Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Boat regos up, ramps, marinas needed: Industry report says

Queensland boating registrations are spiralling towards the magic 200,000 mark with the Boating Industry Association of Queensland predicting boat registrations will pass that by February or March next year.
BIAQ General Manager, Barry Hibberd, said Queensland boating registration numbers stood at 197,388 on October 31 and were increasing at an average of 760 per month. He said this growth pattern had been consistent over the past several years, with no sign of flattening out.
"At this rate I expect the 200,000th registration to be logged in February or March," Mr Hibberd said.
"The increasing number of boats on the water brings with it the need for more and better launch/retrieve facilities and marinas and the BIAQ is working with the State Government to ensure supply of facilities keeps pace with public demand," Mr Hibberd said.
"While the economy remains strong and Queensland's population continues to boom, there is no slowdown in sight of the growth in recreational boating."
"One of the main reasons given for interstate migration to Queensland is climate and boating goes hand in hand with outdoor activity generated by a good climate.
Mr Hibberd said the Gold Coast recently had outstripped Brisbane as the local authority with the largest boating population.
"Brisbane has 23,750 registered boats and Gold Coast has 24,581. While Brisbane previously had the biggest boating population, it has now been overtaken by the Gold Coast," he said.
Mr Hibberd said the boom in recreational boating in Queensland was good for the local and state economy, with the manufacture and sale of boats worth an estimated $1.4 billion a year. He said Queensland now was rapidly closing on New South Wales as Australia's premier boating state.
"As of June this last year, New South Wales had 203,393 registered boats," Mr Hibberd said. "While New South Wales has a population 2.7 million greater than Queensland, it has only 6000 more registered boats, a situation which is rapidly changing and being accelerated by interstate migration," he said.
Mr Hibberd said Queensland had 52.2 boats per 1000 head of population while New South Wales had only 31.7.

£1 Million Boat?

Havengore, the Port of London Authority's launch, which carried the coffin of Sir Winston Churchill along the River Thames to his final resting place in 1965, is for sale and expected to fetch £1 million.
During Churchill's state funeral, commentator, Richard Dimbleby, said: 'And so Havengore sailed into history...not even the Golden Hind had borne so great a man.'
The historic boat - which unimaginatively carried out hydrographic research in the Thames Estuary - will go under the hammer on 15 December.

Spanner crabs off-limit

Recreational and commercial fishers are reminded that Queensland's spanner crab closed season starts this month. This species will be off-limits from November 20 (tomorrow) until December 20 this year across all Queensland waters.
The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) senior fisheries management officer Mark Doohan said the annual closed season is aimed at protecting stocks of spanner crabs (Ranina ranina) during their peak spawning period.
"The closed season allows crabs to spawn and stocks to replenish to ensure there are healthy crab stocks into the future," Mr Doohan said.
"From December 21 fishers will again be able to take spanner crabs but everyone should remember that it is illegal to take egg-bearing female spanner crabs and any spanner crab less than 10 centimetres across the carapace in size," Mr Doohan said.

Nares Rock, off Bowen

Isolated Danger light not operational. Mariners are advised that Nares Rock light (Isolated Danger) Fl W(2)5s located in position latitude 19o46.2777S' longitude 148o21.5115E' is temporarily out of operation until further notice. Mariners are advised to proceed with caution when navigating within this area. Chart AUS 852.

What's happening?

"Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder what has happened." -Proverb

Fair Winds to Ye!
Cap'n Dan

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Interstate recreational boat licences

Current and valid recreational boat licences, excluding junior licences, issued by an interstate marine authority may be used in Queensland while they remain current. Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) recommends that if you move to Queensland that you obtain a Queensland recreational marine driver licence.
You can obtain a Queensland recreational marine driver licence by going to a Queensland Transport customer service centre with your current interstate recreational boat licence, an application form and $34.85.
You will then be issued with a confirmation report stating that you are the holder of a Queensland recreational marine driver licence.
Expired interstate licences will not be accepted for conversion to a Queensland licence. If your interstate licence has expired, you will need to either renew your licence with the relevant interstate marine authority or meet Queensland's recreational marine driver licence requirements.

