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Bloviating Zeppelin: Io Sono Fuori In Vacanza

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Io Sono Fuori In Vacanza

That's "I'm away on vacation" in Italian.

I left late Saturday for the Fornicalia coast with my beautimous wife. We stopped in Williams, Fornicalia, for a ton of garlic.

This is our view, now, out the patio door:


We'll be here for about ten days. During that time I'll be blogging as well, because the internet connection in the room is decent. I won't be thinking about work at all. I decided (though I am conflicted) not to answer work e-mails off-duty any more. Nada. Finito. Done. Zip. Zero. The Null Set.

In the meantime, as I was driving about whilst my beautimous wife tanned and got even darker, I chanced upon a new boat in the latter phase of construction adjacent Noyo Harbor; see the photographs at the very bottom of this post (click to make them much larger).

This area is home to the Van Peer Boatworks (which, sadly, has no official website). Chris Van Peer has been building and registering boats since 1978 (see the chart).

Van Peer Boatworks, Fort Bragg CA

Most recent update: September 12, 2011.


Van Peer Boatworks is one of the leaders on the West Coast in fishing vessel construction. The shipyard does not have a web site. You can see it from the air on Google here, although it's a bit fuzzy.

Hull # Original Name Original Owner Type GT Built Disposition
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3





4 Jersey Girl Ingman, M. Fishing Vessel 39 1978

Active

5





6





7






Capella Caldwell Enterprises Fishing Vessel 49 1979

Active

8 Blackhawk Ponts, C.J. Fishing Vessel 52 1980

Active

9 Lady Launa
Fishing Vessel 109 1981

Now "Star of the Sea"

10 Reality Curry, John H., Jr. Fishing Vessel 71 1982

Active

11 Island Pride Haltiner, D.R. Fishing Vessel 68 1982

Active

12 Sleep Robber Escolar, W.N., Jr. Fishing Vessel 17 1983

Active

13 Silver Express Akers, F.J. Fishing Vessel 17 1983

Active

14 Southeast Evens, R.N. Fishing Vessel 107 1986 Active
15 Rose Lee Eide, M.L. Fishing Vessel 59 1988

Active

16 Jeanine Kathleen Ingman, R.L. Fishing Vessel 85 1990

Active

17





18





19





20





21 Chasina Bay Haynes, H.C. Fishing Vessel 118 1994

Active

22 Infinity Melling, D.L. Fishing Vessel 111 1995

Active

23





24 Anna Lee Giannini, J. Fishing Vessel 93 1996

Now "Spectre"

25 Stella Stella Fishing Vessel 116 1998 Active
26





27 Jes An Estes Fisheries Fishing Vessel 123 2005 Active
28 Fierce Leader Fierce Leader, Inc. Fishing Vessel 124 2007 Active
29 Chasina Bay Harold C. Haynes Fishing Vessel 97 2010 Active
30 Brooke Michelle Brooke Michelle LLC Fishing Vessel 109 2011 Active

I wrote about his most recent boat, the Chasina Bay, in February of 2010:

I went to the indicated website, Chasina Bay Charters, and discovered that this boat is set to launch in May of this year (2010), and is the featured vessel in the Chasina Bay Charters company.

According to the website, the vessel is a 75-foot expedition yacht that will ply the waters in and around Ketchikan, Alaska. One planned itinerary includes 8 days of crabbing, whale watching, kayaking, fishing, nature viewing, beach combing and hiking.

Sounds great, doesn't it? With one small caveat: click on the tab that indicates "rates & reservations." Booking the boat, which can berth 8 persons, is $22,000 for the first four days, and $4,800 each additional day thereafter.

Let's see: for that 8-day trip I mentioned above, your tab would be $41,200.

Nice work if you can get it -- and nice cash, if you can afford it in this economy.

The Chasina Bay did in fact launch from Noyo Harbor in Ft Bragg, as documented on video here:



That said, there's a new boat in town.

I don't know its name, I don't know its potential buyer, but I know that it's being built by the Van Peer Boatworks much closer to Noyo Harbor than before (as opposed to half a mile farther away on Highway 20). As in: let's not have to travel so far to launch and float this boat.

