Archive for the ‘vessels’ Category

The Life Aquatic with Bell Shimada – Our Feds Working in SF to Listen to Fish, Quietly – Apparently, “Boaty McBoatface” IS NOT the Winner in Some Vessel Naming Contests

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Our NOAAS Bell M. Shimada (R 227) goes under the Golden Gate Bridge yet again:

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Regatta de Blanc: White People + Annual THREE BRIDGE FIASCO = ??? (Also, MOTHERBOY is a Real Thing)

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

(Not to be confused with Reggatta de Blanc, back when Sting did “White Reggae,” and that was the way we liked it!)

No, this was the annual Singlehanded Sailing Society’s Three Bridge Fiasco, which certainly lived up to its name in 2018.

Of course, things started out OK last Sunday. (Can you see the building on the highest point of South East Farallon?)

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But then, look at this:

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It was a total FIRE SALE what needed attention from the Coasties:

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And then I was like, “Please don’t let this be white people, please don’t let this be white people,” and well, you know:

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So you had vessels going backwards under the bridge, going out with the tide. NTTAWWT, but I’m sure our local Bar Pilots aboard massive container ships Straight Outta Pusan didn’t appreciate all this foofarah.

Now look, it’s a tow, from MATER, get it? It’s Sir Tow Mater, KBE?

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Aint never seen this –  a sailboat towing a sailboat:

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Now this guy got all upset after I started giving him the business with my DJI Mavic Pro Quadcopter Plus II, you know, for like five minutes – geez what a sore loser!

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No no, actually, the shot above is yet another one from the Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk and actually, dude looked totally competent, why not.

And these ppl too, they did fine – I guess they just got caught up with the TBF:

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But here’s how things ended, for some:

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Sad!

Oh well.

Anyway, here at the racing results for 2018, with just a 1% completion rate.

Oh, and fans of Arrested Development will be gratified to learn that MOTHERBOY is a real thing, at least it is at the St. Francis Yacht Club. See?

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(I came across this when I was trying to find out about the recent fiasco. You’re welcome.)

In closing, you beat me to the punch, yes, it was a “fiasco.” But I am therefore disarmed, if this affair was basically what was intended. And, unlike the America’s Cup, it didn’t cost John and Joan Q Taxpayer eight(!) figures in subsidy. So carry on, Fiascoers, but let’s be careful out there…

Frisco Bay Runs on Oil – Tankers All Over – And More are Coming

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Count them, in Anchorage 8/9:

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This is where the Exxon Valdez used to hang out, before it got banned from the Bay Area. Then its sister ships took over.

Anyway, here’s the news:

Phillips 66 Seeks Huge Increase in Tanker Traffic to Rodeo Refinery

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Just saying…

It’s Inevitable that People Will Crash Into Whales on Kite Boards, Sail Boards and Boats – There’s No Whale Vision Zero

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

As seen from the Golden Gate Bridge:

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So here’s the deal – you’ve got sail boarders going back and forth from Crissy Field to Horseshoe Cove at the same time you have humpback whales going up and down getting sardines.

This person knows that whales are in this area these days. If you see a whale going down, you can guess that it will pop up again in about the same area in about two minutes.

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So if there’s a collision, this isn’t necessarily running into whales on purpose, which seems to what’s worrying some in Frisco these days.

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Same thing for kite boarders

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This here is from Fort Point on a foggy evening:

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These sail boaters are more or less hanging out with the whales, going back and forth in a small area between Alcatraz and the GGB:

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They’re on their own whale watching tour:

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But I didn’t see any whale strikes on this day.

Now, back up to the bridge, this was the last time I was up there. This 40 foot sailboat had just tacked going upwind and then up comes a whale. The boat hit the whale but it was more of a glancing blow. The boaters weren’t aiming for the whale as they couldn’t even see it until after they hit it – it’s just something that happens.

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VisionZero is a governmental promise that nobody will ever get injured / killed in transportation accidents in San Francisco from 2024 to eternity. IMO it’s shameful to promote the idea that there’s any kind of chance of this actually occurring IRL – somehow the politics of the situation has people doing this, oh well.

But what about whales? If you want to live in a world without whales getting hit by watercraft, you’d need to ban watercraft from transiting the Golden Gate when the whales are around. That would be Vision Zer whale strikes, I don’t think that’s practical.

The whale above did fine. It floated about for a while and then went back to fishing.

So I don’t know. Let’s be careful out there, but these types of incidents are inevitable when you have so many whales about in the summertime…

Hornblower Vessel Appears to Go Woo Woo in Our San Francisco Bay

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Here it is, docked just north of the Ferry Building as it was ejecting some clear liquid astern, fine,…

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…and some brown liquid up front:

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So what’s this stuff?

IDK

What’s MARSEC (Maritime Security) LEVEL 1 at Our Ferry Building? Well, It’s Nothing Like DEFCON 1

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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Busy Frisco, Ships Everywhere – Tanker, Container, Container

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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If You Liked the (Now-Banned) COSCO Busan, You’ll Love the COSCO Fortune – It’s Twice as Big – As Seen From the Bay Bridge

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The Cosco Fortune is twice as heavy as the infamous Cosco Busan, so I’d call that twice as big.

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Anyway, let’s hope we learned our lesson from a decade ago…

Sand Boat Instagram, Rodeo Beach 94941

Monday, November 14th, 2016

CF4804HT betwixt Rodeo Lagoon and Rodeo Cove:

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Paging Mr. Herman: A Fully Operational James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The newish James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 – it was either this or another Pier 39-type operation. Anyway, this is the first I’ve ever really seen this glassy building up there in the Tourist District.  I doubt I’ll ever go there myself:

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And here’s Ruby Princess berthed at Pier 27 in front of Frisco’s third big bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael. That’s Red Rock Island in the middle there. It’s for sale. It’s always for sale:

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And on the left is the JC, which is shut down now, but will open again, they say.

It’s always opening soon…