Sunday, June 26, 2016

On the advantage of having diverse interests...

Eleven upsides, an interesting conversation, and the worst idea America has had over the last 20 years...

I may not be well rounded in some ways but I do have a lot of diverse interests that often open paths to understanding and learning that I notice other, more focused people, tend to miss.

For example, yesterday I came across a series of videos devoted to the build of two Les Paul Jr type electric guitars that I binge watched because they were so good.

I'm pretty sure at this point a lot of the more focused readership is either saying to themselves...

"WTF does building a guitar have to do with boats or boatbuilding?"

Or...

"What sort of idiot is interested in any guitar other than a Strat?" 

As for that last question, this sort of idiot thinks Strats are a dead end in the evolutionary order of things guitar and that guitars like Guild Thunderbirds, Gibson  Firebirds, and the lowly (yet oh so perfect) Les Paul Jr stand head and shoulders above Leo Fender's worst guitar design otherwise known as the S-T-R-A-T-O-C-A-S-T-E-R. Admittedly not exactly a popular opinion.

That said, watching a guitar builder who knows his shit can be an eye opening experience for a boatbuilder and the five videos in the Les Paul build had so many neat tricks easily applied to the wood butchery we call boatbuilding that I highly advise you watch the videos with a pencil and some paper to write down notes.



Listening to Ben Sollee (who does not play a Strat)

So it goes...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Variations on a theme...

Time to pay attention to the situation, not surprising at all, and in the "Don't let that door hit you on the ass when you leave" department...

Tad riffing on the Laura Cove 32.




Listening to Laura Nyro & Labelle

So it goes...



Thursday, June 23, 2016

A very good book...

Scary stuff from NOAA, a little common sense, and in the "Is it hot enough for you?" department..

Very good and needful reading.


Listening to Shurman

So it goes...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A little scowish goodness for sure...

In the "Just follow the money" department, about those shrimp on your plate, and, apparently, hopefully, bothsiderism/false equivalency is no longer part of the required news menu...

So, here's a boat from Tad Roberts and I expect I'll be talking about it quite a bit in the not-too-distant-future.



Ya think?

Listening to some Bob Dylan covers

So it goes...



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Friday, June 17, 2016

So, what's cooking?

Worth watching, some needful reading, and a little good news...



Check out some DIY wonderfulness you may find interesting.

Listening to Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

So it goes...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

A workbench idea that might be boatworthy...

Let's face it... The news is currently so dire I just could not bring myself to bother reading it so you'll need to find your outrage somewhere else this morning.

While shopping for some guitar building gear at StewMac I came across this neat item...



Like all good ideas it's simple and it does not take a lot of imagination to see it morphed into all sorts of solutions aboard a boat. Since it's a simple/good idea it's also easy to just build it yourself from some scrap plywood you may have laying about.

Right now I'm thinking of building one for our salon table aboard "So It Goes" which will be all sorts of handy for lure making, fly tying, and guitar building... When not in use it will simply fold away under the table with no clutter

Listening to some Surf Sabbath (it's a spring reverb kinda day!)

So it goes...

Sunday, June 12, 2016

and just the same old fucking same in America...

Scalzi pretty much says all that needs to be said...

Something to think about...

Some good points, magnetic field news, and in the "not exactly billionaire cash flow" department...

So, here's a thought.

What if you were to adapt some of the newer boatbuilding techniques to a traditional sailboat types like a sharpie? You know, like the KSS method, constant camber, cylinder molding, and intelligent infusion?

Phil Bolger promoted the idea that the bottom of a sharpie and the hull sides should have the same arc and having built two sharpies designed in such a way I'd say he pretty much makes a good case.

Of course, that also means that if the bottom and side of a sharpie share the same arc building a flat panel mold is both simple and cheap allowing you to produce fair pre-shaped finished full size bottom and side panels in one go...

Think about that for just a moment of two.

Once you have the bottom and side panels you simply stitch and glue the pieces together along with the bulkheads just like a big frelling dinghy. The savings in time and money would be enormous. So much so that it would even make sense for a one-off builder but would really come to its full potential if you were able to get a half-dozen builders together in a co-op situation to share the costs of the mold and share labor in the building of the panels. An extra bonus is that going the co-op route would also bring down the cost of materials in a big way.

Anyway, like I said, it's worth thinking about...

Listening to Honey County

So it goes...

Friday, June 10, 2016

I really love this cat...

A quote of note, an interesting intellectual exercise, and something worth watching...

Ever since the Gougeon brothers designed and built their Gougeon 32 catamaran I've been somewhat uninspired by most of the other cats being designed these days. Of course, there was the notable exception of Bob Oram's Slim cats (a maxi-Gougeon 32 more or less) but, as Bob has retired to go off cruising and shut down his design office, I'm just not seeing a whole lot of excitement in the catamaran design world these days. However, I do keep looking and hope...

I mention this as a friend happens to have a very nice Gougeon 32 for sale and I am sooo tempted to have him stick it on its trailer and ship it on down to me so I can win all of the local races and kick some serious ass passing all those cats whose designers have, apparently, forgotten how to design a cat that sails. As it happens, I have other plans which don't have anything to do with the Caribbean for the future so it's an idea that just ain't going to happen. Bummer that!


That said, if you happen to be interested in a very cool (dare I say awesome) cat that would be a great daysailer, minimal but wicked fast cruiser, and a boat that would make people with very very expensive boats say WTF and cry as you show them your transoms...


Then this boat just might be the very thing you're looking for!

Listening to Jerry Garcia

So it goes...

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Some surf goodness...

Chuck Wendig saying something that needs saying, just the same old same worker exploitation serving the wealthy, and a very good point about Muhammad Ali...



Listening to a bunch of Spanish covers.

So it goes...