Protection for Your Dock and Boat

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Just for a minute, think about how careful you are when you are docking and undocking your boat. If you’re docking or undocking in your own dock, of course you are being very careful not to damage your own boat or your own dock. Otherwise, if you are not maneuvering at your dock you are being very careful not to damage your boat, right? Most of us enjoy our own property for any number of reasons. As careful as you are, how many times have you bumped or rubbed your dock pilings? No matter how careful you are there are several uncontrollable factors, like the wind, rain and the tide, that make a difference in how your boat reacts and moves.

While our main reason for applying dock protection is to protect our own property, we have to think about harm that could occur as other boaters come and go from your dock. You have more experience coming and going in your environment and you know how the exterior components will affect it. Others may not have that expertise or knowledge.

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

Dock bumpers are lightweight, flexible, and may be placed on multiple areas of the dock. The most useful are the ones which get attached right to a pier’s borders and run parallel to the side of a ship when it is docked, but you might also choose to install corner bumpers and post bumpers that correct to articles and roof columns for increased safety. As an additional bonus, installation is easy and they are normally resistant to fungi, so once they’re attached you won’t need to spend much time worrying about them.

1 thing that you ought to think about 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, resulting in harm to your dock. It pays in the long run to pay the extra costs in the beginning as opposed to replacing it later.

You’ll also need to be sure you by durable, sturdy protective bumpers. Your pier protectors will be long-lasting if you ensure that the item is reliable to begin with.

Dock bumpers also come in various colors. You’ll want to compare products and choose a product that won’t just be sturdy and hold up in the outside elements, but one that also enhances your dock appearance and your recreational or outdoor area.

1. Take measurements of the pier. Use these measurements when purchasing your dock bumper.
2. Determine the height. Position the boat alongside the dock and assess the height of where the dock bumper ought to be placed. Put the bumper at the right height to be sure the boat does not just slide beneath the bumper when docking.
3. Install mounting bracket and hardware using the measurements determined in step two and according to the directions. Use the cordless drill and the level to mount the bumper mounting bracket.
4. Install the bumper. Slide the bumper onto the mounting bracket and be sure 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.

Are You Important At Your Job?

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It has been an interesting few weeks and one of those things that has struck me is the continued discussion around Pest Control. The announcement at the start of last week that under government reforms that the UK’s biggest firms might have to show how much more their chief executives are paid compared with the average employee. Whilst the CEO is often critical in steering the direction of many companies, I feel that, in a great deal of cases, they’re not fundamental to the success of that company and the value placed on their skills is often too high. In many businesses both private and public the management pay scale far outweighs that of the people that actually create the merchandise, 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 have to be handled as there would be no goods or services. The point I am trying to make is that there is too wide a gulf and it only 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 nice, if you are a nurse earning #23,000 an extra #19 a month is not helpful.

They feel valued and know that their role is respected so they work hard and look after our customers, which reflects well on our interaction with the customers also. It’s a win, win situation. Many smaller companies run this way.

I would like to see businesses reducing the pay divide across all sectors of the marketplace. I am positive the results achieved by this action would be amazing and would set the UK on a strong path of economic growth with a more satisfied work force.

In the previous week it was revealed that Holly Willoughby had her This Morning salary increased by #200,000 to match that of her co presenter Phillip Schofield. There’s absolutely not any justification for two people who do exactly the same job being paid different amounts of money.

Whilst this is good news it only goes to underline the amount of the problem. If high profile’celebrities’ such as Holly have been paid for the same work, what chance is there for others in ordinary jobs? Yes, the problem is one of gender. Women are often viewed as unable to carry out higher level jobs. Here’s an idea Ladies, the next child you have, regardless of sex, call them John. Would you believe there are more guys called’John’ running FTSE 100 businesses than there are actual women directors!

I also feel that girls are slightly to blame. We have been so desperate to prove ourselves, as good as, if not better, than our male counterparts that we’ve allowed them to limit our salaries. Falsely believing that it’s better to find the job, with lesser pay than we think others could be compensated, because when it’s realised just how competent we are that the salary increases would follow. My own experience is that when you have accepted such a role, you have almost made a rod for your own back and it is very tricky to negotiate massive increases to equalise the pay. The time has come for us to stop undervaluing ourselves. Yes we want the jobs but on the same basis as anyone else. Girls have qualities that men do not and these need to be appreciated. Yes, we often have kids that disturb our professions, but what we learn from such an experience is worth its’weight in gold’. It does not diminish our value to the work force, it enhances it.

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

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

Trials of Lighthouse Keeping

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

The island’s first light was on Boundary Pass just opposite Canada’s Saturna Island. This was a very 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 pole light in the western end of the island. The actual building was completed 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 stake 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 president.

After serving as lighthouse keeper in a number of distinct places on the West Coast Durgan returned in 1905 to Patos Island as the head light keeper. He came at at Patos with wife Estelle and their thirteen children where he became very renowned. Despite the fact that it had a mild climate, Patos Island was very isolated. Their nearest neighbor was Saturna Island in Canada that was just over three miles away by water.

Seven of the kids came down with smallpox and keeper Durgan, so as to signal for assistance 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 kid 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 waters for visiting or purchasing 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 ship started filling with water and Clark jumped overboard for help to save his loved ones and he was never seen again. His loved ones, after drifting in the water all night, eventually crawled on top of the cottage once 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 investigate. The assistant lighthouse keeper, William Stark, told the captain that Keeper Loholt was exhibiting signs of insanity. This Loholt had left the station in a ship two days earlier without any explanation leaving Stark to perform all the duties 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 assistant was suspended and Keeper Loholt continued on as head lighthouse keeper for another ten years or longer. During which time he rendered assistance to many 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 either Friday Harbor or Roche Harbor. In recent years there are docents to open the lighthouse to people during the summer months.

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 during the summer months.

Orcas Island Eclipse Charters has offered Lighthouse Tours previously that pass by Patos Island. Outer Island Excursions offers trips to Patos Island that include a hike to the lighthouse.

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

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