2018 Fall Splash-In

AHOY !!!

We’re having a   SPLASH-IN cook-out

      on   Saturday, October 6, 2018

          and we hope you can come!

                       “X” marks the spot          (view is to the NE)


Lunch around 1:00. Nothing fancy, but plenty of grub: BBQ, grilled burgers, hotdogs, etc., etc.


The Taj Mahouse, in Shangri-La-di-da, on the James River, a few miles east of Hopewell VA. We’re on the east side of Jordan Point, just SE of the Route 106/156 Benjamin Harrison drawbridge. (Google the coordinates below or “tar bay va”)


N 37.305º          W 77.215º
N 37º 18.2909'     W 077º 12.8966'
N 37º 18' 17.45"   W 077º 12' 53.79"

Radio frequency: 123.45
Phone & Text: 804-543-7110

Email: DonMaxwell@AbstractConcreteWorks.com

Street address: 10463 Jordan Parkway, North Prince George, VA 23860.

Fresh water, but 3 foot tide. High tide on October 6, 2018 is at 1:35 PM.   Sunset will be at 6:44 PM, and low tides are at 7:50 AM and 8:09 PM.  Taxiing up onto the lawn should be no problem after 9:30. I’ll email a better tide and WX estimate the evening before. (Please be sure I have your email address.)


Look for the orange windsock on our pier and call “Taj Mahouse” or “Maxwell” on 123.45.

SeaReys, Aventuras, Seabees, and other tailwheel amphibs can taxi across the sandy beach and onto Neal’s lawn next door, with plenty of room to park. Use LOTS of power on the sand and don’t stop until you’re well onto the grass.  Then turn right.

Video of taxiing onto the grass:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GQoWLWkVrg  Aim for the blue tarp on the beach.

Amphibs with nosewheels or small tires probably should tail in to the beach or anchor.  (There’s only 1 buoy, so bring an anchor if you’ll need one.)  If you anchor, we’ll pick you up with the Large Marge Party Barge & Self-Propelled Seaplane Tender.

PBYs and Clippers that draw more than 3 or 4 feet of water should anchor in the 15 foot deep channel that is just our side of Buzz Island, the flat island 2,000 feet offshore.  That channel runs between the bridge and Indian Point, to the east of us.  We’ll pick you up with a motorboat.


Maps and tide info (currently being revised).  Old link:  http://abstractconcreteworks.com/TajMahouseSeaplaneOps/TajMahouseSeaplaneOps.html

If the wind is from the east, please consider approaching over the trees between the marina and the houses instead of right over the houses. If the water is glassy, one good approach is to use the small, flat island in the middle of the bay as your LVR. Here’s a quick video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96n2kH3tqwA&feature=youtu.be

FUEL:  There’s a high-volume gas station just a mile down the road, and we’ll have several gas cans and a car at the ready.  Sorry, no AVGAS; but the marina on the point has 89 octane alcohol-free gas for boats.

Fun and Games? If anyone’s interested we might try grapefruit bombing or short takeoff, but only if it’s going to be fun for everyone.

We’re looking forward to seeing you on the 6th of October!  If you need to RON, no prob.

= Don & Carol Maxwell

P.S.  Please let us know (for the food count) if you’re coming.


Here’s Kevin’s drone view of the (chilly late October) fall 2015 splash-in:


The blue rectangle, lower left, is the ramp to taxi up onto the lawns.  Our house is on the right, the white one.


Here’s a video of the 2017 fall splash-in:  https://youtu.be/aHWmePKMVj8


P.P.S. If you don’t happen to have a seaplane handy, the roads are quite good here. Landplanes:  There’s a lovely 2,400 foot grass field, VA05, about 2 miles north of us. Let me know if you’d like to land there and I’ll put you in touch with the owner.

P.P.P.S. Please pass this on to other seaplane pilots who might be interested in coming.

Rain Dates:  Sunday, October 7 / Saturday, October 20.



(On the right is Jim Nichols, who Flew West on 24 August 2017.)



General info for other days:  It’s always possible to get onto the beach here. But if the tide is exceptionally low, you might want to tie up to the buoy or anchor, and we’ll pick you up with the Large Marge Party Barge and Self-Propelled Seaplane Tender. Just phone or text first to be sure we’ll be home: 804-543-7110.

Video of arriving and taxiing onto the beach at an unusually low tide: https://youtu.be/GnOK9cfh2go

Other Saturday high tides around noon this year

month  date  local time

Apr  pbbbt!(NO weekend noon high tides)  
May    12    13:40
       26    13:53
Jun     9    12:02
       23    12:34
Jul     7    14:40
       21    11:06
Aug    18    09:33
Sep    22    14:18
Nov     3    12:24

Sunday high tides are roughly 50 minutes later than Saturdays, and the tide height re-occurs very roughly every 14 days.

Useful Tide Tables for Jordan Point, where we live on the James River



Note:  The tide tables are good for times, but height is about 50% dependent on wind.

Useful Weather Forecast (intended for hang gliders; useful for seaplanes)

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi?state=VA&sta=KRIC  (may take a while to load)


(Bonus: The Making of the American-English version of Porco Rossohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMIDDkW_giU )


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A Very Small Vision

Around 1996 I happened to buy a copy of Kitplanes magazine on a whim. That evening I lay in bed, leafing though it and came upon an article about the (then) new SeaRey amphibious flying boat seaplane kit. There were a few photos, including one of a SeaRey drawn up on a white sand beach with bright bluegreen waves lapping at the hull.

Immediately I was somewhere on dark water looking at my SeaRey on a green lawn, with my house out of sight behind a grove of trees. It was a remarkable sensation—-I knew it was so!

Then it was gone and I was back in bed with the magazine open on my lap. Everything was mundane again. But the vision persisted, and a few years later I went for a SeaRey ride and bought a kit. Built it and have flown it more than 1500 hours so far.