April 27, 2015

Curious about boats for sale in San Diego? Talk to Dave.

If you're curious about the boats for sale in San Diego or you want to list your boat, I recommend you reach out to my good friend, Dave Koller. Dave is a salty mariner, who helps folks buy and sell boats in San Diego. He's well-respected and just an all around friendly guy that loves to talk about boats.

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Dave, nice guy who likes to talk boats.

Dave was born here in San Diego, and has since sailed all over the Pacific Northwest, Southern California and the Hawaiian Islands. I can vouch for his sea-worthiness; he helps me dive for lobsters, repair old marine diesels and race sailboats.

Boats for sale in San Diego


Dave works out of the Hallmark Yachts office at Sunroad Marina on Harbor Island. If you've never been to this part of San Diego, it is boat central and worth checking out. There's plenty of new or used boats for sale within walking distance of Dave's office.

This past year, 2015, Dave sold a wide range of sailboats and powerboats. Here's a partial list of boats he's bought or sold recently:

38 Bayliner Motor Yacht
30' Catalina/Capri
32' Uniflite
52' PT Overseas Motor Yacht
28' Bertram Sportfisher
36' Catalina Sailboat
38' Mediterranean Cruiser
38' Endeavour Sailboat
23' Ericson Sailboat
25' Bayliner Cruiser
34' Catalina Sailboat
37' Lien Hwa Trawler

San Diego boat broker

If you're thinking about selling your old boat, he's happy to list it and put the word out through his networks. If you want something new, he's happy to walk you up and down the docks and help you find your next vessel.
Reach Dave on his cell phone:
(619) 977-5040

or send him an email:

And let him know you found him through Captain Curran (that way he has to buy me a beer!)

Kevin Curran

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Dave out sailing his Endeavor 38

April 26, 2015

Newport 30 MkII out in the small craft advisory

As Saturday afternoon rolled around, I was slowly prepping my Newport 30 sailboat and hoping that the wind models were correct. A high pressure system was supposed to punch through the Channel Islands - move past Catalina and San Clemente Island and blanket the coastline of Southern California with 15-20 knot winds.

There was not much air movement until about 2 pm. Then the halyards in the marina started rattling. This is always a good sign. We pushed out from the Mission Bay jetty and immediately started ripping. The white caps came in around 4 pm. All in all, this was an exhilarating sail. Banging into the building swell and wind chop with plenty of power. This is why we have boats. 

This photo was taken by my friend, Dave Koller on his Endeavor 38

sailing a newport 30 in strong winds
My Newport 30 MkII loving the strong winds

April 20, 2015

Drought in California getting worse..

We are currently living through the worst drought in recorded history in California. Why are there no water restrictions in LA or San Diego? At my marina in San Diego, we still have boaters leaving their freshwater hoses on 24/7 to keep their boat jackets topped off, so as to fend off saltwater creatures and keep growth on their hulls to a minimum.

Yes, that's right - the municipal hoses on the dock left at full blast constantly so that the boat owners don't have to pay to have their hulls scraped. And this is happening in the middle of the worst drought in recorded history.

It may be time for water restrictions to be imposed...

If people are still feeling entitled to leave a hose on all day and all night, then clearly the message of water conservation is not enough. 

April 12, 2015

Reynolds 21 catamaran

Chris - a regular character down in Mission Bay is often found kicking around on his Reynolds 21 catamaran. This is a beat up old boat but she sails very nice in moderate winds.

This team of salty sailors pulled the Reynolds close enough up to my boat and we got these photos.

Ocean Beach and Point Loma are off in the background.

Chris, Corey and Dave out cruising the Reynolds 21

making the most of the winds
Dave maintains a neurology website, which provides an academic resource for training neurologists.

April 6, 2015

great Easter sail conditions

We were blessed with a steady 12 knots of wind all Easter Sunday. This was much needed as the air has been a bit light and a bit inconsistent lately.

My lady friend and I were moving at about 6 knots in most directions, which felt great.

I had just scraped the bottom of the hull last week - so there wasn't too much drag in the water.

Here we are about 2 miles outside the Mission Bay jetty.

my Newport 30 mkII loving the steady breeze