After reading a recommendation here for the utterly delightful Ms. Rumphius
, I started thinking about kids books about travel that I used to enjoy. When I was a kid I loved a picture book about a kingdom where everyone had to wear black all the time because the prince or princess had died and the kingdom was in mourning, and an apprentice tailor traveled the world by boat and learned about clothing in different cultures and eventually came home and made beautiful colorful clothing for everyone in the kingdom and the sadness over the kingdom was lifted. I have searched and searched and can't remember anything more about it. Can anyone remember? It was a lovely book and I would like to share it with my daughter.
posted by n'muakolo
on Mar 30, 2014 -
I need to get on and off my boat easily. More to the point my pregnant wife needs to be able to.
(Because we both live in the boat).
I have recently built a new wooden gangplank
which is not too bad. (but heavy)
But for reasons I will go into below I think I need a replacement. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Dec 18, 2013 -
I plan to sail around the world with several people and regulations state that I have to have a stocked medicine chest on the boat. I have a book by the world health organization called "International medical guide for ships" that has a list off the different medications I need to have and when to use them and the dose ect. but it does not say where to get these medications, many of which are normally prescription in the US. What do most small ships do?
posted by john123357
on Nov 8, 2013 -
I'm looking to buy my friend a gift for his boat but don't know the model number. Here
is a picture of the boat. It's a Super Natique and I think it's year is late 2000's. [more inside]
posted by shew
on Oct 10, 2013 -
I'm looking for a YA novel that was:
- published before 1989
- omniscient third-person narrator
- is set sometime between the 17th and 19th centuries
- is set on a large ship (a schooner, I believe)
I read a book matching this description as required reading in my eighth grade English class. Can you help me figure out what it was?
posted by pxe2000
on Aug 15, 2013 -
There was a huge lightning storm this morning, in the middle of it my power went out.
All the breakers on my boat are on, all e breakers on the power bollard are on.
The odd thing is that the bollard has power to the meters and register 5v on the ac setting of my multimeter across live and earth.
Also the RCD buttons trip out the breakers. This suggests that it has power. But nothings coming out.
Any ideas for
a) How come it has some power but no output
b) Is there anything I can do.
My electrical skills = I own a nice multimeter
My fear of zappy death = relatively high [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Jul 22, 2013 -
I was a (sort of) competitive rower in a former life. I now enjoy kayaking and other outdoorsy water excursions. I want a boat that combines the best of these. Is this a possible thing? [more inside]
posted by DeadliestQuack
on Jul 7, 2013 -
Somewhere between 1997 and 2001 in Seattle, I saw a 1 or 2 hour independent film on TV at a friend's place. The subject was a man who wanted to row a small boat across a series of lakes and rivers somewhere in northern Canada. He traveled alone and filmed himself. I don't remember enough nor know enough about Canadian geography to say much more about the location. [more inside]
posted by kiblinger
on Jul 4, 2013 -
How do you drill a 3/8" hole into a 1/2" hole having the same center without a drill press? [more inside]
posted by gauche
on Apr 22, 2013 -
A friend and I are looking into buying a boat and living on it whilst sailing around Europe next year, I understand that there are going to be a lot of challenges, but the first one: is it financially viable. [more inside]
posted by Ned G
on Mar 25, 2013 -
What do I need to know to be a proper support boat to a long distance swimmer? [more inside]
posted by garlic
on Jul 6, 2012 -
Let's say that I'm looking to buy a serviceable used canoe on the cheap. How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Apr 6, 2012 -
Travelling to NYC area this summer with 3 people and small, well-behaved dog. Looking for boat tours that are pet-friendly. Hopefully something that goes around Manhattan, but any waterway in the area would be nice. Any ideas?
posted by cows of industry
on Apr 3, 2012 -
I'm looking for a gift for someone who just bought an ancient 35-foot yacht that she intends to spend the next couple of years renovating, and then live in. I want it to be kind of a house-warming gift, but, y'know, for a boat. [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Dec 29, 2011 -
Several model boats in the Brussels city museum have a rounded triangular structure attached to the side, as seen here
, mouseover for highlighting. What is it called, and what is it for?
posted by TheophileEscargot
on Dec 7, 2011 -
Would love some help tracking down a novel that intrigued me, but unfortunately I have only the tiniest bit of info to go on... I know there's a girl in a boat on the river in New York City, and that it's set in the past. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly
on Aug 12, 2011 -
For a bachelor party in Connecticut, I would like to rent a motorboat big enough for 6 people, for a half-day, ideally near Foxwoods casino, ideally with a bbq grill, two weeks from now. Recommendations please?
