Friday, December 09, 2016

Thursday, December 08, 2016

another great moment in nautical escapades...

An interesting read, a sane voice from Texas, and Badtux on the 9th commandment...



WTF indeed.

Listening to Colvin & Earle

So it goes...

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Just the facts...

This is depressing (if not righteous anger inducing), The importance of "WHY", and in the "we're way past Dr Strangelove clusterfucks in the Trump zone and I'm scared shitless" department...



Listening to Mio

So it goes...

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A film of note...

In the "Better get used to this shit" department, some interesting election stuff, and living in the Age of the Injurious Lie...

A film you should get and show your friends.



Listening to Lucinda Williams

So it goes...

Monday, December 05, 2016

Not so much about boats today but with at least a semblance of a nautical connection...

Badass manta rays, some good news, and a journalistic approach on how to cover Trump when his lips are moving...

Of late I've been thinking a lot about building a cross between a Firebird and a Telecaster with 12 strings (fellow guitar slingers will know what I'm talking about) which would make it a Firecaster or a Telebird?

Anyway, the thing is, in doing some research on Teles I came across a couple of videos of a guy doing a very cool nautical themed Telecaster that you might want to check out.





Hey, what's not to like about a guitar with a compass rose?

Listening to Jill Sobule

So it goes...

Sunday, December 04, 2016

a new fid in the bag...

Some needful viewing,  guilty of seven felonies but no one is doing jail time, and in the "company you keep speaks volumes" department...

For ages I've wanted to get one of these...

The problem is, being a cheap frugal kinda guy, the over $50 price tag, silly shipping charges, and the fact that I could do a DIY clone for a whole lot less kept me from buying one.

The DIY option is fairly easy and I would have just built my own if I had come across some stainless wire in the right sizes but in a year or so of  keeping an eye out no such wire has come across my purview. Not a lot of hobby shops in the Caribbean!

So, when I noticed that Duckworks had the splicing kit for around $43 and change, I decided to just buy the sucker.

The verdict?

Awesome. It really speeds up splicing in a big way and my first eyesplice in some old nasty 1/4" TENEX that had been exposed to the elements for a couple of years took less than two minutes which included tapering and stitching it up. I can't wait to try it out with new rope which will be a lot easier/faster. Color me a happy camper.

As it happens, I also noticed that Duckworks has the best price around on Selma fids (sort of the Rolls Royce of fids) so I took the opportunity to pick some up as well. The two sets combined will pretty much cover any splicng one has to do and has the advantage that both sets will fit into the D-Splicer tube (the Selma fids nest into each other) so that goes a long way to keeping all of the needful small fids together and organized.

Listening to Backdrop Cinderella (Good stuff...I really need to investigate Japanese Ska bands further)

So it goes...

Saturday, December 03, 2016

A very neat multihull..

A story that just might make Big Pharma piss its pants, a very good post, and a quick interesting post regarding the economy...

Bernd Kohler has a new inexpensive design that is all kinds of cool.


For even more info on the boat ProaFile (always a good read) has more on the design that you might want to check out.

Listening to Jadal

So it goes...

Friday, December 02, 2016

Light show...

Something to keep in the back of your mind while it all spirals south, a worthwhile read, and in the "Can witch burning be far behind?" department...

Talk about neat.



Listening to Crystal Bowersox

So it goes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

a PFD message...

Some quick fact checking in case you're interested, a man I can respect, and some troubling news on the Mahi Mahi front...



Listening to Raphael and Jean-Louis Aubert

So it goes...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

a thought or two on getting older...

The word for today (and, just maybe, the foreseeable future) is K-L-E-P-T-O-C-R-A-C-Y, a worried comedian making some good points, and over in the "fuck-all that can be done about it" department...

The other day I heard someone who happened to be younger than I am saying that, as he was getting on in years it was about time to replace his sailboat with a big trawler. Apparently his thinking was at the grand old age of 55 sailing is no longer a sensible option.

Which is nonsense of course, as I have known many folk in their seventies who are still kicking butt and sailing significant voyages who, I suspect, would shudder at the thought of ending up in a trawler.

That said, once you hit a certain age, the thought of a less strenuous lifestyle does have its appeals and I'll admit to having considered retiring at some point (like when I'm eighty or so) so I can mess around on the water, play guitar, read, and indulge in gastronomic indulgences while waiting for the answer to that big question on a boat not unlike this one...


On the other hand, I still have a whole lot of sailing and boatbuilding before I hit the quatre-vingt zone

Listening to Theresa Andersson

So it goes...