Captain Rich Beliveau said there was a very large turn-out at the memorial service for Captain Joe Maggio yesterday. (I was at the Newton Boat factory checking on our current order.) Besides Captain Rich, I think General Manager Captain Paul Beal, Director of Program Rob Kolb, and Registrar Nancy Wells represented the Florida Sea Base at the service.
I did not get a report from the divers, but the wind speed dropped significantly yesterday so I am hopeful that the dives were better than the past day or two. Last night was probably the night dive at Alligator Reef.
Three Coral Reef Sailing crews were on base for shore leave yesterday and one Coral Reef Sailing crew returned for their luau.
The Newton 36′ Dive Special is coming along, but slower than anticipated. The delivery date has now been pushed back to 15 May. We are going to have a very hard time getting the boat delivered and attending summer staff training. Captain Dennis Wyatt has offered to be on the delivery team. We may have to build a team around him and Captain Rich and I may have to miss out. We still have some time, so hope for the best.
Here’s the build sheet. (I apologize for the glare. I thought the flash was off.)
The deck has been attached to the hull and Kevin was installing the motor mounts yesterday. He said the motor would be ready to install yesterday afternoon but did not say that the motor would actually be installed. (Sometimes you have to listen to what people DON’T say.)
The combing for the upper deck is cast.
All of the electronics are sitting in the Newton Boats’ office waiting to be installed.
This is a Newton 36′ that is waiting for shipment to Saudi Arabia. The hard top will be installed after delivery. Since the vessel is being exported, it does not comply with all US Coast Guard regulations. Otherwise, I would be trying to talk Newton into letting us take this one now and ship the other one to Saudi Arabia.
I’m back in the Mother Country but things could be better. I will do what I can in the time I have. Enjoy your weekend!
Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™