Posts Tagged ‘galley’

16Jan

BIDET

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BIDET

The Galley at the Florida Sea Base underwent a major remodel last fall.  The project is probably 95% complete.  The coolest new toy in the Galley is a bidet for the dishes.

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Florida Sea Base Divemaster Academy graduate Jenna Burton was kind enough to show me how the contraption works.

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The Volunteer Development Conference seems to be a big success.  Everyone seems to be having a good time and soaking up the training.

SAILING DIRECTOR

The General Manager of the Florida Sea Base hosted two interviews for the position being vacated by Captain Rich.

Here are the comments I received regarding Captain Rich’s departure:

What an amazing man Capt. Rich is, he will be sorely missed.  The Sea Base Alumni & Friends Association cannot thank Rich enough for all of the help he has given our organization in getting started.

Good Luck Rich & Carol, thank you for everything you have done. (Dan Gill, President, Sea Base Alumni and Friends Association)

Rich and Carol,

I wish you both best wishes and good luck in your new endeavaors! I am very sorry I won’t get to see you before ya’ll leave. Thank you both for being good friends and support to Steve. I know he is going to miss you both. I know/hope you will be talking and corresponding often.

Again, good luck, God speed and congratulations!

Sue (Willis) from the Mother Country

Captain Rich!
I wish you all the best in your new job in North Carolina. I believe you will do a great job there as you did in Seabase! Thanks also for giving me chance to work in Seabase as a coral reef mate. Thanks for the trust, support, help which you gave me and not only me, but to all mates in Seabase! I appreciate it a lot!
I was hoping one day in my future I will go for a vacation to USA to the keys and stop in Base to say you HI, but dont worry I will go find you in North Carolina. Thanks again for everything!!!!!! You are great person!!! Miss you.

Valerie from Slovakia

Thank you Captain Rich. Your leadership and influence will be missed. Also a personal thanks for the help and guidance you’ve given so freely while I was at SeaBase. You will be missed.
Steve (Pinhey)

So many thanks to Captain Rich for the time and effort that he has not only spent with all the participates at Sea Base but on a personal note for the 8 months he has spent mentoring my son while he worked at Sea Base. My son just arrived home and all he can speak of is the friendship and guidance that Capt Rich gave to him.

Congrats to him and his family and wishing them safe travels.

Preston’s dad

Chuck Bush

I for one will miss our morning meetings with Captain Rich being there. Captain Steve and Captain Rich were a good dog and pony act. Much luck to both Captain Rich and Captain Carol on their new beginning.

Richard Goldman

SCUBA COMMISSIONER

Speaking of vacancies, I am still accepting applications for Scuba Commissioner for 2013.  Interested persons should call me at 305-393-7373 or send an email to steve.willis@scouting.org.

CONFERENCE

The Volunteer Development Conference is  still ongoing.  They have today off and many are going to explore Key West.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

06Dec

WEATHER

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I am running late; congested, tired, killer headache, trying to cough up a lung.  Just another day in paradise.  I have to go into my office this morning but I will do my best to remain quarantined and try not to spread this crud on to others.  I hope I feel better tomorrow.

WEATHER

The sky is overcast this morning.  The forecast calls for a 50% chance of rain.  For the last three mornings we have experienced a brief but heavy rain sometime between 01:00 and 03:00.  Otherwise it has been very tolerable.  Here’s our NWS forecast:

Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Tonight: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. East wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Sunday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Monday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Monday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tuesday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Wednesday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

I’m not sure if it is better to be sick when the weather’s nice or yucky.  I guess the answer is don’t be sick.

FSB COMMITTEE

Members of the Florida Sea Base Advisory Committee start arriving today.  I caught Captain Rich stripping, bugging and waxing the floor in the Program Office yesterday.  Food and Conference Director Tim Stanfill and Ranger Rafeal Aarom have been scrambling to get the Thomas Building set for our guests following a major overhaul of those rooms.  Captain Rae Murphy is also scrambling.  We were very optimistic that the remodeling of the Galley that was scheduled to be completed 15 October would be finished ahead of schedule.  True to construction efforts in the Keys that did not happen.  Don’t get me wrong, the Galley is looking VERY nice, but the work is running behind schedule.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
Aboard S/V Escape

 

RETURN

I spent Sunday night in Jasper, Texas after spending the day with my dad.  I woke up yesterday (Monday) at 02:30 Central Time (03:30 ET). I tried to go back to sleep but by 03:00 it was obvious that I should get up. I departed Jasper at 03:45 CT and arrived in Slidell, LA around 09:30. I stopped by Newton Boats to check on the build status of Newton#5.  The new dive boat is in the mold.  After a 20 minute visit, I forged eastward and arrived at the Florida Sea Base at 01:15 Eastern Time.  I didn’t unload the car but I did have to tend to a couple of small tasks on S/V Escape.  I was in bed by 02:00.

