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by MikeMonty
Tue Jun 05, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Just how far away is the sun?
Replies: 11
Views: 3244

Re: Just how far away is the sun?

The rays radiate (now there's a surprise) from the sun which is a point source as you can see from the picture. The fact that you can see them fanning out is due to the relative positions of the sun, clouds & observer. They are not all in line are they? It took me a minute or two to figure out ...
by MikeMonty
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Just how far away is the sun?
Replies: 11
Views: 3244

Re: Just how far away is the sun?

Purely an effect of the viewer's perspective then? I've only just managed to sign into bluemoment again after over a year and a half in the wilderness - the bot filter has a mean and intransigent manner! - so this is a bit of a test post too... I took a copy of your photo, opened it in "paint&...
by MikeMonty
Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Freezing
Replies: 23
Views: 4692

Re: Freezing

Hi, Don't post much - but given that I've just winterised my 1GM10 with the boat on the hardstanding on the Clyde (got caught out - didn't expect a big freeze so early in the winter) so I have some recent experience. I'd say that it's less likely to be frozen while the boat is in the water, because ...
by MikeMonty
Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Carbon
Replies: 14
Views: 3802

Re: Carbon

What's wrong with it? Why does everyone hate the stuff? Schoolkids are being taught its killing the planet etc etc ... Without it we'd not have a boat, fer one. I've got a lot of time fer Carbon; molecular weight 12; not too thin like hydrogen nor obese. In fact, a size 12 woman wud be my ideal ......
by MikeMonty
Wed May 13, 2009 7:29 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Where is it?
Replies: 13
Views: 3856

Re: Where is it?

aquaplane wrote:What was it doing out in the bay?



Backstroke! :rotfl:
by MikeMonty
Sat May 02, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Loo seat security
Replies: 5
Views: 2383

Re: Loo seat security

If you have ever bust the hinges on the loo seat in heavy weather (no sniggering at the back) then you might be delighted by my recent discovery http://i238.photobucket.com/albums/ff301/cpedw/IMG_1050-1.jpg These brackets are just plastic elbows, about 30mm deep by 45mm with 2 screw holes to attach...
by MikeMonty
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:52 pm
Forum: Tip of the Week
Topic: Good old crimp terminals
Replies: 1
Views: 2350

Re: Good old crimp terminals

I've done similar using a suitable sized twisted loop of copper strands from ordinary cable loaded with a dab of solder. I was mounting a new instrument the other day - being too mean and disorganised to source,order & wait for the panel mounting kit for a fishfinder - the best improvisation I c...
by MikeMonty
Thu Apr 09, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: stowe navigator 1
Replies: 9
Views: 3330

Re: stowe navigator 1

And received with gratitude, Little Boy Blue! To be installed in my nice, clean new replacement facia material, courtesy of QD Plastics in Dumbarton (Thanks to QD also! - no connection etc...) I notice the serial number on yours is in the 12,000s, mine was in the 6,000s. I just replaced the Stowe de...
by MikeMonty
Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:25 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Oxalic acid
Replies: 18
Views: 8285

Re: Oxalic acid

I'd take some off you Eammon, can't run to half of 25kg but maybe 5kg would be reasonable if you can find some other takers. Let me know what price would run to.

God knows Stormy Petrel needs it - and I wouldn't ask anyone to take a contract out on you for suggesting it! :wink:

Mike
by MikeMonty
Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:57 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: You'll never get this one
Replies: 6
Views: 2507

Re: You'll never get this one

Looks Inland, freshwater big enough for pocket cruisers, Loch Lomond? Can't quite work out the topography. I would have said somewhere like Ross Priory (years since I used to kayak up to there and thereabouts) but the stretch of water looks too narrow, though this might be down to lens focal length....
by MikeMonty
Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:59 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Celtic Connections, glasgow.
Replies: 4
Views: 2175

Re: Celtic Connections, glasgow.

I'm afraid I think it's too late for you to catch Deaf Shepherd - they were superb! But if you want to hear the lead track from their first album (by no means the full range of their portfolio - a real mix) listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv--ToTnxsU I had previously set some phone video...
by MikeMonty
Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:08 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Missing a little ship.
Replies: 12
Views: 3547

I think the moral of the story, gentleman is to keep checking your equipment - especially the dangly bits that are often getting wet and being pulled about. The idea of the tripwire is quite good - could a mini GPS such as car manufacturers use be deployed in case the boat stays too far? Ah but if ...
by MikeMonty
Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Missing a little ship.
Replies: 12
Views: 3547

I've had this happen to me - shackle on the mooring strop of my previous boat broke at the south end of Largs and the coastguard found the boat at the north end. Not funny. I've often thought that there must be a method of setting up the anchor to automatically deploy if the boat comes off the moori...
by MikeMonty
Tue Oct 07, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Running rigging ~ the gordian way
Replies: 19
Views: 15003

I read a post in a climbing rope website recently debunking the "no powerwashing" theory that a powerwasher will force dirt and grit into the fibres of a rope. http://www.onrope1.com/RopeWashing.htm (Lets face it - if any rope used needs to be sure of his ropes - its a climber!) Argument w...
by MikeMonty
Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:57 pm
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Sailing Clubs
Replies: 21
Views: 8691

Very good. I have a soft spot for Dorothy Parker, I'm sure she would appreciate a soft spot. She had a more acidic wit than Groucho - and used vigorously. Not normally a fan of the witty and urbane - but she's good! Run more to Emo Philips(ish) myself: http://www.emophilips.com/home :lol:

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