All posts by Kurt

I Might Have Misled About the Illuminated Switches

It looks like I might have made a big mistake buying these switches. They don’t work, and Adafruit, the company in New York, has a policy of not allowing any calls nor emails either way on anything.

A switch should be pretty simple; a hot and a ground in, and the same out. Switch shows negative on one side and plus on the other. Simple. I spent hours trying every possible combination. Nothing. The lights worked great when I put the connectors together without a switch. The switches had no instructions.

Online it says “ The body is a black plastic with the LED built inside. There are two contacts for the button and two contacts for the LED, one marked + and one -. The forward voltage of the LED is about 3V so connect a 220 to 1000 ohm resistor in series just as you would with any other LED to your 3V or higher power supply. “ I wish I could as them what that means. It takes two contacts in and two out to be a switch in the universe I know.

Also the spade terminals are non standard size and are too fragile to tolerate crimped standard female terminals.
I would have been happy to pay much more to get the working version. If there was anyone who I could tell me what to do. What am I missing?

The pisser is they are so cool, if they worked.

Kolea Is TV Star Again

Yet another TV crew was shooting on board Kolea this week. Look for us on an upcoming episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, on the Travel Chanel. They had a historian on board chatting with Andrew about Hawaiian history. It was really interesting.

36 foot KHSD charter boat in a box operating out of Kailua Kona.

Shopping Cart Still Down, Cept Paypal.

I can’t believe it. DX Cart is still unable to connect to I would find another shopping cart, except webmaster is on a walkabout in India for a couple of months.  They keep saying it will work in a day or two.
I tried to put all this information on the website with the new Dreamweaver 17 or whatever the newest one is, and the new laptop.  It kept losing remote server and told me to come back later.
I’m going to try my old laptop that is 100 years old in dog years now, and to use an older, less twitchy Dreamweaver tomorrow.

Nano Wood

Nanowood for superior insulation. Supposed to be better insulation than aerogel.

The same team who invented super wood.  First they do killer structure, now amazing insulation.  Coat with epoxy.  Someone will not want to hear about this…

This could be very good structural insulation for future multihulls.  Maybe even a lower cost structural core material.  Especially if it keeps the great fatigue strength of wood.

Shopping Cart Update

Shopping cart using is still down. It turns out that they made some changes and DXCart, the shopping cart company was unaware of it. And they, DXCart, say it will take a week for them to upgrade.
Paypal still works. And I will be looking for another company tomorrow.

On the technology plus side, I now have a phone again.  Took two hours  at Verizon.  “We have never seen anything like that,” failure.

Shopping Cart Hiccups

Over the last several days the shopping cart has tossed a few people out with an error message. But oddly, at the same time some people are able to use it.  Ok those are the Paypal users.  Looks like Paypal is it until I can sort out
Webmaster checked our end and is fine. I contacted DX Cart the cart provider, and they noticed problems with Said they would get back to me, last week. Not a word back. I will make more calls tomorrow.
Hit me with a call or email if it happens to you. And I do have a working cell phone now. Kind of. Many features not yet there.

esoteric supplies

I thought I would just look in Fisheries Supply yesterday. I needed some pretty esoteric items and didn’t expect to find. They had everything.
Maybe everyone else knew about these, I don’t know.
My 110v to 12v transformer has some nasty exposure. I wondered if there was a paint-on electrical tape. Done.
The spray paint hazard Orange for the spaceship sills lasts about 2 weeks in the basin sun. Done. Industrial grade hazard orange for fishboats.
My wonderful glow in the dark 12v switches had the smallest spade connectors I had ever seen. Auto parts store just shook their heads. Fisheries just asked, “how many you want?”
And the plastic docking cleats for coat hooks.
What a resource!

100 Foot Catamaran Container Ship

First run at a 100 foot container cat freighter for the Caribbean.
X-bows, unstayed pipe masts, Maltese type sails, I assume that is best where rigging can’t get in the way of loading and unloading containers.  Open to any other suggestions.
Single skin laminate and stringers in place of hull core.
Crew of 4.
And clearly I need to get kiwi Chris Anderson involved.

COI Catamaran Plans Increase

I know I talked about this before after realizing that the new guys at MSC now didn’t know anything. I’m not sure if it happened or not. I have note out to webmaster but nothing back yet.
The big realization came after working with the USCG on the Blue Q bow beam. Since they know nothing about catamarans, things that we have done for decades are now suspect. I had to run a 10 hour seminar on bow tubes, I had to build force diagrams for them and give the legacy of every force involved.
This is possible now on anything on a COI cat.
So I’m having a 20% price increase on charter cat plans as soon as it can get done. Act now to get ahead of me.

23′ Tri, 28 years

Facebook is great for reminding me of things I would forget. I forgot this from two years ago.  23′ mini cruiser built in CM.
I just got this wonderful note from a builder, Joe. I got to sail on his boat in Lake Tahoe back the same week Sierra Cloud had her first sail.
“The little tri is 26 years old now. Yes I know it is hard to believe.
I don’t baby this boat. It is kept on a lee shore and mostly sailed in
strong winds. She doesn’t look much different than the day I launched it and shows little signs of wear in all key areas.
I guess at this point we could say the construction is sound.
I’m glad I didn’t go with a “famous designer” with all that I hear
about those boats. Thanks for the great design. She has given me many years of good times.”

Carbon Fiber Everywhere

At Fisheries Supply today saw this carbon fiber fender on a jeep. An indication of how far down the carbon fiber concept has spread.
All wrong for a fender given how badly it absorbs impact. But just like the bright carbon fiber boats, the owner can send the message of “I’m bad, I’m bad” for a couple of years anyway until the UV chews it up.  And the rocks ding it.