Friday, December 28, 2012

Asparagus Festival

Caliente cruisers,

Reserved berthing at the 2013 Stockton Asparagus Festival is very hard to come by.  Caliente Y.C. reserved 15 spaces for the 2013 festival while we were at the 2012 festival.  If we don’t pay for these berths by February, we will lose them, and we sure don’t want to do that.
That is why we are asking you to send in your $60 cruise fee now. Your check will not be deposited until February 1st.  Please read the attached cruise flyer and send in your check ASAP.  Cruise spaces will be reserved until the cruise is full,based on the date payments are received. If we don’t have all spaces pre-paid by January 31st, we will have to give up any unpaid spaces. Last year, we were totally booked up, so respond early and guarantee your spot on this cruise.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter, and your prompt response.Again, please read the attached flyer for further details.
Curt & Marsha Hayes

Monday, December 17, 2012

Letter to Bill Wells, of the Yachtsman

Letter to Bill Wells of Yachtsman Magazine
Summarizing our Success in 2012
December 16, 2012

Dear Bill,
I thought I'd write to report on the status of Caliente Isle Yacht Club in the year since we left our clubhouse on Taylor Slough, Bethel Island.  You remember that complications of many kinds drove the CIYC membership to leave our clubhouse of 50 years and  chose to become a cruising club. All members of have left that harbor and it is nearly empty.  We are now completing the first year of this change in operations and I must say it has gone well.  We began 2012 with a January Commodore's Ball in Pittsburg.  The club then attended the Bethel Island Crab Feed where we held down tables of our own.  February saw the club cruising to Tower Park to join Marina West YC in a winter event.  In succeeding events, we had up to 20 CIYC boats cruising into the Stockton Asparagus Festival  and a fantastic Memorial Day weekend at Willow Berm.  Our cruisers were at several venues on the water over the long July 4th holiday. In August we held our annual Poker Run and Go Fast Cruise in speedboats.  On Labor Day weekend we had a terrific time at Commodore Island (across from King Island Resort) complete with a long, narrated jungle cruise of gangs of members floating on air mattresses, swans, etc. while holding on to a long rope.  We also anchored out at Mildred Island twice and in October we did a week long "up river" cruise to Old Sacramento with several  stops along the way. 

So you can see that CIYC remains as active as ever,  but now in its cruising mode. Our membership has remained strong and we are pleased to have two new members already as 2013 begins.  Of course, CIYC looks for others who seek active cruising to very cool places with a club that has  a 50 year history on the Delta.  The cruising calendar is nearly full of monthly events for the new year and we would like to share our good times with others.  Folks can check us out at

I hope to see you on the water or at some event in 2013 to further reminisce about historic boats of the Bay and Delta.

Ted Lyman
Past Commodore 2003

Friday, December 14, 2012

Boat Talk

Back when I was Editor of the Islander, I often thought about writing about boats.  So now that I am free of other jobs, I am going to try to do that in our Blog.  David Oates

DIY AIS part 1

A while back, I got a deal (?) on an AIS, Class B, transceiver.  The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is only a couple of years old and provides an on-screen identification of (mainly) commercial vessels in your area.  I’ll save the full description for another time.  Anyway, I purchased the AIS unit and found that it was just a transceiver and GPS.  There is no screen or antenna.  Because I didn’t want to clutter up my chartplotter or RADAR screens, I purchased a separate “chartplotter” screen. 

Next, I noticed that I could share one of my VHF radio antennas with the AIS, and an antenna splitter was cheaper, and easier to install, than an additional antenna.  I purchased an antenna splitter and found that it also put out a signal for an AM/FM radio.  Not bad, I don’t have such an antenna!  I’ll say a little more on the AM/FM system later.

Okay, I have an AIS transceiver, which is a black box with four electrical connectors, a screen with all sorts of capabilities I probably won’t use, and an antenna splitter which must be installed in series with my VHF antenna cable.

