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        Face Off With The Enemy: Lionfish


U.S. Congressman Steve Southerland considers congressional hearing on invasive lionfish

I have met a lot of people during my tenure at the mastheads of the magazine end of the boating industry and many of them have quite passionate feelings about an overall concern for the environment we have decided to dedicate our lives to. Pete Johnson is an articulate, well-spoken gentleman and has taken up the cause of invasive species and the particular problems associated with them. To help get the message out, Pete sent me this latest release. Take a read and decide for yourself. -Capt. Ken

During a recent trip to Key West, Fla., U.S. Congressman Steve Southerland, (R), who serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and its Fisheries Subcommittee, got an up-close, personal look at an invasive lionfish.  Two rapidly reproducing and voracious non-native lionfish species, imported from the Indo-Pacific region, are wreaking havoc on fisheries and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea.

Southerland, who was attending a Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting, spent extra time to learn more about the lionfish invasion which is also growing more populous on the reefs near his hometown of Panama City, Fla.  The congressman serves Florida’s second district which includes over half of the Florida Panhandle’s coastal waters.

The  culprit. Beautiful and deadly at the same time. Photo by Dr. James Morris.

The culprit. Beautiful and deadly at the same time. Photo by Dr. James Morris, NOAA.

“We discussed the significance of this invasion and impacts on indigenous species,” said Kelly.  “While the typical fisherman may not know much about them, since lionfish are rarely caught on conventional fishing tackle, thousands of recreational divers, descending to 100 ft. depths, have observed growing numbers of them on popular Florida reefs, submerged wrecks and other underwater sites.  However, these population densities pale in comparison to lionfish aggregations found deeper (120-300’ or more) beyond safe recreational diving depths.”

“Anglers and the general public should be very concerned,” Kelly said. “For example juvenile groupers and snappers are among some 100 documented fish which lionfish prey on and despite its now 1-1/2 pound average size, the lionfish can live for about 15 years and most likely double in size again.”  Marine researchers at the Lionfish Summit reported a single lionfish necropsy verified consumption of 20 tropical fish in only 30 minutes time.  In highly infested areas native fish populations have been reduced by as much as 80% in five weeks.

“Crustaceans like crab, shrimp and even juvenile spiny lobster are also popular food sources found in the stomach contents,” Kelly added, “as are herbivores, the very important small colorful fish that help keep coral reefs free of algae. Divers in many communities have helped keep lionfish populations in check through organized lionfish derbies and contests by spearing and hand-netting them.”

“In the five-year history since 2009 when lionfish were first spotted in the Keys, commercial lobster trappers have been finding increasing numbers as by-catch in their spiny lobster traps.  The numbers and sizes of lionfish have skyrocketed from 49 lbs at a 1/3 lb average caught the first year, to more than 10,000 pounds in 2013 averaging more than a pound apiece, as reported by just one commercial fisherman during an eight month fishing season.”

U.S. Congressman Steve Southerland (left), of Panama City, Fla., and Capt. Bill Kelly, Exec. Dir. of the Florida Keys Commercial Fisherman’s Association, view a lionfish on display in an aquarium at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, Fla. Two rapidly reproducing and voracious non-native lionfish species, imported from the Indo-Pacific region, are wreaking havoc on fisheries and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Thompson)

U.S. Congressman Steve Southerland (left), of Panama City, Fla., and Capt. Bill Kelly, Exec. Dir. of the Florida Keys Commercial Fisherman’s Association, view a lionfish on display in an aquarium at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s Eco-Discovery Center in Key West, Fla. Two rapidly reproducing and voracious non-native lionfish species, imported from the Indo-Pacific region, are wreaking havoc on fisheries and marine ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico, Western Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Thompson)

“And as we explained to Congressman Southerland, our commercial lobster trappers have seen denser populations of lionfish in deeper waters from 100 to 300 feet,” said Kelly.  “By developing the right trapping methods, lionfish could become a very valuable and nutritious consumer commodity while protecting our ecosystems.”

