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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Marina Del Rey, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Marina Del Rey, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Marina Del Rey, CA, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Marina Del Rey, CA

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Marina Del Rey, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Marina Del Rey, CA

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Marina Del Rey, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Marina Del Rey, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

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Latest News in Marina Del Rey, CA

The Week in Photos: A brutal killing devastates a family; meanwhile, California braces for flooding

Hello, and welcome to this week’s selection of top stories in pictures.A new storm brings more peril to California rivers already hit by deadly flooding as another atmospheric river storm rolls in, ...

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A new storm brings more peril to California rivers already hit by deadly flooding as another atmospheric river storm rolls in, washing out roads and forcing evacuations.

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A family tragedy: A suspect was taken into custody on Wednesday following the brutal killing of 17-year-old Xavier Chavarin the previous week.

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After the snowstorm last week, mountain communities are bracing for new storm. See the scenes from the San Bernardino Mountains as they dig out. The storms have now claimed 13 lives.

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She had 72 hours to pay the back rent or leave. Inside one woman’s fight to stave off homelessness as eviction cases flood courts.

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A suspect is dead after allegedly shooting three LAPD officers in Lincoln Heights on Wednesday.

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“When you’re sailing, you’re making your own road.” How a Korean American found freedom and healing by retracing the first Korean immigrants’ ocean voyage.

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“Power, privilege and lies”: As Mark Ridley-Thomas’ corruption and bribery trial begins, a church continues to support the suspended Los Angeles City Council member through prayer.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis touted Florida’s approach during his California visit on Sunday, claiming that the “woke mind virus” led to an influx of residents to his state, showing the popularity of his anti-liberal policies.

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Ballona Wetlands: Court Rules Against Restoration Opponents

On February 21, 2023, Superior Court Judge Hon. Mary H. Strobel denied a petition brought by Ballona Wetlands Restoration opponents attempting to stop restoration work by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This means the work may proceed for the time being.At issue is $1.7 million in Proposition 12 bond funds allocated by the California Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy) to CDFW for restoration work at the Ballona Wetlands, in the area south of Culver Blvd. The ...

On February 21, 2023, Superior Court Judge Hon. Mary H. Strobel denied a petition brought by Ballona Wetlands Restoration opponents attempting to stop restoration work by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). This means the work may proceed for the time being.

At issue is $1.7 million in Proposition 12 bond funds allocated by the California Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy) to CDFW for restoration work at the Ballona Wetlands, in the area south of Culver Blvd. The work, to be performed by CDFW's contractor ESA and others, involves preliminary planning and engineering for the enhancement of tidal channels and removal of non-native, invasive plants.

Four other lawsuits brought against CDFW challenging the Restoration Project EIR will be heard separately by another judge in May of this year.

Restoration opponent Ballona Wetlands Land Trust (BLT) filed the lawsuit against the state last year and the case is scheduled for trial in October of this year. However, BLT sought to have all ongoing work, and expenditure of the funds, immediately stopped by the court.

The BLT argued to the court that they would be irreparably harmed if this work were allowed to move forward and, therefore, requested a preliminary injunction (a court order to stop the work now). BLT also argued that they were likely to prevail when the case went to trial in October.

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The court was not persuaded. Siding with CDFW and the Conservancy, Judge Strobel wrote:

"While the court finds that Petitioner [BLT] has shown some probability of success, the court characterizes that probability of success [at trial] as relatively low. Since Petitioner also does not show evidence of irreparable harm, the two interrelated factors do not weigh for granting injunctive relief. The motion for preliminary injunction is DENIED. The request for an immediate stay of CDFW's approval of the ESA Contract is derivative of Petitioner's arguments for a preliminary injunction and is denied for the same reasons."

In Judge Strobel's 24-page opinion, she discusses the case particulars at length and in doing so, sheds dim light on BLT's likelihood of success at trial in October. Based on my amateur reading of the Judge’s words, I would characterize BLT's chances as a "sucker bet".

In their lawsuit filing, BLT asks the court to require state taxpayers to foot their bills for court and attorney costs. Should BLT lose at trial in October, they and not taxpayers must pay their court costs and attorney's fees.

Enjoy your Ballona Wetlands!

References:

Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 22STCP03307. Ballona Wetlands Land Trust vs. California Department of Fish and Wildlife, et al.

Ballona Wetlands: Coastal Commission Approves Ballona Early Permits. Marina Del Rey Patch. December 16, 2022. https://patch.com/california/m...

Ballona Wetlands Restoration: Litigation Update, Summer 2022. Marina Del Rey Patch. August 5, 2022. https://patch.com/california/m...

