Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Keeping the Gremlins at Bay

The new Garmin GPS 17X VHS antenna installed

All the wiring to the stuff on the stern passes through this cable run on the stern Caprail.

Here is where I attached the ground wire to the stern pulpit so there is a direct connection now from our grounding system to the stern pulpit.

Here is a pic of our Fish Zinc for added electrolysis protection in marina's.

Here the wire from the fish zinc is attached to the stern pulpit with a hose clamp

I found this spray on tape so I am testing it out on the exposed connections on the stern pulpit to see if it is effective at warding off corrosion.

You see that little bronze screw on the right, that is the bleed screw that had a defective O ring. The guy at Terry Bearing said that after time they get hard and do not seal properly.

Thanks to the Guy at Goodyear Rubber in St. Pete for directing me here to Terry Bearing to find the perfect O-Ring for the Bleed Screw.

This is the interior of the electrical panel, just a few of all the terminals, wires and connections to maintain.

Hear is the corroded DC wire that was just about to cause havoc, thank goodness I had a reason to open the control panel up and look around. You can see how the insulation near the terminal had already turned black from the heat.

I finally replaced the 6 "Lift the Dot" snaps on the front edge of the Dodger.

Here you can see the bent corroded springs in the Lift the Dot snaps. I guess these get more salt spray and that is why they needed replacing.

The 53' Azimut recently moved in a few slips down, I wondered about his boat projects ;)

Keeping the Gremlins at Bay

Then there are those projects that are always there because they keep getting pushed back to the end of the list. This occurs since some other project has priority in terms of being able to move the vessel or a safety issue jumps in front. These are things that need to be done so that you do not have to think of them anymore but then if you complete all these little projects than you have nothing left to work on or think about or spend money on. I actually enjoy most boat projects; they give me a great sense of satisfaction and pride when I complete them. Our last boat was a 86’ Catalina 30, it was the best one we could find in the State of Texas for our budget. It came with a lot of positives; the brand new 27 hp diesel was one. It did have some leaks and needed some cosmetic help along with new running rigging. Of course there are all the upgrades you can do to move the boat into the 21st century. The purpose of this vessel was for me to learn about big boat systems so that when we bought our cruising vessel I would be able to maintain the vessel myself. The Admiral called it our Hop boat. After nearly three years the Catalina was complete, nothing else left to do. Yes I know something will always eventually need fixing on a boat but this boat was show room floor new from the top of the mast to the bottom of the keel. Besides working a few days a week on the boat I also learned to sail it as I was on the water 3-4 times every week. I remember the day I finished the last project on that boat and the project list was done. Nothing left to do but keep the boat clean. I felt sort of empty since I would have nothing to do on the days sailing was not an option. I think my brain is trying to avoid this moment again so I manage to always have something on the list and just not complete them since they are very low priority and will not interfere with our cruising or sailing.

After weeks the rains parted and we would have three days straight with no rain. Time to go out for a day sail on Tampa Bay. The Admiral had something to do in the morning so I would get the boat ready to go and we would go out about noon when she returned. Getting a live a board sailboat ready to go sailing when it has not moved for weeks takes some time to secure everything down below. The deck also takes longer since there is more sun protective canvass to remove and stow and the items that have become unsecured during the last several weeks have to be lashed down or removed and stowed. After a couple of hours of securing everything I then removed all but two dock lines so that when the Admiral returned we could easily depart the docks. I installed the chart plotter and did the customary VHF radio check. GARGLESNARKLE! What is wrong with the GPS? For some reason the chart plotter was not receiving the GPS signal from the satellites. I know my NEMA connections well. I went below and got out the wiring schematics to identify the wires from the Garmin GPS 17X Antenna. The four wires were easily identified then I looked for loose connections. Nothing loose at the NEMA Bus bar so it must be a individual terminal. I learned from a Electrical 101 Seminar at BYC that if something does not work check the ground wire first, and yes, the terminal on the ground was loose all the others were good. I crimped on a new connector and went to the helm hoping all was working. Nope. We have not sailed Tampa Bay enough to have the local knowledge to just go out for a sail. Yes we could use a chart but that takes away from a relaxing day sail, You have to constantly stay up to the minute on your dead reckoning navigation to avoid all the shallow areas or spoils. The Admiral called to say she would be there soon so I just told her not to hurry since we would not be going out. A call to Garmin confirmed that indeed The GPS 17X Antenna could be bad. They no longer sold this antenna and the next generation was still available from third party vendors but Garmin already had the fourth generation out. I needed a NEMA 2000 wired antenna to make the installation as simple as possible so I opted to take the advice of the Garmin Tech and buy a GPS 17X VHS antenna. He would email me the wiring schematics. Again came through and one of their venders had three available and it was available on Amazon Prime so I could get it in two days free shipping.

