Tuesday, July 07, 2020

five minutes and change worth watching...

China getting it right, the reality of tRump's suicide cult, and regarding a book you won't need to read...

The ongoing Mini saga continues.



Listening to the Iron Leg radio show

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Monday, July 06, 2020

an anchor that might be worth checking out...

Some thoughts on Bob Dylan/Jimmy Buffet, a King George moment, and some depressing predictions...

I've been thinking of anchors, chain, and rodes for the last couple of days. It's "H" season and all so not exactly surprising.

Apparently, the Lewmar "we copy anchors" folks have a new cost attractive anchor called the PGX that looks like it's a copy of the Danforth HT.

With apparent pricing at less than half the going rate for other Danforth and Danforth HT clones, the PGX might be worth looking into. Hopefully, Lewmar will get back to me soonish on what's up with the PGX.

Listening to my favorite Dylan song

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Friday, July 03, 2020

On taking a pass on dumb and dangerous this year...

Some handy science you might find needful, EBM on karma, and just the sort of heinous thought process we've come to expect...

Considering it's a holiday today and another tomorrow  I'm going to take the weekend off. Here's hoping everybody out there has a safe and sane holidaze.

More soon come Mondayish.

Listening to some Van Morrison covers

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

a film that could use some support...

About those regulatory rollbacks, the downside of traveling with a pariah nation passport, and in the "Just in case you have not been paying attention" department...

I'm really looking forward to this film.



More about the "The Race to Alaska - The Movie" can be found on its Kickstarter page.

Listening to Andy Vargas

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

an affordable watermaker for the ditch bag...

An interview worth reading, some needful thought process from John Scalzi, and a new pandemic threat to worry about...

There's currently an Indiegogo campaign for an inexpensive manual watermaker by the name of QuenchSea that you might want to check out.


It's actually pretty cool as it fits into the niche that, up till now, only the Katadyn Survivor 06 filled bringing some much-needed competition into the mix.

So here are the points that caught my attention;

Water production for the QuenchSea is stated as two liters+ per hour while the Katadyn 06 claims one liter per hour (+-15%).

The fact that the Katadyn is a hand pump with very little mechanical advantage makes the pumping system on the QuenchSea a very definite step up.

Lastly, the price of the Katadyn 06 currently lists at $1295.00 (although I've seen it on sale for as low as $995.00) which makes the projected price of the QuenchSea at £80 GBP ($99 US) something of a mind-boggling but pleasant surprise. Factor in the fact that by taking advantage of their Indiegogo pre-order offers you can get your hands on one or more for even less.

Color me impressed.

Listening to Superbus

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

A very nice dinghy design...

On that whole "Science is problematic" issue, what our pro-fascist AG is currently up to, and in the "Basically insane" department...

Yann has a very nice, small, affordable, dinghy plan the Eko-Youyou (2 meters) on his website for free that you might want to check out.

All you need to add is a couple of sheets of plywood, a bit of lumber, a gallon and a half of epoxy, and a couple of weekends of sweat equity.

Better yet, Yann being French and all, it's a dinghy that you can scull to your heart's content.

There is also an excellent set of photos of the building process that should answer any questions you might have on how the dinghy goes together.

Of course, if a two-meter dinghy is a kiss small, he also has several dinghy plans that are really nice as well and worth checking out.

Listening to the New Pornographers

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Taking a day off...

A very WTF situation, something about what Chris said, and I know just how EBM feels...

I'm finding it sorta/kinda difficult keeping on the boating-related subject matter while the US of A seems to be spiraling towards a divisive apocalyptic shambles that will take decades to set right.

So easy to destroy and so hard to build it all back up.

As for today, I just may sit down with my much-read copy of Hal Painter's "The Captain Nemo Cookbook Papers: Everyone's Guide to Zen and the art of Boating in Hard Times" and enjoy a bit of nautical fantasy.


I suggest you do the same.

Listening to Laura Cantrell

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Adventures in shopping...

L, G,&M on life in a failed state, and the asshole of the day award goes to this jerk...

Every once in a while I find myself in absolute awe at the balls marine retailers must have to sell stuff with a near-criminal mark-up.

For instance; I have two indestructible canvas rigging bags that are excellent quality, have given me years of use, and are still going strong As it happens, the WoodenBoat store seems to have the exact same bag for sale at $21.95 which a tad more than the $9.99 Harbor Freight (who I bought mine from) sells it.

So here's the WoodenBoat bag...



...and here's the Harbor Freight bag.


A tool that belongs in just about anyone's rigging bag and lives in mine is a "Speedy Stitcher" awl.
West Marine sells its Speedy Stitcher for $29.99 while Harbor Freight sells their identical "Quick Stitch" for $6.49.
As it happens, while I was on the WEST Marine site, I checked up on their lure prices of the Cedar plug sort. West sells its rigged 6" plug for $18.59. Looking around for pricing on the Sea Striker plugs I found the street price to be somewhere between $10-$13 dollars
Sea Striker plug from West Marine
That said, Tail Chaser Lures (my go-to place for Cedar plugs) sells their rigged painted six-inch plug for $7.95.


Tail Chaser Cedar Plug
I'm pretty sure you can do the math but I'll point out a few dollars here and there really do add up where budgets are concerned.

Listening to Noel Redding & Friends

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Why we're still sheltering in place...

Fiji opening its borders to cruisers, an apt cartoon for the times, and something from the "High achievements in modern assholery" files...

We're anchored just off a beach bar that reopened a couple of weeks ago when the powers that be here relaxed the lockdown. The first thing we noticed about the bar going back to normal, albeit with a nod to social distancing, was that the most apparent downside was the fact that the absence of the dreaded Karaoke night was no longer a thing.

The reality, of course, is that people who go to bars are not going to be of the social distancing persuasion and that most people going to bars down here are mostly interested in getting closer rather than further apart. In fact, the whole, business as usual mindset in an ever-growing worldwide pandemic is only believable if you're dumb as a bag of rocks, insane, a psychopath, or a mixture of the three.

Down here, where most tourists get channeled through Florida on their way down to "America's Paradise" it's no real surprise that will also include a steady stream of infected folks bringing a little something extra along with their much-needed tourist dollars. Sadly that translates to the fact that "business as usual" is now going to include more Covid-19 as part of the mix since we're not patient enough to do the right thing.

Which is why we're deadly serious about social distancing, wearing masks when needed, and in general just not being stupid.

Just sayin'

Listening to Thin Lizzy

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