Tuesday, May 05, 2015

a quick thought on length...

A good point, still ZERO, and the sort of person we need more of...

Size, where boats are concerned, is at best something of an odd duck and, as a result, I hear a lot of people making statements like "I need a forty-foot boat" and suchlike.

The problem is the given length of a boat is only one factor of size and within that 40-foot envelope you have all manner of boat sizing...

Take the CAL 40 for example...


...compare it to pretty much any boat built in the last ten or twenty years and you'll see that length on deck is a very poor way to categorize sailboats in terms of useful space aboard.

Which, I might add, does not mean that I find the CAL 40 lacking in any way but forty-foot boats today are a lot "bigger" than they used to be.

Listening to Those Darlins

So it goes...

Monday, May 04, 2015

about those costs...

I'll admit it... I kind of like Bernie, not so much this guy, and this nearly made my head explode...

Have you ever noticed how much good quality, lightly used, boat gear is available for sale? Or how it sells at a fraction of the cost?

I mention this because yesterday I was tempted to buy a near state-of-the-art radar with a carbon mast that was selling for less than the carbon mast alone would go for. The reason the guy was selling it is he felt he needed to upgrade from near state-of-the-art to full-blown-state-of-the-art.

I suspect the guy is a regular reader of Panbo...

But, it got me thinking about how big of a percentage of operating and maintenance costs for some folks on boats is about replacing stuff that really does not need replacing at all.

Oh yeah, I decided against the radar...

Listening to Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

So it goes...



Sunday, May 03, 2015

a good cruising magazine...

Something from the "I never ever thought I'd link to a Donald Rumsfeld quote" department, not exactly equal justice these days, and some stuff you should know...

Here's a magazine you should be reading on a regular basis...

http://thecoastalpassage.com/papers/tcp72.pdf

Even better it's FREE!


Listening to Ages And Ages

So it goes...

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Some sustainable surf goodness...

Some sense being made, a needful read/watch, and something of a game changer...

I find this exciting.



Listening to Andrew Combs

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Friday, May 01, 2015

Anyone looking for a turnkey cruising boat?

Really... as in like ready to go anywhere you care to point it tomorrow.


Even better it schoons!

Need I say more?

Check it out.

a quick thought on a fragile infrastrucure...

Just an Earth Bound Misfit points us to a new low, a needful read, and so much for higher education for profit in my book...

Yesterday I went shopping and I couldn't help but notice some stuff that didn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense...

For instance:

Octopus was on sale but it was from Indonesia, there was salmon at a good price but it came from Russia. No lobster anywhre but there was crab from Alaska.There were potatoes but they were from Idaho and apples weren't on sale but they were nice and came all the way from the Yakima Valley in Washington state....

I could be boring and go on but the bottom line was that I simply could not find anything in a well stocked Caribbean grocery store that had not traveled at least two thousand miles for me to buy.

Just something to think about...

Listening to Brandi Carlile

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Something you might want to watch...

How the news on your TV and reality are not always the same, a good point being made, and a politician admits he made some real mistakes...


Small is Beautiful: A Tiny House Documentary - Trailer from Jeremy Beasley on Vimeo.

Listening to a bunch of really good music

So it goes...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Then again he wasn't building a shrine...

A trend on the way out, some riveting reading, and, just maybe, we might want to pay some attenion to the science...

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time watching a friend of my father's build a boat. A troller to be exact.

What really impressed me at the time was the fact that the builder didn't have a "plan" but was building more by "feel".

He'd set up his building space and a strongback of sorts and then added a single mold more or less in the middle of it and, for a couple of weeks, I'd watch him move the mold a couple of feet either way but mostly he'd just sit in a chair and look at the single mold sitting forlornly on the strongback...

I suspected my dad's friend was a little nuts.

Then, one day in a great flurry of enterprise, the single mold was joined by another mold that looked suspiciously like a transom on one end and a piece of 3 X 10 pine on the other. The following day there were a couple of long 2 X 4's as well... Things, as they say, were becoming interesting.

The day after, it seemed he was back to the moving the central mold a foot forward then back again two-step but he'd also taken an axe to the 3 X 10 and taken off some wood to form a rough but fair curve. A couple days later I woke up to find the transom, central mold, and the 3 X 10 were now connected by several 2 X 4 battens. The shape was beginning to look like the skeleton of a boat...

Then all hell broke loose... All of a sudden there was a near constant cacophony of boat building noise and everyone woke to the sound of saws and hammers. I remember for a couple of weeks the last thing I'd  hear every night was the rasp of a plane...

A couple of weeks later there was a real honest to goodness boat in the guy's back yard. All in all it took a couple of months for a fiftyish-year old guy with hand tools to singlehandedly build a 42-foot troller which he proceeded to fish commercially day in and day out for the next twenty years or so.

I mention this mainly because it's easy to forget just how simple boat building really is.

Oh, and by the way...

It was a really pretty boat.

Listening to Richard Thompson

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Now this is interesting...

A drought problem I suspect you were unaware of, some battery news, and the stupidity it burns...



Listening to some Björn Ulvaeus (ABBA) covers

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Friday, April 24, 2015

in the a "lot more sustainable" department

A needful voice in the mix, just ripples in a pond, and a question we should all be asking...

Maybe boatbuilders should pay attention...


SURFBOARDS FOR A SHARED PLANET from erik derman on Vimeo.

Listening to Zella Day

So it goes...