Sunday, February 26, 2017

A very cool boat for sale...

I expect we'll be seeing a lot of this sort thing in the foreseeable future, BadTux with some needful insight, and more in the "But shit like this can't happen in America" department...

Remember Yann Quenet? For those who don't he's the guy who designed my next boat project, an intrepid builder of boats, and generally interesting mind where boat stuff is concerned.

As it happens, his very interesting lug rigged sharpie "Bigornick" is up for sale at a great price... You should really check it out and don't miss the construction photos!

Offhand I can't think of a better way to visit France than on a a little boat... That said, I should warn you that we visited for a week and stayed for fourteen years.

Listening to a great music blog (now ten-years old!)

So it goes...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A quick note on DIY composting toilets...

Chuck Wendig saying the needful, some nuclear insanity, something of interest to anyone with Garmin gear on their boats, and just another link in a chain...

The only difficult/pricey part of a DIY composting toilet being the urine diverting bowl as everything else can be put together for next to nothing. The two urine diverting options everyone tends to use are the Privy and the urine separator by Free Range Designs.I recently noticed that the Free Range Designs unit now ships free to anywhere in the world bringing the cost of the urine separator to somewhere around $36 (compared to the Privy at $129).

Good news. Now it's possible to build a better than commercial composting toilet for less than a hundred bucks total.



So, maybe it's time to get rid of that MSD, a couple of through hulls, and the nasty holding tank?

Listening to some excellent covers from 2016

So it goes...

Friday, February 24, 2017

A scow bow and foils...

L,G,&M with a bit of truth, something that had me in tears, and just some good people helping out...

Sweet!



Listening to Haley Bonar

So it goes...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Payback...

Something from the 'Pathetic Asterisk Of Condescension' department, a book to keep an eye out for, and a boat doing some good works...

Reading the news it appears that Trump and his stooges think that mass deportation of illegal aliens to Mexico is a good idea even if they are not from Mexico. It is not going to make Mexico a happy camper and, as is normal with politics at this level, if we do something to piss off Mexico it is normal for Mexico to retaliate in some way or other. All governments tend to take the tit for tat thing seriously and if the USA starts dumping non-Mexicans off at the border things will get interesting and not in a good way.

It has also not escaped my notice that the whole large-scale-round-up-immigrants-of a non-white-variety-and-send-them-home-two-step will also include lots of people from the Caribbean and other island nations where folks on boats like to visit.

Something to think about.

Any readers out there know anything about cruising in Russia?

Listening to Warren Zevon

So it goes...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Chicken soup and Nyquil...

Jackboots in the distance, something you need to read, untreated syphilis, and in the "really, if your only fanboy is David Duke & the KKK you're a loser" department...

I have a truly nasty cold of the "I really need a case of Nyquil but just too miserable to row into shore to get hooked up" variety. So, today I'm taking a sick day and for those in need of your daily fix of boatish mayhem you could do a lot worse than checking out DoryMan.

Now, if you'll excuse me I have to see a man about some chicken soup...

Listening to Thee Oh Sees

So it goes...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Some thoughts on buying used stuff for boats...

Words, some bad (though much deserved) news for Utah, and a little depressing math...

OK, I'll admit it, at least once every week I check out eBay to see what's for sale in the boat gear category. Partly because you always need something for your boat and partly because it's good to know what stuff is worth.

That said, eBay is no longer the extended yard sale/swap meet it used to be and not really a good place to check prices because the greed has taken hold with a vengeance. Take self-steering gears for instance. You will often see used gears for silly prices. I suppose the fact that most new self-steering gears being stupidly expensive is a factor but still something used really should come with a price that reflects the fact that it used or, in far too many cases, used and abused.

Once upon a time I used to work in a consignment store selling boat gear. It was not a bad job as things go and it did teach me a lot about gear not to have on a boat and how the whole used gear thing actually works in practice. Being a consignment store it also taught a lot more on how not to sell things.

Which sorta/kinda brings us to the rule of half/half again... Let's say you have a self-steering gear on your new used boat you don't want and you want to sell it. Let's also say that you can buy the very same gear from its builder for $6K in spite of it having a retail price of $6.5K (face it everybody discounts). What would/should you price it at if you actually wanted to, you know, sell it?

Well, a guy on eBay today seems to think $5.5K which equals out to a $500 discount for a gear that predates his ownership of the boat, so it could be a decade or so old, possibly needs some work, and new bearings. At that price we'd never have been able to sell the beast in the store unless we lucked onto someone exceptionally stupid and drunk... Nope, at that price it would just sit in the corner and gather dust.

The fact is, used boat stuff really does not move until it hits the half off level rounded down to the nearest round with a kiss off that number... So, for the windvane in question, half of $6.5K is $3250 then rounded to $2999 is a price where it might actually sell for if it was in like-new condition, had all its bits, spares, and documentation. Truth be told, anything that was once bolted to a transom would fall into the half again rule where it might sell for $1500 at most.

Since one is predisposed to spend more in an actual brick & mortar store than from some dude on the internet selling off stuff he no longer wants, $1500 is actually way more than most people would fork out unless, of course, they were of the exceptionally stupid and/or drunk variety. A real world price is more likely to be under $1K.

As a consumer, you already know this to be true to one degree or another but there is a lot of pressure, both peer and otherwise, to forget the common sense you were born with and spend boat bucks like a drunken sailor (spelled exceptionally stupid and drunk) because... you know... you get what you pay for.

Working at the store taught me that the half/half again is just based on what good used stuff is really worth and nowhere near rocket science or voodoo. More importantly, it also taught me that there is always new old gear coming to the market all the time. If the guy selling that old funky winch for $500 or the $5.5K windvane won't come down to a real world price, someone else will have the same thing or a reasonable facsimile in the not too far distant future. All you have to do is keep looking and be patient...

Plus, the folks with the too-high gear will still be selling their gear next month or next year because it just ain't going to move anytime soon.

Listening to Barbagallo

So it goes...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

3 1/2 sheets of plywood and the stupid it burns...

Seriously fucked up, a film you may want to catch, and in the "a fascinating time to be alive" department...


If you find this boat of interest maybe I could tell you about a slightly used steel tower I have for sale in Paris...

Listening to a Coverfolk mix

So it goes...

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Some good news from South Africa...

A false narrative, some good thinking, and about 1939/2017...

Of late I've been looking for a building site for the new boat as well as sourcing the materials to build it and, to put it mildly, a somewhat depressing exercise as the cost of stuff these days can be a real downer.

Some years ago talking to Roy at  CKD Boats in South Africa about his kits for the Dudley Dix DIDI 38/40 design the price for a fully cut CKD kit shipped to me here in the Caribbean was actually quite a bit less than my going to a local wood merchant and buying 70-odd sheets of plywood...

Think about the economics of that statement for just a moment.

Now, as it happens, Roy is in the process of pricing out a kit for the SKROWL 900.


Good stuff!

I'll be letting you know more in the not-too-distant-future but, in the meantime, you may want to bookmark Roy's blog as there is always something interesting going on there...

Listening to DNA Baks (because too much SKA is just enough)

So it goes...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Color me impressed

Some Mexico/USA border situational awareness, some lucid thoughts on incompetence, and the Snarky Penguin makes an important distinction...

Just way cool.


La voie du pôle 2018 - TEASER-HD from Arnaud MANSAT on Vimeo.

More on the project here.

Listening to Rude Bones (some more Japanese SKA)

So it goes...