Fishing vessels, and other boats, are frequently like icebergs: much of their bulk lies hidden beneath the water line. As you can see above, the draft of this boat (the measurement of how far the boat's hull will extend underwater) appears to be huge -- at least to the untrained non-boat-builder's eye like mine. An excellent article on determining a boat's draft can be found here.


In this view, you can see the vessel under construction directly adjacent South Harbor Drive off of Highway 20, on the south side of Noyo Harbor itself. Here one can access the Harbormaster and the Coast Guard. Click on the photograph to enlarge it, and notice the size of the boat as compared to the red pickup truck on the left.

It's my understanding that the bulbous nose at the bow of boats and ships helps to reduce drag, increase speed and stability, which also helps with fuel economy. Technically, it is called a "bulbous bow." The fishing vessel Time Bandit on Deadliest Catch, for example, acquired a bulbous bow refit in 2008. Captain Andy Hillstrand said that the new nose also adds roughly 20,000 pounds of lift to the bow.


Here is a satellite view of Noyo Harbor and its area.

The weather should be quite nice during our stay, with some clouds and fog but, according to the weather, no rain. And with that, I bid thee adieu.

"Fair skies and favoring winds" to you.

BZ

P.S.
I just visited the Chasina Bay Charters website, where one can rent that 75-foot custom-built yacht as it plies Alaskan waters and noticed -- at the very bottom of the site -- that the Chasina Bay (admittedly, a beautifully-appointed boat) is for sale after only a little over one year in service. At $41,000 for an eight-person, eight-day trip, I can understand why.

12 Comments:

Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

Avere un buon tempo!

Tue Oct 25, 06:40:00 PM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Have a GREAT vacation, you need it... And likely, deserve it too... The Dept can and WILL get along just fine... Eat drink and be MERRY...

Tue Oct 25, 08:06:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

For those of you who just tuned in, WSF said: "have a good time"!

TF, thank you sir, won't be going away, and will be commenting away.

BZ

Tue Oct 25, 08:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Enjoy your vacation!

I rarely take vacations any longer, but when I did, I rarely blogged. I had to get away from blogging, too. But, hey, that's me.

Wed Oct 26, 02:10:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

Bing translator.

Wed Oct 26, 11:50:00 AM PDT  
Blogger dmurray said...

Volare! Oh, oh! Competing with the St. Regis for worst car I can think of. Its Italian, right! What?

Have more fun, homes.

DM

Wed Oct 26, 03:57:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

St. Regis? Police car version's chassis lived on for many years as the Dodge Dakota Pickup.

Wed Oct 26, 06:23:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AOW: I'm weird that way; as I type this, the sun is going down under the horizon. I find writing and blogging under these conditions very relaxing. Go figure.

WSF: binGO!

Sir Dave: and what should I encounter on Highway 20 around Clear Lake near the Dairy Queen in Lucerne? Yes, that's right, a 1960 NASH METROPOLITAN in PERFECT shape, blue and white, with the top down!

BZ

Wed Oct 26, 06:37:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

WSF:

Actually, the St Regis was based on Chrysler's RWD R-Body, which is not the same as the smaller Dakota frame. The Dakota pickup may have been originally based on the Diplomat chassis -- which followed the St Regis for a number of years.

The St Regis was likely the WORST cop car I was ever forced to drive. The stories I could tell.

On my department, we called it the St. Slow-gis.

BZ

Wed Oct 26, 07:25:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

WSF:

Plus:

Diplomat & Aspen = same chassis.

BZ

Wed Oct 26, 07:48:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Saint Michael Come To Our Defense said...

"...In the meantime, as I was driving about whilst my beautimous wife tanned and got even darker..'

I've noticed the prettier the woman the uglier the husband... my wife was drop dead gorgeous.

I hope you have a great time in Italy.

try not to spoil your wife's vacation.

Leave being a cop back home.

ciao

*

Thu Oct 27, 05:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bubbles said...

How wonderful! I guess this is how you are celebrating your life on this very special day. Happy B-day!

Fri Oct 28, 09:32:00 AM PDT  

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