Wednesday, September 17, 2014

the ongoing state of things...

Some interesting/scary changes up north, an important read, and something good from Dick Dorworth...

I've got a bunch of things to do on the boat.

Well, of course I do, boats ALWAYS need a bunch of things done, it's all just part of the gig. I'm not complaining because I actually enjoy working on boats.

Better yet fixing stuff often allows you to improve stuff in the process and that makes me do the "Happy Dance"...


What can I say I just love messing about on boats...

Listening to Minnie Driver

So it goes...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some numbers on my mind...

About some seriously bad advice, something you should know, and just the same old same scam being foisted on us...

Some numbers stick in your head...

Like 999 on a sign telling me there were 999 miles to go to get back home in Los Angeles on a manic solo drive from Alaska after climbing what was then known as Mt McKinley...

Or the number 2 because that was the number on a ping pong ball attached to my birthdate when the draft lottery finally got around to doing its thing.

Then there's that number 60 (hopefully to be followed by 61)... A number both depressing and liberating at the same time and not, to my great surprise, the dire wasteland I expected it to be.

Today it's 2000...

Sort of a WTF number if there ever was one and, to be honest, I can't imagine how I've managed to find myself sitting here writing the 2000th post on Boat Bits...

Beats 2 all to hell.

Listening to Three Dog Night (who knew a thing or two about numbers)

So it goes...

Monday, September 15, 2014

On being a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic...

This really impresses me, what you should be doing if you're in Seattle on Oct 6, and a little surf film history to round things out...

I did something stupid yesterday. All I can say is if you're working on an outboard on the back of your boat the very last thing you want to hear is a little splash.

So, a five minute job becomes a wait a week (or more) for a part to get here sorta job.

Listening to Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

So it goes...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Has it really been forty years?

Heinous to the max, a little hot-buttered Deja vu, and some pretty astounding numbers (now can we please see some perp walks?)...

Yesterday I was reading the new issue of "Cruising World" which also happens to be its 40th anniversary issue and it's actually a pretty good read. Maybe they should spend more time looking back on a regular basis...


Which got me thinking about how we all should look back from time to time because it's so easy to forget why we're doing what we're doing and it's often needful when caught up in the full tilt boogie forward march into the future.

Listening to Travis Tritt

So it goes...

Friday, September 12, 2014

A couple of thoughts relating to changing stuff on a sailboat...

Thought provoking, some sense being made, and worth watching...

The other day I heard someone advising on the stupidity of moving their bow water tank because it would throw the balance of the boat off...

It got me thinking...

First off, the advice, to a degree, makes some sense as balance in a boat is a goodly thing and best not to be trifled with if you don't have to.

The second thing that came to mind was just what sort of balance the designer actually had in mind when he (and this would be Bill Tripp) actually designed the boat.

Now, as I recall, back in the late 60's when Mr Tripp was designing the Columbia 34 the current fashion in ground tackle was a short 6' length of chain, some rode, and a small plow or Danforth anchor...  For those of a curious nature, Columbia's recommendation for the Columbia 34 was a twenty-pound plow and 150' of 5/8" rope.

You might say things have changed.

While I tend to respect a designer's wishes about where large chunks of weight on a boat are deposited, I also try and keep in mind what the original design parameters actually were when the boat was designed.

The boat in question currently has a 33-pound Bruce, 150' of 3/8" chain, another 150 feet of 5/8" rope and a fifty pound windless... Not exactly what Mr Tripp envisioned I suspect.

Offhand, I'd expect that moving the bow water tank aft would be advantageous...

Listening to Shovels & Rope

So it goes...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Someone's been designing...

In the rewriting the good book department (I'm pretty sure Jesus said Blessed are the meek...), running out of time, and the stupid it burns...



Listening to Daniel Balavoine

So it goes...








Tuesday, September 09, 2014

a question you have to ask yourself...

About that triangle of doom, somewhat nervous making, and something happy making...

Way back when, I seriously considered building a Bahama Mama. It's a cool boat.


It's a pretty simple build and, at a cost of somewhere around $50K, it's a a lot of boat for the money as such things go.

Of course an older, classic plastic boat like a CAL 29 (this one for sale is a good example) pretty much ready to go would only cost you 20% of that...

Something to think about.

Sadly, these days, building a boat is really no longer a way to save money so, you have to ask yourself if the great pleasure and satisfaction of building your own boat from the keel up is worth the price.

Listening to Richard Thompson

So it goes...



Monday, September 08, 2014

Some needful reading...

Some good advice, not the deal of the century, and Webb Chiles keeping us up to date...

I'm really not a big fan of electronics for boats.

Not that I'm a Luddite or anything but I do feel marine electronics took something of a wrong turn somewhere along the line (I suspect about the same time most catamarans quit being boats and morphed into something else entirely) and, in most cases, have become something less than seaworthy.

I mention this because it might surprise many that a couple of my favorite blogs are devoted to marine electronics. What can I say, not liking the current state of affairs in marine electronics does not mean I don't keep abreast of what's going on with them.

Anyway... The Marine Installer's Rant has a really awesome post which has pretty much zero to do with marine electronics which everyone should read...

You still here?

Listening to Billy Bragg

So it goes...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

a cool boat...

Worth reading, bikes on boats, and in the "I-won't-be-holding-my-breath-till-it-happens" department...

So the other day I saw this cool boat at the waterfront just a stone's throw from where Dick Newicks very first trimaran design and build sits on a mooring......





Sadly, the owner was not around for me to ask the zillion questions that come to mind regarding the design, build, and purpose... Hopefully our paths will cross and I'll get the whole story sooner rather than later.

It always makes me happy whenever I see an outside of the box design because people thinking is a good thang... I'm pretty sure Dick Newick would have thought so too.

Listening to Tower of Power

So it goes...

Friday, September 05, 2014

about getting what you ask for...

Obsidian Wings asks a question, Badtux cranks up the lie detector, and G&T talks guitar solos...

The other day I had one of those eureka moments when pondering just why, in spite of all of the collected tech and knowledge about how sailboats go, so many modern boats just plain suck.

It's not that designers are choosing to design bad boats but, for the most part, the boat buying public is insisting that they do.

It's our fault not theirs.

Of course, if designers developed a little more backbone when it came to market forces dictating design parameters we'd have better boats. But then, designers have bills to pay so if we insist on asking for stupid MacMansion boats they're going to design them for us.

Listening to Steam Powered Giraffe

So it goes...