REALITY EN SHTICK
To the tune of "Yes, we have no bananas," we have no video today. Or tomorrow, but maybe someday, even if I have to make it myself. There's a story here, and I'm just trying to get it, and tell it, straight. Nevertheless, there IS video today -- if not much -- as per the link listed below.
Suggestion: To placate your justifiable bummer, save this teaser 'till last and watch it on the show notes page for this episode at OutRigMedia.
ONE, TWO, THREE OR FOUR (yes, 4) HULLS?
This Caper is mainly a report on the current status of the OutRig Project. It describes the cast of characters involved in determining that status, plus something of how these individuals have come to be involved.
While there is no conclusion on the main issue — how the Project will integrate with the Mariners Museum — still there is cause to be excited about the possibilities. And speaking of possibilities, it just may happen that four-hulled watercraft will take over the world.
Listen as I tell you about a brand new 4-hulled boat.
A BOAT FOR TWO BUBBAS
This Caper tells of evolving a small catamaran for taking two big boys fishing, with nine chances to get out and back.
Those chances are: one breeze, two batteries, four legs and two hulls. These hulls are set just wide enough apart to permit real bubbas to really bounce around. This combination of features is unprecedented, and as multihulls go -- past, present and future -- this bucket is a real boot in the butt.
THE ANCIENT FUTURE
This is my first attempt at looking back on our contemporary multihull stories from the fictional vantage of about 150 years ahead in the future.
It is an experiment, done mostly for the fun of it, but hoping to suggest the role that multihulls may play in the long term saga of man's relationship to the sea, to the Planet, and to himself -- ourselves.
In order to decide how much of this frolic you want to hear, we really need your feedback on this Caper. Please drop a line to me at email@example.com. Come on, let's OutRig!
(Note: This show episode is what Jim has termed an "Ancient Futurecast" - Jim's attempt at a fictional Capercast)
This caper takes me back to Mexico to retrieve Juana from the canners at Sabo. We then stumble into a delightful cove on an island where we are not supposed to be, but there is nobody around.
We play Robinson Crusoe, catch a lift home, and meander towards the days of Searunner trimerans. But we don't get there because of computer problems, and I may not see you next week. If not, Joe Farinaccio will let you know why.
WITH A CREW OF FOUR (ONE GESTATING)
This is the audio update for Chapter 4 of my book “Among The Multihulls - Volume 1.” It tells of our coastal voyage in the 24' trimaran Juana, probably the first modern trimaran to venture offshore, 1959.
It's an old story, told here with some new details -- let's call them embellishments -- intended to help place the early-modern multihull into the historical context of the time. With the boat sadly overloaded, sailing in the storm season, and with my wife Jo Anna over five months pregnant, we made every mistake possible, yet our surfable, beachable boat -- and the gracious, local fisherfolk -- saved us from harm.
SETTING THE SCENE
In this audio version of Chapter 3 of Among the Multihulls, I attempt to go a little deeper into the "deep history" of how the modern trimaran came into being.
It sets the scene for the explosive advent inf the 1960s by describing the ebullience and confidence that brought the seafaring multihull into the main stream.
*NB (Note well, an Important Note, take notice): Some bad language.
Well yes, I made a promise to myself, that night at Old Providence Island over sixty years ago. I would fasten myself to a life with boats and sailing. And I suppose it would appear that I have kept it, but I'm not suggesting it 's for everyone.
For me, the stimuli were so strong, the fulfillment so co complete, the identity so clear, that nowadays I am telling those old stories again and again -- sometimes with a surprise ending. This is such a telling.
PLAY IT WHEN I'M DEAD
Wishing that I had collected more voice recordings when my subjects were alive, this caper is offered while the subject IS alive, miraculously. My particular friend Bruce Matlack tells of just one of many youthful exploits from back when he was trying to get to Tahiti without his own boat.
He eventually made it, in his twenties. Now he is contemplating going again in his 60s, in his own boat, SCRIMSHAW.
Also here is a report on the status of The Outrig Project, now at a crucial juncture.
BOATBUILDING -- WHICH KIND?
After doing several interview capers, we have here the results of some interesting comparisons, resulting from hurricane damage, between good old sheet plywood construction, and "cold molded" or Constant Camber (CC) construction.
Design differences between the Searunner 34 and the CC 35 are discussed, as are the challenges of getting good wood for these boats today. And, oh yes, the virtues of epoxy!
In the end, if you want to go NOW, buy a good, used monohull. There are lots of them around begging to go cruising.
While I'm away appraising the hurricane damage to Scrimshaw, I hope you will enjoy the conclusion of my telephone conversation with Lee Bullock, which exemplifies the committed lifestyle of those many individuals who invested substantial portions of their lives to creating the modern multihull.
Then, please offer your critique of my seemingly fanciful predictions of the possible conformation of the NEXT modern monohull. Something new -- under the sun??
CLOSE FRIENDS, CLOSE CALLS
Jo Hudson speaks of "thrilling" incidents recalled, in 2004, from his first seafaring voyage (in the mid-1960s) in his owner-built 30' Piver Nimble trimaran, from California to Australia. These Capers are the only examples of Jo's recorded voice telling his own stories.
He is very matter-of-fact, not so effusive as I am, but he sailed a lot farther than I did, mostly in boats that I designed and he built or re-built. This is a glimpse at the client's side of a 55 year-long designer/client relationship, the ending of which has left me feeling like a single-hander. Please know that Jo died of gradual heart failure and final pneumonia, without pain, in his wife Sherry's arms, while being liberally kissed by his "family" (their dogs).
THE SECOND FIRST ENCOUNTER
Responding to Jo Hudson's passing, I feel obliged to share with you something of our 55-year, 9-multihull connection. This Caper tells of how we first men (for the second time), and continues with a glimpse of the "can-do" commitment and enthusiasm that typified the early California trimaran happening.
Eventually, I will attempt to describe my late friend himself, his person, his warts and his quest for beauty and adventure. I have now outlived about all of my early multihull contemporaries, and it makes me feel the need to share their stories with you.
A BLAST FROM THE PAST, AND PRESENT
This recorded telephone conversation reveals more of the boundless enthusiast, willingness to risk, and lifestyle commitment that typified the advent of the early modern multihull.
It also contains, at the end, a sad announcement.
MEMORIAL AND MAINE
Jim discusses his most recent capers in both Michigan and Maine. First, he talks about the memorial service he attended on behalf of his old friend Meade Gougeon, immediately followed by his travel to the rugged, northeast coast of North America.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT "THE KING OF GLUE"
This Caper is a small collection of remarks made to me about how Meade Gougeon, and the whole WEST System phenomenon, has influenced their lives. It reveals a lot about how "appropriate technology" can make a difference in unexpected ways.
MEADE GOUGEON HAS SAILED AWAY
This issue is a collection of my own personal recollections of a long friendship with Meade, founder of WEST System epoxy products. We are also posting a link on the show notes page for this podcast episode at OutRigMedia to the full manuscript of an article I wrote for WoodenBoat about Meade.
In another audio we will collect a number of comments made by others of Meade's friends. We have lost a pillar in the marine community, and a loss is a loss. However, Meade and his brothers have shown -- by example -- how boats, and life, are done well.
Jim’s Woodenboat article about Meade (link): http://outrigmedia.com/outrig/multihulls-media/other-multihull-stuff/counterrevolutionary-craftsman-catching-up-with-meade-gougeon/