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Old 09-02-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Pre-Labor Day Ayala Cove

Here's a photo Al's (FlyWright's) cameraman took over Ayala Cove (Angel Island, San Francisco Bay) the other day, showing the Coot and Ray's (Giggitoni's) GB 42 Mahalo Moi (the two boats in middle of the front row of four boats). I think I see a trace of yellow from the Coot's pilothouse roof, but Al says it stands out via eyeball.



Had the opportunity of visiting this 1930, 43-foot Stephens (Stockton, CA) craft. It "screams" classy.



It's nice to know people "in the right places."
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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I'm out of it. I meant pre-Labor Day.
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Yup, your Coot is very visible at a distance. The picture doesn't show it, but the green and yellow color really stands out. It almost looked like a floating John Deere tractor from 1500 ft above!!

The day before, I had been watching for your boats crossing San Pablo Bay as I worked the area on the Napa instrument landing system. Friday, we were still working on a landing system in Napa when you guys were anchored in Ayala Cove. The electronics maintenance folks told us they needed 15-20 minutes to make some antenna adjustments so I took the opportunity to fly by the island. After a couple of circles, we returned into position for the next run JUST as they called saying they were ready for another run by us. Sometimes opportunities just click!

Glad you guys had a fun time. Wish I could have been there with you at sea level.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:39 PM   #4
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Being dinghy-less, Ray was gracious and provided taxi service in Ayala Cove.



For myself, I'm thinking of an oar-propelled, hard-shelled Trinka 8 with Dinghy Dogs (added floatation along the gunwales), once finishing with upgrades on the Coot. Next year, hopefully.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:57 PM   #5
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Ayala Cove is subject to tidal currents and wakes such as from a planing 50-foot motorboat a quarter mile away.



Found it tricky to moor except for Ray and his dinghy's tug-like help.
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Old 09-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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Another photo of Cielito, the 1930 Stevens Bros. trunk cabin cruiser.
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...and I thought I had a lot of brightwork!

I never noticed that stbd list in Coot before. Must be a little extra bottom paint on that side.
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Al, the Coot's lean was caused by a small wake. Everything is in balance, at least for now.
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great photos, thanks Mark. Looks like a fun time. Yeah we've had some rolly polly times in there! And the current can be crazy. Always TRY to get in there around slack. Easier said than done.
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I'm out of it. I meant pre-Labor Day.
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Ray and Vickie took a couple of great photos:



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Ray (not Al) & Vickie's Mahalo Moi leaving Angel Island.

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You'll have to excuse me...I have to go make-out with Meg!
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You guys aren't going to believe who's at my front door!
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Al & Vickie's Mahalo Moi leaving Angel Island.

I only WISH I had a boat as beautiful as Mahalo Moi.
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great photos, thanks Mark. Looks like a fun time. Yeah we've had some rolly polly times in there! And the current can be crazy. Always TRY to get in there around slack. Easier said than done.
Whose idea was to have the fore-and-aft mooring layout aligned perpendicular to the currents?!

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Better to fight the current arriving and departing than to roll with the wakes from the ferries, tankers, and tugs!
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I recall rolling, not pitching, regardless.
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Better to fight the current arriving and departing than to roll with the wakes from the ferries, tankers, and tugs!
Yeah it is bad enough as it is. Were all the moorings in place? Last time we were there several were missing...
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A few were "out of line" which I don't fully understand because the anchors are supposedly "screwed" into the substrate. The old concrete blocks used to be pulled all over the cove by the end of the season.
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