Quartermaster Award for Nate Cullinan



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Congratulations to 2015 Bay High graduate, Nathan Cullinan, on receiving the Quartermaster Award, the highest rank in Sea Scouts. The award was presented to Nate after he sat through a Board of Review composed of four scout leaders with over a hundred years’ experience. Nate was quizzed on his leadership skills and the lessons learned during his tenure in Sea Scouts. The board was particularly challenging as it was chaired by Mark Bobal, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander.

Mr. Bobal, who presently serves as the Passenger Vessel Safety Specialist for the 9th Coast Guard District stated that, “Nate was ready for all the questions we could send his way.” The nautical questions which Mr. Bobal asked stemmed from his service on board the Arctic Icebreaker, CGC Westwind and over 30 years in the Marine Safety Inspection field.

Nate has been involved in the Bay Seat Scouts for five years. In that time he has tackled many projects including leading a group of youth in building underwater remote operated vessels (ROVs) for competitions sponsored by the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center. He also oversaw the completion of the Rolling Tide, a floating 8-foot hamster wheel, made from recycled Tide bottles. The Sea Scouts entered the Rolling Tide in the Great Lake Erie Boat Float at Edgewater Park.

Last year Nate competed in the International Koch Cup Regatta in Long Beach, California, sailing with over 80 Sea Scouts from countries ranging from Australia to Poland. Nate came in second in the Kiwi Division. Before Nate heads off to college at the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Bristol, Rhode Island, he will sail on the tall ship, S/V Dennis Sullivan, as a chaperon for other students.  This tall ship program is sponsored by the Cleveland Rotary project YESS program.

Nate’s leadership and mechanical skills repairing engines and rigging on the Sea Scout boats will be sorely missed as he heads off to IYRS; but we wish him well as he continues his studies in Composite Technology and Marine Systems.

The “Impossible Dream”

The scouts are now running in second place in the Boat US life jacket design competition. Only one day left and we need about 800 votes to make first – your vote will count. It’s an “Impossible Dream”?

Vote Richard G. at http://www.boatus.org/design/vote/

Vote, Vote, Vote, your help is needed

A quick update. You may now vote for the Sea Scout entry in the Boat US life jacket design competition. Help the scouts move ahead with your vote, go to
http://www.boatus.org/design/vote and look for Richard G. and the Sea Scout Ship 41 entry. Thanks in advance, Skipper.

1-Life Jacket


Selected as a finalist out of 250 submissions.

Sea Scout Iceboating Plans are a Real Learning Experience.

The one thing we have leaned this winter is that to go iceboating conditions have to be just right.  The ice is the number governing factor, it cannot be too rough.

 Rough Ice not for sailing or skating on.

Rough Ice not for sailing or skating on.

A nice smooth clear ice that is 8 inches thick is ideal for an iceboat and to reach speeds of 50-60 MPH you need a good breeze of 10+ MPH.

Snow covered ice really slows or prevents iceboats from getting up to speed.

Snow covered ice really slows or prevents iceboats from getting up to speed.

You may have good ice and a nice breeze but then you need the space too. Is does not take long to travel a good distance at 40-50 MPH.

Your average skating pond while it may have good ice is hardly large enough.

Your average skating pond while it may have good ice is hardly large enough.

So this year while it has been bitterly cold we have learned that iceboating takes the right conditions and a lot of patience.


Freezing Temperatures Thickens Lake Erie Ice for Sea Scouts DN Boat.


It’s been a while since this blog was updated, so here goes, a quick synopsis.

The scouts spent the fall renovating an old Detroit News (DN) iceboat and had it ready to go before it really became cold.

Then the really cold weather came but with it the snow. The lakes and bays froze but were covered in snow mounds which made it impossible to iceboat.  For more information:


Sea Scouts have refurbished boat  and it's ready to sail.

Sea Scouts have refurbished boat and it’s ready to go sailing.

Unfortunately iceboats don't go to well in the snow.
Unfortunately iceboats don’t go to well in the snow.