Posts Tagged ‘maggio’

20Apr

NEWTON 36

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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.)

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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.)

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The combing for the upper deck is cast.

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All of the electronics are sitting in the Newton Boats’ office waiting to be installed.

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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.

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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™
Land locked

15Apr

RAIN

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With a 40% chance of rain in the forecast for the Florida Sea Base, it was no big surprise when we felt the rain coming yesterday morning.  I was still aboard Escape, working but being lazy at the same time.  About 0840 a small but briefly potent system moved over the base.

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By 0850 we were down to a light sprinkle and by 0900 the prevailing attitude was “rain, what rain”?

I don’t have an exact itinerary yet, but I have been given a green light to visit Texas this week.  Yesterday I mentioned going to the mainland to buy plumbing supplies for my dad.  He’s having a major issue with the bathroom lavatory supply lines.  He lives in a very rural area of southeast Texas and I hope I bought everything here that we will need.  I went to the mainland because there are no Lowe’s stores in the keys.  But Lowe’s is the closest building supply store to my parents.  But there is no other store, so if they are out of stock on an item the work comes to a standstill.  My dad built this house in 1972-73.  It is a pier and beam structure but there is very little clearance under the house.  Spiders (including black widow and brown recluse), scorpions, fire ants, fleas and other insects, not to mention the possibility of poisonous snakes, are concerns with belly crawling from the access space to the bathroom in the back of the house.  The plan is to try to have everything in hand and as prepared as possible before sliding under the house.  The less time under there the better.  I will have to take a small shovel with me in case I have to create some additional clearance to get under some of the floor joists.

He’s also suffering a flea infestation.  He hired someone to kill the fleas but they were unsuccessful or maybe just conned him out of his money.  So my second mission is to eradicate the fleas.  The third mission is another under-the-house issue.  My dad had been paying a termite business to treat the house for several years.  However, he believes the house has suffered structural damage from termites, including the floor joists.  The floor at the front door is sagging and not longer operational.  I have NO idea how to replace floor joists in an existing structure.  My parents are very poor, I work for the National Council of the BSA (need I say more?) and hiring contractors would be financially devastating.  My dad lives on 10 acres and it may be cheaper to build a new, smaller house than repair the existing structure.  But I am getting way ahead of myself and hopefully the situation is nowhere near that bad.

Sorry for babbling about personal stuff; back to the Florida Sea Base.

After the rain passed yesterday morning it was business as usual; the divers went diving and the sailors were sailing.  It was the last dive for their week’s Scuba Adventure crews.  They head for home this morning and one new SA crew checks in.  Five Coral Reef Sailing crews and one Sea Exploring crew returned to base to join the divers for luau.  No crews were on base for shore leave and one new Coral Reef Sailing crew checked in.  The last spring Scuba Liveaboard crew went home yesterday morning and the last spring Sea Exploring crew leaves this morning.  The season is not over but is winding down.

The memorial service for Captain Joe Maggio will be held at 1100 on Thursday, 19 April 2012, at the Coral Reef Yacht Club, 2484 Bayshore Drive, Coconut Grove (Miami), Florida.

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

Captain Joe Maggio died Friday of an apparent heart attack.  Someone would have to write book if you wanted to chronicle all of the positive impacts Captain Joe had on the youth of America over the last 30+ years.  Captain Joe served as the director of the Florida Sea Base Bahamas program so I only had the opportunity to meet him a few times.  He was a great man and will truly be missed.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Barbara, and his family.

The scuba staff is dwindling; we are down to two Scuba Adventure crews and one Scuba Liveaboard crew this week and only one Scuba Adventure crew next week.  We would not meet our scuba staff budget if staff members weren’t willing to come for a week or two during the spring.  Most of these staff members are retired or semi-retired and some come as non-paid volunteers.  Scott Patton, David Ball, Richard Goldman, Mark Gilbert, Bradley Williams, and Mark Whitson have all completed their tours of duty for this spring.  Captain Ed Miller lives in the Keys and will be on payroll through Wednesday.  Meghann Michalski is departing at the end of this week (I think).  Most of the others will stay through the Tarpon Tournament and a few will return for summer.  I am finding this “thinning of the heard” very depressing.

Yesterday’s schedule included the exceptionally late departure of the Scuba Liveaboard crew (that arrived the night before), the arrival of two Scuba Adventure crews (one with a non-scuba certified participant and one with a diver restricted to diving no deeper than 20′),  five scheduled Coral Reef Sailing crews plus one crew who decided to show up a day early (SURPRISE!!!), and one Sea Exploring crew.  Whew!  By the end of the day, Captain Rich and I were both wondering if jumping off the Channel 5 bridge would hurt much.  Office Manager Ellen Wyatt and Chef Joyce Frantz handled the day with cool professionalism.  Meanwhile, Captain Dennis reports he had a nice nap.

Thus concludes my report for Easter, 2012.

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