The AIS must be installed in a location “with an unobstructed view of the sky” -- because it contains its own GPS -- and it may not be too close to any source of magnetic flux or devices that may be disturbed by magnetism.  I am working on my flybridge deck, so that put the AIS up in the air (on a post) above and to starboard of my existing chartplotter (a location which also keeps it away from my compass).

The chartplotter screen (AISWatchMate by Vesper Marine) comes with its own bail to mount it on a horizontal surface; however, it may be mounted into a panel (and comes with a template and gasket).   I like the idea of panel mount, so I started planning for one.

Now, it turns out that all three of these pieces, AIS, antenna splitter and the screen, have LED indicators or, in the case of the screen, an obvious need to be observed.   On the AIS, that is a problem because the LEDs are on what will be the top – remember the “unobstructed view of the sky” – and above my line of sight.  (Maybe a mirror…)  The splitter can be mounted in the panel, below the screen.

I purchased four 90° antenna connectors, one for the AIS unit and three for the splitter.  I also purchased one 90° BNC connector to connect the splitter to the AM/FM cable.  These will allow me to mount the splitter in the panel with cables exiting down through the flybridge dash top.

I try to do projects like this using items and material that I have in my storage; my supply of available materials.  Some time ago I inadvertently disposed of my lifetime collection of switches.  I don’t know what happened, but they are gone.  They have not turned up in several years, so I gave up and in this case I purchased five switches.  I’ll spare you the details.  I did, however, have four fuse holders, a terminal strip and material to form part of a console and the AIS post.

The post is made of 1 ½ inch square aluminum tube welded to a plate at a predetermined angle.  I cut two pieces of aluminum with a preformed, 90°, angle such that they are mirror images and butted them together to form the uprights or sides of the console. See the photo for clarification.  These two sides are cut at an angle so that the top of the console is about 2 ½ inches and the panel will be angled back for better viewing.

The plan is to mount the AIS on top of the post and route the antenna, control, NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 cables through the square tube, down to and through the front of the dashboard and back up into the console which is also on the dashboard.  The antenna cable and controls from the AIS, the AM/FM cable, the power source and the cables from my port VHF antenna will enter and/or exit the console from the bottom.  There will be LEDs to indicate the position of the switches, also housed in the console.

This is an on-going, low priority project and I need to use my milling machine and lathe to form some of the parts.  Those tools are now located a couple of hundred miles from my home so I have to schedule a trip for that part of the job.  That puts it near Christmas when I will be going up there anyway.  So, the next installment will be in January.  Take a look at the picture of some of the pieces I am using.  That’s it for now.  If you desire to contact me, you may find my address in the CIYC Directory or email me at  DMO.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Eight Bells ...

Leonard Reed recently passed away.  The information was passed along by his widow, Minerva, but without many details. Leonard and Minerva were longtime members of CIYC.  They joined the club in 1976 and remained pretty active members until 2010 when age kept them from making the trek to the clubhouse. They lived on Bethel Island's Taylor Road, just three houses toward town from Caliente Harbor. Their last boat, Minerva IV, was a 29' Sea Ray that remained at their dock for many years without apparent use.  That this boat was the "IVth" tells the story of where boating fit into Leonard and Minverva's lives. Longer term members might remember the Reeds trudging over the bridge on party weekends  after cocktails with Joe and Helen Higgins. They were always in high form even before a couple of nips at the club bar. The Reeds and Higgins' were long time buddy boaters in the Delta and RVers on trips to the southwest desert and Mexico. That the Higgins are in their mid-90s (and still CIYC Lifetime Members), gives us an idea of Leonard and Minerva's ages, not otherwise known for sure. 

Joe and Helen would love to hear from our older members with whom they socialized.  You can call them at 510-582-4097 to say hi.
Ted Lyman

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 2012 Commodore Blog

Hi Everyone:

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Today is Black Friday and I have no plans to go anywhere near the mall and I’d much rather update you all instead.

