By Don Sutherland You don't really know a boat until she's hauled. Plying her trade on the water, her best half's submerged out of sight. We think we recognize her - "oh, there's Odin," or "Shelby Rose," or "Twintube" - but what are we seeing? The lines of the deckhouse, the shape and placement of the wheelhouse, the arrangement of the stacks? These are the parts known as the superstructure - "super," in this case, meaning simply "upon." It's a little like saying we recognize someone by his hat. The boat's defining structure starts at the main deck and goes downward from there. What little we see of it is low on the horizon. There's the deck's line, along with a smattering of bulwarks. The rake of the bow, the shape of the stern, how and where flared in between, they all help a little in identifying the boat, but they still don't divulge what she's about. What she's about is her relationship to the water, her reason for being. How she sits, how she rides, how she handles, are determined mostly down there. The size of the rudder, of the wheels or other propulsion devices - how she goes, whether for speed or for power or both, is ordained down there. Boats, just like people, keep their motivating forces concealed. Unlike people, boats can be hauled. And that's when we see what they're about.
Unfortunately, it is all too common for gasoline and diesel storage tanks at marinas to contain excess water and other contaminants such as bacteria and debris. These contaminants can be pumped into boaters’ fuel tanks and can cause an engine to shut down or cause permanent damage. The presence of ethanol gasoline, ultra low sulfur diesel fuel and biodiesel makes this situation even worse. To combat this problem
Almetek Industries launched a marina-specific line of onsite safety and information signage. Specially designed to help marina and boatyard owners lower their maintenance costs, the signs will not rust, fade, crack or peel. The 3-D engraved signs, made of co-extruded and tri-extruded UV stabilized high-density polyethylene, are impervious to salt water and virtually all acids and caustic chemicals. In addition, they are resistant to tropical or frigid temperatures and the damaging affect
Alcoa Inc. has acquired the assets of Marina Accessibility Products, Inc., a manufacturer of marine access systems based in Surrey, BC, Canada. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Marina Accessibility Products is known as the developer of the Ramp Rider, a gangway inclined lift system that enables people to move safely between unstable elevations in marine environments. The product consists of a self-leveling all-wheel-drive car that travels on a specialized gangway to provide access
In an ongoing effort to improve the air and water quality of San Pedro Bay, the Port of Los Angeles has made additional funding available for its Marina Engine Exchange Program, incentivizing boat owners to replace their older, high-polluting outboard motors with California Air Resources Board (CARB)-certified, “three star”/ultra-low emission-rated engines (up to 10 horsepower). The Port of Los Angeles is offering boat owners 75 percent of the total cost (up to $2
ACE Recreational Marine Insurance releases ten tips to help recreational boaters protect their vessels during the hurricane season. “The best defenses to protecting your boat from hurricanes or any severe weather are planning, preparation and timely action,” said Damon R. Hostetter, Senior Vice President, ACE Recreational Marine Insurance. The first recommendation is: Develop a detailed plan of action to secure your vessel in advance
A UK businessman refitted a canal boat to carry up to 45 passengers along the Staffs & Worcester Canal without paying heed to safety requirements. The UK registered Canal Boat Hatherton Belle is a 20 metre vessel that had been adapted to carry up 45 passengers along the Staffs & Worcester Canal from Calf Heath Marina. The owner, local businessman Andy Small who also operates a bar next to the Marina, used the canal boat to take paying parties on cruises along the canal
The U.S. Coast Guard informs that the casino boat 'Escapade' is moored at its homeport and is no longer aground in Calibogue Sound near Tybee Island, Georgia. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Tybee Island were notified the Escapade had ran aground with 94 passengers and 31 staff and crewmembers aboard during the ship’s maiden voyage. Coast Guard crews from Station Tybee Island, Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia
Kroli, SF Marina's distributor in Iceland, has entered into an agreement with Loftorku Borgarnesi to manufacture SF Marina's signature floating concrete docks. The strategic move to manufacture locally has created significantly more business for Kroli. Shortly after the Kroli/Loftorka agreement was signed, a committee representing the capital of Iceland announced that Kroli had won the contract for three installations in the Reykjavik and Akranes harbors
The top issues relevant to Caribbean and Latin American port professionals, including navigation dredging, seaport security, port privatization, Panama Canal expansion and port operating strategies, will be featured at the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) Executive Management Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, Feb. 12-14. The conference will be held in Miami’s Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel and Marina.
The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing on Lake Michigan, Tuesday. Missing is 48-year-old Joseph Kiehm from Milwaukee. Kiehm was last seen aboard his 26-foot white sailboat, the Wild Irish, at McKinley Marina in the Milwaukee Harbor between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday
Secretaria de Marina orders seventh patrol vessel and a fast crew supplier In August 2014 the Mexican Navy (Secretaría de Marina) and the Netherlands’ Damen Shipyards Group signed contracts for the delivery of the design, material package
Russia's Gazprom scrapped a plan to cut gas exports to Romania by 9 percent on Saturday and by 5 percent on Sunday, Romania's Energy Minister Razvan Nicolescu said. "Our (pipeline operator) Transgaz was notified by Gazprom's office in Sofia that gas deliveries will be in line with
The U.S. Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology continue to oversee the cleanup and investigate the cause of an oil spill that appeared earlier this week in the Ballard Mill Marina, on Salmon Bay, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal.
Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva plans to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions and implement a national carbon market if elected, according to policy proposals released on Friday. In the document, the coalition behind Silva's candidacy said the measures would help Brazil
Engineering, construction, technical, and professional services provider, Parsons, says it has been awarded a contract by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to perform infrastructure design services for the Dubai Water Canal Project.
The U.S. Coast Guard informs of the rescue of a 62-year-old man who was stranded on Atkinson Island, after he fell off his boat in the Houston Ship Channel near Sylvan Beach and swam to the island. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call from a mariner transiting
Preferred shares of Brazilian state oil company Petrobras rose sharply on Friday as investors bet that President Dilma Rousseff will not be able to win re-election in the first round of the October elections. The death of the presidential candidate Eduardo Campos in a plane crash on
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued four men after the 30-foot vessel they were aboard struck the breakwall on the north side of the Milwaukee Harbor entrance late Thursday evening. Just after 9:30 p.m., local time, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received
Hornblower Cruises & Events says it has hired Scott Keever as Manager, Special Projects; details as follows: After graduating from the California Maritime Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation, Scott began a sea-going career with Chevron Shipping
A two-day Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Awareness Campaign updated the seafarer public in Luneta Park, Manila of MPHRP’s programmes and services led by MPHRP Regional Director for Philippines/Southeast Asia Rancho Villavicencio and MPHRP Assistant Programme Director Hennie la
U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco and a commercial salvage team successfully removed the Tahoe Queen, a riverboat-style passenger vessel, from a sandbar off Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tuesday afternoon. Watchstanders at Sector San Francisco received a report Monday at 3:37 p.m
The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is urging the public to prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to impact the Hawaiian Islands Thursday. The effects of Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio are expected to generate extreme sea conditions
On August 4, 1790, Congress authorized the creation of the Revenue Cutter Service, the precursor to the modern U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). In celebration of the service's 224th birthday, members of the USCG and Coast Guard Auxiliary surprised boaters along the Mid-Atlantic coast
Seven NATO countries completed naval exercises in the Black Sea on Thursday, officials said, in a signal of the alliance's resolve to support east European members who have been unnerved by Russia's behavior in the Ukraine crisis. Though scheduled before the crisis erupted