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We are thrilled to announce Mikelson Yachts is the new title sponsor of the Catalina Classic, which is now the Mikelson Yachts Catalina Classic Marlin Tournament. The tournament is set for September 21– 23, 2008, and all activities will be based out of Avalon. The Mikelson Yachts Catalina Classic kick-off party is exclusive to Mikelson owners on the evening of Saturday, September 20th. The festivities will be held at the scenic patio of the Casino Dock Café some of the tasty bites will include ceviche and taco bar with live entertainment.
This tournament attracts teams from all over the world competing for the sizeable purse. Some of the best anglers and captains will be attending the classic. Mikelson Yachts have been designed specifically for West Coast style big game fishing, and have a rich and storied fishing history loaded with proven tournament winners. Several past winners have been aboard Mikelson's. In 2001, "Fintastic 2" (Mikelson 43') won the Catalina Classic and "La Dulce Vida" (Mikelson 43’) placed 2nd at the 2004 Catalina Classic. "I've been in 4 Catalina Classics with my La Dulce Vida. The beauty of the Mikelson 43 is she's relatively fast, very comfortable spacious for a 43 footer, quiet, and stable with a 15' 8" beam," said Mark Wheeler, President of Encinitas Ford. "I have a tower which greatly assists in spotting marlin and a team of great guys who fish with me."
The notorious "After Midnight" (Mikelson 75’) has been one of the leading money tournament boats over the last several years. "After Midnight" won 1st place with a 500 lbs Black Marlin and $989,910 purse at the 2000 Bisbee Black and Blue and has placed several times in the 2003 Catalina Classic.
Catalina Island offers year-round sunshine with activities appealing to the entire family for whatever you have in mind. Whether it's a morning island tour, afternoon picnic, snorkeling on the beach, you can try a little of everything. Or, if you prefer, nothing at all come relax on the shores of Avalon.
Stay tuned to and for more details on the tournament. We look forward to seeing you in Avalon!
Captain Pablo advises on all around proper boat maintenance - Are Your Alternators Screaming For Help?
After spending the night on the hook without running the generator, the house battery bank can get low. Run the generator and inverter/charger to bring the batteries up to 12 or 13 volts before starting the engines and asking your alternators to do so. The battery combiners disconnect after the house batteries drop below 13.2 volts and allow the house battery bank to perform its job and supply power to the house system and inverter. In the morning, if the engines are started first, the combiners connect and put an instantaneous full load on the alternators, until the engine battery bank then drops below 13.2 volts. They then disconnect, only to reconnect moments later. This essentially puts a hammering full load on your alternators until the house bank is restored to 13.2 volts and the alternators maintain the house/inverter load, to the extent of your alternators ability. To avoid this hammering, always bring your house batteries back up to 12 or 13 volts with the generator and inverter/charger before asking the alternators on
your engines to take over.
We’ve come a long way, my husband and I, since our first watercraft purchase in 1991. We were floating in the middle of a lake laughing uncontrollably because we couldn't figure out how to get back onto the Yamaha Waverunner we had overturned and were wondering what we had gotten ourselves into. We eventually figured it out and moved onto a real boat, a hopped up Eliminator flat bottom lake boat. After getting tired of the constant beating to the kidneys (the ride was less comfortable) we decided to get a
"grown up boat." We purchased a 23' Chaparral deck boat for the lake that accommodated our changing family, young children and aging parents. Just like my husband to keep me on my toes he decided he must have an ocean boat… his argument "Why drive so far to the river when the ocean is right here." It sounds logical doesn't it?
So we start looking at boats but I'm just along for the ride and not really interested. Until we walk into a new Mikelson. I was immediately impressed. If this is what ocean boating would be I could do this, live in luxury while Jim gets to fish. After a sweet first impression Jim spent hours on research comparing Mikelson to other boats. We had made up our minds a Mikelson it was going to be. We had met Bob Peterson at Lido boat show and he kept urging us to look at a boat he had at his yard. Let's just say I think Bob's vast experience helped guide us to the perfect boat for our family.
In January of 2007 we become proud owners of a 1993 50' Mikelson. We went to the yard every weekend to check on Page 2 Mikelson Newsletter Spring 08' From the Mikelson Engine Room Captain Pablo advises on all around proper boat maintenance Are Your Alternators Screaming for Help? After spending the night on the hook without running the generator, the house battery bank can get low. Run the generator and inverter/charger to bring the batteries up to 12 or 13 volts before starting the engines and asking your alternators to do so. The battery combiners disconnect after the house batteries drop below 13.2 volts and allow the house battery bank to perform its job and supply power to the house system and inverter. In the morning, if the engines are started first, the combiners connect and put an instantaneous full load on the alternators, until the engine battery bank then drops below 13.2 volts. They then disconnect, only to reconnect moments later. This essentially puts a hammering full load on your alternators until the house bank is restored to 13.2 volts and the alternators maintain the house/inverter load, to the extent of your alternators ability. To avoid this hammering, always bring your house batteries back up to 12 or 13 volts with the generator and inverter/charger before asking the alternators on your engines to take over. Huntington Harbour, our first 80 mile solo cruise. Within a mechanics. Now, I don't think I'm supposed to tell you this story, but what the heck. One evening the yard is quiet, I'm poking around the boat and Jim is up in the bridge. He starts the motors, which smoke like nobody's business because they had been sitting a while. He called me up to the bridge for help. We couldn't figure out how to turn off the motors! It took a few minutes, but we figured it out... then we had to laugh, what had we gotten ourselves into… again" We own a 50' ocean boat and don't even know how to turn it off, let alone drive it! We laughed until our stomachs hurt. We promptly signed up for a US Coast Guard Boating and Safety course and a Marine Navigation course. After a little polish and rub that lasted 3 months our boat was finally finished, thanks to the guys at Mikelson for all their help and support. We were on our way to our slip in Huntington Harbor, our first 80 mile solo cruise. Within a month my husband had us signed up for our first fishing tournament. We've been to Catalina almost every weekend since bringing it to Orange County. We put 600 hours on the boat in just 12 months time and were feeling somewhat confident in handling the boat in most circumstances.
