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About Oceanconcepts

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  • Birthday 12/14/1952

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    Seattle, Washington, USA
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    Electronic instrumentation and user interface design, Scuba diving, rowing, sailing, boat design, new technology.
    Current custodian of Pathfinder, a NZ built, cold molded Kauri S&S one tonner.

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  1. Some years ago we took advantage of a Washington State Parks program that rents out historic dwellings, and spent an incredible week over New Year’s in the old North Head light keepers house- just outside the Washington side of the Columbia River entrance. The sea conditions at that entrance made me happy to have high cliffs and thick stone walls between me and the ocean.
  2. I don't know about souls, but I have owned a couple of cars that were definitely possessed by malevolent spirits.
  3. No knock on those who need a utility RIB or inflatable to meet their needs. Which is probably most long distance voyagers. It comes down to use and preferences. I love rowing and sailing small boats, and quiet. I don't care for outboards, noise, or going fast in powerboats, and I don't tend to go places where those features would be a priority. I don't anticipate the need to carry many people or heavy loads. I have no long distance voyaging in my likely future, but hope to do casual cruising as a couple. Rowing around a quiet shoreline, or a sail about the anchorage is a capability I'd
  4. Pathfinder was a fairly dark green- which is still there, under many layers of white. I'm on the fence about retuning to green or sticking with white when I get to painting the hull.
  5. I've been pushing to get back to 50 for almost 20 years and it hasn't been working. Still would love to have a PT11, seems like the perfect dinghy (other than cost).
  6. I've used a dehumidifier draining into the galley sink for several years now, and it's been a huge improvement for the interior atmosphere. But that does nothing to remove the last bit of water from the bilge. In my case the bilge is shallow and flat, with closely spaced timbers (cold molded wood construction), and no connection between the port and starboard bilges unless the water gets over 6" and tops the main keel timber. Centrifugal pumps are impossible to position at the lowest point as the space is too tight, so I end up with 2" or so of water, or about 10 gallons, when I vacuum it out.
  7. We just got a local waterfront access park renamed to Tl' awh-ah-dees (ƛ' a Xw a d i s), the name of the Lushotseed village previously located nearby. Personally I'm a fan of using native names. The city did provide an online pronunciation guide. Problems arise for most when attempting to utilize phonemes that don't occur in any language they actually speak. Extra credit for effort. Leo probably taught a lot of people how to say Sequim.
  8. I came way too close to sinking my own boat with the combination of a portable bilge pump hose led overboard and a large helping of stupidity. Boat had two bilge areas, one of which did't fully empty with the built in bilge pump. I did what I normally did after a storm, and put on a portable pump with a hose led overboard out of the cockpit to clear the last bits from the bilge. Only this time, I allowed the outboard end of the hose to droop all the way into the water. The water outside the boat, that is. Oops. Went off for a peasant morning row, and returned after an hour to find w
  9. I'll put in a plug for Fusion 360 as vastly more capable than Sketchup and easy to pick up, especially if you have any CAD background at all. An incredibly supportive community via the F360 forums is an advantage, as is being completely free for amateur or hobby use. This guy uses the combination of Fusion and Meshmixer to unfold stitch & glue panels to make cutting patterns for a boat. Not too sure about the design example, but the method looks sound. The PCB layout program is a hoot- as it turns out we are here tearing our hair out trying to find someone to do the PC
  10. Lovely boat- looking very good. My own project, Pathfinder, was in that same 1972 One Ton Cup as part of the NZ team, after placing 1st in the previous Sydney-Hobart. Currently in much rougher cosmetic shape, but solid and very worthy of being put into good sailing condition. And both end up in Puget Sound... Hope to get back to some boat projects after an enforced hiatus due to business and other interference. Actually just took the cover off today.
  11. Yep, I can personally vouch for the accuracy of this, having built a double floor flotation compartment into a fully epoxy encapsulated rowing boat. Vapor penetrated the epoxy and caused swelling in the thin planking. I suspect I could have prevented the issue by simply keeping the inspection ports open to let things dry out. Apart from a visible (to me) loss of fairness, the boat has been fine.
  12. I believe there is an amendment to this rule for boat projects, where the last 20% takes an infinite amount of time, until you need to start on the first 80% again...
  13. Some resellers on Amazon- or the pricing algorithms- put out absurd prices. It's $17.58 for a 10 oz cartridge / $30 for a 20 oz sausage from Jamestown, which is about what I've paid before. Still not cheap. My impression is that TDS is a bit thinner in application than other caulks. I've always questioned the West scheme of using blackened epoxy, due to lack of flexibility in the epoxy. Saw a boat where that was done with an entire deck, and every plank had a split seam where the epoxy had separated from the wood, or ripped the edge off the plank. I don't know what adhesive Bianca
  14. Could not agree more. However, it needs to be appreciated (and is not enough reported) that this rapid development was was built on a foundation of decades of basic research into seemingly arcane areas of computing, biology, and medicine. And that funding for that effort was touch and go, even before research funding dropped to our current pathetic levels. It's like growing mushrooms- the mycelium exists and grows underground for years, then the mushroom appears to pop up suddenly when it rains. The best way to defeat variants is to vaccinate enough people globally that the virus is
  15. Growing up in Arizona, I'm thinking about 1962, my electrical / space engineer father bought a used DS19- probably the only one in 100 miles. He also had the growing-up-dirt-poor-in-the-depression conviction that you fixed your own stuff. I recall years of my youth with masses of parts spread out on top of cardboard boxes in the carport. Later, in Santa Cruz, college friends bought one to drive to Baja (pre-highway). They seriously bent it in an impromptu off road incident that also blew out a lot of the hydraulics. It was miraculously repaired by Mexican mechanics and survived, but ev
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