|Simon Ager/Sea Shepherd Global via NYTimes|
Has anyone been following this series in the New York Times about the ‘Outlaw Ocean‘? It’s some of the best reporting I’ve ever read about the oceans by one of the last few papers which has the budget for this kind of reporting. The series reports on smuggling, illegal fishing, abusive working conditions and forced labor, even slavery and murder and paints a damning picture of wide scale abuses in shipping and fishing industries. It’s also full of riveting stories, like the chase of the Thunder, where a vigilante conservation organization ended the career of one of the world’s most notorious poaching vessels.…Read More
|Nada at anchor outside of Burtonport Harbor|
Let me tell you about Burtonport, a small fishing village on Ireland’s most hospitably inhospitable NW coast. The village is a small cluster of houses, big enough for a doctor’s office and a pub but not a grocers. This actually good-sized for the northwest of Ireland, where craggy cliffs jutting hundreds of feet up out of deep water and prevailing onshore winds make viable ports few and far between. That’s the inhospitable part: this couple hundred miles of storm-wracked coastline is so nautically infamous that you can pick up a map marking four-hundred-odd notable shipwrecks at the local tourist bureau.…Read More
|A typical helmsman’s nav setup. The only similarity with my boat is the cupholder.|
|This is not quite my boat!|
Looks like Clark beat me to this one. Details are still coming in about a storm which hit the annual Dauphin Island Regatta on Saturday, scattering the race boats and causing widespread chaos in Mobile Bay. After the race two people are confirmed dead and at current count four are missing with an ongoing Coast Guard search (down from this morning’s total of five missing). Forty people were rescued from the water by the Coast Guard and up to ten boats were capsized, according to some reports. Winds were reported at 70 or 80 MPH in the storm, which appeared to be a large, discrete cell which swept over Mobile Bay in the afternoon.…Read More
|Source:Al Araby Al Jadeed|
The story goes that a cleaner at the museum was spiffing up the mask when they managed to knock its beard off (or, in another version, the beard was intentionally removed because it was loose). Then, in a classic case of sidestepping, the head of the renovations team called her husband instead of the Ministry of Antiquities and asked him to fix it. Supposedly, he’s also a ‘renovator.’ Whatever that means. Unfortunately, it looks like he’s never read the West System Use Guides or my last post on Epoxy Hints.…Read More
I’ve been doing a lot of epoxy work this last week and it has got me thinking how much easier this stuff is than when I first started. Sure, I’m more skilled now than I was but much of it has to do with simple habits which allow me to move quickly and surely when working with the stuff. With that in mind, here are a handful of tricks that have helped me this week. I’ll try to update this as I think of them.
Having a good set of mixing buckets will save you time and materials. Yoghurt containers work great in a pinch but they’re really not the right shape.…Read More
It’s been a while since I’ve done a boat repair tip. Here’s one I used yesterday on a friend’s boat.
Have you ever found yourself trying to duplicate a particularly odd four-sided shape, maybe in an enclosed area or on a curved surface? I ran into this problem when working on an icebox. The box is going to be built into a cockpit seat. It’s basically going to be a drink cooler so in order to make the best of a very small space it will be built with minimal insulation and directly against the hull. I started by epoxying the insulation directly to the hull, keeping the curvature.…Read More
I am, finally, back home in New Orleans after a long jaunt down the East Coast. The crew and I were completely out of touch with the world for the past few weeks as we explored some of the more remote reefs in the Florida Keys and made the jump out to the Dry Tortugas and home to New Orleans from there. Now we’re surrounded by friends, airing out stale projects, re-combobulating the trappings of life on land. There’s a bicycle hanging in a wharehouse on St. Ferdinand, a few boxes from the attic of a house on Urquhart, some clean clothes.…