Pirate 'mother ship' spotted

A 'mother ship' is believed to have been used to launch high-speed boats for several recent pirate attacks off Somalia.
Since November 5, when pirates tried unsuccessfully to attack a 440-foot cruise liner operated by Seabourn Cruise Lines, at least five other attacks have taken place, most of them northeast of Somalia, said Andrew Mwangura, program coordinator at the Kenyan Seafarer's Association.
Overall, he said, seven ships and crews have been captured in that section of the Indian Ocean.
Fishermen in the area spotted a "pirate mother ship" drifting off the Somali coast in July, on November 5 and earlier this week, Mwangura said. Only one mother ship has been spotted, but there may be more in existence. Officials think the smaller boats used in attacks are launched from the mother ship, he said.
Earlier this week, the director of the International Maritime Bureau, appealed to vessels off the Somali coasts to come to the aid of ships under attack in a statement citing an "alarming rise" in the number of piracy attacks in the area.
"At the very least," said Capt. Pottengal Mukundan, IMB director, "they can prevent the hijackers from taking these ships into Somali waters. Once the vessels have entered these waters, the chances of any law enforcement is negligible."
Twenty-five pirate attacks were reported in the past six months, the statement said. "In one incident, a ship was lured into danger by pirates firing bogus distress flares."
In the attempted cruise liner attack, pirates were in two boats and armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
Thousands of merchant ships snake down the Somali coast to the Cape of Good Hope every year.
Some of the world's leading shipping bodies called on the U.N. to urgently address the issue.
The piracy watchdog has warned merchant ships to stay at least 200 nautical miles away from the Somali coast -- an admonition that has gone unheeded.
After two years of relative calm, 32 pirate attacks have been recorded since mid-March, including raids on ships carrying supplies for the U.N. World Food Program.
Rival warlords have ruled Somalia since dictator Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown in 1991. Many of the warlords are believed to run gangs who smuggle drugs, weapons and people by road, sea and air around the region.
Piracy is a lucrative and growing offshoot of this trade.
On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council criticized Somalia's squabbling government and urged rival factions to work to confront the chaos and piracy plaguing the lawless nation.
The council expressed "serious concern" about the recent wave of pirate attacks off the coast, and urged regional powers and international bodies to address the problem urgently.

Pirates blasted by sonic boom

The crew of a cruise ship attacked by pirates off the coast of Somalia used a sonic weapon to help ward off the attackers, the Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line said Monday.
The device blasts ear-splitting noise in a directed beam.
The Seabourn Spirit escaped the attack also by shifting to high speed and changing course, the cruise line said.
The sonic device, known as a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, is a so-called "non-lethal weapon" developed for the military after the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen as a way to keep operators of small boats from approaching U.S. warships.
Makers of the device compare its shrill tone to that of smoke detectors, only much louder.

Prescription Drugs for Yacht Racing Safety Requirements

YA Special Regulation No. 4 (2005 - 2009) requires yachts competing in Cat. One & two events to carry specified prescription drugs. Recently YQ has received enquiries about how to obtain these drugs.
The required drugs can be obtained under QLD law using the provisions of the Health Act 1937 and its subsidiary Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996. The regulations allow the issue and use of controlled and restricted drugs on boats in QLD. Copies of the applicable sections of the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulation 1996 are attached these are Sections 69 (2) (controlled drugs), 178 (2) (restricted drugs) and 264A (use of the drugs).
The key requirements are: a Doctor must sign the purchase order, the drugs are only for use on the boat, and the drugs must be appropriately secured when on board.
Further information or assistance is available from QLD Health Environmental Health Unit. Issued by the YA Offshore and Safety Committee.

Live bombs advice

Mariners are advised that military aircraft will be conducting air manoeuvres, air refuelling and live bombing within the Shoalwater Bay Training Area. In particular, Townsend Island will be active for live bombing.
Danger Area (INDIA) has been declared. The Marine Danger Area is all waters contained within the bounds of Macdonald Point Cape Manifold and listed in the full notice to mariners.
All civil watercraft are prohibited to enter the danger area from 1030 hours, 6 December 2005 to 1830 hours, 16 December 2005.Any person or vessel found within these danger areas will be removed by Australian Defence Force personnel or by Queensland Police. Any costs associated with such removal will be borne by the owner, charterer, hirer or agent of the watercraft. AUS Charts Affected: 367, 822.

