Saturday, August 30, 2014

What's on my mind...

Some scary numbers, more bad news, and proving beyond a shadow of a doubt they're a class act...

I was watching a video over at Off Center Harbor about a super simple water system and a phrase that was used has been circling in my thoughts ever since.

“Trailing edge technology”

It makes a lot of sense...

Of course, not so much if you're obsessed with having the best, newest, fashionable, and hip cutting edge stuff but, for those of us who want simple, reliable, and not expensive, it's something to keep in mind so deserves some serious thought.

Which, I suspect, is why I seem to be looking more and more to the past for answers to my future endevours. The more I think about it, I keep finding cutting edge seems to be something of a dead end.

The other phrase/quote that has been right at the forefront of my thoughts this week is something Lin and Larry said...

"If you can't fix it then it probably shouldn't be on the boat"

Listening to Great Big Sea

So it goes...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A couple of easy to build and inexpensive dinghies...

The old healthy babies or profits conundrum (but hey, profits are profits right?), hopefully a positive development, and some news from the real world...

This is a very cool dinghy from Atom Voyages...



Plus, there's a newish book "Building the Uqbar Dinghy" on dinghy building of the same ilk I'm looking forward to reading.

So many great dinghy designs and so little time...

Listening to Sons of Bill

So it goes...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sewing machine dreams...

Dan Rather getting it right, Badtux asks a needful question, in the wouldn't it be nice if we were treated like rational adults department, and really, are we all bugfuck insane in the US of A or what...

This morning in my email there was a thing from Sailrite about free shipping so I meandered over and took a look. As it happens, the free shipping did not include those of us in the USVI but as long as I was on the site I spent some time looking at sewing machines because I seriously lust after the Ultrafeed LSZ-1.

Of course, we already have a good but somewhat long-in-the-tooth Yachtsman sewing machine made by Sailrite but it would be nice to trade up so I keep an eye out for  a too-good-to-pass-up deal on the LSZ-1.

I may be waiting for some time as the Sailrite machines are pretty fairly priced without the sort of silly profit margin that lends itself to the sort of 50% off sales that are commonplace in the marine trades...

Listening to Richard Thompson

So it goes...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Something you really should know...

A good point being made, G&T on quasi-fascist sucking up, and sometimes you really should be worried...

There's a guy selling Amsteel on a forum and it got me thinking about what stuff costs.

Now, I don't know about you but when someone is selling something used or surplus to requirements I normally expect them to sell it at a substantial discount... Don't you?

Now in this case the guy is selling some 1/4" Amsteel for 90 cents a foot. which is pretty much full retail but just to be sure I checked the store (LFS Marine) I buy Amsteel from and their normal price per foot was 90 cents a foot.

So not exactly a deal...

Then again, it got me curious about what the more consumerist marine stores were selling Amsteel for and I find West sells 1/4" Amsteel for $1.68 a foot, Defender (who everyone is always telling me is the cheapest around) is selling it for $1.44 a foot, and APS (who everyone tells me is the most expensive) at $1.65 a foot.

I'm pretty sure you can do the math...

Listening to Old Crow Medicine Show

So it goes...

Saturday, August 23, 2014

a worthwhile project...

Water, water everywhere, how greed can cost you a win, and a book you  just might want to get...

Something you may want to be watching...



Listening to Jerry Riopelle

So it goes...





Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just another day in August...

What the FRACK dude, something you should be aware of, and in the department marked rich greedy bastards...

So, it's a day for doing the big-storm-might-come-two-step which involves putting down a couple more anchors and battening down the boat. It is, after all just part of the gig.

Actually, invest 96L does not look to be a very serious threat but it is trundling towards us and storms often tend to surprise people by developing earlier rather than later... Hence me doing the two-step.

The worrisome part is, I expect, I may actually be the only guy doing said two-step and in the event of shit coming to fruition it will be more about dodging boats gone walkabout rather than being a storm problem.

Listening to the Kopecky Family Band

So it goes...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In the ongoing quest for sharp tools...

Nope, no climate change here so best to move on, not your same old same axe, and an insightful slam-dunk from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...

My dad always used to say that you can tell a lot about a man from looking at his tools and, like a lot of the stuff my dad used to say, he was right.

Truth be told, I'd be embarrassed to have my dad see the current state of of my chisels...

The thing is, working on boats is hard on tools. Chisels and  other wood cutting tools were never designed with glass fiber, hybrid composite structure, and epoxy glue in mind and it takes its toll.

Which is why I perked up when I saw this...


It's a smallish affordable sharpening station by Dremel which looks to be just the thing to get those chisels (plane blades, drill bits, scissors, knives, etc) back to the standard they aspire to...


The concept of no longer being ashamed of my tool bag really does appeal.

Listening to Jason Isbell

So it goes...

Monday, August 18, 2014

This is handy...

John Oliver making some sense, SeaWorld collecting on its karma account, and if you'd like to read about something seriously nuts...

Something tasty from Antal.




They call it "the Hook".

Listening to Trampled by Turtles

So it goes...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Half a million give or take a few...

This is seriously scary, a rather astute riff on the game being rigged, and today's award for Kafkaesque shenagigans...

It's come to my attention that some time today someone will have the rather questionable honor of becoming the 500,000th visitor to Boat Bits... Kind of boggles the mind.

So, I'm going to take  a break today and maybe have a beer...

Tomorrow it will be back to the same old same Selfie-free, somewhat contrarian, and anti-consumerist Boat Bits grind. Thing is, I think I'm getting the hang of this gig and might even get it right by one million visitors... Well, one can always hope.

Thanks for visiting and actually reading what I write from time to time.

Really, Thank you.

Listening to Rebelution
 
So it goes..

Friday, August 15, 2014

Something that works on boats...

Badtux making sense, Ian Welsh on the long suck/deep dive, and this sure sounds like deserved Karma to me...

I really hate cigarette type plugs... They're cheap, cheesy, and dangerous. I remove them from various 12-volt objects that come with them and replace with Anderson Power Pole connectors which happen to work finestkind but are still cheap and not inclined to melt or cause a fire aboard like the aforementioned cigarette plug.

They really are pretty awesome.

A natural progression is using Anderson poles for power distribution...

Do I really need to tell you just how awesome and useful something like this would be aboard a boat?

Listening to Emily Portman

So it goes...