Summer fun: Camden, Panbots & Gizmo

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Incidentally, though it’s hard to see even if you click the photo of Gizmo larger, a bit of Camden Harbor brown slime has grown at the aft end of the port waterline. In fact it stops exactly where the “boosted” Pettit HydroCoat Eco test begins, which indicates that this bottom paint does benefit from added Zinc Omadine at least in this harbor.

  2. Dennis says:

    Archer is the support tender for the sailing yacht being ratted up, Heroina. She also serves as a chase boat for the classic yacht Marilee, of the same ownership.

  3. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Thanks, Dennis! I hope to watch some of the racing tomorrow and/or Saturday…
    …and wish the boats great sailing.
    Incidentally, I wrote about Marilee’s new interior design in March and hope that worked out well:

  4. Armed recreational boats? Say it isn’t so! Shades of the 17th century.. A pity so many states (and countries) want to throw you in jail for a .22 in a locker, let alone any actual armaments. But I guess the military appearance is pleasing to these folks – saw a big megayacht in Ft. Lauderdale that was painted Navy grey (though a LOT better paint job than any warship I ever saw up close) with a white number on the side. The actual name was in small black letters on the stern.
    We’re creeping closer to ya, Ben – heading out of Handy’s in Falmouth Foreside on Sunday or Monday.. đŸ™‚

  5. Quitsa says:

    Do those Navy painted vessels identify themselves as “warship” on the VHF? Interesting way to bluff a pirate approaching from a distance since presumably they would not want to get close enough to get a really good look.
    I have had a few encounters with Navy ships in fog and haze and contacted them over VHF to negotiate passing. Usually easy to guess what is involved because of having a large radar target with no AIS data but they have never identified themselves. My favorite was the time I was out fishing and trolling around in heavy fog that had rolled in suddenly. I did a call on channel 16 to “vessel heading north” at their approximate location. I got an immediate response from a very professional sounding young man with no identification advising me that they had radar contact and I should maintain course and speed as they would pass close by my port side. The radar target got alarmingly large over the next several minutes until finally I saw a very big shape looming over me about 100 yards away, which I recognized as an Aegis equipped cruiser. At least then I was sure they knew exactly where I was within inches!

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    “Special ops” style yachts is a thing! Check out the Jarrett Bay 46 battle wagon Grander:

  7. I certainly wouldn’t think they would do that, since that would be a presumably fraudulent act. My guess is, they wouldn’t talk on the radio at all (which is what active warships would do).
    All this “Spec Ops styling” is pretty funny – what *real* spec-ops does most of the time is try to blend in – the “grey man” approach – not draw attention with “militaristic” styling.. đŸ™‚

  8. Just noted a couple more things in this post, Ben – Don Joyce just missed us in his AIS picture – we left Baltimore that day, headed for the C&D canal. Not surprised he could see targets that far away, though – our AIS antenna is on the radar mount at about 30′ up, and we regularly see Class A targets at 50 miles.
    What is this “harbor brown slime” thing you folks have here on the East coast? We never had a trace of a stain voyaging the entire West Coast (including Mexico) over the last year, and now we have a disgusting (and hard to remove!) stain all along the hull. I will admit that much of it probably came from Baltimore – a lovely place, but the filthiest harbor water I’ve ever seen.

  9. Gene says:

    Ben, thanks for your very interesting post.
    The RHIB on two first pictures is a 13 meters Madera Rib, made in the Netherlands, it is the one of the best RHIB manufacturers in Europe, outside of Britain, and the tender can be seen on the Facebook page They have many pictures of the boat there.
    “This good-looking and very tough RIB that will be used as a tender for an luxury explorer yacht. The Rolls-Royce Kamewa Waterjets are powered by two 435 HP D6 Volvo Penta, which will give this M-RIB a max speed of 48 knots. The overall length including the diving platform is almost 15 meters and the beam is 4m”

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