Global Shipping

>>> Global Shipping

I thought this was really slick. Some various animations of all the ships at sea. It’s interactive, based on data from 2012.

The intro video has some good info and screenshots (although there is a bit of "global warming" bent depending on how you feel about that).

There are a lot of ships out there… way more than I intuitively felt.

On the Water Chartguides – closing

>>> On the Water Chartguides – closing

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Our friends Mark and Diana Doyle at On the Water Chartguides are moving away from the water for a time. Given their guides are geared around current, personal knowledge, they have elected to cease publishing. I have to respect them for their position.

“If words can describe where you are … keep going.”

We love that quote, and after nearly 30 years it turns out that Mark and I can describe the ICW pretty well … so we figure it’s time to keep going.

In Cuba this winter we talked daily about building a plan for our next ten years. The result is that m/v Semi-Local is for sale, we’ve bought another RV, and we’re prepping some long hikes and looking forward to lots of international travel!

First, we want to thank everyone for all of the friendship and support you’ve offered as we’ve stumbled through this self-publishing obstacle course together.

Second, we want to wish each of you success and happiness in chasing your own dreams … on whatever magic carpet you choose.

Many will ask, “Why shut down On the Water ChartGuides?” The reason is pretty simple and we think you’ll understand and respect our decision.

Our books, and our reputation, were built upon really-really being there. We were current, accurate, and detailed. And that will no longer be possible. So rather than milk the cash cow and sell stale info, or worse yet, become yet another of today’s armchair-cruising Google-researching guide publishers, we’re shutting down our Apple iBook Store and selling off the remaining print inventory from our website.

We’re water dogs, so we’ll undoubtedly see many of you again. And as more and more of you travel to places away from shore … well, who knows?

All National Parks are on our bucket list. So is RVing New Zealand, hiking Kilimanjaro, and riding a camel at the Great Pyramid!

We’re ready for that new plan … it’s called, “Other People’s Guides.” (wink)

Seafoam Kayak

>>> Seafoam Kayak

A fun looking Instructable where a Gavin Atkin Mouseboat design (plans are free from Duckworks) is constructed from builders foam insulation. Wouldn’t have thought it would be tough enough, but he skins it with glue-impregnated cloth and it seems to work well.

Fun project.

(I didn’t know people built camping trailers from this stuff… they call them "foamies".)

Concept Craft: Get A First Look At Beneteau’s Hybrid Prototype

>>> Concept Craft: Get A First Look At Beneteau’s Hybrid Prototype

PassageMaker has a very good article giving an initial introduction to Beneteau’s hybrid prototype. Built in conjunction with Elco (nothing like 120+ years of electric boat experience), they have modified a Swift Trawler 34 to have a hybrid power train.

Pretty slick. I expect the costs (as they have with cars and other things) will come down and become viable in the next few years. Definitely a technology to watch, in my opinion.