Thursday, August 16, 2018

Something you might want to check out...

Aretha is no longer with us, some very needful reading, and the stupid it burns...



Listening to Country Joe and the Fish

So it goes...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In the "I already have too many knives but..." department

Some very scary reading, a space mission that's not a joke, and in the "someone's sending a pretty clear message in lockstep" department...

ToolGuyd (my go-to place for toolish advice) has a knife review that has me wanting one.

Listening to Calexico

So it goes...

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Stuff you need to know...

Just another example of a FUBAR'd immigration system, a needful read on denial, and in the "NE cruisers take note some serious assholery in play" department...

I buy most of the fasteners I use from Albany County Fasteners because they sell top quality at reasonable prices and have great service. As it happens, the ongoing educational input is also a big help.

For instance...



Nuff said.

Listening to Courtney Barnett

So it goes...



Saturday, August 11, 2018

a tender of interest...

Coming attractions, a reasonable suggestion, and this just about broke my heart...

OK, I'll admit that I have always liked Rob Denney's Harryproa offerings and remain somewhat mystified that his brand of marine/industrial design along with his added dash of proa hucksterism have not made the HarryProa a force to be reckoned with.

For instance, his take on tenders for the Harryproas makes all kinds of sense...


T60 Parts Assembly from Harryproa on Vimeo.

Not only is it a smart way to build a tender (or a sharpie for that matter) but why don't other designers design tenders/dinghies that are actually integral to the design of their mother ships? Really it just seems like a no-brainer. As far as I can tell only Tad Roberts has used the idea of an integral dinghy in his Future Cruiser series.

I'd love to hear from anyone who knows of other integrated dinghy/tender designs that might be floating about.

Listening to an amazing 200 song playlist from NPR

So it goes...

Friday, August 10, 2018

a song you should listen to...

Murder most foul, proof positive, and some reading on a piratical theme...

Lauren Hoffman was in Charlottesville (she's from there) last year for the tiki torch fuckery and, as a result, she wrote a song.You'll want to check it out.

Listening to Chris Hillman & Herb Pedersen

So it goes...

Thursday, August 09, 2018

a problem solver of note...

Flags of convenience in the tRump posse, scary but needful reading, and Wendig with some very needful content...

During Hurricane Maria last year our way too beefy and heavy (or so we thought) anchor roller bent under the strain which is just the sorta thing one expects when things get to Cat 5. So, a new anchor roller is now on the project list.

As with most projects aboard the first place I tend to look for ideas is Bruce Bingham's "The Sailors Sketchbook".


As expected a few minutes with the book gave me plenty of good ideas to come up with just the right solution to replace our massive and bent beyond repair non-functioning roller for very little money.

Bottom line is "The Sailors Sketchbook" has more than earned it place on our bookshelf and saved us a whole lot of money in the process.

Just thought you'd like to know...

Listening to a bunch of 80's covers

So it goes...

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

A question to ponder...

EBM makes a solid point, Ian Welsh with an apt comment, and in the "No doubt an upstanding pillar of his community" department...

So, today just a question that's buzzing around what passes for a brain.

Why do we do things the way we do where boats are concerned?

Seriously. It just seems that a lot of the things we do don't always make a whole lot of sense. Especially where boat building is concerned

In the meantime I'm going to be reading the new WoodenBoat which looks to be a better than usual issue.


Listening to Okkervil River

So it goes...

Monday, August 06, 2018

a better light bulb...

Regarding those wannabe Nurembergesque rallies, helping the poor oppressed 1%, and what better time to talk about tRumps Katrina than at the height of the 2018 "H' season...

Something neat from Marinebeam.



Listening to Jen Awad

So it goes...

Sunday, August 05, 2018

a gaff rig you might want to check out...

Not as powerless as the as the bosses think, windvane politics, and in the "Boy howdy that's an impressively stupid idea" department...

So, here's the Cape Charles 32 by Dudley Dix.


The first thing you need to know is I'm a sucker for gaff rigged boats.

The second is that it's a pretty cool design.

Of course, if romantically challenged and gaff is not your rig of choice there's nothing to be embarrassed about as Dix has a Marconi rig available.

Either rig works with a seaworthy, livable, and comfortable interior layout.


Certainly worth a look

Listening to some Roger McGuinn coverage

So it goes...

Saturday, August 04, 2018

A dinghy of note...

Dorworth on Dharma, Scalzi making an important point, andthe New York Times with a must read...

Chris Morejohn with a two part dinghy that might be of interest.

Listening to Weezer cover Toto

So it goes...