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Went down to the boathouse and worked on the Albert Russell (winch). Bob Collier and crew (Frenchman Bay
Boating Company) arrived on the barge with the new rails for the ways. First they connected the new float to the
inboard and outboard cross chains, and then put the ramp in place. I have a float and ramp again.........at least
for now !!
We've worked out a system for quick disconnect of the inboard chains in case of a blow.  (BIG blow, the float
goes to the heavy mooring or across the Middle Ground to the cove at  the north end of Turtle Island, across
from Penny Longmaid's Spectacle Island.
Float and Ramp:
Problem and Solution
Float would bottom out
at low tide and get
crushed by the surf.
Ramp be ripped from the
pier and turned into
twisted metal.
walkway
ramp
float
chain
chain
6,000 lb stone
Solution
Install heavy duty
cross tree at
atop end of pier
w. S.S. wire
leading to
midpoint on both
sides of ramp
and back to
hand cranking
winch to raise
ramp up and
against cross
tree. Initially
went with
winching ramp
directly onto pier.
Insert extra 20 foot loop of chain in line, held in place with shackle to U
bolt in ledge; pin release from shackle frees extra chain, allowing float
to ride out into deeper water, still connected inboard and outboard.
NEXT
This is "Blue Lady", the subject of my poem,
with her riding sail of blue outside my kitchen
window. Owned by my lobsterman friend,
Douglas Torrey. The boat named by one of
his wives.
Additional 20' chain loop.
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Wednesday 11 September 1996  continued
Wednesday 11 September 1996  continued
It's 8:00 A.M. and there are virtually no fisherman out. I wonder why. There is usually a reason. I did
hear and see four or five head offshore around  5:00 and 6:00 however.
The offshore lobstermen head way out, setting their traps in very deep water. Most of the locals set
their traps within a few miles of home. When I first started coming to Maine, thirty years ago, I
marveled at how the fishermen knew where all their traps (often more than 600) were set. They set
lines of traps, using time and compass heading to pick up the first buoy in the first line; then
proceeding on a compass course down the line to its last buoy; then proceeding on a new,
previously recorded (in the head, not on paper) compass course to the first buoy in the second line;
and so on. It was long thought that once lobsters entered a trap's "kitchen", they were in the trap for
god (whoops, for GOOD).
Recent government (here we go) studies have shown that  (I prefer ,"suggest that") lobsters stroll
in, dine liesurely, maybe take a nap, and then head back out of the trap; the lobsters in the trap
when the trap is hauled just in the middle of their "in and out" round trip!
August, 1995
"During these days a feeling of awe crept over me. My memory worked with
startling power. The ominous, the insignificant, the great, the small, the wonderful,
the commonplace - all appeared before my mental vision in magical succession."
          Joshua Slocum, Sailing Alone Around the World
"He always thought of the sea as la mar which is what people call her in
Spanish when they love her. Sometimes those who love her say bad
things of her but they are always said as though she were a woman."
 Ernest Hemmingway,  The Old Man and the Sea