Friday April 27, 2007
The Silver Goose. Parked between Palm Island and the MacArthur for the last four days.
Wednesday November 22, 2006
Conspicuous consumption on Palm Island. Parked perpendicular to the shore for extra conspicuousness. Not sure the exact address, but around here. Seriously, though, it’s a nice boat. Anyone have a make or model on this thing?
Thursday November 16, 2006
I was just driving around, getting into other people’s business, when I drove by a marina on an impromptu trip down the 79th street causeway a few weeks ago. There was a guy washing a car and a big dog, and I snapped a few pictures of boats up on these huge shelfs, more or less expecting to get yelled at even though I was firmly on public sidewalk. Surprisingly, though, he and everyone else at North Beach Marina was super friendly, and I was invited in to stroll around and ask questions.
The boats sit triple and quadruple-stacked on these metal frames. There is also a hangar, which is the same on the inside but protected from the elements.
A big forklift grabs them from the shelves . . .
. . . and plops them in the water. These forklifts are as big as an 18-wheeler cab, can lift as high as three stories, and have forks as long as a car. The marina has two of them.
The boats sit on two carpet-covered slats of wood which are so close together that I figured a light gust might knock them all over. I’m told, however, that they stay put even in hurricane-force winds, and during Wilma, there was only one boat they bothered to tie down. No worries, no problems.
A slick, James Bond-looking catamaran sits on the bottom shelf. I forgot to ask what its top speed is.
Next to the marina, a little marine supply store specializing in boat upholstery. Lots of work on a sewing machine goes on there.
North Beach Marina
724 Ne 79th St