Its been one of those summers. A lot of activity going on, a new puppy and the weather not always cooperating, there haven’t been a ton of days on the boat this summer. Kind of a bummer really. The 4th of July was fun, nice 4 days on
the boat but I think we could tell that after 4 days, little Diver couldn’t wait to get back on land.
We have also gone to dinner at the new harbor side restaurants, anchored at Peddock and relaxed some and gone out with family.
There has been some interesting sailing activity in the harbor this summer with all of the newness of South Boston. This year we have also taken a few fishing trips on the Reel Pursuit which has been a ton of fun. Our friends Brian and Jenny have had their twins Isaac and Phoebe and everyone is doing well.
The Dive Inn went on the Martha’s Vinyard shark tournament this year and they caught 3 dog fish and a 200lb Maco. I am sure that was a great trip. Wish I was there but while I thought I would have a lot of free time this summer, I haven’t had that yet.
Good news is we have been doing a lot of video. We will be putting together some sort of compilation to show toward the end of the summer.
Good news is, Donna and I are on vacation this week so we are off to the boat today for a day or so, then the weekend, at least as long as the weather holds out.
The rain here in Boston has given us a slow start to the boating season this year. However, this weekend should be good enough to kick it off with all of our friends down a the marina. Also, this year we have a new addition to the family – Diver Dog! She is AWESOME and we really hope she loves hangin on the boat.
We should also point out that as of right now the Boston Bruins are 1 game away from “winning” (need to say that like Charlie Sheen) their conference and going on to the Stanly Cup finals. This year has been a good year as a ticket holder and we have seen some great games. I do think they can take out Tampa but the next round will be hard. This will be their fist trip to the big show in at least 20 years. Lets hope they don’t disappoint. Go B’s!
I must be honest that most of us have been giving our good friend Steve a lot of grief on falling behind in his blog updates. We recently went on a winter trip to Bass Pro to purchase tackle for the season but mostly to get the idea of spring in our minds. That night I came across a quote that made a lot of sense to me. It was this “Learn to manipulate the elasticity of time to be able to enjoy the good times a bit longer.” I thought about it and the way most of us count down the winter days until spring arrives. This time is full of possibilities as boats are put back in the water, first trips of the season are made and old Friends return to the things we all love. It is this time when all that summer can be is possible, we have the ability to take any trip we can imagine, catch countless Tuna on Sacco’s boat and only imagine the fun Frank and Dayle will encounter on the newest boat in the E dock fleet. Paul at this point has caught a fish on every trip he will make, and in my mind this season we will take the boats out more then any other year. So I will leave you all with this, take this time to enjoy the moments we know will be enjoyed this upcoming season as well as the ones we have all had. I Truly believe that by manipulating things this way you can sneak through the last days of winter with a smile on your face.
Wow – What can I say? I hate those guys who take forever to update their blogs but this season was a bit crazy. I had a new job this boating season for a startup company and well, needless to say, seven trips to Israel later and it was tough to stay on top of the blog. I used the time to be on the boat instead of write. (The good news is we sold the company so I’ll be more up to date on the blog this season.)
Speaking of time on the boat, this summer was great. Good weather and Donna’s family came to Boston for 2 weeks and we spend some great time on the boat. We also took the family fishing on Reel Pursuit charters with our good friend Captain Paul and the man of the hour was Donna’s cousin Cesar who caught a 36″ stripped bass. We cooked it up and ate it and it was delicious!
We also did a lot of relaxing on the boat with the family. Afternoons on the water, anchored and swimming. It was all good fun.
Some boaters never cease to amaze me. Last weekend Donna and I went to AquaPalooza 2010 Boston. We got there a bit early (11:00) and got a nice spot to hear the music and lounge on our boat. Before you know it there were 500 boats all piled up in Perry’s cove near Peddock Island. One such boater decided to anchor his 50′ SeaRay in front of a bunch of boats that were rafted up. Needless to say this guy didn’t have any clue what he was doing, nor should he have been in a boat of that size near any other boats trying to anchor. The guy tossed his anchor out right on top of the anchor that was holding 3 boats rafted together (another no-no for anyone who knows anything about boating). As the SeaRay tried to set his anchor by backing down on it, he started to drag the anchor of the 3 rafted boats. Now all 4 boats were drifting into a series of boats that were all rafted together causing a great deal of panic among everyone.
With his anchor line now tangled and causing havoc, the guy in the 50′ SeaRay decided to cut his anchor line and high tail it out of dodge – only to leave the 3 rafted boats, now floating, uncontrollably, toward a number of other anchored boats.
It was at that moment Donna came up to the helm, turned on the blower switch and said “We are out of here!”.
Guys (and Gals), its ALL ABOUT BOATING SAFETY out there on the water. Its not just you in your 50′ boat trying to show off, there are 100′s of other folks out just trying to have a good time. Be cognizant of what is going on around you. Just because you have a little $ doesn’t entitle you to anything out there on the water. Think! When traveling around a bunch of boats in an anchorage, it is obviously a no wake zone, so treat it as such.
