Thursday, May 17, 2018

James Baldwin's new book: Next Distant Sea

The Next Distant Sea: The 28-foot Sailboat Atom Continues Her Second Circumnavigation

"In this, the third book about his travels aboard the 28-foot sailboat Atom, James Baldwin creates an ode to the sea and to those who venture upon her in small voyaging sailboats. The Next Distant Sea continues the memoir of his second adventurous circumnavigation as begun in his earlier book Bound for Distant Seas.

Known for books and magazine articles about his earlier solo voyages, the author here describes the struggles and rewards of navigating distant seas, the joys and challenges of interacting with foreign cultures, as well as the love and loss of an intoxicating island girl. Beginning in Hong Kong, The Next Distant Sea takes readers to diverse destinations, through the lesser-travelled islands of the Philippines and Indonesia, to far-flung island outposts in the Indian Ocean, including a lengthy exploration of mysterious Madagascar, then on to newly post-apartheid South Africa.

Along the way Baldwin’s personal journey is interwoven with tales of the extraordinary and often outlandish characters he befriended, from a man who crossed the Pacific alone in a dugout canoe, to a vagabond trader who traveled to the poorest ports of east Africa in an engineless steel junk, to a young sailor who tragically lost his life. By melding their stories and his own, Baldwin provides valuable insight into the individualist, minimalist, and libertarian mindset of the voyaging vagabond."

Sunday, May 6, 2018

AstroNavigation course, Vanderbilt University

"This course serves to address the lack of widely-available instruction in astronavigation. Specifically targeted here are the steps of performing a sight reduction to obtain a terrestrial position using this technique. These steps are explicitly illustrated after a brief overview provides a solid context for their relevance. Difficult concepts such as plotting on a navigational chart and the complexities of using of navigational publications should be better served through this online content delivery."

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

Review: Neolight LED Headlamp

A bit of gear added to the boat and my emergency bug-out backpack.

Received two of these today from Amazon - it is actually exceptional for the price $19.99
The rubber cover over the battery compartment isn't equal in quality to the rest of the construction - and it may fail under extended saltwater/sailing conditions - but for working in the cramped areas of the boat - where I need a good light - it will be excellent. I would highly recommend this for camping, hiking, etc.

  • LED Headlamps, Neolight Super Bright 5 LED High Lumen Rechargeable Zoomable Waterproof Head torch Headlight
  • "A set of 5 high performance LED bulbs give you the brightest illumination up to 100,000 hours, and you'll be able to see up to 1640 feet (500 meters) "
  • "RECHARGEABLE & LONG-LIFE BATTERY - Never buy batteries again. Our headlamp is powered by 2x 3.7V 18650 rechargeable batteries, up to 8 -10 hours working time under full charge. It comes packed with a USB charging cable, a US wall outlet charger and USB Charging Cable, give us lots of flexibility. "

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Improving the v-berth with 4" Foam

This weekend I'm installing a new 4" foam layer in the v-berth - which should substantially improve my sleeping experience.

LUCID 4 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Ventilated for Optimum Temperature - King
$149.99 as of 2018-04-25

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Graphene Strengthened Concrete

  • "Experts says the resulting 'superconcrete'  is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant than existing concretes, and can be used directly by the construction industry on building sites."
  • "Experts from the University of Exeter used nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production."
  • "The research is published in the journal Advanced Function Materials, on Monday, April 23 2018."