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Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

 

We'll better know when the workshop will start after we nail down the curriculum. But it won't be at the crack of dawn. More likely about 10:00.

On 1/24/2020 4:47 PM, Elaine wrote:
Around what time on Saturday?
--
John <@Jkohnen>
I know there's a proverb which that says "to err is human", but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries. (Agatha Christie)


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

elaineginader
 

Around what time on Saturday?


On Thu, Jan 23, 2020, 11:58 PM John Kohnen <jkohnen@...> wrote:
We're gonna have a workshop/seminar/whatever at the Toledo Boathouse on
proper VHF radio usage, "coastal navigation in the age of the cell
phone", an overview and comparison of electronics navigation programs.
And maybe more.

I think Toledo Joe is gonna do the radio usage part, perhaps with help
from Bo Neill, who coordinated the support boats during last year's
Salish 100 and has been "volunteered" to do a radio usage presentation
before this year's S100. Bo will be there anyway watching Joe and
learning how a master does it. <g>

Bob L is gonna do a session on how to properly use electronic navigation
aids while still being aware of the real world outside the boat. This
will undoubtedly include a bit of paper chart use, or at least service
station road maps. <g>

My contribution will be on using electronic navigation programs on
tablets and cell phones. It won't be so much me teaching, or preaching,
but more me trying to get other attendees to share their experiences, or
ask for help using the programs. We'll probably stick to two cheap
programs: Navionics and OpenCPN.

Suggestions for other topics are welcomed. If you'd like to do a
presentation yourself, that's even more welcome!

But we're only gonna get serious one day, Saturday. Moorage at the
transient docks in Toledo is free, but you're encouraged to make a
donation to the Boathouses. Vehicle camping is free in the parking lot.
Some of us will be arriving in Toledo Friday and making a weekend of it.
The tides are favorable for a boat trip upriver for lunch on Sunday.

There's real good pizza across the street. :o)

Should be a fun and educational weekend.

--
John <jkohnen@...>
The sea washes off all the woes of men. (Joshua Slocum)





Re: Lon

David Graybeal
 

Teri - so sorry to hear of Lon's passing. 


I will miss our Friend Lon

Case Turner
 

Like Andrew I first met Lon at a Summer Solstice messabout. The 2005 messabout. It was memorable in many ways. Cootinering a fix for Greg's stuck center board in his sailboat. Jetman Dan's water jet powered Dont Panick. And the real panid waking up in the middle of the night to water at tents edge and missing boats, paddles, and a knotted up mess of boats after Bonneville let our more water than expected.

I liked Lon's stories and his knowledge of work in the ship yards, I will miss waking up to find a late night Face book post from Lon on some odd engineering work of wonder he found and wanted to share. I will miss working my mind against him playing words with friends.

Fair winds and Smooth Sailing Lon you will be missed.

Case


My first meeting with Lon

Andrew Linn
 

I first met Lon at the Solstice messabout at Quinn's Cove in 2006 (time flies, don't it?)  There was a barge down at the dock where we had food and the Coots sailed, paddled, and rowed over to Caterpillar Island. Myles Tweet let me try out his Sea Bike.

That first encounter is kind of hazy for me, I don't remember much of the details. I do remember Lon being a big man who laughed and told stories.

I'm so happy he met and married Teri. Quinn is a fine young man, and Lon helped and befriended many, many people. Measure success any way you want. Lon did a it well.

I truly wish I hadn't let politics get in the way of our conversations. Reach out. Make contact.


Re: Lon

Dan W
 

Terri, Quinn,
 
I'm so sorry to hear of Lon's passing, huge lump in my chest this morning after reading about it. You have my contact info, feel free to call on me anytime, I'm here for you. Happy to help where I can. 
 
Dan Walker
 


---------- Original Message ----------
From: "lon wells via Groups.Io" <lononriver@...>
To: oregoncoots@groups.io
Subject: Re: [oregoncoots] Lon
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2020 07:06:44 -0800

Lon passed away last night. Andy Linn was able to stop by before he went. Quinn and I will figure out a memorial service and I’ll let the Coots know the details.
> On Jan 22, 2020, at 11:42 PM, Teresa Pittman <teri.pittman@...> wrote:
>
> I don't really know. He fell when I was working. Thought he was okay but had to have the EMTs come back out and take him to the hospital. He's very sick, possibly with a liver problem. I've been in touch with Quinn. He was stable but his blood pressure is low now.
>
> “Throw out the radio and take the fiddle down from the wall.”
> — Andrew Nelson Lytle, Tennessee, 1930
>
>> On Jan 22, 2020, at 11:32 PM, John Kohnen <jkohnen@...> wrote:
>>
>> Can you tell us what landed Lon in the ER, Teri? Thanks for letting us know. I sure hope he's gonna be OK.
>>
>>>> On January 22, 2020 8:54:07 PM PST, Teresa Pittman <teri.pittman@...> wrote:
>>> He's been in the emergency room and just moved up to the ICU. Could
>>> use some prayers.
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> John <jkohnen@...>
>> A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought. (Lord Peter Wimsey)
>> Sent from some sort of mobile device.
>>
>>
>>
>
>
>



