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25 Apr 2017

Ubuntu 16.10 LXC host on ZFS Root, with EFI and Time Machine

Still completely unrelated to boats, but I needed somewhere to put this. Here is a blow-by-blow guide to installing a minimal Ubuntu 16.10 to a ZFS root, booted from EFI, which as used as a LXC host to act as an Apple "Time Machine" destination.
mike 25 Apr 2017 at 17:20
14 Mar 2017

How to connect any serial device to the internet

A completely generic script that will proxy serial devices over HTTP, turning USB-things into internet-things.
mike 14 Mar 2017 at 23:00
10 Jul 2015

Masthead Complete

The mast has a lot going on at the top and I didn't want to start peppering it with holes to mount the various bits of hardware that are going up there, so I got a plate lasercut out of 6mm Aluminium - now I have discovered laser cutting, I'm finding new uses for it everywhere I look. With the plate safely on my workbench I could then trial fit, align (critical ...
mike 10 Jul 2015 at 12:00
06 Jul 2015

Progress Report, July 2015

There has been so much going on over the last few months that updating this has been a chore I've postponed. However I've been chatting to a few other F-boat folk recently and have been startled to learn that people are reading this drivel and, worse, getting ideas from it. I can't stress enough that the purpose of this blog is not to educate, but to serve as a warning t...
mike 06 Jul 2015 at 12:20
18 Aug 2014

Bow pole

I've been working on lots of sub-projects at once, most of which are still semi-incomplete. However one which is now complete is the bow-pole (or the "boats nose" according to my 2yo daughter), so I thought I'd document that. Hardware The pole as delivered by Multihulls Direct didn't need much, just two U-bolts for the Screecher and Spinnaker attach...
mike 18 Aug 2014 at 17:10
28 May 2014

Fabricating, anodising and fitting backing plates

For high load items on the deck like cleats, winches etc. you really need backing plates to put your bolts through. I've decided to drill and tap aluminium plates where I can, partly because it looks nicer and partly because the lower profile and rounded edges of a finished plate are kinder to your head when it gets rough, or when you've nipped below to mix your eighth G...
mike 28 May 2014 at 15:10