Yes, a fine history she has. One of trials, sorrow, abuse
and ultimately, redemtion and excellence!
"Amethyst" was once known as "Yontonka" and with that
name she led a life of ignomity, going from owner to owner, marina to marina,
receiving proper maintenance, and simply languished, awaiting her fate, one
to which so many of these fine vessels have been sentenced to.
And so, in 1997 in such a wretched state I found her, as she laid along side
the Balboa Boat Yard in Newport Beach, CA. So sorrowful in appearance, was
she, scarcely recognizable as the Wooden Boat Regatta winner that she was
She was missing her mizzen mast and families of pidgeons(!) resided in her,
down below.The guano of many generations of various seabirds was upon her
decks, and she was devoid of anything remeniscent of brightwork. I wondered
who it was and how it could be that this could have been allowed to happen..
.. something surely must be done..........
I of course snapped her up for a paltry sum, due to the owner realizing his
failure as a yachtsman, and after some stop gap mechanical work, delivered
Amethyst", ( the new name that I gave to her, to chang her luck) to Marina
del Rey, to start her new life. The delivery, a voyage of about 50 miles,
a story in it's own and for the sake of brevity, will not be told here.
Immediately, work began on "Amethyst" with the initial haulout and
the sistering of 16 frames, eight port and eight starboard. We also painted
bottom and topsides, losing the garrish blue 70's racing stripe that all vessels
of the 60's and 70's seemed to be inflicted with. I implore all you
fellow Mariner owners.....Lose the stripe! A classic design such as the Mariner
posseses owes nothing to the trends of the 70's!
And so it began, a five year restoration of every conceivable facet of this
Mariner 40. Water and fuel tanks, plumbing and electrical, engine and
batteries all were replaced and rebuilt. And then the varnish. All spars were
varnished, as is befitting a proper yacht, and 12 coats more of
Epifanes varnish were lavished on the interior. No flat varish is allowed
aboard the "Amethyst". No, no, no...
In November of 2002, I deemed her ready for her maided voyage, and with a
light heart, cast loose the docklines, and left the confines of her slip!
The wind filled her sails and she took to the wind and raced towards Malibu,
with a bone in her teeth. She had been reborn, and again would ply the
waters of Southern California. The story of "Amethyst" continues,
as she is now the flagship of Mariner Sailing Charters, LLC , where she is
in service carrying people on daysailing adventures and trips to Catalina
Island. For more about the Amethyst" and Capt. Mack, or to contact us,
please visit our website at www
I hope all who strive to restore their vessels win in the end as I have. Do
not listen to what negative people say, for it can be done. I have proved