The New Ross Island Explorer
The New Ross Island Explorer. I took off the paddlewheel and added a
propleller, something I've always wanted to do. This was a challenge,
because it required a right angle gear of some kind. It also required
a somewhat hydrodynamic screw, which this propeller was not.
The sheen of my greasy wake as I slowly pedaled myself backwards while
concentrating on balancing myself within the center of gravity of my
reduced pontoon footprint was encouraging, though, between getting
bucked off by the diving prop.
Some people give me grief when I mention that greasy sheen, but they're the
same people who are aghast that I put my body in the Willamette.
Superfund site, underwater toxic waste dump which was mistakenly
mined, two-stroke outboard motors, floaters from the combined sewer
outflow? Paper mill? Leaky cars on the bridges? The otters didn't