History of the Lionfish Invasion

The first sighting of lionfish in U.S. waters was reported in 1985 in the Atlantic waters off Dania Beach near Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.  It was believed to have been released by a tropical fish enthusiast who may have grown tired of caring for the exotic import, which may have been eating other expensive and colorful fish in his tank.

Indigenous to the tropical waters of the South Pacific, lionfish populations are held in check in their native habitat by natural predation. However, invasive lionfish have no natural predators and have spread rapidly in the past 29 years in sub-tropical and temperate waters of the northern hemisphere.  Just one female is capable of producing as many as 30,000 eggs every four days or more than two million eggs a year.

With a thermal tolerance of about 50 degrees, some 35 degrees less than their native habitat, lionfish have been found in Atlantic waters as far north as Rhode Island. In the U.S. the heaviest concentrations have been from Carolina waters south to the Florida Keys. They have also spread throughout the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean Islands and eastern Central and northern South America.

The ornate red and white stripped lionfish possesses 18 venomous spines on its dorsal fin and its pelvic and anal fins, which are used for defense. Its venom, a protein-based neurotoxin, can cause severe pain and swelling. Spearfishermen and commercial fishermen use safety techniques such as long spears, hand nets and puncture proof gloves to carefully avoid the spines. Though the spines, which are removed during the cleaning process, are venomous, it has no effect on the lionfish meat which is considered a delicacy and cooked in a variety of recipes.

Next Steps

Kelly said he and Southerland discussed several core issues. “Besides talking about how quickly this invasion occurred, the damages to the ecosystem and how widespread it has become, our hour-long conversation included containment methods such as divers using spears and nets near shore, and major emphasis on a well-monitored commercial trapping program offshore. Once that begins we’ll tie-in consumer awareness and educational program, leading to bigger demand for these fish in more restaurants, seafood houses and grocery store fish counters.” Southerland, Kelly said, was very concerned and indicated he would call for a subcommittee hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee.

“The alarm was sounded over 20 years ago by NOAA biologist and ecologist Dr. James Morris.  Now, in a relatively short period of time, we may very well be facing one of the most threatening marine invasions of our lifetime.  Until such time as native species of fish acquire an appetite for lionfish, if they ever do, our most promising method of containment will be a well-designed and closely monitored commercial trapping venture.  Time is of the essence,” said Kelly.

           GREEN DOCK is dedicated to supplying a forum to discuss important issues, products, and trends that can better help all of us protect the environment. Your thoughts, ideas, opinions, and desire to make a change is most welcome. Please contact us by using the COMMENT tab at the lower right hand corner of this page.

 For more information, contact Pete Johnson, Johnson Communications, Inc. E-mail:, ph: 480-951-3654


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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Green Dock


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A stroll along the beach resulted in this picture. I found it interesting to note all the textures, patterns, and materials present: the weathered and whorled wood; the rusting iron; the rocks; the sand, all being impacted on by nature and all showing different results. Your blog is most attractive for those of us who are into the boating lifestyle and I would assume, many who just happen to find the site. I am sure all these pictures reach across the interest level as well. Your featured image here–the vintage camera–is also quite creative. Thanks for your years of outstanding writing with the magazines and now, for this most informative site.
A. Bartley, Seattle, WA


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Posted by on July 25, 2014 in Photo Op


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Boat US Report

BoatuslogoIs it Drowning, or Electric Shock Drowning?

What You Need to Know to Help Save a Life

No matter how you participate in the boating lifestyle, whenever you begin a new day on the water there is always the chance of something going wrong. My industry friend, Boat US’s Scott Croft, who has sent along relevant and interesting postings in the past, has forwarded this one to me in order that I might share it with you. It is a timely read and one that all of us should pay attention to. Be safe. -Capt. Ken

While standing at the end of your boat dock, you see a person struggling in the water. Do you recognize that the person is drowning, or is something else going on? And what should you do? Doing the right thing could help save someone else’s life, and might keep you from losing yours.

Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) occurs when faulty dock or boat wiring causes electricity (alternating current or “AC” power) to enter fresh water and pass through a swimmer. The swimmer does not need to be touching the bottom, a boat or dock structure, and even minute amounts of electricity can be incapacitating. As more light is shed on this danger, it is likely that some ESD fatalities have been misidentified as drowning, preventing awareness of this summertime boating danger. The risk of ESD is greatest in fresh or brackish waters, so some areas such as estuaries or rivers may only be in the danger zone after heavy rains. In saltwater, electric current takes the path of least resistance, bypassing swimmers.

Unlike a drowning swimmer, who typically can’t yell out for help because their mouth is mostly underwater, an ESD victim is often confused about what is happening to them, may be able to shout, and will feel numbness, tingling, pain and paralysis. A drowning victim often looks “playful”, moving their arms in a ladder climbing fashion, while an Electric Shock Drowning victim looks “distressed” and may simply roll on their back – if wearing a life jacket – or roll face down into the water, totally unresponsive.

A typical drowning can take as up to a minute for an adult or just 20 seconds for a child, with the victim’s arms moving in a climbing-a-ladder type motion, taking quick gulps of air, with the mouth below the water much of the time. ESD victims can be instantly paralyzed and not move at all.

Innocent enough? But is there electricity in the water? Boaters and parents need to know about Electric Shock Drowning, and what to do to save a life. Photo Credit: Brian Fitzgerald

Innocent enough? But is there electricity in the water? Boaters and parents need to know about Electric Shock Drowning, and what to do to save a life. Photo Credit: Brian Fitzgerald

So what do you need to do for both cases? Don’t jump in the water – call 911, and follow the “Reach, throw, row, but don’t go” mantra. Only a professional lifeguard has the training to handle a drowning victim. Far too often, news reports show well-intentioned rescuers increase the fatality count. If the problem is ESD – which may not be abundantly clear – going in the water could kill you.

Whether the person is drowning or suffering from ESD, use an oar, boat hook or throw a floatation device, or get into a boat and try to reach the person from there. Do everything you can – tossing a line, throwing life jackets, grabbing a nearby dinghy – but don’t go into the water yourself. Once you have retrieved the person, start CPR if there is no pulse. Automated Electrical Defibrillators are also becoming more common – just make sure the victim’s chest is dry.

For more information, parents, dock owners, boaters, and marina and boat club operators can go to the Boat Owners Association of The United States’ Electric Shock Drowning Resource Center at


About BoatUS:

Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is the nation’s leading advocate for recreational boaters providing its over half-million members with government representation, services such as 24-hour dispatch, on water boat towing as well as roadside assistance for boat trailers and tow vehicles, feature-packed boat insurance programs, money-saving benefits including marina and service discounts, and vital information that improves recreational boating. Its member-funded BoatUS Foundation is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating and offers a range of boating safety courses – including 33 free state courses – that can be found at

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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in BoatUS Report


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For those of us who call stateside home, traveling to foreign ports can often present a minefield of problems one just has to navigate through. Besides the usual waiting time for customs clearance, and the sometimes grueling and seemingly never ending inspection process, visiting boaters trying to plug their boats into dockside power can leave one no other choice but to run the on board generator to keep things going.

Now U.S. boats destined for international waters can rely on safe ship-to-shore power options from Hubbell and its 63 amp, 230 volt products. This is the only CE-certified electrical shore power system dedicated to overseas use.

hub21816-x7hWhile featuring traditional marine styling, Hubbell’s 63 amp products are intended for use with 50 cycle systems only, and not interchangeable with US systems. Like other Hubbell international shore power offerings, this configuration utilizes standard NEMA designs not normally found in the marine market.

Constructed of 316 stainless steel, the 63 amp products resemble ordinary shore power fixtures. Built to Hubbell’s high quality standards, they offer a watertight seal. A nickel-plated rear enclosure and contact blades ensure corrosion resistance. The unique thermoset interior resists arcing and heat build-up 400% more than typical interiors. Pressure-screw terminals deliver secure terminations.