A fellow Mikelson owner told us of an event called FUBAR and invited us to the informational meeting. We singed up for the FUBAR "Fleet Underway to Baja Rally" with less than a year's experience on the ocean. We figured the best way to travel to Mexico for the first time would be to travel with 50 other boats. We traveled 1,100 miles in 16 days which gave us a lot of "first times" experiences.
We traveled all night for the first time with no moon and had to navigate strictly by radar with 6 to 8 other boats on screen with cruise liners coming at us from the opposite direction. WE anchored in Santa Maria which was our first time sleeping on "the hook". Santa Maria was such a secluded area that some locals came around on their panga asking for fresh water, which we happily provided. We quickly learned what "cruisehimers" meant. We anchored in Turtle Bay and went on to shore where we gave all the kids on the beach the candy we had with us for just this purpose. My 10 year old twin girls both caught Dorado and Tuna which made great dinners. We tagged and released our first Marlin caught on the "Fishin' Game Warden". Stopped in Los Cabos for a couple of days, reprovisioned and continued onto Los Suenos which was magnificent, then up into the Sea of Cortez to the quaint town of La Paz. We kept the boat in La Paz for 2 months and recently moved it 400 miles to Paradise Village in Puerto Vallarta. We'll take the boat back to Los Cabos in April then back to La Paz in July. Heck, since were having so much fun using the boat in Mexico, we decided to leave it there until next winter! We've been to Catalina
We can't say enough about our Mikelson. It didn't break down and was incredibly reliable: it rode stable even though we saw some large sized swells outside of Ensenada. Our boat was spacious enough to accommodate the three other adults we enlisted to go with us, add my kids, and there were 7 people on board. It didn't feel crowded at all.
We hope to take her further south next year. Where you ask? Somewhere the blue water meets the blue sky... - James & Lori W.
For a second time in two years, Bob and Annette Marquardt returned from a month long stay in Cabo San Lucas, on their Mikelson 50SF, CARCHARODON II", where the owners, crew and guests caught and released 144 Marlin in a 27 day period. The fish ranged upward in size to just under 200 pounds, were all baited fish, caught on light tackle and tagged and released to fight another day.
I was privileged to have been invited again this year, after a similar dream trip" in January of 2006, exceeding our previous Cabo record by 40 some Striped Marlin over 2006. During the 3 day period I fished with the Marquadt's, three of us took 39 Striped Marlin in what seemed to be set like clock work. As mid day started to turn to mid afternoon, we found many of the other boats started heading back to Cabo early, not taking advantage of the hot bite" that seemed to start right on schedule each afternoon at about 2 pm. Comfort, range and fuel efficiency not being an issue on a Mikelson, as it is on other sport fishers, allowed us to stay and do some serious catching"! I can tell you that numerous times during my stay, we found ourselves on triple hook ups, with multiple fish often running off the bow and stern at the same time. Thanks to their exceptional crew, Captain Charro Lopez Robles, brother/deckhand Jorge Lopez Robles and Roberto "Johnny Rocket" Castro Collins, not one fish was lost. To those of you interested in the experience of a lifetime, try Cabo in January! And, make sure it's the dark of the Moon! It makes all the difference...
Mikelson Yachts recently launched a new design for the company website, . The new site provides an enhanced virtual web experience which makes navigation much easier. Each model is featured with a complete floor plan including a virtual tour. The design change is part of an ongoing commitment to provide quality service to existing and prospective Mikelson Family. Visit us on-line and experience the innovation at Mikelson Yachts.
Mikelson would like to welcome our new Office Manager, Yoly Byrne to the team. Thank you to our amazing crew on the dock for their dedicated work!
The Next Issue will feature an update on the Nomads that have been traveling recently. "Bella Nile" has just completed a great cruise through the Sea of Cortez. "Fish Magnet" just returned from Panama and Costa Rica and other destinations south.
Dana Point Harbor Boat Show: May 29—July 1, 2008
San Diego Summer Boat Show: July 24-27, 2008
Catalina Island Rendezvous: July 24-27, 2008
Mikelson Yachts Catalina Classic: Sept 21-23, 2008
Mikelson 50’ Luxury Sportfisher 2003
Located in Key Largo, FL
For more information contact: Bob Peterson
Mikelson 50’ Luxury Sportfisher 2004
Located in San Diego, CA
For more information contact: Nick Theios
Mikelson 43’ Luxury Sportfisher 1999
“Reely Hooked II”
Located in Newport Beach, CA
For more information contact: Michael Loffer
Mikelson 70’ Luxury Sportfisher 2000
Located in San Diego, CA
For more information contact: P.J. Sullivan
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