Pictures from Debby

Want see something neat?  Google this

cruise ship tampa skyway debby

I make the 2nd and 4th link.  Pretty cool huh?

Here is my drive to work over the Howard Frankland Bridge. (Sorry, I spelled that wrong last time I mentioned it)

2012-06-26 06.46.11 Howard Frankland Bridge during Tropical Storm Debby

2012-06-26 06.46.11 Howard Frankland Bridge during Tropical Storm Debby

2012-06-26 06.46.22 another wave on the bridge

2012-06-26 06.46.22 another wave on the bridge

2012-06-26 06.47.02 salt water on the truck !

2012-06-26 06.47.02 salt water on the truck !

Back at Boca Ciega Bay yesterday the winds were between 25 & 30 mph.

2012-06-26 20.11.38 strong winds whipping up waves in boca ciega bay

2012-06-26 20.11.38 strong winds whipping up waves in boca ciega bay

The waves were really crashing into the bulkhead at this house on the point.

2012-06-26 20.06.55 big waves and beautiful sky

2012-06-26 20.06.55 big waves and beautiful sky

2012-06-26 20.11.14 whitecaps on the bay

2012-06-26 20.11.14 whitecaps on the bay

Right in the midst of all these waves and the wind howling, I looked out over the bay and spotted movement all the way across.  It looked like it was something moving on the water.  Sure enough…

2012-06-26 20.11.06 Sailboat

2012-06-26 20.11.06 Sailboat

Sorry, the phone doesn’t have optical zoom.  It just is a digital enhancement.  See the two sails of the boat dead center of the picture, sticking above the land on the far side of the bay?  Wow!  I sure would have liked to have been out there.  They were zipping back and forth across the bay pretty quick.  Notice they don’t even look like they’re leaning over?

And a sunset with a promise that the storm was almost over.

2012-06-26 20.00.01 Sunset

2012-06-26 20.00.01 Sunset

Here is a nice calm bay when I got home from work yesterday.

2012-06-27 17.20.47 Boca Ciega Bay after the storm

2012-06-27 17.20.47 Boca Ciega Bay after the storm

And the mainsheet cleat comes off

(or I get by with a little help from my [blog] friends)

In a comment on yesterday’s post My2Fish asked “Can you access the bottom of the mainsheet cleat screws under the cockpit lip?”

When I read it the first time I just couldn’t understand what he meant, then I read it again later and realized the deck overhangs the cockpit all around, creating a lip.  I took a look under there and sure enough, there they were.

2012-06-27 mainsheet cleat screws under cockpit lip

2012-06-27 mainsheet cleat screws under cockpit lip

Now in some ways I’m relieved.  Thanks very much My2Fish.  However, what kind of rehabber doesn’t notice something as basic as that?

I got out my socket set, screwdriver, pliers and pry bar and a little while later…. viola!

 

cleat removed!

cleat removed!

 

 

 

Sunfish Deck Hardware stripped off

I spent some time getting hardware off the boat to get ready for resurfacing.  I started at the front:

Bow Handle Before

Bow Handle Before

Notice that it was already broken before removal.  When I moved it home I grabbed the handle and lifted.  Only the part of the handle came up.

Bow Handle After

Bow Handle After

Mainsheet pulley before

Mainsheet pulley before

Mainsheet pulley after

Mainsheet pulley after

Traveler before

Traveler before

closeup starboard traveler before

closeup starboard traveler before

closeup starboard traveler - after

closeup starboard traveler – after

closeup port traveler before

closeup port traveler before

Closeup port traveler after

Closeup port traveler after

wave diverter before

wave diverter before

wave diverter after

wave diverter after

Sunfish Gudgeon Bracket

Sunfish Gudgeon Bracket

Mainsheet cleat before

Mainsheet cleat before

Mainsheet cleat current

Mainsheet cleat current

This last one got me.  The screws are just turning, and I tried prying it out but it isn’t working.  I need to drill them out but that’s going to require a trip to Home Depot.

Tropical Storm Debby

Not much sailing or rehabbing going on.  Just a lot of rain and some flooding.  On my drive to work this morning on the Howard Franklin Bridge over Tampa Bay the waves were crashing against the barrier and splashing across the road.  I heard from someone at work that came in about an hour and a half later than me that as he came across the bridge the spray was going across 3 lanes and his car got soaked in salt water.  Glad I missed that, I’d rather not have my 12 year old truck rusting any quicker than it has too!

