Saturday, August 27, 2016

A new Bike Friday...

A little rage bait, just two words, and something you may have missed in the "Isn't capitalism wonderful?" department...

Well, this is just impressive!



Listening to Communist Daughter

So it goes...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Just kinda neat...

Things seen from space, a very good post regarding cruising, and a little good news...


A bord de l'IMOCA Souffle du Nord - Voile Magazine by voile-magazine

Listening to John Stewart and wondering just a bit about what he'd say about the current election.

So it goes...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fun and frolic with anchors...

Some interesting reading, how 25% is a very scary number, and in the "Nope, global warming is not a real thing" department...

So, we're now in the peak of "H" season and I'd be lying if the idea of buying another anchor has not crossed my mind from time to time.

Of course, the big question is what anchor? On the other hand, do I really want to subject myself to the hypemeisters or anchor fanboys who have been telling me for years that my anchor quiver is akin to running with a chainsaw and it's only dumb luck I'm not sitting on a beach, a reef, or worse. That said, I really should add that in spite of this I have somehow managed to sit out more tropical storms and hurricanes than I can keep track of. The only time I did have issues was in Hurricane Omar when a French boat dragged over my anchor chain, snagged it, winched his anchor (a Rocna) in with mine attached, then unceremoniously dumped my anchor and chain back in as a fouled mess. Hardly surprising that it did not reset. This may partly account for my knee jerk reaction when the word Rocna gets mentioned...

For those who don't keep track of such things, my current anchor quiver consists of a 20KG Brittany, a 15KG Brittany, a 15KG folding fisherman, and a Northill stainless folding aviation anchor. For storms that have names, I use the 20KG Brittany in tandem with the folding fisherman with a fifteen foot length of chain between the two as my main anchor and deploy the other two  at 120 degrees as well because they aren't doing me any good sitting on my deck now are they?

Which brings me back to the idea of adding another anchor (or anchors) to the mix which, I suspect, I may bore you with in the next couple of installments.

Listening to Tahoma

So it goes...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

on film making and boats...

Very much on target, something in the "this is a real bummer" department, and EBM asks an important question...

A film you might want to see.



Listening to Nathan Allebach

So it goes...



Thursday, August 11, 2016

Small does help...

An apt (and oh so depressing) comment, Scalzi on the joke/Trump (or is it Trump/joke) dynamic, and on taking threats seriously...

Momentum in boatbuilding is no bad thing!


Listening to a plethora of "Last Waltz" covers

So it goes...

Sunday, August 07, 2016

a trailer to check out...

Something interesting, a group who do good, and the sort of thing you should know about the Zika virus...



JON WILSON – The Restorer's Journey :: Trailer :: from Oleg Harencar on Vimeo.

You can get the video from the WoodenBoat Store.

Listening to an albums worth of Revolver covers

So it goes...

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Persistence pays off...

About that Colbert joke,  why we should keep listening to Drive-By Truckers, and remember when Republican rallies were sedate affairs...

Some time back in 2014 ( boy howdy does time pass!) I wrote about my desire to find and install an old style non-electronic VDO Sumlog aboard "So It Goes" and ever since I've been trolling the various forums, bulletin boards, and the dreaded eBay looking for just such a beast.

I won't go into detail on the search but it has been all kinds of frustrating and there were moments when I nearly gave in and just gave up but being stubborn just kept plugging on...

So, let me say this about that... Persistence pays off. Which is why I'm now the proud owner of a brand spanking new (albeit 30-year old) in the original box VDO non-electronic Sumlog which only cost me $100 dollars.

Boy am I a happy camper!

I can finally lose the piece of shit frelling useless Raymarine BiData as well as a couple of holes in the boat. Better yet I can have reasonable expectations of being able to know my current speed through the water and nautical miles traveled at a glance without worrying whether the log and speed will be working.

Did someone say doing the happy dance?

That said, being a belt and braces sort of guy I'll still have  my WASP trailing log  (a wonderful gift from a Boat Bits reader in the UK who knew I was looking for one which I'll be ever thankful for) and a Knotstick if that fails. So, it's safe to say, while I may not have a clue where I'm going I'll be pretty sure how fast I'm getting there.

Listening to the Sons of Champlin

So it goes...


Friday, August 05, 2016

A film you should check out...

This is a positive development, a seriously fucked up development, and has it really been 50 years...



Listening to Carolina Gold

So it goes...

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

A tool I can make room for...

Scary Lawyer guy making a good point, in the "No comment needed" department, and a little situational awareness with historical hindsight...

Recently I've posted a couple of guitar making tools that would come in handy for tasks involved in boatbuilding or the ongoing maintenance of boats so I might as well make it a trifecta.

Here's a very cool router accessory/table being sold by StewMac...


What appeals to me is it is simple, small, and adaptable to pretty much everything I need a router for on a boat. Fact of the matter is if I'd had one of these a couple of days back it would have easily saved me a few hours . It also happens that I need to build a new scarfing jig (redesigning the bulwark project as we speak) and this would work finestkind as part of that.




Like a lot of good ideas it is simple in the "Why the hell didn't I think of that?" vein and not all that hard to build a reverse engineered DIY version. Of course, it's not a bad idea to support folks who come up with and build brilliant ideas so they keep producing them. That said, I might just consider waiting until the next time StewMac has a sale to buy one for the "So It Goes" tool chest.

Listening to Lakou Mizik

So it goes...




Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Did someone mention dumpster diving?

TPM with an interesting take on presidential debates, collecting water stories by bike, and Hugh (an author you might might want to read) Howey on immigration reciprocity...



Listening to Charlie Faye & the Fayettes

So it goes...