Captain Jim Captain made a purchase of the first of a fleet of vessels planned for Schools Out Sailing. The vessel is an old Irwin 23. So we will have more sailing lessons soon. http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Sailing/boards/view/viewthread?thread=41749862 His site is ww.schoolsoutssailing.com
I am going to ask Nick to speak about Boats/Skippers for Hospice Cup
Then we will hear Micah's stories!
Which paint works? Which ones don't? Are they worth the cost? Are they hard on the environment? Are the bottom coatings hard on the boat? How often does it have to be done? What else can be done to prevent bottom growth?
Best practices and thoughts on hull cleaning, care, paint etc from a divers perspective- we see what's going on under there more than anyone.
Gulf and Bay Dive Services is headquartered in Madeira Beach, Florida. We serve all the Pinellas Beaches, St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay Area.They service marinas, residential locations, and transient cruisers.
Micah Thompson and his wife moved to the beach after getting married and completing their 6 month honeymoon hike of the Appalachian Trail. Micah was a white collar guy in Atlanta and worked with a 3rd world non-profit for his first year in Florida.
As he loves boats, diving, and being an avid sailor he began working under boats. It's harder work than he ever realized but he enjoys working with customers who have an affinity for boats themselves. He also saw plenty of room for divers who were honest, dependable, had a professional skill set, and could show up and invoice on time. After over 1,000 hours of underwater time working for larger dive companies as an outsourced diver he decided to create Gulf and Bay Dive Services.
Over two dozen people came to the monthly Meet & Greet last month. We learned a lot about how to cruise down and around Key West.
Come out and press the flesh with your fellow sailors at this dryland social gathering. A great way for crew to meet skippers, and vice versa, before committing to future races, day sails or cruises. Also, with race season approaching, it's a great way to find out who's doing what, where and when.
Consensus seems to be for monthly meet & greet so people can get to know each other before arranging sails. This will be a formal meeting. Please be sure to introduce yourself to everybody. (Name tags help!)
• Skippers can identify themselves by telling people about their boat or showing off pictures of it on their smart phones. Wear your crew chirt oif you have one!
• Crew can identify themselves by wearing foul weather gear (be prepared!) or eye patches.
• Newbies can prepare by glancing over all of our information pages: http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-Sailing/about/
FREE parking at the park next door. Great sandy beach at Tiki bar.