Sunday, February 23, 2020

What I'm reading today...

A couple of books I'm looking forward to reading, news from the neighborhood I grew up in, something from the "Doesn't surprise me at all" files, and a surprising crime wave...

It would seem that there's a new issue of the Junk Rig Association Magazine for me to read.


Of course, to read this excellent magazine you really need to become a member of the Junk Rig Association.

Just saying.

On the minor news front, it would seem that this post is number 3000 and, as I'm not dead yet, there will be more...

Listening to covers of covers

So it goes...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

An interesting block...

An American tragedy, that pro pollution guy is at it again, and in the "Sowing chaos to exhaust our critical thinking" department...

Premium Ropes with some useful information on the new Ronstan Series 30 Orbit™ Lashing block.



Listening to Sierra Hull

So it goes...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

regarding where the hull meets the water...

Why you might want to keep an eye on Betelgeuse, some oil industry news, and an interesting story about the Rolling Stones dealing with an ass...

Greenlight Surfboard Supply has a particularly good Surfboard Design Guide you might want to check out whether you surf or not if only to better understand how your boat works.

Listening to San Fermin

So it goes...

Saturday, February 15, 2020

A foiling scow mini for the rest of us...

A bit of good news, some scary reading, and some good points being made...

OK, I'll say it. A game changer.


Un mini 6.50 biosourcé pour les constructeurs amateurs pretty much says it all. Now don't you wish you'd spent more time in your French class?

Listening to Rozwell Kid with an Enya cover

So it goes...

Thursday, February 13, 2020

This certainly made my day...

Sailing Anarchy links to something you need to read, a bit of needful watching, and it was Darwin day yesterday...

How about a simple DIY passive solar-powered desalination system that someone could put together for a couple of hundred dollars?

No electricity.

No brute force power requirements.

No rocket science.

Just some simple improvements to very old technology taking advantage of modern tech and science.

Interested?

Go over to MIT and check it out.

Listening to Lucy Dacus

So it goes...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A better search engine?

Stephens Waring Yacht Design talks sustainability, some  excellent advice, and in the "Maybe I should vote for Bloomberg?" department...

I'll admit that, in a world where greenwashing is a thing, that my first reaction to this ad was somewhat negative. That said, if it actually helps, it would be no bad thing as , pretty much, every search engine make their money from ads and selling off your user information. Whatever, it's got to be better than the "G" folks.



Something to think about. More about Ocean Hero here.

Listening to Black Pumas

So it goes...

Monday, February 10, 2020

Something you might want to check out...

A very good point being made by EBM, Tom Tomorrow nails it, and regarding spineless minions...

Peter Foerthmann, who runs Windpilot, has an excellent post today regarding windvanes, sailing related business, and a modicum of common sense. It's even entertaining.


You really should take the time and read it.

Yeah, now.

Listening to the Rally Club

So it goes...



Sunday, February 09, 2020

Just a quick note...

Every once in a while a few of the charter boats we work with will have a repositioning charter which combines a blue water passage where sailors can focus on honing the skills covered during the trip.

SEA WITCH, a 53-foot Pearson ketch cutter, is offering a downwind offshore passage from St.Thomas to West Palm Beach, Florida, April 27-May 4, 2020. The passage is estimated as 6 days/5 nights. If you're interested you can find all the needful information here.

Definitely not the same old same Caribbean charter experience which you might want to check out.

Something on the subject of minimalism and frugality...

Just the same old same ongoing retail apocalypse story, on adaptive response, and some needful reading...

A reader sent me a link to this video that makes a lot of sense.



Especially where boats and cruising are concerned.

Listening to the Pernice Brothers

So it goes...

Saturday, February 08, 2020

Two words for today...

A very scary map, five SFF books with a nautical connection you might want to add to your reading list, and something you need to read about...

Flax and Biocomposite.



My main question is where do home builders go to access some of the new materials coming down the pike.

Listening to some David Olney songs

So it goes...