Return To The Costa Concordia

1 Feb

There is always something terribly sad about a shipwreck, especially when lives are  lost and people are still missing.

This video–of the final dive on the Costa Concordia before the search for remaining bodies was called off–is a testament to the haunting nature of doomed ships.

It was uploaded yesterday, with this description:

The search for the remaining 15 passengers still missing from the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship has been called off. Italian officials say the effort was too dangerous for rescue workers. The search had already

been suspended several times due to poor weather and choppy water. 17 ...

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FIBERGLASS BOATBUILDING: Hull-Deck Joints

31 Jan

Sailboat deck going on hull

My last missive in this continuing series on plastic boat construction dealt with internal structures within a hull and how they help support and stiffen a boat. This time we’ll look at how the two biggest pieces of a plastic boat, the hull and deck, are married to each other.

Almost all builders these days first install a boat’s interior and then close up the hull by placing the deck, another very large fiberglass part, on top of it. Large pieces of equipment, such as engines, electrical generators, and water and fuel tanks, are also installed while the deck is ...

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Camper Agonistes

31 Jan

Is it just me or does the crew on Camper seem particularly dispirited?

Not sure any boat would be a happy boat after getting creamed, and left behind, by the Strait Of Malacca. But these guys just don't seem very into it.

Unusual to see a  Team New Zealand crew struggling like this.

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Surfing The Ghosts Of Indonesia

31 Jan

Apparently, there are ghosts everywhere in surfing. We've long known about "Ghost Trees," the spooky big wave break off Pebble Beach. 

And now you've got Seven Ghosts, an incredible tidal bore in Sumatra that throws up multiple, perfectly

formed, standing waves that can carry a surfer for miles. RipCurl went in search of those ghosts, found them, surfed them, and filmed them. Cue scary music.

Here's Episode 1 (full series is here):

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Time for a New Tall Ship?

30 Jan

Number one question of the day: WHAT IS IT?

Answer of the day number one: Plankton.

Number two question of the day: Who sailed 27 of 31 days last October?

Answer of the day number two: The schooner Seaward, operated by Call of the Sea, an educational nonprofit focused on marine sciences, nautical heritage, and the environment on and out of San Francisco Bay. Aboard the Seaward it is an everyday thing to troll up plankton . . .

And study them under a microscope, then match up the tiny wigglies with the big board that shows what’s ...

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Singapore Strait Pinball

30 Jan

The above is a plot of all the ships around PUMA in the Singapore Strait. How many ocean races look like that?

Here's a good tour of all the dangers and frustrations–in addition to shipping–that have bombarded the Volvo Ocean Race fleet in these waters:

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Don’t Forget The Global Ocean Race

30 Jan

If you are tired of the coastal racing going on in Asia (where fishing nets can make or break a team), and long for the open ocean–the Southern Ocean!–then I'm glad to tell you there is an alternative.

For there is a race–the Global Ocean Race–which is, um, global, and, er, spans oceans and spends most of its time on the vast watery spaces of our planet. In fact, the five Class 40s competing, have just departed Wellington to start Leg 3, and even now are plunging toward the big winds and big waves of The South. Check ...

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Boat Project Complete – Another Oxymoron?

30 Jan

Finished the chain painting project today. Oh, who am I kidding, I finished painting, but three hundred feet of chain is still laid out on the deck. Maybe day four will see that one day project completed. Maybe.

Crawled down in the engine room today and got to work. Installed the alternator and took a look at the refrigeration. Oh, who am I kidding, the alternator is hanging there with me one bolt short of completion. Store will be open tomorrow. As for the refrigeration, I did look at it. Looked at it and then walked away from it. I ...

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Antifouling Revisited

29 Jan
 Anti-fouling paint chips on the ground in a tidal area on the French river Auray 

As I mentioned in my last post the environmental effects of copper-based antifouling paints are still a contentious issue. Some maintain that all this copper poses a grave threat to the environment while others brush it off as a drop in the bucket. I found convincing arguments across the board- that copper leached by boats is a naturally occurring heavy substance which quickly drops out of sight (US Naval Study), that copper is doing damage to our waters ...

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