Sunday, August 02, 2015

A quick thought about boom/bust economics...

Mind numbing, someone's making sense, and, considering he's a man who would actually know, I'd say this statement is important...

A friend of mine, who has been looking for a boat for some time, pointed out that he thought the price of decent fixer upper boats would keep falling and only an idiot would buy a boat at the moment.

Me, I'm not so sure.

Bubbles confronted with reality always burst sooner or later. It's just a fact of life.

Where boats are concerned it is only a matter of time before folks are going to wake up and realize it is bad economics to sell a boat for less than the price of the lead in its keel...

On a side note, one of the fastest growing  criminal activities in the US of A is the theft of raw materials from buildings and infrastructure... Copper wire/pipe, aluminum, steel, and lead being the most sought after.

Just something to keep in mind...

Listening to Blues Traveler

So it goes...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Not the same old same catboat...

You might find this thought provoking, excuse me while I throw up a bit, and just another bit of educational integrity going down the drain...

All too often we tend to stick "traditional" boat types in the must be kept traditional ghetto which kills any sort of further development or evolution in it's tracks.

That said, every once in a while, an inquisitive brave soul will decide to take on the powers that be, break from the lockstep mentality, and liberate a traditional design from the ghetto to bring it into the present day... Makes me get all funky and do the happy dance.

Not your same old same quaint catboat.
 More information can be found here and here.

Listening to Third Eye Blind

So it goes...



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Something worth watching...

Some needful reading, a sad story involving a man with penis/manhood issues, and in the "I didn't really need anything else to worry about department"...

A video a reader turned me on to he thought other Boat Bits readers would like...


Gyrecraft from Studio Swine on Vimeo.

Listening to The Lone Bellow

So it goes...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

about that fear factor...

Some more folks on sailboats who happen to be Firefly fans, the Rude Pundit making some sense, and something about two 14-year olds lost at sea...

Chuck Wendig (an author well worth reading) has a very good take on fear that you really should read and, while not so much about boats, cruising, and suchlike, it really does have everything to do with boats, cruising, and suchlike.

Go read it.

Listening to Tracy Bonham

So it goes...

Sunday, July 26, 2015

OK, I admit I'm at a loss...

An island of interest, a question of justice, and in the "outrageous" department...

Has anyone seen a really clever (dare I say cunning?) method of stowing a pair of bikes on a sub forty-foot sailboat?

If so, care to share?

Listening to a bunch of Rolling Stones covers

So it goes...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Some Saturday surf...

A most excellent reply to a guy with some serious issues, just another unhinged lunatic, and a fact you might want to consider...


"LEMONYIP LIVIN" Official Film 2014 from Owen Milne Media on Vimeo.

Listening to Have Gun, Will Travel

So it goes...

Friday, July 24, 2015

a shift away from solitude...

The rewards of being a drug dealer, what the clothes you wear actually cost, and if this does not set off your Spidey sense to 11 you might want to go see a doctor...

Things keep changing.

I suppose that's just a fact of life and at a certain age one does tend to view change in a negative light but still... I'm just not seeing this as a positive trend in cruising.

Listening to Fishbone

So it goes...



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Note to self: need to get some popcorn...

Orlov's on a roll, something very interesting, and the same old same yacht racing stupidity from a race that I expect better of...

A film you might want to keep an eye out for.



Listening to Ben Bullington

So it goes...

Monday, July 20, 2015

On the subject of expansion in a contracting world...

A question, apparently, that needed asking, real numbers seldom lie, and something you may need to think about...

Listening to the Governor of the USVI on the radio this morning talking about local economics and turning St Thomas into a big shopping mall was quite interesting and got me thinking long and hard about how a lot of what some people think is just seriously batshit crazy.

And we're not talking the good kind of batshit crazy.

On the other hand, maybe it's me who's a few sanwiches short of a picnic and  the best way to get out of crippling debt is to borrow more rather than live within one's means.

Listening to PK Dwyer

So it goes...



Saturday, July 18, 2015

TFH

This may make you sick to your stomach, a question of note, and it's hard being a clown these days...

Some time ago (20-30 years or so I suspect) I saw a clever idea in Practical Boat Owner for a boarding step that hooked over your toerail that you could make with some scrap plywood. It was a good idea, easy/quick to build, and wouldn't set you back much more than $10 in today's world.

So, it was with some interest I saw that in the new Cruising World they had a blurb about a "new" product that was a simple boarding step that hooked over your toerail and looked not a whole lot different than the PBO DIY sort...

Of course, the difference is that the one Cruising World is pimping costs $299. Think about that for a moment or two.

OK, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and admit that aluminum costs more than some plywood scrap you have laying around but looking at my favorite purveyor of metal for boat projects, Online Metal Supply, I find that the needful square tube, channel, and plate would cost me around $20... Throw in another $10 for fastenings, a couple of hours with a hacksaw/drill, and hey presto you have yourself a reasonable facsimile of a "$299 boarding step".

That said, I'd go with the cheaper plywood version... Wouldn't you?

I don't really need a boarding step but I mention this because it's just another example of people making products and pricing them, apparently, using the "People who buy stuff for their boats are stupid and we can jack the price sky high" equation. So, today's mantra is...



"Too Fucking High"

Listening to Gene Jr and the Family

So it goes...