This would be my second year going to fishers island. At first I thought the trip was going to be boring. I figured I’d already done everything there was to do.
To start off we got all our phones taken away as soon as we got on the bus. At that moment I thought this trip was going to be horrible and a long weekend.
It was still a long weekend but it turned out to be incredible. Without phones, we were allowed to grow together and get to know each other. We were forced to talk to each other. At first it was awkward because some of the students I didn’t know. But that quickly changed. We started to talk to each other and play around with each other and just having great vibes.
On top of meeting and making new friends I got in a lot of good boat handling training. I had practice doing tight turns in place and learned valuable docking skills that I will never forget. This best part of trip was the bonfire. Hanging out with my old friends as well my new friends. These are high school memories I will never forget.
Buying a boat as a young man in New York is difficult. Boat prices are insane in the city. The solution to that is going to other places. I started to look for boats outside of the city. Places such as Baltimore, Connecticut, Long Island and even as far as Virginia. The next problem that is getting the boat out here to the city. My mother, Terence, and I have already started to plan a road trip out to different places. Terence is another student from New York Harbor School who is a part of the process of getting a boat. The reason we are getting a boat is so we can work on it and learn as much as we can about boats on our own. Another reason is that not many 17 year old juniors in high school can say they bought an old boat and fixed it up. A lot of grown people can’t even say that. But the hardest part about buying a boat is finding a place to PUT the boat for a reasonable price with electricity, water systems, sewage disposal, etc. But for now I am still in the looking process. Wish me luck!!!
My trip to Maine Maritime started with an unfamiliar face. This face was Hugh Porter. Hugh Porter is the assistant director of admissions at the academy. Hugh played a huge role in getting us up to Maine. Hugh was such a nice guy and he had the Golden Voice—whenever a word came out of his mouth he had the whole room’s attention. Hugh gave the best insight into anything you asked him. Hugh had so much passion for the school and each and every single vessel in their fleet. From their 420 dighy boats to their training ship, the State of Maine. When we walked around the campus he made me feel like I was a student myself. I had a real college experience being with Hugh.
Thank You, Hugh!!!!
The other day at the seaport, was an very interesting day. First we started out the day with a muster at 0900 sharp. Malcolm briefly explained what was going on with Schooner Pioneer and then Colon spoke. Clark then instructed me to help remove the stern fender on W.O. Decker (tugboat). Taking off the fender was the easy part. The hard part was bring the fender to Wavertree. The fender weighed about 500 to 600 pounds, so we couldn’t pull it up by ourselves. We brought it up with a donkey engine and a line. After the fender was up, Clark disappeared so I had nothing to do. I found Malcolm and he gave me a job. I went to work with the blocks down below on the barge. Once we had finished that he showed me how to use a drill press. I had to press down on a piece of wood with a big drill bit. You can see an image below. That was my wonderful day at the Seaport.
Tuesday during waterfront club we had an very exciting and interesting day we were doing in and outs with our Navy launch Indy 7. This day was special because the juniors were training our sophomores and some freshman, many of whom did not have a lot of experience line handling. Each junior was assigned a line while the sophomore and freshman rotated. I was assigned the stern spring. As we leave the dock, Gino who was at the helm yelled “Drop the stern spring.” I instructed Grace (a sophomore in vessel ops) to drop the line and to repeat the command so the helmsman knows you’re doing it. As we left the dock I explained to Grace how to properly coil a line so it won’t kink.
I then explained the triple F: Fair leads, Figure 8s and Fingers. I told her that fair leads gives you friction and which is how you know it’s correct. The line then goes on the cleat in a figure 8. You need two to three wraps then a hitch to create enough friction to hold the boat. The most important part is to watch your fingers and keep your hands out the way at all times. Those are the 3 Fs. At first she had trouble but once she got the hang of it she looked like a pro.