Sunday, December 17, 2017

Just a quick thought about used gear prices...

Scary times, well worth your time, and in the "Taking the joy out of the holiday" department...

Yesterday, as I perused our local marine gear and consignment shop, I noticed an old Autohelm 1000 for sale. What perked up my interest was the fact that it was brand new, still in the box, and never used... Perfect, I said to myself, for using with a windvane (albeit possibly 20-years old) as the Autohelm 1000 is really only suited for light tasks but well able to move a windvane.

Well, not so perfect it turns out as the asking price was $400!

Ouch.

Just checked and the current price for a new Raymarine 1000 at West Marine is $439.99 so not a bargain at all.

Truth be told, the only tillerpilot I'd even consider at any price is the Pelagic for $780 which, admittedly, just may be the best bargain going in the world of gear for sailboats you'll ever come across so you might want to check it out.

Anyway, this is all in favor, of a bit of advice if you have old gear you don't have a use for anymore and want to sell...

Do the math and price accordingly.

Listening to the All The People Who Died 2017 mix

So it goes...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Cool...

Some tasty food for thought from Ursula K. Le Guin, someone making sense (who may already be out of a job), and L,G, & M nails the bottom line...

This Wichard take on a more refined lower profile spool shackle is sweet.


Of course, way more expensive than I'd like...

Listening to Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

So it goes...

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A sensible dinghy outboard...

Insanity being the new norm, a patriotic skier, and in the "Not in our best interests" department...



Makes all kinds of sense. For more about the motor check it out.

Listening to some Japanese rock

So it goes...

Friday, December 08, 2017

Yep, I'm 64 and truly pissed off...

Obama makes a point, something in the "seems like a pretty good idea" department, and, oh yeah, Patagonia has something important they want you to know...


I'm taking the day off.

Listening to Hot Rats (It being Zappadan and all)

So it goes...

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Some neat sailboats...

Sailing Anarchy, just maybe, getting it right, this is interesting, and in the "Pay attention to actions not words" department...

Voile Magazine with their take on "Boat of the Year".



Listening to a podcast of Jimi Hendrix covers and wishing I was at the Paris boat show.

So it goes...

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Jeez...

On being sane in an, apparently, insane world, something that really pisses me off, and Ian Welsh sums up the tax bill...

Not about boats but all kinds of interesting.



Listening to Paupière

So it goes...

Friday, December 01, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A bit of DIY goodness...

G&T nails it, a holiday post of note, and just another FEMA clusterfuck...

A cool hack I saw mentioned over on Good Old Boat magazine.



Listening to Robert Francis

So it goes...

Sunday, November 26, 2017

about asking an unpopular question...

Some rather depressing news, a shark that walks, and I'd never really considered "11" to be a scary number before...

The other day I listened to an excellent podcast on rigging and suchlike which got me thinking how so much of sail oriented content tends to be of the rose colored glasses variety and shies away from the reality of it all. Apparently, reality is bad for business if you're selling sailing/cruising as lifestyle and making a buck in the process.

Pissing off people with reality bites is not what the cool folk want to read or see.

So, back to that podcast where Andy Schell asks why people are not talking about fitness of the not being able to go aloft at sea or even walk the deck sort. A question that most folks will file in the memory hole but one that everyone should ask themselves.

Can I really handle the physical requirements required to sail my boat?

A few years back I posted a blurb about Colligo's emergency shroud kit which created a lot of email of the "How do I use it?" variety and even greater consternation emails when I pointed out that it's simple you just climb the mast to rig it in place of the dodgy or broken stay...

The fact that folks will spend a shitload of money for an emergency shroud kit but then balk at the idea that they'd have to be fit enough to actually use it says far too much about the general state of sailing in 2017.

Being honest with yourself can be all kinds of sucky and, take it from me as a guy who just realized that the Beatle's "When I'm Sixty-Four" will apply to me in a week or so, it can be eye-opening, depressing, and, surprisingly, empowering. Still, asking the question of just what sort of boat will I be able to manage ten years from now is not one that requires those rose-colored glasses.

Listening to Mae West

So it goes...

Friday, November 24, 2017

The ongoing fight to have less...

Food for thought from Hugh Howey, Krugman with some interesting commentary, and EBM with a few helpful hints...

My email box is overflowing today with come-ons  for stuff to make my life aboard all kinds of better. So much stuff, in fact, that if I were to buy all of the Black Friday offers I'd have to purchase a bigger boat because "So It Goes" would simply sink with all of the added weight.

Of course, I'm pretty sure West Marine could sell me a periscope...

So, when did sailing or cruising become more about consuming and spending rather than about sailing and cruising?

Nuff said.

Listening to Nerd Magnet

So it goes...