Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Sea Scouts To Enter Marine Technology ROV Competition

So the next challenge for the Sea Scouts of Ship 41 will be building a ROV (remote controlled underwater vehicle).  The regional competition is in April, 2010, however the goal of our Quarterdeck is to go to the U of Hawaii for the international event next June.

This is a photograph of a ROV, Seafox Retrofit, designed and built by Steve Thone .  The picture gives the scouts an idea what the final craft should look like.  As Ship 41's project progresses we'll keep you posted.

Also from Steve's website (click on link above) is diagram of a typical ROV.  These pictures are shown here with his permission. He has kindly offered to assist us by answering any (and there are sure to be some) questions as we move forward.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sea Scout Ship 41 Receives NE Ohio Environmental Award

Commodore, Scott Engel, and Skipper, Richard Gash, receive the Northeast Ohio Environmental Honorable Mention Award from Mrs. Anne Bomar, V.P. and General Manager, Dominion Corp.  

By sponsoring these awards, Dominion & Biodiversity Alliance hope to encourage the community to emulate the achievements of the nominees, thereby promoting innovative evvironmental efforts and enhansing the quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

The award included a $500.00 check and a framed Herbarium print of a Trillium erectum.  Mr. Gash thanked Mrs. Bomar on behalf of Sea Scout Ship 41, BSA.

The presentation was made at the Cleveland Natural History Museum which was also the setting for the adult reception that followed.  

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Sea Scouts Headlines in Observer

This latest issue of the Westlake/Bay Village Observer has Sea Scout Ship 41's award winning "Hi-Tide" as the lead article.

This article is a great recruiting tool.  Be sure to get copies of the paper and pass it along to your friends so that they can see what Sea Scouting is fun.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Video of Live TV 3 Broadcast

This is the LINK to the live WKYC, TV 3, broadcast of the Great Lake Erie Boat Float.   The last 3 minutes of the interview are live with our very own Andrew Gash, an employee of Procter and Gamble, Tide Plant in Lima, Ohio.

Ship 41's award winning  "Hi Tide" was used as the backdrop for the interviews. 

This has been a great learning experience for our Sea Scouts.  Now "Hi Tide" will be on display in the quad. at Case Western University as part of Campus Sustainability Day, October 21, 2009.

"Hi Tide" will be displayed with a sign promoting recycling and indicating the fact that the Tide bottles are made with 25% plus of post consumer recycled plastic.  After the display all the plastic bottles will be recycled.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Sea Scouts at the Great Lake Erie Boat Float

The award winning, Sea Scout Ship 41, captured the "Best use of  Plastic Recyclables" at the Great Lake Erie Boat Float on Saturday.  Below you see the Sea Scout crew with "Hi Tide" rigged and ready to go.

At the start line the six crew members, all wearing life jackets, had paddles at the ready.

The dozen or so float boats headed out to the mark, about 300' from the shore, with "Hi Tide" making a strong start, sails billowing.

Heading for home it was neck and neck with Dr. Marcus Eriksen aboard "Cola-Hoga"  with the crew form Mentor High School way in the lead.

"Cola-Hoga" pipped "Hi Tide" at the post.  So the scouts did not receive the award as the fastest boat but did very well in receiving the "Best Use of Plastic Recyclables".  "Hi Tide" was so well received that it was invited to be the backdrop for live morning broadcasts by Cleveland Channel 3 TV news.

Our sponsor, Andrew Gash, a line manager at the Procter & Gamble Tide plant in Lima presented Dr. Marcus with a Ship 41 hat live on WKYC, TV 3, to thank him for his efforts on behalf of our environment.  Andrew congratulated Ship 41 for their award and explained that the 500 Tide bottles in "Hi Tide" were made with over 25% post consumer recycled plastic. 

Thank you Andrew and Tide for providing the reject bottles! 

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sea Scouts in the Great Lake Erie Boat Float

Our concern for the waterfront continues.

Ship 41 is taking part, to highlight responsible recycling of plastic, in the Great Lake Erie Boat Float. The Boat Float is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2009.

Tuesday we attended a workshop by Dr. Marcus Eriksen on building boats using plastic bottles. Marcus in 2008 sailed across the Pacific Ocean in a raft composed of 15,000 pop bottles so had a lot of stories andtips to pass along.

