What is the best book on the history of sending mail, news, orders and other information by ship?
posted by michaelh
on Jul 18, 2014 -
Have you ever been on one of those group boat-and-bike travel expeditions? Are they terrible—or amazing? [more inside]
posted by RJ Reynolds
on May 30, 2014 -
Did Hume, in writing about the problem of induction, go on any thing like a tangent about how we might as well just row out into the middle of the sea? [more inside]
posted by PMdixon
on Jan 29, 2014 -
I currently live on and am restoring an old dutch barge.
I started with no idea what I'm doing and am slowly working my way up to lvl 1 boat restorer.
The current job is insulating. I need to cover up all bare metal with insulation (I am using expanded phenolic foam board) but I also need to make sure I have sufficient wooden framing to attach walls to (it will be tongue and groove).
The problem I am currently having is to the neatest way to insulate around some portholes and also insulate and neatly frame the triangular metal ribs.
I'd like to leave the nice shiny brass visible but have everything else covered up neatly. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Jan 15, 2014 -
Never owned a boat, but thinking about buying one. What should I know about boat-buying and boat-ownership? (As always, special water-droplet-ness inside.) [more inside]
posted by jferg
on Jul 8, 2013 -
I have started to go sailing with a friend. A small 16 foot hobie cat. I would love to like it, but I'm not really sure I get it. My friend wants to eventually sail around the world (on a different boat!). I'm not so sure and struggling to get past the learning stage.
So why do you sail? Any tips for getting the most of it?
I particularly enjoyed Pirsig's essay Cruising Blues and Their Cure
which covers some of my ambivalence.
posted by molloy
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I'm inthe process of designing a comprehensive refit of a 21 Metre Dutch Barge and thought it's about time I made at least a small amount of use of my Robotics background.
I'm thinking about including a vast array of sensors throughout the inside and outside and feeding it all into a central computer, then probably using these sensor feeds to do various automation actions.
So this question has a few parts, some technical and some not. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on Mar 27, 2013 -
For years I've been promising myself I'll spend New Year's Eve on Jost Van Dyke, in the British Virgin Islands. This is that year. I can fly out and book a hotel, but what I'd love to do is share a sailboat (or even a motorboat) with a few other people. How can I go about finding other interested people to share a bareback or captained charter?
Me: comfortable assisting on boats (when told what to do), great cook, happy scuba diver.
Is there some sort of matching service for wannabe sailors or cruisers? I'm not interested in a big boat, and I can't afford to charter the whole thing alone and then just hope that I can get other people to share. Thanks for your suggestions!
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet
on Feb 8, 2013 -
Do the crews of ships such as container and bulk good carriers leave the ship and get to see the place they are visiting? If not, why not?
General descriptions of the lives of modern seafarers that illuminate this question are more than welcome. [more inside]
posted by deadwax
on Jan 20, 2013 -
I have a radio control boat without a remote, very similar to the one pictured here
. After much Googling, it doesn't look like a replacement is easily available. How would I go about setting up a radio control remote for this boat? What information and equipment would I need?
posted by slogger
on Jan 17, 2013 -
Talk to me about different kinds of steamships, which might have been used to travel around African rivers around the 1860's. [more inside]
posted by np312
on Dec 11, 2012 -
Do you know of any good places within a 2-hour commute of DC where it's possible to rent a sailboat and stay somewhere cheap for a weekend? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia
on Jul 2, 2012 -
If building a house is cheaper than buying a house (if you exclude land costs) and buying a houseboat is cheaper than buying a house, could it be cost effective to have a "boat" designed and built outside London and then moor it in London to get a relatively cheap London house?
