Tuesday, October 04, 2022

a couple of irksome words...

Something important from Carl Sagan, even more scary reading, and in the "But someone's making money" department...

I just realized that I tend to grit my teeth whenever anyone uses the word "sustainable" these days. I suspect my bad reaction has a lot to do with the fact that most people using the word sustainable don't actually have a clue about what the word means.

Such is life in 2022.

Another word that puts me in a bad mood is "downsizing" since most folk using the term are not actually downsizing but using it as an excuse to go out and buy a bunch of stuff.

Sorry, but I really needed to get that said.

Listening to Durand Jones & The Indications

So it goes...

Monday, October 03, 2022

on not protecting your assets...

Just a few 47 bad apples people have to live with, a film I really need to see, and in the "I never thought I'd see an honest oil company ad" department...

In my morning news box I see that five people in Seattle were injured in three unrelated shootings which, by Seattle standards is not exactly surprising. Seattle, as things go in the US of A is a pretty safe place to live.

I mention this, partly because I used to live in Seattle so have a passing interest in what's going on there as well as that what passes for the norm  in terms of crime and violence in the US of A is of interest to me. 

As it happens, the Seattle news came to me at the same time as a current crime report from the Caribbean Safety and Security net had something about someone having their dinghy stolen in Aruba. The idea that someone stole an unlocked dinghy with an outboard was not exactly a surprise. Since outboard motors have become silly expensive and are easily sold (often to cruisers who seldom question a good deal on an outboard) but hardly a crime wave.

The fact remains that sailing and living on a boat in the Caribbean is, more than likely, a lot safer than living back where you came from. Fact of the matter is that most of the folks in the Caribbean inclined to villainy can be found in the local marine trades as there is just not enough profit in stealing your outboard.

That said, if it's unlocked and just sitting there, many will consider it fair game.

Listening to AJ Lee & Blue Summit

So it goes...

Saturday, October 01, 2022

What a gallon of water costs...

Some very scary reading, a quick bit on masking, and in the "Quest for a better battery" department...

So, I just realized that I've been currently using our watermaker twice a week for the last five years and still producing water with a PPM of somewhere between 80 and 100. A fact that I actually find quite impressive.

What's more impressive is that I've spent a big fat zero in pressure pump maintenance and that the Karcher pressure washer works so well.

Admittedly, I've had some issues with booster pumps but have now settled on a cheap 12 volt ($22 dollar) fountain pump that works just as well if not better than the expensive ($400 dollar) 120V pump I replaced the supplied Harbor Freight pump with.

Sometimes I really need to take my own advice.

Anyway, the main cost of running the water maker is just the gas it takes for the generator which works out to about $0.17 a gallon and the very occasional replacement of a 20 mill of 5 mill filter. I'm guessing that might boost the running cost of water to maybe $0.20 a gallon.

As far as the membrane goes, it's still working finest kind and when it does come time to replace it the extra $150 won't exactly break the bank and only add a penny or so the the cost per gallon over its lifetime.

Listening to a whole lot of Beach Boys coverage

So it goes...

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Seems like an apt day for this...

Some depressing photos, a couple of hundred years too late, and in the "Insanity on parade" department...


Listening to Circles Around the Sun

So it goes...

Sunday, September 25, 2022

My kind of sailboat ad...

An interview of note, another AIS issue, and in the "Not really a bad idea when you think it through" department...

A Westerly Tiger going for nada. I have an excellent memory of being rafted next to a Tiger in Honfleur and having a spirited conversation over tea with about eight people aboard and being very impressed with the overall quality of construction as well.

Looks like an excellent project for the right person...

Listening to Link Wray

So it goes...

Saturday, September 24, 2022

something on the Orca front...

A cartoon worth your time, an unexpected downside to AIS, and 12 Trillion reasons that make clean energy a smart choice...

I keep hearing about the Orca situation on the other side of the Atlantic but not so much about what's causing the problem or possible fixes. Well, at least until today.

Bateaux magazine has an interesting article on using Pingers developed for commercial fishermen to keep whales and dolphins out of nets to reduce bycatch.

Something like this...


While I have no idea whether they'll keep Orcas from frelling up your rudder but, with a street price of around $125, they might be well worth looking into. Especially if you have plans to be sailing in the vicinity of Atlantic France, Spain, and Portugal in the foreseeable future.

More information on Pingers can be found on the Future Oceans website.

Listening to the Honey Island Swamp Band

So it goes...

Friday, September 23, 2022

not so much marine quality...

A bit of "H" season news, something on the subject of the Patagonia ting, and in the "Unsung heroes" department... 

The other day I had to buy some hose clamps and noticed a couple of things. First that the prices were nuts. Made worse as the quality of said "stainless steel" hose clamps was rather shoddy and included components that were not stainless steel.

So much for Marine Quality.

Listening to Medicine Singers

So it goes...

Monday, September 19, 2022

A Bolger boat worth taking a look at...

Some excellent solar thinking, regarding a specious argument of note, and in the "Seemed like just yesterday" department...

I just saw that Tomboy the Bolger Jessie Cooper that Chuck Merrell built is currently up for sale in the PNW. I expect it's well worth a look.

Back when I was building our Jessie Cooper (Loose Moose) at the old Charles de Gaulle airport just outside of Paris Chuck was building his in Seattle and we kept in touch as we did our respective builds. Sadly, Chuck is no longer with us and he is still missed.

Over the years I've written quite a bit about my love for the Jessie Cooper and still think it is one of Phil's best designs.

Yeah, well worth checking out.

Listening to an album's worth of covers

So it goes...

Sunday, September 04, 2022

a great article...

Practical Sailor has an excellent article you should read.

Still waiting on new computer...

Sunday, August 28, 2022

computer hiatus...

My  computer keyboard is no longer working so I'll be taking a (hopefully short) hiatus until I can source a new one.

So it goes...