Re: Lon

lon wells <lononriver@...>
 

Lon passed away last night. Andy Linn was able to stop by before he went. Quinn and I will figure out a memorial service and I’ll let the Coots know the details.

On Jan 22, 2020, at 11:42 PM, Teresa Pittman <teri.pittman@...> wrote:

I don't really know. He fell when I was working. Thought he was okay but had to have the EMTs come back out and take him to the hospital. He's very sick, possibly with a liver problem. I've been in touch with Quinn. He was stable but his blood pressure is low now.

“Throw out the radio and take the fiddle down from the wall.”
— Andrew Nelson Lytle, Tennessee, 1930

On Jan 22, 2020, at 11:32 PM, John Kohnen <@Jkohnen> wrote:

Can you tell us what landed Lon in the ER, Teri? Thanks for letting us know. I sure hope he's gonna be OK.

On January 22, 2020 8:54:07 PM PST, Teresa Pittman <teri.pittman@...> wrote:
He's been in the emergency room and just moved up to the ICU. Could
use some prayers.

--
John <@Jkohnen>
A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought. (Lord Peter Wimsey)
Sent from some sort of mobile device.




Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

 

We're gonna have a workshop/seminar/whatever at the Toledo Boathouse on proper VHF radio usage, "coastal navigation in the age of the cell phone", an overview and comparison of electronics navigation programs. And maybe more.

I think Toledo Joe is gonna do the radio usage part, perhaps with help from Bo Neill, who coordinated the support boats during last year's Salish 100 and has been "volunteered" to do a radio usage presentation before this year's S100. Bo will be there anyway watching Joe and learning how a master does it. <g>

Bob L is gonna do a session on how to properly use electronic navigation aids while still being aware of the real world outside the boat. This will undoubtedly include a bit of paper chart use, or at least service station road maps. <g>

My contribution will be on using electronic navigation programs on tablets and cell phones. It won't be so much me teaching, or preaching, but more me trying to get other attendees to share their experiences, or ask for help using the programs. We'll probably stick to two cheap programs: Navionics and OpenCPN.

Suggestions for other topics are welcomed. If you'd like to do a presentation yourself, that's even more welcome!

But we're only gonna get serious one day, Saturday. Moorage at the transient docks in Toledo is free, but you're encouraged to make a donation to the Boathouses. Vehicle camping is free in the parking lot. Some of us will be arriving in Toledo Friday and making a weekend of it. The tides are favorable for a boat trip upriver for lunch on Sunday.

There's real good pizza across the street. :o)

Should be a fun and educational weekend.

--
John <@Jkohnen>
The sea washes off all the woes of men. (Joshua Slocum)


Re: Lon

 

Thanks, Andrew. Damn! Pat last month, and now Lon. <sigh> Lon is indeed a Good Man. If he's awake, tell him we're all thinking of him, Teri. I hope he peacefully moves on to whatever further adventures await him. We'll sure miss him.

On 1/23/2020 9:47 PM, Andrew wrote:
I happened to be near and stopped by. Lon is not doing well and is not expected to last much longer. It sound like cascading system failures. As best I can recall (apologies to Terri if I get this wrong) He fell yesterday - badly, striking his head.  When the EMTs arrived, he refused service. After they left, he behaved erratically and Terri called the EMTs again. When they got him in they ran some tests, and found several issues. His condition kept worsening, no matter what they tried, so they've stopped trying.
Quinn was there, as were other friends. Lon is a good man. A big man with a big heart. He's a great story teller. He's been a friend to all of us.
--
John <@Jkohnen>
What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? (Jean Jacques Rousseau)


Re: Lon

Andrew Linn
 

I happened to be near and stopped by. Lon is not doing well and is not expected to last much longer. It sound like cascading system failures. As best I can recall (apologies to Terri if I get this wrong) He fell yesterday - badly, striking his head.  When the EMTs arrived, he refused service. After they left, he behaved erratically and Terri called the EMTs again. When they got him in they ran some tests, and found several issues. His condition kept worsening, no matter what they tried, so they've stopped trying.

