Monthly Archives: October 2012

Maiden Voyage

Getting “Gulf Winds” from Point Roberts to False Creek at the end of October was not going to be particularly easy, and as it turned out I chose a day in which the weather was about as nasty as I’d … Continue reading

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“As I see, I will, and as I will, I do”

I’ve been on the West Coast for almost two months now, and my primary plan has come together nicely: I love it when a plan comes together. My plan was to buy a Gulf 32 with mostly original gear for … Continue reading

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Some notes on controller software

Thesis: the PID controller is a hack. Argument: PID controllers are the bread-and-butter of robotics, and they are a reasonable starting point for any control problem. They work reasonably well for a wide range of problems, they are simple to … Continue reading

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Some notes on fiberglass blisters

I’ve been reading a lot about the “boat pox” that many fiberglass hulls suffer from. There is no shortage of ideas as to what causes this issue, but very little in the way of science, which is publicly testing ideas … Continue reading

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