The installation took two days to remove the old and snake the new cable from the NEMA connecting Bus located on the ceiling of the midships engine room to the stern of the boat where the antenna is installed on the dingy davits. Of course when you are crawling into these spaces you find other things that need your attention, and better to do them now while you got all the stuff out of the way.

Along with installing the Antenna I was encouraged to pay attention to a very small leak of fluid from the Autopilot. I had looked for the source of this leak several times but could not find it since it was so small. I would lose less than an once of fluid in 6 or 8 months. I just kept a large absorbent pad under the unit to catch the drip. This time since we had not used the boat in so long it was obvious where the leak was. It was from one of the two bleed screws. A new O-ring would fix this! Inspection of the ground wires in this area revealed one attached to the rudder post had corroded and needed replaced. Also since I would be snaking a cable through the stern of the boat up through the cap rail this would give me a chance to add a ground wire to the stern pulpit to attach for the fish zinc we used for extra electrolysis protection. The instructions for a exterior zinc hanging into the water from the boat says to connect the zinc to the boats grounding system. Our Engine guy in Kemah told us that we could just connect it to our stern pulpit and that would work fine. This is the way we have had it since we owned the boat but I was unsure if it was truly grounded and was providing the protection it should have. Another option is to connect it to a shroud since the mast is grounded. This option concerns me as I had a friend who did this and eventually his shroud failed. I always wondered if connecting the zinc to his shroud promoted corrosion at the swagged fitting where the cable connects to the chain plate? Anyway I now had the perfect time to add a ground wire from our boats grounding system directly to the stern pulpit to insure the fish zinc had proper grounding.

The GPS now receives the Satellite signal, the fish zinc actually seems to be working properly, time will tell. The Hydraulic Ram no longer weeps fluid and the short ground wire to the rudder post is all good.

This attention to the electrical system encouraged me to go after 1 more item on the project list. Our Stereo has never worked when the battery selector switch is set to “1”. This means when we are sailing and the engine is off then no music. I knew I could fix the problem since I installed this particular Stereo. If we were just motoring or motor sailing which is the way most of our cruising has been, we could still listen to our Ipad. It was an easy install though since I just removed the old technology Alpine that was on the boat and replaced it with a Bluetooth/MP3 player. I just had to connect the same positive, negative, speaker wires to the same connections. Upon inspection I found that the stereo was connected to the number 2 battery bank which is off when we are sailing to protect the start battery from draining. I wondered why did the previous owner do this? Then I realized all the batteries had been replaced and reorganized just prior to our buying the boat, the battery bank 2 became battery bank 1 and of course vice versus. So I just had to switch one wire and that was now fixed. But while doing this chore it drew my attention to another problem. The major wire that ran from the DC switch to the electrical panel (that operated all twelve volt systems on the boat) was badly corroded. Not sure when this started since we thoroughly inspected and cleaned every terminal inside the control panel before leaving Corpus. Besides my eyes, I had three other highly qualified individuals look over the panel in the year before we left Corpus. It just goes to show you that in the harsh ocean environments need to stay vigilant on all things electrical. A small unnoticeable bit of corrosion can grow and create a hazard. Since the corroded wire is much less efficient at moving along the electrons the resistance can build up and cause the wire to heat up slowly near the corrosion burning the insulation and could actually cause a fire. The protective circuit breakers are designed to protect against electrical surges or shorts and are apparently not as good at protecting against this type of problem.
The end of Hurricane season is nearing so we are making plans to continue our cruise. We plan to depart Tampa the end of November and make a two day trip to Ft. Myers by way of the ICW and Sarasota. Then I will take Wand'rin Star on the outside in the Gulf overnight to Boot Key, Marathon Fl. We will hang out there to explore the Keys by a bus that runs up and down the island chain. Then it will be a 1 day trip in the Atlantic to Miami. After that we will  the AICW till we get to St;. Augustine, Fl. and we plan to spend the winter months of Jan and Feb there. It is good to get these little details taken care of now so we can just concentrate on the cruise.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Catching up on Birding

Don spotting, Lorraine getting the Pic and the Admiral searching for the bird.

Moving into thicker vegetation, watch out for the poison Ivy and everything else!

There is another one up there somewhere.

This was Birding on Saturday AM with about 25 others at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve they were looking for a Screech Owl.

