April 25, 2011

Resources for troubleshooting marine VHF radio

Marine VHF Radio FAQ

Shakespere Automatic Radio Tester ART-3 ART-3 tests receiver function as well as output power and VSWR (antenna efficiency).

VSWR = Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR) meter ( build your own )

April 21, 2011

Wooden boatbuilder and his apprentice build a sailboat - Laurie Schreiber - Bar Harbor - MDI - Hancock - Bar Harbor Times

This is a nice article in the Bar Harbor Times about a young apprentice working at Great Harbor Boatworks. He is one very lucky kid!

Wooden boatbuilder and his apprentice build a sailboat - Laurie Schreiber - Bar Harbor - MDI - Hancock - Bar Harbor Times

I've enjoyed following Great Harbor Boatworks on facebook for about a year. VJ & I visited their yard last summer during Maine Boatbuilder's open boatyard days. Lorraine is a great photographer, and Richard was very generous with his time showing us around the yard, telling us about their boats and projects. They are preserving a rich piece of American folk history.

Here is Richard in one of my photos taken during the Aug. 2010 Open Boat Yard days

April 15, 2011

Sloop Providence to sail after 3-1/2 years

From the projo news blog:
Captain Thorpe Leeson, who purchased the 110-foot sailing ship from the city of Providence in February, said he will launch the vessel around 2 p.m. Friday April 15. At noon Saturday, he plans sail down Narragansett Bay -- the first time the Providence will have sailed in 3 ½ years -- and to moor her at Bowen's Wharf in Newport, where visitors will be free to visit over the weekend.

He spent "tons of money." repairing and restoring the replica Providence. The original was built in 1768 then purchased by the colony of Rhode Island after British attacked Rhode Island's shipping and the General Assembly ordered two ships to defend the sea lanes.

The original ship, which at one time was under the command of John Paul Jones, considered to be the father of the American Navy, went on to participate in 60 battles and to capture 40 British ships

He said that starting next week the replica sloop will return for the purposes for which it was built -- tall ships education and training, and for charter trips.

I wish Capt. Leeson success in his venture.

read the full story here:

April 07, 2011

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