Hubbell also offers 100, 125 and 200 amp pin and sleeve shore power systems, including back boxes and feed-through boxes for inlets and receptacles.

Contact Hubbell Marine Electrical Products, 40 Waterview Dr., Shelton, CT 06484.
475-882-4838; Fax: 203-783-9195.


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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Equipment


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My friends and I have been following your postings and are really enjoying all the personal photographs that are being sent in. I thought you might find this one interesting: We are regulars in the waters off of Carbon Beach in Malibu and with the wind and surf down a bit, decided to take a break. I snapped off this shot and hope you and everybody else checking in, likes it. –J. ‘Gus’ Medwick, Carbon Beach, Malibu, CA


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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Photo Op


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A simple device can help prevent those unwanted moments when the possibility of damage is present during docking maneuvers.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Here at the Boat & Yacht Report, we are always on the lookout for products that can enhance our boating experiences. I came across this one from Davis Instruments and thought it might be of interest to some of you who want an extra edge on protecting your boat’s hull and rails while leaving and getting into the dock.

There are various rope, strap and clip fender attachment products on the market, but none provide the stretch needed when a fender gets caught between the dock and boat while the boat is still moving forward. The Shockles FenderFriend from Davis Instruments is the first and only fender whip with a built-in shock absorber to receive the impact generated by fenders rubbing against the hull, dock or piling.

dav21842-x3hThe stretch protects both the boat and fender from damage. Keeping stanchions, rails and cleats from bending under pull, FenderFriend helps keep fenders in place while docking, or during surges and wakes when the boat is unattended

With no knots to tie, FenderFriend is incredibly easy to use. The quick-release NEXUS® NYLON buckle makes deploying and stowing fenders quick and easy. FenderFriend can be clipped to anything, including cleats, lifelines, stanchions and handrails.

It can be set to length for a standard docking situation and anyone can easily deploy the fenders. The adjustable buckle allows FenderFriend to be set to the correct length. Owners simply tighten or loosen the strap to adjust the fender height.

FenderFriend is available in two styles. Both the Twin-Eye and Center-Tube versions allow the strap length to be adjusted from 16-72″. Its tubular nylon webbing protects the elastomer from UV rays and abrasion. FenderFriend provides 12″ of shock-absorbing stretch.

Contact Davis Instruments, 3465 Diablo Ave., Hayward, CA  94545. 510-732-9229;
Fax: 510-732-9188.

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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Maintenance


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Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Yacht Spotting and New Launches

Jarrett Bay Boatworks Delivers on a Tall Order

43 Hardtop Express Raises the Roof on Custom Sportfish Design

Jarrett Bay 43 HTX

Over the years, Randy Ramsey and his crew at Jarrett Bay Boatworks has consistently pushed the envelope in custom sportfish design with boats that are not only beautiful to look at but fulfill all the requirements of a horizon-chasing, blue water tournament boat.

Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently delivered custom hull # 53, a 43’ Hardtop Express headed to bring a little Carolina Flare® to the Northeast Canyons. After compiling an impressive boat ownership resume of production and custom craft up to 80’, the owner of Jarrett Bay’s newest launch “Gregarious” brought an extensive custom wish list to the company’s designers and craftsmen. Always up for a unique challenge Jarrett Bay accommodated the owner’s towering height by elevating the hardtop to provide a comfortable head clearance when he is standing at the interior helm station. Interior arrangements were also elongated for added comfort in the cabin.

cockpit controlWith an intent focus on the business-end of this Jarrett Bay, the owner & captain’s cockpit order definitely did not fall short on any detail. Ensuring access to the twin 600hp Cummins QSC motors and Zeus pod drives did not encroach on deck space, the 43HTX’s hydraulic cockpit decklift delivers in both form & state-of-the-art function. Making the most out of all spaces, the mezzanine not only serves as a comfort station complete with an ice maker and drink coolers, it also provides bait storage and functions as an aft helm station with pod joystick controls in a recessed compartment. Also serving double-duty is the stern fishbox that doubles as a live well. Keeping the aft deck space clear of clutter from head to toe, the electric teaser reels are flush mounted into the cabin overhang, and a low-footprint Release Marine Battle Saddle perfectly complements Jarrett Bay’s finely crafted teak cockpit accents, as well as the custom metal, CNC-cut Jarrett Bay logo drain covers.