This Yellow Crowned Night Heron greets us every morning and evening at the ramp to our marina docks.

A few of these juvenile Green Herons fish around the docks here, they were raised on a small mangrove island rookery next to our marina.

We saw a Cane Toad like this one one evening just before dark as we were walking down the sidewalk near our marina. They secrete a poisonous fluid around their head area and is is not uncommon to hear of dogs dying from their secretions. These are HUGE toads, it Startled me it was so unbelievably big.,

These are Queens Lilly's at the Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. We saw Moor Hens walking across the water on these huge pads.

Huge Lilly Bloom

Double Hibiscus

Angel Trumpets, Someone discovered you could smoke these things and be treated with a Hallucinogenic Trip.

Had to get a picture sitting on the Serenity Stone, a piece of Petrified Limestone.

The Admiral has this uncanny ability of always hooking up with the top resources in the area. We were out just enjoying Fort DeSoto and she walked over to a small awning on the beach with some obvious birders and just happened to meet Lorraine Margeson. Lorraine is a leader among many Bird Stewards who stand watch over bird habitats at Fort DeSoto and other local areas. Short Story is Lorraine emailed us with a invitation to do some birding at Fort Desoto with her and her mate Don. We started our morning checking out the shore birds which eventually required a bit of wading through tidal pools to get across the low areas. Fort Desoto is a very large area and we drove to three different areas and hiked about each area considerably. I think we started around 8am and ended just after 1pm. Don is the best birder I have ever seen. He is able to quickly spot and identify a bird in the most difficult of environments. (Difficult for Lynn and I since we learned birding in Port A where there are no trees.) Here the trees can easily be 30 or 40 feet tall and the vegetation is thick and lush making it a challenge to spot small birds in the tops. Yes you can see the movement but often you have to identify the birds from their bottom parts since they are so high up.
The Admiral followed Lorraine closely through thick brush that alone we would not have even thought of entering since their are plenty of things both plant and animal that you want to avoid coming in contact with in Florida. The following is a list of sightings that Don and Lorraine posted on some bird reporting site after our day of birding together. These are the sightings by Don and Lorraine, Lynn and I got to share a part of this by spending a wonderful day with the best.

Fort De Soto County Park, Pinellas, US-FL

Sep 15, 2012 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Protocol: Traveling

4.0 mile(s)

68 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 34 8 flying east off the gulf, 26 migrating
south within 200 yards of shore

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) 4
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) 3
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 5
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 1
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 19
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 9
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) 1
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 1
Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) 2
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 14
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 7
Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola) 6
Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) 17
Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) 6
Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) 2 1 banded
American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) 2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 1
Willet (Tringa semipalmata) 26
Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) 16
Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) 22
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 38
Semipalmated Sandpiper (Calidris pusilla) 5
Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) 6
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 17
Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) 2
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) 56
Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) 435
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 1
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) 1
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 4
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 6
Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) 2
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 3
Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) 27
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) 1200
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis) 450
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) 135
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 14
Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) 8
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.) 1
Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) 6
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus) 3
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 7
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 5
Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 40
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 2 immature
Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) 2

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1 Adult male seen well by 4
people for around 10 minutes at less than 50 feet.

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 3 1 male
Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) 1 male
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2
Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) 1 female
Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 2 1 immature
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) 4
Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor) 4
Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) 1 Male
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1
Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 30

Wow! Then a couple of weeks later we decided to attend the Saturday Morning Birding tour at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Pete. Well about 25 or so birders showed up and there was a female leader with a couple of male spotting helpers.
This was a way different experience as it is difficult to stay near the leaders as they spot the birds. It was the first time we have seen someone use a (green) laser light to help the group see the spotted bird. At first I thought it was a piece of green tinsel that had been blown up in the tree then we realized it was a laser light. The leader said she made sure not to shine it directly at the birds but just in the general area so we could all find the bird. This was a pretty handy device since the trees here are all very tall and though they keep it thinned out and it is not as dense as at that one area at Fort DeSoto it is still a challenge to see the colors and markings of the small birds so high up in the canopy tops. This also causes serious birders neck as you are constantly craning your necks to look almost straight up to see the birds. We lauged a lot since in Port A everything the birds can land on are usually not much taller than  head high. They are way easier to identify since you can easily see all their colors and markings.

