Posts Tagged ‘fuel’

BoatUS Members Find Lowest Priced Fuel through MarineFuel.com

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

For Immediate Release: 
MarineFuel.com, llc
2336 SE Ocean Blvd, Ste 351
Stuart, FL  34997
Contact:  Christine McKenna

BoatUS Announces to Members that They can Find Lowest Marina Fuel Prices at MarineFuel.com

Read the Full BoatUS Release

Also see:
Working Together to Keep Boaters on the Water in 2011

STUART, Fla – on June 8, 2011, BoatUS announced that Members can find the lowest marine fuel prices at over-water marine gasoline and marine diesel locations anywhere in the United States, Bahamas and Caribbean on MarineFuel.com.

20% off of any Premium Membership is just one
of the many terrific benefits of a BoatUS Membership. 

Members of MarineFuel.com can quickly and easily find the best price on preferred fuel in their local area, or while enroute.  The Marinas Directory supported by our Data Integrity Team is kept in real-time, and provides on-demand updates when you are ready to make a buying decision.  Once registered, simply click the ‘update request’ button and your request will be addressed within 12, 8 or 4 hours (depending on your membership level).

We do the work so you won’t have to! 

Members often save the cost of membership within their first or second fueling by using the Advanced Search in the Fuel Locator Tool.  And the Marina Locator will streamline your search for specific services, amenities or BoatUS Coooperating Marinas. 

A centralized, state of the art and very user friendly digital resource is at your fingertips.  Use our digital travel tools to help spend less on fuel and services so you can spend more on fun!

Check out The Green Captain™

Please consider the environment when you are boating, and visit Clean/Green Certified Marinas whenever possible.  Many BoatUS Cooperating Marinas have taken the necessary steps to acheive this important certification – use our Advanced Search to find Clean & Green Marinas anywhere in the US, Bahamas & Caribbean.

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Company Profile: Chevron Corporation

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Since 1879, the Chevron Corporation has been a major player in the gas and oil industry in the United States.  With its corporate headquarters in San Ramon, CA, Chevron employs 67,000 people in 180 countries while raking in an annual revenue income upwards of USD $273 billion.

Where Does Chevron Fuel From?

The Chevron Corporation is the largest private oil producer in Kazakhstan; the top producer of oil in Indonesia; and the top producer of oil and gas in Thailand.  In addition, Chevron has development and exploration operations located in:

  • Africa – Nigeria, Chad, Angola, Republic of the Congo, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Middle East/Asia – Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, and Bangladesh
  • South America – Brazil, Venezuela, and Argentina
  • Europe – United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, and the Netherlands
  • North America – oil operations in California, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Mountains, Alaska, and Canada

How Chevron Oil is Refined

Generally, the refining process at Chevron is the same as any other refinery: following a series of basic steps including separation (heavy/light), conversion or cracking (rearranging the molecular structure), and treatment (additives).

Where Chevron Oil is Refined

Chevron currently has five refining factories in the U.S. and one refinery in Canada that produce gasoline; production rates are shown as ‘barrels per day’ or bpd in relation to crude oil processing.

  • Pascagoula, MI – 330,000 bpd
  • El Segundo, CA – 285,000 bpd
  • Richmond, CA – 240,000 bpd
  • Perth Amboy, NJ – 80,000 bpd
  • Honolulu, HI – 54,000 bpd
  • Burnaby, BC – 50-55,000 bpd

Chevron Corporation Brands

  • Fuel: bio-diesel, low and ultra-low sulfur diesel, ethanol blended gasoline manufactured under the brand names of Chevron, Texaco, Caltex, Gulf, Unocal, and Standard Oil (limited quantities)
  • Fuel Additives: Techron, Clean System 3, and Chevron Oronite
  • Lubricants: Delo, Havoline, Revtex, Ursa

Chevron’s Eco-Friendly Policies

Chevron shows commitment to water conservation, maintaining healthy eco-systems, and to supporting biodiversity.  Chevron has also set targeted emission policies, is investing in alternative energy projects, and is the largest producer of geothermal energy in the world.

