There’s a beauty to wood which can’t be matched by other materials. Wiggia sends these pics from Pinterest:
The theme so far today has been insanity from on high but it need not be the on-highs – it can be a bog standard auto company too:
Renault wants to make your commute as chill as possible. Assuming your route is “protected” (free of pedestrians, cyclists or lane changes), the French automaker has a few tricks up its sleeve to make gridlocked traffic less of a hassle. Once you engage automated driving mode, the Next Two prototype releases scents to calm you down, adjusts cabin lighting, kicks the seat back and activates massage motors to melt away the day’s stresses.
The company purposely designed these features to activate at below 19MPH (30KPH) — about half of Audi’s cap — to take the frustration out of bumper-to-bumper traffic. With the push of a button though, the reins are back in your hands and everyone’s safety is up to you.
For those interested and who’ve been wondering about the build situation, it’s fourfold – other things laid on me, the weather, the drying up of the last lot of money and some design adjustments [necessary to comply], meaning I need another order.
Hopefully, within days I’ll be able to get back to it and get it finished.
In the pic above, ignore the hull, as mine is straight-sided and at its widest underwater. The point of the pic is the rig. If you can imagine the three masts in the pic a bit further forward and three identical sails of that type, [called a standing lug], then that is how it will be on shorter masts than you see here. Forget that little sail above – the masts are short.
These lug sails can be attached at the lower front corner [the tack] to the mast or boom or can be made free and brought round to the side rail on the edge [the gunwhale] and then the sail acts as a square rigger.
So, imagine a square sail with the top diagonal instead of square, the tack is attached to the mast below and the yard at the top leans forward almost as you see but more upright. That’s the simple rig. And the rig determines mast position and that determines cabins below, front deck and cockpit aft. They’ve all been built so conversely, the rig cannot now change.
Sorted a double rail system above and that will let me finish the deck in a week [weather permitting]. Once that’s done, it doesn’t matter what the weather does.
So it is going ahead. Pics will be coming.
Bill Gekas is an Australian photographer with a particular liking for the artwork of the Old Masters, such as Vemeer and Rembrandt. He wanted to recreate their work through photography, but wasn’t sure of the best way to do it… until he got the crazy idea of letting his own five-year-old daughter be the subject.
Read and view here …
“We-e-e-l-l-l, it IS a bike, innit?” asks Amfortas.
[Courtesy Amfortas. so nice to see the guys in general getting behind this series 🙂 ]
Rossa sent these and then haiku. Think they were telling me something.