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7 November 2008 - 5:31pm
Direct from the factory in Germany, here's a shot of one of the boats.
It's similar to our coasters in that it's an individual lap bar. It's similar to Liberty Launch in that it's hydraulic (no click-click-click). It opens overhead to give riders more room as they board the ride and, soaked, step out of the boat after the boat returns to the station.
During the meeting, we spent a considerable amount of time discussing drain holes. It seems on most shoot the chute rides (and log flumes), the boats drain easily out the back as they head up the lift hill.
Pilgrims Plunge, as you may remember, has that crazy elevator. No angle of ascent. Straight up.
So the draining will take place back in the station. Some sort of flaps will open. Sandor said the guests probably won't even notice them.
Next season, the ride ops at Pilgrims Plunge will recognize our blog readers. They'll be the ones asking, "Where are the drainage flappy things?"
6 November 2008 - 4:00pm
Eric likes to set a good example whenever he can. He recycles, uses CFL lightbulbs, and is even sure to use all-natural fertilizer on his lawn ("Watch where you step!" he called when I brought James over to trick-or-treat last week).
So it came as no surprise that Eric's parking spot sported an alternate vehicle earlier this week.
Eric later relayed this story to me:
As I pulled up to my parking space on my bike, Kyle the painter was on a ladder in front of the ticket booths. He asked, "Are you really chaining a bike to the fence?"
"Yeah," I said. "There are a lot of crazy people out here."
Without pause he replied, "Yeah. Like the guy chaining a bike to the fence."