Gee, I think this may have been one of my longest gaps in posting about my build. Sorry about that, but just haven’t been able to work on the boat. Mostly weather and being out of town a bit.
Speaking of weather, this looks to be another weekend without boat work.
As you can see, we got 4+ inches of snow. This was "real snow" compared to the last time.
Maybe I can do a bit of internet searching for a motor.
The Plastiki is a nice looking catamaran that recently set sail in San Francisco Bay, with plans to tackle the Pacific soon.
Built of 12,500 plastic water bottles (filled with CO2), the Plastiki is a 60′ twin-masted sailboat. Pictures are at the link.
As a follow-on to our other Dazzle Camouflage link, here’s another WWII ship, the HNLMS Abraham Crijnssen, which actually used tree branches and the like as camouflage.
I don’t know that these facts are really all that amazing, although some are fairly interesting. The BBC has a somewhat tongue-in-cheek collection of various uses of sawdust.
If you are building a wooden boat, you have probably already found that you produce quite a bit of sawdust, so maybe one of these ideas will work for you 🙂
What an incredible lathe… intro here and then the actual Spar Shop. If you need a spar for a ship, this is the place to go.
We turn wood masts and spars up to 40 inches in diameter and 122 feet long!
Interesting link/article with links to others covering some of the various camouflage schemes that have been used on naval vessels over the years.
Maybe my flat bluish shouldn’t have been what I went with.
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Bet you didn’t know one animated picture could show you a bunch about using a sextant. Navigating these days is GPS and other electronic aids for most of us, but having a manual fallback only makes sense, especially if you are really embarking on a voyage.
I don’t recommend this as the be-all, end-all knowledge base, but its an interesting start.