Saturday, November 18, 2017

On the subject of making water...

This really sucks, a report you may want to check out, and in the "stupid, selfish, greedy, and spiteful people" department...

I've been meaning to get around to doing an in depth review of the cheapseats (spelled $1500)  20 gallon per hour watermaker we bought but with all the after-hurricane hurly burly it will be awhile.

Still, I'll go on record in the meantime that the watermaker far exceeds my expectations, works just like it is supposed to do, and that running it for a couple of hours or so every five/six days pretty much provides us with all the water we need and then some.

Doing the happy dance.

Listening to TV Heads

So it goes...




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Isn't science neat?

A very good post, something worth reading, and in the "Nope that ain't presidential at all" department...



Listening to Steve Earle

So it goes...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

An inflatable wing sail with a telescoping mast...

Stupidity of note, not exactly surprising, and something you might want to watch/read...



Yowza!

Listening to Wyclef Jean

So it goes...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

and since we were speaking of cool builds...

Something of interest, a good point being made, and yet another reason to avoid going to church...



Listening to the Roots and digging the sousaphone groove!

So it goes...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

A very, very cool build...

Sailing Anarchy points out something of importance, more depressing climate news, and a fish story of note...


Looks like Mr Parker is building himself a new boat!



More information on the design here and you can check out the actual build as well... Cool stuff.

Listening to The National

So it goes...

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

a quick note on something that works...

G&T is on a roll, some essential reading, and in the "Well now, isn't this just embarrassing" department...

Not so long ago I installed a MarineBeam tricolor/anchor/SOS light at the masthead and posted about how impressed I was with it's performance and pleased by the low ($99) price. Of course, whenever I extol the benefits of affordable priced boat gear I always get a few "You're an idiot", "You get what you pay for!" and "The more it costs the better it is!" emails telling me the cheap seats are not where the cool kids are supposed to hang out and I'll be an unhappy camper when it fails.

Well...



I'm not an unhappy camper and, in point of fact, I'm still doing the happy dance because my tricolor/anchor/SOS light is still shining bright even after enduring the worst that hurricane Maria could dish out with its 150+ MPH winds.

Good quality frugal gear works.

Listening to Tokyo Flashback

So it goes...

Monday, November 06, 2017

Some good/needful reading...

Badtux asks the needful "where's the party?" question, the stupid it burns, and to think that I was unhappy about the lack of news feed for the month after the hurricane...

You really should be reading Professional Boatbuilder (AKA Chop Gun News) because there is always something of interest of the NO-BS variety (not an unwelcome relief from the same old same marine journals).



Anyway, the latest issue has two need to read articles. The first on the subject of vinyl wrap as an alternative to paint. The second is an excellent piece entitled "W17: Can Simple Hull Shapes Be Supported  by Science?" which makes all kinds of sense and will make Bolger builders jump for joy.

Check it out.

Listening to a plethora of covers

So it goes...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Regarding some (tried and true) ground tackle...

Something that smells to high heaven, a bit of an understatement, and a glimmer of hope...

Just a quick note to answer the hot question in my mailbag. I had four anchors out for Maria, a Brittany 15KG (with 35 feet of chain + rode), Brittany 20KG (with 100 feet of chain + rode), a Mantus 45 pounder ( with 120 feet of chain + rode), and a Northill stainless folding aviation anchor (with 15 feet of chain +rode).

All held.

None dragged.

I'll have some more thoughts on the subject later.

Listening to some cool stuff to get in that Halloween groove

So it goes...

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Living in a disaster zone...

Bad news for Puerto Rico, interesting, and in the "Well, at least we're not allowed to vote for pathetic losers President in the USVI" department...

So, down here in America's paradise, life goes on.  Of course, the phones still don't work, getting on the internet to download your email can take all day, and listening to the constant drone of generators is a 24/7 affair while the the Gov says that electricity by Christmas is still a possibility.

I'm not actually complaining... Virgin Islanders are pretty damn good at the whole recovery gig and while the process is no walk in the park it is doable, we're a lot better off than Puerto Rico, and, as a bonus, I've just had a near month long vacation from the ongoing parade of the tRump shit show.

Hopefully more soon come.

Listening to Mott the Hoople

So it goes...


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

In the "I've got those Cat 5 blues again" department...


So, yeah, Maria came to visit...

"So It Goes" took some scrapes, the outboard was torn in half by a Bendytoy which, apparently, wanted to sodomize our transom, and I've come to realize that I'd really rather avoid ever having to mess with ground tackle again on the foredeck in winds exceeding 150 MPH. All in all, an interesting night.

We're now in the third week of "THE RECOVERY" and we still have not had the phone work, the Governor's daily news briefing says there may be electricity by Christmas, and most of the roofs on the island are no longer keeping the rain out.

Being that internet access is sporadic at best (we've only managed to connect a couple of times for a few minutes) so I don't expect that Boat Bits will be a daily thing for a while...

That said, I really want to thank everyone who wrote with good wishes, concern for our safety, and positive reinforcement in the guise of how folks miss Boat Bits when it's not there... To say it means a lot is a Category 5 understatement. Thank you.

More ASAP.
So it goes...