Getting longer

It’s getting bigger… Dane and I got another two frames standing up.

First, here’s a picture of progress so far:

Note Dane diligently tying a tarp rope down. He’s coming along as quite the little helper.

Since I promised details on the frame setups, here you go:

Crosspiece sitting on the strongback. Two stub 2×4’s screwed into the strongback and the crosspiece. That fastening has been key to getting things square and stable.

It’s getting to be a noticable thing sitting out there 🙂

After we shut stuff down, picked up another 4 2×4’s for bracing, etc., another box of screws and some more rope to tie things down. Everything takes more than you expect 🙂

Money = $19.03 + 1.33 tax = $20.36

Time = 2.5 hours

Mad Marinerâ„¢ magazine

>>> Mad Marinerâ„¢ magazine

To make sure that my relationship is obvious, I am a paid contributor to Mad Marinerâ„¢. I value my relationship with them, but I will do my best to maintain editorial integrity with any dealings. The management at Mad Marinerâ„¢ seems to have similar goals. My opinions are my own, not the editors’ or advertisers’ of this site or Mad Marinerâ„¢.

Mad Marinerâ„¢ is a world-class boating magazine, filled with fantastic journeys, dream boats, expert advice and honest reviews. But this journal arrives on your desktop, not your doorstep – and it shows up every single day.

Mad Marinerâ„¢ is an online/electronic magazine that has been starting up over the last couple of months. They aim to publish new articles each day and so far there have been some really interesting reads.

 A recent sampling includes:

A recent highly popular article discussed the "falling boat" pictures of a new Carver falling out of a sling into the water that you may have seen around on the net. A Mad Marinerâ„¢ author tracked down the real story (yes, it happened) and published details.

Forums are available to discuss articles and general boating "things". Often the article authors jump in with comments. A few blogs are being published, including your’s truly with my V28 build. I plan to continue my "day-to-day" postings here on Craft A Craft including blog entries and various build details. A more polished, less frequently updated version will run on Mad Marinerâ„¢.

I do have a detailed history of the background of choosing my V28 to build in the First-Time Boat Builder Begins article. Long-time Craft A Craft readers have seen most of this here before, just scattered out and not as nicely presented.

Some articles are available for free, while others require a subscription. Currently limited time trial subscriptions are available for no cost, so you can try them out!


Retirement Living – on a boat

>>> Retirement Living – on a boat

Retirement Living TV is an interesting site with various videos concerning, what else, retirement living. They have advice segments and various special interest clips. This one covered a man living on a 49′ boat, and then had an interview with a Yacht broker concerning some of the facts of life of buying and living on a boat.

It was an interesting five minutes, and the hosts actually seemed somewhat surprised by several of the answers. Make sure and listen to the last 30 seconds… they discussed the social aspects of boating and living aboard, with a lot of stress given to the fact that it wasn’t a "loner" lifestyle.

Folding Bicycles

A common problem for liveaboard and cruising boaters is how to get around town when you have reached a layover destination. Sometimes you are just wanting to anchor out and not be bothered by the world, but often you want to tour a town, see the sites, or just pick up a quick bite that you didn’t cook yourself.

A common solution is a bicycle. An inexpensive bike can get you miles down the road in reasonable speed and comfort (at least depending on the weather), and properly equipped can even haul some packages. As an extra, you get some much needed exercise 🙂 If you are looking for less exercise, check out these electric bikes.

A downside is the fact that bikes can take a fair amount of room and seem to be ungainly when "parked" at best. They always fall over, have handlebars sticking out at odd angles, and the pedals are designed to tear the skin off your legs and ankles.

This article in the San Francisco Chronicle (a town big on bicycles) covers the world of Collapsible Bikes. Written a few years ago, it still has some good information and the companies and contacts listed at the bottom are a good start if you want to research these bikes.

Having a (rather odd looking, sometimes) bike that you can fold up and stick in a locker or other out-of-the-way location might be just the ticket.

A couple of referenced manufacturers:

2 hours for 40 days?

>>> 2 hours for 40 days?

There’s a guy who has made a boat from "milk carton paper". He expects it to last about 40 days.

Might be an idea 🙂

The £110 boat is 30 feet long, weighs 55 pounds, uses a 170-square-metre piece of Tetrapack paper, and took only two hours to construct.

Still standing

The heat of the day was waning, we weren’t having evening services at church, so I changed clothes and went out to get another couple of frames up.

Well, the heat of the day was waning because the afternoon thundershowers were moving in. Got the tarp off the boat and just about got started when the thunder started. Decided I could get Frame C back in place after its minor repairs. Got it laid in place and getting ready to mount when the rain arrived. Rolled the tarp back over the frames and worked under it. You know, a boat frame holds up a tarp pretty well.

It rained and lightned terribly for a while. I stayed dry and got the frame mounted, although the lighting (and the electric cord running through the puddles to my drill) was a bit worrying.

Got soaked getting from there to the house, but had been dry while working 🙂

I have the forward six frames standing, and I think they are staying there. They have made it through a couple of pretty gusty storms ok.

Got the last of the damaged frames fixed up and drying in the garage. Maybe I can get it up tomorrow.

It even looks like a boat with a tarp stretched over things 🙂

Time = 2 hours

Classic Yacht Magazine new issue

Classic Yacht Magazine has their new third issue out. Of particular note to me is an article on electric boats.

Their photography is quite nice, page layout is good. I was very unsure of one of these "turn the page" format online magazines instead of just an HTML page, but it really seems well done and works well, even on a Linux box.

It still seems difficult to get to the current issue as a current subscriber. Unless you use the link they email to you as a subscriber, then you seem to have to re-subscribe. I don’t really understand that, but the content is worth checking out.

Small steps

And making a bit more progress… got two more frames stood up… one I had before and one new one. Also got the repairs for the damaged frame glued up.

In our errand running today got some more screws to fasten bracing in place, and a 1/2 dozen 2×4’s for framing and bracing.

Money = $18.94 + 1.33 tax = $20.27

Time = 2 hours