2011 HURRICANE SEASON: Gone in 270 Seconds

6 Dec

This is very cool, IMHO. An accelerated four and a half minute animation, courtesy of NOAA, that depicts the entire 2011 hurricane season as viewed by one of NASA's GOES satellites.

One thing that strikes me as I watch this is how beautiful and striking the Bahamas are when viewed from space. They also look great from airplanes. Every time I fly over on a clear day, I'm blown away. Note to self: I really must spend more time there before I depart this luscious planet of ours.

I'm also struck by how stable the atmosphere appears from this ...

Read More

12.7.11. our life. daily. puerta vallerta, mexico.

6 Dec

Ouest went to bed last night just fine. Two hours later she had a runny nose and woke up roughly every thirty minutes to moan for five minutes before drifting off again. Needless to say we did not get enough sleep. So today it was no big surprise to look down at her ten minutes after giving her her lunch and find her slumped over in her chair snoring. Poor little thing.

Just continued to tie up loose ends today. This morning we went in to the office to ask them to get our bill ready and they gave us ...

Read More

12.6.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta. mexico

5 Dec

We're just sort of wrapping things up around here. Today the boat got one seriously hard core washing. The first, really, since we bought her. Feels so good I just want to roll around in the cockpit and rub my cheeks on the coaming. The covered wagon sunshade came down today, got washed, and put away. I crawled around in the engine compartment a bit to make sure everything was good to go in there. That included tapping my knuckles along the fuel tanks to see if we had enough to get us where we're going. I'm super high tech ...

Read More

12.5.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta, mexico.

4 Dec

Be excited, be very excited. The dinghy is up and out of the water. Doesn't sound like a big deal right? But let's just say that was the last project that really needed doing at the moment. Now, just some washing up, filling of the water tanks, grocery shopping, and praying, and we can get out of here....

Read More

REID STOWE: Sailing to Guyana

4 Dec

Crew of Schooner Anne

I haven't been able to confirm it, but at this point I have no reason to believe that Reid Stowe has not set out for the jungles of Guyana aboard his 70-foot schooner Anne. He announced via press release early last week that he would be leaving last Friday, and later advised me by e-mail that he in fact expected to depart Hoboken, New Jersey, for Guyana on Thursday.

Things have not turned out the way Reid hoped since he returned from his record-breaking non-stop 1,152-day voyage back in June 2010. He enjoyed a brief blaze of publicity, ...

Read More

12.4.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta, mexico.

3 Dec

Busy day trying to get the last of the boat projects wrapped up for now. The last of the things that actually need doing, not the last of the projects. There is no such thing as the last of the boat projects. Ask anyone.

Of all the stupid projects I needed to do, cleaning the bottom of the dinghy has to be number one. That thing has been in the water for about five weeks. In that time barnacles claimed every square inch of it and grass grew on the waterline. Ridiculous. Took two hours to get that thing cleaned up.

Not much ...

Read More

Research, and a bit of humilty: Patching the old thru-hulls

3 Dec

I’ve just done a bit more research on fiberglass repairs and am feeling rather sheepish about my cocky post on grinding the boat’s hull. I’ve since learned that the essential aspect of the 12-1 ratio which we resolutely ignored is less about strength than it is about flex. I had assumed that due to the thickness of my hull we would get plenty of strength even when patching a relatively small area. However it seems there is a possibility of the patch failing precisely because it is stronger (or, more accurately, harder) than the rest of the hull.

The issue ...

Read More

12.3.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta, mexico.

2 Dec

Lowe touched American soil for the first time yesterday, decided that was enough for now, and walked back in to Mexico this morning.

We needed new visas. We could have easily risked becoming illegal aliens in Mexico, chances are it would have never become an issue. But one can never be sure, and seeing as both our kids are Mexican, and we have every intention of spending a good many years here over the course of our lifetimes, we just couldn't take the risk of being flagged.

So yesterday we flew out to Tijuana, on the least expensive direct flight we ...

Read More

KARVER FLYING CAM CLEAT: Multiple Uses

30 Nov

Karver flying cam cleat

All the info I have right now on this new widget from Karver is what you see in these two photos. The concept is pretty self-explanatory. Presumably it was developed for dinghy racers who want to get a better grip on skinny control lines, but I find it’s not too hard to think of other things to do with it.

For example, I can see using it to help tie down gear real tight and in other situations where you want to pull real hard on something. But mostly I see it as a sort of instant rolling hitch that ...

Read More

12.1.11. our life. daily. puerto vallarta, mexico.

30 Nov

Lowe is outgrowing his clothes at an alarming rate. It's pretty clear we're going to have big kids. We've cut the feet out of a couple of his six month-old pajamas to try and extend their life a bit, but mainly we're moving on to the nine month stuff. Ali is already having trouble carrying him for very long. Fortunately for both of us Ouest finally seems to be outgrowing the "carry me everywhere" stage and much prefers to run amok these days. Also, after a few days off Lowe went back into full rolling over mode again today.

We cleaned out ...

Read More

More from the AIM Marine Group