Want relish with that?

'A little nonsense now and again is relished by the wisest men'

Fair Winds to Ye!
Cap'n Dan

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

State of the art survey ship visits Whitsunday Islands

Australia's state of the art ocean survey ship HMAS Melville anchored at Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island this week
HMAS Melville is a hydrographic ship, used to chart the ocean. The ship also performs secondary roles in search and rescue, surveillance and disaster relief.
Two hydrographic ships (AGS) LEEUWIN and MELVILLE entered service in the year 2000. These ships are fitted with the latest multi-beam and single beam echo sounders plus towed and forward-looking sonar. Satellite and terrestrial position fixing equipment has been integrated into a complex survey system suite in these ships.
The Australian Hydrographic Service operates six specialist-surveying vessels and one Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) fitted in a Fokker F-27 aircraft. All units are based in Cairns, North Queensland.
Melville is named after Melville Island, north of Darwin, was launched midway through 1998 and built by NQEA in Cairns, North Queensland.
Melville enables the Australian Hydrographic Service to gather high quality hydrographic information at a much greater rate than the ships they replace. The ship is 71 metres in length, with a beam of 15 metres, and a draught of 5.4 metres, displaces 2,550 tonnes and is manned by a crew of 46 officers and sailors.
A state of the art Hydrographic Survey System (HSS) developed by STN Atlas will integrate accurate position information with data from a multi-beam echo sounder, towed side-scan sonar, single beam echo sounder and forward-looking sonar. The ships also carry three fully equipped nine metre Survey Motor Boats for surveys in waters not suitable for the ships themselves.
The ship is capable of carrying a helicopter to assist in survey operations.

FINS fines for fishers

An expansion of on-the-spot fines for fishing offences in Queensland is set to reduce the number of less serious fishing-related cases taken to court says Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries Deputy Director-General (Fisheries) Peter Neville.
The new fines or Fisheries Infringement Notices (FINS), introduced last week, would cover a wider range of less serious offences in both the commercial and recreational sectors.
"Last year, more than 200 fisheries cases were taken to court - under the new FIN system this number should be greatly reduced," Mr Neville said.
"Under the new system DPI&F Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers will have the ability to give out on-the-spot fines for a broader range of offences that currently have to be taken to court, even where the offender wishes to plead guilty," Mr Neville said
"The fines will still provide an effective deterrence but will spare individuals the need to appear in court.
"The new FINs will also allow QBFP officers to spend more time in the field by reducing the time needing to be spent on preparing court materials. This greater presence in the field is expected to translate to a higher level of deterrence to illegal activity.
"It is also expected that the new fines will allow for departmental legal staff to focus more heavily on the prosecution of serious fisheries offences rather than dealing with minor matters."
Under the new system, the amount of the fine increases depending on the seriousness of the offence. Fines for recreational offences, such as breaching bag limits, range from $75 to $375 depending on how many regulated fish are involved.
New and heavier fines for commercial offences will also be introduced as part of the expansion.
"Previously, fines focused primarily on offences commonly committed by recreational fishers. However, under the new system we are including fines for less serious breaches by commercial operators," Mr Neville said.
"Commercial operators will face fines double that imposed on recreational fishers because they stand to gain financially by inappropriate behaviour."
Offenders will have 28 days to pay their FIN-fine and once the money is paid, the matter is FIN-alised with no conviction recorded.
Anyone issued with a FIN still has the right to elect to have the case heard in court.
Each year about 300 FINs are issued to recreational and commercial fishers. More than 2000 FINs have been written since they were introduced in Queensland in 1999.
The FIN system expansion is enforced by amendments to the State Penalties Enforcement Regulation 2000.

Rocket grenade ship cabin

A pirate attack on a ship full of Western holidaymakers, including 22 Australians, has jolted East Africa's bomb-scarred tourist industry.
The luxury cruise liner Seabourn Spirit was attacked Saturday when pirates fired a rocket-propelled grenade and machine-guns.
The Seabourn Spirit was 160 kilometres off the east African country of Somalia when the attack took place early Saturday, says Seabourn Cruises spokesman David Dingle.
It has also reminded the world of the threat posed by Somalia, a rouge state awash with weapons.
Andrew Mwangura, program coordinator of the Kenyan Seafarers' Association, said the attack on the Seabourn Spirit could deal a severe blow to tourism in the region, especially Kenya - East Africa's most popular tourist destination.
The 440-foot Seabourn Spirit is an intimate size luxury mega-yacht. Aboard this 10,000 ton all-suite ship, you travel with no more than 208 well-versed voyagers serviced by 150 crew.
Seabourn Spirit arrived in Seychelles on Tuesday and is due in Cairns on January 22 next and should transit the Whitsunday Passage days later as she is due in Sydney on January 28.

Reef fin fish survey

The Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries began surveys of coral reef fish in the Swains and Mackay regions this week to collect information about the status of coral reef finfish stocks.
DPI&F fisheries biologist Dr Kerry Neil said the structured line catch surveys are a part of the department's Fisheries Long Term Monitoring Program.
"Long-term monitoring of the State's fisheries resources started in 1999, and the information to be collected in November will further expand the program", Dr Neil said.
The Long Term Monitoring Program contributes to assessing the effectiveness of fisheries management strategies in protecting and conserving the State's fisheries resources.
DPI&F biologists will oversee line catch activities, similar to those used by commercial operations but structured for monitoring purposes and operating independently of the commercial fishery.
"Biologists will be recording information on catch composition, the abundance of each species, size of all fish caught and the age of select target species, including coral trout and red throat emperor," she said.
"This monitoring is part of a larger long-term monitoring program for coral reef fish which relies on the support of the commercial fishing sector for data," Dr Neil said.
The program includes the gathering of data on by-catch in the fisheries through at-sea observers and additional information on the age structure of fish populations from frames collected from fishers.
Information from the program will be used to assess populations of Queensland's coral reef fish species, which are popular amongst commercial and recreational fishers alike.

Gratitude for what you do have

"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."

Epicurus, Greek philosopher, BC 341-270

Fair Winds to Ye!
Cap'n Dan

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Reel in a Barramundi, despite closed season

Anglers are reminded that Queensland's east coast barramundi closed season began on November 1 which means this species will be off-limits until February 1 next year, except in some stocked dams.
Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) senior fisheries management officer Anita Wohlsen said the annual east coast closed season is aimed at protecting stocks of barramundi during their spawning period.
"The closed seasons allow fish to spawn and stocks to replenish to ensure there are healthy fish stocks for current and future generations," Ms Wohlsen said.
However, while barramundi will be off-limits in most areas, anglers wanting to catch the iconic fish can still throw in a line at one of Queensland's 18 stocked impoundments where a fisher is permitted to have one barramundi in their possession.
"The exemption recognises the importance of protecting wild barramundi stocks as well as giving fishers the enjoyment of catching stocked barramundi in an impoundment," Ms Wohlsen said.
Throwing in a line at some of these dams may also lead to catching more than just a fish. Anglers who buy their Stocked Impoundment Permits (SIP) online could pick up one of 300 prizes.
Stocked impoundment permits cost $35 a year or $7 for a week and must be purchased in order to fish in the stocked impoundments.
To be in the draw for the giveaways, fishers should buy their permits online at www.qld.gov.au/fishing
A random prize draw will be held at the end of each month during the next 12 month, starting November 9 and the lucky winners will be notified soon after.
Twenty-five prizes will be given away every month.
For more information about Queensland's fishing regulations visit the DPI&F Fishweb site at www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fishweb.

At Titanic Wreck Site

Adventurer extraordinaire Fran Capo, a stand-up comedienne, author, motivational speaker and the Worlds Fastest Talking Female, just set a new world record by becoming the first author to do a book signing at the wreck site of the most famous ship in the world - the Titanic.
Fran not only did a book signing for her book Adrenaline Adventures at the site of the famous wreck, but she did something that was long overdue. She became an ordained minister so she could honour the lost passengers of the Titanic.
While at the site, she offered the first-ever consecration of the remains, offering a universal maritime memorial invocation at the wreck site, a special prayer provided by the US Navy chaplain Puttler.
This prayer service was very important to her because it represented an opportunity to pay respects to the victims of that tragedy. It was the first rite she ever performed as an ordained minister, and one she will never forget.
"I as in a very small group of people, and I feel privileged, it was awesome" says Fran Capo.
"Titanic guru Ralph White, a member of the explorers club, related an interesting fact that even though everyone says the order when the iceberg hit was to revers the engine, all dials found o the wreck were in the "slow ahead" position.
"When Ralph was with Titanic 'discoverer' Bob Ballard, Ballard did not release the coordinates of the Titanic. Ralph read the coordinates upside down on a table, memorized it, and was later able to lead others to it. A fact he mentions in a movie, Titanica.
Russian scientific ship Kelydsyh departed the port of St. Johns for titanic wreck site 380 miles Southeast of Newfoundland at 41º44.0 N, 49 degrees, 46.0 West at a depth of 3,790 meters.
"I realized every one of passengers around me are millionaires many times over, yet the common bond is we all love adventure and are to be come part of a unique club - those who visited the Titanic. We are told that more people have gone to space than have visited the Titanic."
"Then we saw it, the bow of the ship. Just like in the movies. It was surreal. Here I was less than 15 feet from the bow with all its rusticles, and yet all I could think was, this was the ship of dreams. A ship that is the death bed of all those victims of man's stupidity- the stupidity of pushing a ship to hard, of not having enough life boats, of not seeing a iceberg in time. This is the famed Titanic."
"Then I said the prayer over the staircase. I figured this is where most of the souls on the ship passed; it would be a good place to do it. It was when I said the prayer, that the hugeness of this all hit me. As I said the prayer images of the passengers that night flashed through my head."
"The ride up I was thinking...this has got to be my greatest adventure. I was 2 1/2 miles down in the sea, a place few have gone. I did the first ever prayer down there. I did a book signing, I saw creatures that I didn't even know existed and I visited one of the most talked about ships of all time.

Report highlights tourism impact

Whitsunday Shire Council has commissioned a report that has revealed people are more likely to meet a visitor than a local in the area.
The Queensland Government office of Local Government and Planning's principal demographer, Allison Taylor, says the council wanted to learn more about the economic contribution of tourism and its social impact.
She says the report shows tourism is a significant industry that influences housing trends.
"It actually is a major employer, far more significant than agriculture, forestry, fishing or mining," she said.
"It obviously creates a lot of jobs for local people, in particular young people.
"There are a lot of visitors in the area and that causes a lot of turnover, a lot of mobility in the population."

All too common

A man on an inflatable lobster rescued a young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth. A coast guard spokesman commented, "This sort of thing is all too common".

Fireworks at Airlie

Mariners are advised that a fireworks display will be held on the Airlie Beach foreshore adjacent to the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Fireworks are due to be set off from the point of Airlie Creek on Friday 4 November 2005 between 1930 hours and 2100 hours. AUS Charts Affected - 252, 253, 370

Harbour light established

Mariners are advised that the lighted Special Mark Buoy Fl.Y.2s has been permanently established at Mackay Harbour in approximate position latitude 21° 07.212'S, longitude 149°15.152'E. Charts Affected - AUS 249, 250, 823

Look on the bright side

"If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought."

Fair Winds to Ye!
Cap'n Dan

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Octopus not on menu for Airlie - too big!

The launch in 2003 of Paul Allen's 127m (416ft) "Octopus" secured its number one position as the world's largest yacht. Octopus is currently visiting in Australian waters.
Allen, called the "accidental zillionaire" in his unauthorized biography, also owns several other large yachts including Méduse which at only 198'10 feet is rate 72 in the top 100 megayachts. Méduse has previously visited Airlie and tied up at Able Point Marina.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen - worth US$20 billion according to Forbes, the third richest man in America and 7th in the world.
Octopus cost Allen over US$200 million and has permanent crew of 60, including several former Navy Seals employed in a security role.
It has two helicopters, seven boats, a 10-man submarine and a remote controlled vehicle for crawling on the Ocean floor. The submarine has the capacity to sleep eight people for up to two weeks underwater. A sixty-three foot tender docks in the transom.
Unfortunately, don't expect to see Octopus dock in Airlie. We don't have the facilities here. So we miss out in more ways that just not seeing her in port. We miss out on a lot of revenue.
On average, owners must spend a minimum of 10 percent of the purchase price every year to keep these yachts in good working condition and cover crew salaries. Therefore "Octopus" which cost Allen US$200 million requires a US$20 million annual budget.
It costs $250,000 to top off the fuel tanks.
Other yachts that have been around the Whitsunday Islands recently include the 231-foot Boadicea.
Eighty-year-old Reg Grundy really knows how to enjoy life. Boadicea which has a cinema and a stage, the Australian media baron has a passion for photography. It's interesting, considering the dark blue of his yacht's hull and her stylish lines make her a favourite of amateur yacht photographers. When he's not onboard, Grundy makes Boadicea available for charter for $420,000 per week.

Reef fish closure starts tomorrow

The first of the annual coral reef fin fish spawning closures starts tomorrow Thursday October 27 and will be enforced for the nine days through to November 4.
Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries district officer at Yeppoon, Mike Broadsmith, said the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol had been inundated with inquiries from recreational and commercial fishers and charter boat operators regarding the new moon spawning periods.
"Obviously people want to do the right thing and respect the three nine-day spawning closures that have been put into place to protect the coral reef fin fish when they were deemed to be most vulnerable," Mr Broadsmith said.
The next closed period would be from November 25 to December 3 this year.
"The closure applies to all commercial, charter and recreational boaties and even if the reef fish were caught prior to the nine day closure, it is an offence to possess any reef fish species aboard the vessel.
People can still catch fish such as mackerel and estuarine fish species so long as they are not coral reef fin fish such as coral trout, cods and gropers, emperors, parrot fish, sweetlip, tropical snapper and sea perch.
A complete list of coral reef fin fish species together with Queensland's fishing regulations can be found on the Fishweb site at www.dpi.qld.gov.au/fishweb or from the DPI&F Call Centre on 13 25 23

Weather gauge

At the height of the gale, reported the Aberdeen Evening Express, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff.

General safety obligation

As the fundamental principle of the Transport Operations, Marine Safety legislation, the general safety obligation transfers the responsibility of safety to owners and operators and encourages risk management. The Act imposes general safety obligations on:
* Ship designers, builders and surveyors about the condition of ships.
* Persons involved with the operation of a ship to operate it safely.
* Owners and masters about safety equipment.
All owners and operators, masters and crew members must ensure the ship is:
Safe, properly equipped and crewed and operated in a safe manner.
In short, these general safety obligations prohibit a ship from going to sea if it is not properly built and maintained, equipped, crewed and operated in accordance with its proposed operating environment.
The Act provides penalties for breach of safety obligations of up to $A37, 000 or one year imprisonment. Should the breach cause death or grievous bodily harm to a person, the penalty is up to $A375, 000 or imprisonment for two years.

Floating obstruction

Mariners are advised that a shipping container has been reported on 22 October 2005 drifting in the area of the Barwon Banks and about three quarters submerged. The reported position was latitude 26° 37.5'S longitude 153° 24.0'E. Mariners are advised to keep a good lookout and report any sightings. AUS Charts 235, 365

Seaforth Creek

Mariners are advised that the lighted buoy that was established at the entrance to Seaforth Creek to temporarily replace the lighted starboard lateral mark beacon has been removed. The lighted starboard mark beacon has not been re-established in position. Charts Affected - AUS 251, 824

Ideal experience?

"Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows"

David Wolf

Fair Winds to Ye!
Cap'n Dan