I'm aware moorings are rare and can be expensive, but do you think the costs would work out? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know
on May 28, 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 -
What is the easiest and cheapest way to go sailing in Chicago without buying a boat? [more inside]
posted by enn
on Mar 14, 2012 -
Boats and kids. Need some advice here. Taking a friend's son to the NY Boat Show in January. Like most 15 yr old boys, he is attracted to power, engines, energy. Boating is new to me, so this has got me real intrigued in a whole new subject, but I want to attempt a few things here. 1. (my bias) is to introduce him to the wide world of boats out there. Some sense of the range, history, and beauty of design. (get him 'Sailing Alone Around the World'-Josh Slocum?) 2. (fun and free) but he's 15; it has to be fun, not a lesson. There will be babes in bikinis, lots of giveaways, distractions. [more inside]
posted by ebesan
on Dec 8, 2011 -
Please recommend maritime novels and movies set in the late Victorian era.
posted by Hoenikker
on Nov 7, 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 -
What are some movies that are mostly filmed on a boat? like "the Bounty" or "Moby Dick" [more inside]
posted by Bacillus
on Jul 11, 2010 -
I'm in New Orleans the week of the 13th-20th and have very few plans for what to do during the day (by myself) or at night (with a friend). I'm looking for suggestions for places to go, preferably that we can get to by streetcar. Note: I've never spent this much time in a city with a big river before and have no idea what to do with that. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed
on Feb 27, 2010 -
Is there any way of determining what percentage of ships arrived safely at their destinations - or did not - during a given period in history? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy
on Jul 16, 2009 -
I've nearly completed building my first boat
and would like to get it in the water. I know that I can take my boating license online, but how do I get a "hull number" or some sort of registration for the boat (assuming this is needed)? I am located in Toronto, Ontario.
posted by glider
on May 20, 2009 -
How can I get out on the water in Portland, Oregon? When I visited Boston a friend took me out sailing on the Charles river. They had some sort of community program where you could take lessons and then take out boats you were certified for. It was a lot of fun, so I'm wondering if there's anything similar, not too expensive, in Portland. Rowing might be interesting too, or just some way to boat around without actually owning a boat. I have lots of experience listening to Sloop John B, if that helps?
posted by Post-it Goat
on Jul 7, 2008 -
I know nothing about boats, but I'll be buying one soon and have narrowed it down to two styles. Help me make a choice. [more inside]
posted by justgary
on Jun 11, 2008 -
Im looking into buying a boat... 17-18 foot bowrider... I dont know too much about them, i found a 1999 larson sei with the 3.0litre volvo penta and only 22 hours for $9000usd, its just across the border (im in canada)... its either that or a bayliner which sem to be very popular... has anyone had good or bad experiences with these boats and could reccomend one or the other? (or something else) Also anyone imported a boat into canada from the states and have advice on what to watch out for? Thanks all :) [more inside]
posted by frogger12
on Dec 10, 2007 -
Through providence, luck, or my ability to be completely spontaneous, I've just landed a job crewing on a catamaran headed from Miami to Panama, then up to Seattle. The catch is that I have absolutely no experience doing anything like this. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover
on May 15, 2007 -
How can I get from Turkey to Israel via boat given the current open border crossings? Does anyone know of specific companies that make this trip? If it is not possible to go direct, can I go through Cyprus or Egypt?
posted by christy
on Jul 21, 2006 -
Last week as I was driving over the Charles River in Boston, MA I saw a group of small sailboats with numbers on the sails. They were all moving and changing direction very fast, and it seemed that there was an orange ball floating amongst them. Is this some sort of polo-like game? Anybody have any info on what the heck they were doing?
posted by splatta
on Jun 20, 2005 -
This morning, the landlord of the bar I work in text messaged me asking, "Ant, can you find a web site that sells boats seized by customs in the USA? Cheers." Of course, my first thought was eBay
, but I'm wondering if there's some governmental or contracted company that does this sort of thing. Any ideas?
posted by armoured-ant
on Apr 14, 2004 -
Is there any conceivable way one could use a bathtub as a boat? Have you heard of anyone doing it? Would it even float? I found the site for the annual Yukon River Bathtub Race
, but the boats in their galleries are more like regular boats that just happen to have bathtubs mounted on them.
posted by edlundart
on Mar 29, 2004 -