Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Eight Bells: Anthony “Johnny” Mahoney, 73

A good rule of thumb for self-rescue: Never willingly choose to abandon your sailboat, unless it means stepping "up" into the life-raft or dinghy - as it sinks beneath you.

Remember this: Often, after crew have attempted self-rescue by abandoning their sailboat - the boat is found relatively undamaged.

This was true in the tragic disaster of the 1979 Fastnet Race.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Phys.org- Batteries that "drink" seawater


"Now MIT spinout Open Water Power (OWP) aims to greatly improve the range of unpiloted underwater vehicles (UUVs), helping them better perform in a range of applications under the sea.

Recently acquired by major tech firm L3 Technologies, OWP has developed a novel aluminum-water power system that's safer and more durable, and that gives UUVs a tenfold increase in range over traditional lithium-ion batteries used for the same applications."

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Marina Swap Meet Treasures

Today was the annual Marina Swap Meet - where "treasures of the bilge" may oft' be found - such as this book I picked up for $1 - by the world famous small boat sailor / and master ship wright - that documents the construction of his Lyle Hess designed vessel Taleisin - upon which he and his wife (Lin) circumnavigated. It was serendipitous - for I have met them both - and have sat in the warm cabin of Taleisin on a cold winter day when she was tied to the dock on Lake Union in Seattle for a boat show event.

Details of Classic Boat Construction, The Hull, 2nd edition
by Larry Pardey

Upgrading Your Small Sailboat for Cruising
by Paul and Marya Butler

Practical Yacht Joinery
Tool, Techniques, Tips
by Fred P. Bingham

Understanding Rigs and Rigging, revised edition
by Richard Henderson
Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual
(Special Value - Six Books in One)
$20 (for both)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Harbor Freight Tools - 16 ft. LED LIght String

I've installed a 16 ft. LED light string that i picked-up at Harbor Freight Tools today ($13.99) - will see how long it last in a marine environment...but at least tonight - the welcoming light along the dock finger is a pleasant sight...


Monday, January 30, 2017

Sailboat & Marina Internet Connectivity Ideas

This is a placeholder for ideas and links to interesting articles on setting-up internet connectivity on a sailboat

Tip of the hat to Steven K. Roberts for mentioning this article on one of his recent posts