Chevron Corporation Controversy & Environmental Record

  • 1970 – 2000: Chevron evaded taxes to the tune of $3.25 billion on an Indonesian project
  • 1998: Chevron paid a $540,000 fine in regards to their operations at Richmond, CA
  • 2002: Chevron was charged a $2 million fine in regards to an oil spill in Angola
  • 2003: after violating the Clean Air Act in California, Chevron paid a $6 million fine
  • 2006: Nigerian rebels have repeatedly targeted Chevron by sabotaging their pipelines and even by kidnapping Chevron employees
  • 2009: Chevron is currently involved in a lawsuit citing environmental damage caused in Ecuador at the Lago Agrio project
  • 2010: Chevron ranks #64 in the Toxic 100 list of the Top Corporate Air Polluters in the U.S. according to the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) based on emission quantity and toxicity

Sources:
Wikipedia
Chevron Corporation
Chevron Canada
Ravensworth
PERI

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Marathon Oil Corporation

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

Since 1887, the Marathon Oil Corporation has been one of the largest oil production companies in the United States.  With its corporate headquarters in Houston, TX, Marathon employs over 29,000 people worldwide with an annual revenue income of over USD $53 billion.

Where Does Marathon Oil Corporation Fuel Come From?

North American – developments include Alaska; Colorado; North Dakota; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania/West Virginia; Texas; Wyoming; Alberta; and the Gulf of Mexico where engineering and construction has just been completed on the new Droshky Project (Green Canyon Block 244

Europe – developments in the United Kingdom; Poland; Norway

Africa – oil operations in Angola, Equatorial Guinea, and Libya

Middle East/Asia – holding of 1.8 million acres in Indonesia (3.3 million gross)

How Does Marathon Oil Coporation Refine Oil?

Generally, the refining process at Marathon Oil Corporation is the same as every other refinery.  This includes a series of basic steps which inolve separation (heavy/light), conversion or cracking (rearranging the molecular structure), and treatment (additives).

Where Marathon Oil is Refined

Marathon has seven refineries located across the United States; production rates are shown as ‘barrels per day’ or bpd in relation to crude oil processing.

  1. Garyville, LA – 436,000 bpd
  2. Catlettsburg, KY – 212,000 bpd
  3. Robinson, IL – 206,000 bpd
  4. Detroit, MI – 106,000 bpd
  5. Canton, OH – 78,000 bpd
  6. Texas City, TX – 76,000 bpd
  7. St. Paul Park, MN – 74,000 bpd

Marathon Oil Corporation Brands & Products

Operating both Marathon and Speedway SuperAmerica fueling stations, Marathon produces a number of products including:

  1. Fuels – with STP additives including gasohol and gas without ethanol; low and ultra-low sulfur diesel; bio-diesel
  2. Lubricants – motor oil; hydraulic oil; grease; gear lubricants; transmission fluid
  3. Asphalt – Marathon is the largest domestic producer of liquid asphalt in the U.S.
  4. Petrochemicals – including xylene, cumene, benzene, and toluene
  5. Miscellaneous – propane gas, heavy oils, and petroleum coke

Marathon Oil Coporation’s Eco-Friendly Policies

Marathon is committed to reducing environmental impact, minimizing omissions, and prioritizing the reduction of residual and waste materials.  The Marathon Oil Corporation received a 77.09 Green Score (out of 100) from Newsweek’s 2009 Green Rankings list which placed them first in the industry sector.

