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July 29, 2006

Progress Report

Well the last week has brought some new developments on Bodhran. First I got to go out sailing and test the new traveller and Monitor setup. I need to come up with a new way to tension the Monitor control lines, but other than that it works great. The wind was pretty light, but the traveller worked like a champ. I can't believe how much further I can sheet out the main before it chafes on the lowers.

As for new projects this week, my buddy Lou helped me carve up a boom gallows cross piece which I got installed on the supports that I put in last week. Lou also helped me make up some chocks for putting the nesting dinghy up on the foredeck. I also installed 3 Nicro solar vents. I've got an exhaust vent in the galley and in the head and setup an intake fan at the front of the saloon. Finally I replaced all the big windows in the main cabin.

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July 22, 2006

New mainsheet setup

Well it's been a week since I quit work and I've got a new mainsheeting system, I've glassed in the pvc tubes through the transom for the Monitor control lines, I've opend up the last chamber on the last tank that needs to be fixed and I'm well on my way to getting my boom gallows put together. Things never go as fast as I'd like, but they are going well. Here's a pic of the new traveller setup and the boom gallows mocked up with pvc:

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The traveller setup allows me to well, travel up and down on the main obviously, but it also lets me use one of my nice self tailers on the cabin top for my main sheeting. As an added benefit I now can move around the aft end of the cockpit without having to step down into the cockpit well. I'll also be able to add a sailing bimini now that the mainsheet is foreward of the cockpit. All in all I'm pretty jazzed. Now I just got to get off the dock and test it.

July 14, 2006

First day of the rest of my life

Ahhh my last day at work. For some reason the coffee shop seen from Pulp Fiction comes to mind. You know the one:


VINCENT
So if you're quitting the life, what'll you do?

JULES
That's what I've been sitting here contemplating. First, I'm gonna deliver this case to Marsellus. Then, basically, I'm gonna walk the earth.

VINCENT
What do you mean, walk the earth?

JULES
You know, like Caine in "KUNG FU." Just walk from town to town, meet people, get in adventures.

VINCENT
How long do you intend to walk the earth?

JULES
Until God puts me where he want me to be.

VINCENT
What if he never does?

JULES
If it takes forever, I'll wait forever.

VINCENT
So you decided to be a bum?

JULES
I'll just be Jules, Vincent -- no more, no less.

VINCENT
No Jules, you're gonna be like those pieces of shit out there who beg for change. They walk around like a bunch of fuckin' zombies, they sleep in garbage bins, they eat what I throw away, and dogs piss on 'em. They got a word for 'em, they're called bums. And without a job, residence, or legal tender, that's what you're gonna be -- a fuckin' bum!


That's right after today I've got no job and no legal residence. So I'm 2/3 of the way there. Hopfully the legal tender thing will hold out for quite a while so I won't officially be a bum. For now I'm going to spend the rest of the summer getting my boat together. After that I'm just going to wander the earth .... You know, like Caine in "KUNG FU."

July 11, 2006

GMaps Pedometer

Todd at work just clued me into GMaps Pedometer. It's an extension of Google Maps for route planning and distances. I'm thinking about using to track Bodhran's position on my way South. Here's a quick route I put together mapping the route Greg, Bonnie and I took on Willow last year when we went down to San Francisco.

http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=290922

Hopefully I'll update a new map and publish it whenever I get internet access while I'm out cruising.

July 7, 2006

Squalicum Harbor Fire

Well it was a bad day for 3 somebodies and a very nervous day for the rest of us down in Squalicum Harbor on the 4th of July. Some guy was trying to start the engine on his Tollycraft with a mixture of gas and starter fluid. The engine must have backfired and ignited some spilled gas. The guy on the boat emptied a fire extinguisher on the fire and knocked it down, but when the extinguisher ran out the fire flared back up and there was nothing that could be done. The three people on board all ended up in the water to escape the flames and suffered some minor burns. The coast guard was on the scene in about 10 minutes and valiantly hosed down the blaze with a small hose on their 47' surf boat. About 5 minutes later the fire department showed up and got the fire under control very quickly. The wind was blowing about 20 knots and spread the fire to two neighboring boats. Fortunately the next boat over was out for the day which prevented the fire from spreading any more. In the end 2 boats sank, a 3rd boat was totaled and a 4th boat upwind from the blaze suffered some heat damage.

Here's a pic my neighbor John took during the fire:
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and here's one I took of the aftermath:
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July 5, 2006

Monitor Windvane up and running

Well I finally got my self steering vane installed and took it out for a test drive to Lopez Island for my buddy Andrew's wedding. The control lines are not in their final configuration, but the vane worked well as long as I had about 2 knots of apparent wind. It had problems when I was running wing on wing with a poled out drifter in 3 knots of true wind. The apparent wind was only .4 knots and I couldn't get the light air vane to respond at all. Not that I really expected it to work in that range, that's why I added the Simrad Wheelpilot.

Here's a pic of the vane doing it's thing:
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and here's a closer look at the mounting:
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and here's the drifter, which I picked up for $20 at a swap meet, poled out on my new whisker pole setup. Also note my new nesting dinghy stored on the coachroof in front of the mast:
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Nesting Dinghy

A couple weeks back I drove down to Corvallis Oregon and bought a 9'6" Pan Pacific Yachts Dolphin Nesting Dinghy. I've got no idea how old this thing is, but it's in farily good shape and it saves me the effor of having to build my own which was the plan up untill now. I've been experimenting with her a bit and would like to beef up the connection between the two hulls. I also need to find a better way of towing her as when I sailed out to Lopez I had lots of problems. Still she's got lots of room, is very stable and fits on my cabin top in front of the mast without cluttering up the foredeck. I'm sure that I'll have more comments on "Java", soon to be renamed "Beater" as in the device you use to play a bodhran, when I get a chance to use her more.

Here's a pic of Beater tied to the top of my Mom's car:
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and here's one of her in the water all dressed up to go sailing:
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