Seascout-Net Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Uniforms/ Big Boats
Re: Uniforms/ Big Boats
Dennis R. Hays
Thu Oct 22 13:28:39 1998
I am sure we can all point to boats of any size that are "constantly struggling to
keep on top of the
maintenance and raise funds to maintain and operate the vessel." The point I am
trying to make is don't limit your dreams and expectations for your youth or your
ships. While big boats are expensive to maintain and take lots of time to keep up
it is not out of scope for a Sea Scout ship to be over 50'.
At our mini-regatta in November we are expecting 12 ships. The boats will range
in size from 38-95'. The majority of these are "big" boats. Each one represents
a viable and active program. The skippers, mates and crews of these boats are
proud of the hard work required to maintain our programs.
Eric Kozowski wrote:
> > I feel compelled to comment on a recent posting stating "anything over
> > the 40-50' range can be a major detriment to your program...". There
> > are many successful ships operating with boats larger than 50'. Larger
> > boats open opportunities for extended cruising outside local bays and
> > rivers. Chaser has been able to cruise from San Francisco Bay north to
> > British Columbia and south to Baja California. There is nothing wrong
> > with setting your expectations high and sticking to them.
> as the one who made the statement, i feel compelled to defend it. notice, i
> said "can be a major detriment", emphasis on can. there are ships using big
> boats that run successful programs, however, as you probably know, it takes
> large sums of $$ to keep the big boats maintained, inspected, etc. if you
> a benefactor that makes the $$ issue moot (or close to it), then it makes
> running a program w/ a big boat much easier.
> what spurred me to make the comment was observation, first hand, of some ships
> w/ boats of 60+ feet. they're constantly struggling to keep on top of the
> maintenance and raise funds to maintain and operate the vessel.
> Eric Kozowski
> Skipper, SSS601 "City of Roses"
> Serving the youth of Portland, OR since 1929.
> 1998 Cascade Pacific Council Flagship