Marathon Oil Corporation’s Controversy & Environmental Record

  1. 1991: Marathon was fined $900,000 and invested $3 million for environmental enhancements over Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violations at their Rock Island refinery in Indianapolis
  2. 1994: Marathon paid $122 million to the state of Alaska over disputed oil and gas tax
  3. 2001: $7.7 million was paid to the U.S. government for royalties owing
  4. 2000: Marathon paid a $170,000 fine in regards to a pipeline spill involving Kentucky Natural Resources
  5. 2002: the state of Texas citied Marathon for excess air emissions at the Yates Gas Plant facility
  6. 2003: fined by the state of Louisiana for air permit violations; followed by EPA prosecution
  7. 2010: Marathon ranks #84 in the Toxic 100 list of the Top Corporate Air Polluters in the U.S. according to the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) based on emission quantity and toxicity

Use MarineFuel.com’s Fuel Dock Prices™ Advanced Searching to quickly locate fuel locations and current prices in the US, Bahamas and Caribbean.  If you don’t see today’s information, simply click the “On-Demand Updates” link and Data Services will update prices and marina information for any specified area.

Sources:
Wikipedia
Marathon Oil Corporation
PERI
Crocodyl

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BP Oil Spill Recovery Efforts

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

BP Oil Spill ResponseThe Deepwater Horizon catastrophe is no longer in the headlines, but the work to remedy the oil spill continues.

Deepwater Horizon leaked an estimated 4 million gallons of oil into the Gulf, according to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).  BP received worldwide criticism in relation to their efforts to stop the leakage, and now that the flow has ceased, it’s better to focus on clean up and recovery…

Expressing its most sincere apologies, they have pledged funds for grants to Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, in order to help promote tourism within these states.  To date, BP has processed claims from businesses and individuals, who have experienced losses due to the oil spill, to the tune of $400 million.  According to the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, BP has pledged $20 billion to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, which will be accepting applications for assistance through August 2013.

Fred Lemond of BP Cleanup Operations states that each morning a group of spotter aircraft and helicopters search the Gulf for oil using satellite technology and infrared imagery.  Their findings are communicated to a group of over 6,400 vessels below which then respond to the necessary locations; over 43,000 people are currently involved in BP oil spill cleanup efforts.

It is impossible to state an exact amount, but it is reported that over 30 million gallons of oil and water combination have been skimmed from the Gulf; BP has also deployed 8 million feet of boom in hopes of protecting beach and wildlife areas.  Additionally, BP has set 286 controlled burns resulting in the removal of almost 100,000′s barrels of oil from the surface of the ocean.

The Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill report by BP claims that it wasn’t the design of the well that was the problem, but rather the cement job and installation of the well that were most at fault for causing the April BP oil spill disaster.  Transocean, the company responsible for the cement job, is extremely displeased with the report.

Independent investigations are ongoing.  The public will have to wait for those reports  before more questions can be answered about what caused this disaster, and more importantly, how do we ensure avoidance of similar incidents in the future?

For additional information, please visit EPA Gulf Disaster Updates.

Sources:
British Petroleum
ABC News

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How to Calculate & Minimize your Boat Carbon Footprint

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Have you ever wondered what your boat carbon footprint is and how you can offset it?  Here’s a quick rundown of carbon footprint basics and suggestions on how to make this your greenest boating season ever.


How to Calculate & Minimize your Boat Carbon Footprint

How to Calculate & Minimize your Boat Carbon Footprint


What is a Carbon Footprint?

A carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) or greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, measured in pounds of carbon dioxide, that are released into the atmosphere whenever a specific action is performed.  Carbon footprints measure the impact of our day-to-day activities and how they affect the environment and global climate change.

What is a Boat Carbon Footprint?
A boat carbon footprint can be created in a variety of ways (even through towing a vehicle or by using a generator) but the main carbon emissions produced are through the actual fuel consumed by your boat.

How to Calculate your Boat Carbon Footprint
In order to calculate the CO2 emissions from your boat’s fuel consumption, multiply your fuel tank size (in gallons) by the pounds of CO2 (per gallon) based on the fuel type used as displayed in the following chart.  This number represents the pounds of CO2 that your boat emits when you’ve burned from a full tank to empty.  One gallon of gas = approximately 20 pounds of CO2; as gas burns, it combines with oxygen to increase its weight several times over.