I miss my family.

GALLEY REMODEL

I fully expected the remodeling of the Galley to be completed before my return.  It MAY be done by this weekend.  it looks very good and should be much more functional.  The Galley Manager, Captain Rae Murphy, is getting antsy to have it operational.

FUN WITH NUMBERS

Members of the Florida Sea Base senior management are working with numbers.  The program cost analysis and year end budget projection need to be completed in time for the Florida Sea Base Advisory Committee meeting 07 December.  In addition to the numbers, we are also working on the meeting agenda and updates for the strategic plan.

WEATHER

We are doing well weather wise but have the potential for some rainy days in the near future.  here’s our weather forecast from the National Weather Service.

Today: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Tonight: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night: A chance of showers, mainly after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday: A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday Night: A chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Sunday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Monday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Monday Night: A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
Tuesday: A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

The buoy at Molasses Reef is reporting the water temperature of 79ºF.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape

21Nov

Steve’s Away

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I’ll try to bring you up to speed on the ongoing of the Florida Sea Base.

The galley project is almost complete. John and crew have been doing amazing work in there. I saw the fire marshal, fire installation guys and the county inspector in there yesterday. So I’m guessing all went well.

Rooms 9 & 10 as well as the Thomas Building have been rehabbed with ceramic tile. I haven’t personally seen the Thomas Building but the two rooms look great.

The Newton is still broke. It isn’t a big fix just a pain in the butt. I’ll get it going next week before we need to have the boat. We’ll start splashing all of the other boats getting them back to Sea Base as well. The BEC has the Tarpon, after they are finished with it we’ll be selling her off. I may have a buyer for it where I do part time work. You can never have too many boats (not).

Probably the biggest news I have on the sailing end is that Sea Base will soon be expanding, announcing “Sea Base St. Thomas” tada!!!!

Captain’s Mike Lucivero, Alan Robinson and yours truly invaded the quaint little island of St. Thomas. Captain Carol (my wife) soon to be RN Carol made a joke of us three going to the Virgin Islands BUT it isn’t scout appropriate so we’ll leave this alone.

Anyway our trip was very successful. Seems our old Coast Guard inspector from Islamorada was recently stationed there and just happens to be a pretty good friend our mine. He showed us all the good spots to go and places to avoid. So mark your calendar for the sign ups coming in January.

This adventure will be a combination of sailing, snorkeling, fishing (not eating them, I’ll explain) and hiking the Island of St. John.

The fishing; seems the fish have a disease called ciguatera. Parrot fish eat reefs that are diseased. Needless to say everything gets infected. The tuna and dolphin are ok, but most of everything else isn’t.

Captain Carol and I will head to the island one more time mid December on a semi vacation/ semi work trip. Carol wants a vacation, I can’t sit still.

Well that’s about all for now, take care and have a great Thanksgiving.

Captain Rich

07Oct

AWAY AGAIN

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GALLEY REMODEL

I apologize for not having any photos of the remodeling of the Galley at the Florida Sea Base.  I tried.  Unfortunately, I left my camera in Texas and, try as I may, I could not get a wide enough shot with my iPhone to provide a discernible image.  Many of the walls are in, two major, steel supports have been removed and relocated from the middle of the room to against the wall.  The construction crew is making excellent progress.

SWIMMING POOL

Replacement of the scuba training tanks with a slightly more conventional swimming pool has been postponed until 2013 due to objections from two of our neighbors. 🙁  But there is good news. 🙂  The pool will be relocated so it is adjacent to the seawall (and dive boats) so the crews won’t have to carry scuba gear near as far.  The Ships Store will be torn down and the equipment storage space above the Quarterdeck (where we dine) will be remodeled into a VERY nice store.  As our fearless leader, General Manager Captain Paul Beal said, he is going to make lemonade from this lemon.

