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With Capt. John King Best day of a boater's life is when... Christmas means presents, and what better present could you give your family than to buy them a boat? It is said that the best day in a boater's life is the day that a new boat is purchased. The old joke suggests that the second best day of course is the day that it sells years later. Buying a boat is not like buy- boat is woven with ideas of who you are and how you plan to run your life. Boats are an on-ramp to new adventures along laneless "roadways" with no stop signs. Boats are the common man's space ship, affording access to the last frontier. Boats become the centerpiece to your family vacations and the tool for teaching your kids amazing things. Boats bring you and your buds together chasing big fish; calm seas and adventures untold. Selling a boat is also different You cannot sell your boat to just ing a car or any other vehicle, anyone. Your boat will need a Buying a boat is a life-chang- good home with a skipper who is ing decision for most. The boat mechanically competent and fully becomes a huge element in your engaged in the boating life. Your life. The decision to purchase the boat may be a production model that might have the same manu- facturers plate as others; but with all that you have done to customize the vessel, she is virtually a cus- tom boat and requires a buyer who understands why you have elected to install a bait tank that is bigger than a Jacuzzi and enough rod holders to open your -own tackle store. Non-boaters do not understand all of this nonsense. A few might be reading this column ,and scratching their heads. But con- sider this: Cabo San Lucas was a sleepy dirt town at the end of a long dry desert only a couple decades ago. Boaters and their boats, specifically fishermen and their boats literally put Cabo on the map and helped to build it into John King Columnist the spr~iwling resort it is today. Avalon, as a resort destination, had a similar begin- ning. Boaters braved the multi-hour channel crossing and sometimes the treacherous Santa Ana winds to make it to ' Cataliha Island. More and more boaters made the crossing, and soon the land at sea known as Catalina Island became familiar as a friendly refuge and a rare des- tination for Southern California boaters. I remember my first crossing on a fishing party boat that left at night to be at the island by dawn. I was so seasick I had to sleep out on the deck in the fresh air. I awoke at first light, brushing the saltine crackers off my chest and marveling at the island looming above us: Later I would make my first crossing on my own boat, a 24-foot Striker. Theplan was to fish the Palos Verdes area, how- ever, the run-off from the rain the day before was not good and the island looked so close on that super clear day, so I made the mis- take of choosing tO go to Catalina instead. Trust me, the sea can get really big after a storm. So, in the spirit of an island Christmas, the next time that you see a boater off-loading at Float 5 or wobbling up the ramp to the Green Pier, thank them for visit- ing Avalon. He may need a little encourage- ment to fully enjoy the best day of his life. Capt. John King is the owner and founder of Afishinados Charter. Contact him at (310) 510-2440 or (323) 447-4669. I Joe's Place, left is one of the three busi- nesses that beloved businesswoman Sally DeBoard says she will retire from in October. DeBoard and the coml~any worked out a plan that would allow the restaurants to stay open for one more season so that she could continue to ~)rovide employment to her ~taff. :ourtesy photo Santa Catalina Island Company said it is working on a transition plan STAFF REPORT The owner of three Catalina restaurants told her employees on Satur- Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Mostly SunnyMostly Sunny Sunny Mostly Sunny Partiy Cloudy 64 / 52 63 / 52 62/45 66 / 45 69 / 48 68 / 46 64./45 Preeip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Preeip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5/(, Precip Chance: 0% Preeip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 10% Recreational Forecast I 0-2 13 ! 5'l ml 81 9 I101 ll .l 0-2: Low 3-5: Moderate. 6-7; High, 8-10: Very High, 1 I+: Extrenlc Exposure Date ~ Low No~als Precio 11/26 59 49 67/51 0,0~" 11/27 66 50 66/51' - 0.00 ( 11/2862 52 66/51 002" 11/2961 56 66/51 0.23" 11/30" 61 55 66/51 0.25" 12/1 61 55 66/50 0.06" 12/2 61 54 66/50 009" Which is denser dry or ,m] humid air? r ~: Dry. air. Dec. 7. 