Saturday, February 17, 2018

An interesting design...

A lecture worth your time, coping strategy, and real numbers/crocodile tears...

Dudley Dix has an interesting design taking shape.


More about it here.

Listening to I'm With Her

So it goes...

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Animals in Puerto Rico...

Regarding what's happening to science, Chuck Wendig talks anxiety, and some math of interest...

Here's some coverage of an important after hurricane story that needs to be heard.  Read it and do the right thing,

Listening to Mt. Joy

So it goes...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

In the "you might want to dust off your Babelfish" zone...

Some very needful reading, a sane voice in Texas, and in the "drug dealers deal it's just what they do" department...

Voile magazine has an interesting interview with Robin Knox-Johnston that is well worth reading and you might want to check out.


Listening to the impossible love playlist

So it goes...

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A very cool tool bag...

Just plain depressing, a conundrum, and G&T saying something important...

In the new Wooden Boat there is a review of some very cool tool bags that had me thinking how neat it would be to reorganize my tool collection. Admittedly somewhat quashed when I discovered how expensive the very cool bags were.



That said, being that I have a lot of tools, use a lot of tools, and living aboard a CAL 34, accessible organized tool stowage has always been something of a major quest/problem. Still, $250 a pop for a tool bag...

Listening to some David Bowie covers

So it goes...

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Group buying...

An interesting fact, something from the "the stupidity never ends" department, and Brian Hancock reflects on the Golden Globe round the world race over at Sailing Anarchy...

When we built the first Loose Moose in a disused hanger at the old Charles De Gaulle airport, the only reason we were able to build there was because we joined a group of other boatbuilders. Who as a group, had the clout to lease a commercial space that  none of us individually could have afforded alone.

At the time, we also joined a French collective of boatbuilders, the Unite Amateur, which did group buying of stuff needful for boat builders. The upside is we got a fairly deep discount on plywood, epoxy, glass cloth, electronics, ports, winches, stainless screws/bolts, stoves, sinks, insulation, paint, engines, outboards, dinghies, windlasses, anchors, chain, rope, sails... The list was quite impressive and it, more than likely, saved us 30% or more on the builds of Loose Moose and Loose Moose 2.

The fact is, if we had not been able to get together with the Unite Amateur and our airport group, we would never have been able to afford to build the boats.

Which brings me to a question...

Why don't we do such a thing on this side of the Atlantic?

I've lost track of the number of emails the blogs have spawned from people trying to find a more affordable way to build, rehab, or cruise a sailboat on a budget. You'd think, with so many folks feeling a pinch that someone or other would have come to some sort of collective buying scheme that makes sense.

Maybe it's the fact that group buying is always going to be a bit of a compromise, Possibly it's the amount of work that goes into it. Or, just maybe, we're so addicted to the Kool Aid of consumerism that paying more just hurts so good and allows us bragging rights as to how we spent yet another boat buck into that black hole in the water.

So, here's another question I'd actually like some feedback on...

What products might readers of Boat Bits be interested in buying in a group situation? What makes sense to your current needs/wants?

Listening to Smooth Hound Smith

So it goes...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

a textile-axis block of interest...

A loss of note, ghost gear, and in the "alternative to just following orders" department...



More about the block here.

Listening to amiina

So it goes...

Friday, February 09, 2018

An alternative to West Marine?

Dumb as a bag of hammers, interesting, and Puerto Rico still needs your help...

PBO has some interesting IKEA hacks for your boat worth checking out.

You're still here?

Listening to Fruition and Baskery cover the Buffalo Springfield 

So it goes...

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

a needful tool...

A curious double standard, an alternative to plastic packaging, and in the "not my definition of treason" department...

It seems that just about every time I get out my digital calipers I find that the battery is dead and, as it happens, the needful coin cell battery is one of those that seem to always be out of stock. So, to say I was interested in this solar powered caliper is something of an understatement.


Doing the happy dance.

Listening to the Iron Leg radio show

So it goes...







Monday, February 05, 2018

In the "I'd rather not be sanding department"...

Some needful advice, a bit of interesting history, and in the "Cognitive Impairment" department...

S/V Violet Hour has a really good post that you really should check out.

Now, if you'll forgive me, I have a hot date with a sander.

Listening to Dizzy Sunfist

So it goes...

Friday, February 02, 2018