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!
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.
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!
Toward the end of May the whole gang was finally back at the Marina and the season was shaping up to be a great one. The weather forecasts for the summer weekends were looking good and it is going to be a fun relaxing summer. We launched the boat in April just before I was scheduled to take a trip to London (canceled due to a silly volcano in Iceland) and then to Tel-Aviv. As many of you may know I have a new job this summer (with not nearly all the perks = time off – as I had last summer). I am working for a company called Storwize - they do real-time data compression and I am with my good friend there Ed Walsh (the guy in the bottom left hand picture) who is our CEO. I digress. Needless to say I have been doing a bit more working this summer than boating but I am sure the end of the summer will see some catching up. Donna’s family from Peru is coming this summer and we are very excited to take them for some boat rides.
In the spirit of getting caught up, I’ll have a few short posts here just to get us back on track. Stay tuned!
Well, after a ‘late’ start – late being relative – the countdown clock said we would put the boat in the water on the 16th but the weather was too poor. However, the stars aligned (and a volcano went off) that canceled my trip to London so on Monday the 19th the Donna Julie II was launched for the 2010 season.
The trip went well, and just like the day we left, the LNG tanker was leaving the harbor so we had to wait around for a while near Donna’s office (the Design Center) and then we made it into our slip. I haven’t lost the parking touch. We docked and we are now ready for the new season.
Next weekend I’ll be in Israel so I hope that the weather isn’t good enough for boating so I don’t miss anything.
More updates to come as it is the boating season again.
Okay, I am not a fan of folks that create blog posts that say – “Sorry I haven’t updated in a while…” so I am not going to apologize. Instead I’ll tell ya about what ‘we’ (the marina folk) have been up to as best I can and tell you we are all upset the season is over and we are all looking forward to the 2010 boating season. (If you don’t believe me, I was convinced by Ryan to find a ‘count down timer’ widget to put on the blog that is counting down the days until April 16 – the day after tax day – to put the boat back in the water – check it out.)
So the big delay in the blog was after the Labor Day party I took off to Germany for 2 weeks for work. It was a great trip. The middle weekend I ran into one of my college roommates I hadn’t seen in 18 years – since college. He and his family are living in Munich. Chris took me around Munich and gave me a great tour and we got caught up – it was great.
The other season, come to find out, that a bunch of us are passionate about is the hockey season.
This year my friend Brian and I have a few seats to a bunch of Bruins games. Ryan is passionate about the B’s and on Halloween Tony, Kathy, Ryan, Paul, Betty, Frank, Dale and bunch of other folks got a box at the Bruins. They had a blast.
We will be looking forward to the Boston Boat Show this year. It is always fun to look at new toys. Rumor has it that Kathy and Tony upgraded already We shall see and are anxious to check it out.
Tony and Kathy held a great party at their house in NH for their daughter who is entering the Navy. It was great to see them, they have a great pad, and a bunch of folks from the marina showed up and we hung out and had some FANTASTIC food.
Other than that not much is going on. Donna and I frequent our favorite Korean / Japanese Restaurant in Newton called Apgujung. Jim is the bar tender there and he is super friendly and has become a good friend. He even helped us celebrate Labor Day at the Marina. I highly recommend checking out the joint. Jackie, the owner is a great guy, always makes you fell welcome and does some great experimentation w/ Sushi and other dishes.
Steve and I are also working on Paul’s new web site for Reel Pursuit. I am psyched to do it and I hope it lives up to Paul’s expectations, we want to make it great.
Donna and I are also redoing our kitchen, well I should say Donna is redoing our kitchen and I am sure it is going to be AWESOME. If you don’t know, Donna is a kitchen designer by trade – the best in Boston I may add and is the Owner Operator of Venegas and Company. If you need a kitchen in and around New England, its worth a trip to the Boston Design Center and check it out.
The marina Christmas party is in a couple of weeks and that should be fun. We have a bunch more hockey to see. I am planning on having folks over to watch the Olympics this year. Olympic hockey is always great.
Well, I am sure there will be lots more news between now and the Boat Show – which is usually the start of the Boating Blog for the season, however not sure there will be many updates between now and then. So, Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday’s and Happy New Year to all. May it be safe and I look forward to boating and blogging next season.
It’s one of the weekends we look most forward to, as well as one of the weekends we look least forward to. We look most forward to this weekend because it is one of the three weekends we all hang out at the dock or in the harbor for the whole weekend and we are with friends. This weekend was no exception and this weekend was perfect weather. We look least forward to this weekend because it means that the summer is winding down (even though I try to keep the boat in the water until mid Oct) there are only a few weekends left.
Friday Donna and I took her niece and their parents for a fun boat ride in Boston Harbor – it was a great way to start the weekend.
On Saturday Donna and I did one of our most favorite things – we anchored out at Peddock Island and just relaxed for a few hours. Then Paul from Reel Pursuit wanted to have some photos of his boat taken so he brought his boat
out into the harbor and we met up with him and Donna took about 300 pictures with the new camera – here is a great shot of Paul’s boat.
After we took our photos, Paul, Betty, Donna and I along with Steve all went to dinner. We wanted to get some good rest because Sunday was our big Labor Day party. This weekend, we decided to forgo all of the hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages and try something a bit more creative than a simple ‘meat fest’. The thing we tried this weekend was that each boat was to pick a country they wanted to represent. Then, they needed to bring to the party a food an beverage from that country. We had a diverse set of countries selected, Germany, USA (ha – Donna and I took the easy way out), Spain, BVI (British Virgin Islands – yeah, the Pussers Rum killed me), Italy, and Cuba. We had a blast. Some people even decided to dress up for the occasion. I made this fun Animoto video from some of the pictures - I hope you enjoy it. (If the movie below doesn’t play, select the hyperlink above.)
Well, only a few more weekends left of this years boating season. I think Donna and I are back on ‘boating schedule’. We put about 100 hours on the boat so far this year and it has really been a fun summer.
Stay tuned for some updates for the last few weekends and pray for an Indian Summer.