Renova at Toba Inlet, originally uploaded by Naomi T. I found this on Flckr. This picture was taken in Toba Inlet, British Columbia. The Toba Inlet is a deep fjord, 100 miles north of Vancouver. I loved this shot of Renova anchored by a waterfall. It reminded me of my trip to the Canadian Rockies this summer where the ice melts and creates these spectacular high mountain falls.
The sailors who posted it have a great gallery. Here are some Orca they saw in the Bay.
A few weeks ago, I asked for submissions for the Stupidest Boat Names and I was not disappointed. These are beauties. Thank You! This would not of course had been possible without the support of the awesome Scuttlebutt.
I have tried to categorize them and they have been unscientifically grouped in a totally subjective way that made sense to me after a few beers. I haven't figured my 3 favorites yet but when I do the submitters get CDs of the Top 10 Sailing Songs.
The original list, culled from several web sites, is in the extended posts. If you have any other names to suggest, I will happily add them. Here they are:
Clever "Maid of Plywood" "DILLIGAFF" which stands for Do I look like I give a flying f.... "If it doesn't come when you call it, why name it" (An Olympic Trial Finn) "Weazel" with a tender called "One Eye" "Change Order" and the dinghy named: "original contract" "WOFTAM" waste of f'n time and money! "Miss America" (Nothing as embarrassing as calling into the race committee to get a slip and saying, Race Committee, this is Miss America" or having to wear the shirts!) "Time and Money" "Head First" "Sea Cup" (Skippered by a woman) "Runs With Scissors" "Support the Right to Arm Bears "
Relationships "Don't tell the wife" How about that on a Mayday? Mayday, Mayday, Don't tell the wife! "Alternative Girlfriend" "Mom's Mink" "FUJIMO" - (F___ You Jane, I'm Moving Out ... "She Got the House" "Pissed N Broke"
Obscure "Dances with Sheep" (Kiwi Boat) "The World's Largest Prairie Dog" "Shoot Low They're Riding Chickens"
I am not making this up There was a yacht at the Arun Yacht Club called "Passing Wind." About 10 miles to the west is the Looe Passage, around SDelsey Bill, West Sussex. A crew member was hit by the boom,and the owner called out the coastguard. "What is your name and position?" "We are Passing Wind, in the Looe"
I am less than a fan of the whole cruiseboat thing. I can think of nothing more boring than being stuck on a floating hotel with a thousand strangers, stuffing myself silly. This however caught my attention. It is a little out of date and I apologize if it's old news but it was too weird not to share.
It's an 1/8th scale model of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Majesty of The Sea. It was built by a now-retired French miner, Francois Zanella. He spent 3,500 hours planning and designing it
in intricate detail. It then took him 11 years to build. More precisely, 25,000 hours. It was then transported to the Saas river so Francois could spend his retirement cruising it up and down the French canals.
There are times when I wonder why I do this blogging thing (Many of my readers may share this the same notion). It takes a lot more dedication than I expected but this is something else.
He apparently was inspired by the ..er splendor of the original Majesty of The Sea built in France in 1992. You have to hand it to the guy - 28,500 hours of planning and building over 12 years. That's some kind of homage. It only took Michelangelo 4 years to complete the Sistine Chapel.
I can imagine the following chat over a breakfast one morning:
Mrs Z: "Bonjour, Francois. Vous etes lost in deep thought?" Mr Z: "Oui, ma cheri. I have a big idee" Mrs Z: "Tellez-le moi, mon cheri" Mr Z: "Je need un hobby" Mrs Z (hopefully): "La collection des stamps?" Mr Z: "Non je vais spender the next 12 years, building, un 33 metre model de la magnifique Majesty of the Sea." Mrs Z: "Cherchez the lawyer, buster!" Here is Mr Z at work. God bless him.