Less than two weeks ago – Sunday, November 4th to be exact – my lady and I were checking harbors for boats for sale. Ask a fisherman on the docks if any boats are for sale and he will likely answer, “They all are, how much do you want to pay?” So I was getting a little frustrated – we started the morning in Moss Landing and checked the Santa Cruz harbor and were on our way to Bodega Bay when I started feeling like we were wasting our time. “It will be too late,” I said as she drove the road out of Petaluma that goes west. “You’re whining,” she said. She kept driving. We got to the harbor at sunset, but no time for watching it. Mighty Mouse (that’s what I call my lady) was on a mission. She wanted the F/V Rosella the minute she saw her. You gotta admit she’s a pretty old boat. And she runs real well – she’s been loved. In her sixty years, only three others have owned her. Most recently Chuck Cappotto, who’s retiring. The surveyor was so impressed, he gave her two thumbs up! Well, I guess one of those thumbs is mine – two total thumbs up! So now Rosella is at Pillar Harbor where we hope to catch and sell the freshest fish and crab around.
The hull has been opened for several days and the planking has been separating from the ribs. The batteries left by the salvage contractor (that removed the fuel) have been smashed. To date, most of the debris from the vessel – that has reached the beach- has been in small pieces. Significant flotsam includes: one steel 800 gallon fuel tank and one 200 gallon stainless steel water tank. The transom has survived in one piece, as a portion of the keel has. These items will need to be cut for hauling. We have seen less debris reach the beach than we expected. Our original estimate of 30 cuyds of wood is probably very conservative. Lagan to be removed – after the wooden boat has broken apart – includes: the engine, transmission, lead ingots, concrete ballast and anchor. Barry is exploring the use of a crane with a 100’ boom to lift these objects from the rocks, assuming the crane operator can find a suitable location to work from. It is certain that this work will need to be staged from within the gated perimeter of Pillar Point Air Station.