Posts Tagged ‘boat’

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 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.


Our U.S. Military Conducts Exercises in Plain View at Ocean Beach – Coast Guard Rescue Boats Practice Practice Practice

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014


Hey, you know who doesn’t train for this type of water rescue? The SFPD, which is sort of funny because they have the exact same kind of aluminum-hulled rescue boat, Marine One or whatever they call it.

Am I saying that the SFPD Marine Unit should try to replicate our Coast Guard and practice alongside the Coasties? No.

But I am saying that it’s absurd that the SFPD operates a heavy surf rescue vessel. We should give it to the government of the Philippines or something like that.


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 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!)