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About Joe “Maserati” Manchin’s Yacht

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Soft-pedaling journos who suck up to their subjects (the folks about whom they regularly write), have changed their tone on Joe “Maserati” Manchin III’s yacht, and have taken to calling it a “houseboat.”

That’s just wrong — just plain wrong — on so many levels, and you’re about to understand why.

First, some websites assert that the term “yacht” is superfluous, or supererogatory, that the term is ambiguous, and open to interpretation.

WV Senator Joe “Maserati” Manchin III on his yacht “Almost Heaven” speaks to protesters in kayaks below. The vessel’s name, and its hailing port (home port) are clearly visible.

I demur.

That is most certainly NOT the case.

The United States Coast Guard establishes guidelines for vessels, which are Federal laws and regulations that vessel owners MUST follow, one of which is that if a vessel exceeds a certain length from stem to stern (front to back) it must be registered with the USCG. As well, there is an organization — the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) — that similarly ranks and characterizes vessels, which establishes standards for vessel construction, as well as the standards set by the American Boats & Yacht Council (ABYC).

If a vessel is longer than 26 feet, it MUST be registered with the United States Coast Guard. That is the law. If under 26 feet long, it may, or may not, be required to registered with the USCG, depending on the state or locality of the owner’s residence (home port). In almost every state, boats under 26 feet in length must bear a registration number on the exterior of the hull, typically toward the bow, whereas with USCG-registered vessels, a vessel’s name and hailing port must be marked together on some clearly visible exterior part of the hull. A “hailing port” is the location from which the vessel is typically harbored (parked). In the case of Joe “Maserati” Manchin’s yacht, it’s named “Almost Heaven,” and is from Charleston, WV. When the yacht was previously named “JENNIFER ANNE,” its Hailing Port was ANNAPOLIS, MD.

“Almost Heaven” was formerly owned David and Jennifer DeLancey, who then named the vessel “Jennifer Ann.” An article about the Jennifer Ann was written by Ken Ringle, April 25, 2004 and published in the Washington Post, which described the vessel.

“Today the DeLanceys live afloat on the Jennifer Ann. You could call it a houseboat, but that would be like calling Air Force One a plane. Within the sunny, air-conditioned confines of the custom-built, 65-by-20-foot, three-story steel hull, David has packaged more space and amenities than most apartments and condominiums, and many houses. The 1,500 square feet of interior living space embrace 3 1/2 bedrooms (including a 14-by-20-foot master suite), 3 1/2 bathrooms, and a bright and open living/dining area (complete with a granite dining table) where the DeLanceys have comfortably entertained as many as 50 people to Read the rest of this entry »

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An encouraging story from Alabama! State Troopers start Heli-Rescue unit.

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, March 12, 2012

Some say it’s easier to criticize than praise. Where there may be great truth in that simply because of our human nature, it doesn’t mean that we should continually negatively criticize. And so, acknowledging that, I present the following GOOD NEWS story for your perusal.

Would to God, there were more like them.

Which brings me to this point – which I’ve previously shared: Maintenance is the most important and most under-rated job in all the world.

Why?

Everything requires maintenance – our bodies & lives with nutrition, exercise and hygiene, our relationships with communication and forgiveness, our clothing, our residences, our pets… everything requires maintenance. And it’s much easier to get things started than it is to maintain them.

To start something without a plan for future action – and indeed, all planning is for future action – which includes a means and method of provision for ongoing maintenance is not merely short-sighted, it is ignorant.

Let’s hope and work for such positive change.

Alabama State Troopers using new helicopter, training to become force in rescues

Published: Monday, March 12, 2012, 9:15 AM     Updated: Monday, March 12, 2012, 9:26 AM

Hanging from the end of a line attached to a helicopter, Alabama state Trooper Shane Hobbs "rescues" Trooper Mack Ward, in the red helmet, from the woods during a training session. (The Birmingham News/Joe Songer)

After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, Alabama State Troopers flew in helicopters over Mississippi and Louisiana, dropping food, water and insulin to families stranded by the storm.

“People were making signs in their yards with sticks and clothes — We need help,” Chief Pilot Lee Hamilton said. “We kept making those drops over and over again, daylight to dark, for about seven days.”

One thing troopers couldn’t do for those stranded survivors was lift them from the wreckage and fly them to safety. “It would have been nice to have been able to pick these people up, especially the ones who were hurt,” Hamilton said.

Four years later, equipped with a more powerful helicopter and following the methods of the U.S. Coast Guard, troopers were finally able to start performing the kind of air rescues Hamilton wished they could have made during Katrina.

In 2005, troopers had an aviation unit, which searches for Read the rest of this entry »

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