Sunday, October 18, 2020
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Conservative propaganda wants you to believe that today's Republican Party is for smaller government and individual freedom.
Every president in the modern era has increased government spending over the last, regardless of party, with Trump increasing spending to $8 trillion and the deficit to $28 trillion. How is that smaller government?
Republicans are also actively trying to take away numerous freedoms in the name of freedom. Women's rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights... just a few of the freedoms targeted by the Republic party.
So to people who claim the Republican party stands for freedom and small government I say you have been duped by Republican propaganda.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
I spent quite a while measuring and checking and double checking and getting my wife's input to make sure the name was perfectly straight. On my last boat, I put the name on while it was in the water and I was in a kayak. That made things difficult and my wife swears it was slightly crooked (even though all my measurements said it was not).
With the name on the boat I was ready to put it in the water and scheduled the launch for last week. I received a phone call on the day of the scheduled launch and learned that the boat could not be launched because there was not enough water at the marina.
It turns out that several days of strong northwest winds earlier in the week had pushed all of the water out of the creek and it was too shallow to launch.
I ended up going the marina the following day anyway to load some things on the boat and run the power for the new chart plotter. The water level in the creek was indeed quite low, with a few boats tied to docks near the marina leaning their sides. We will try again this week.
I also happened to get a picture of another boat name, below, that is very crooked, far more so than my last boat. It is so crooked, that they had to cut the top part of the starboard side off to get it to fit on the transom. I will use this boat forever after as my "could be worse" boat name. (You can also see the low water level in the creek as it looks like "Jackie" is sitting on the bottom.)
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Picking a boat name is tough. Let's go back to my last boat to see how that name came about. My daughter is ever the reluctant boater. For a teenage girl, spending the night on a small boat in tight quarters with her parents is akin to cruel and unusual punishment.
In order to get her to join us with as little guff as possible we made an agreement to play the Pokemon card game on the boat with her. After playing the game and learning about various "water-type" Pokemon with cute names, my wife thought it would be fun to name the boat after a water-type Pokemon, and thus Poliwhirl was born.
With the new boat, I did not want to go down the Pokemon route and decided instead to scroll through the countless boat name suggestions on the Internet. After looking at few thousand names, I started leaning toward boat names that were related to music, the occupation of both my wife and I (education), or ancient Indonesian gods and goddesses.
The short list I started creating ended up like this:
After much deliberation, we settled on the name "Ramble On," one of my all-time favorite Led Zeppelin songs that I thought fit a boat very well with its notion of travel and adventure.
So there you have it, Ramble On was born. Alas, as these things go, Ramble On is not a truly unique name. In fact, soon after deciding on the name, I found a boat of the exact model as ours with the same name, also in the Chesapeake Bay. I was somewhat dejected by the discovery but ultimately I really like the name, the song, and the band, enough that I'm not going to pick another name.
After picking the name and while peeling the old name off our boat, I saw another boat (pictured above) with the name "The Dave" and a picture of a dog. This was truly one of the coolest boat names and picture combinations I've seen in a while. I almost considered copying the idea and using my dog, Rutus as the inspiration. But the graphic was already ordered and as my daughter said, Rutus, a pug, would make for an ugly picture on the transom.
Pictures of the new boat with lettering attached will be forthcoming. I plan to go down to the boat again in February to put the lettering on before she is launched.
Sunday, January 22, 2017
- I didn't make much headway on mounting the plotter. As you can see from the picture to the left, there are not many options for mounting it near the wheel. It pretty much has to go on the rail in front of the wheel. I have been looking into mounting options for rails and have come up with one option I think might work. It's a mount from RAM Mounts that has a rail-mount adapter. I just have to figure out what to do with the power cable from there. I also looked for places to mount the transducer for the sonar. The best place would be in front of the keel. I found a compartment there where you can get access to the knot meter and the through-hull transducer that is mounted for the depth gauge, but I doubt I could put my sonar transducer there because I want to do the "in-hull" mount. That would mean the transducer would need to sit directly on the hull. The compartment I found looked to be part of the liner and not the hull. More work to do on this I guess.
- Replaced the rubber foot on the swim ladder. In fact, I replaced both since I had a pack of four anyway and it looked better with both matching.
- I didn't touch the keel bolts. I will wait until later.
- All spaces I could think of were measured, including the galley sink for the cutting board that I plan on making.
- There were two types of lights on the boat. The first was a large, round, older-looking fixture that I think I want to replace. I found some similar-looking LED fixtures in the West Marine catalog that I think will work. The other lights were small 12v fixtures that looked newer and looked like flood light bulbs. I think I also found an LED version of these at West Marine but I'll have to do more research.
The 12v flood light.
- I did not bring the stove cutting board home. It actually looked really good so I left it. After thinking about it for a while, it looked like it had been sanded and refinished. There were very few knife marks and the few that were there were covered by finish. The finish actually looked like polyurethane. I don't think that's a good finish for a functioning cutting board. I may bring the board back next time and sand all that off and refinish with mineral oil.
- The pin rail idea will not work. The shrouds do not run fore and aft, but abeam, which means I wouldn't be able to fit a rail in there anyway. So scratch that idea.
- I inventoried all of the stuff on the boat. The previous owner took good care of it so it had a lot of good stuff in good shape, including belts, impellers, lubricants and tools.