Quinn was there, as were other friends. Lon is a good man. A big man with a big heart. He's a great story teller. He's been a friend to all of us.

On 1/23/2020 1:52 PM, Teresa Pittman wrote:

Unfortunately, I don't think he's going to make it. Quinn is headed up now.


Re: Lon

Teresa Pittman
 

Unfortunately, I don't think he's going to make it. Quinn is headed up now.

“Throw out the radio and take the fiddle down from the wall.”
— Andrew Nelson Lytle, Tennessee, 1930

On Jan 23, 2020, at 11:33 AM, John Kohnen <@Jkohnen> wrote:

Thanks, Teri. Please keep us informed of Lon's progress. Hoping for the best.

On 1/22/2020 11:42 PM, Teri wrote:
I don't really know. He fell when I was working. Thought he was okay but had to have the EMTs come back out and take him to the hospital. He's very sick, possibly with a liver problem. I've been in touch with Quinn. He was stable but his blood pressure is low now.

--
John <@Jkohnen>
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. (Groucho Marx)




Re: Lon

 

Thanks, Teri. Please keep us informed of Lon's progress. Hoping for the best.

On 1/22/2020 11:42 PM, Teri wrote:
I don't really know. He fell when I was working. Thought he was okay but had to have the EMTs come back out and take him to the hospital. He's very sick, possibly with a liver problem. I've been in touch with Quinn. He was stable but his blood pressure is low now.
--
John <@Jkohnen>
Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. (Groucho Marx)


Re: Lon

Teresa Pittman
 

I don't really know. He fell when I was working. Thought he was okay but had to have the EMTs come back out and take him to the hospital. He's very sick, possibly with a liver problem. I've been in touch with Quinn. He was stable but his blood pressure is low now.

“Throw out the radio and take the fiddle down from the wall.”
— Andrew Nelson Lytle, Tennessee, 1930

On Jan 22, 2020, at 11:32 PM, John Kohnen <@Jkohnen> wrote:

Can you tell us what landed Lon in the ER, Teri? Thanks for letting us know. I sure hope he's gonna be OK.

On January 22, 2020 8:54:07 PM PST, Teresa Pittman <teri.pittman@...> wrote:
He's been in the emergency room and just moved up to the ICU. Could
use some prayers.

--
John <@Jkohnen>
A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought. (Lord Peter Wimsey)
Sent from some sort of mobile device.



Re: Lon

 

Can you tell us what landed Lon in the ER, Teri? Thanks for letting us know. I sure hope he's gonna be OK.

On January 22, 2020 8:54:07 PM PST, Teresa Pittman <teri.pittman@...> wrote:
He's been in the emergency room and just moved up to the ICU. Could
use some prayers.
--
John <@Jkohnen>
A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought. (Lord Peter Wimsey)
Sent from some sort of mobile device.


Lon

Teresa Pittman
 

He's been in the emergency room and just moved up to the ICU. Could use some prayers.

“Throw out the radio and take the fiddle down from the wall.”
— Andrew Nelson Lytle, Tennessee, 1930


Re: Video Messabout in Albany, Feb. 1st!

 

Of course I meant February 1st!!

On 1/22/2020 2:16 PM, I wrote:
The video messabout at Dennis B's in Albany is coming up. Saturday, February 1st beginning at noon. Bring your own lunch. Let me know if you need directions:
http://www.coots.org/mb/Video/
--
John <@Jkohnen>
Sailing unties the knots in my mind. (Al Noble)


Video Messabout in Albany, Feb. 2st

 

The video messabout at Dennis B's in Albany is coming up. Saturday, February 1st beginning at noon. Bring your own lunch. Let me know if you need directions:

http://www.coots.org/mb/Video/

--
John <@Jkohnen>
I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. (Thomas Jefferson)


Re: Beaver Creek Messabout Next Saturday, the 11th

 

Good for you, John! You are indeed an intrepid voyager. :o) But it WAS NOT the Right place. <g> We start at the launch ramp just off Hwy 101, and have lunch at the new kayak dock upstream -- if we make it that far.

I'm glad the new keel worked so well at keeping the kayak going where you wanted it to go. I'm not sure that thin fins really increase the waterline length as far as wave-making goes, since they don't make much in the way of waves. It'd be interesting to do some experiments. Or somebody could just look it up! ;o) The better directional stability will make the kayak paddle easier, and probably go faster, anyway.

