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Vlad 06-13-2012 05:24 PM

Ron's plan was to fly shoreline for sightseeing then meet his fellows aerial sea men for some group action.

Interesting tectonics.

A flotilla of fishing boats.

Lobster season is over.

Sheep islands right there. Bare rocky islands only sheep live there.

A fat guy didn't care who is overhead.

A picturesque lighthouse tourist magnet.

Vlad 06-13-2012 05:34 PM

Here is his first wingman Allister.

And here goes the second Brad.

Tight formation of Her Majesty Royal Experimental Seaplane Coalition. You should be onboard to experience the thrill.

Landing (or watering????) was planned on one of tricky lakes only Brad knows. No wonder he keeps cottage there. There is no electricity there for sure he runs generator to get electrons for his TV :D

Remote place.

How to get to the shore? There is only one little dock but three seaplanes landed.

Only this way :D

Vlad 06-13-2012 05:48 PM

Brad built this cottage himself. He told me details how he shipped building materials and stuff but it was beyond my comprehension.

Chit chat and out.

Landed at Ron's grass JFK. He could make it even if he lands across it's so wide.

Time for a break then we visit The Shipyard.

Don 06-13-2012 06:44 PM

Awesome trip. Sorry I missed it - sure hope you've got plans to go back again!

(...and the Cherokee's alternator is working again).

Vlad 06-13-2012 07:26 PM

Ron Belliveau Shipyard
Ron is a fishing industry titan. He builds and repairs commercial fishing boats. All types and sizes. He knows every single boat in local harbors.
His empire includes several huge hangar style buildings one of them is almost NASA tall.

The tallest building can accommodate very unique vessels. The most interesting part for me was the back door. Huge rolling door, Sweden made, it was bought first then space style hangar was built around that door. Ron is expanding the facilities.

In one of his shops sleeps this beauty. She is undertaking a makeup.

This lobster trawler needs a lot of work done. Prop shaft is bent.

This huge hull is an old style mold. Ron doesn't make this type of boats anymore.

Instead he is making something contemporary to the market needs.

And another one. No wonder that RV10 of his is so sleek and fiberglassy.

Vlad 06-13-2012 07:35 PM

Boat excursions
Ron drove me to several marinas and showed boats he made and serviced. Each time he met a captain he got a request for a part or a mechanism. We visited his shop briefly and already several fishermen showed up for spare parts. They see Ron's truck they come. On Sunday.

I got a crash course on lobster catching

herring trawling

and swordfish harpooning.

I never thought the trip would be that pretty.

Vlad 06-13-2012 07:41 PM

At home his ladies are not wasting time either. They have a hobby monetary comparable to Ron's airplanes.

The same day a new horse was bought for Ron's daughter. White horse I didn't have camera with me.

Ron has very comic license plates regarding this hobby but I won't post it. :D

Vlad 06-13-2012 07:54 PM

Well, everything good ends fast. Early Monday morning I departed hospitable Nova Scotia. I had plenty of time to get to my airport then drive straight to work second shift.

I did a low pass waived to Ron and left.

In the midst of Gulf of Maine I saw whales breach. It was high for a good shot but view was spectacular. Only this time I wish I had a high wing. There were several whales playing but by the time I focused the camera they were blocked by wing. Then in couple minutes it was only white flashing spot.

Approaching Bangor for customs. The officer was courteous and fast the procedure took 5 minutes.

Then I climbed higher opened oxygenator and in two+ hours was over NY class Bravo.

Thank you Ron very much! If you are in our hood please let me know. I don't have a cottage but I'll get you a mattress in my den. :D

Tumper 06-14-2012 08:58 AM

Love it

Once again I sit at my desk and drool and dream. You are killing us with all these great trips and stories.

Captain_John 06-14-2012 11:59 AM


You have way too much fun!

Remember, i am not working this summer. I expect that you will visit both of my houses at least once!

;). CJ

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