Paul Calder

The Nav Station That wasn’t Meant To Be

19 Jun
A typical helmsman’s nav setup. The only similarity with my boat is the cupholder.
On my first long trip as a boat owner, from New Orleans to Maine, we primarily navigated with a handheld GPS and a few old sets of paper chart kits that I had scrounged online. Funds were tight and plotting on paper is good practice, keeps you sharp (at least that’s what I told myself and the crew). This worked well enough and we didn’t have any major mishaps but there were a few nervous moments entering some of the ever-changing sandy harbors of the Gulf ...
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The Nav Station That wasn’t Meant To Be

19 Jun
A typical helmsman’s nav setup. The only similarity with my boat is the cupholder.
On my first long trip as a boat owner, from New Orleans to Maine, we primarily navigated with a handheld GPS and a few old sets of paper chart kits that I had scrounged online. Funds were tight and plotting on paper is good practice, keeps you sharp (at least that’s what I told myself and the crew). This worked well enough and we didn’t have any major mishaps but there were a few nervous moments entering some of the ever-changing sandy harbors of the Gulf ...
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Another Cape Dory and the Birth of a Sailing Nonprofit

30 Apr
This is not quite my boat!
At the tax office in Bartow, FL on Monday morning I signed a title and became the legal owner of aCape Dory 27, a little-sister ship to my Cape Dory 28. Today, with a friend, I’ll start the long drive back to New Orleans and by the end of May we hope to have the 27 floating alongside my 28. Now you might ask why on earth I would want to own two nearly identical sailboats, and I wouldn’t blame you for asking. Simply put, I don’t. And although it’s my name on ...
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Another Cape Dory and the Birth of a Sailing Nonprofit

30 Apr
This is not quite my boat!
At the tax office in Bartow, FL on Monday morning I signed a title and became the legal owner of aCape Dory 27, a little-sister ship to my Cape Dory 28. Today, with a friend, I’ll start the long drive back to New Orleans and by the end of May we hope to have the 27 floating alongside my 28. Now you might ask why on earth I would want to own two nearly identical sailboats, and I wouldn’t blame you for asking. Simply put, I don’t. And although it’s my name on ...
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Dauphin Island Regatta Hit By 80-MPH Winds, Two Dead, Four Missing

27 Apr

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 ...

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Dauphin Island Regatta Hit By 80-MPH Winds, Two Dead, Four Missing

27 Apr

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 ...

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…and this week in International Epoxy News

22 Jan
This, apparently, is a current image of the gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamun:
 
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 ...

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…and this week in International Epoxy News

22 Jan
This, apparently, is a current image of the gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamun:
 
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 ...

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A handful of epoxy hints

15 Jan

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 ...

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A handful of epoxy hints

15 Jan

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 ...

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