Official 8/21/2017 Solar Eclipse Thread

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by ZZ13, Aug 13, 2017.

  1. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    Our house is in the 99% area, but not good enough for a once in a lifetime natural event. So several of us are taking our boats about 90 miles north on the ICW this weekend to get the full totality experience.

    Are any of you going to experience the totality by boat?
     
  2. BryanOnTheBay

    BryanOnTheBay Member GOLD Sponsor

    540
    Oct 6, 2013
    Edgewater, MD
    "Havana Crush" - 1998 270 Sundancer
    7.4L Mercruiser MPI Bravo III Outdrive
    Nope. We rented a house on Kiawah Island. We will be the absolute last people in the US to see 100% totality. We will see it from the beach.

    Bryan
     
  3. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    We're in an 89% area but we're not taking any special trips or anything. I don't get the hype over this. I've seen several eclipses in my lifetime. Wassup with the hype.

    We probably will watch it from the front yard.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2017
  4. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    For us, it's a reason to take a boat trip with some boating friends. Also what I have read is that totality is indescribable. That you have to be there and witness to understand. I'll report back how that goes.
     
  5. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    IMG_3857.JPG We are anchored here at Shark Hole. Took the ride up on Saturday. Hopefully it will be clear at 2:46pm today. We passed Mark Cuban's Yacht on the way here.
     
  6. bracketracer

    bracketracer Member GOLD Sponsor

    280
    Aug 23, 2016
    Wilson, NY
    2001 380DA
    Twin 454 Horizons
    Not going to happen for us this year (we're in 72% land), but we'll be dead-center on Lake Ontario for the next one
     
  7. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    We've gone 20 miles up river for the weekend and today to be in the totality area...
     
  8. JimFromMD

    JimFromMD Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Aug 9, 2010
    Annapolis, MD - Middle Chesapeake Bay
    2005 300DA, Garmin 740s w/Vision Charts and GMR18HD RADAR
    5.0MPI w/BIIs, Kohler 5E Generator.
    Pictures please!! 82% land here.
     
  9. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    We have first contact. Woo hoo!
     
  10. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    It's over. We had clear view of the sun and moon during most of it and during all 2 minutes of totality. Some observations:

    - the transition into and out of darkness was almost instantaneous. Now I see why those in 99% and lower might not be impressed.

    - the darkness was a thrill. But it did not get pitch black where you could see stars (like some articles I read said it would). It was more like twilight.

    - There was a tremendous concentrated glow in one spot as it exited totality. Not sure what that was, but that got us all to cheer. Apparently it's called Baileys Bead.

    - there was a noticeably significant temperature drop during the 2 minutes of totality.

    - the visual of sudden totality kinda took your breath away. That one cant really effectively be explained.
     
  11. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    Was outside the whole time and didn't see anything at all. Supposed to be in the 70% area. Sky didn't darken an iota.
     
  12. ZZ13

    ZZ13 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 25, 2009
    Lady's Island, SC
    2001 400 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins 450 Diamond
    IMG_3877.JPG Top of my bridge and mast light at the peak of darkness in 100% totality.
     
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  13. Boater420

    Boater420 Active Member

    947
    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    That's an awesome picture! Nice job.
     

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