Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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Despite hailing from the SF Bay area, Iím poles apart from your run of the mill wood nymphs and the various and sundry tree huggers. However, when I raced to Hawaii last year I was shocked to see the amount of floating plastic crap. Saw the usual small stuff, plastic bags, lighters, bottle tops etc, but we also encountered the unusual such as a hard hat being kept afloat by the headband and sporting a mini reef underneath and a 5 gallon jerry jug. Mind you, this stuff was more than 700NM off the coast. We used a towed generator (Duo-Gen, pretty cool unit) and that would collect shards of net and plastic bags which would jam the impeller. And this was on the North American side of the high. When the boat was delivered back and crossed the high north of Oahu, they encountered much more junk. The Duo-Gen would get jammed daily. They were fouled by hundred foot section of net and suffered a steering gear failure when they snagged a long line fishing leader and hook that worked their way around the rudder shaft (and it was a skeg hung rudder!) Yes, the folks on the western side of the Pacific need to clean up their act. It ought to be illegal for fishing boats to abandon their nets. But that doesnít absolve us from doing our part. As yachtsmen, we should take pollution seriously and be shining examples to our dirt dwelling brethren. Remember, their garbage dump is our playground!