Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
The fire was in the cold storage building of the facility. It was discovered when a fire alarm went off. An employee checking on the fire alarm confirmed that it was not a false alarm. All of the fire suppression equipment in the building – and Skipper Bud’s is proud of the investment they have made in fire suppression equipment – worked, as far as anyone is a position to know, exactly as it should.
The final count:
3 boats totaled
108 boats in the building at the time of the fire
1100+ boats on the property.
One responder was injured when he slipped on an ice patch.
Work continues on fixing the building and treating the boats that were in the building for smoke and water damage. I was told that there is every expectation that all the boats will be ready to launch by Spring.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Here is how it works. The store is open from 9 AM to 5 PM. Come in and register your name and yacht club affiliation for a chance at the door prizes and to get the yacht club discount. In addition there will be munchies!
There will be one grand prize of a inflatable PFD. For each yacht club represented there will be a first prize of a 3rd Reef jacket and a second prize of a fleece blanket.
In addition there is an across the board 5% discount on electronics and a 10% discount on everything else.
Kip and Trevor also ask you to come in to tell them about what you think of the new store layout and inventory. They have rearranged the store and added a lot of new inventory to better match the needs of the sailing and boating community in Milwaukee. They are actively looking for your feedback.
The best news is that Trevor tells me that he has spent the last week and a half doing prices changes in the store and that in every case he has reduced prices. For example, today he dropped the price of an 6 hp 4 stroke Mercury outboard by over $200!
[Full disclosure – my son Trevor is an Assistant Manager at the 76th street store.]
- I really like airshows
- I really like sailing
- I will be racing Reboot in Lake Huron that weekend, so I don't really have a personal stake in the outcome.
I attended the McKinley Marina stakeholder meeting last night. It was hosted by the Milwaukee Yacht Club (thanks for the munchies and drinks!) The purpose of the meeting was to bring the various groups that use McKinley up to speed on the new season. The meeting was chaired by Chuck Ward, Chief of Operations for Milwaukee County Parks. We were introduced to Clarke Johnson, the McKinley Marina manager.
Representation included the fishing community, the slip holders, the mooring field, the Milwaukee Yacht Club, the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and MAST. Highlights of the meeting:
We received the tentative schedule for closings to Lincoln Memorial Drive. I will share these on a web page.
We were told that the boathouse will in fact be torn down tomorrow and the area renovated including repairs to the breakwall and bridge.
At the moment there is no internet wireless capability in the Marina. Clarke is talking to several vendors to see if we can get this installed for this season.
The problem of radio interference on VHF channel 16 was discussed. This is not a marina problem but a federal problem. The Coast Guard is taking the lead on resolving the problem.
Also discussed was the possible air show. I have made that the topic of a separate post.
Both Chuck Ward and Clarke Johnson requested your direct feedback on how things are going. You can reach Clarke at 414-273-5224
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Link to the story is here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/thepress/4405967a6009.html
Not a good weekend for boat storage!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
And the winners are:
1st – Eclipse, Beth Thompson
2nd – Locke Ness 2, Fergie and Pat Locke
3rd – Natures Touch, Peter David
1st – Dreamweaver, Ron Marish
2nd – Cool Change, Paul Cooley
3rd – Suntreader, Mike Drew
1st – Poggy, Guy Mascari
2nd – Wisdom, Lee Konrath/Chuck Cerny
3rd – Corvus, John Norman
2007 MAST Cup
Natures Touch, Peter David
Congratulations to all!
As you can see from the Kaenon website http://www.kaenon.com/ they make both frame and wire glasses. The picture above is their Hard Kore model. Aaron lent me a pair to wear for a couple of days to see how they worked. It was great timing, I think that yesterday was one of the sunniest days we have had all winter, and of course my major interest was in something that would work well on the water so bright sun on new snow was not a bad substitute. The Hard Kore’s are light and very comfortable. The pair I am wearing has the copper tint as shown in the picture above. I really prefer the copper to the neutral or grey. It does a nice job of enhancing the contrast without really making the colors quite as weird as the yellow lenses. I have a habit of bending sunglasses; the Hard Kore’s look pretty sturdy. We will see how they work out and I will follow up with another post in a couple of days.
What was particularly important to me about the Kaenon brand was that they offer prescription lenses. What was really exciting to me was this statement from the Kaenon website:
“And, like all Kaenon Polarized eyewear, Hard Kore is Rx adaptable utilizing SR-91 Rx lenses.”
Like many older guys I need prescription glasses – in fact prescription bifocals. In my search on other eyewear web sites I find that even those that offer prescription lenses do so for a small segment of their product line – usually the products I don’t particularly like. So it was pretty cool to find out I could pick what I liked first, and then deal with the prescription part second rather than vice versa.
Inner Harbor can set you up with either regular or prescription Kaenon’s. If you need prescription lenses they will get you set up with the necessary eye care professional. Next time you are downtown go have a look.
It’s not going to be fun to have to give these back!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Milwaukee has spent millions on improving the “River Walk” along the banks of the Milwaukee River over the past few years. For those of us with sailboats a big change came last season when the walkways made it south of the East St. Paul Bridge. The extension of the river walk was important because sailboats can’t go any further up the river as we can’t get our masts under the bridge. The number of public docks along the Milwaukee River in the area of Water Street increased as did the number of bars and restaurants available from the water.
Even with this good news there were still two major drawbacks:
1. At least one person on the boat had to refrain from partying so that they could run the boat,
2. the most obvious trip was from the Summerfest Lagoon up the river, or after dinner down the river to the Summerfest Lagoon to concert at the Marcus Theater. Unfortunately there was no place to dock at Summerfest.
A partial solution to item “2” was the new docks at Lakeshore State Park. However, this did not solve problem “1” above. Also, the number of docks at Lakeshore is very limited.
Enter Aaron Kelly of Inner Harbor Marine. Aaron is bringing water taxi service to the Milwaukee waterfront this summer. Start in the center city – end up at Summerfest – or vice versa. This is clearly an idea whose time has come. We will be posting a link to the schedules, pickup points, fees, etc. as soon as they become available.