New Car

I have a new car!

First new vehicle I have had as my primary car in 12 years. My wife has wound up with the new cars up ’til now.

Why am I writing this on a boating site?

Well, I got a Toyota Prius – the hybrid.

As I drive it, I keep thinking about using this type of technology on a boat. Now, regenerative braking may not work well (although dragging a prop to make electricity is commonly done on sail boats), but the idea of a gas engine, small and sized appropriately for the "average" use, which can charge the batteries and/or drive the boat, while running at its most efficient power setting makes sense. The electric motor can kick in at slow speeds, and when you need the extra "boost" for something.

Low speed maneuvering off the electric seems totally valid.

Recharge from solar is also a valid idea.

Wonder if you could find a wrecked Prius or similar and steal the drivetrain.

Life intrudes

Well, I can see how building a big boat takes so long.

I haven’t managed to update this site in a month or more, no matter actually do work on the boat.

Dane was asking me the other day if I had been working on "Boat Designs" any… and why not.

Well, interviewing, getting, and starting a new job. Researching and buying a new car (to get to the job). Trying to be "productive" at the new job, and fulfill some of the promises that I really know what I’m doing… and being somewhat sick on top of it all.

That’s just taken about all I’ve had. I know, should have done boat stuff, but by the time I got home, I just wanted to veg a little and go to bed.

We’re going to the lake with friends this weekend. I had intended to take the Origami Dingy on this trip. If only I had ever done more than the keel. Well, we can continue (and actually maybe have the money to do it now).

We’ll try it in the friend’s pool, if nothing else :-)