Sunday, May 29, 2011

I'm baaack!

Wow, it's been a long time since I've written anything. I spent the whole home hitch putting together my new apartment and selling my boat. the apartment isn't quite all there yet, but it is all mine, and that's something - no room mates - just me. The boat had to go, and I'm not happy about that. In the micro economics that is my life it was the right thing to do, between the recent move, and a weird tax bill that came out of nowhere. So I let it go to a guy at work who was looking for the same kind of boat and it freed up a couple of thousand dollars that was sorely needed. So now I'm looking at the next one and my thoughts turn to power boats, but upon further reflection I think I need to stick with the sailboats. I mean, even the most economical powerboats are about eight to ten bucks an hour to run, and with the amount of boating I do this just isn't sustainable.

Stay tuned for some sort of tug related post , real soon.

Hey Bill. thanks for following. We need to get together soon.

Friday, May 6, 2011

On the downstroke

Over the hump, or as My friend Bill would say, "on the down stroke now". Yesterday we were one week into the hitch with one week to go. We've been back on dredge detail this trip, and that makes for some long watches. There's just something about traveling around the harbor that makes the time go by a little faster. Doing dredge work, at least here in Newark Bay, there's a lot of sitting at the dock waiting for something to happen.

Either there is ship traffic that we need to move a dredge off station, or we need to swap out scows, or help the big boat make up for the dump run. When none of that is going on, it's "stand by to stand by". The deckhands have been doing a little painting, I've been keeping the chahrts and logs up to date, and other than that it's a lot of time for reading and catching up with our friends on thhe other boats at the dock.

No pics for today, we've got a real slow connection so there's no sense aggravating my self trying to put something up.

Monday, May 2, 2011

As the wheel turns...................................

We took this loaded scow off the dredge F.J. Belisimo thhis afternoon and took it up to Berth 22 to await the Atlantic Salvor. which would tow it to sea for disposal
I wonder if this guy drew the short straw for this assignment, or was it a reward?
John, of the Megan Ann and Claude passing time
Atlantic Concert inbound for Port Elizebeth
There's always something that needs painting on a tug.