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...

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Getting from point A to B...

Not exactly a surprise, making profits in heinous acts, not really bizarro (anymore) news, and in the "a legitimate form of protest" department...



Listening to Robert Jon & the Wreck

So it goes...

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Proof positive I'm turning into a grumpy old man...

A legal case I'll be watching, EBM gets it right, and in the "Interment/concentration camps are not just an American thing" department...

There's a piece of gear that really irritates me. Part of the reason has to do with the fact that I keep coming across gushing reviews of it and partly because the reviewers should know better. I should also add that, in general, I find the use of carbon fiber to no real advantage something of a con.

Which is not to say I think carbon fiber is not a great material for use on boats just that it makes sense where it makes sense and is vomit inducing stupidity where it does not...

This block is a good example.

You have your basic low friction ring married to a soft shackle. So far so good and lots of people I know are using the low friction ring + soft shackle as a cheap replacement for blocks to good advantage. So where's the excitement?

This one has a carbon fiber bit of extrusion keeping the soft shackle and friction ring in place. A very strong bit of carbon fiber extrusion as it happens.

So, why am I bothered?

The extrusion in question doesn't need to be strong as it does not carry any load. So, just about any material would work fiberglass, a bit of sheet aluminum, a couple of zip-ties, or you could just drill a few holes in the low friction ring and tie it altogether with some Spectra fishing line. Even better you could just use a different type of soft shackle that does the needful. Carbon, in this case, is just tech overkill and results in a block that costs a whole shitload more than it should.

Nuff said.

I expect I'll be continuing this rant sooner rather than later.

Listening to The Ventures

So it goes...

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Time to start keeping tabs on the weather...

Badtux makes a point, something on predatory lending, and in the "Just not the same old same July 4th feeling" department...

Yep, that time of year again. I have that recurring urge to go out and buy some more ground tackle.

On the positive side Jeff Masters had some "H" season good news yesterday so things could be a lot worse. Still, it's needful to keep in mind that it only takes one hurricane up close and personal to make your year a very, very bad one.

Listening to Richard Swift who is no longer with us

So it goes...