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Clamp Math
by Barrett Faneuf

Today we do a math problem.

Given:
Laminating any boat widget of periphery length (x). Width of given widget is (y). Number of laminations is (z) where z is a positive integer greater than or equal to 2. Laminating adhesive is epoxy at outdoor temperature. You have (a) number of spring clamps, (b) number of bar clamps, (c) number scavenged and recycled “what the heck is this?” clamps.

Question:
How many clamps are needed to complete a given lamination?

"I am laminating the coaming stringers out of 2 strips of 10x20 mm doug fir left over from the spars. I gave the strips a cheap "steaming" - wrapped in towels and doused in boiling water. Here they are sprun into place and clamped till dry." - From Barrett's photo album

Answer: All of them, of course.

Fish Story

A guy who lives at Lake Conroe (50 miles north of Houston) saw a ball bouncing around kind of strangely in the lake and went to investigate.

It turned out to be a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a basketball which became stuck in its mouth!!

The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The guy tried numerous times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry catfish. You probably wouldn't have believed this, if you hadn't seen the following pictures...

Be kinder than necessary. Cause everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Hiya Chuck... don't know if this is for real or not, but looks convincing to me...sent to me by a former student who is now a Chief Warrent Officer in the Coast Guard,stationed here in Galveston... thought you might find it interesting... