It was only natural that an engineering firm focused on the waterfront included a boat in the corporate fleet for touring company projects from the best vantage point possible — on the water.

Two decades ago, when Dave Sparks purchased his home on Rivo Alto Canal in Naples, the sellers sweetened the deal with something magical.

When Eric Gustafson, the co-owner of Flying Cloud Yacht sales, started working with a client a couple of years ago in the market for a power boat with creature comforts, he sensed his buyer was something more than a wannabe stink potter looking for a floating Barcalounger.

Greg Kight described his ideal boat to his dearest childhood friend, mariner Bob Blair, as “something classic, with clean lines, vintage with character.”

Last summer, while walking in Ala Wai Harbor visiting TransPac finishers, I came upon a boat with some Long Beach history. With everyone safer at home these days, it is an ideal opportunity to provide the current status on vessels like this one.

Back in the 1960s, while anchored on our family boat in Catalina’s Cherry Cove, my brother John would wish he was at the nearby Camp Cherry Valley Scout Camp. It is located two coves north of Two Harbors, and when he was camping there with his Boy Scout troop, he wished he was in a boat anch…

The Pilgrim, a full-sized replica of the merchantman brig immortalized by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. in his American seafaring classic novel "Two Years Before the Mast," keeled on March 29 and is incapacitated beyond repair.

When the Fred Hall Show was in town last month, I went to crawl on boats, wiggle lures, cast rods and try everything out. It was an outdoorsman version of tire kicking — back in the good old days before social distancing.

Good things come to those who wait. This summer and fall are going to be chockfull of so many great events. Sure, we keep hearing about all the regattas and other events that are kiboshed — but it just means the months ahead will be action-packed.

It was a busy weekend: Harbor Cup was raced at Los Angeles YC with Cal Maritime’s Keelhaulers taking top honors, with Long Beach’s Ryan Schack on mast and Hailey Thompson on pit.

Now in its 85th year, the Manning Regatta was hosted by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club last weekend.

Last Friday, Feb. 14, corks were popping at Alamitos Bay YC — and club members were celebrating more than the romance of Valentine's Day. Homegrown Long Beach sailor Riley Gibbs and his teammate Anna Weis had qualified for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

Each year, the Grunion Gazette’s “On the Water” columnist Jo Murray goes “On the Green” for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

“I wanted to put Cabrillo Boat Yard back on the map,” said Chris Messano, who recently purchased the historic full service boat yard in Long Beach and will be re-opening it this month.

Friday, April 24, marks the start of the yearly 125-nautical mile Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (N2E), where competitors make the choice to head off-shore for stronger winds or to sail the rhumb line towards the finish. The right choice can make the difference come trophy time.

Alamitos Bay Yacht Club hosted the Sabot Junior Invitational last weekend. The regatta takes place in conjunction with the Southern California Yachting Association Racing Association (SCYYRA) North Series. There were 64 boats completing in five fleets, with seven competitors registered from …

The 11th Annual Aquatic Capital of America (ACOA) Awards Banquet will be from from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Keesal, Young & Logan law offices, 400 Oceangate #1400. Awards will be presented in seven categories.

Put your big boy foulies on. 2020 is almost here, the calendar is filled with opportunities to hone your skills, show off your talents or just have fun on the water.

Kudos to all who participated in the successful Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade last Saturday. Thanks to the efforts of the Naples Improvement Association and parade chairman John Shuman, the workaround plans to continue the parade in spite of sea wall construction left locals thankful. Sh…

I’m thankful we live in a place where we can sail year round and Alamitos Bay YC’s Turkey Day Regatta, held last weekend celebrates it. As member Ed Spotskey said, “It was a stunning weekend where motor and sail boaters were both happy.”

With a theme for the year of “Every member matters” Seal Beach Yacht Club’s incoming Commodore Laura Ellsworth says she has big plans for the club located in Alamitos Bay Marina next to West Marine.

Last weekend, a contingent of women from Long Beach Yacht Club celebrated the club’s 90th anniversary with a weekend cruise to Ensenada aboard Carnival Inspiration.

The Farr 58-foot ocean racing yacht Maiden that competed in the 1989–90 Whitbread Round the World Race with an all-female crew will be arriving in Long Beach on at 3 p.m. Saturday Nov. 2. The vessel is on a two-year round the world tour to raise awareness and money for girls' education aroun…

Here it is October and my Connecticut-based cousin Steve Shongut spent the weekend winterizing his sailboat, and our East Coast friends won’t be sailing for months.

Best bargain on the water? How about a delicious $20 yacht club lunch followed by a talk about current maritime happenings?

Saturday night, the Buffalo Milks were flowing as Catalina’s Isthmus was bustling with long distance swimmers, sailors, cowboys and pirates. It is no wonder the popular Harbor Reef Saloon has gained the nickname, “Star Wars Bar.”

Long Beach resident Jacquewyn Chambers-Martin was one of the Southern California paddlers who was a part of the Team USA Senior 'C' national team, which competed in the International Dragon Boat Federation's (IDBF) World Championships, and brought home gold.

Last Friday, as a group of media was readying for a day sail on board Maiden, I met Tracy Edwards. I felt something deeper than star stuck; it stirred a deep inspiration from within to make the impossible happen.

The Navy Yacht Club of Long Beach continued an annual tradition last Sunday with an emotional tribute to wounded warriors. The club hosted more than 50 military war veterans for a day at sea, a dramatic gun salute and rendering of honors at the USS Iowa, then returned to the club’s Alamitos …

Alamitos Bay YC is locally world famous for their Turkey Day Regatta trophies during their annual regatta the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, where turkeys are given to winners.

The Alamitos Bay YC-hosted Goslings 2019 Viper 640 World Championship wrapped up Saturday as 41 teams raced a total of 13 races over a four-day period.

On Sept. 19, nonprofits in Long Beach have the chance to crowd-fund donations and earn matching dollars donated from philanthropic foundations and businesses via a new annual initiative: Long Beach Gives Day. Donors will have 24 hours to make a difference with double the impact, using a sing…

Editor's Note: Each year, our On the Water columnist, Jo Murray, goes On the Highway for car week in the Monterey Peninsula. She was in Pebble Beach at the World’s most famous Car Show, the 69th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, along with a visit to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Not a week goes by that I’m not inspired by our local watermen — like last week when many of our Long Beach Junior Guards earned their (no longer politically correct) Stud Ironman award based on their times for a 2-mile swim and 4-mile run down the beach on the Peninsula. These days it’s cal…