Hold on my pets….
“It is only when you see a mosquito landing on your testicles that you realize that there is always a way to solve problems without violence.” ~ The Great Lao-Tzu, philosopher (604-531 BC)
I’ll get into the boat “eureka” stuff later, but let me share this with you. Back in 2009 my building changed the elevator cab and my old mountain bike didn’t fit any more. Since I live on the 5th floor and I’m a tad of an old fart (a slowly aging, very hip, young person), I bought a Dahon Vitesse D7HG folding bike. My yamaha TT600 has a starter problem so the past 4 months I’ve been boogieing it around town on an everyday basis.. and loving it! Well, last Friday afternoon I went for a few beers with a “friend” and when I got back to the pole it was locked on…. it was gone, vanished without a trace. Whoever nicked it knew what he was doing…. it had a good lock and it was on a busy street outside Alexandra’s’ shop. Kudos to the $#%… I better not find him. I’ve never been robbed before so the rage I was feeling was annoying that night. I’ve come to terms with it, everything happens for a reason and there is a lesson to be learned. I haven’t found it yet. Maybe I should got to bed with Jack Nicholson!
Zoot Allures and Dahon never met. Destiny?
Meanwhile…. back down in Zoot Allures-ville, I had noticed that the windvanes top clamping thing was covering up a label. Curiosity kills the cat. Literally! After taking off the nuts, I went underneath to support the rudder and heard the loud thud of the clamp hitting the ground, missing my head by an inch! (a lesson to be learned?) Anyway… mystery solved!
It’s an old WindPilot by John Adam. Seems like its the old Atlantik model which is the Auxiliary rudder V-vane type. They don’t make them like this anymore. Most of them now are of the servo-pendulum type. But you can see some old (historical) videos to give you an idea http://windpilot.com/n/wind/en/vide/sail/vid_SAIL_156
Lots of company info if anyone is interested. I’m mostly interested is that it’ll work. And I can’t see why not. It did back then and all the parts are there. It’s gonna look rather retro but, hey….. that’s what Zoot Allures is all about!
Stay tuned…. and ….ohmmmmmm…
ps … looking for inspiration from Yosemite Sam saying the “Mahatma Gandhi” line helps a bit. Robbed by a skunk!