Saturday, November 28, 2015

Escape from Black Friday 2015

They'll never find us here in the Devil's Den!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rollover Day for the Point Comfort 23, Or, The Biggest Boat Sebago Ever Rolled!

As I think I'd mentioned here a while back, we had a very exciting event at Sebago on November 7th. Holy cow, that long ago? I was thinking weekend before last but it was the weekend before the weekend before last - did I mention work's been crazy? Yes? Repeatedly, you say? Oops, sorry. Anyways, to get back to the point, it was the day when we rolled the biggest boat we've ever rolled - and on dry land, even!

Kayak committee members are always rolling our kayaks, but on the 7th, a whole crew of Sebagoites got together to roll the Point Comfort 23, the sharp new committee boat/safety boat that Sebago's new boatbuilding committee has been working on all summer. As you can see above, they've been constructing her upside-down, so all we've seen of her is her bottom (hehhehheh, I said bottom, hehheh -- and a fine bottom it is, innit?). The photo above was taken back in October, at the beginning of the final piece of this stage of construction, namely painting; a few coats of paint later and it was time to turn her over so that work on her interior can begin. 

It was an impressive effort, and I'd been cleared to paddle at this point but not to help lift twenty-three foot boats, so I took lots and lots and LOTS of pictures, which I finally had time to sort through last weekend, when Saturday ended up being a quiet day of catching up at home. Click here to visit the Flickr album. 

No captions, but the stages were - 1. Rolling the boat (unfortunately TQ and I only caught the tail end of that, Jim had rigged up pulleys to help stabilize and it looked like it would've been an interesting process to observe); 2. Bringing our antique war canoe back into the boat shed and raising her up to her winter home; 3. Preparing the base to receive the now rightside-up boat (this was an interesting combination of brute force - the fellas had a blast with the sledgehammers! - and the finest attention to detail - final adjustments involved a laser levelling device for precision) 4. Moving the boat back into the shed - and then finally the results of the naming contest (the winner was Canarsian).

And of course after that we had a feast. This IS the Sebago Canoe Club we're talking about!  

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Link #2 - Great Hokule'a article in the New York Times!

Argh! It was such a good plan - link a day for the rest of the week and then I couldn't even keep up with that. What a week! Anyways, finally coming back with the second link, which is to a great article about Hokule'a in the NY Times (illustrated online with this beautiful photo by Na’alehu Anthony of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and ‘Oiwi TV). 

It's from a while back, I didn't have a chance to go look at it when the word went out among some of my friends at Halawai but fortunately Sam Low, author of Hawaiki Rising (that's his FB page, here's the Goodreads review), reposted it last week. Very good article, nice to see extensive mention of 'Iolani alumna Jenna Ishii! :D 

 Hokule'a is in South Africa now - I think I saw on the PVS website that they are now actually as far from Hawai'i as they are going to be, and it looks like they are having an amazing visit there. Continued best wishes to the wa'a and her crew, I'm so looking forward to her visit here in June! Click here for the article. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Good news for the Peking (with special bad food-pun)

So. Wow. Work. So much work. Albakitty came from some deep overwork silly place, I said something to someone who was looking for FB kitties about all the kitties being busy at the G20, and offered a nice fluffy albatross instead, and then I thought, "Hey, he actually looks a little bit like a kitty" and then of course I had to go play with him on MSPaint and there you go, Albakitty. Hoping things quiet down next week, I have about 3 sets of photos I haven't had time to go through yet. Figured I would post Albakitty just to confuse people and/or let folks know I didn't go anywhere (just my cubicle).  
For the rest of this week, I have a few links to share. I'll start with the good news about the Peking that's been circulating on the salty sites recently - the Peking has finally found a new home! Flat Stanley could so easily have gone off on another tangent when we visited the Peking in late October, but that post had already gotten way more complicated then I probably should have let it, seeing as Flat Stanley's post was supposed to be for first graders, so I didn't go into that.  However, with this new news, it's time to say YAY and share it!

As you may or may not know, the fate of that handsome old cargo ship has been up in the air for a time; the South Street Seaport has been in the retrenching process, oh, pretty much since Hurricane Sandy, and at some point in the recent past, they made the hard decision to let one of the three tall ships in their collection go and the lot fell on the largest of the three, the Peking. It's sad, I'll miss seeing her, but the substantial silver lining is that the Wavertree, their other really big tall ship (I'm counting Pioneer as a tall ship, so she's the third) is now off being overhauled - she's never really been open to the public, as far as I can recall, but I was lucky enough to get to spend an afternoon hanging out in her wardroom one winter when what was supposed to be a short stop to rinse out the Rosemary Ruth's water tanks ended up having to be extended until the current lessened (here was the trip report from that day, that was a fun one to write), and as I recall, she was really quite lovely, and I was tickled when I read posts on The Old Salt Blog and Tugster about her being sent over to Cadell's in Staten Island for some serious TLC.

But I was even more tickled last week when I read that the last loose end in the South Street Seaport shuffle of the ships was tied up and that the hundred and four year old (!) Peking had found a new home (and a wonderfully appropriate one) in Hamburg, Germany, the very city where she was built in 1911. Click here to read more about it on the Working Harbor Committee blog.

And to close, here is the worst photographic food-pun I've ever made. OK, I think it's the ONLY photographic food-pun I've ever made, but still. Get it? Get it? HA HA HA HA HA! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sunday, November 08, 2015

A little more subway art -

Big doin's at the club this weekend, the club succeeded in rolling the biggest boat we've ever rolled - on dry land! Plus I got to go paddling - never dreamed I would be back on the water just a month after my surgery but I was and although it was a short one, it was great. Will post about both of those soon, haven't had a chance to go through my pictures from the rollover yet, hope I can squeeze that in soon although I have a busy week ahead.

However, my last post (er, I mean the last Frogma post, by guest blogger Flat Stanley) talked a lot about the Arts for Transit program, and I thought it was rather serendipitous that one of the SD cards I used yesterday turned out to still have the photos from the fishless fishing trip I mentioned in one of my Hawaii posts but never actually posted about on it, so those got uploaded again, including a set of a subway art feature that pretty much stopped me in my tracks as I was heading for the boat. I rode the Franklin Avenue Shuttle from Prospect Park to get to Broad Channel; I'd never done that before and the stained glass installation there is absolutely spectacular. It's called Life and Continued Growth, it's by artist Eric Prior, here's the artist's explanation of the work, and here are my pictures. Click on the first one for better view, this is it for words today. Enjoy!