About Me

My photo

Free Range Human, Sailor, Writer, Artist, Videographer  

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Of Chain Saws, Navigation Tools and Sailing HideAway

"Betcha you're too chicken to see if that chain saw blade is sharp" said the thumb to the forefinger.   "Ha! You think think I'm that stupid?" the forefinger retorted.  "Well I can't 'cause I'm too short" The thumb replied.  "Besides that chain saw is four years old so the chain can't be that sharp - You're just too much of a wiener to try!"


When a day starts like that how can it get any better?  Well, for starters, after weeks of fruitless searching we found our lost navigation tools hiding in a brief case along side a desk.  I was not looking forward to replacing my new dividers and parallel rule that's for sure!

A brief case?  Really on a Compac 23?  No wonder the nav tools found a hiding place!

At last we can start editing our latest video.  Look for A Pine Island Plan coming  soon to a Utube channel near you.  

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

How To Shrink a Ford F150 And Launch Your Boat

Launching HideAway

Very low spring tides lead to extending the trailer tongue to its greatest length.

On the surface it would seem a longer trailer would be harder to maneuver, however I found the launching process much easier.

I asked my Teamster friend who explained that making the trailer longer actually makes my 17 foot long Ford F150 shorter. There is a good reason why those 18 wheelers have tractors as short as possible and why most trailers have moveable wheels. The relationship between tow vehicle length and the length of the trailer determines the turning radius. A tow vehicle shorter than the trailer makes the rig easier to maneuver.
What a concept!
See the video Launching HideAway How Hard Can It Be