October General Meeting Election Results
Our General Membership Meeting was held on October 20, 2012.  The 2013 Board elections were held.  Your new 2013 Board and Staff are:

Commodore – Diane Shoff
Vice Commodore – Jo Daniels
Rear Commodore – Chip McGuire
Staff Commodore – Colette Curtis-Brown
Secretary – Kim Scott
Treasurer – Ted Lyman
Fleet Captain – Dave Peck
Membership Director – Betty Griffith
Communications Director – Steve Flowers
Volunteer Coordinator – Shari Peck
Entertainment Director – Janice Page

Staff Positions
PICYA Delegate – Phil Calderoni
Ship’s Store – Marsha Fine

The 2013 Board members are sworn in and take over the reins at the December 8, 2012 Change of Watch meeting.  Please join us at La Fuentes Mexican Restaurant in Brentwood starting at 1 p.m. for a buffet luncheon prior to the meeting.  The flyer was e-mailed to you and is also available on our website.  Please call or e-mail Jo Daniels to RSVP by December 3, 2012.

River View/CIYC Halloween Party
The Halloween Party that we held with our friends at River View Yacht Club was a lot of fun!! The weather cooperated with us and we had several boats on the Holland Marina guest dock.  Thanks go out to Kim Sechler who hosted the event and did a great job as always with the over-the-top decorations, Jo Daniels who coordinated the RSVP’s and galley efforts, and Diane Shoff who handled the bar duties with help from Glenn Peck.  Thanks to everyone else who pitched in (this is code for “I waited too long to write this and I know I am forgetting to thank someone and I don’t want to leave anyone out!”) 

New this year were the “Critter Races” where guests purchased a wooden “critter’, decorated it, and participated in races that lead to a grand prize winner.  There was a costume contest, and the music provided by a DJ was a real treat (thanks Janice Page for booking far in advance). We also had a potluck breakfast and clean-up party Sunday morning.  River View and Caliente Isle Yacht Clubs shared the work, fun and proceeds.

Membership Survey
Thanks to everyone who participated in the membership survey.  The compiled survey results were distributed at the October General Meeting.  If you have not received a copy, they will also be available at our upcoming December 8, 2012 Change of Watch Meeting.  If you would like a survey mailed to you, please contact me.

We had about 70% participation in the survey.  The survey answers and comments varied and gave us some fresh ideas and points of view.  Diane has copies of all of your survey responses to help her formulate 2013 vision and goals.

Hope to see you on the 8th!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Cruising Report

Cruising Report
By Diane Shoff co-safety officer/Vice Commodore

Since the end of August there have been two very successful cruises with Caliente Isle Yacht Club members. An impromptu cruise to Mildred Island was held on August 14th-16th. Seven boats made the trip and the weather was fantastic. Still warm enough to swim and play in the water, yet cool enough in the evening to get a good night’s sleep on the hook. Gary and Janice Page were the first to arrive at the anchorage and set anchors fore and aft which allowed the rest of us to build upon a stable picket boat. The rest of us arrived at various times throughout the day with our new members, the Scotts, arriving on Saturday. Chip Maguire and Mark Sechler hosted a fantastic dinner in honor of our own Past Commodore Phil Calderoni’s 70th birthday. Happy Birthday Phil! Steak and lobster were cooked to perfection by the Chipster and Mark the Shark which fed everyone to the brim with good eats. Others brought various side dishes to compliment the feast. There were no anchor drills or mishaps over the weekend and everyone had a wonderful time. Of course, the ‘anchor nazi’ made sure every anchor line was in ship shape before retiring each evening.

On September 28th – October 6th the Up-River Cruise was held in lieu of our normal Down Bay Cruise. The cruise was organized and led by our own Past Commodore Michelle Young. She did a great job with organizing tours and dinners throughout the trip. Four boats (Delta Moon, Southern Bell, Knot Too Fancy and Adventure) made the entire trip with “Lewi Lewi”, joining the rest of us at the Sacramento Yacht Club.   