On 1/20/2020 10:32 PM, John P wrote:
I was going to let this slide, but today I got a message on my phone that a new "memory" has been added.  To my surprise it was a movie of pictures I had taken on the Beaver Creek Messabout on Jan 11th.
Was quite impressed by what the phone had done all by itself.  Figured out how to download the movie and made a Youtube video.
For your entertainment, here's a link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZJ-nYC1b8I
Now here's the commentary . . .
Early in the week my thoughts had turned to wanting to construct keel 2.0 on the white water kayak and try it out on the upcoming Beaver Creek Messabout on Saturday.
...
Arrived late at the kayak launch parking lot around 11:00 AM, pushoff was scheduled to be at 10.  There were no other cars in the lot so wondered if I was in the right place.
...
The keel 2.0 worked well, maybe better than to be expected. I felt like
I had training wheels on, the kayak was so well behaved. The keel also
increased the waterline from around 7 feet to just under 10 feet. Not
really sure if it's noticeable but the theoretical hull speed should be
increased from around 3.5 knots to 4.2 knots.
--
John <@Jkohnen>
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)


Re: Beaver Creek Messabout Next Saturday, the 11th

Richard Green
 

Dang, John, you ARE the man!  Thanks for the nice report of what might have been an otherwise risky foray given the weather and stream flow.  Glad it worked out. 

Rich

On Jan 20, 2020, at 10:32 PM, John Purdy via Groups.Io <jtpurdy@...> wrote:

I was going to let this slide, but today I got a message on my phone that a new "memory" has been added.  To my surprise it was a movie of pictures I had taken on the Beaver Creek Messabout on Jan 11th.

Was quite impressed by what the phone had done all by itself.  Figured out how to download the movie and made a Youtube video.

For your entertainment, here's a link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZJ-nYC1b8I

Now here's the commentary . . .

Early in the week my thoughts had turned to wanting to construct keel 2.0 on the white water kayak and try it out on the upcoming Beaver Creek Messabout on Saturday.  Anyone on the Halloween Yaquina River Float saw my attempts at keel 1.0.  I had wanted to adapt the white water boat to make it track a little straighter in flat water. Keel 1.0 was a complete failure. The kayak was just as squirrely with it as without it.  The deep rocker of the kayak kept most of what I had added in the bow and stern as keel 1.0 out of the water.

Thursday afternoon got busy with some ideas, more pine shelving boards, a tape measure, and a jigsaw. Constructed keel 2.0 pieces, gorilla glued and clamped them to keel 1.0 for a deeper longer keel.

After some course sanding and shaping I left for the Brian Booth State Park on Friday night, overnighting near Eugene, then driving the remaining distance Saturday morning.  I wondered if anyone would show up as I drove US 101 south from Newport with wipers on high and gusty buffeting winds tossing the car side to side.  It was really miserable out.

Arrived late at the kayak launch parking lot around 11:00 AM, pushoff was scheduled to be at 10.  There were no other cars in the lot so wondered if I was in the right place.  Inland the wind and rain had subsided. There was a hint of sunshine.  Unloaded the kayak, carried it down the path to the kayak launch dock.  Got changed and took a GPS point so I'd be sure to be able to find my way back.

Shoved off winding my way through the little byways to get to the main creek checking land marks and looking behind me so I would be able to recognize the path back.  Although it was cool, it was rather nice out.  Paddling down the main flow towards the ocean I noticed two things ahead.  1) A very low bridge for the Beaver Creek road I'd just driven up, and 2) Dark clouds moving in fast from the west.  I arrived at the bridge about the same time the sky opened up.  Rain poured all around for about 5 to 10 minutes while I stayed dry under the bridge.  That worked out nicely.

Further down the creek came to an empty refreshment stand.  Odd, never seen anything like this before.  A refreshment stand in a shack on stilts in the middle of the water.  The water level was about 15" above the floor inside.  The creek flowed north for about another half mile, then a big turn to the left went west towards the ocean.  At the turn I noticed that the water was flowing faster to the sea than it was an hour and a half earlier when I'd started.  The wind was picking up and the area much more exposed.  Being unfamiliar with the area and alone,  I didn't want to take a chance on the flow increasing further and making it harder to return, so I turned around short of sighting US 101 or the ocean.  The wind gave me a nice push and I made good time up stream.  Broke out my sandwich for lunch.  I'd take a bite, make a few strokes then take another bite.  Reached the Y that would take me back to the kayak dock and thought, what's up stream?  Still lots of daylight left so I paddled up stream to yet another low bridge.  This one too low to go under.  Looked like about a half a knot of current there.  I lazily rode the current back to the Y then paddled up the narrow slew back to the kayak dock.  Navionics app says I traveled 2.8 NM in 3 hours 34 minutes, max speed was 4.2 knots, average 0.8 knots.

At the dock I counted my blessings for still having agreeable weather.  My car thermometer showed 49 degrees.  Loaded the kayak, changed to street clothes just in time to miss another downpour.