HIGH ADVENTURE DIVISION STAFF TRAINING SUMMIT

The full time staff members of the Florida Sea base will go to Miami tomorrow to rendezvous with key personnel from Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier and the National Office High Adventure Group.  We will have meetings starting Monday evening through Thursday evening.  Friday is a travel day.  We will not have cell phone nor email access.  See ya when I see ya.

NEWTON DIVE BOAT NUMBER FIVE

A week from now General Manager Captain Paul Beal and I will be in Dallas for BSA national committee meetings.  If all goes well, Captain Beal will leave there with a check in hand for another Newton 46′ Dive Special to add to the Florida Sea Base scuba program.

WEATHER

Invest 97L is sitting in the southern Bahamas.  The computer models are very uncertain of her track.

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Dr. Jeff Masters posted this comment:

Elsewhere in the Atlantic
None of the computers is predicting development of a new tropical cyclone over the Atlantic in the coming seven days. Beginning on Tuesday, we will need to watch the waters between the Bahama Islands and Bermuda, where the remains of a cold front pushing off the U.S. East Coast may serve as the focal point for development of a tropical disturbance.

The National Weather Service forecast for the coming week bears no hint of unusually nasty weather:

Columbus Day: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 80. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tuesday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 80. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9am. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Wednesday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 80. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Thursday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 80. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Friday Night: A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 80. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 79. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Sunday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Even the NWS Marine Forecast does not look bad:

Monday: Northeast to east winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Monday Night And Tuesday: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night: Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 3 feet. Nearshore waters a light to moderate chop. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms.
Wednesday: Northeast winds near 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. nearshore waters a moderate chop. Isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Wednesday Night: Northeast winds increasing to 15 to 20 knots. seas 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters becoming choppy. Isolated showers.
Thursday Through Friday Night: Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet. Nearshore waters choppy. Isolated showers.

I’ll be back in a week.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape 

I slept in until 06:45 this morning.  I know many of you are “enjoying” (I would call it “suffering”) cooler weather today.

WEATHER

I woke up to 84ºF, partly cloudy skies and ENE winds at 21 knots.  I turned on The Weather Channel for the Tropical Update and TD 14 has attained Tropical Storm strength overnight as is now T/S Nadine.  She is forecasted to turn more north tomorrow, strengthen into a category 1 hurricane and then turn northwest.  The National Weather Service says we will stay between 78 and 91 degrees for the coming week with an excellent chance of showers each day.  Rain does not fit well into my personal plans right now.

GALLEY PHOTOS

I apologize for not posting these yesterday as promised.  But better late than never.

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So far, this company is doing OUTSTANDING work and making excellent progress.

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For former staff members and participants, the door on the left of this photo is where you enter the Galley for meals.  The new metal wall stud on the left of the photo is where the serving line used to reside.

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The left side of this hole is where the Hobart (dishwasher) machine used to sit.  The right side of the hole in where Captain Rae Murphy’s office was located.

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If you look on the floor near the left stud, you will see a trench of sort with pipes coming out of it.  The stove, griddle, fryer and steamer were to the left of the trench and the dish washing basins were to the right of this trench.

DIVEMASTER ACADEMY

I received two more DMA applications today.  The 2012 cadre includes Captain Alex Bergstedt, Instructor, Captain Christy Clemenson, Dive Boat Captain and Instructor, Captain Kari Dahlquist, Instructor, Rich Goldman, Instructor, Kyle Moran, Dive Boat Mate and Divemaster, and me.

Thanks for reading.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape 

11Sep

LONG DAY

It was a long day at the Florida Sea Base. The Divemaster Academy and scuba equipment orders occupied most of my day.  Captain Rich Beliveau and Tim Stanfill are working very hard on a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) project.

WEATHER

We had a typical weather day, very hot and then a severe thunderstorm at dinner time.  I was on my way to a business dinner when the storm hit so I wasn’t able to capture a graphic.  It was strong but short lived.  The good news was I got a free “Keys carwash” out of the system.  I actually pulled into a bank parking lot and parked in different directions to insure each side of the car received equal rainfall.

Invest 91L is now Tropical Depression 14 and should be a tropical storm by Wednesday morning.

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The system should curve back into the Atlantic and should not threaten any land masses.