Author's note on affiliations:

Dr. David W. Kay served on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Friends of Ballona Wetlands from 2007 until 2015, and served as Board President in 2012-13. He presently serves on the Board of Ballona Discovery Park in Playa Vista. Dr. Kay is a staunch advocate for the state of California's plans to restore the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve.

From 1984 until 2022, Dr. Kay was employed by Southern California Edison Company, exclusively in the company's environmental services organizations. His many responsibilities included restoration of the 440-acre San Dieguito Wetlands near Del Mar. He retired in 2022 as Senior Manager for Major Project Environmental Management at the company, after 38 years of service.

Dr. Kay earned bachelor and masters degrees in biology and a doctorate in environmental science. See Dr. Kay’s Patch Community Contributor profile here.

How a Korean American found healing by retracing the first Korean immigrants’ ocean voyage

In the sailing yacht’s cramped living area, nearly 20 sticky notes reminded Jin Woo Nam and his crew of the tasks ahead — buffing and waxing, applying a special paint to prevent barnacles from sticking, fixing a leaky water heater.Nam, 63, didn’t seem stressed. On this day in early February, he smiled as he strode among a dizzying array of ropes and sails to repair the antennas for the boat’s tracking system.Since he bought the Ignatella in 2011, selling his home to buy the used 37-foot craft, Nam has dr...

In the sailing yacht’s cramped living area, nearly 20 sticky notes reminded Jin Woo Nam and his crew of the tasks ahead — buffing and waxing, applying a special paint to prevent barnacles from sticking, fixing a leaky water heater.

Nam, 63, didn’t seem stressed. On this day in early February, he smiled as he strode among a dizzying array of ropes and sails to repair the antennas for the boat’s tracking system.

Since he bought the Ignatella in 2011, selling his home to buy the used 37-foot craft, Nam has dreamed of sailing to Korea, his birthplace.

He had achieved a modest prosperity as the owner of a cafe and karaoke bar, among other businesses. But to him, the American dream felt hollow. There had to be more to it than that.

And so, he was preparing for a journey across the Pacific, about 75 days at sea from Marina del Rey to Honolulu to Incheon, retracing in reverse the journey of the first Korean immigrants 120 years ago.

After decades in the U.S., Nam needed to travel home — not by boarding a plane but the hard way, like a salmon swimming upstream.

“We only know how to earn money, not how to spend it. We get sick and die. That feels so futile,” Nam said. “It’s so foolish. We worked so hard, so we have the right to play hard and enjoy our lives.”

On Jan. 13, 1903, 102 Koreans — 56 men, 21 women and 25 children — aboard the RMS Gaelic landed in Hawaii, a U.S. territory at the time.

They were promised a mild climate, free schooling and work at $15 a month, with free lodging and medical care.

“There was a promise of a dream,” said UC Riverside professor Edward Taehan Chang.

Instead, they were scattered to sugar plantations, forced to do backbreaking work for at least three years to pay off their debts. Supervisors on horseback whipped them if they so much as paused to stretch, Chang said.

Nam, too, came to the U.S. in search of a better life. In 1979, after graduating from high school in Korea, he settled in Orange County, painting buildings and cleaning carpets. He eventually opened the cafe in Garden Grove and the karaoke bar in Hawaiian Gardens.

He bought a house in Placentia and worked at an investment brokerage. But achieving those outward markers of success wore him down. He had once dreamed of being a painter or an architect.

In his late 30s, he enrolled at the Laguna College of Art and Design, studying painting.

After getting his degree, he made a career shift, teaching painting and running a gallery.

As a child in the seaside town of Busan, Nam fell in love with the ocean. In California, he took up fishing. Trying to economize for his trips, he stumbled into crafting wooden kayaks. That led to sailing.

He sold his house for about $300,000 and bought a sailing yacht for $90,000, naming it the Ignatella — a combination of his Catholic name, Ignacio, and his wife’s name, Stella — and painting it Atlantic blue.

“I had talked about buying the yacht for years,” Nam said. “So even though my wife didn’t like it very much, she understood where I was coming from.”

Nam learned how to tie knots and dock his boat in strong winds, how to adjust the sail depending on the wind and the waves.

Sailing yachts are slow, with a maximum speed of less than 10 miles an hour. They can’t power straight through headwinds, instead zigging and zagging across the water. But that’s how Nam, who now works as a professional sailing captain, wants to live his life.

“When we’re driving on a road, there are certain rules. You need to keep to your lane, and you face trouble if you veer outside,” Nam said. “There are certain lanes in the ocean, but when you’re sailing, you’re making your own road ... There’s that freedom.”