The keel 2.0 worked well, maybe better than to be expected.  I felt like I had training wheels on, the kayak was so well behaved.  The keel also increased the waterline from around 7 feet to just under 10 feet.  Not really sure if it's noticeable but the theoretical hull speed should be increased from around 3.5 knots to 4.2 knots.

Had an un-eventful drive back to Portland and took advantage of the weather to do some storm watching before I left the coast.  Once home, checked my email and sure enough, the event had been canceled, I'd missed the memo.

John Purdy

 
 


Re: Beaver Creek Messabout Next Saturday, the 11th

John Purdy
 

I was going to let this slide, but today I got a message on my phone that a new "memory" has been added.  To my surprise it was a movie of pictures I had taken on the Beaver Creek Messabout on Jan 11th.

Was quite impressed by what the phone had done all by itself.  Figured out how to download the movie and made a Youtube video.

For your entertainment, here's a link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZJ-nYC1b8I

Now here's the commentary . . .

Early in the week my thoughts had turned to wanting to construct keel 2.0 on the white water kayak and try it out on the upcoming Beaver Creek Messabout on Saturday.  Anyone on the Halloween Yaquina River Float saw my attempts at keel 1.0.  I had wanted to adapt the white water boat to make it track a little straighter in flat water. Keel 1.0 was a complete failure. The kayak was just as squirrely with it as without it.  The deep rocker of the kayak kept most of what I had added in the bow and stern as keel 1.0 out of the water.

Thursday afternoon got busy with some ideas, more pine shelving boards, a tape measure, and a jigsaw. Constructed keel 2.0 pieces, gorilla glued and clamped them to keel 1.0 for a deeper longer keel.

After some course sanding and shaping I left for the Brian Booth State Park on Friday night, overnighting near Eugene, then driving the remaining distance Saturday morning.  I wondered if anyone would show up as I drove US 101 south from Newport with wipers on high and gusty buffeting winds tossing the car side to side.  It was really miserable out.

Arrived late at the kayak launch parking lot around 11:00 AM, pushoff was scheduled to be at 10.  There were no other cars in the lot so wondered if I was in the right place.  Inland the wind and rain had subsided. There was a hint of sunshine.  Unloaded the kayak, carried it down the path to the kayak launch dock.  Got changed and took a GPS point so I'd be sure to be able to find my way back.

Shoved off winding my way through the little byways to get to the main creek checking land marks and looking behind me so I would be able to recognize the path back.  Although it was cool, it was rather nice out.  Paddling down the main flow towards the ocean I noticed two things ahead.  1) A very low bridge for the Beaver Creek road I'd just driven up, and 2) Dark clouds moving in fast from the west.  I arrived at the bridge about the same time the sky opened up.  Rain poured all around for about 5 to 10 minutes while I stayed dry under the bridge.  That worked out nicely.

Further down the creek came to an empty refreshment stand.  Odd, never seen anything like this before.  A refreshment stand in a shack on stilts in the middle of the water.  The water level was about 15" above the floor inside.  The creek flowed north for about another half mile, then a big turn to the left went west towards the ocean.  At the turn I noticed that the water was flowing faster to the sea than it was an hour and a half earlier when I'd started.  The wind was picking up and the area much more exposed.  Being unfamiliar with the area and alone,  I didn't want to take a chance on the flow increasing further and making it harder to return, so I turned around short of sighting US 101 or the ocean.  The wind gave me a nice push and I made good time up stream.  Broke out my sandwich for lunch.  I'd take a bite, make a few strokes then take another bite.  Reached the Y that would take me back to the kayak dock and thought, what's up stream?  Still lots of daylight left so I paddled up stream to yet another low bridge.  This one too low to go under.  Looked like about a half a knot of current there.  I lazily rode the current back to the Y then paddled up the narrow slew back to the kayak dock.  Navionics app says I traveled 2.8 NM in 3 hours 34 minutes, max speed was 4.2 knots, average 0.8 knots.

At the dock I counted my blessings for still having agreeable weather.  My car thermometer showed 49 degrees.  Loaded the kayak, changed to street clothes just in time to miss another downpour.

The keel 2.0 worked well, maybe better than to be expected.  I felt like I had training wheels on, the kayak was so well behaved.  The keel also increased the waterline from around 7 feet to just under 10 feet.  Not really sure if it's noticeable but the theoretical hull speed should be increased from around 3.5 knots to 4.2 knots.

Had an un-eventful drive back to Portland and took advantage of the weather to do some storm watching before I left the coast.  Once home, checked my email and sure enough, the event had been canceled, I'd missed the memo.

John Purdy