May 2007

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Here’s a few pics I snapped while taking a cooling swim around the docks a few days ago. Click away for a better look.


This one is of one of the many tubeworms that grow on almost everything. This particular one is growing on a sunken tugboat in the shallows.

banded coral shrimp

I was delighted to find a couple Banded Coral Shrimp on the side of one of the docks. These guys are larger than they look; the six antennae are at least ten inches long.


There has been some great tarpon activity in the shallows lately. It’s easy to get close to these large fish, but mighty hard to get a good picture. Anyways, this pic of a pair cruising the feeding grounds is for Clive…

fairy basslet

This particular Fairy Basslet can always be found along one stretch of retaining wall in our haul-out pit. I’ve tried and tried to get a “normal” shot if it, but have read that these fish are very commonly found cruising ledges and walls on their sides or upside down.

By the way, I LOVE my new underwater camera housing…

Dear Miss Gillian of Typealice Design has tagged me. Or, er, I asked to be tagged. Whatever tagging is. The next step in chain letters, applied to blogs. Ar well, the interview questions I’ve been asked (or that I’ve asked to be asked) are:

1. What is your favourite thing to eat?

Hmmmm… That’s a good one. I’m a bit of a “foodie”. There’s little in the way of food that I don’t much enjoy, and plenty of things yet to try! This question kept me awake last night, and I finally narrowed it down to… The Sandwich. Yes, the humble sandwich. I mean, I really like good fresh bread, and a good sandwich often has a couple pieces of that. I’m cheered by just about any sort of sandwich, everything from processed cheese on crustless white to a lovely hot rueben on toasted rye. Lay an honest hearty muffeletta or cheesesteak in front of me, and I’m all yours.

2. What character traits annoy you in other people? In yourself?

I abhor liars. This is a problem for me, as almost everyone I encounter is nearly continually lying. Mind you, this is just my own weird perception, as a hyper-literal observer. I also strongly dislike any lack of self-respect. I can’t seem to respect anyone who can’t respect themselves. Furthermore, while I can respect someone who I do not like, I simply cannot like anyone who I do not respect.
I myself have traits that I find very frustrating at times, but not neccessarily annoying. However, I’m sure I exhibit a whole plethora of traits that most other people simply cannot stand.

3. Growing up, what was your most prized possession?

Another tough question. I recall plenty of objects in my youth that I felt particularly attached to at the time, but they have all passed from me, and are only recalled which a question such as this brings them to my mind. The two most obvious choices have been my boat and my bus, but those objects have (and continue to) possessed me, rather than the other way around. I let this one rattle around in my head for a day, and the answer has finally found me. I’m sure now that it has always been my bike. Well, there’s been four different bicycles, actually, but they each represented a certain spirit of freedom and exploration that has continued with me, unbroken.

4. You tend to research a lot of things, depending on who you meet and what their interests are. What has been your favourite topic to learn about?

Researching, to me, consists mainly of learning what is already known, already discovered. Only a very few people ever get to learn anything truly novel, to create new knowledge. It would be incredibly difficult for me to narrow down what specific topic has best held my interest, rather, I find myself most interested in meta-knowledge, and the integration of apparently far-removed areas. For example, I really enjoy taking knowledge gained in one field and applying it to another. This might be as simple as using sailboat hardware for suspension rigging, or as esoteric as applying perceptual theosophy to combinometric mathematics. Really, I’d kinda prefer to be able to turn the damned thing off sometimes (my brain, that is).

5. If you weren’t in the BVI, where would you be?

If I could sail away from here tomorrow (assuming it wasn’t actually hurricane season), it would be to New England and the Maritimes. If I hadn’t come to the BVI, well, I couldn’t even imagine where I’d be… My life has taken some pretty large and unexpected turns; I suppose I would have gone wherever they took me.

If you’d like me to interview you too, just post a comment saying so. 🙂

Added up the receipts, again:

Plumbing – Fittings, hoses, seacocks, though-hulls, etc
Epoxy – Resin, hardener, applicators, fillers, fairing compounds
Paint – Primers, topcoats, thinners, masking, sundries
Surfacing – Sandpaper, wire wheels, grinding discs, buffing wheels & compounds
Rigging – Fittings, furler, terminals, turnbuckles
Sealants – 5200, beddings, caulking, adhesives, etc.
Hardware – Hinges, handles, latches
Driveline – Engine, shaft, log, prop, stuffing box, accessories
Building materials – wood, fiberglass cloth, lexan, plywood

Total – $5562.54

Oh yeah, the boat was $3500. 🙂 So that’s $9062.54. And still not floating yet. Hah!

Since I’ve been back, I’ve been charging ahead at full speed on Centaurea. Deckhouse and margins painted, many bits of deck hardware installed, stays’l tracks finished off, boomkin metalwork all cut, shaped, and fitted (awaiting final welding though), freshwater tank finally FINALLY plumbed and full of water, cockpit locker lids/seats and sole non-skidded and in place, shaft log & shaft installed… Really have to look at the calendar to keep track.

Yup, there’s been a new game to help me maintain momentum: keeping a list of completed tasks on a calender, day by day. I’m trying to get something into every box on the calender… Somedays I don’t but many other days see multiple things get checked off.

Last night I signed off on two frikkin’ hours of miserable hand hacksawing; cutting an 8″ long bevel into the end of a 2″ stainless steel heavy-wall pipe. It’s only slightly reassuring to note that there’s “only” three more of these cuts to make, haha! This, of course, for the A-frame bowsprit/anchor platform.

Last week I also got around to adding up all the receipts. Yikes! This $3500 boat has now cost me a little over $9000, and in many ways is no closer to the water than it was when I bought it. I’ll be re-posting the “running costs” page asap so you all can keep track of the ridiculous spending. 🙂