Monday, September 22, 2014

an office with a view...

Looking for John Coltrane and finding Kenny G, heartbreaking on so many levels, and some seriously ass-backwards shit...

Webb Chiles and his Moore 24 safe and sound in New Zealand with maybe the best quote ever to use when comparing tiller pilots and windvane self-steering...

"I was hand steering because all four of my tiller pilots had died.  One had been repaired and died twice, so that really makes five."
I'm pretty sure I can see a trend...

Listening to Joe Bonamassa

So it goes...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tempting...

A well deserved award, a good point, and help if you can...

Now here's the sort of race I could seriously get behind.


R2AK - Are you ready? from Pink House on Vimeo.

Listening to Renaud

So it goes...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

those pesky electrons on boats

A couple getting hassled for helping folks, music to drown out the hate, and sometimes it's good to be reminded there are still some good folks around...

My Kindle seems to be having some issues and for the last few nights my bedtime reading has been something of a problematic affair.

I plan to buy a new Kindle Monday...

Now, I expect, I'll be able to sort out whatever problem is causing the issue (at the moment I think it may have something to do with a demon and might require a blood sacrifice) but being that said Kindle lives on a boat and involves electricity to make it work, it's hardly surprising that it's not going to work from time to time.

Face it, anything electronic or powered by electricity on a boat is going to be a problem at some point in time. More importantly, whenever it does fail it will be at the most awkward and inopportune time possible thanks to the ever present law of perversity. Like when you're in the middle of "Heart Shaped Box" (which is a really good read) or you're dragging anchor towards a reef and you go to turn on your electric windlass...

Of course, I can always wait a day or two to read the next chapter so I can live with my Kindle taking a sorta/kinda day off once in a while. As for an electric windlass (or winches, which are just your choice of Deity telling you A. your boat is too big for you or, B. that you need to take a course with Mr Apollo) I don't have one so I don't have to worry about when it's going to fail or malfunction...

Listening to San Fermin

So it goes...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Some blogs worth reading...

C&L makes a very valid reference to scripture, can't point this out enough, and some very needful reading...

The other day someone asked me what blogs I follow...

Well, I really like Graduating to a Smaller Boat because it just nails the minimalist vibe so perfectly and always puts things into perspective.

Small Boat Projects is another site I keep an eye on because it republishes great posts from some blog I'd never find on my own... For instance, the current article about "Dock Box Carpentry" is truly excellent and one anyone who works on their boat should devour.

I'm not really big on cruising blogs as a rule but a few I keep my eye on are Yacht Mollymawk, Cruising with the Zartman Family, and Sailing Totem because they're excellent and not the same old same...

Jeff Master's weather blog is always the first feed I check and the last one I look at before I turn off my computer...

Listening to St Paul & the Broken Bones

So it goes...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

the ongoing state of things...

Some interesting/scary changes up north, an important read, and something good from Dick Dorworth...

I've got a bunch of things to do on the boat.

Well, of course I do, boats ALWAYS need a bunch of things done, it's all just part of the gig. I'm not complaining because I actually enjoy working on boats.

Better yet fixing stuff often allows you to improve stuff in the process and that makes me do the "Happy Dance"...


What can I say I just love messing about on boats...

Listening to Minnie Driver

So it goes...

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Some numbers on my mind...

About some seriously bad advice, something you should know, and just the same old same scam being foisted on us...

Some numbers stick in your head...

Like 999 on a sign telling me there were 999 miles to go to get back home in Los Angeles on a manic solo drive from Alaska after climbing what was then known as Mt McKinley...

Or the number 2 because that was the number on a ping pong ball attached to my birthdate when the draft lottery finally got around to doing its thing.

Then there's that number 60 (hopefully to be followed by 61)... A number both depressing and liberating at the same time and not, to my great surprise, the dire wasteland I expected it to be.

Today it's 2000...

Sort of a WTF number if there ever was one and, to be honest, I can't imagine how I've managed to find myself sitting here writing the 2000th post on Boat Bits...

Beats 2 all to hell.

Listening to Three Dog Night (who knew a thing or two about numbers)

So it goes...

Monday, September 15, 2014

On being a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic...

This really impresses me, what you should be doing if you're in Seattle on Oct 6, and a little surf film history to round things out...

I did something stupid yesterday. All I can say is if you're working on an outboard on the back of your boat the very last thing you want to hear is a little splash.

So, a five minute job becomes a wait a week (or more) for a part to get here sorta job.

Listening to Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

So it goes...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Has it really been forty years?

Heinous to the max, a little hot-buttered Deja vu, and some pretty astounding numbers (now can we please see some perp walks?)...

Yesterday I was reading the new issue of "Cruising World" which also happens to be its 40th anniversary issue and it's actually a pretty good read. Maybe they should spend more time looking back on a regular basis...


Which got me thinking about how we all should look back from time to time because it's so easy to forget why we're doing what we're doing and it's often needful when caught up in the full tilt boogie forward march into the future.

Listening to Travis Tritt

So it goes...

Friday, September 12, 2014

A couple of thoughts relating to changing stuff on a sailboat...

Thought provoking, some sense being made, and worth watching...

The other day I heard someone advising on the stupidity of moving their bow water tank because it would throw the balance of the boat off...

It got me thinking...

First off, the advice, to a degree, makes some sense as balance in a boat is a goodly thing and best not to be trifled with if you don't have to.

The second thing that came to mind was just what sort of balance the designer actually had in mind when he (and this would be Bill Tripp) actually designed the boat.

Now, as I recall, back in the late 60's when Mr Tripp was designing the Columbia 34 the current fashion in ground tackle was a short 6' length of chain, some rode, and a small plow or Danforth anchor...  For those of a curious nature, Columbia's recommendation for the Columbia 34 was a twenty-pound plow and 150' of 5/8" rope.

You might say things have changed.

While I tend to respect a designer's wishes about where large chunks of weight on a boat are deposited, I also try and keep in mind what the original design parameters actually were when the boat was designed.

The boat in question currently has a 33-pound Bruce, 150' of 3/8" chain, another 150 feet of 5/8" rope and a fifty pound windless... Not exactly what Mr Tripp envisioned I suspect.

Offhand, I'd expect that moving the bow water tank aft would be advantageous...

Listening to Shovels & Rope

So it goes...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Someone's been designing...

In the rewriting the good book department (I'm pretty sure Jesus said Blessed are the meek...), running out of time, and the stupid it burns...



Listening to Daniel Balavoine

So it goes...