Over 30 Days at Sea. More than 25 Participants. The Foundation for Safe Boating and Marine Information has sponsored an on-the-water education program dedicated to introducing the residents of the local area to their marine environment. This year the topics included marlinspike seamanship skill building, navigation and chart plotting basics, and whale watching / marine biology basics during the 4-hour cruises aboard the Foundation’s vessels. On land, pre- and post- boating season, the mission continues with education for the public with respect to our local waters, being good samaritans and custodians to the coast.
Below are just some of the sights from the season of Teach and Take a Kid daysails. The boats used were Sonar 23′ keelboats, and a Hunter 31′ cruising sloop. For more information about the 2015 season plans and how you can get involved, visit the FSB Website. Special thanks to those who support the programs and features of the Foundation. Even more thanks to those participants who learned about the marine environment and continue to share the job of caretaker!
This season is starting out with great weather and great participants in the 2014 Summer Teach & Take a Kid program! For more information about the Foundation for Safe Boating, or how to get involved with the many programs there, visit the website, or give a call. I’m sure they would love to hear from you! (http://boatingandmarineinfo.org). The first leg took us from Amityville, NY on the Great South Bay to Fire Island Sailor’s Haven at the National Wildlife Preserve and Seashore. The chart screenshots are provided by NOAA for free, in PDF form at their site: (http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/pdfcharts/).
The following snapshots were taken in the Knaptrackicon Channel region of Second Life. It’s a long term prim preserve and seaway maintenance project. Many thanks to Elbag Gable and Jane Fosset, as well as the Day to Day operations crew at Danshire Yacht Club and SLCG Station Danshire. BZs all around!
Below is a retrospective of works using Bryce3D from 1999 to 2006, when I discovered Second Life as a tool for sharing safety at sea messages. Since then I have actively participated in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary prototype programming for the 3D Virtual Worlds platforms. I am always interested in development of a truly 3D interactive training tool with practicable use. Please drop me a line if you are interested in working on this further. The files below are based on engineering and survey data combined with a 3D display of the charted objects (lighthouses, buoys, and other shipping / sea lanes).
Special thanks to Valradica Vale, a gentleman and a scholar, for his wonderful canoe creation, whose understanding of quartenions -or whatever they are called -could confuse a team of stalwart mathematics theorists.
This craft combines two avatars, with seamless animations for delivery of a solid virtual outdoor experience in the Kingdom of DeMolay.
At last, vehicle support has made it to the Kingdom of DeMolay, an event anxiously awaited across the opensimulator community. This would not be possible without the awesome skill of Balpien Hammerer of InWorldz.
Thank you my friends! It is wonderful to see it coming together so nicely.