For over a year, I’ve tried to strike a balance between relevant, on-topic gear and gadgets posts and fascinating, off-topic regional maritime stories. A lot of the great stories I’ve encountered were so far off-topic that I was obliged not to include them on Navagear at all. It’s been a bit of a struggle. "If only I had a publishing venue, parallel to Navagear, that would allow me to focus on a broader field of subjects with a narrower geographic scope…"
DeepSea has some really slick underwater lighting systems for boats. Apparently they supply lights for deep sea submersibles and other applications and have branched out into transom lights and other cool looking effect lights for boats.
LED’s, Xenon, all manner of things. The photo gallery is worth checking out.
Many boatbuilders swear by some of the various Japanese style pull saws, scrapers and the like. I ran across this online (and physical if you’re near Alameda, California) store that carries a large variety of such tools.
I have no experience with them besides seeing their web page, but might be worth checking out.
The Royal Navy is designing their next carrier. Neat article with details about the ship and the building and design process. Its going to be too large to build in their existing facilities, so their are going to build it piecemeal and then assemble the chunks Lego style.
After much excitement and family time doing Christmas most of the day, I took a bit of time while Dane played with the new Wii and worked on the boat.
First off was to try to finish cutting the rear sponson hatch covers. I had begun this some time ago, but hadn’t finished them and after thinking about it, had decided that they weren’t going to fit like I wanted anyhow. Decided to revisit this today. I now have two covers that fit (kind of) in the holes, but to actually be hatches, I’m not sure this will work well. I can seal them up, but being able to set up opening hatches that will mostly keep water out, I’m not so sure of.
I expect that I will recut these to become the locker bottoms and cut new tops at some point. For now they are setting in place to help keep the rain out if nothing else.
After nearly shutting down in disgust, I attacked the window sills. That went much better. I had forgotten it, but I had picked up a stack of 1x’s a while back that were the right size. Cut to length and fasten in place. It changes the looks to me to have the windows "defined". They still have to have actual framing added to hold the glass, but you can see where things will fit much better.
Time = 2 hours
After the article on hydrokinetic turbine the other day, Bob was kind enough topoint out that the article was incorrect saying that it was the first such installation… there is another by Verdant Power in New York’s East River. They have computer simulation videos and the like on their home page.
Thanks for the info, Bob!
Some fascinating pictures and information about the manual shipbreaking that occurs in Bangladesh… men working in horrible conditions dismantling old, no longer needed ships from around the world.
Hard to believe they can do that all by hand.
Also makes me think about the many blessings my family and I have.