Sunday, March 29, 2020

Every picture tells a story...

Collateral damage, L, G,& M with a rather good point, a whole lot of situational awareness, and in the "As it always does" department...

I wonder whatever happened to Kylix #2...

Here's another Kylix you might want to check out.



Listening to the Iron Leg Radio Show

So it goes

Saturday, March 28, 2020

internet woes and a watermaker update...

Regarding red right returning, a bit of good news, and an apt cartoon for the times...

Yesterday and today we've been having issues with our internet provider and we're being told that the problem may continues till Monday or so. Which may mean a bit less Boat Bits for a bit.

This morning I made water. Not a very exciting subject but, as we're getting on to several years of regular twice a week use of our watermaker, it makes me happy that it has worked out so well. For those with an interest, we're still making 20 gallons an hour, the Karcher pump is still pumping just fine, and our water is at 207 PPM which is not so bad for a cheapseats system that a lot of people told me I'd regret.

More soon come when we do not have to ration our internet usage.

Listening to an albums worth of Dire Straights covers

So it goes...

Friday, March 27, 2020

On being unfit company today...

A book on my must-read list, EBM on the stupid shit, how the bar just keeps getting lower, and what fresh hell is this...

OK, I'll be honest and admit I'm not in a very good mood. Not just the current state of the world, but the fact that we have someone running things with a sub-room temperature IQ and zero empathy has left me somewhat out-of-sorts.

So, maybe, I should just post a picture of a boat design I really like...



Listening to Kim Wilde

So it goes...

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

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a better anti-fouling?

This surprised me, some interesting data that did not, and in the "There's just no cure for stupid" department...

One side effect of being hunkered down for the duration is I'm getting caught up with a lot of boat tech I've wanted to look into but keeps getting put on the back burner.

Like this interesting new anti-fouling technology. 



More information on the product is available on the Finsulate website.

Listening to Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell cover Zevon

So it goes...

Monday, March 23, 2020

a game of sorts...

A very good boat-related point being made, a President with blood on his hands, and in the "Heck of a job" department...

Since real sailing is sorta/kinda on hold for the foreseeable future here's a virtual application to play around with during the meantime.



Yeah, not quite the same thing at all.

Listening to music in a time of quarantine

So it goes...

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Opportunities all around us...

Krugman gets it right, some Senatorial felonious fuckery, and five things I'm adding to my to-do list...

It seems that the current subject du jour is all coronavirus all the time which, I guess, is what you'd expect of a life-threatening global pandemic. For sure all of a sudden, we're not on the same old same treadmill.

Things have changed...

When (yes, when not if) the dust settles we'll all be confronted with something close to a clean slate, a world that needs fixing, and a real possibility of positive change for the better.

The same old same will be history and it will be time to get to doing making things better.

A very good reason to survive...

Listening to Louise Burns

So it goes... 


Friday, March 20, 2020

Tom Cunliffe doing his thing...

On the subject of Spring, regarding sustainable boatbuilding, and in the "Pretty much says it all" department...

Tom Cunliffe with something interesting about charts.



Listening to a very good Elton John cover

So it goes...

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

some electric propulsion news...

Badtux reflecting on life during a plague, some timely provisioning/cooking advice, and in the "Pick a good anchorage because you may be there for a while" department...

Here's an impressive and very cool little car.


It's a Citro├źn Ami!

So, exactly what's so cool that a guy like me, who last drove when Jimmy Carter was President, is excited about it?

Here's the bits that caught my attention...
With a 5.5 kWh battery and 6 kW engine. The microcar has a range of 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) on a single charge...
and...
...comes with a battery that can be powered from a standard electrical socket in just three hours.
Which is pretty much my wishlist for what I want in an electric propulsion system for a cruising sailboat.

The fact that such a motor, electronics, and battery drivetrain package can be found in a car that only costs 6000 euros ($6600) is both exciting because it shows it's doable and irritating as no one is doing something along the same lines for boats.

Need I say more?

This just in... A reader (Thanks Will) just dropped me an email with a link for an even less expensive EV you might want to check out.

Listening to a couple of exceptional Lennon covers

So it goes...