hydraulic cockpitRaising the cockpit floor, an Alexseal® premium yacht finish adorns one of the most accessible engine room spaces for a boat of this size. In addition to the power package & pod drive system, an ISO boost unit, watermaker and Cummins Onan Generator are all positioned for convenient reach.

Look down after dusk, and you’ll find your own aquarium forming around custom underwater transom LED lights. Walk forward safely using a hidden finger rail on the cabin sides to access the custom anchor pulpit and windlass, and look back at the wide-view wrap-around windows with wipers for maximum visibility in unfavorable conditions. Look up to find FLIR technology, custom LED tower lights, pod joystick controls, teaser reel remote, and actuated storage drawers all conveniently accessible in the buggy top.

salon/helmWalking in the cabin door, you step into a dual-functioning helm and saloon space wrapped in the richness of custom book-matched cherry veneer and trim accents. Notably used by Cadillac as their interior accent wood for its perfect balance of luxury and durability, Sapele is matched with maple on the floors with a satin finish throughout. Sapele lumber runners are also used in the headliner to provide a luxurious accent, and to help make the cabin space feel even larger. Two Stidd helm chairs with a matching electronics dash wrap are the foundation for the interior driving station with pod joystick controls. Guests can keep the captain company in a Jarrett Bay signature bucket seat and sofa with dry storage underneath; or lend a hand in the well-appointed galley with hidden Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer units, a hidden microwave and maximized storage space and cabinetry.

hand-carved sinkBuilt with canyon overnighters and extended Caribbean cruising in mind, the Jarrett Bay 43 HTX comfortably sleeps four in a forward queen berth stateroom and a side-by-side bunk room beneath saloon. This unique bunk room bonus space is afforded due to the smaller footprint needed for the engine room thanks to the compact pod drives. The queen bed lifts for custom rod storage, and hanging and storage lockers are found centrally and on the outboard hull sides.

Jarrett Bay 43 HTXKeeping things custom all the way into the head, here you will find a hand-carved, high-gloss Sapele sink and matching counter top, custom wallpaper and a teak trimmed, seamless glass shower entrance.

Wrapping it all up in a shiny Alexseal Kingston Grey coated hull, a Josh Everett Nautical Designs hand-painted transom, and topped off with a custom buggy top, the “Gregarious” is ready to share the quality, passion and dedication of Jarrett Bay’s custom Carolina construction with all she may encounter.

43’ Jarrett Bay Boatworks Hardtop Express Hull 53 Specifications

Jarrett Bay 43 HTX
Length Overall:
14’ 6”

3’ 10”

Freshwater Capacity:
100 gal.

Fuel Capacity:
620 gal.

Weight Displacement (fully loaded):
35,750 lbs.

Dry Weight:
29,770 lbs.

600hp Cummins QSC8.3
with Zeus Pod Drives

Cruise Speed:
31.8 kts.

Cruise Fuel Burn:
44.6 gph

Top Speed:
36.8 kts.


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Choices. Sometimes easier to make than others. Take my dilemma with this situation. Should I surf or swim? For me, either way, I win. Keep up the excellent work here. I am enjoying your postings and look forward to each one. No choice. I will be back. Good onya mate! –K. Morse, Bondi Beach, Australia





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Posted by on July 19, 2014 in Photo Op


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As most of you regular visitors to the Boat & Yacht Report are aware of, my sentiments on the overall environment and in particular, that which concerns what happens to our watery world are always in a heightened sense of awareness. I came across this posting by TTC News; an E-bulletin service that I subscribe to, delivering in three languages–English, Spanish, and Italian–nine times a week in a global distribution network and decided it’s a perfect fit for my GREEN DOCK. It’s a topic that deserves attention and after reading it, I hope you will pay it forward as well. It’s our world after all. -Capt. Ken


