Monday, April 20, 2015

Hey, here's a thought...

A good run, a good observation, and a very good/apt point being made...

I need to build another dinghy in the not-too-distant-future and perusing all of the dinghy plan pimpage out there no one portrays their dinghies actually being used in normal dinghy situations.

What I see instead are one-occupant dinghies being rowed or motored in flat calm conditions with no passengers and no load. Seems to me, if you wanted to give a real cruising perspective to the mix, what I should be seeing is a guy rowing against a two-foot chop with ten knots of wind. Oh yeah, there should also be one or two passengers, a couple of full jerry cans, and forty pounds of groceries...

Listening to some Rolling Stones covers

So it goes...

Sunday, April 19, 2015

a pretty cool project...

A show you might want to watch, some not so good news, and since the NRA is so big on cheer leading indiscriminate gun ownership maybe they'd like to pick up the tab for gun violence in the US of A...



Listening to Mina Tindle

So it goes...



Saturday, April 18, 2015

In aid of less tyro glasswork...

Nope no global warming/climate change anywhere on the third rock, about that state sanctioned murder thang, and yet another reason I don't read Facebook...

Fiberglass Hawaii has an excellent glassing tutorial and profile of Jack Reeves that is well worth watching. Here's part 1...



There's more on their Composite Corner blog and whether you're glassing a surfboard, dinghy, or a full on cruising boat the skills are pretty much the same...

Listening to some Tears for Fears covers

So it goes...


Friday, April 17, 2015

Some stuff to think about...

A question I keep asking myself, don't you love it when right wingers do their math, and in the "Better Conditions = Happier Workers = Higher Profits" department ( FYI: If you wear clothing with sailing company logos chances are it was sewn in a sweat shop)...



Listening to Françoise Hardy

So it goes...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ego and money...

Not good at all, Percy Sledge RIP, and about connecting those dots...

Since we were speaking about sailboat races yesterday...

Yacht racing is mainly about two things, neither of which really have anything to do with sailing at all. The bottom line is it's really just ego and money. Or, to put it in other words, it's rich men behaving badly and people profiting from rich men behaving badly.

So, forgive me if I'm not going to get all excited by the new STAR (Sailing the Arctic Race) green-washed vaporware circus coming down the pike...

That said, if you want to follow and support a real race for real people of an adventuresome bent, check out the R2AK. It will be a whole lot more interesting and, if successful, could be the very model of the sort of boat racing a lot of us could get behind and support.

Listening to the forever great Percy Sledge

So it goes...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Now, here's a thought...

Kinda creepy, yet another good reason (of many) to not visit SeaWorld, and when Dick Dorworth writes something I pay attention...

It occurs to me that someone should really do a cruising guide for Peru.



Ya think?

Listening to some John Hiatt covers

So it goes...

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Surplus to requirements...

News of note, some important political content for boaters, and in the "it's about time" department...

Over the next couple of weeks we're doing our annual purge of stuff not pulling its weight and taking up needful space aboard the good ship "So It Goes".

So, to get the ball rolling...

Anyone need a brand new but never installed AIS receiver that's taking up space in a locker?

You can read all about the unit on its NASA page. We've always had great luck with NASA gear. It can take up space in your locker for all of $125 (and that include USPS Priority  mail for those stateside). SOLD


Or maybe you have a tiller steered boat and need a used but recently refurbed stainless steel NAVIK windvane self-steering gear?


Complete and includes all needful mounting hardware for $750 (plus shipping) SOLD.

More soon come as I still have a bunch of lockers to go through...

Listening to Mel Brown

So it goes...

Friday, April 10, 2015

On spending a lot of money on something simple or getting creative...

Inspired timing, some interesting numbers, and something interesting about coral...

Here's a question you might want to ponder while you go about your daily business...

Why does this...


http://tinyurl.com/of95h62


Cost so much more than this...

Now, it may just be me looking for a new project to waste time on but, if I were considering an electric outboard motor for a dinghy, I'd get one of these lawn mowers on sale, tear it apart and reconfigure the bits into a dinghy propulsion device.

Just saying...

Listening to Banta

So it goes...

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Because we're all handy folks on boats...

Some thoughts on the concept of "home", a quick take on threat assessment, and a needful read on the subject of denial...

Here's Tom Cunliffe making some sense.



Listening to The Bohannons

So it goes...