How to Reduce your Boat Carbon Footprint
The most obvious way to reduce your boat’s carbon footprint is to reduce your overall fuel consumption.  This can be done in a number of ways including:

  • Ease up on the throttle – it’s fun to go slow, too!
  • Don’t always run the engine at full throttle, ease back into cruise often to maximize your outting
  • Lightening up your boat by removing any excess items will help to remove unnecessary weight
  • If you’re looking at buying a boat, ensure the engine is the right size, and do not buy a carburated motor
  • consider a diesel engine over gasoline as diesel fuel burns cleaner, or better yet – use biofuel!
  • As with your car, consider your boat to be a non-idling area
  • Ensure your boat’s propeller is ding free
  • Consider switching to a stainless steel propeller with thinner blades that result in lowered fuel usage
  • Use an electronic fuel monitor to check fuel usage  which helps to establish your optimal cruising speed
  • Reduce overall drag be ensuring your boat hull is always kept clean
  • Not carrying any unnecessary excess water or fuel
  • If you’re using your boat for longer trips, consider the installation of an auto pilot which will help to reduce fuel usage
  • Using caution to avoid the spillage of gasoline and other toxic waste
  • Buying a boat with a new non-carbureted motor
  • If you like to go fast, consider purchasing a smaller boat that will use less fuel
  • Again, as with your car, consider boatpooling (same as carpooling) if you’re all traveling to the same destination
  • Following your engine manufacturer’s maintenance schedule

Another option to reduce your boat carbon footprint is to consider purchasing carbon offset credits.

What is a Carbon Offset Credit?
A carbon offset is a financial tool for ‘offsetting’ the equivalent in GHG emissions; it costs an estimated $15 to offset each metric ton (2,204.6 lbs) of carbon dioxide emissions.  Many social enterprises exist worldwide with the common environmental goal of reducing CO2 emissions; one such company is TerraPass.

TerraPass Carbon Offsets
With the goal of encouraging everyone to become carbon neutral (the balancing or offsetting of carbon dioxide emissions produced with carbon offset credits), TerraPass can calculate individual carbon footprints through home, driving, or air travel usage.   TerraPass currently supports clean energy and emission reduction programs in ten locations across the U.S. through programs including farm power, landfill methane gas capture, and wind farms.

Sources:
Boat Carbon Footprint
TerraPass Carbon Offsets
Carbon Emissions Information
TerraPass and Carbon Offsets
TerraPass Emissions Reduction Projects


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Boating Homeland Security Rules You Need to Know

Monday, November 1st, 2010
Boating Homeland Security Rules
Boating Homeland Security Rules You Need to Know

As the U.S. Department of State recently issued a Travel Alert citing the possibility of European Terrorism, now is the perfect time to review your knowledge, and ensure you’re following security procedures when it comes to boating.

Naval Vessel Protection Zone

As part of the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Maritime Transportation Act that was introduced in 2006, it is illegal to pass within 100 yards of any U.S. Naval, cruise ship, or commercial vessel.  Within 500 yards of these vessels, your boat must be operated at minimum; both of these rules apply to vessels that are under way, docked, or anchored.  Violators of the 100 yard approach law could be charged with a Federal Felony Offense punishable by up to $250,000 in fines and six years in prison.

USCG Security Zones

Boating security zones have been established at high risk water locations including beneath bridges; near locks, dams, and cruise ship docks; power plants; along with chemical, oil, and fueling depots which includes any commercial port activity.  Under security zone regulations, you cannot anchor or dock near any of these areas as you’ll be in strict violation of USCG law.