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“The Caribbean coral reefs thread along thousands of kilometers of coastline, providing a source of food and livelihood for millions.” Achim Steiner, U.N Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director, said in a press release. “Unfortunately, these valuable ecosystems are under mounting pressures from human activities which contribute to the degradation and damage of sediment and pollution to coastal waters. Coral bleaching caused by the rising sea temperature adds to the challenge …”

That’s the new warning not only on corals, but about global warming and the deterioration of nature threatening also the Caribbean tourist havens.

The report, titled “Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012,” was issued by International Union for Conservation of Nature, United Nations Environment Program and Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and analyzed research for over three years from over 90 experts. According to the report, since the 1970s Caribbean coral reef population has decreased over 50 percent.

Many concerned people in the world think that governments and international authorities are not doing enough to stop a process that in the end, can transform our beautiful green planet into a barren, lifeless world. There are many examples of such a process can be moving. In the Caribbean alternate disasters caused by heavy rains and drought more than ever before in recorded history.

The opinion of the report of the U.N Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director is that although global warming has been said to contribute to this decline, a decrease in the number of parrot fish and sea urchins is also to blame. The sea creatures eat seaweed, and without them, seaweed numbers have increased, suffocating coral reefs. Not only corals are affected but also the fauna. Fish not only beautify the waters of the Caribbean and around the world, but feed millions of people.

Some in the Caribbean are already taking action against those threats. The island of Barbuda is about to ban all catches of parrot fish and grazing sea urchins and set aside one-third of its coastal waters as marine reserves. Ayana Johnson of the Waitt Institute’s Blue Halo Initiative, which is working with Barbuda, said in a release that “this is the kind of aggressive management that needs to be replicated regionally if we are going to increase the resilience of Caribbean reefs.”

In addition to overfishing, Jackson named coastal degradation and diseases as reasons for dropping coral reef numbers.

DSC04108Currently, the Caribbean has almost 8,000 square miles of coral reefs, AP reports. In addition to being valuable to the ecosystem, they are also valuable to economies as they create $3 billion from tourism and fishing every year. “Coral reef degradation and mortality will significantly impact the region’s economy through reduced habitat for fish and shellfish, diminished tourism and reduced capacity to protect the shoreline against rising sea levels,” Steiner continued. “We need strong collaboration at the local, national and regional levels to build resilience and reduce threats to coral reefs and the livelihoods of those who depend on them”, Johnson said.

There are terrible problems stalking the global environment. A study led by the Spanish council finds that all oceans have plastic pollution. Life on both Earth’s poles is increasingly threatened by high average temperatures that cause melting ice. Powerful droughts in Africa move step by step finishing with fertile land that is also the habitat of animals that could go extinct.

The report says there is still hope in saving the coral reefs if issues like global warming are addressed with “concrete steps.”

But the planetary environment requires much more, with real urgency.

TTC News

GREEN DOCK is dedicated to supplying a forum to discuss important issues, products, and trends that can better help all of us protect the environment. Your thoughts, ideas, opinions, and desire to make a change is most welcome. Please contact us by using the COMMENT tab at the lower right hand corner of this page.

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Green Dock


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AH THE JOYS OF BOATING! Hey gang, just a salty little shout out to all of you from me (center, hands on the wheel, trademark blue-mirrored Revos on) on the way back from trippin’ ‘roun the Abacos aboard a beautiful Vicem 72 with a couple of buddies of mine; that’s John to the right, Michael to the left, with photographer and long time friend Jim Raycroft snapping the shot. Hope all is well with you and yours and thanks so much for checking into the site with an extra nod of appreciation for those sending in their own photos. Great stuff! Keep ’em coming. Fair winds and following seas. -Capt. Ken


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Posted by on July 14, 2014 in Photo Op


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