Thursday, October 17, 2019

Something of interest on the NMEA 0183 front...

A serious breakdown of logic, hooray for bodycams, and in the "Maybe International, Hempel, and Petit should take note" department...

I just came across a wifi bridge designed for transmitting NMEA 0183 at decidedly non-marine pricing from Yakbitz. Checking out various reviews and forum discussions it seems to actually work. Better yet even though it's coming from Australia the shipping is free.



So, well worth a try and I'll let you know how it goes.

Listening to Stef Chura

So it goes...

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Not just a box of tools...

A really bad idea, some nervous making news regarding National Parks, and a bit of good news from California...

Some time ago I wrote about the Power8 compact tool kit as a possible solution for a minimal onboard power tool/workshop solution. A multi-tool compromise sort of thing because it's just plain problematic to cart around all the tools we'd like on a boat. While not anywhere near perfect it would sorta/kinda do the job.

Apparently they've improved and upgraded the concept and the new DOER is the result.



ToolGuyd (my favorite tool review source) talks about it and if the concept works for you there is a lot more information on DOER's Kickstarter page.

Of course, just a thought, but you might also consider reverse engineering the idea and doing something similar with the tools you already have.

Just saying.

Listening to Rodrigo Y Gabriela

So it goes...

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Just one of the reasons I read...

Dorworth with something of interest (but I had to look up who Salmon P Chase was), concerning that word "easy", and EBM nails it...

Adventure Journal always has something interesting.


She had me at the stripey/dazzle paint job.

Listening to Flo & Eddie

Monday, October 07, 2019

It's Mini-Transat...

Some very astute points being made, a bit of good news, and something shameful...

The Mini-Transat is the only race I pay any attention to other than the R2AK. There's a great tracker here you might want to check out.

Listening to three good covers

So it goes...

Saturday, September 28, 2019

A very boat friendly guitar...

A plan on the "let's plant a whole lot of trees" front, a small win for the good folk in the war against science, and in the "Where to find 30 cowards" department...

Mary Spender with a guitar you might want to check out.



On the down side of course they don't do a 12 string.

Listening to Karine Polwart cover Frightened Rabbit

So it goes...

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Protect, restore, and fund...

Greta still telling it like it is, a very apt point being made, and in the "read it and weep" department...

Some sense being made.



Listening to Rhiannon Giddens

So it goes...

Monday, September 23, 2019

Just today's tool lust.

Unsurprising Puerto Rico news, some images of hope, and in the "With an ally like this who needs enemies?" department...

Boy Howdy do I want these.

 A folding Japanese pull saw kit featuring the most used/needful dozuki, kataba, and ryoba blades from Bridge City Tool Works. Not only is BCTW a bespoke builder of fine tools but, considering the current cost of Japanese pull saws these days, they're also quite affordable.

Need I really say more?

Listening to Bill Callahan

So it goes...

Friday, September 20, 2019

A boat I like...

A climate summit of interest, some seriously stupid fucked up shit, and in the "It's back to school time kids" department...


The other day I came across a boat for sale in Portland that really caught my attention. Obviously not the sort of sailboat that's for everyone but for someone who is in tune with his/her inner need/want and should/could dynamics it might just be the right boat.


That said, it needs some serious sweat equity but then it's cheap and has enough style points (need I point out the custom gimballed stove?) to turn some heads wherever it goes.

Seriously, if I were in the PNW I'd be all over its flush deck goodness.

Listening to Grace Potter & Warren Haynes

So it goes...

Saturday, September 14, 2019

a boat tour of interest...

An interesting subject/discussion, what excessive profits for pharmaceutical companies means, and something you might want to check out before you buy that soft drink/water in a plastic bottle...

I've been following an ongoing Musard 29 scow project for some time and it's nice to see that it continues to be a source of good ideas.



Listening to Amanda Palmer

So it goes...

Friday, September 13, 2019

paring down...

Concentration camps for the homeless, Greta Thunberg making some sense, and, well, this is just all kinds of cool...

Sailing Simplicity seems to be on to a winning program that you really should check out.

Listening to Ital Vibes

So it goes...