Saturday, July 21, 2018

and because I just can't fit a tablesaw in my cockpit locker...

Just another day in post-racism America, regarding changes in the gulf stream, and in the "Dog who caught the car" department...

This DIY jig caught my eye recently.



Better yet, it will fit in my cockpit locker as well. For more information check it out here.

Listening to Frank Turner

So it goes...

Friday, July 20, 2018

On the enjoyable aspects of working outside with a can of paint, a brush, and a bucket of sand...

A thing you might want to factor into the mix, something from the "a wrecking ball into the most crucial protections for our most endangered wildlife" department, and an insightful comment of note...

I've been redoing the non-skid on the coach roof of "So It Goes" and, as far as it goes, I'm having a good time doing it. Fact of the matter is most boat jobs are pretty enjoyable and the ones that are not are not really that bad either.

On the other hand, we don't have an inboard internal combustion motor or a MSD with a holding tank.

Just saying...

Listening to Jason Isbell

So it goes...

Thursday, July 19, 2018

a really nice boat...

Something that might bring a smile, Dorworth getting to the basic question, and what's going on in some places...

A climbing gear company that sends me mail from time to time used a term the other day that resonated with me like a tuning fork...

Tradical

Which, I suppose, is a clever way of saying Traditional + Radical and whether clever or not it did catch my attention and I think it works pretty well.

Where boats are concerned the collective "we" seems to have devolved into two groups, the first being all about progress and the second being those of the "If it ain't broke there's no reason to fix it" because, you know, tradition mindset.

Now, it's been pointed out me on numerous occasions that I'm an opinionated asshole where things boat are concerned and (yes dear reader) hardly surprising that I have an opinion on both camps in this horse race.

Both groups have their heads up their asses.

For instance, take the new Crabber...

I'm sure one camp will be scandalized that it sports a carbon fiber mast while the other side will be offended that it has a gaff rig, doesn't have a wing mast, and the ability to foil.

Me, I see it as just more evolution in a positive direction of a good boat (it is the MK 5 after all) and while I'm just a bit disappointed that it does not also sport a carbon gaff (which is a pretty obvious upgrade to my mind) it is a pretty awesome boat and tradical as all get out. Spars aside, there are a lot of other neat details in the new design worth studying so really a boat to check out.

Listening to five good covers

So it goes...


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

10,000 pounds of plastic waste...

TPM with a must read, a sensible retirement pastime, and in the "Just another rich asshole" department...



Listening to Sam Evian

So it goes...

Monday, July 16, 2018

and the snake keeps eating its tail...

Bad news on the Orca front, a growth industry, and some interesting reading...

I've been thinking a lot about tools recently.

Actually, to be more precise, I've been thinking more about tool stowage but that tends to get into the need/want process on what tools are really needed so, I guess, I am thinking about tools.

Which is problematic because, whenever I think about tools. I tend to realize I could really need a new tool or three...

Hence the need to be thinking about tool stowage.

I suspect I really need to be thinking about where I can find plans for a TARDIS.

Hmmm...

I wonder what new tools I'll need for a TARDIS project?

Listening to the Lafayette Afro Rock Band

So it goes... 

Friday, July 13, 2018

I think we all need a break...

A tweet to take note of, a whole lot of scary numbers, and in the "How to afford a yacht GOP style" department...


 Well, I'll be honest and say that watching the ever-expanding-clusterfuck-on-steroids that is the tRump summer European tour has me thinking about things other than boat butchery and suchlike .

You might say a lot of us need a palette cleanse just about now. Might I suggest...


Anyone know of any good deals on screen doors?

Listening to TJO

So it goes...

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pending projects...

tRump sending a message, a bit of needful reading, and some agribusiness criminality that really pisses me off...

So, the metal bits for my Jean du Sud style side mount outboard bracket project are now on island and, hopefully, I'll be able to get to doing soonish.

The real advantage of the new outboard location revolves around some serious boat butchery to the cockpit and going into test-bed mode for a couple of rudder designs with integrated self-steering while improving the general stowage and ergonomics of the cockpit in general.

Fun stuff.

Oh yeah, there will be bumpy (spelled t-u-b-e-r-c-l-e) bits.

Listening to some Springsteen coverage

So it goes...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

fun and frolic in republican boating...

Some lucid thought on the civility debate that's well worth reading,  interesting space stuff, and in the "Ass or asset?" department...

Ben Ellison/Panbo has some great coverage on a recent navigational snafu and blowback you need to read.

You're still here?

Listening to Gogol Bordello

So it goes...

Monday, July 09, 2018

It's gray outside...

Always a good read, a bit of needful history, and what about that "Hire American Buy American"  thing...

It's a bit fugly out as we get the leftover bits of Beryl passing through the neighborhood. Which, I suppose, means the underlined tasks for today of doing some painting and suchlike on the deck is not going to happen.

More a kick back and get some reading (maybe "Collapsing Empire" by Scalzi?) done while drinking coffee. Which, I'm sure you'll agree, beats the hell out of getting hit with a hurricane.

So, color me uncomplaining.

Listening to Horse Feathers

So it goes...