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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lewar #30 @40's 3-spd.-chrome bronze self-tailers

Do I have the best marine insurance company in the world or WHAT?  Mariner's insurance is letting me display a Lewmar #30 and #40 in their booth at the Newport Beach in the water boat show.  We've still got a good supply of both sizes and are still including a $100.00 matching lock-in handle if you purchase a pair.  We're still holding the super -low price of $495.00 for a #30 and $695.00 for a #40.  I think we still have a couple of #46's at $995.00 each.  You can spec them out on the Lewmar or West Marine website.  An yes, we're still paying the shipping to the lower forty-eight.  Have a great weekend. Ernie Minney

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

115 AC Davit winch or light cargo hoist. Two for the price of one!!!

Great buy for someone.  These davit winches list for about $1600.00 each and will lift over 1000 pounds.  They are brand new and modestly priced at $795.00 each.  We only have two so don't wait too long or they will be gone.  Voltage is 115 AC-15 Amps.  Launch your rubber boat or jet ski or
use as a hoist in your garage..  Have a nice day......  Ernie

Monday, September 16, 2013

Log cabin and "Dream Barn" 30 minutes from Aspen airport FOR SALE...

I find that I am spending more time on my boat than in Colorado.  I've put 5 years of hard work on what I call "Honker Haven".  I've been averaging 40 days on skis and perhaps the new owner will let me rent the care-taker's unit or barn during the ski season.  It's an easy 30 minute drive to Snow Mass and Buttermilk and about 45 minutes to Aspen or Highlands.  Property is in the town of Carbondale which is one of the coolest yet progressive towns in Colorado.  Everything you see in the video and lots more goes with the property.  It's a magical place with the world's greatest neighbors.  They even let me adjust the level in the lake nearest the house and allow me to do the landscaping on the other side of the fence so nothing blocks my fantastic view of the wildlife and ponds.  Shane Real Estate in Aspen has and exclusive listing so contact Richard Duddy or Wendy Lucas if you have any interest? They both are avid sailors.......

Friday, September 13, 2013

Land Ho !!!

This is the last short video of my summer cruise in the waters off Southern California.  Boat is a Down East 38' sloop.  This is my first fiberglass boat.  I've always played with big older wooden boats, mostly schooners and one monster 100' teak wood ketch built in Scotland.  I'm scaling down, and this little boat seems just about right for me.  It's great with just 2 people aboard.  I can hardly imagine 4-5 or 6 people for any length of time.  I'm strictly "old school"and keep the boat simple.  Pump faucets and head. Hank on headsails and slides on the mainsail, VHF and depth finder (soon will have a radar) and a Lofrans windlass which I love and just happen to be a dealer for. And I almost forgot, a Brand New Yanmar 53 HP diesel that has never missed a beat.  Have a great weekend.  Ernie

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Possible FREE boat......

Should someone want to finish the boat, I'll make the hardware available at a very modest price...


I just purchased all the hardware from a fiberglass Atkin 38' sailboat in Santa Ana, Calif.  Hull has never been in the water and looks very good.  Boat has sat for probably 20 years.  There is a used Mercedes diesel engine in the boat.  At the moment the owner is removing the chain plates, anchor windlass, bow pulpit etc. etc. for me.  Owner indicates that he will give the hull away if someone will move it.  It was put in a backyard with a crane and at a glance, by removing a corner of an overhanging roof it looks as if the boat could be moved by a boat mover truck.  According to the owner vessel has a lead keel that I estimate at about 6000 lbs.  Last I heard Exide battery company in Vernon was paying $1.60 per pound for lead.  Finish off the boat, or scrap it for the lead, rudder is on with some beautiful bronze hardware and there's even a spare rudder.  For an extra $500.00 I think the owner will throw in a good looking new aluminum mast that is about 55 feet long.  I have the spreaders, tangs and assorted mast hardware.  Please deal direct with the owner if you have any interest.  Call 714-342-4095 or e-mail to and ask about Atkin double ended sailboat.  Minneys assumes no responsibility as to the condition of the boat or what the final decision of the owners as to whether they will give it away for having it moved or not.  These are VERY NICE people closing out the estate of a loved one.  Ernie Minney

Fish Happen !!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013


Think I up-loaded my video as a photo.  Perhaps this will come out better???


A fun little video of our voyage from Los Angeles harbor to the Isthmus at Catalina island then around to Catalina harbor on the backside of the Isthmus.  We spend a few days at Cat harbor and then set
sail for the anchorage in the gunnery and bombing range on San Clemente island.  Sure glad the Navy got the word that that end of the island was open for 5 days for boaters.

Monday, September 2, 2013

You don't have to go to Tahiti to have fun aboard your boat...

I've been goofing off and just spent 2 weeks cruising around So. California in my little Down East 38' sloop.  Boat yard pictures are Angleman schooner "La Volpe" getting a bottom job, 60' S & S yawl "Olinka" getting a new cockpit and teak decks and a bow shot of the old Newport Beach sail training ketch "Argus" side tied to shipwright Wayne Ettel's big tug boat (converted to monster wood shop) in Los Angeles harbor.  Of course you all know the lovely harbor of Avalon.  Have a great Labor Day
weekend...... Ernie