SCUBA EQUIPMENT

Kyle Moran is staying busy with used scuba equipment sales.  Click here for the Scuba Ad 2012.2.

I am buying new gear like crazy; $14,000+ to PADI, $47,000+ to Aqua Lung and $17,000+ to Diversco Supply in the past week.  There is more to do.

GALLEY REMODEL

I am sorry to let you down, but I did not make time to take photos of the galley remodeling.  I will do my best to post photos on Wednesday.  The crew is making unimagined progress by working quickly and very long hours.

S.T.E.M.

As mentioned, Tim Stanfill, Director of Conferences and Food Services, and Captain Rich Beliveau, Director of Sailing Operations, are ramrodding a potential STEM program for the Florida Sea Base.  Captain Scott Martin, Director – BEC, and I (Director of Scuba Operations) are also collaborating.  We are hoping to use this approach to attract more youth to the Florida Sea Base during the fall, winter and spring.  The sailing programs make up about 60% of our business and stand to gain the most from this opportunity.

Have a great evening.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape 

10Sep

GALLEY

GALLEY

The construction crew working on the Galley at the Florida Sea Base are madmen.  I left the office at 20:00 (8pm) this evening.  They had been working since 08:00 and were still hard at it.  I will get the company name and contact info tomorrow and some photos if possible.  The inside of the Galley is now gutted.  I could hear a jack hammer chiseling into concrete as I walked past.  For the first time in my 13 years at the Florida Sea Base I think a project may be completed AHEAD of schedule by an outside vendor.

DIVEMASTER ACADEMY

I received two more applications for the 2012 Divemaster Academy today.  That project is also ahead of schedule as I frequently don’t receive applications until mid September or even later.  I believe I have officially accepted 6 candidates and now have two applications to review.  Plus I have another 5 or 6 applicants who are feverishly trying to complete their applications for submission.  That means there is still time for a few more applicants.  BUT DON’T DAUDLE.  The maximum class size is 18.

WEATHER

There is nothing new to report except an Invest system on the Pacific side of Central America.  That system is headed west into the Pacific Ocean and is no threat to any land mass.  And the westerly breezes have cooled us down a tad (maybe 5º).  Some of you know me well enough to know that I am not a fan of cold weather.  I would be okay if it cooled down to a low of 70 and high of 80.  But after that it starts getting uncomfortable.

STAFF

Divemaster Kyle Moran is doing an outstanding job.  He is helping everyone with everything, especially me.  Christy “Captain Awesome” Clemenson stopped by today.  She is one of 4,000 Florida Sea Base staff members who are working at the Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada.  This is the resort where true high rollers and Presidents of the United States stay.

THE END

That’s all I have on this Monday evening.  Have a great Tuesday!

Captain Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape

 

07Sep

1,000

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Wow; this is my 1,000th post about the Florida Sea Base.  This site would have never happened without the support and encouragement of my son, Aaron.

WEATHER:

Our local weather is very seasonable, there are no program participants or conference attendees on base.  Hurricane Leslie is still sneaking up on Bermuda.  There is a lot of chatter on TV about how well Bermuda handles these storms.  But trust me, it is very physically demanding and psychologically draining to survive one of these events.  (Please refer to my correction at the bottom of today’s post.)  Dr. Jeff Masters’ question about the effects Hurricane Isaac would have on the ocean bottom remnants of the BP / Deep Water Horizon oil spill (April 2010) has been answered as new tar balls are washing ashore in Louisiana.

USED SCUBA GEAR:

Divemaster Kyle Moran is processing used scuba gear sales requests.  You can contact Kyle at fsbscubagear@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing our BCs or regulators.  The regulators are Aqua Lung Calypso models with an ABS octopus and Apex 3 gauge analog consoles (depth, tank pressure and compass).  MSPR for this combo is $730.  The BCDs are Aqua Lung Wave models (by SeaQuest) but do NOT include the optional weight integration.  MSRP is $335.  You can view these items at www.aqualung.com.  WE ARE OFFERING THE SET FOR $350 PLUS SHIPPING AND TAX.    We currently have a full range of sizes but they will sell quickly.  We will offer sales to the public for about another month and then we have a reseller who will buy all the remaining inventory.  If you are interested, please hurry to avoid disappointment.  All pieces were purchased in 2010 and used for the 2011 and 2012 program seasons.  We check everything before we ship it out but it is used gear and sold as is without warranty.  We STRONGLY encourage you to take the gear to an authorized Aqua Lung dealer for inspection and any recommended servicing.  I have a budgeted amount to collect and all sales receipts must be deposited before 31 December.  The equipment will be sold at a loss, but the proceeds are used to off-set the cost of  replacement gear.  We are selling it for the lowest price possible.  With that said, the advertised price is our bottom dollar price.  Please don’t expect us to haggle or make deals.