This brings up another great story my dad sent to me which comes from Cape Town So. Africa. I learned most all of my water skills from my Dad. He is always making sure that you understand mother nature when your out on the water and be especially careful of marine wild life. Donna and I love to go to Stellwagen and see the whales and sometimes, before you know it they can be pretty close. This guy obviously got too close.
Now, I have to think that the whale did more than $5,000 worth of damage, but do you think this guy will ever get that close to marine wild life again?
My dad is actually coming to visit me tomorrow and we are going for a nice boat ride and I am looking forward to it.
Every 4th of July Donna’s uncle and his friends come down to the boat and this year was no exception. It was a wonderful day. Uncle Herbie, Jimmy & Sharon and Arthur and Lauraine came down for a nice ride. The sun was out, it was hot but the seas were very calm. Donna had got some lobster meat the night before so we were doing to have a feast on the water. We motored out of the harbor nice and easy and kept on going for an hour or so. Again, once off shore it was beautiful. Very clam and very cool. Here is a great shot of Jimmy with the city skyline in the back ground and a great picture of Donna Julie and her Uncle Herbie.
It was a great day on the water. We motored back to the dock and relaxed until the fireworks. This year, just across from Constitution Marina there were a lot of fire works and very impressive. Here is to another great 4th.
Now who would have guessed this? Tony and Kathy picked up a new boat. The name of their boat is called Pipe Dream III. Well, as everyone at the marina will tell you it is difficult to move your “house” whenever you want to go for a boat ride so Tony picked up a nice 23′ center console for bombing around the harbor. Its a really cool boat. The name of this boat is Day Dream. Combine Day Dream, with Tony, Steve, Ryan and Paul’s spirit of adventure and you now have the newest boat in the Constitution Marina’s fishing fleet.
Day Dream makes a few trips a week and Tony and Ryan bring the fishing captain Paul out for lessons on how to fish Boston’s harbor a couple of times a week. It is a great time all around. The stripers are really running this year (as are all the fish) and as you can see here – even Ryan can catch a fish or two.
I am sure this boat may not do as much fish catching as Paul does on Reel Pursuit but I am sure there will be just as much fun. I actually went out with the guys last weekend for a morning and it was a blast. We had a great time, didn’t catch anything but had a great lunch at Marian Bay!
On July 3rd, Donna and I were headed out of the harbor for a wonderful boat ride. The sea was flat, it was really hot and I couldn’t wait to get off shore. It is usually about 10 to 15 degrees cooler off shore. As we were headed out of the harbor there was a great deal of chatter on the VHF radio, by the Coast Guard, about boats needing to go slow out by Deer Island and the South Channel. It seemed that a boat had run aground. Now this isn’t new – a lot of sail boats, not familiar with the area run aground – Donna and I have seen it a few times.
However, this time, as we came around the corner to head out to sea we saw the whale watching boat The Massachusetts.
The boat had run around and ripped open a gash in the hull with 170+ people on board. A number of people came over to the boat and helped all of the passengers off the boat. From what I understand there were only a few injuries and everyone made it off. Sea Tow also showed up and was able to keep the boat from completely sinking and help salvage the boat.
It is very bizarre that this happened. This is a very well marked channel and even buoys all around that show there are rocks everywhere. I also have to believe that a Capitan of a whale watching boat who has been doing this for a while would know this. I am looking forward to the story that comes out after this.
Besides seeing the boat almost sink, it was a very nice day to be on the water. It was cool off shore and very calm. We shut our engines down, floated for a while as I cleaned the boat top to bottom for our big day on the 4th with Donna’s Uncle and his friends.
On our way it it definitely looked like the Massachusetts was going to make it into dry dock and not to the bottom of the ocean.
It has been an interesting season at the marina so far. I believe I had mentioned that Tony and Kathy upgraded their boat at the end of last season. Now I am not sure I’d call them empty nesters but their girls are out of the house and they love the water. They spent the winter visiting their boat in NC and then brought the boat up to Boston this spring. It is beautiful as you can see on one of our trips to Peddock Island this spring. The boat is a Meridan and has a great deal of living space on it.
Additionally, not that I may have mentioned it, but our good friend Steve has also been telling us for YEARS he is going to upgrade his boat a Carver. He has had his eye on a Post for some time now.
Also, Frank, in About Time also wants to do an upgrade. We too are thinking about it. We are spending some much time on it in the summer that it just makes more sense to have a bit more living space on the boat.
Frank has had some bites on his boat and has also found a boat that he likes so that may happen.
Steve showed up at the Marina the other night in his new 46 Post – Congrats! and was able to sell his Carver. Also, Donna and I have been speaking with Dan (who we bought our first boat from) and he has a leftover 37 Colbalt that could be a good fit for Donna and I.
The next trick is – can we all still be near each other on E dock at the marina? Stay tuned to find out more!