Sunday, August 31, 2008

Long Lense Sniping on a Sunday afternoon - Alamitos Bay and Naples Canals

Today I found myself in Long Beach with my camera.
The weather was darn near perfect.
I decided to see if I could get a few decent shots of the gondola operation there in Alamitos Bay.

A sandolo waits at dock for her passengers.

A double-rower or "two oared American gondola" as they are called at the operation there, navigates between brightly colored kayaks.

Another two-oared gondola crosses Alamitos Bay.

A varnished pupparin glides through a Naples Neighborhood.

This is one of only two pupparini in the Americas.
The other one is in Sunset Gondola's fleet.

A traditionally rowed, locally-built gondola cruises by.

A similar gondola makes an appearance, this one without a ferro. These boats were built at the legendary Hill's Marine (now closed) by Jim Oberst, often with the assistance of gondoliers.

One more double-rower loaded with six passengers, moves on sparkling water.


Sean Jamieson said...

Is that the renowned five-fingered ferro we see? Or is it 4 and a half?

grigory-never-get-there said...

that was my sandolo that night, just freshly painted and varnished by our boat guy. btw... where do you get your paint from, greg?

Gondola Greg said...

Hey, thanks for commenting.

Y'know, I noticed that she looked freshly painted.

As to the question about paint:
most of the time I just pay-through-the-nose like everyone else at West Marine.
I bounce around between a few different kinds of paint and varnish, depending on the situation.

I used to go for much more expensive "luxury brands", but I got tired of seeing the paint and varnish age and degrade just as quickly as the generic stuff.
Plus, a scratch is a scratch, whether it's in Epiphanes or plain-wrap varnish.

I HAVE found that Interlux's "Schooner" varnish (which I believe is a synthetic) likes to peel a bit more than I'd like.

Petit's "Easypoxy", while being nearly idiot-proof paint, doesn't always give me the shine level I prefer.

The bottom line with paint, varnish, or any other coating material, is that you're putting it on a working boat, and as such, you'll be putting MORE on, sooner than you'd like.

Whatever you do, once you've painted or varnished a boat, WALK AWAY, and don't look back, 'cause someone is rushing as fast as they can to ruin your work.

And if they aren't quick enough to do so, a seagull will beat them to it.

grigory-never-get-there said...

Thanks for the thorough response. Nice to see you in our neck of the woods, btw. W