Archive for April, 2007

Off and Running

April 30, 2007

Sunday’s trip (April 29, 2007) was a special one to support a NAUI Instructor Training course we are running for three candidates in Gloucester.  Adam Champion and Mike Lane and the team suited up in the dreary grey of almost raining.  We were joined by Bob and Bethany Brousseau from Rhode Island and Laurent Dubois from Belmont for additional NAUI Instructor eyes and ears.  Paul Saveageau also came along with his video gear.

As I bore across Gloucester Harbor, I could see lots of red and white flashing lights parked at Niles Beach.  Although that had been our original destination, we decided to swing closer to Eastern Point to stay out of the way of whatever was going on.  We later learned that someone  had died while scuba diving off the beach and the commotion was caused by recovering his body.

The candidates did scuba rescue exercises and bailouts in about 15 feet of water off one of the most beautiful mansions overlooking the harbor.  We saw a fluffy collie racing around the property, but no humans appeared.

Everyone got cold and Bob’s & Bethany’s contribution to the food department, calzones and cantalope slices, as well as Pete’s chicken noodle soup felt wonderful going down.  I managed to spill Adam’s soup cup down the port gunnel as I made my way up to drive home.  The waterproof boots I was wearing made a big difference.  It wasn’t cold sea water, but hot soup they saved my tootsies from.

Not a great day, considering the outcome for another diver in the area.

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Getting Going Again

April 2, 2007

We started getting the boat ready last Saturday, March 31.

Pete and Pat helped The Captain and I with a new impeller, a new fuel filter, and mucho cleaning of mildew and mold off the ceiling of the cabin.  The white plastic hasn’t yet been removed by the boat yard crew, so we were warm enough to work without our jackets.  The sun warms up the interior of the cocoon made by the stretched white plastic and we were thankful it did.

We’ve faxed our launch request for the week of April 15th.  

Since we had special paint applied last season, we don’t have to re-paint the bottom.  WooHoo!

Now, if the weather would only cooperate, we’d be all set.