Saturday, February 13, 2016

Wow, an inflatable I just might consider buying...

Dengue a serious problem in Hawaii, the sound of silver spoon babies crying in the night, and I can't say I'm surprised anymore at heinous Republican hijinks but I do still wonder just how low can you go and sleep at night...

Yowza, finally someone has come up with a good use for inflatable technology!



Too bad it does not have anything to do with boats...

Listening to Shred Kelly

So it goes...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Being grumpy over the cost of plywood in paradise...

A little situational awareness, some not very good news, and needful to know...

Eighty bucks for 1/4" marine plywood. While not bad plywood as such things go it's not good plywood that its $80-price tag would imply.

The equivilent plywood in Seattle would go for $40.25 cents a sheet.

Still, as I happen to need three sheets of the stuff for the new dinghy and a couple of sheets for in-progress interior wood butchery and carnage, I just may have to bite the bullet.

Truth be told, I'm a big fan of using good exterior plywood for marine projects. In point of fact, a lot of the wood I've just ripped out of So It Goes is 3/8" exterior ply which has held up finestkind since 1969 without the use of anything except some wood sealer and paint to protect it so, as far as I'm concerned, good exterior with the addition of some epoxy makes all kinds of sense. The bad news is there is no such thing as good exterior grade plywood down here in paradise. So over-priced marine fir ply sems to be the only game in town.

Then again, $240 for plywood, $20 for lumber, and $60 for epoxy for a nesting dinghy is still a very affordable project so I should not really be complaining...

Listening to Sons of Bill

So it goes... 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monday, February 08, 2016

Regarding risk tolerance in a risky business..

An uplifting story (of sorts) from Texas, a famous ships cat, and in the "unable to organize a pissup in a brewery" department...

While not about sailing or cruising as such, Dick Dorworth has written a great piece regarding risk tolerance that anyone sailing or cruising should take the time to read.

You're still here?

Listening to Tindersticks

So it goes...

Sunday, February 07, 2016

L.I.T. and a new use for the ubiquitous boat bucket...

Erin Brockovich making sense, stuff you need to know, and, sadly, the great Dan Hicks is no longer with us...

OK, I'll be the first to admit I suffer from a bad case of L.I.T. (Limited Imbecile Tolerance) and it most often manifests itself when anchors and the process of anchoring are involved.

So, yet another cunning plan in the ever fruitless saga of my finding even more sordid and heinous ways to keep people from anchoring on top of me...

Did you know that Remo just came out with a very boat friendly drum head?



Even better, I'm pretty sure that if you buy a half-dozen you get a pretty deep discount!

Listening to Dan Hicks

So it goes...

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Some stuff worth checking out...

10% well spent, a good reason to vote for Bernie, and why you may want to steer clear of Venezuela (and environs) for the foreseeable future...

The blogosphere is a big place and, while a lot of folks have gone over to Facebook and Twitter, blogs as a source of boat content, are still a great resource and I keep finding great ones all the time.

Sailing Dawn Treader is just such a blog. Great in-depth content of a practical sort. I like what they're doing with their boat and there are a lot of good ideas that anyone could adapt. What's not to love?

Gougeon 32 Refit is another blog with some great info coming down the pike. I've always liked the Gougeon 32 catamaran and as Russel Brown really knows his way around multihulls, construction, and composites, having an up close and personal seat to Russel's process of pimping out a G32 is just plain cool with a cherry on top.

The Whiskey Plank is Reuel Parker expounding on a great many things and all of them interesting. Made better by the fact that Parker tends to think about things from a slightly different perspective so just that little bit different even when he's writing about the same old same. Not only do I have his blog bookmarked but I save just about everything he writes regarding design and construction because I know I'll need them some day..

Listening to Sierra Hull

So it goes...

Friday, February 05, 2016

Decisions, decisions...

Scary, something about the Zika virus, and in the "highly effective pathogens" department...

I thought long and hard yesterday about buying a new to me boat. Four feet longer and with two and a half feet more beam it would have over twice the room of "So It Goes".

Room for a couple more twelve-strings...

Of course, a bigger boat would have to earn its keep and a big chunk of that added space and load carrying ability would have to be devoted to that end. My initial thought would be a dedicated work space in the forepeak area and some dedicated cargo space.

Still pondering about that...

In the meantime, we have a boat more or less drifting loose off our stern since its mooring chain broke in some gusty winds Wednesday night.

Always something or other...

Listening to Bill Mallonee & Vigilantes of Love

So it goes... 

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

an interesting concept...

Some stuff you really need to know, just one reason (of many) why unions are a goodly thing, and an apt observation...

How about something interesting via Pecha Kucha?







More information on the Foldaway mast can be found at the Balpha Mast website.


Listening to Gallows Bound

So it goes...

Monday, February 01, 2016

2300...

A very scary number, an extremely dangerous precedent, and a world that never was to be...

As it happens, I noticed this morning when I started this post that it's number 2300. I mention this because I usually write these posts while having my second cup of coffee in the morning which equates to a whole lot of coffee consumed while writing Boat Bits.

That's somewhere close to 144 gallons of the stuff in fact. Not bragging or anything but just simply pointing out a fairly important part of what makes Boat Bits happen.

Caffeine, lots and lots of caffeine.

So, with that fact in mind, I'd like to dedicate today's post to my personal drug of choice... Moose Drool.

Listening to Raphael and Jean-Louis Aubert

So it goes...

Sunday, January 31, 2016

A new POP design...

A very depressing business model, some trickle-down kleptocracy, and Fatty Goodlander wrote the best thing I've read in a sailing magazine in the last couple of years (so you might want to check it out)...

Like a lot of people I've been hoping that Roberto Barros and his crew would be working on a larger version of the POP 25 boat in plywood.

That said, thay have worked up a 32-foot POP in aluminum (at least one is already under construction) and, just recently, unveiled a 28-foot version also in aluminum...







I don't think I need to tell you that this is one very cool home-buildable boat. Lots more information on the POP 28 here.

Still waiting on a reasonable facsimile of the POP 28/32 in plywood though...

Listening to the Mother Hips

So it goes...