The AP is reporting that workers at the World Trade Center site unearthed a 32-foot ship from the 1700s. Cool stuff.
This news report from CNN could mean a whole new world is opening up for boaters and anglers.
I’ll go again if anyone’s willing to send me.
Nothing like having your hand in the water and seeing a fin come at you and fish in the vicinity free jumping in panic. This fin belonged to a dolphin, who practically took that fish a friend was about to release right out of his hand.
On the National Geographic Channel, ways to deal with the Asian carp invasion.
A welded-aluminum john boat may just be the perfect small-boat light tackle fishing platform. They are multi-faceted.
The reasons in favor:
1. The are lightweight and hard to break.
2. At slow speeds they bounce off rocks.
3. The engine and fuel tank are removable by hand.
4. Little kicker engines seem to require no maintenance.
5. If a kicker does fail, you can row home.
6. Should you choose to do so, a johnboat is easy to clean and maintain.
7. Should you choose not to do so, a johnboat seldom looks worse for the wear with dings and dirt.
8. They are easy to paint.
9. They are stable fishing platforms.
10. They float in inches of water and can be poled.
11. You can beach it.
12. Load it up with driftwood for a bonfire and it won’t get all scratched up.
13. Load it up with decoys in the fall.
14. You can trailer it with a mountain bike, practically.
According to this article from Vanity Fair, the two-year saga of the Barefoot Bandit, aka Colton Harris-Moore, ended after a boat chase with Bahamian authorities.
The Youtube video above tells the story, but not what kinds of boats he stole.
My daughter’s already got the disease. We spent the holiday at my family’s summer place, and after her first spin on the first day, the words she most often uttered henceforth were, “Boat ride.”
The key, we found, was to keep the boat expeditions short and sweet. Usually half an hour, never longer than an hour. We’d go slow and explore so she could see. She grew excited to see several herons, an osprey, a beaver dam, families of ducks and ducklings, even Canadian geese.
Her favorite thing? When we turned off the engine and glided into areas where you could see bottom. She’d see perch, sunfish, carp, and even a few trophy largemouth bass. Each time she would point and scream, “Fishy!”
The whole car ride home after the vacation, she’d see water out the window and ask for a boat ride. Right now she’s at the age where there’s not even a remote way of predicting what she’ll grow up to be. But if she decided to be a marine biologist or even the world’s best fishing guide, that would be all right with me. As long as she comped her Dad some trips.
The BP oil spill in the Gulf hasn’t come close to being contained. The company’s getting a slight reprieve from media scrutiny while LeBron James decides where he’s going to play basketball next year, but the oil is still flowing. We’re looking at mid-August for relief, according to this CNN report.
According to this USA Today report, BP will get more local boats involved, hiring them for cleanup duty. Right now the company has enlisted 8,500 boats from affected regions, presumably people who have lost their livelihood due to the contaminated seas.
The article goes into more detail on payment:
“…For example, vessels shorter than 30 feet get $1,200 for a 24-hour period, while those longer than 65 feet get $3,000. Crewmembers get $200 per eight-hour day for responding to the spill or receiving training.”
Beyond that, tarpon, bluefin tuna, sea turtles, and other marine wildlife are pretty much screwed.
Beyond the oil, there’s no telling the long term effects from the daily doses of dispersant.
Where did LeBron say he’s signing again?
Spotted this weekend in the North Country: an old direct-drive Johnson Sea Horse outboard. 1940s vintage. It has no clutch. A guy pulled it out of an old shed to stick on a skiff for his kid. Hadn’t been used in 12 years and after a quick prime it started right up.
Edson Marine makes and sells these nautical stars for boats. Since we’re approaching a patriotic weekend, this seemed like a good time to post about the memorial featuring these stars in Friendswood, Texas. The Veteran’s Memorial is a stainless-steel American flag. It’s 8 feet tall, 16 feet wide, and sits on a granite base. Some nautical influence away from the water.