Suspicious Boating Activity

When you’re operating an automobile, you have the duty to report an accident or potentially dangerous situation that develops on the road – the same applies to boating.  If you suspect suspicious boating activity, it’s your obligation as a responsible boater to report those actions to:

•    Local law enforcement at 911
•    USCG on Marine Channel 16
•    local port or marinaclick here to locate contact info
•    National Response Center 1-877-24WATCH

America’s Waterway Watch (AWW), advises boaters to remember that “people are not suspicious, behavior is.” 

Below are some scenarios which suggest attention is advisable:

  1. A boat not following general USCG navigation rules which could point to a Boater Under the Influence(BUI) or possibly a potential security risk
  2. A vessel that seems to be conducting surveillance of a security zone or one that is seemingly taken too many photographs
  3. Unattended vessels
  4. Vessels anchored in an unusual location
  5. Boaters who are diving in an unusual location
  6. Boaters tossing and retrieving articles from the water
  7. A vessel transferring cargo or people with another vessel
  8. A person running from a security zone that seems out of place

When boating, it’s important to also be aware of the current USCG Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels as designated by Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) as part of the Department of Homeland Security.  A Level 1 rating corresponds to HSAS Threat Condition Green, Blue, and Yellow; Level 2 to Threat Condition Orange; and Level 3 to Threat Condition Red.

Part of being an international boater is complying with local Customs and Immigration Regulations.  If you’re looking for this information about the Caribbean, Latin America, and northern South America, Seaworthy.com is a great reference source.

Sources:
U.S. Department of State
Suite 101
America’s Waterway Watch

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Police Boat by Thomas Brightbill

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Yacht Fuel | Yacht Fuel Systems in Review

Friday, September 10th, 2010

Most vessel owners know and understand the importance of using high quality yacht fuel in their diesel engine for performance purposes.  However, not everyone knows the effect of yacht fuel quality on your marine fuel system.  Understanding the basics about your yacht fuel system will help you avoid poor fuel efficiency, or worse, engine failure.

Yacht diesel engines have some major advantages over marine gasoline engines.  First of all, they burn less yacht fuel than a marine gasoline engine.  Diesel engines also adapt to damp environments very ywell due to the fact that they lack a high-tension electrical ignition system.  And the really attractive thing for boat owners is that the diesel engine has a much longer life span than most gasoline engines.  See more about diesel vs. gasoline.

Or rather, diesel engines have a longer life span if they are properly cared for.  So what must you do in order to ensure the best quality and longevity for your yacht diesel engine?  Simply put, you have to take care of your system.

Fuel Injection

The fuel system in a diesel engine is primarily affected by your fuel injection.  Fuel injection plays a major role in everything about your yacht diesel engine: how well the diesel engine runs, the cleanliness of your exhaust, and your fuel efficiency.

Mechanical and electrical fuel injectors operate in different ways.  Older style diesel engines use mechanical fuel injection; newer yacht diesel engines utilize electrical fuel injection. It’s important to keep up with your yacht engine maintenance to assure that your fuel injection system is optimized.  Electronic fuel injection systems have sensors and computerized parts that are usually so sensitive they can alert you just before you begin to have problems.

Emissions

The color and quantity of the smoke your exhaust emits can tell you a lot about how your fuel system is operating.  A cloud of black smoke tells you that your fuel injection metering system is not operating correctly.  A cloud of blue or white smoke is also a signal that there are issues with the length and timing of fuel injection system.  If you are noticing a lot of exhaust emissions, it’s important to have your engine serviced.

Quality

Diesel engines are recognized as being cleaner to run than gasoline engines as well as less volatile.  When it comes to boating, these are two excellent qualities of a marine engine.  The use of bio-diesels can really help with your fuel efficiency and emissions.

You also want to be sure to purchase yacht fuel from a high quality source.  Using a fuel bid service like MarineFuel.com’s Fuel Bid Desk™ will assure you that get the best possible yacht fuel at the lowest price delivered directly to you.  Using poor quality fuel will affect not only your fuel efficiency, costing you potentially thousands of dollars, but will also limit the life of your diesel engine.

