Archive for the ‘vessels’ Category

Hot Tub Time Machine! Don’t You Want to Party on this Aging Party Boat / Tech Incubator Tied Up at Pier 50?

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Here it is, the Maritol, seen with One Rincon in the background:

And here’s the famed on-deck hot tub, camera right:

I’ll tell you, I can’t imagine a boat like this being a party boat without its hot tub and I can’t imagine any boat like this with a hot tub not being a party boat.

So deny it all you want, party boat owners - nobody believes you.

The Biggest Coast Guard Cutter I’ve Ever Seen: Presenting the Huge USCGC Stratton – “Sponsored by Michelle Obama”

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Man, this thing is big, this Legend-class “National Security Cutter” USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752).

As seen from AT&T Park:

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First Lady Michelle Obama Commissions the USCGC Stratton

First Lady Christens USCGC Stratton

Introducing the “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco – What It’s Like to Ride an Amphibious Vehicle on the Bay

Monday, July 14th, 2014

IMO, writer Tony Hicks has got things spot-on right here in the San Jose Mercury News:

Taking the Kids: Quacking up and around the city by the bay

I just took the media cruise for the new-ish “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco - it starts at 7:30 PM.

Here’s Captain John:

Quacking away with people in another duck boat while passing by:

So that’s how things start in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then you begin a circuitous trip to the launch ramps down south of AT&T Park. I’ve never been up so high in an open vehicle, so this was a new experience, kind of like what I imagine the “hop-on hop-off” city bus tours are like.

So off you go, past the working part of Fisherman’s Wharf…

…past the Gary Danko (perennial No. 1 in the Bay Area for “Food, Service and Popularity” per Zagat)…

…through North Beach and on to Chinatown, where you look down upon the #30 Stocktons as you pass them by…

…and then through the tunnel to Union Square and then through SoMA to the launch area.

I gotta say that that was the touristy part of the tour, so check out Beth Spotswood’s take on that in the Tourist Trapped Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com if you want more on that.

So finally you get to launch – it looks like this:

And then you’re slowly cruising the bay, albeit near to shore for the most part.

This was the late-starting 7:30 PM sunset cruise so things were getting darker as we made our way past AT&T Park:

You might catch a little spray from the bay but most likely you won’t.

This riding-on-the-water part in a military-style vehicle with not all that much freeboard is an experience – I recommend it.

Then after puttering around on the water, you drive out of the water to take the Embarcadero back to the Wharf.

Looking back at the Bay Bridge through Doris and Don Fisher’s Cupid’s Span skate park / tourist hiking platform – plenty of oohs and ahs at this point here:

Interacting with happy passersby on the way home…

…while zipping past the historic F-Market streetcars:

These ducks look somewhat menacing at night, huh?

And there’s your trip:

So, you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to keep your reservation, I think.

And this tour can get quite cold and windy, needless to say.

If you want to see some more photos, there are some good ones on Yelp.

This was a great experience – I think it’d be good for tourists and locals alike.

 

America’s Cup 2014, Spreckles Lake – But Without the Death and Destruction and Cheating and the Eight-Figure Expense

Monday, July 7th, 2014

San Francisco hosting the America’s Cup  in 2013 was a giant failure.

Repito: La Copa América Fue Un Fracaso Gigante.

San Francisco hosting the Summer Olympics in 2024 (if it happens, which isn’t at all likely), will, similarly, be a giant failure.

US Military Performing Exercises Just Off of Ocean Beach on MLK Day – US Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Life Boats

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The smallest branch of our U.S military, the Coast Guard, was out practicing rescues at Ocean Beach on a national holiday, as they are want to do.

