATER MOTORCYCLES (incl. AUTOETTES, aka, GOLF CARTS) i 82 dB 77 dB 74 dB AMC Sec. 4.,4 .1713 .Aa,'. FOR MORE INFORMATION: ;(=7!-"" " visit w,,wciWofavalon:om i| /  | Contact Avalon City Hall: 310-510-0220 ,.oi't Email Jordan Monroe, Management Aide: iJ jmonroe@cityofavalon.com L ___ o .E_s,  Lp:!_E:?o,k !.M! ?_:_!N_,!,?_!o._,LL _EE?_'. ................... Afishinado Pro and mackerel tubes with pumps to run them. Not simple. Having a boat in Avalon is a bit like having in keeping it simple. Afishinado is currently in the boat yard getting some much needed love. She is being updated and will get a new set of Tier III Cummins 425hp diesels. In the process I have been excavating all of the gadgets and gear that have grown to be a part of the boat. It is an amazing array of stuff. Stuff that I paid to buy and install. Stuff am feeling lighter by the day as I remove and reassess the require- ments of this boat. I am looking forward to a newer, faster, lighter boat that is simple and easy to maintain. We will see how long that lasts. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at 888-613-7770 or john@tixci. com. a boat in Cabo. It is challenging that I really needed. Stuff that I to keep all of the systems running had to have to make the boat work Health Fest and in top shape. Resources are for our needs. Stuff that I am now not always available and parts are tearing out and throwing away. 2014 =- What frequently hard to find. - I am on a mission to simplify When something would break Afishinado. If I have a piece of do blood tests in Mexico, we learned to fix it or do without. It was a great lesson CARLOTA'S OF AVALON Women's Clothing CATALINA CRAFTERS Arts & Crafts Supply Store CATALINA REALTORS Real Estate CHET'S HARDWARE A little bit ofeoerythin 9 you need CIVR Catalina Island Vacation Rentals JEWELS OF INTEREST Artist Inspired Jewelry 8: Gifts MR. NING'S Chinese Garden Restaurant THE STEAMER TRUNK First Class Gifts TRADEWINDS Apparel, Footwear Gifts & Fashion Jewelry  SANTA CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY 877.778.83221 www.visitCatalinaIsland.eom equipment on board that has not been used in the last year because it was either broken or simply not required, it is now trash. Gone. Thrown into the recycling bin. I 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at ClMC. lb ORANGE COAST ee cener really do? The Health Fest on Thursday, May 22, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., on Crescent Avenue in downtown Avalon will offer medical screen- ings and low-cost blood tests for the community. What do the blood tests reveal? CBC: Complete Blood Count-- is used to analyze cells. White blood count is used to determine if there is infection. Red blood cells, Hemoglobin and Hematocrit results are used to diagnose many ailments including anemia. Lipid Profile: This group of tests can determine the risk of coronary heart disease by measur- ing cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides. Heart attacks and strokes can be caused by a block- age of blood vessels. Hepatitis C: This screening can determine if a person has been exposed to the Hepatitis C Virus. HCV is a contagious liver disease that can lead to serious liver prob- lems. TSH: Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone testing results are used in the process of diagnosing thy- roid disease. PSA: Prostate Specific Antigen is used to screen men for pros- tate cancer. It helps to determine the need for a prostate biopsy or to monitor treatment effectiveness and recurrence of the disease. Hemoglobin A1C: The A1C test can be used to diagnose pre- diabetes and Tyl: 2 diabetes or to gauge how well diabetes is being managed. It doesn't require fasting and can be performed at any time of day. 4i Friday(May 9:2(3i4 .................................................................... 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