posted by sninctown
on Jul 24, 2011 -
I live in Minneapolis and would like to rent a boat to take out on a lake for a day in July. Does MeFi have a preferred boat rental establishment in the Twin Cities area? [more inside]
posted by godisdad
on Jun 20, 2011 -
What's the best way to boat across the Pacific? What type of boat would be both effective and relatively easy to build? Human- or wind-power preferred, DIY and reuse encouraged. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix
on Jun 16, 2011 -
I'm interested in doing a long trip in a small boat through the north american river system. How would I go about learning what laws and regulations apply and what rivers are navigable? I'm not sure where to even start my research. What I have in mind is something like a long cross-country bicycle trip, except on the water in a small boat such as a canoe or similar, doing the journey 18th century style.
posted by LastOfHisKind
on Jun 4, 2011 -
Does anyone have any recommendations on one-way ferry travel in early June from Naples to Spain, ideally Valencia? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges
on May 5, 2011 -
When I read Cory Doctorow's "I, Row-Boat
", a character (Olivaw) says that human beings "have to be born half-gestated because its head would be so big if it waited for a full term, it would tear its mother in half." I had not heard of this viewpoint before, and am wondering where Doctorow heard of this idea. I tried sending him an e-mail, but received no response.
posted by WCityMike
on May 1, 2011 -
I'd like to circumnavigate Australia in a sail boat one day. What's the best way to learn about sailing to prepare me for the trip? what do I need to know to survive? and more... [more inside]
posted by Bacillus
on Apr 26, 2011 -
When is really the best time to fish for salmon in the Puget Sound / Georgia Straight area? Is it exclusively a late fall/early winter sport? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on Oct 22, 2010 -
Question about Civilization V; If one of my cities can build work boats and triremes, how come my other cities (that are near water) can not build/purchase them? They don't even show up in the build/buy list. [more inside]
posted by banshee
on Sep 29, 2010 -
I'm looking for a TV advertisement William F. Buckley, Jr. did in the late 80s or early 90s for his magazine, National Review, while sailing his boat. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw
on Aug 27, 2010 -
Where is a good place in the San Francisco Bay Area to work on a fiberglass boat? [more inside]
posted by gum
on Aug 24, 2010 -
I took the night ship from Oslo to Copenhagen last week. When we were about an hour out of Oslo, two of these
boats came up on us out of nowhere, spent nearly an hour zooming up and down the length of the ship and back and forth across the wake, then abruptly vanished. Who were they and what, exactly, were they doing? [more inside]
posted by anderjen
on Aug 23, 2010 -
The song is called something like Callie's 'Song' (or Kallie, Kylie, Caylie etc.), or possibly Callie's Boat instead of 'Song'. I think it's Irish & it's lovely. It's about a boy who takes his little boat out on the sea - the only refrain I can recall is 'Callie loves the sea'. Thanks!
posted by jsslz
on May 21, 2010 -
I live in an apartment near the ocean, facing an interior courtyard. Are there any circumstances where if a Tornado picks up a boat from the ocean and drops it into the courtyard, I am allowed to salvage from it? What if it lands on my balcony, or breaks into smaller pieces? This is especially topical since I live in Los Angeles.
posted by Lord_Pall
on Jan 20, 2010 -
Tractors and Boats - Need help figuring out what kind of tractor my dad had, and how to fix a boat [more inside]
posted by rselover
on May 14, 2009 -
I need help finding an inexpensive live-aboard boat slip in the Bay Area. General boat-living hints, anecdotes and tips are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on May 2, 2009 -
Is there a book or museum or resource that specifically lists the stories of people who survived in Lifeboats? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000
on Apr 21, 2009 -
What is the best aluminum boat and motor combination that can be used for saltwater or freshwater that can be towed with a Mazda 6 wagon? [more inside]
posted by Craiggy83
on Mar 30, 2009 -
How feasible is it to find work on a boat in Colombia/Venezuela/Panama that is bound for the eastern seaboard of the United States, preferably Norfolk or Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Jan 27, 2009 -
I'm interested in jobs where you go to some possibly unpleasant place, work really hard and come back flush. [more inside]
posted by sully75
on Jul 7, 2008 -
I'm planning a two night boat trip in Ontario with my son. Any ideas on a waterway that will keep us occupied while we aren't fishing? We have a 16 foot boat so I need a fairly calm lake or river system.
posted by Scoops
on Jul 2, 2008 -