Friday, October 24, 2014

a good read...

A depressing trend, a little good news, and in the "Not Holding My Breath" department...

The new issue of Yachting Monthly is well worth checking out...

They had me at the "Why all boats still need a leadline-and how to use it" article

Listening to David Pramik cover U2

So it goes...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

On developing your DIY skills...

The sort of man we can't afford to lose, getting warmer, and one step closer...

Friends of ours recently had a rudder failure and it cost them $14K for a shop to repair it which, however you look at it, is a lot of money for some fiberglass/epoxy, a bit of foam, and some stainless steel pipe. The new rudder for "So It Goes" is budgeted at less than $500 for the same matrix of materials but then I work for free.

Admittedly, their boat is bigger but not all that much bigger and the bulk of that heart stopping yard bill is simple labor and mark up... Or, should I just say lots of markup.

For a bit of mind-expanding tomfoolery, next time you're in a yard ask the guy who's working on your boat what he's getting paid as an hourly wage and then deduct that number from what you're getting billed hourly for labor... It might teach you a valuable lesson. Then again, it also might make your head explode so consider yourself warned.

In the mean and lean times of a waning 2014, DIY is even more a survival skill rather than just messing about in boats...

Listening to Jefferson Airplane

So it goes...



Monday, October 20, 2014

What we're watching...

A bit of needful perspective, some good news on the Ebola front, and John Oliver has a solution to a problem...



You can find more here.

Listening to Jo Jo Gunne

So it goes...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

They might be on to something...

Someone not doing their job, someone making a lot of sense, and, just maybe, the stupidest man in American politics (so what does that say about us that he's there?)...

Has anyone else noticed some positive changes over at the West Marine website recently? They now have a cruising oriented section which has what looks to be the start of a good thing. While you're there be sure to check out their Cruising TV section which seems to be the real plus in the new mix...

I'd like to see more of this sort of thing.

Listening to Jo Jo Gunne

So it goes...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The verdict is in...

The question of the day, this is awesome, and some really scary shit...

So, I've been reading the new edition of "Buehler's Backyard Boatbuilding" and, while little has changed from the previous edition, I'll go out on a limb and suggest that it deserves a space on your bookshelf right next to the old one.

To be honest, I was a little disappointed at the outset because a few things I consider important like references to materials pricing and suchlike... Seriously, what stuff costs today is of vital importance to anyone building a boat and what stuff cost in 1990 is, at best, confusing. Or that a lot of the ideas Buehler had floated in the first edition like roofing tar composite and other various ways around marine materials were not answered or updated. Really, you'd think in nearly twenty-five years you would have thought that someone might have actually used or at least done some testing to see just how viable some of those ideas were.

That said, a couple of hours' research on your own will tell you that prices on everything you need to build a boat has gone through the roof and, as far as Buehler's various "ideas", you'll just have to do them and see what happens. My take on his various "cunning plans" is that they are all grounded in common sense and should work just fine as my personal experiments with formply have have shown me that they work finestkind.

One of the many boats with complete plans in the book

The best thing about the book, for me at least, is you get a lot of free plans that you can actually build a boat from and the ability to study real complete plan sets is truly helpful. Plus, you can always just build a boat if you want to...

So yeah, well worth the cost of admission.

Listening to Little Feat

So it goes...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The day after nothing much happened...

On the not-too-distant-future in progress, something to keep in mind, and a little situational awareness...

Hurricane Gonzalo never actually dropped by...

Considering the number of boats who had not made any real preparations I'd say that's more of a deities protect children, fools, and drunks result rather than any sort of deserved divine intervention.

Listening to Jon Pousette-Dart

So it goes...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Just another day in paradise...

I suspect that this will make some folk's heads explode, one might ask how stupid are we in the US of A, and Dave Z has a good cause he wants to tell you about...

Let it be said that you can never have too many anchors or too much chain... Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to put some anchors down.

Listening to Lucinda Williams

So it goes...

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Speaking of boats of the year and all that...

Depressing news, someone making a lot of sense, and how about humiliating your pet in aid of a good cause...

So, Voile magazine seems to think the the new Mojito 888 is the boat of the year. They just might be right.

In a bigger more expensive world it's nice to see someone pointing out that smaller makes sense as well.

What I like about it is that the Mojito is really just a simple boat done well...


I'm still of two minds about the integrated dinghy garage as it uses a hellacious amount of stowage space which, from where I sit, is some kind of problematic in a sub 9-meter boat.

What does impress me is how wonderfully simple and clean translates into a bright livable interior...





For those with some time there are a lot of good ideas floating around this interior.

The downside of this boat is it's price... At about 92,000 Euros ($116,155.52) that's pretty expensive simplicity.

Listening to Bonnie Raitt & David Lindley

So it goes...



Friday, October 10, 2014

Ahead of the trend...

Not just another story about black lung, what I'm really worried about, and Sailing Anarchy has something you should know about...

Say what you will about the French but, if you take a look at recent history where yacht design and trends are concerned, you'd find it difficult to argue against the fact that the French are ahead of the curve design wise. Want to know what's going to be hip in American boats in 2018-21 you might want to check out what's getting attention in France today.


Voilier de l'Année Voile Magazine 2015 by voile-magazine

Listening to Lucinda Williams

So it goes...