Submarine cable

The dinghy guys have all the fun. Part of the top down solution is to get the Ronstan anti-torsion rope to be as tight as possible (without wrecking it) so that the torque applied at the drum on the bottom will spin the drum at the top, and the sail will furl nicely. Having a…

Picture this

Pictures should not be subject to much more than a small crop, and a resize to make them more presentable on forums like this. We’re funny that way. Taking the time to properly frame a subject, ensure that the lighting and shadows are acceptable, and the content is something that might be of interest is,…

Go west

The week of October 5 2015 has been an interesting one. While attending a customer site in Vancouver, I had the pleasure of staying at the quaint Sylvia Hotel. Anybody who has stayed at the Sylvia knows how quaint it is, and unfortunately it’s getting a little too much so. Regardless, it’s right across the…

Ding! fries are done

It was a beautiful day, 28c, no wind, full sun, and a great day to get upside down in the engine bay. Spend some quality time with the little Westerbeke, suck out the old bones and put in a nice fresh pail of Rotella-T. The reward was a very happy little engine, much quieter than…

Tow Jam Football

Trailers are boring. They’re all about geometry (boring) angles, support, stress, axle spacing, loading, bearing size, brakes, paint, paint and more paint, lights, breakaway boxes and a ton of other boring things. Boring IF you get it right. Get it wrong, and it’s anything but boring, and usually arrives as a surprise, and usually at…

That’s knot funny

How many times have we been to Fish on 5th, raved about the food, and were too consumed by the food to think about documenting the place. Well, Ronnie did. Thanks. Thanks a lot. Now I’m hungry. If you’re in Sidney BC, you should go. Or don’t go, then you won’t know what you’ve missed.…

Nothing to report

Lots of little projects. Somebody forgot to attach the raw water inlet hose this spring before trying to sink the boat at launch. It was, to say the least, disturbing that water was coming in at the rate it was, 10 seconds off the trailer. That episode was not quite as disturbing as the ball…