Okay, spoke with Don regarding this event. He had a good conversation with Rick at the Batfish who expressed to him that they are very excited about our particiption. To that end they are going to construct a running area for us.
The size as described by Don would be 150'x40'. Depth on the deep side would be 3'-4'. Batfish sits in a large depression in the ground. Her hull would be used for one side of the running area (the length of the side keel). Two berms would be constructed at 90 degree angles to the hull to complete the ends. The ground slopes from underneath the boat out to the end of the berms and would allow the opposite side to be open. Essentially we would wade in from the open side and launch and run submerged on the far side where it gets deeper. They would fill the area with water a week prior to allow it to settle. See the incredibly crude illustration below.
As you can see, the potential is there. Don mentioned we could possibly stand on Batfish and run our subs below. Talk about ambiance! An area to put up some pop-up tents and tables will be provided. We will have access to power and a fire pit for cooking.
The other unique feature of this event is the opportunity to spend the night aboard Batfish on Friday night. Once the sun goes down the attention will turn to fireworks to celebrate the 4th. All SC members will then have the opportunity to spend the night aboard the boat.
Timing remains the same: Friday - Saturday, July 4-5, 2008. The park will open at 10:00am. The park will provide BBQ for sale. Local news coverage and a swing band are being pursued for the event.
Don needs to provide the Batfish people with a head count for the overnight stay. If you plan to participate in this send Don an email at: email@example.com