If everything goes right, Nam and his crew should make landfall in South Korea in mid-to-late May. Typhoons are among the many unknowns that could derail the voyage.

Donald Kang was the first Korean American to sail solo across the Pacific. He accomplished the feat in 1990 while a student at UCLA.

“Five hours into my sail out of San Pedro, I had my first impression of the Pacific Ocean: It’s crazy,” Kang wrote in his book, “Yes, I’m Crazy for the Ocean.”

The first day, Kang wrote, he vomited out his guts as he drifted in fierce winds. He had to take shelter on Catalina Island.

Weeks into his trip, his water tank and gas range broke, forcing him to rely on rainwater. He dodged everything from typhoons to container ships.

“You need to plan everything out,” said Kang, who recently met with Nam and his crew of three other sailors. “You need to always be mindful of things that might break, things that might go wrong.”

Nam’s wife, Stella Kim, sometimes wonders why she greenlit the trip.

“I don’t know if it’s good that I gave him ‘permission,’” Kim said with a laugh. “But I don’t want to have scary thoughts. I leave it all up to God ... I’m planning a 100-day prayer.”

Nam has racked up thousands of hours on the open water, including a solo trip up the Pacific coast to Seattle.

Two of Nam’s crew members are Korean American — Joseph Chang is an Iraq War veteran and Do Yoo a seasoned sailor.

The third, Sang Hee Park, flew in from Korea with no sailing experience, connecting with Nam through a friend of a friend.

Park, 54, has been staying on the Ignatella for a month while learning the basics of sailing from Nam.

As he prepares to retire from the real estate industry, Park is trying to figure out what to do next.

“It’s an unforgettable experience,” he said. “I hope the next two, three months will refresh my life.”

Nam has spent $50,000 fixing up the Ignatella and wishes he had tens of thousands more for new electric wiring, water pumps, a shelter against harsh weather and many other enhancements. He still needs to find a crew member to replace Chang on the Hawaii-to-Korea leg.

Nam, who has led community sailing groups and taught sailing to many, hopes his trip can promote the pursuit to Korean Americans.

His ambitious voyage has struck a chord among Korean immigrants who didn’t dream big for themselves as they worked long hours to make it in the U.S.

The Korea Times, which is sponsoring Nam’s trip, refused to disclose a dollar amount while noting it has published several stories promoting the journey. The Korean consulate in Los Angeles has gifted a South Korean flag to display atop the boat. Others have donated food and supplies, including GoPro cameras.

At a dock party last month, Nam’s supporters ate fish cakes and posed for group photos.

“I’ve lived in the U.S. for 40 years, and I’ve only looked forward,” said Martin Kwak, a 62-year-old retiree in Koreatown who has led a fundraising effort for Nam’s trip — about $15,000, including, almost $5,000 from a GoFundMe. “It’s great to see someone our age who is doing something and living life in the way they want.”

Wha Young Chang, a 63-year-old dog trainer and retired Korean-language TV anchor, said he told Nam, a longtime friend, not to go.

Why do this when you could die? Chang asked.

Chang was struck by Nam’s reply: “As people age, their dreams fade. But I want my dream to come true.”

As he made his final preparations, Nam was already thinking about his next sea voyage — Korea to L.A., through Alaska.

On Saturday, Nam and his crew displayed a South Korean flag, then pulled on the ropes and raised the sail. A version of the American flag, used by licensed yachts, waved at the stern as they headed for the horizon.

VinFast delivers first 45 cars in US market

March 2 (Reuters) - Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast delivered its first 45 cars to customers in California on Wednesday, its first sales outside Vietnam.The company, a subsidiary of conglomerate Vingroup JSC (VIC.HM), had shipped 999 vehicles to California in November but faced more than two months of costly delays in preparing them for delivery.Last week, the company slashed the ...

March 2 (Reuters) - Vietnamese electric vehicle maker VinFast delivered its first 45 cars to customers in California on Wednesday, its first sales outside Vietnam.

The company, a subsidiary of conglomerate Vingroup JSC (VIC.HM), had shipped 999 vehicles to California in November but faced more than two months of costly delays in preparing them for delivery.

Last week, the company slashed the lease price on the VF8 electric crossover by 50%.

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VinFast faced anger and frustration from early reservation holders when it said the initial shipment of VF8 cars would have a lower battery range than the company had flagged in marketing.

It also dropped an option for consumers to rent the electric car's battery, a plan it had advertised as a way to bring down the cost of ownership.

VinFast said on Wednesday the VF8 City Edition Eco, a rebranded version of the car to account for its lower range, would have an EPA estimated battery range of 207 miles (333 km).

