Posts Tagged ‘boat’

Catching Up with the NEW Stow Lake Boat House – Photos – It’s Just the Same, Except for the “PRIVATE EVENTS”

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Well, I guess the transition to the new vendor at our Stow Lake Boat House in Golden Gate Park is fully complete, not that you could really tell. Four Yelp stars, currently.

Things were a little contentious for a while there, what with the crew from Save Stow Lake, who supported the former vendor what operated this place. Get a taste of that conflict here. (And see what became of SaveStowLake.org down below – it’s kind of funny.)

Here it is, looking more like Camp Crystal than what you’d expect to see in Frisco:

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Here’s your seating area for the cafe. The worry back in the aughts was that this room was going to go upscale, become an upscale dining establishment. That didn’t happen.

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Now back in the day, the old vendor simply raised prices without telling/getting permission from Rec and Park, so today’s prices are basically the same as back in the aughts. The new Family Boat seats six, I figure.

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Le Cafe, complete with pink popcorn for sale, as was desired by the alarmist preservationists who supported the former vendor:

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Oh, this is new – room rentals

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I don’t think the Save Stow Lake people saw this coming, ’cause I don’t recall them complaining about the specter of private parties in a public park, oh well. I think it’s like $100 an hour to have a birthday party in a rented room these days. Naturally, visitors will think a bathroom is where all the people are milling about, so this sign keeps them out and points them across the street, fair ‘nough.

Now if conditions get too rough for you out on the high seas of this quite artificial “lake,” well you can always dial the snack bar and they’ll talk you home, like the air traffic controllers from Airport ’75

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So that’s your update.

Now, here’s what’s become of SaveStowLake.org. So who’s selling what here? IDK, but, from Japan, it’s the “Telephone Lady” who has tax tips for you:

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Anyway, that’s the bizarre end to the bizarre movement to “save” Stow Lake, which of course is still with us even though these Save Stow Lake people lost, big-time.

Happy Boating!

Did a “Rogue Wave” Overturn SFFD Marina District’s Rescue Boat? CERTAINLY NOT – How About a Sneaker, Sleeper or Set Wave Instead?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Ahem:

There has been speculation among officials that the boat capsized due to a large, rogue wave, although the matter is still under investigation.”

Non, non, non!

Regarder:

Rogue waves (also known as freak waves, monster waves, episodic waves, killer waves, extreme waves, and abnormal waves) are large and spontaneous surface waves that occur far out in open water, and can be extremely dangerous, even to large ships such as ocean liners.”

Ocean Beach aint in open water, right?

So SFGov spokesmodels should pick a different adjective.

How about sneaker wave? You know, the kind that sneak up on the unwary. Or sleeper wave, for the sleepyheaded mariner. Or set wave, if you’re a surfer.

Speaking of which, take a look:

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I suppose, if you don’t know what you’re doing, then you could try to pass the buck by calling this a rogue wave (or an Act of God). But that would just go to show that you didn’t know what you’re doing.

Oh here we go, CNN does my job for me here.

How common was the wave what overturned our rescue boat? Was it a once in a day wave, or a once every ten years wave? IDK. But it certainly wasn’t a rogue wave.

If only we had a highly trained branch of the US military stationed nearby, standing by to help people in the water…

Semper Paratus, Gentle Reader

Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay During Our Great Drought – The Bay Looks Tough To Get In And Out Of These Days

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Here’s a snapshot from last year

…and here’s a snapshot from this year:

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Yet Another James Bond Villain Yacht in SF Bay: Galeocerdo – A “Tiger Shark” with Three Turbine Engines

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

AKA WallyPower 118, AKA Wally 118.

This thing gets 15 gallons to the mile.

As photographed by Paul Kaplan at Gas House Cove in The Marina on January 2, 2015:

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And look, it super-impressed the SFMOMA in SoMA a decade back:

The WallyPower is … being honored by the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art as the sole boat in its major architecture and design exhibition, “Glamour: Fabricating Affluence,” which runs from October 9 2004 to January 16 2005.”

And hey, did thing get pulled over by the US Coast Guard last year? I think so.

That’s your James Bond Villain Yacht In SF Bay Update.

Who’s Looking Out for San Francisco Taxpayers? The Republican Caucus of the State Senate – America’s Cup Fiasco

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Well, Larry Ellison has decided to take his little boat race to Bermuda for 2017. Now here’s the coda to his scandal-plagued 2013 effort in the 415. It was written last year but it’s still pretty much up to date:

Briefing Report: America’s Cup – The Economic Boon That Wasn’t

What a burn.

From the conclusion of the analyst’s full report:

Because both the America’s Cup Organizing Committee’s fundraising and tax revenues generated by the America’s Cup events fell short of the original projections, the City’s General Fund incurred net costs of nearly $6.0 million and the Port incurred net costs of nearly $5.5 million, totaling nearly $11.5 million.

Moreover, according to the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office, it would appear that San Francisco also failed to meet expectations of job creation and small business involvement:

The impact of America’s Cup tourism on hotel occupancy was minimal with increases in hotel occupancy rates during the events generally less than one percentage point versus prior non-event years.

The Event Authority did not notify or work with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) to recruit San Francisco residents for Event Authority Contracts in 2012.

The America’s Cup provided jobs for 517 city residents out of a total of 2,800 jobs (note original projections stood at 8,840 new jobs).

Neither the Event Authority nor OEWD sufficiently tracked small business participation in Event Authority contracts.

What an embarrassment.

Training Day: US Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Life Boat at Mile Rock

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Semper Paratus:

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Lake Merced vs. Lake Merritt: Oakland’s Large Pond is Just Like Ours But Ours Has MORE Gunshots

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Believe it or not.

The old pink-tannish boat house at Lake Merced:

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If you’re looking for the West Coast crew scene, this is it – pretty much a handful of UCSF stus who rowed at Fair Harvard and/or their east coast prep schools, back in the day.

All right, stroke, stroke, stroke…

Sam: What regiment was that?

Spence: The 22nd Special Air Service.

Sam: What’s the color of the boathouse at Hereford? [repeats]

Spence: I don’t like your attitude.

Sam: What’s the color of the boathouse -…

Spence: Fuck off!

Sam: What’s – -you got the gun. I’m unarmed. Do something. Go ahead. Do something. DO SOMETHING.

[Spence spills the coffee cup and Sam subdues him]

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

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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.