1935 - Severe-flooding hit 310.510.0250 310.510.8957fx parts of the Houston area. Eight" people were killed as 100 city blocks were inundated. Sats'uma' reported 16.49 inches of rain] The Buffalo and White Oak Bayous crested on EIec. 9. Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 64, humidity of 82% The record high temperature for today"-is 84~ set in t989 Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with an .overnight low of 52. "['he record low for tonight is 33 set in 1978. Saturday, skies will be mostly sunny with a high temperature of 63, humidity of 77%. Skies will be mostly cloudy Saturday night with an overnight low of 52. Expect m~stly sunny :skies Suridaywith a high temperature of 62. Skies will remain mostly sunny- Monday with a high temperature of 66, Tuesday, skies will be sunny with a high temperature of 62. o_ax AM i'M Fri 5:24-7:24 5:54-7:54 Sat 6:13-8:13 6:43-8:43 Sun 7:06-9:06 7:36-9:36 Mot 8:02-10:028:32-10:32 Tue 9:02-11:029:32-11:32 Wed 10:05-12:05 10:35-12:35 Thu 11:10-l:1011:40-1:40 Avalon- H_~ Low ~ D.~ fiie.b. Fri 4:07am10:49am4:10pm9:56prn Fri 4:12am Sat 4:47 am 11:46 am 5:32 pm 10:49 pm Sat 4:52 am Stm 5:27am12:36pm6:38pmll:39pm Sun- 5.32am Mot 6:09 am l'.22 pin 7:34 pmNone Mort6:14 arn Tue 6:52 am 12:28 ~,n 8:25 pm2:07 pm Tue 6:57 am Wed 7:36aml:16am 9:t4pm 2:52pm Wed 7:41 am "rhu 822 am2:05 am10:02 pm 3:38 pm. Thu 8:27 ana Catalina Harbor ~ Low 10:57am4:15pm 10:04prn 11:54anl 5:37pm 10:57pm 12:44pm6:43pm ll:47pm 1:30 pm7:39 pmNone 12:36 am 8:30 pm2:15 pm 1:24 rain 9:19 prn 3:00 pm 2:13am 10:07pm3:46pm Sunset Fri 6:44km. 4:46 p.m. Sat 6:45 a.m. 4:46 p.m. Sun 6:46 ~Lm. 4:46 p.m. ...,,m~ Mon6:46 a.m. 4:46 p.m. ri.t Tue 6:47 a.m. 1l:47 p.m. Wed._ .6:48 a.m. 4:47 p.m. 12/20 ~ 'Th:u " 6:48.a.m. 4:47 p.m. 12:25 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Full 1:27 a.m. 1:07 p.m. 12/28 2:32 a.m. 1:48 p.m. 3:40 am.2:35 p.m. 4:50 a.m.3:28 p.m.~ Last 5:58 a.m. 4:28 pm 1/4 7:03 a.m. 5:34 p.m. hl:~..,-,~ iP - _ - *FREE for your !- Book Now! says- day, Dec. 8, that she plans to retire and will close the restaurants on Oct. 31, 2013. Sally DeBoard owner of Sally's Waffle Shop, Joe's Place and Lori's Good Stuff discussed closing the businesses this winter with representatives of the Santa Catalina Island Company. DeBoard and the company worked out a plan that would al- low the restaurants to stay open for at least one more season so that she could continue to provide employment to her staff, and the Island Coi~pany could work on a redevelopment plan for the loca- tion on the corner of Crescent and Catalina Avenues. The delay of DeBaord's retire- ment ended up being a win-win for everyone, including her staff. According to an Island Company statement, DeBoard was con- cerned about the economic wel- &B I fare of her employees, some of whom had been with her for most of the 40 plus years she has oper- ated her restaurants, and they now have employment through most of next year as well as a longer period of time to find new jobs. 'Td like to thank the Island Company. for its understanding and help in developing this transi- tion plan," DeBoard said. "Over the years I've been blessed by the community's support and, most importantly, with the best staff anyone could hope for. Besides working with me financially, the Island Company offered to make arrangements for my employees to meet with the new Bhewater Ava- lon restaurant"owners and man- agement team, "This is a real relief Since the new restaurant will be operating before I close down,J feel confi- dent that my staff will have both tile necessary time and a variety of choices as they look :for other jobs" According to Randy Herrel, the Island Company's chief executive of ricer, "Sally has done so much for our community and her restau- rants have been an iconic part of Avalon. "Our mutual transition plan reflects SCICo's deep respect for Sal!y, oui" support for her employ- ees; and time needed to plan the future of that very special corner of our city. "While we respec~ Sally's deci- sion to retire, we are pleased that we could accommodate an exten- sion for her that would allow con- tinued employment for her staff and preserve vibrant business op- erations in a key location of Ava- lon." Do you have a comment on this Catalina Islander story ? Send your comments to: editor@the- 4 1 Friday, December 14. 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER