Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Buoy Runs

Ron in the Boston Whaler off the stern of our boat this morning

Frank leaving his slip on Blue Hawaiian with Ron standing by in the Whaler

Frank and Bud realizing they'd lost their steering ~ it's always one of those F#@$%^!!!*# moments

Ron’s booked every day this week to assist fellow mariners do their buoy runs. The State now requires every boat to leave the marina and circle the buoys to prove they can, at least, leave their boat slips. 

I just took the pics (above) off the stern of my boat as our buddy Frank (who’s never left his slip in 7 years) was going to try his buoy run. He backed out of his slip and put it in forward only to find that he had lost his steering. Ron’s riding in the Boston Whaler and was able to maneuver the houseboat back into the slip. I just checked and all three guys are bent over the engine, scratching their heads. Aaaahhh boat life. 

There’s a reason for the new buoy run rule ~ which you’ll see in the pics below. There are many “floating vessels” that one can loosely describe as a boat but would not be capable of any seafaring. These are the boats that usually sink or wash up on shore after a storm and the rest of us have to pay for the clean-up. They’ve managed, somehow, to find loopholes in the inspection rules but no more. Everyone does a buoy run or they lose their boat slip. Since several boats crashed and burned while doing their runs, folks have asked Ron to assist in case the engine fails and they start heading for the rocks. For many of us, our boats are our homes and leaving the tranquil waters of a secure harbor can be a nail-biting situation. 

I think this one could cross the Pacific, don't you?

This one might be able to fly across the Pacific...dunno

Two story floating...something

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