We bought a Groupon to go see the Sunken Gardens in St. Pete. We thought besides the plants we might see a few birds there. We decided to go on Friday morning since there is a free tour of the Gardens.
This is the only way to see this place unless you are a professional Horticulturist. There is no way we could have enjoyed these gardens half as much on our own. Who would have known the story about the Angel Trumpets? I copied the following from the Gardens website:
"In 1903 a plumber by the name of George Turner, Sr. purchased the six acres that would become a world famous botanical attraction. Using an elaborate maze of clay tiles, he drained an ancient lake on the property, leaving a rich muck soil that was ideal for his favorite hobby – gardening. Neighbors so enjoyed strolling through Mr. Turner's garden, that by the early 1920's, he was charging a nickel for tours. Three generations of the Turner family continued the vision that created this unique tropical garden, with its flowing ponds."
Well this plumber was one heck of a gardener. Maybe his kids drove him crazy and he just stayed out of the house and the Garden was his escape? Definitely worth a visit, we went around a second time without the guide. We did not see any birds though other than the few they had on exhibit in the gardens. The Admiral continues to enjoy the birds everyday here in our marina. With so many juveniles to watch develop from the nearby rookery island she keeps her camera full of new pics.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Diez y Seis at Loews Don CeSar Hotel

This Hotel is known at St. Pete's Pink Castle

We got a text from our daughter to return to our room for some bubbles and chocolate covered strawberries. We put it all in a bag and returned to the beach to enjoy.

It's just as good standing in the Gulf of Mexico

Sea Oats

Very Smooth Seas

This is my favorite way to beach

This is the Admiral's favorite way to Beach...the Hot tub.

She made me play cause she knew she would win!

Pre dinner pics

Another favorite of the Admirals Beach time.

This Moray Eel was our dinner guest, or I guess we were his?

Forgot to get a pic of the Red Snapper, we ate all of this also.

Yoga on the Beach

Lunch at the Brass Monkey down the street in Pass-a-Grille

Checking out the Pass-a-Grille quaint beach...very nice.

Finished with a sunset walk at our marina seawall.

Well since the Admirals birthday is 9/16 and the daughters is 9/26 I of course had to use all my brain to remember which came first. Yes I know 16 is before 26, but is it the wife's or daughters? Then Lynn commented that she loved having her birthday on diez y seis since (In Texas) there are always celebrations going on and she just pretended it was all for her birthday. From that moment on I never forgot whose birthday came first...Lynn loved Diez y seis! About a week before our daughter called and inquired where we would be during the week of the 16th, and then later she texted me that she had a surprise for her mom's 60th birthday. She and our son reserved two nights at Lowes Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach. I was going to love this birthday gift and I knew the Admiral would make the most of every minute of it. We already had a date to go birding with some new friends at Fort DeSoto the morning of the 15th so the timing
worked out perfect. The Admiral would get to go birding with two of the best birders in the Tampa Bay area and then just a few miles away go check into this Old School Five Star Florida Hotel. The birding wore me out, I could not wait to get to the hotel and just rest in the AC a bit. The problem is that when the Admiral has an opportunity to go 5 star her energy level peaks and she makes sure she takes advantage of every amenity available. We checked in and the bed looked like a the perfect place for me for a little 30 minute rest time before we took another step. But, she was ready to go explore the hotel and make sure she knew where all the fun spots were so she could make a plan. I had to be a good party host for our kids gift so I ignored my body and mind and escorted her all through the Luxuries. Once on the beach though I perked up as anytime near the water is good time. Then I got a text from my daughter that we had to return to our room for a surprise. A big bottle of Bubbly and huge chocolate covered strawberries. I could rest now and drink and eat....The Admiral had a better Idea, put it all in a bag and take it to the pool, or where ever she wanted to go. So we  had a glass on the beach, then we went to a table by the pool for round two. Then it was time for a late lunch, so Round three with lunch by the pool and Thankfully this was a big bottle so we got to finish it off in the room. The Pool deck and the cafe there is so nice we decided to just do dinner there that night and enjoy the view of the Gulf of Mexico and sunset. The Admiral was up early the next morning to enjoy the beach yoga, she called me to get down and get a couple of chairs and umbrella as others were already down there taking some of the best spots. They had a Ice cream shop where you could pick up some Starbucks and breakfast snacks so I got mine and this Jamaican dude hooked me up with the last best place. I got in the recliner and enjoyed all of that coffee. Every hour they bring around little samples of their special drinks, that was great cause I was not getting up. The Admiral around noon wanted to play ping pong......again I ignored my body and soul and enjoyed getting beat two games of ping pong, thankfully I got to return to the recliner under the umbrella after that. Another late lunch pool side and afternoon walk, dip on the beach. The water was cool, not warm, just right. Not a wave in sight......This would be very rare at Mustang Island. The water was glass like a lake, if fact I saw at least two small pontoon boats out there, they would be swamped for sure off the Texas Coast.
Our daughter made reservations for us at the Maritana Grill, the Hotels fine dining. We had a wonderful dinner with a table next to a huge aquarium. I was really groovin on Diez y seis now and the Admiral was glowing in the dark. Check out time was 11am but the Admiral still had time the next morning for Yoga on the beach and then yoga in the pool. I got down to take a couple of pics and then she introduced me to the Yoga instructor who had volunteered to take the two of us on a walking tour of some trails adjacent to the hotel. It was worth it cause she told us about the Brass Monkey in Pass-a-Grille where we could get some really fine crab for lunch before we headed back to the boat. We quickly checked out and drove the short distance to Pass-a-Grille. A funky off the tourist map community on a peninsula. The Brass Monkey had Great Monkey balls and the view of the Pass-a-Grille beach across the street made the continuing birthday awesome. Loews Don CeSar Hotel