My pretty little beach here at Boca Ciega Bay is being washed away!  Look at the erosion at the bottom of the picture.  By the way, if you can’t see this entire picture, your monitor is too small!  (Now I have to take that back, it’s fine in edit mode, but when I publish it doesn’t use the whole screen.  Sorry, I guess I will go back to smaller pictures)

2012-06-25 19.19.21 My beach being washed away

2012-06-25 19.19.21 My beach being washed away

Sunday I went down to the Tampa SkyWay bridge and checked out what was happening.  When I got there I was told they had closed the bridge due to high winds.  That is really unfortunate for people that need to get across.  It’s a detour of an hour and a half instead of a 15 minute drive across the bridge.

2012-06-24 17.58.48 Skyway bridge closed

2012-06-24 17.58.48 Skyway bridge closed

While I was there, a cruise ship came out of the mist and went right under.  This is in about 25 mph winds.  It was kind of mysterious the way it appeared out of the mist and then just slipped right under the bridge.  From the perspective it looks like it barely fit.

2012-06-24 18.18.20 Cruise ship under Tampa Bay Skyway bridge

2012-06-24 18.18.20 Cruise ship under Tampa Bay Skyway bridge

I took a video of it too. This is CapnRehab’s first venture into video. (Just practicing for when I get my GoPro)

Book Review – The Sea Wolf by Jack London

The Sea Wolf by Jack London

The Sea-Wolf (Dover Thrift Editions)

Click here to get it from amazon as an eBook optimized for Kindle for $0.99.

Click here to access this book as free e-book from the Guttenberg project.   Since I don’t have an e-book reader, I’m not sure if that is the correct link to get an ebook or if it just gives you a web page where you can read it.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars rating.

It is no wonder that this book rates as good literature.  It is a fascinating story of character development as our hero goes from being a “gentleman” used to having others do everything for him to being able to stand on his own two feet.

The setting is a sailing schooner that is part of the seal hunting fleet (it never says specifically, but I think sometime in the late 1880’s ).  It is an essay on human nature and the nature of life, wrapped up in an adventurous love story.  Jack London said it was based on a real life sea captain he knew.

There are two main characters in the story.  “Wolf” Larson is larger than life, dominating the narrative, the characters and the plot.  He is absolutely certain in his conviction that the purpose of life is to live, no more, no less.   Humphrey Van Weyden is the gentlemen used to having others take care of things for him and living off of investments made by his father.  He is convinced of the immortality of the soul and forced to stand on his own two feet or die in the harsh environment of both elements and men.  Their dialog is riveting and there are of course storms, shipwrecks, fights and all sorts of water based adventures as people are driven to desperation by the cruelties of Wolf Larsen.

I actually read this book as a child.  I just finished it again (listening to it on CD)  on my long drives to work.  It made the time fly by.  Definitely worth the read.

Star Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore’s inner harbor!

I got some negative feedback on the larger format pictures, so unless I hear a lot of good feedback, I’m going back to the smaller format.

This past weekend I was at the inner harbor in Baltimore enjoying the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812.  They called it the Sailabration.

Many large sailing ships came from all over the world.  We waited in line to go on one, the ship from Mexico.

Ecuadorian cadets stand on the yardarms of the Guayas tall ship as it departs Baltimore on Tuesday.

We didn’t get to see it in action like this, but we did go on the ship.  I had a great talk with one of the young officers.  He was fresh out of their naval academy and said he signed on for a 7 month to 1 year tour with the ship.  They are heading to Spain and he said it was supposed to take them 24 days.  Wow, that would be great to add to your life experiences!

2012-06-16 mexican sailing ship "Cuauhtemoc"

2012-06-16 mexican sailing ship “Cuauhtemoc”

While we were on it the blue angels gave a flying demonstration over the fort.

The main air show was some distance away from us, but I think the pilots made an effort to fly over the harbor after they made their passes over the fort.  I love the sound of jets!

Mr & Mrs CapnRehab

Mr & Mrs CapnRehab

It was a madhouse of people, but it was still fun.  Our lack of patience for waiting in line meant we only got to go on the one ship, but is was fun seeing the others.  We took a water taxi ride (which was great!) that gave us close up views of lots of other ships.

2012-06-16 US Ship "Constellation"

2012-06-16 US Ship “Constellation”

Not exactly a sailing ship, but the japan coast guard put in an appearance too.

2012-06-16 Japan Coast Guard

2012-06-16 Japan Coast Guard

I found this cool video of the ships leaving port.