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In the event the regulator photos are confusing, the first one shows the console with the pressure and depth gauges up, the second shows the compass which is on the opposite side of the console.  Don’t be confused by the shadows, there are only four hoses.

GALLEY REMODELING:

All of the major appliances (stoves, steamers, fryers, refrigerators, etc) have been stripped from the Galley.  Many of the ceiling tiles have also been removed for access.

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In the meantime, welcome to the NEW Florida Sea Base staff galley, The Redneck Outdoor Bistro and Laundry.

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DIVEMASTER ACADEMY:

I promised some of the 2012 Divemaster Academy candidates that I would complete the review of in-hand applications and announce decisions today. If you are monitoring this blog and didn’t receive an email, don’t panic.  I am running a little behind due to the road trip to Virginia.  I hope to get that done Saturday.

CORRECTION:

While I was on the road, I thought I heard that Hurricane Leslie had passed Bermuda and was moving on.  I apparently misunderstood.  Hurricane Leslie has caused some weather issues for Bermuda but the worst is yet to come.  The system has stalled or is moving very slowly.  It is another very large hurricane, a common occurrence this summer.  The computer models suggest the center of the storm will stay to the east of the island nation which is good news for them.  The slow forward motion of the system is causing rip current conditions along the US Atlantic Coast, including some parts of Florida.

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Enjoy your weekend.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape 

30Aug

SLIDELL

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My son called me on his way to work Thursday morning.  We had a very pleasant chat.  While we talked, I had The Weather Channel on as part of my normal weather watch routine for the interests of the Florida Sea Base.  Jim Cantore was still reporting from New Orleans.  I think I heard him say “Slidell” four times in 10 seconds while talking about the flooding that’s being caused by Hurricane Isaac.  Then Mike Bettis had an on camera interview with the mayor of Slidell from The Weather Channel studio in Atlanta.

You may be wondering how that relates to the Florida Sea Base.  I’m glad you asked.  Slidell, Louisiana is the home of Newton Boats.  Newton builds our dive boats.  I need to order another Newton dive boat to replace the recently retired BSA Tarpon.  Whatever setbacks are caused to the Newton plant by flooding in Slidell will in turn affect the Florida Sea Base.  The Newton facility is in a VERY low lying area so it is reasonable that they will have some flooding; the Mayor was saying 3′ so far this morning.

Invest 97L has intensified and is now Tropical Storm Leslie.  The system should turn northwest, threatening Bermuda, the northeast US and Canada.  We were expecting a busy hurricane season and it is here.  We are not half way through the season yet and there have been as many storms and hurricanes in an average year.

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While Captain Rich Beliveau, Tim Stanfill, Captain Keith Douglass, Captain Paul Beal and I pulled our hair out (and maybe used a few Scout INappropriate words) working on the 2013 budget, the remaining season staff worked very hard Wednesday removing all of the furniture from the Thomas Building, a three story, hotel type structure.  Hauling furniture down the stairs is an annual event and tough duty.  Funding for the Thomas Building was donated in 1991/1992 by the owners of the Thomas School Bus company.

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Friday’s  breakfast will be the last meal to be served in the Galley as we know it.  The Galley has been remodeled several times over the years.  I know it has NOT been redone in the past 12 years.  So a major overhaul is past due.  The appliances will be upgraded, the plumbing and workspace overhauled, and we will have two serving lines to better accommodate our guests.  I may hold the record for the most meals eaten in the existing Galley due to my tenure.  I do not eat all meals there anymore.  My best guess is about 7,800 meals but an estimate of 10,000 is possible.

I expect to post tomorrow.  Just in case I don’t, please have a great weekend.

Capt. Steve Willis
Professional Scuba Bum™
PADI Course Director #39713
Aboard S/V Escape