One of the $1.2 million Textron Marine 47 foot Motor Life Boats on the scene: 

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Semper Paratus (Always Ready)

How Your US Coast Guard Spent Thanksgiving at Ocean Beach: Fighting the Waves in a 47-Foot MLB – Damn!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Oh ho, look what Serge Dedina witnessed over the long four-day weekend.
Serge Dedina ‏@sergededina

“God bless the @uscoastguard -here they are training at Ocean Beach, #SanFrancisco on Thanksgiving Day. #Seamanship pic.twitter.com/ztyMGyoHZU

“Incredible photo of @uscoastguard training in big surf at Ocean Beach, SF on Thanksgiving Day. pic.twitter.com/H0LlTupKwN

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(Of course our SFPD has the same basic vessel, SFPD Marine 1, except I don’t think they’ve ever used it the way it was meant to be used. So yes it’s cool to have an all aluminum lifeboat but it’s pretty stupid for the SFPD to operate it, IMO.  In a better world, we’d just give it to the Philippines or someplace.)

Anyway, Semper Paratus (Always Ready)

Displacement: 18 t (20 short tons)[3]
Length: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)[3]
Beam: 4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)[3]
Draught: 1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)[3]
Propulsion: 2 × Detroit Diesel 6V92TA DDEC-IV engines, 435 hp (324 kW) each[3]
1,500 liter (373 usable imperial gallons) fuel capacity [3]
Speed: 25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h) maximum
22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h) cruising[3]
Range: 200 nmi (370 km) cruising[3]
Complement: 34 Persons, 4 crew, 30 passengers[3]
Armament: 1 × M240B machine gun (optional)[4]

Larry Ellison Pulled Down by the Spirit of San Francisco – A Ginger Lady Kraken Gets Revenge for Promises Broken

Friday, September 20th, 2013

No no, that’s not a leaden kingpost King Larry Ellison has in his hand. And it’s not a mixing stick to make lead slurry neither. ‘Cause you see, Larry Ellison isn’t being punished by the International Jury for actually telling a group of people to cheat during the 34th America’s Cup and he isn’t being punished for actually lengthening and weighing down kingposts himself. Actually, part of his punishment is for bad management.

So for Larry to tell people about how his cheating scandal is no big deal, well that’s wrong, in’nt?

So Larry, you seem to care ( a lot!) what people think about  you in the  415, so why don’t you pay an event fee for the America’s Cup after the fact?

I mean, you’ve already spent, what. $200,000,000 or so? What’s another 10% more?

Larry, you’re not as good a manager as you think you are. That’s why you’ve spent more money than anybody and yet you’re not succeeding.

Your WIN AT ALL COSTS approach isn’t working Lare-bear.

Just saying

The Latest from Larry Ellison’s Cheating Oracle Team USA’s HQ on Team New Zealand: “Just Beat The Fuckers”

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

So Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill just Tweeted about something posted at OTUSA HQ for tout le monde to see.

It’s an image of the team noticeboard saying,

There is no “i” in: Just beat the Fuckers.”

Thusly:

I cry foul.

That’s hardly sporting, in’nt?

And the cheating scandal that Oracle is getting penalized for, that Oracle just might sue over after it loses, that was also about Problems with team management and also about lying to the International Jury, right?

San Francisco despises Larry Ellison for a reason or two, right?

Tiny Startup Poaches Larry Ellison’s Debaculous America’s Cup – Elephanti.Com Advertises to 1000′s for Free

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Hey, you know who hates, just hates, Larry Ellison right now, even though he’s a billionaire and could help out whenever a museum needs money and whatnot? SFGov!

And you who hates, just hates SFGov right now? That’s right, or course, Larry Ellison.

But one thing they agree on is that ya gots to pay for advertising to the America’s Cup crowd. So no flying billboards are allowed in the area, for example.

Well here comes Elephanti.com. Check it:

“Elephanti is the first online showroom for retail stores and venues, where retail businesses can list their products, services and menus. For shoppers, it’s the ultimate shopping app, helping them search and find where to buy the things they need.”

And here’s its boat, with an ad on the sails at the busiest ever time the 34th America’s Cup will ever experience, a minute before the start of the first race of the Finals:

This ad must have been seen by several thousands of people.

Well played, Elephanti.

(In Soviet Russia, elephant poaches you!)

Harsh: “Hitler Reacts to Oracle Team USA’s America’s Cup Loss” – This is How the “FaceBook Generation” Rolls

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

This bit here has elements that are somewhat old and hackneyed, and yet it’s also brand new and it’s also informative: