Octopus – The Ocean’s Intelligent Invertebrate

No Comments 28 August 2011

Amazing book, but definitely not for the lightweight reader. There are few fanciful tales, but if you are an armchair scientist/biologist you will feast on cover to cover facts, descriptions and details. Ocotpus – The Ocean’s Intelligent Invertebrate has three authors.   Jennifer Mather grew up in Victoria; she lends a profound voice to the book that leaves no doubt….she owns the subject.   James Wood is associated with the Aquarium of the Pacific and is webmaster of The Cephalopod Page, and Roland Anderson is a former biologist at the Seattle Aquarium.  The strong Northwest connection adds even more substance to this comprehensive natural history.  Especially, if you have seen the Giant Pacific Octopus up close.

Here is a book you can wrap all eight arms around.  Plenty of local connections, even a local (Portland, Ore.) publisher.  The octopus world is science fiction right at your swimstep.  Dare to be enlightened and amazed; discover a new universe……read it.


Toz Bear 5-31-2000 to 8-24-2011 RIP

No Comments 24 August 2011

If your life has been enriched by having had an Akita for a friend, then you are truly blesssed. They are not a boat dog; they are not for everyone. But a finer friend and guardian you will never have. Totally fearless, totally loyal, totally wonderful.  I miss him.

I’ve been considering augmenting my maritime education by studying for a Captain’s License. Richard Rodriguez with Zenith Maritime gets wonderful reviews and is an all around nice guy. I have also looked into U. S. Maritime and the class offered by Jeff Sanders. A big attraction to Jeff’s class is a page on his web site: In Memory of Fred.   Now I’ve never met Jeff, but anyone with a heart big enough to form that kind of bond is OK by me.


Easy Goin’ in the news.

No Comments 18 August 2011

Did you catch page 49 of the July 2011 issue of Sea Magazine?  Looking very relaxed is Deane Hislop aboard his always spotless 38′ Meridian named Easy Goin’.  When you walk down the ramp on ‘B’ dock, you can often find the two of them at B-6. You might say Easy Goin’ is Velkommen’s neighbor, once removed.   I’ll bet it would surprise him if you mentioned you saw his picture.

Click on the image to find out how your boat can be featured in Sea Magazine.   Maybe they can devote a whole section to ‘B’ dock?  Now that would be Way Cool.  Lord knows ‘B’ dock is the most eclectic in the whole marina.  And that’s the truth and ya know it.

B Dock, Velkommen

Water Tank Project – Phase 5……progress report

Comments Off 15 August 2011

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted on Velkommen’s lengthy water tank replacement project.  The project grew, like most boat projects, to be much larger than first imagined.  Better to get it right than do it twice.

We are looking forward at the port-side space between the hull and the aft deck, approx. 9′ x 9′ x 2′.  The third coat of primer is dry and ready to be painted over.  On the left is the muffler, temporarily supported by a 1″ x 4″.  The black hoses are for the hydraulic steering and coolant routed through the Hurricane Heater.  The lines coming out of the hole in the engine room bulkhead run to the remote Sea Freeze compressor mounted high and center on a shelf bent from 1/4″ aluminum plate.  It is partly visible on the right edge.  Adjacent to the compressor, also partly visible, is the one of the new SS exhaust elbows.  The replacement of this particular elbow began the renovations and alterations that you see.

All images enlarge with a click.

The second pic shows the first fitting of the Hurricane heater platform and the battery platform.  The starboard side is actually farther along; the painting is complete and the water tank platform and the battery platform have been installed.  Besides the battery cables, the water tank fill hoses are wrapped around the red bucket, and then there is the green bonding wire,  held up out of the paint by vise grip clamps.

Pic number three shows the first coat of Kirby’s #25 Light Gray gloss coat while it is still nice and fresh.  Three coats of primer and three coats of gloss.  That’s the treatment.  Thankfully, Kirby’s paint does not require special application proceedures. In this case a 4″ nappy-headed roller works pretty well.

No, I’m not going to paint the overhead.  Sure, it would be a nice touch, but enough is enough.  I’m looking toward ending this project not augmenting it.

BIG Thanks to Ray Robinson (Robinson Woodworking) and Mark Hanger (Mark’s Marine Repair) whose encouragement and advise have been invaluable.  And also to Travis Hanson (Hanson’s Marine Services) who matched the gelcoat around the locker doors.

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