Knowing and understanding how your engine works is an important component to maximizing your overall fuel consumption and engine performance.  Be sure to regularly service and maintain your engine as well as always use high quality yacht fuel.

Resources:
Fuel Systems 101
Fuel for Thought
Diesel Engine

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How To Avoid Yacht Propane Explosions

Monday, May 24th, 2010
Yacht on Fire

Yacht on Fire

Why do yacht propane explosions happen? It may come down to a simple lack of experience on the part of the boat operator.  According to United States Coast Guard (USCG) statistics from 2008, 79% of all boat operators have no formal boating safety instruction.

It has long been known that one of the most dangerous hazards at sea is the potential for fire.  With almost 13 million vessels registered within the United States alone, unfortunately, this very scenario is played out each year when yacht propane explosions occur.

Let’s look at the facts.  According to USCG Recreational Boating Statistics from 2008, the fourth cause of accidents overall were due to operator inexperience.  A total of 429 incidents including 40 deaths and 315 injuries were recorded; even though propane explosions onboard a yacht are rare, 48 accidents and 37 injuries directly resulted due to the ignition of spilled fuel or vapor.

Looking at the statistics as a whole, it is interesting to note that the majority of the occurrences have taken place during a typical boating experience: with good daytime visibility, calm waves of less than 6’, light winds between 0-6 mph, and temperatures of 70-79°F.  The states of Florida, California, and Texas rank as the top three states for accidents and deaths overall.

Further, these unexpected accidents occurred from October to December, between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on a weekend, with one or two passengers onboard a 26-40’ vessel, where the majority of boat operators are aged 36-55 with 101-500 hours of operator’s experience, again exemplifying a typical boating day.

Commonly used in onboard heating and cooking systems, propane is both inexpensive and efficient, but is also flammable and explosive.  Unlike most gasses, propane does not disperse in the air; heavier than air, propane runs downhill (like water) and will sink to the bottom of a boat, collecting in the bilge.

The USCG and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) have strict requirements for the “design, construction, installation, and maintenance” of propane systems on boats.  Some of these regulations include the use of only Department of Transportation (DOT) or American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) approved propane cylinders, using a dedicated vapor tight locker for storage, and having a readily accessible propane shut off valve.  All insurance companies will adhere to these requirements when accessing premiums and/or investigating a propane yacht explosion.

The standards go on to require installing a marine quality propane fume detector that will sound an alarm if the gas begins to build up in the bilge.  Making regular rounds of the ship, observing the sights and smells (although propane itself does not smell, it’s additive does), turning off the propane at the tank when not in use, and even shutting off the fuel while a stove burner is still burning to completely empty the supply line can help to prevent a propane accident.

Fire safety plus proper storage, well maintained fuel systems with double shrouded lines, installation of both smoke and heat detectors, and a no smoking rule are all basic factors in preventing yacht propane explosions.  Of course, having a properly trained boat operator and crew including fire and damage control training, is essential.

Statistics have relatively remained the same since 2004, but once again, even though yacht propane explosions are rare, in 2008, there were 136 accidents directly related to fire/explosion of fuel with 1 death and 89 injuries resulting in $4,542,417 in damages.  An additional 25 accidents occurred from fire/explosion of unknown origin with 2 deaths, 10 injuries, and a further $15,980,500 in damage.

Yacht propane explosions can be prevented through proper installation and regularly practiced good safety habits.

Sources:
United States Coast Guard
American Boat and Yacht Council
Boat Owner’s Association of the United States

 

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Cabrillo Marina, Los Angeles

Friday, May 7th, 2010
Perfect LA Starting Point: Cabrillo Marina

Perfect LA Starting Point: Cabrillo Marina

With its prime location in San Pedro, Cabrillo Marina is the perfect starting point for any southern California boat outing including Catalina Island which is a mere 19.4 miles away or whale watching in the Catalina Channel from January to March.

