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Old 05-08-2013, 16:16   #166
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Re: The Flyin Hawaiian is gone!

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Rod's Tow to Nowhere - (Geez. I've gotta get some work done some time, but . . . . ) So, HR and his crew had themselves a little adventure today, and I was able to watch. I also took some pix which I'll eventually post, but for now just the rough map below. Besides, I'm not sure he's actually anchored in his new position yet. I'll check in a couple of hours.

It started around 12:30 (high tide) when he appeared to be towing toward the marina. It's hard to figure what his goal was, because there's no room for him in there right now. His old spot at the end of the "A" dock is now occupied by a nice-looking (and presumably rent-paying) catamaran. In any case, he never got there. FH appeared to run aground just to the east of the first pair of markers for the channel into the marina. (This is one of the most popular spots to ground a boat in the whole damn bay.) So HR drops his to line and runs FH Jr. back to the big boat and ties alongside. He and Mrs. Rod fuss around with the starboard rudder, which appears to be what hit the mud. Eventually it swings up (they appear to be hinged pop-up rudders, sorta like a sunfish) and he FH starts to drift. For about 15 minutes they drifted to the northeast, sort of parallel to the seawall of the marina, while the two of them walked fore and aft, checking the tow hookup, possibly considering dropping the anchor, messing with something back by the rudder and the Bayliner all the while skirting the edge of what is a very shallow mudbank.

After a while, Rod apparently realized that he was headed toward trouble, jumped back in the Bayliner and picked up the tow again. However, for the next 15 minute or so, he would just pull the boat a little upwind and then idle the motorboat while he let it continue to drift to the east. At one point I thought he was maybe trying to drift back to his original spot behind East Marin Island. While this was going on, he appeared to make several calls on a cellphone.

Eventually, he powered-up and started to tow with a purpose. For about half a mile, he appeared to be headed back toward where he was anchored this morning, but then he swung around and headed toward the mouth of San Rafael Creek. Eventually he reached a point where I could only follow his mastheads over the roofs of houses over that way, but it look like FH stopped and swung around into the wind about where I've marked it on the map. If so, he's just about blocking the mouth of the canal, which goes into the Yacht Club and a couple of marinas downtown. If so, someone in authority is going to have a very pointed conversation with him real soon. There's a hill in the neighborhood next door where I think I can get a good overhead view of just where he is. I'll check it out on toward low tide.


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Old 05-08-2013, 16:31   #167
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Time to give this guy some slack.. He's been ridiculed and criticized all along this endeavor and at every turn he bests the nay sayer's and armchair experts. Leave him be..
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Re: The Flyin Hawaiian is gone!

Current speculation over on SA is that Hot Rod is trying to anchor in a spot where the boat can't sink too badly and that he may be trying to unload the motorcycle off the back porch.
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Re: The Flyin Hawaiian is gone!

Is low in the waterline?
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Is low in the waterline?
Dunno. The scuttlebutt is that he got booted out of Loch Lomond Marina and now he's been towing the cat and/or letting her drift order to get her anchored on a mud flat. Hot Rod was also seen spending a lot of time with the motorcycle perhaps with an eye towards getting the bike off the boat. All speculation however.
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Re: The Flyin Hawaiian is gone!

Speculation and scuttlebutt from Sailing Anarchy. Wow, that's something to quote for sure.
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Wont someone just head over his way and interview him? Im dying to know what is going on in that boat!!!
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Speculation and scuttlebutt from Sailing Anarchy. Wow, that's something to quote for sure.
Considering that several regular posters there live close enough to actually watch the goings-on from their houses, I'd say it's worth quoting.

The minute you have something relevant to add to this thread, feel free to chime in.
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I have looked at the Wooden Boat forum and SA hoping for some first hand info. It was reported that he has moved farther from the shipping channel by a a guy taking pics from shore.

WBF has some structural pics and a similar discussion to that going on here.
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Considering that several regular posters there live close enough to actually watch the goings-on from their houses, I'd say it's worth quoting.

The minute you have something relevant to add to this thread, feel free to chime in.
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Re: The Flyin Hawaiian is gone!

Bianka posted:

The unbelievable story of the Floating Neutrinos in a raft across the Atlantic ocean . - YouTube

That was oddly compelling to watch. Just
when you start thinking, 'what else is there
about this boat that's odd' and then you see
they have a dog aboard...then you see there
are 2 dogs aboard. And they're big dogs.
And later there are 3 dogs.

The music, by them, is actually very good.

Thanks for the link, Mike.
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Get out from under that boat if its sinking....
He scrubs it with 80 grit sandpaper.
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Re: The Flyin Hawaiian is gone!

What harm is being done? Can't a guy have some fun? This is the condo-ization of SF bay..I hope he is anchored out dancing a jig on the deck. Any evidence he is unable to swim?
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Re: The Flyin Hawaiian is gone!

John Cleese explains it perfectly.

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Dunno. The scuttlebutt is that he got booted out of Loch Lomond Marina and now he's been towing the cat and/or letting her drift order to get her anchored on a mud flat. Hot Rod was also seen spending a lot of time with the motorcycle perhaps with an eye towards getting the bike off the boat. All speculation however.

So ol' HotRod wasn't building a boat after all, he's built hisself a moveable BEACHHOUSE, errr, MUDFLATSHOUSE...
Next thing he'll fold out the jakelegs, errr, jackup legs and raise it up above MHHW; then to build a gangway ashore to offload the precious KawHog.
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