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/
Ship 41’s design in the Boat US competition is moving ahead in the voting. Your vote really counts, please go to http://boatus.org/design/vote/ and vote under Richard G., Sea Scout Ship 41. Thank you…..
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.
Selected as a finalist out of 250 submissions.
ith air temperatures soaring into the 80’s it is very tempting to get the boats out and go sailing but we now know better.
A link to the National Center for Cold Water Safety is here .
This past meeting the Sea Scouts were challenged to build an electric motor using a length of copper wire, a magnet and a AA battery. Very simple but it did demonstrate the electro-magnetic forces present to produce movement of the wire (armature).
The components for the simplest of electric motors to demonstrate electro-magnetic forces present in more complicated motors.
It really worked, the trick was balancing the CU wire on the positive terminal of the battery.
Check out the Bay Sea Scout Instagram page to see the motor in action. Please become a follower to while you are there. We have a lot more up our sleeve.
As the ice on Lake Erie melts and is broken up by spring storms we are transitioning back into our STEM adventure of exploring electricity and wind turbines at our regular Tuesday meetings.
http://www.tumblr.com/blog/bayseascouts This link will take you to a short video of the wave action breaking up the ice. You can imagine how powerful the waves are.
Spring officially started a couple of days ago but in Bay Village we know it is on the way because; the turkey vultures have arrived. A whole “kettle” of them fly up and down the shoreline searching for carrion.
First buzzards of the year scouring the ice on Lake Erie for dead fish.
The first ore boat of the 2014 shipping season has been sited off the shores of Bay Village. With the Lake Erie over 95% covered in ice it has been a difficult season for the shipping industry. A busy one for the USCG ice breakers.
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.
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.
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.
So this year while it has been bitterly cold we have learned that iceboating takes the right conditions and a lot of patience.
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 go sailing.
- Unfortunately iceboats don’t go to well in the snow.