Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy at it’s slip at the Seattle Coast Guard Base at Pier 36
Last Saturday I had the honor of an Elliot Bay lunch cruise on the USCG Icebreaker Healy which is home-ported in Seattle.
This was a special trip set up to let the family and friends of the crew on the Icebreaker Healy to see the Healy and find out a bit more about the ship, it’s proud history and the many varied missions it has performed over it’s 14 plus years of service. The trip also served as a short shakedown cruise as the crew has been doing some major work to get the Healy ready for deployment to the Arctic this summer.
Spilled Hitch Bowline tied around a handrail
Tying a Bowline using the Spilled Hitch method is a quick and easy, but not a well know way to tie a Bowline.
The Spilled Hitch Bowline can be used to quickly tie a Bowline around an object or through the clew of a Jib or Genoa for example.
No need to remember all about the rabbit and the fox.
The line does about half the work for you, sort of like magic.
When tying a Spilled Hitch Bowline, the Bowline can be tied so quick that it literally looks like “magic” leaving anyone not familiar with tying a Spilled Hitch Bowline literally standing there with their mouth hanging open and wanting you to show them how you just tied the Bowline.
Parts for the new cabin lights showing the mounting spacers and the slot for the electrical wiring.
Recently I needed to do something about the old cabin lights when the switches stopped working.
I decided to upgrade the lights to Red / White LED fixtures. I wanted the Red light option to preserve the night vision of the crew if we were using the boat at night. The old lights were surface mounted and pinched the wiring, I had spaced out the fixtures a bit but I wanted to improve the mounting and not pinch the wires. I had not intended to buy lights that day (at the boat show) so I had not measured the size of the old fixtures. When I explained my dilemma about the size to the light guy, he had the answer “the smaller size fixtures are standard on all boats.” So gullible me bought two of the smaller lights and when I got to the boat a few days later I found out that the lights were smaller than the original lights on the boat.
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Thanks everyone that stopped by!