Meanwhile…. in April…!

….as in …before Easter. (Catching up isn’t my forte here).

The Launch!

After about a month(!) of the poor little CLC Nesting Pram sleeping and bonding next to Zoot Allures, we finally got a chance to launch the freakin’ thing.

Armed with a bottle of Prosecco and friends we got it down to a small port, cracked open the bottle, poured some on the pram, some for Possidon, more for us, and got it wet.

Badabim badaboom. Not much to write here. I went out for a little spin and so did the others

Time was tight so we rapped her up and tucked her away beside Zoot Allures….. and it hasn’t been touched since!! How lame is that. But one thing for sure….. it’s come a long way since it was bare bones sheets of wood.

And on that note……

Stay tuned, keep on truckin’

Capt Pete

ps… the rig is coming along…..

pss…. WordPress is getting worse and worser when it comes to formatting a simple page layout with text and pictures. I missed the opportunity to chew their butts off when the had a dumb fanfare conference here.

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Meanwhile…. in March…

Hello. Anybody home…?

I ain’t… I’m at work, up at 5am and it’s freakin’ Sunday! But I do try to watch The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and he’s got a “meanwhile” segment and I thought I’d give it a shot. So….

Meanwhile…. The CLC nesting pram is done! The last touches where pretty-ing up the flotation under the seats.

Also I glued an elastic flange on one of the mating surfaces so they don’t bang too much during assembly and to maybe keep more water out.

And one that note, it is done finished and most importantly… time to get out of my bedroom!!!!

By now (then) it was mid March. With the help of my buddie pal, pal buddie Percules and Alexandra we got it down five flights and got er up on my car which with the help of Possidon got parked across the street.

And in short order by 2 beloveds were united!

Awwwww…. how sweet! There was no time for launching that day so that pretty much raps this saga up. Time for the sailing rig.

Stay tuned for more …meeeeeeeanwhile(s)!

ps… it is so great getting that boat out of the house!! It took forever to clean out the dust and I went full-out and empty-ed the bookshelf and got it on top of my old table. THAT was a project on its own….when was the last time YOU took everything down off your bookshelf ???

still a mess, a work in progress

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Boat Heat?

Hey Y’all!

Spring has sprung!….but it’s still cold-ish. And instead of trying to explain my absence, I’m just going to write a quicky of one of the none-existent projects done on ol’ Zoot Allures.

So…in order to heat up a boat (or any enclosed area) without electricity, you’re gonna need a chimney. What the chimney does is get the smoke and co2 out of the boat and also sucks out the humidity. Humidity is created not only by the burning of any heat creating fuel but also by us exhaling. How inconvenient! Plus… boats are surrounded by water and….. you get the picture.

Most common boat heaters are run by burning propane, diesel, kerosene or solids like wood, pellets etc. Trying to keep things simple and cheap, and since I have a 2 burner kero stove with a ventilator overhead, my first attempt (and only attempt) to warm things up went something like this.


Alright, alright…let me explain. The concept is to keep the heat in and bad stuff (co2, humidity etc) out. Influenced by the Force 10 Cozy Cabin Heater, you light up the burner and on top of that you have a contraption that absorbs the heat and dissipates it in the room whilst removing the fumes out the chimney.

The contraption is a cylinder with a bunch of metal disks within and the exterior with heat fins. And of course an opening at the top for the exhaust. I unscrewed the ventilator and left it dangling temporarily.


After about half an hour I took some measurements.

Heat conclusions….. well…. when I got to the boat it 9deg C and in a few hours it was about 15deg C. Pa mal but not ideal. The biggest con right now is the stability. There is no way in hell this thing wont fall over if the boat was on the water so I’ve been thinking on ways to support it.

Anyhoo…… I think next winter I might just fork over a couple a 100 clams and get a Chinese knockoff of a webasto diesel heater

So stay tuned and warm-ish

Capt. Pete.

ps…… %$^%& wordpress changed again and it is literally impossible to place pictures where you want them within a text. Bad wordpress, bad!

pss…. I have apparently lost my blogging mojo…something I’ll turn y’all on to at some point.

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