Ship Boating Day
31 May 2014
Ship 461 held its second boating afternoon of the 2014 boating season on Saturday, 31 May 2014, at Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County. The purpose of this second outing was to conduct a preliminary sea trial on one of the Ship's two 22-foot Catalina sailboats. This particular boat was obtained by the Ship late last summer and our crew members have been working on it since that time to get it back into ship-shape.
For this initial foray into the water, we decided to test out the boat solely under power. As a result, we did not bother raising the boat's mast nor take any of the sails or rigging along. Our Skipper wanted to give some of our crew members the opportunity to get some time at the helm of the boat without worrying about dealing with the sails and wind. That would come later.
The photo above left shows our Catalina from the stern while it is still on its trailer. The name "Interim" was given by a prior owner and we plan on changing it, but we haven't decided to what. The outboard motor attached to the boat is a vintage 1958 Evinrude Fastwin 18 horsepower short shaft outboard. This was this particular motor's debut in service since our Skipper acquired it a few months ago.
The photo above right shows our Storekeeper, Matt Ranberg, busily stowing equipment such as our first aid kit, ring buoy, and other necessary materials in the cabin prior to launching the boat.
The photo shown above at the left depicts our boat tied to one of the marina docks after launching. The forward hatch is open to provide some ventilation into the cabin, which was beginning to warm up quite quickly in the bright sun. The photo above right shows Matt Ranberg undoing the forward mooring line prior to departing the dock. By wearing the bright florescent green shirt, Matt wanted to ensure that he could be seen in the event he went into the water.
Once on the water, it didn't take our crew members long to settle into the jobs they were most interested in. The photo above left shows Kyle Coaché, one of our two Boatswain's Mates, at the helm while underway. While at the helm, Kyle was able to learn how the boat responded under power to his helm commands and how much rudder was needed and in what direction to get the boat to go in the direction that he desired. The photo above right shows Matt Ranberg in the position he enjoyed during our first hour on the water. Matt relinquished his position in the foredeck only when he developed a slight sunburn.
We were not the only boat from the Ship that was on Lake Nockamixon that Saturday. Mate Andy Cowles had his Catalina sailboat out, along with Mate Paul Coaché and his wife Kim, who were gaining some additional experience in sailing the Catalina. We rendezvoused several times with Andy Cowles' sailboat during the afternoon, just checking up on them and letting them check up on us. The photo above right sees Mate Paul Coaché giving us a wave as we motor past their stern.
Andy Cowles snaps a photo of us as we sail past his stern while the photo above left depicts Matt Ranberg patiently waiting his turn at the helm. Matt had the helm for the latter part of the afternoon and was able to safely dock the boat at the marina while under power, which is an important skill in and of itself.
Earlier in the afternoon there was a pretty strong wind at the marina area of the lakc. While we were preparing our boat for launching and departing the dock, we observed a number of sailboats come into the dock at a rather quick speed, performing less than graceful dockings as a result. Of course, they were smaller sailboats and the larger ones, like our Catalinas, take a bit more wind to get up to speed than do the smaller boats. Still, during the course of the afternoon, we observed a number of larger sailboats heel over quite sharply in the wind as they tacked their way up and down the lake.
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