Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Anarchist Yacht Clubb: Hold Fast

The Anarchist Yacht Clubb: Hold Fast
Stories of maniac sailors, anarchist castaways, and the voyage of the S/V Pestilence.

Watch it on Vimeo here.

Awesome boatname, by the way!  I love this stuff.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Moby Dick Online | Chapter 1

Happy Anniversary Herman Melville! : "I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me."

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sailing and origami boat.

German artist sails a paper boat down the Thames - Odd News | "A German artist yesterday set sail on the Thames, in an origami paper boat which he'd folded on the river bank.

Frank Bolter had created the boat -- named To The World's End -- with the help of members of the public as part of the Drift10 art exhibition.

After carefully folding the giant sheets of paper, which were reinforced with lightweight metal poles he jumped in and sailed in the Canary Wharf docks."

Will Ferrell Wants to Sail Around the World...

in Handmade Boat: "WILL Ferrell says he has “always wanted” to sail around he world in a handmade boat."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Record size alligator

Orlando man's alligator 'bigger than (his) boat': "An Orlando hunter nabbed the largest alligator in Florida history from the St. Johns River on Sunday, state officials said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed Monday that the alligator was 14 feet, 3.5 inches, besting the state record by almost 3 inches. The 654-pound alligator was taken in Lake Washington in Brevard County. The previous record alligator was taken in 1997 in Lake Monroe, between Volusia and Seminole counties."

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Algae based fuel

U.S. Navy Tests Boat Powered by Algae: "The navy plans to roll out its first green strike force, a group of about 10 ships, submarines and planes running on a mix of biofuels and nuclear power, in 2012, with deployment in the field scheduled for 2016.

The green trend runs across all military services. The air force has been testing jet engines on a mix of conventional fuels and camelina, a crop similar to flax, and the Marine Corps recently sent a company to Afghanistan's Helmand province equipped with portable solar panels and solar chargers for their radio equipment."

Monday, November 8, 2010

Alaska & British Columbia

Yacht Charter: "The geography of the Alaskan Inside passage, stretches 1,000 miles from Puget Sound, Washington, to Skagway, Alaska. From there, thousands of glaciers line the next 500 miles around the Gulf of Alaska. Among the most famous and visited sites for charter boats are: LeConte outside Petersburg, the southernmost calving glacier in North America, Tongass National Forest, which is the largest national forest in the United States, Admiralty Island with the largest concentration of Brown Bears in the world and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is the largest national park in the United States."

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sailing Ship of Yore

Ernie's Place: Sailing Ships: "The sailing ship was man's finest technological achievement for many years. From the invention of the first sail, to the industrial revolution; the sailing ship was a machine of the ages. No wonder a ship was built with such perfection. Owning a ship was a high-status symbol. Nothing freed mankind from his boundaries like the sailing ship. Ships were the fastest moving machine for centuries. Both men and women worked to build the fine ships. Men used their brawn, and women used their dexterity, but they both used their intellect."

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Scripps dives in

Study of marine sounds: "With sensors, the group of biologists and acoustic experts spent two months tagging seven species of marine mammals, including blue whales and killer whales, off the Southern California coast."

Friday, November 5, 2010

Romancing the Stone - getaway boat.

Famous Boatname: Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas sailaway downtown NYC...with alligator boots.
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The first person to sail the Arctic solo

CLOSE UP News: "But it's all in a days work or 12 days work for Graeme Kendall. He is the first person to sail the Arctic North West passage solo."

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Witte Boneyard

A Different Kind of Graveyard - WNYC: "On the wooded side of Arthur Kill Road, which winds towards the southern tip of Staten Island, sits Rossville Cemetery — a small patch of cleared ground spotted with broken and eroded gravestones from the 17th and 18th centuries. It’s the type of place that on Halloween could scare anyone with an active imagination; forgotten, decrepit, and filled with details of lives extinguished."

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Holy (Flipping!) Island Homes

5 Upside-Down Boat Houses: "The stern of these converted structures becomes the broad entry face, set with a door – the only necessary exterior modification. Then interior then tapers in all directions, narrowing toward the bow but also port and aft on either side. They may be small and cozy, but designed to weather storms on the water they can surely take a few on land as well."