Flag Counter

Flag Counter

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dumb

I was reminded today after a strong thunderstorm why one does not park the dinghy under a scupper.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stillness

It is the middle of the night here on the Brisbane River and all is still. XO woke me. His water bowl was empty. The tide is turning and there is no wind. I am sitting in the cockpit. The interior is stifling. XO is standing guard to repel boarders. I will most likely doze until sunrise. A very quiet moment.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Local knowledge - Australia Chartlets

My friend John @ Anglican Church Grammar School pointed me to these beautiful chartlets (free) for Queensland and New South Wales. The links are:

http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/Boating-maps/Moreton-Bay-guides

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/using-waterways/maps/boating-maps.html

Enjoy

Fair winds and following seas :)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Dawn

Every morning just at dawn (which here is about 4:30 AM) the birds start making noise. XO feels it incumbent on himself to wake me. Bummer.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Queensland Museum (http://www.qm.qld.gov.au)

I went to the Queensland Museum on the South Bank today. This is their science and technology museum. I admit to being jaded; I grew up and lived in the New York City area, spent years traveling to Washington D.C., and have visited London and Paris. So I knew it would not compare in the awesome category. My expectations were met. It is a beautiful museum targeted at middle school students.

I went, however, to see the exhibit on the large Hadron Collider. It was a major disappointment. There were lots of pieces of hardware but the video presentation was, imho, awful. Just building the LDC was a major engineering feat. Nothing, no pictures. No real explanation of how it works. Like, we shoot this beam and it gets squeezed by these magnets (picture.) Nope, just a bunch of talking heads in a conference room. Lots of superficial talk about the Higgs Boson. Not my thing.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Help me Ronda @ FedEx

About three weeks ago I gave up on getting my mail from the U.S. that has been floating around New Caledonia for a couple of months. I called my bank, asked them to invalidate the credit card in the New Caledonia mail and send me a new one to Brisbane. No problem they said. We can get you a new one in Australia in about a week. Great I said. After about two weeks and several trips to Australia Post no mail. I called my bank and they said its at Brisbane Airport. A couple of more trips to Australia Post. No mail. So I called the bank and asked for a tracking number. Then I called FedEx. "We don't deliver to Australia Post." They might have told that to the shipper! After a dinghy ride, a Citi-cat ride, and an Uber car I finally got my debit card. Quality...

Fair winds and following seas :)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year

A quiet couple of days. I didn't make it to Sydney as planned. Ended up celebrating on the Brisbane River. Since it was a weekend I expected to see a lot of boats but it was surprisingly quiet. That is good because every boat that goes past wakes Reboot. An uncomfortable PITA.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Monday, December 26, 2016

The ultimate golden shellback

PRECISE NAVIGATION!

 

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the Master, Captain John Phillips, the result.

The ships position was LAT 0 S 31' N and LON 179 S 30' W. The date was 31 December 1899

 “Know what this means?” First Mate Payton broke in, “We are only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line.”

Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. 

He called his navigators to the bridge to check and double check the ships position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. 

Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather and clear night worked in his favor.

 

At midnight the Master ensured that the Warrimoo lay still on the equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line!

The consequences of this bizarre position were many. The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere at the middle of summer. The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere and in the middle of winter. The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. Forward it was 1 January 1900.

This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different years, and two different seasons, but in two different centuries, all at the same time!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New solar controller install. Old one bit the dust yesterday. Fair winds and following seas :)

Edson Steering Base Plate

I was surprised when the Edson tech told me that they never had problems with the base plate since mine had failed twice. He must be a noob.

I did get help and got the plate swapped out today. The rudder is attached to the wheel again. Yea!

Fair winds and following seas :)