The Sea Scouts are building a boat, Hi-Tide, made frm 500 Tide bottles, a 10’ wooden pallet and

used jib and main sheets to tie it all together. The Tide bottles are made from #2 plastic which is a highly desirable and sought after recycling product.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sea Scouts on Supreme Master TV

Filming Sea Scouts

The TV production crew from Supreme Master TV did a super job editing the afternoon of filming. The crew was here to present the Shining World Invention Award to Sea Scout Ship 41.

The interviewer, Megan, made us all feel relaxed and comfortable.

Megan also took the wheel of "PS Mariner" as the Sea Scouts took the TV crew for a sail on Lake Erie. And we all made it safely back to the dock.

You may watch the filmed interview below.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Many Thanks for World Invention Award

Many thanks to Supreme Master Ching Hai for awarding Sea Scout Ship 41 with the "Shining World Invention Award".
The inscription reads:
"In Recognition of Youthful Ingenuity, Innovative Achievement and Noble Dedication Lovingly Protecting and Beautifying our Marine Environment Creating a Cleaner and Brighter Future for All.
With Compliments and Gratitude For Lofty Ideals and Enlightened Service to Humankind."
Presented by
The Supreme Master Ching Hai
International Association

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shining World Invention Award

Sunday, July 19, 2009 Sea Scout Ship 41 was presented with the Shining World Invention Award by Megan representing the Supreme Master Ching Hai. The award was accompanied by a $10,000.00 check from the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association along with a plaque "to commemorate your team's distinguished honor and significant contribution to the world"
Megan conducted an interview with a number of scouts and leaders that will be aired (hopefully after much editing) worldwide on global constructive TV "The Supreme Master Television" 24/7 on 14 satellite platforms covering 6 continents, 16 cable and IPTV networks, 18 video sharing websites and also on line at SupremeMasterTV.com.
It will also be shared on this blog once a link can be established.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Ohio State University Research Foundation

The OSU Research Foundation purchased 21 flotsam scoops with federal grant dollars for the Ohio Clean Marinas Program (OCMP). The scoops were delivered to the Ohio department of Natural Resources storage building in Port Clinton, Ohio. Colleen Wellington, associate director of OCMP, will distribute the scoops to marinas throughout Ohio.
Each scoop was tagged with a waterproof label with the Sea Scout logo and our contact information. Who knows, we may have marinas contacting us to learn more about the Sea Scout program and how it can attract young boaters.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Great Article on CNN.COM

There is a very positive article on cnn.com regarding Ship 41's activities with comments from Ethan Brewer  that provides  interested  reading.  Check it out!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


As a service to the boating community an aluminium "flotsam scoop" may be purchased by contacting:
Mansfield Structural
429 Park Ave East
Mansfield, Ohio 44905
(419) 522-5911 or FAX (419) 525-4948
Price is $96.00 f.o.b. Mansfield, Ohio

Friday, February 20, 2009

Miami International Boat Show

We had a great time in Miami.  We stayed 
aboard Lee Popham's yacht at Coral Reef Yacht Club.
We went sailing aboard 32' Benteneau belonging to Shake a Leg, Miami with Capt. Ed Benitez and then
to cap off our trip we  went deep sea fishing in the Keys. 
It was very difficult to return to the snow and ice along the shores of Lake Erie. 
Additional photos of our trip are shown on the slide show to the right.
But spring is coming and we look forward to being on the water here in a couple of months. 
We are seeking the donation of a large (40'+) sailing boat that has berths for 8. We could use some of the award $'s to fix it up.  This would truly help our program and increase our ability to go on extended training cruises. Contact skipper@seascoutship41.org if you are able to help.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Miami Boat Show

We made it to the Miami Boat Show, Miami, Fl.
 Many thanks to INTERLUX for presenting Sea Scout Ship 41, of Bay Village, Ohio with the Waterfront Challenge Grand Award. 
 More photos and details of our visit to follow.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

International Grand Award Winner!

We Won!
Sea Scout Ship 41 is the Grand Award winner in the Interlux Challenge. All the hard work paid off. A group of eight Sea Scouts and adult leaders will be heading to the Miami Boat Show, February 12-16, to accept the award. We will be staying aboard a 45' sport fishing yacht at the Coral Reef Yacht Club. Many exciting events have been planned for the stay, they will be posted so check back later.