Bellingham Assist

On July 29, 2014, in Assistance Towing, by CaptRR

27′ Fiberform similar to this one

Picked her up off Eliza Island

About three hours total.  Yesterday an older Fiberform only had forward (no nutral or reverse.)

I found them between Eliza and Lumi Islands and towed her to the ramp at Squalicum Harbor.  My plans to have lunch in Bellingham were foiled by a second call which ended in a sand down.  So much for best laid plands


10 hours of towing yesterday

On July 28, 2014, in Assistance Towing, by CaptRR

It was like pre recession days. Lots of boats on the water.

The first tow was an assist of the 42′ Tolly above to a haul out to have an engine repaired.  She had her port engine and bow thruster operable, but chose to err on the safe side.

Tow number two was and 18′ skiff with a family of four camping at a local state park (sorry no pic) Their kicker was working.

Tow number three (middle pic) was a 27′ boat that became disabled off Vendovi Island.  We hauled her back to Anacortes. 

Tow number four (bottom pic) was a 40′ Bayliner hand off from my buddies in Friday Harbor. She had on a of her engines out, and we towed her to La Conner.

Here’s a bonus pic from Saturday.  My two year old granddaughter Bea helped me fuel the boat.


Short Haul

On July 27, 2014, in Assistance Towing, by CaptRR


This 27′ Lurs was experiencing mechanical problems off Samish Island.

In that they had watched me hip tow the 58′, 60k# Krogen the day before, they said they weren’t too worried about the I boat.

I let them know each job no matter the size presents risk.


On the hip

On July 26, 2014, in Assistance Towing, by CaptRR


This 48′ Krogen had a raw water hose failure in Guemes Channel.

While she is 60,000 lbs, “Retriever” our 22′ Hughes Craft (2,200 lbs) was still able to get her to the dock.


Predict Wind

On July 24, 2014, in Applications, Uncategorized, by CaptRR


Cruise ship cabin

On July 23, 2014, in Interesting, by CaptRR

While I’m not a cruise ship guy, this is interesting.


Why a US Coast Guard?

On July 22, 2014, in Coast Guard, by CaptRR

Oil and gas tankers sit anchored off the Fos-Lavera oil

Maritime-Executive is reporting:

More than a century ago the Coast Guard faced—and survived—a threat to its multimission identity when a commission appointed by President Taft concluded that single-function agencies were more efficient and economical than multi-function agencies. The commission recommended that the Coast Guard (then called the Revenue Cutter Service) be dismembered.

Fortunately, the Secretary of the Treasury, Franklin MacVeagh, defended the service. President Taft adopted the commission’s report, but MacVeagh’s view ultimately prevailed, and Congress rejected the commission’s recommendation. Taft’s successor, President Wilson, later threw his support behind a counter-proposal to expand the Revenue Cutter Service by joining it with the Lifesaving Service to form the U.S. Coast Guard. Congress enacted the necessary legislation in 1915. In 1939, Congress added the U.S. Lighthouse Service and in 1942 the Navigation and Steamboat Inspection Service.

Today, the Coast Guard provides the nation with a unique combination of authorities, capabilities, capacities, and partnerships. It carries out homeland security and homeland defense missions. It is at all times one of the nation’s five armed forces; but unlike the other four services, which are limited byposse comitatus laws, the Coast Guard is expressly charged with law enforcement authorities that provide a critical arrest-and-prosecute end game to crimes like piracy and seaborne trafficking.

The complete Maritime-Executive post by Craig H. Allen is here.


Couple sues over deactivation of sat phone

On July 21, 2014, in Incidents, by CaptRR


Outside is reporting:

A U.S. couple is suing Whenever Communications LLC after the satellite phone company cut off their service while they were at sea. Charlotte and Eric Kaufman’s infant daughter became ill during the voyage, and when they were unable to use their phone due to deactivation, the Kaufmans had to seek an emergency rescue by the California Air National Guard and the U.S. Navy. The rescue, along with the now-scuttled boat, cost an estimated $660,000.

The complete Outside post Lauren Steel is here.


Texting without a signal

On July 20, 2014, in Applications, by CaptRR


 Here’s and idea that would work well for cruising boats and clubs.  I’d use the goTenna

Outside is reporting:

As handy as goTenna might be on a backpacking trip, it was initially conceived as a tool for emergency situations. Founders (and siblings) Daniela and Jorge Perdomo came up with the idea during Hurricane Sandy when millions of people across the East Coast were left without electricity or Internet. They realized people needed a way to communicate even when cell towers were down.

goTenna could also be used while travelling abroad (forget expensive, convoluted international phone services), or anywhere on-the-grid where it’s easy to lose members of your party (think music festivals and soccer stadiums). 

The gadget has one major limitation: you can only send and receive messages from other goTenna users. You won’t be able to send an emergency text to your girlfriend back home if she’s not on the goTenna network.

The complete Outside post by Axie Navas is here.

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