Trailer Cruising – Mad Marinerâ„¢

>>> Trailer Cruising – Mad Marinerâ„¢

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Glue worked

Well, no real progress, but got out the stem piece that I glued up the other day and examined the glue job. I’ve had fits getting consistent layups when I’m laminating two boards together… don’t quite understand it. The previous attempt at the stem wound up with part of it glued very nicely, and another part like I hadn’t applied any glue at all. Even if it was glue starved, it seems odd to me that I couldn’t find any sign of it. The part that was glued was really glued… I couldn’t pull it apart by hand, but the other end wasn’t attached at all.

This one came out nicely… it’s really stuck together like it should be, although I wound up with a fair amount of glue dribbled down the side that needs cleaned up (quick pass with the planer should take care of that).

Commercial sailing vessel

>>> Commercial sailing vessel

With the growing need to save fuel, do you think we’ll see more of this?

Football field-sized kite powers latest heavy freight ship

A kite the size of a football field will provide most of the power for a German heavy freight ship set to launch in December.

The Beluga shipping company that owns the 460-foot Beluga said it expects the kites to decrease fuel consumption by up to 50% in optimal cases as well as a cutback of the emission of greenhouse gases on sea by 10 to 20%. Interestingly, the ship will be hauling windmills from Esbjerg, Denmark to Houston, Texas. read more

Rogue Wave Detection

>>> Rogue Wave Detection

Interesting article on new software methods coming that enables finding rogue waves and potentially warning shipping. Interesting (hope I’m never in a place that this comes up, but you never know).

ScienceDaily (Nov. 19, 2007) — Giant waves, also known as monster waves, have been talked about by sailors for centuries, often related to unexplained disappearances at sea, but no one quite believed them. They have been considered merely a myth until recently, when new studies using technological developments like buoys, radars and satellites have scientifically proven the existence of rouge waves, and that they exist in much higher numbers than it was ever expected. read more


I’ve been sick and haven’t been able to work on things, but did manage to get just a little done today. Cut the next try for the inner stem layup (two layers of 1×4) and glued them together. Fifteen minutes was about all I was good for. Hopefully this will continue improving rapidly 🙂

Time = .25 hours

Happy Thanksgiving

To all my American readers and friends… Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you were able to spend it with friends and family or in some way that you enjoyed. May we all remember the many blessings we have received and the reasons we have to be thankful.

Jet-Boat vs. Pedal Boat

We covered Adventures of Greg and his goal of making the fastest human powered trans-Atlantic crossing a while back. Well, his boat is in the water and this video shows them doing some stability testing by "waking" it with a go-fast.

Pretty stable. I like the retractable outriggers, and how they give righting flotation even in their retracted position.