Posté le 02/03/2011 at 21:14

Pacha : Log Book

In order to put some updates on the website, I've decided to put online a few pictures of the latest status of the Albatross, more or less like a Log Book. I put all of this jumbled up together, I'll probably update/turn that into a proper article sometime later.

Last post was about the retrieval of the boat in late 2006 (!).
Without getting to much specific about the ins and outs, let's just say that the individual who hosted Pacha (the name of my Albatross!) for that period wasn't such a good friend, and I ended up not being able to visit my boat for 3 years. Anyway. (note for self : always keep an eye on your friends..)
So, three long years later, I finally find a proper trailer, a plot of land to host it, a few pairs of arms, et after a couple of epic conversations, I managed to get the beast back.

But in such a condition!! When I arrived on site, I felt like slapped in the face. I left the boat well protected under a tarpaulin ; I find it back with no protection at all, the engine half-immersed in 30cm of rain water! Not even mentioning the engine, I hope the weight of all that water didn't damage the hull...

The Pacha is towed to a more welcoming location, where I can give her some attention (thank you buddy for the hosting, even temporary).
The future is unsure, I'll have to move again the boat by the end of May, and to this day I haven't found a proper solution... It's not impossible that I'll have to sell it at some point. icone smiley sad

So, here is the condition in which I found Pacha : the paint is chipping off, burn by the sun ; it even comes off by large bits on the inside - probably due to a bad preparation of the base before painting, aluminium is a bitch to paint properly. The extended stay under water obviously didn't help...
The engine was immersed in 30cm of water, but fortunately it didn't get inside. The engine turns freely, and its oil looks clean. The outside has suffered, but the whole block probably can be saved. Fred, whom I originally bought the boat from, still has a spare complete engine block, so I'm not too concerned by that aspect ; lots of work, but nothing impossible.
I start on the hull, scrapping the paint off, by any means. I'll need a couple of spare hands, it's a looooooong job... icone smiley laugh
On the engine side : I remove as many external part as I can. Lots of cleaning has already been done, everything was covered with paint chips... Plus, the engine compartment was obviously colonized by several generations of snails!
So, that's the situation... It's progressing, but not as fast as I would like to. To be continued soon... I hope!
Posté dans : 1959 Albatross
Affiché 386524 fois.
icon permalink
Posté le 23/02/2011 at 14:18

Uncle Sham Needs You!

(sorry for the crappy wordplay, I couldn't help...)

Ok, I don't have high hopes, but I give it a try anyway : I have a big garage/parking issue.

I only have a small garage/box in the basement of a building, and I'm too old to play hide'n'seek with the other co-owners who prohibit me from doing mechanics' work ; additionally, the hosting of the Albatross was only temporary, it has to move by the end of may. Consequently, all my project are "on hold", which is seriously ruining my nerves.
So, priority N°1 now is to find a place were I could finally work at ease! icone smiley wink

Im looking for a garage/workshop/warehouse/shed, something like 30 to 40 sqm with electricity (or even just a plot of land for the Albatross), to store my toys, and more importantly work on them. And obviously, the whole thing has to bee affordable, I'm no Rothschild ; yeah, I know, such a place on the Riviera, I'm day-dreaming, but I need to give it a try, unless I'll have to drop everything... icone smiley sad

In conclusion, if you, my dearest reader, have the mere hint/tips/advice/knowledge about a place that would match my expectation, for rent or for sale, within a 20km radius of Antibes... Please, tell me asap! You'll have my eternal gratitude in return! And a picture of you on ShamWerks! Thanks! icone smiley laugh



Edit 24-03-2011 :
OK, I've found a solution... Far from perfect, but anyway : I've found a garage for rent like 5 minutes walking from my place, it'll allow me to store the Albatross or the Karmann, depending on needs. Meanwhile, I'll renovate my current garage, which I've been working in for 15 years, trying to make it more "livable".
Again, the solution isn't ideal, but it will buy me some time to organize. I have to face the ugly truth : prices are so high in the area, having a proper workshop isn't conceivable... I'll probably end up leaving the region for that same reason.
Anyway, that means you should expect some "workshop enhancement" posts real soon! icone smiley wink
Posté dans : Daily Mood
Affiché 59755 fois.
icon permalink
Posté le 21/02/2011 at 15:54

VSO : Victory in the Southern Ocean!

Une victoire historique!

Les baleiniers japonais, qui chaque année partent chasser les cétacés dans l'océan Antarctique, ont fini par abandonner face au harcèlement de l'organisation écologiste Sea Shepherd! Pour cette saison au moins, les baleines sont tranquilles dans le sanctuaire de l'océan austral, l'opération "No Compromise" est un succès!

Dans cette zone, définie en 1994 par la commission baleinière internationale, toute pêche commerciale à la baleine est interdite ; les japonais enfreignent chaque année cette interdiction, en prétendant pêcher "à des fins de recherches" (sic)...
Bien entendu, aucune recherche n'est menée, jamais aucun papier scientifique n'a été publié par l'ICR (Institute of Cetacean Research, l'organisme japonais qui sert de couverture à ces activités) : ils ont un quota (auto attribué!) de près de 1000 cétacés à pêcher, dont la viande se retrouve sur les marchés nippons, vendue à prix d'or... Toutes les espèces chassées sont inscrites au CITES, la liste des espèces menacées.

