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Fishing Santa Cruz

We kicked off Memorial Day Weekend with a cold, overcast fishing trip to Santa Cruz.  Sea conditions were mild, and the 2.5nm row out to the reef was warming.

After about 45 seconds of fishing with the new Point Wilson Dart, we hooked up this undersized little rockfish.

Annika soon hooked herself this little Ling, which we likewise threw back.

Some sealions entertained us in a kelp bed on our way back.  We also saw jellies, seals, dolphin, and a sea otter.

Still chilly as we arrive in harbor.

The new rec/racing cat Lightspeed 32 was rigging in the parking lot.  I had read about it in Latitude 38, it looked like a fast and very high quality boat.

Boats in Film (1)
The Talented Mr. Ripley

Once in a great while you will see an interesting boat in a movie.  The start of a continuing series.

In The Talented Mr. Ripley (links: book, movie), Tom Ripley is a poor ‘nobody’ who wishes he were the rich and handsome Dickie Greenleaf.  Dickie’s father lives on Park Avenue, and owns a boatyard.  Frankly, I’d be happy just having Dickie’s boat, seen here.   The setting is Italy in the early ’50s, the boat could be an S&S design, except perhaps for the smallish transom.  Can anyone tell me?

Tom spies Dickie’s boat from the beach, through binoculars.

Dickie and Marge swim from their mooring to the beach.ripley2.JPG

Two (too brief) scenes of daysailing.    



The big skiff with the little, unruly outboard (a Seagull, perchance?) in which Dickie meets his undeserved end.

Underwater Sculpture in Grenada



The Underwater Sculpture Gallery in Grenada, West Indies is a project started in May 2006 by sculptor Jason Taylor, with the support of the Grenadian Ministry of Tourism and Culture.  This is a unique artistic enterprise, celebrating Caribbean culture and highlighting environmental processes, such as coral reef re-generation.The Underwater Sculpture Park also explores the ever-changing relationships of Art and the environment, whilst providing a unique and fascinating marine park for scuba diving and snorkelling.

Please visit the link to the artist’s site.  It is brilliant. 

Sailboat ID


Walking the docks or on the water, I often find myself wondering what model a particular boat is.  With the longevity of fiberglass and the volatility of the market, there are hundreds of types out there.   Sailboats in general do not have manufacturer nameplates visible, and older boats will usually not have their original-manufacturer sails.  Two resources to help in identifying sailboats are at Good Old Boat, which has a website on identification using a sailboat’s cove stripe, and at the Montgomery Sailboat Owners Group, which publishes a Mainsail Logo Guide (excerpted above).   Could this be the next nerdy hobby, like trainspotting?

Clams on Friday


Nuns clamming Long Island Sound in 1957.  From Shorpy.

Piratedog is a pirate


… and he can’t wait to see PotC3.

Gina Lollobrigida is a mermaid


I spy with my little eye


Argonauta nodosa , the pelagic Knobby Argonaut,  watches you, while you watch him.

We can’t wait for the weekend, either


Boat plane. Or, plane-boat?


I used to be really into planes, have a ASEL-IA and so forth.  Now it is boats.  But why give up one for the other? 

Summer family fun


Memorial Day Weekend is coming up — do you have all your gear together to celebrate the start of summer with your family?

Pirates: 1924

Jewell Pathe’s Bathing Beauty Pirates capture Vitagraph Ships for “Captain Blood” in Balboa Beach, California, June 15, 1924. Photograph by M.F. Weaver.

Found at Shorpy.

Too good for kids


Arrghg me hearties, splice the main-brace, shiver me timbers, feed the parrot and pop some batteries in me hold oohh argh. Or something like that. The hoodies of the 19th Century, Pirates abounded on the open waves (fortunately less so now), and though we view them with some romanticism, they were a bunch of pariahs in need of an ASBO. Nevertheless, time (and Jonny Depp) have turned them into the happening hippies of the sea, and this beautifully detailed galleon complete with full rigging, skull and crossbone bedecked sails, gunnels bristling with canons, and even a ‘firing’ canon in the prow, is if not quite The Black Pearl, at least the coolest and most original RC boat to hit the pond this century. The paintwork is wonderfully detailed and it all looks very rough and rustic, which belies it’s rather zippy turn of speed. Powered by twin props, there’s a button on the remote that makes the canon rise, emit a sort of banging noise and glow red – it doesn’t actually fire anything as that would probably choke fish and alarm any ducks in the area. At 41cm long it’s a mighty ship, with rigging, sails, gunnels, the whole malarkey – a wonderfully regressive step forward (if that’s at all possible) in RC fun.

Buy your own here.

Jurassic (water) Park


PARIS (AFP) – Twelve footprints found in the bed of an ancient lake in northern Spain have thrown up the first compelling evidence that some land dinosaurs could swim, researchers reported Thursday.

Ancient footprints have provided compelling evidence that some dinosaurs were able to swim. The 15m (50ft) trackway was discovered in the Cameros Basin in Spain, which, 125 million years ago, in the Early Cretaceous was a vast lake.

The unusual-shaped prints suggest the animal clawed at sediment on the lake bottom as it swam in about 3m (10ft) of water. Though it has been suggested that large sauropods occasionally waded through shallow waters, it is thought that these tracks were left by a large, bipedal, carnivorous dinosaur that was not wading, but rather was using the water to support its body.

Dr Loic Costeur, a palaeontologist at the University of Nantes, France, says “The Cameros Basin has thousands of walking footprints from diverse dinosaur fauna, but when we saw these it was obvious straightaway that this was a swimming dinosaur.”

The underwater trackway is well-preserved in sandstone and is made up of 12 consecutive prints each consisting of two to three scratch marks. Ripple marks around the track suggest the dinosaur was swimming against a current, attempting to keep a straight path. Dr Costeur also stated that “The dinosaur swam with alternating movements of the two hind limbs: a pelvic paddle swimming motion.”

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