Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ready, Set, Go!

I saw this flier yesterday and I think I am going to enter the Transpac 2011 race from Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. I am planning to sail back home to Hawaii anyway, and the timing of the race falls pretty close to when I would be moving. It's in July 2011, which would be a reasonable amount of time to get ready, I think. Let's do it!

More info on the race here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Now in HD!

Well, we will be as soon as I start shooting...

I just received this GoPro HD Hero digital camcorder. This thing captures full 1080p digital video--that's better than real life! It's waterproof to 180 feet and has several mounts for various applications. I picked up a mount for attaching it to the rails and a super stylish head strap for POV shots. Should be pretty awesome.

Now I can show off my my killer sailing skills and I'll even strap this thing on next time I'm working on something interesting so you can see how I do it. I'll be launching a YouTube channel alongside this blog soon, so stay tuned.
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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Harshing my morning mellow...

Awoke up this morning to new neighbors. This wouldn't be a problem, but for two things: this has got to be one of the ugliest boats I've ever seen, and the people and kids on it are loud and annoying. Ugh. At least they don't seem to live aboard, so they hopefully won't be around much.

Update: I should take a better photo. This one doesn't do the ugliness justice.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Found it!

the culprit

Not the holy grail, or a pot of gold, or anything like that, but my fresh water leak! It's great because now I can fix it, but annoying because it's a connection I had already checked. Another positive is that it's in a spot that's pretty easy to get to.

One of the threaded parts was the cause of the leak, so I went down to West Marine to pick up a replacement. They didn't have the same part, but they had something called a quick connect fitting that does the same thing, only simpler. Great!--except that my old French boat has things in metric sizes, and West Marine didn't... Oh well.

In the end, the best solution looks to be to seal the leaking threads with a fast-curing permanent adhesive. Problem is, it takes 24 hours to cure, so no running water until tomorrow night!

Update: It worked great! No more leak.
with this healthy dose of sealant, there's no way it could leak now...
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