Ainsi, depuis 7 ans, chaque année, les Sea Shepherd harcèlent les baleiniers, n'hésitant pas à aller au contact, à coup de bouteilles d'acide butyrique, de fumigènes, de câbles lancés dans les hélices, etc... Ils ont d'ailleurs perdu l'un de leurs navires dans la bataille l'année passée, l'Ady Gil, éperonné par un des bateaux japonnais (vidéos ici et ).

"Agressive mais non violente", la méthode est peut-être discutable, mais les résultats sont là : les japonais ont officiellement annoncé ce vendredi l'abandon de la pêche cette année, avec un mois d'avance sur le calendrier!

Le ministre japonais des affaires étrangères a convoqué les ambassadeurs de l'Australie, de la Nouvelle Zélande et des Pays Bas (les ports d'attache et pavillons des navires de Sea Shepherd), pour leur demander de prendre des dispositions pour arrêter les activités des "bergers de la mer", qu'il qualifie de "terroristes" ; croisons les doigts pour qu'ils résistent à la pression diplomatique, Sea Shepherd a déjà été obligé de changer le pavillon de ses navires à plusieurs reprises dans le passé, "lâché" par le pays les hébergeant...

Les chiffres officiels n'ont pas encore été annoncés, mais on estime que les baleiniers ne rentrent au Japon qu'avec moins de 20% de leur quota dans leurs cales, ce qui fait de cette campagne la plus efficace menée par Sea Shepherd.
La pression internationale, la prise de conscience et la désaffection de la viande de baleine par les japonais (dont la consommation est dangereuse pour sa concentration en métaux lourds), sont autant d'éléments qui pourraient à court terme sonner la fin définitive de ce massacre!

Voila, pour moi, c'est une nouvelle qui me donne le sourire, et un peu d'espoir que mes futurs gamins auront l'occasion de voir des baleines ailleurs que dans des musées sous forme de squelettes. Je soutiens Sea Shepherd depuis des années, et j'avoue, parfois, je doutais de la faisabilité de la chose... C'est une étape historique qui vient d'être franchie, bravo à eux! icone smiley laugh

Sea Shepherd

L'organisation a été fondée en 1977 par Paul Watson, l'un des fondateurs de Greenpeace, mis à l'écart pour ses vues trop "extrémistes" : il estimait qu'il fallait agir sur le terrain, faire appliquer la loi, et pas se contenter de prendre des photos pour témoigner.

Sea Shepherd revendique ainsi une dizaine de navires baleiniers coulés depuis 1977!

Leur combat ne se limite pas aux baleines, ils travaillent aussi à défendre les requins contre la pêche aux ailerons (shark fining), le thon rouge en Méditerrannée, les globicéphales massacrés aux îles Féroé, les dauphins en baie de Taiji, les phoques, les tortues...
"Whale Wars", une série-documentaire, diffusée sur la chaine Animal Planet (chaine du groupe Discovery), est tirée de leur combat en antarctique. Je vous recommande chaudement d'y jeter un œil!
Posté dans : News
Affiché 46050 fois.
icon permalink
Posté le 17/01/2011 at 01:41

Happy New Year 2011

Here's one of the very last pictures of 2010, taken by my camera around 22:30 on December 31st. It's in Amed, East coast of Bali, during a tropical storm (it's rain season in Indonesia) ; after countless tries, finally, lightning stroke precisely when the picture was shot!
I'm preparing more pictures of that trip for you, I first have to sort the 1500 I brought back...

Anyway, back to the point : Happy New Year 2011 folks!
I've decided this year I stop wishing to people things they already have ; so, I wish you good health only if you're sick, money only if you're broke, etc. icone smiley laugh

You noticed ShamWerks has been less updated lately... First, my job did not leave me a lot of free time recently, but more important, I struggle trying to find a place to to mechanics, I don't really have any place to work currently. But I'm working on this issue, I may have a solution, to be continued... icone smiley wink

That's all folks, again Happy New Year 2011!
Posté dans : News
Affiché 46710 fois.
icon permalink
Posté le 29/11/2010 at 11:13

RIP Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen passed away today ; he was 84 yo.

Mostly known for his comedy movies "Airplane!!", and "The naked Gun", he was mainly to me, one of the actors of the brilliant 1956 Forbidden Planet ... The original poster of that movie has been on the wall of my place for years.

If you've never seen that movie, well... you must, it's a one of the greatest science fiction classics ; ok, special effects are outdated and the acute sounds are a pain for the ears, but the plot is absolutely great, way better than any modern movies...

I don't understand why Hollywood hasn't made a remake of it, like for "The day the Earth stood still" (crappy remake in 2008 starring Keanu Reeves of the grat classic of 1951).

Go watch Robby the Robot and have a thought for Leslie...
Posté dans : News
Affiché 47107 fois.
icon permalink
<<< Previous page 1 2 3 4 5 ...9 10 11 12 13 14 15 ...60 61 62 63 64  Next page >>>
© Sham 1996-2019