Starting on Friday, September 28th, all of us that were docked at Delta Marina plus the DeBartolos and Curtis-Browns’s made the trip to the Dutra Museum of Dredging. We had a personalized tour by one of the Dutra family members for just our group. There are many models of dredges, pictures galore, and even some hand sketched prints on linen to see. Everyone enjoyed the tour and learned a great deal of history about dredging and the Dutra Company. Most people wish to return and spend more time looking at the museum. Kim Korth, from Korth’s Pirates Lair, joined us for the tour and later she discussed some of the important issues facing the delta; most notably, the Conveyance Tunnel (code for peripheral canal) recently announced by Gov Gerry Brown. She brought us up to speed on the politics and the need for all of us to get involved if we don’t want Southern California to ruin our beloved Delta. More information can be found at, a not for profit group dedicated to preserving the Delta for fisherman, Central Valley Agriculture, and Boaters in California. Please take the time to go to their site and familiarize yourself with the latest news on this front. Also, I have obtained copies of the Documentary “Over Troubled Waters” which details the battle of the people who want to protect the waters of the Delta versus the political forces who control today’s water policy. Call (530 676 3507) or email ( ) to make arranges to borrow one of the DVD’s. We will also keep a copy onboard Knot Too Fancy to make it easier to borrow the DVD.

Sunday, Sept 30th we departed from Delta Marina and cruised up the Sacramento River with an overnight stop at the Ryde Hotel. Wow – Salmon Fishing was in full force and navigation throughout the trip was interesting as we had to dodge fishing boats of all types, including some I wouldn’t float in my bathtub. We where meet by Joel and Colette Curtis-Brown at the dock and they joined us for a marvelous champagne brunch (well worth the stop). Some of the crew wandered around the grounds as this hotel was once owned by Lon Chaney and family. One of the points of interest is the Speak Easy located below the main floor. Although the docks are a little rickety and very limited electrical service, we still had a great time hanging around and chatting it up.

As we got underway on Monday, Oct 1st to cruise up river the temperature started to climb and it was over 100 degrees by the time we reached Sacramento Yacht Club. Luckily we had power and the A/C’s where cranked up. We stayed at the Sacramento Yacht Club for two very hot days and nights. The Griffiths and Daniels joined us and we had quite the crew for dinner at Scotts Seafood right across the river from SacYC. “ Knot Too Fancy” hauled fourteen members over to the docks at Scotts , dropped them off, and later picked them up after dinner. Activities included salmon fishing, a Potluck Dinner, and a Safety Demonstration by SacYC entitled ‘a watery grave’ which will be described separately in the safety article

From SacYC on Wednesday ,Oct 3rd we made the short trip to the docks at Old Town Sac for two nights where we were on our own for shopping and dining. It is great to be so close to Old Sac and all the shops. Some members went to the Train Museum, while others were content to window shop. The original plan was to travel up river to the American River and anchor out for one night, but since the wind picked up we decided to just take a quick trip up that way and try our luck fishing. “Lewi Lewi” braved the rocky waters of the American for a short trip and for the third time on the trip was used for a fishing boat. The salmon were running and Vern Green caught a 19.5 lb king salmon measuring 36inches! It fed all 10 of us with plenty left over for another night. Thanks Vern for sharing your wonderful catch.

We then began our trip home on Friday, Oct 5th , stopping for one night at Walnut Grove. No power on the docks but we all have generators and by then the 100 degree heat had dropped to 70 so no one was uncomfortable. Janice Page’s sister Denny joined us for dinner. We all headed over to Tony’s Steakhouse, which doesn’t usually serve dinner on Fridays but arrangements were made just for CIYC to eat. The food was fantastic and the well drinks were only 3 bucks! We returned to our respective home ports Friday Oct 5th by travelling down Georgiana Slough for a change of pace. All boats made it home without incident and most of us felt we would do this trip again in a few years. Thanks again to Michelle for setting this up.