Operated by California Yacht Marina, Inc and located in the West Channel, Port of Los Angeles, CA, Cabrillo Marina offers 885 permanent docking slips ranging from 25 to 75 feet in length.  Operated by California Yacht Marina, Cabrillo Marina offers an inviting atmosphere with friendly employees, well maintained concrete docks, and tons of complimentary parking.

As part of the 370-acre Cabrillo Beach Recreational Complex, guests of Cabrillo Marina can enjoy water sports and swimming at adjacent Cabrillo Beach including use of the historic Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse; kids can visit Cabrillo Museum and the Youth Waterfront Sports Center while the whole family will love the educational fun at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, celebrating 75 years in 2010. The marina is also conveniently located near the Los Angeles Airport and major California freeways.

The Ports O’Call Village adjacent to Cabrillo Marina offers seaside walks on cobblestone streets, boutique shopping, and quaint restaurants with some of the freshest seafood in the Los Angeles area. If you’d rather try and catch your own, popular sport fishing areas are easily accessible from San Pedro while fishing bait and tackle can be purchased at the marina.

Other services available include water hookup; 30–50 AMP electricity; pump-out facilities; secure access; restrooms & showers; laundry facilities; phone hookup; dock carts; lockers; on site fuel dock; dinghy racks; a nearby boat launching ramp on Stephen White Drive; plus yacht club and social events.

If you decide not to stay onboard, the beautiful 3-star Doubletree Hotel San Pedro is tucked between Cabrillo Beach and scenic Cabrillo Marina. Offering spacious accommodations and “first-rate amenities” including high-speed internet access and a heated swimming pool, the Doubletree Hotel San Pedro regularly offers special discounts including family staycation, bed and breakfast, and getaway rates.

If traveling by automobile, Cabrillo Marina can be reached from the north by following 405 South to 110 South, then taking the Harbor Boulevard exit, turning right at 22nd Street, then right onto Via Cabrillo Marina, then left following Whalers Walk to Cabrillo Marina located at 224 Whalers Walk. If traveling from the south, follow 5 Freeway North to 405 North, then onto 110 South, exiting at Harbor mBoulevard, turning right at 22nd Street, then onto Via Cabrillo Marina, following Whalers Walk to the Cabrillo Marina.

As Cabrillo Marina is part of California Yacht Marina (CYM), ‘reciprocal berthing’ is permitted at other CYM locations which include CYM Chula Vista in San Diego, Port Royal in Redondo Beach, and CYM Wilmington/Berth 202 located in the Cerritos Channel.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: Sail Boat Reflections by Shzaknitter


Sources:
CYM Cabrillo Marina
The Port of Los Angeles
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Doubletree Hotel San Pedro






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Yacht Barbecue Options

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Having a yacht barbecue is a great way to enjoy a meal while yachting. You can purchase yacht barbecue equipment designed for marine purposes, or arrange to have a barbecue on your chartered yacht trip. Read on to learn more about the options available for having a yacht BBQ…

If you decide to purchase barbecuing equipment for your vessel, it should be well secured and durable enough to withstand marine conditions. For example, the Springfield 1940049 propane boat BBQ grill is designed for this purpose and costs about $140. Marine oriented charcoal burning barbecues are also available, such as the stainless steel Magma MAGA10014. Be sure to have an alternative ready, for if weather conditions become unfavorable to BBQ.

Some private chartered yacht services and rental yachts offer to provide an on-board BBQ grill for an extra fee (they might also include it in the price). Others will have their staff prepare and barbecue meals for the passengers at additional cost, which provides greater convenience and leaves more time for other activities. This service is usually billed at a per passenger rate.

Either way, barbecues are sure to add to the enjoyment of your yachting adventures. Always remember to obtain the necessary propane or charcoal beforehand; you certainly don’t want to discover that you’re out of fuel for your barbecue after traveling far from the marina.

SOURCES:
1. iboats.com
2. GrillsForBoats

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