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A common adage …

March 3, 2013

A common adage heard among instrument designers is the phrase, “Don’t make it accurate; make it adjustable.”

from a nice set of class notes “All About Circuits” 


Dog in Park

July 27, 2012

Dog in Park


March 28, 2012

Beware the lollipop of mediocrity, lick it once and you will suck forever!

March 13, 2012

March 3, 2012

In order to decode any short link, you just need to open, enter the short URL and press Extract


Growing old beats the alternative

February 17, 2012

Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

February 17, 2012

1994 Larson 250 Cabrio – new to me!

January 16, 2012

1994 Larson 250 Cabrio

I purchased this boat on January 13 (Friday!) 2012. It snowed the next few days.

Here is a sistership with photos to give an idea what it is supposed to look like.

“Argumentum ad metum” (appeal to fear) is a logical fallacy. Let’s be wise, not random.

January 8, 2012

The Cruising Powerboat

December 18, 2011

The Cruising Powerboat:

As we enter the 21st century its hard to remember that as recently as the 1930’s the Northern Californian, Oregon, and most of Washington coast towns almost only contact with the outside world was from the sea. And while of course sail went up and down these coasts, since the beginning of the 20th century small powerboats have been out there, summer and winter, and never written about in the marine press.

Small powerboats have demonstrated unbelievable feats of seaworthiness, far more so than the stereotype ocean cruising sailboat that most people believe is what you need to safely and economically cruise the seas. We have read about grand cruises of people in sailboats, but while these few were out sailing and writing countless small powerboats were out there too. God alone knows how many little fishboats, 30 to 50 foot, have gone up and down the coasts. Far more than pleasure sailboats, and none with publicity.

The small seagoing powerboat long ago proved itself to be not only a safe and feasible vessel to venture out to sea in, but to be a considerably more comfortable thing to go to sea in than a sailboat steered with a stick, you sitting out on what is all to frequently a wet deck, in the weather, trying to harness a wind that usually is either not there, to strong, or blowing from where you want to go.

It’s interesting that modern advertising has taken the qualities that made the small ocean going fishboats good seaboats and played them up as selling points for the more robust powerboats and at the same time, contemporary production sailboat advertising has gone the opposite direction! The features that make a small boat, sail OR power, safe in open water; displacement and heavy scantlings, reliable systems, a seakindly hull, are today considered UNDESIRABLE in sailboats by many contemporary designers and safe and rugged cruising sailboat design is considered “second rate” by the current marine press, yet the identical concept but in powerboats is written up glowingly……

The long range cruising powerboat is NOT a new concept. It is a sensible and cost efficient concept when compared to a sailboat, especially the typical modern production sailboat.