C’mon baby douse my fire

Another type of vessel has been taking a spin on the popular Beach Drive test track. Joining Delta Marine and the WA State Ferries is a brand spanking new 108′ fire boat built by Foss Maritime & bound for the Port of Long Beach California. The super pumper named “Fire Boat 20” tested forward & reverse for most of the day along the drive this morning.

According to Pacific Maritime Magazine

The Long Beach pair each carry four Caterpillar 3512-C main engines, producing a total of more than 8,000 HP. Two engines are dedicated for pumping only, while two do double duty – propulsion and simultaneously adding more pumping power for a total of over 40,000 gpm. A pair of Cat C12 150-kW gensets provides the boats’ electric power. The largest monitor will be capable of delivering 12,000 gpm at a 600-foot range. The other nine monitors range from 1,500 to 6,000 gpm. Top speed is 12 knots – sufficient for a compact port like Long Beach. The low-wash speed is eight knots and on-site endurance is five days.

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Being one of the most technically advanced emergency boats in the world, it even has systems that protects the firefighters from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats. I looked into buying one to protect Beach Drive but couldn’t negotiate them down from the 25+ mil price tag!

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Is this your boat?

It looks like a boat (guessing it’s a 18 foot Boston Whaler) has taken on water from today’s wind storm. This photo was submitted from a Beach Drive reader.

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It’s listing a bit to port side, submerging the outboard motor.
There is a blue canvas on this white boat which is tied to a buoy. Best estimates is that the buoy and boat are by the 5400 to 6000 block of Beach Drive, in the cove north of Lincoln Park.

The Coast Guard has been called.

John C. Stennis CVN 74 returning home

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Just another day in the life of living on Beach Drive…

…actually, in the ten years we’ve lived on Beach Drive…this has to the first time I’ve seen this!

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It appears to be a photo shoot. I can barely make out the name on the back of the boat “Endurance” with a couple letters following. Any more info on this? I love it when Delta Marine test drives their mega-yachts in our back yard… Endurance  looks like it could a model from Hampton Yachts?

Awoken by a barking sea lion…low flying helicopter over a motorboat… just a typical week! 😉

It’s a great day for a regatta

I am guessing this sail boat race is the Corinthian Yacht Club  South Sound Series, just passing Lincoln Park and heading to Three Tree Point. If you know differently, please chime in!

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Christmas Ships cruising off the shores of Beach Drive

It was a perfect evening for the Christmas ships. The weather cooperated and we counted about 10 boats in total taking part in the cruise. What a treat to watch! We may catch another glimpse on Monday when the Argosy Christmas ships cruise to Manchester.

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PS: Scupper says you may see BDB represented in the Christmas ship cruise next year. Ho ho ho!

M/V Puget fetching debris off Beach Drive

The US Army Corp of Engineers are busy hauling off one the largest flotillas of debris I’ve seen off our shores. As a frequent boater out here, I can’t imagine trying to maneuver around these half sunken hazards at night. Rudolph the Radar better be extra bright when he leads the Christmas ships on the 13th!

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Port of Manchester in the background…

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The M/V Puget has been dedicated for this type of debris removal in the Seattle District…

The Corps has continuing authority to study and undertake projects to remove and dispose of derelict objects such as sunken vessels, waterfront debris and derelict structures, and other sources of drift that may damage vessels or threaten public health, recreation, or the environment at publicly maintained commercial boat harbors. The harbor need not be, but usually is a Corps project. Congressional authorization is required for projects with Federal costs of $400,000 or more. (USACE Engineering Regulation 1105-2-100)

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

 

The Christmas Ships

2013-11-10_1635It won’t be long before the holidays are here, which brings the Argosy Christmas Ships.  Here are some of the dates where Beach Drive neighbors may be able to enjoy the festive scenes from the comforts of your home.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13
DEPARTS: Elliott Bay Marina, 3:30pm-5:50pm
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
PERFORMANCES: 4:20-4:40 Lowman Beach Park*; 5:10-5:30 Alki Beach Park*

MONDAY, DECEMBER 15
DEPARTS: Elliott Bay Marina, 7:00pm-9:45pm
CHOIR: Holy Names Academy Choir
PERFORMANCES: 8:05-8:25 Manchester City Park*; 9:15-9:35 Salty’s on Alki*

PS: Don’t forget to send us your holiday pics if you would like them shared with neighbors (and the wide world on the web) on Beach Drive Blog.

‘Tis the Season to check your Mooring Sytem

2014-09-09_2024If you have a boat anchored and/or on a buoy in Puget Sound, there’s no time like the present to make sure that everything is in top ship shape.  We are considering moving our  anchored sailboat for the next couple days based on current forecast.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

 WED  N WIND 5 TO 15 KT BECOMING 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND  WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING.  

WED NIGHT  N WIND 15 TO 25 KT EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT.  

THU  NE WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT.  

THU NIGHT  N WIND 15 TO 25 KT EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT.

Seattle City Forecast:

WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING SUNNY. HIGHS NEAR 70. NORTH WIND TO 10 MPH INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

THURSDAY…SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 70S. EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

National Weather Service:

  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Nigh  tMostly clear, with a low around 55. North wind 13 to 21 mph.
  • Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 76. North northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.
  • Thursday Nigh  tClear, with a low around 53. North wind 9 to 17 mph.

Of course forecast change… so please be sure to check for current updates. Just thought we would share our potential plans… it could be that hubby is just trying to get in some extra sailing before the boat is moored until next sailing season.

The “Justin” rides again!

I had to rub my eyes a few times but confirmed via AIS what I saw out in the Straits of Jaun de Fuca. it was the same 1950’s army landing craft that had sunk off the shores of Beach Drive in late 2011.

 

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She looked as good as new cruising south towards Admiralty inlet. Her current position appears to be in Lake Union according to MarineTraffic.Com.

JustinLUPlease join me in wishing Justin calm, safe seas for the rest of her career.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog