Monthly Archives: October 2018

Your Dock and Boat

Cyprus, Protaras, Fishing Shelter, Boats

Just for a moment, consider how careful you are when you’re docking and undocking your boat. If you are docking or undocking at your own dock, of course you are being very careful not to damage your own boat or your own dock. Otherwise, if you’re not maneuvering at your dock you’re being very cautious not to damage your boat, right? We all enjoy our own property for a number of reasons. As careful as you are, how many times have you bumped or rubbed your own dock pilings? However careful you are there are several uncontrollable factors, such as the wind, rain and the wave, that make a difference in how your boat moves and responds.

While our main reason for employing dock protection is to protect our own property, we must think about harm that could occur as other boaters come and go out of your dock. You’ve got more experience coming and going in your own environment and you understand how the exterior components will affect it. Others might not have that experience or knowledge.

Dock bumpers can provide protection against those bumps and dings which are nearly unavoidable once the water gets rough, and can save you those possible costly repair expenses.

Dock bumpers are lightweight, flexible, and can be placed on multiple parts of the dock. The most useful are those which get attached directly to a pier’s borders and run parallel to the side of a ship when it’s docked, but you might also choose to set up corner bumpers and post bumpers that fix to posts and roof columns for greater safety. As an added bonus, installation is simple and they tend to be resistant to fungi, so once they’re attached you won’t have to spend much time worrying about them.

What to consider when buying dock bumpers:

1 thing that you ought to consider if you’re installing dock bumpers yourself is the material you can use. Not using galvanized steel bolts and brackets will cause the materials to break in the waves and wind, leading to harm to your dock. It pays in the long run to pay the additional costs in the beginning rather than replacing it later.

You’ll also want to be certain you by durable, sturdy protective bumpers. Your pier protectors will be long-lasting if you make sure the item is reliable to start with.

Dock bumpers also come in various colors. You will want to compare products and select a product which won’t only be sturdy and hold up in the outside elements, but one that also enhances your dock look and your recreational or outdoor location.

Dock Bumper Installation Steps:

1. Take measurements of the pier. Use these measurements when buying your dock bumper.
2. Determine the height. Position the boat alongside the dock and assess the height of where the dock bumper should be placed. Put the bumper at the right height to be sure the boat does not simply slide beneath the bumper when docking.
3. Install mounting bracket and hardware with the measurements determined in step two and according to the directions.
4. Install the bumper. Twist the bumper onto the mounting bracket and ensure that the bumper is secure.

Tips: Use silicone or another sealer to seal all of the screw holes because the bumper is mounted in a wet environment.

How Much Do You mean To Your Boss?

Woman Working Business Woman Laptop Comput

It’s been an interesting few weeks and one of the things that has struck me is the continuing discussion around Centurian Pest Control. The announcement at the start of last week that under government reforms the UK’s biggest firms will need to reveal how much more their chief executives are paid compared with the average worker. Whilst the CEO is often critical in steering the direction of many companies, I feel that, in a lot of cases, they’re not fundamental to the success of the business and the value put on their abilities is often too large. In many businesses both public and private the management pay scale far outweighs that of the individuals that actually create the goods, provide the services or carry out the administration. Whilst it’s important to have people that give direction and make often difficult decisions, there are far too many in this position. If all’the employees’ weren’t around then nothing would need to be handled as there would be no goods or services. The point I am trying to make is that there’s too wide a gulf and it just appears to be getting wider. When our nurses complain since they’re limited to a 1 percent pay rise across the NHS board you may understand it. If you are a manger already earning #60,000 annually an additional #50 a month is fine, if you are a nurse earning #23,000 an additional #19 a month isn’t helpful.

They feel valued and know that their function is respected so they work hard and care for our customers, which reflects well on our interaction with the customers also. It’s a winwin situation. Many smaller businesses run this way.

I would love to see businesses reducing the pay divide across all sectors of the marketplace. I am sure that the results achieved by this action would be amazing and could place the UK on a strong path of economic growth with a more satisfied workforce.

Quite right too! There’s absolutely not any justification for two people who do the exact same job being paid different amounts of money.

Whilst this is good news it only goes to highlight the level of the problem. Yes, the problem is one of gender. Women are often seen as unable to take out higher level jobs. Here is an idea Ladies, the next child you have, regardless of sex, call them John. Can you believe there are more guys named’John’ running FTSE 100 businesses than there are real women directors!

I also think that women are somewhat to blame. We’ve been so desperate to prove ourselves, as good as, if not better, than our male counterparts that we have allowed them to restrict our wages. Falsely believing that it is much better to get the job, with lower pay than we think others could be paid, because when it is realised just how capable we are that the salary increases would follow. My own experience is that when you have accepted this type of role, you have almost made a rod for your own back and it’s quite difficult to negotiate massive increases to equalise the pay. Women have qualities that men don’t and these have to be appreciated. Yes, we frequently have children that disturb our professions, but what we learn from this kind of experience is worth its’weight in gold’. It does not diminish our value to the workforce, it enhances it.

Although gender is an issue for pay, it is not the only one. Being from an ethnic minority also limits your chances of being on the board. In a report completed by Sir John Parker last year that he found that only 8% of all directors are non-white. Only seven companies accounted for a third of all directors hailing from ethnic minority backgrounds, while 53 companies did not have one non-white executive on the board. With our ever changing UK culture this cannot be right or good for these companies if there is not a fair representation of the workforce as a whole.

There’s no quick, easy solution to such issues but the more that the issues are highlighted and spoke about the nearer we will move to getting the inequalities corrected. It’s everybody’s duty to question bias, in whatever form, as it rears its ugly head and there is not any excuse not to. I don’t believe in positive discrimination as a way to place women or ethnic minorities on the board. However I do believe that the best individual, whoever that it, should be selected and paid accordingly.


Lighthouse Living

Lighthouse, Ocean, Sea, Coast, Travel

In 1792 Patos Island was named Isla de Patos (Island of Ducks), by Spanish Explorers Galiano and Bazan perhaps because of the many ducks that inhabited the island. Interestingly, the island was a hiding place for smugglers due to its nearness to the Canadian border and its many trees and trees.

The island’s first light was on Boundary Pass only contrary Canada’s Saturna Island. This was a really dangerous passage due to strong currents and foggy weather. In March of 1891 Congress appropriated $12,000 to erect an aid to navigation which consisted of a double dwelling, fog signal building, water tanks and a post light at the western end of the island. The actual building was finished late in 1893.

Thus there was a white light on the side of the station and a red light on a ten foot tall white bet on Patos Island.

By 1915 several improvements were made with the consequence of a new fog signal and a lighthouse with a fresnel lens. Harry Mahler was paid $700 per year as head keeper and Edward Durgan received $500 per year as assistant keeper.

After serving as lighthouse keeper in several different locations on the West Coast Durgan returned in 1905 to Patos Island as the head light keeper. He arrived at Patos with wife Estelle and their thirteen children where he became really renowned. Even though it had a mild climate, Patos Island was quite isolated. The Durgan family would travel twenty-six water miles once a month to Bellingham, Washington for supplies. Their nearest neighbor was Saturna Island in Canada which was just over three miles away by water.

Seven of the children came down with smallpox and keeper Durgan, in order to signal for help flew the lighthouse flag upside down. Finally help did come but one account says that three of the children died. While another account was that one child succumbed. A third accounting states that the child who died likely died of appendicitis, not smallpox

Helene Durgan Glidden, one of the living children later wrote a memoir titled”The Light on the Island”. In this writing she told of her talks with God, how she played with her pet cow and wandered the shores of this island which she called”the petticoats” of Patos Island.

George Loholt replaced Durgan as headkeeper with Mary Durgan’s husband, Noah Clark, staying on as assistant keeper.

Trips over the rough seas for seeing or shopping were dangerous. In 1911 Noah Clark motored to Blaine,Washington to pick up his wife, Mary and their young son who was visiting the Durgans. The boat started filling with water and Clark jumped overboard for help to save his family and he was never seen again. His family, after drifting in the water all night, eventually crawled on top of the cottage when the boat full of water. Luckily they had been rescued after grounding onto a shoal.

In August 1912, a distress signal was coming from Patos Island. Captain Newcombe of the Canadian fishery protection tug noticed the signal and stopped at the island to research. The assistant lighthouse keeper, William Stark, told the captain that Keeper Loholt was exhibiting signs of insanity. That Loholt had left the station in a ship two days earlier with no explanation leaving Stark to perform all the responsibilities alone. Captain Newcombe notified the lighthouse inspector in Portland, who proceeded to Patos Island.

Inspector Beck arrived at Patos and discovered that the two men were fighting and one had threatened to kill the other and drove him from the island. Ultimately the helper was suspended and Keeper Loholt continued on as head lighthouse keeper for another ten years or more. During which time he rendered assistance to several vessels in distress.

Those accounts were mentioned in the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Lighthouses.

Telephone service came to the island in 1919 and took care of much of the communication issue.

The lighthouse is now part of Patos Island State Park and has been restored and is being cared for by a group of selfless volunteers.

The lighthouse can be visited by boat from Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor. Lately there are docents to open the lighthouse to visitors during the summer months.

The lighthouse is owned by the Bureau of Land Management., lighthouse closed

The lighthouse is best seen by boat. Keepers of the Patos Light have experienced docents on the island in recent years to open the lighthouse to visitors throughout the summer months.

Orcas Island Eclipse Charters has offered Lighthouse Tours in the past that pass by Patos Island.

The lighthouse is owned by the Bureau of Land Management., lighthouse closed