You might have noticed that I haven't been blogging for quite some time. Two reasons:
1. I've been involved in a secret IOM project out of Australia and have not been able to blog about it. However, information should be coming out shortly. When I am okayed to talk about it, I'll let you know what has developed. It's exciting! Stay tuned.
2. I'm out of RC Sailing, 3D design, and laser cutting file drawing for the time being. This summer my wife and I were sitting on our deck in Seattle. We had been through a semester of teaching remotely, our city was having riots, the world was on fire both literally and with Covid, the housing market in Seattle was also on fire (in a good way), and I turned old enough to be eligible for (very) early retirement.
We were chatting and pondering as we often do, and we finally turned to each other and said, "Screw it, let's go!". Within a month we had sold the house, moved ourselves and the cat in with the mother-in-law where we intend to stay during the cold months, and then we bought a boat... a big one! We bought a 2005 Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 49 in perfect, and I mean peeerfect, shape! We'll be exploring Puget Sound, Vancouver Island, and the Inside Passage on her for the warm months.
In order to do this transition, we rapidly gave away or sold everything. I gave my entire workshop to a friend who will let me use the tools anytime. But my current situation doesn't allow me to do any work on RC boats for the time being. At some point in the future though, I fully intend on returning to the wooden RC sailboat world and continue developing laser cut files for RC boats. I'm not sure how long it will be, but will probably be measured in years.
I may perhaps try to complete my IOM Construction Manual which is currently about 70% finished. My Vintage Marblehead Construction Manual and my Star 45 Construction Manual are both still available in PDF or print formats. See the side links for more information and where to order the print versions.
When I can, I will update you on the new project. But other than that, I'm out. So with that, for the foreseeable future, I'm signing off. I wish you all fair winds!