The first cars were available for lease through US Bancorp (USB.N), VinFast said. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet provided a safety rating.

VinFast has been certified for a subsidy of up to $7,500 per vehicle under President Joe Biden's incentive program payable to the finance company, according to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website.

It is looking to compete with established carmakers at a time when major automakers, led by Tesla (TSLA.O), are driving prices down and bringing a range of new EVs to market.

Analysts say quarterly results from U.S. electric vehicle startups Lucid(LCID.O), Rivian (RIVN.O) and electric semi truck maker Nikola (NKLA.O) all reflected pressure from lower orders, higher interest rates and increased competition.

At VinFast's store in Marina Del Rey, California, James and Nicole Wang took possession of a VF8 they had reserved earlier this year.

"We're early adopters, we like to try things out," said James Wang, 36.

Andrew and Nikki Le, who ordered 11 VinFast cars, took delivery of the first of those at the store. They had toured the VinFast factory in Haiphong, Vietnam in May as part of a promotion by the company, they said.

VinFast said insurers including State Farm, Allstate and Progressive would provide policies for the new model.

Vehicle subscription service Autonomy has a deal to purchase 2,500 vehicles from VinFast, the companies said last year. Autonomy did not respond to a request for comment on when it would take delivery.

With its initial vehicle deliveries stalled, VinFast cut dozens of jobs in the United States and Canada and merged those operations earlier this year.

The company is waiting for final regulatory approval to begin construction of a $4-billion plant in North Carolina.

California Adventures Fights Pollution With a Classic Approach

Everyone loves Volkswagen Buses, right? Well, Los Angeles-based tour company 'California Adventures' is taking their VW vehicles to a new level of cool!The Los Angeles area has been known for decades as one of the worst U.S. regions for pollution, smog, and other environmental issues, but as one of the first tour operators in LA to concentrate on sustainability and eco-friendly activities, California Adventures will soon be able to say that it will no longer contribute to the pollution problem. The company has already converted one of...

Everyone loves Volkswagen Buses, right? Well, Los Angeles-based tour company 'California Adventures' is taking their VW vehicles to a new level of cool!

The Los Angeles area has been known for decades as one of the worst U.S. regions for pollution, smog, and other environmental issues, but as one of the first tour operators in LA to concentrate on sustainability and eco-friendly activities, California Adventures will soon be able to say that it will no longer contribute to the pollution problem. The company has already converted one of its highly-coveted vintage 23-window VW Kombi buses into a fully electric vehicle. A similar 23-window VW bus, also from 1965, is in the process of being converted to an EV as well.

These ultra-cool historic vehicles are used for surf and sightseeing tours of some of the most famous Southern California landmarks. They are also available for rent and have participated in numerous music videos, photoshoots, events and advertising campaign for Guess, For Love and Lemons, Torrid, Coco and Eve, Arena and many more. VW bus models are already rare, but turning them into EVs makes them truly extraordinary. On top of that, it's a great way to recycle batteries from broken electric vehicles and keep the batteries from harming the environment. It also helps keep the VW bus legacy alive.

The owner of California Adventures, Marina White, hopes other businesses will follow the company's lead and start shifting towards sustainability. She is also currently working on a new line of clean, environmentally-friendly sunscreen line that is 100% organic and not harmful to the ocean or its reef with all of the sunblock's packaging being made of recycled biodegradable materials. "My desire to run a business goes well beyond making money. My goal has always been to serve a bigger and better purpose. Having fewer cars and boats polluting the environment might look small on the world scale, but if another company looks at what we're doing and implements the same strategy, and thousands of our clients do the same, I believe it could start changing the overall situation, and our world will get a little bit cleaner and better," White says.

Another example of the company's commitment to sustainability is its unique Duffy Boat tour experiences. Thanks to the boat's old-world charm, you would never know that the stylish and elegant vessel is fully electric. That means the Duffy Boat tours are never polluting the air or the water while taking guests on amazing explorations of Marina del Rey harbor. Guests get incredible glimpses of luxury boat houses and yachts, sea lions, birds, and other wildlife. Also, the hand-selected wines and specially-crafted charcuterie board served on the Duffy Boat tours are on the side of sustainability. They don't use any plastic or single-use things for the tours. Everything is washable and reusable.

California Adventures is one of the fastest-growing tour operators in the Los Angeles area. It's a family business opened by Marina and Stephen White. It started as a surf school called Fun Surf LA, which was named the #1 Surf experience in the world by Airbnb. Fun Surf LA has become a top rated, awarded surf school and hosted events for Google, Snapchat, Facebook, Match.com, and many other well-known companies. Right now, California Adventures offers a variety of activities in Los Angeles.

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