Saturday, April 29, 2017

a quick note about something that works...

This pretty much nails it, not a pretty picture at all, and interesting stuff about email...

A couple of nights ago, the cat anchored next to us was running their Honda generator. I mention this not to rant and rave about how dare someone run a generator in an anchorage but to mention that it was so quiet that I really had to listen carefully to know that it was running against the prevailing background noise on a quiet night.

Modern four-stroke generators these days are quiet...

My current generator is a Ryobi 2000 which is a reasonable facsimile of the Honda 2000. It is quiet, frugal with gas, and, after several years, still starts on the first or second pull. It has also outlasted both of the Honda 2000's we've had previously which goes a long way to vouch for it's quality of construction.

Oh yeah, it cost about half what a Honda 2000 does.

So, you might say I'm a satisfied customer. Need I say more?

Listening to Vagina Town

So it goes...

Thursday, April 27, 2017

and in the "not exactly a new idea" department...

The rich get richer, a little needful reading from Patagonia, and some good works you may want to help support...

I've lost track of the number of times I've seen the two-old-jibs-sewn-together to make a trade winds sail. Not a bad idea but not exactly new.



Listening to a plethora of Springsteen covers

So it goes...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

knee deep in lists....

Robert Pirsig is no longer with us, adding the "T" word to the conversation, and in the "well his lips were moving" department...

Getting ready to blow this pop shop, while a goodly thing, has me running in circles trying to load up on things I'll need for future projects while I have a US of A address. So not only do I have the list of things to do to get the boat ready but I also have a lists of lists for things I'll need six-months down the line including guitar building bits, needful surfboard stuff, and a shitload of camera gear.

Talk about a FUBAR state of affairs...

Still, I always do my best work when the clock is ticking and deadlines are too close for comfort.

Anyway, a roundabout way of saying postings will be a tad bit sporadic for the next few weeks or so

Listening to Quitapenas

So it goes...

Monday, April 24, 2017

fun with cardboard...

 Something to consider, not exactly on the same page, and over in the "fear mongering over facts" zone...




Listening to Minus the Bear

So it goes...

Saturday, April 22, 2017

a good read...

This may ruin your day, Kunstler making sense, Earth-Bound Misfit on the subject of Hawaii, and in the "insufferable ego from wannabee generals and men of action" department...

SV Adventurer has an excellent post about age, surfing, and health care in the not US of A. You should really check it out.

Listening to Ljova and the Kontraband

So it goes...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

cardboard...

Weapons of mass murder of another sort, some important stuff regarding schools, and in the "why the hell am I not surprised" department...

While the idea of a cardboard surfboard is not exactly new (Mike Sheldrake has been doing it for some time), but it's still nice to see how others approach the concept even if it is with an SUP.



More information on their Kickstarter site.

Now, if only someone would think about dinghies, we'd be talking.

Listening to Leon Russell

So it goes...

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A film worth checking out...

Some seriously out-of-control spending, better batteries, our current reality, and on the subject of needful legal advice if you're visiting the US of A...


POVERTY, INC. | Official Trailer from POVERTY, INC. | The Movie on Vimeo.

Listening to Alejandro Escovedo

So it goes...

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Instead of worrying about WW3...

Dorworth with some timely quotes, Badtux with a good point, and in the "...most ill-informed, under-prepared, ethically challenged and psychologically ill-equipped president in US history" department...

Here's some boat building to check out if you need to quit worrying about tRumpageddon for a bit.



Now, don't you feel better?

Listening to Tash Sultana

So it goes...



Thursday, April 13, 2017

A better light...

A needful cruiser rant, some kind of depressing, and a little situational awareness of note...

I was going to install a new tricolor/anchor light  (a Aqua Signal clone with two Bebi led lamps) to my mast and had second thoughts partly because the light was a tad bulky for my tastes and partly because I'd really like a mast head strobe as part of the package.

As a result I found myself looking at tricolor/anchor/strobes...

The Aqua Signal is too bulky (what I'm trying to get away from) and, at $469, is way too expensive for my frugal (spelled c-h-e-a-p) nature.

Looking further afield any of the more compact tricolor/anchor/strobes were expensive or expensive with lingering bad reputations (I'm looking at you Orca/Lopo). So what's a poor boy going to do?

Enter Marinebeam...



It's compact...

It's well made...

It's a tricolor/anchor/strobe...

It's a two wire design...

It's just $99.

So, doing the math it's easy to work out spending over $400 or more vs $99 is something of a no brainer being there's a lot I can use the $300+ savings on elsewhere. I ordered a Marinebeam, it was shipped same day and in my PO Box three days after that.

The light is even better than I had hoped. The body of the light is PVC which will not rot up at the masthead as so many plastics seem to be doing these days. The switching between modes (Tricolor/anchor/strobe) is easy, and it does everything I need a tricolor/anchor/strobe light to do... What's not to like?

By the way, if anyone wants an unused Aqua Signal clone tricolor/anchor light with Bebi LEDs  drop me a line as I now have one surplus to requirements and taking up needful locker space.

Listening to Robert Randolph and The Family Band (pedal steel done right)

So it goes...