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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rockland Harbor Storm Damage

The Miss Patti above broke from her mooring and ended up ashore at the North End. She was able to get off the beach at high tide. Damage was severe to her forefoot and forward keel. She was probably taking on water but didn't really drain much after her haulout.

The seiner below faired much worse. She came ashore on the rocks by the Marine Colloids plant. Heavy seas and surf battered her mercilessly well into the morning hours. Winds didn't abate until about 0300. Vessel appears to be a total loss.

The wooden double-cabin cruiser below didn't break loose from her mooring but she took on plenty of water, probably from a sprumg plank in her bottom. The Journey's End crew towed her into the slipway.


Thursday, November 20, 2008

Show the Pirates the Business End of an M-107

It's hard to believe a few lightly armed outcasts in decrepit Boston Whalers and homemade fiberglass skiffs can take a super tanker and its crew hostage and get away with it. But that's exactly what happened, and it will continue to happen as long as the industry anchors itself in the lee of "reasonable force" and "insurance fears".

Every ship or large yacht transiting the east coast of Africa should have a pair of Barrett M-107 50 caliber sniper rifles and a trained crew willing and able to use them. A couple of speedboats with a dozen or more pirates wouldn't get within half a mile of a ship carrying these.


Friday, November 07, 2008

New Booklet Charts from NOAA

Click on the photo above if you want to try out the new NOAA Booklet Charts. These charts are designed to be printed on regular 8-1/2" x 11" paper. Print them out yourself and staple them together. For the most part, reviews have been very positive. You certainly can't beat the price: They're FREE!


Monday, November 03, 2008

Interesting Boats: Hussein's Yacht for Sale

Have you ever had an itch to buy a luxury super yacht with its own secret escape passage to a hidden submarine? If the answer is yes, then I've got a deal for you. The Iraqi government is selling Saddam Hussein's old boat, the Ocean Breeze. Never mind the ironic name, or the possibility the bilge might contain human bones. If money is no object, and the idea of cruising the seven seas in the former dictator's toy tickles your fancy, then all you have to do is cough up $35 to $70 million. The AP and BBC are running the story and quoting a price tag of $35 million, but I think that's understating its value. Sure, it might need some work, but think of the advantages to someone like Amadhenajad, or as we like to call him here, Imanutjob. A ruthless, cutthroat, racist, genocidal maniac of a leader can save themselves a lot of work accumulating bad karma by buying this boat and riding the perverted tail feather of a man like Hussein. Anyway, if you're interested, call 1-800-RAQNROL