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Postby boats » Fri Jul 01, 2005 1:09 am


Ok.... All you lighthouse lovers, all you lighthouse look at that one is'nt that a nice one lovers and so on. Most of you folks know of me and my work, I'm the "Boats". And that I build lighthouses of my own design, big deal. Now I ask you this question and please give it some though. Think of an area some where on the coast you live on and think of the design of a lighthouse you would build, in this time zone (2005). All things needed in that light today, a place where there has been no lighthouse but needed. Forget what it was in the past, think of what is needed today in that light and why. It must be manned, and hard to get too, but there for a real good reason. Aside it being a lighthouse, it must be there for another reason. As I build my lighthouses, I think that way, todays needs. This new 30 foot lighthouse I will start this year will be of a new design. The last real lighthouse was built in the 1960s I think. Restart the idea of building new lighthouses for other then just keeping ships off the rocks. This idea is not easy in 2005, so you need to rethink the lighthouse quest as it would be in this day and age. What will it look like, what would you build in it, remember it is manned for a reason. You need to think this out and draw out a design, a place, other reasons. Lighthouses in the past had two reasons, saving people and ships. Now think 2005 and the next 20 years. Some would say lighthouses or not needed today. Can we change that way of thinking. I want this group of lighthouse lovers to pool together this idea and see what comes up. If you love lighthouses. talk it up, draw up a design over coffee or where ever. There is a great range of lighthouse information in this group. Now star your thinking engines. :idea: "Boats"
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Postby boats » Sat Jul 09, 2005 11:02 am


Stand down on the though of a new lighthouse design, it may have been over the top for some folks, it was a though. Standing down. "Boats"
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Postby Zachary » Sat Jul 09, 2005 1:51 pm


That's a great challenge, the only problem is that today, the same kind of tower built at Sullivan's Island or Oak Island would work (though the Ship's Ladder system in Oak Island isn't the most convenient). Earlier this week I designed a sort of Range Light (before I saw this thread) but by no means is it to today's standards. I think that if a lighthouse were to be built today, it'd probably be similiar to Sullivan's Island, with an elevator and air conditioning, the only major difference would probably be the optic in it (Sullivan's Island has Aerobeacons)
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Postby boats » Sat Jul 09, 2005 3:23 pm


Mr Z, it is a challenge, thats my point. Think new not old, reread what the challenge I put down is. There is about four places I can think of that could use a needed light, and also for other safty reasons. In my 31 years at sea and part of that was in the northwest pacific, such a light is needed. Sullivan's island tower is not the answer I'm looking for. But you or thinking and thats good. "Boats"
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Postby Zachary » Sat Jul 09, 2005 3:54 pm


Well, this is an interesting challenge and I will definetly work on it...I'll post whatever I come up with whenever I come up with it.
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Postby boats » Sat Aug 20, 2005 8:23 pm


What !! still no takers yet, come on folks. Think about it, an interesting challenge to design a new and different lighthouse. Read my post again and give it some though. :D "Boats"
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Postby COTA » Sun Aug 21, 2005 11:11 am


Boats,

Having giving only a little thought to your question, the NC coast appears to be covered with either a lighthouse or other navigational aids such as buoys, etc.

However, take the Frying Pan Shoals Texas Tower off the Cape Fear coast. While navigational aids have already taken place, there are no keepers or life-saving men if an emergency arrived to help those at sea. The structure is supposed to be buried at sea with proper environmental protocols to make an artificial reef, since to maintain the tower costs too much. However, the funds haven't been available, as to my understanding, for this to take place.

Thus, is the same for Diamond Shoals Texas Tower off the Outer Banks. It is subject to fall at any given moment for it is supposedly in very bad shape. I have not seen this one.

So, based on my only ignorant knowledge, the only other reasons I could think for a lighthouse, if building 30 ft., etc., would maybe to consider building for the sounds and intracoastal waterways of NC. Plans are supposed to be underway for a welcome center for boaters in Elizabeth City, NC on the intracoastal waterway. That may help bring more boaters through? If I was traveling along the waterway, I would love to see lighthouses letting me know where I was, etc.

Boats, I hope this helps to get conversation going on this thread for ya.

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Postby boats » Sun Aug 21, 2005 1:40 pm


Beth, your missing my point all togather, reread my post. Think now, not in the past. Look at a maybe and how you would design it. Poor a mug of coffee, sit down and think of, if, where, todays needs. :D "Boats" Lighthouse Keeper.
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Postby COTA » Sun Aug 21, 2005 2:20 pm


I said my thinking here was probably ignorant!

Boats, it's Pepsi for me right now. I'm first thinking of location. Secondly, thinking of the fact it has to be manned for a reason. Now tell me...are we looking at a land based or out in water??

Sorry, if I didn't understand. If it has to be manned, then intracoastal is more than likely out of that scenario.

However, along our NC coast, our lights have to be higher than most. I guess I'm also thinking in terms if "Boats was going to build a lighthouse here!"

So, are we thinking in terms of someone like you building one, or just in terms of one that is needed somewhere, to be manned??

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Postby boats » Sun Aug 21, 2005 6:10 pm


Beth, your getting warm. (ONE THAT IS NEEDED SOMEWHERE. AND MANNED) Not only there for Nav Adds, but for other reasons in live saving. A large range of ideas in life saving, in a place where weather is a problem 50% of the time, bad weather. where people are more then before. You got the world to plan this. First look up where the weather has killed more people then before, what is needed there, design, what willyou use there to help people. Look forward in time. "Boats" Lighthouse Keeper.
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Postby boats » Sat Sep 03, 2005 11:16 am


When I started the idea of a new lighthouse for areas where the weather tends to kill more, this last hurricane in the gulf area was my point in view. A (DISATER STATION), structures to handle a CAT 5 hurricane with all the life saving organizations. SAR Relief, The lighthouse showing a blue lite and under that The world best SAR station, all the best of what is needed. Hurricanes or here to stay in the lower south states and east coast. I can see two stations that could be built. New types of aircraft and boats or built all the time and getting better. Med van that can be air born in short time, food vans that can be air born in short, Sar teams, fire fighting teams and all the gear needed in air born vans. THE U.S. COAST DISATER FORCE. made up from all the armed forces. the new deal. Now is this to far over the top. Ask the people that need help in a storm. Aircraft and sar boats in areas where needed. The coast Guard can only do so much and this type of force would aid them in a faster disater SAR. Too much time is lost in this day and age in aid getting on site, this group is now on site, just like your fire dept. (NOW) is the key word, not later. What is going on now isn't working, took too long to get there. The number of aircraft and storm boats needed, on hand, trained people, on hand, where, all armed forces. Now put this team togather. We can send spacecraft too mars, so whats the problem. "Boats".
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