Monday, October 1, 2012


We woke up a couple of weeks ago and this was in a slip just a 4 slips down from us.

The hatches on top were open and there was one other guy on the dock taking pics of it.

The helm is loaded with electronics and the hull seems bullet proof.

The scuttlebutt on the docks is the vessel is 76' in length.

This Aft Hatch opens, later I got a look inside, plenty of room in the aft compartment for a Zodiac and a Seal Team.

We were on our way to Fort De Soto to meet some birding friends so we were up early and as we jumped of the boat to head to the Little truck that Can, this military looking vessel was just a few slips away. I snapped a few pics and the Admiral asked one of the Navy looking guys around what was it, he replied "Sealion",. He said they came from Virginia Beach where there is a large Nave Base. I asked another question and he said we could find more information by searching Google than he was allowed to tell us. So the following are a couple of excerpts from two different web pages:

"SEALION II is scheduled for delivery to the Navy by December 2005. The second SEALION, as was the first, is being fabricated by Oregon Iron Works Inc. (OIW) under a $6 million contract from the Carderock Division in Bethesda, Md. No additional SEALION boats are planned. The SEALION project is intended to refine the Navy’s knowledge of advanced hull forms to provide “superior sea keeping capabilities and improved comfort to crew and passengers,” said Warring. The pounding endured by special operations forces in other boats in rough water has proven hazardous to their health, according to Navy medical studies. Rough boat rides are blamed for injuries to the skeletal system, including teeth, as well as to internal organs, the studies found. The SEALION has an enclosed cockpit for the crew and passengers — such as SEALS — that provides a quiet, comfortable environment, and improves the ability of the passengers to perform their duties after a long transit.

SEALION II: 71-plus feet
Draft: classified; relatively shallow for a 71-foot-long craft

Speed: 40-plus knots; capable of transiting Sea State 5 at 30-plus knots

Propulsion: two MTU diesel engines driving two KaMeWa waterjets, providing 1,136 shaft horsepower per engine

Crew: SEALION I: three; SEALION II: two

Builder: Oregon Iron Works

The SEALION II is intended to demonstrate advanced capabilities for future combatant craft in a medium-range maritime platform for enhanced knowledge of seakeeping performance, functional modularity, integrated command and control, crew readiness, human system integration, construction techniques, maintenance and affordability. The craft is being operated by NSWG 4 as a clandestine insertion and extraction platform for special forces. SEALION II is a high-speed, low observable/low radar signature craft that can operate in the littorals. It can carry an unspecified number of SEALs and a modular mission payload. It has a state-of-the-art electronics suite."

The vessel stayed at our marina for a full week so we got to talk to the different crew several times, by the end of the week they were allowing families and their kids inside the vessel giving impromptu tours. I asked them why they were not at a military base like McDill Air force Base which is just around the corner from us. They said they did not have the electrical connections at their small marina that the vessel required. It seemed to take on a few different crew each day, go out in the morning and return near sundown. It had a large support crew with truck and big air-conditioned trailer. Everyone left at night but on most nights two guys stayed aboard.There were 11 guys who brought the vessel in but different numbers and different crew gong out each day. A few of the guys could have definitely been Navy Seals but most seemed to have other occupations, and a few did not appear military at all, more white collar types? Not sure what the mission was but it was easy to tell they all really enjoyed being part of this team. It was very stealth and it is listed as semi-submersible but it looked liked the whole thing could submerse. That flat gray paint made it hard to see even when it was just a short distance away. If you looked away for a minute it was difficult to find again.
Many from this community would come down to take a look at this unusual visitor to the Westshore Yacht Club Marina. I still wonder why on earth they chose this spot?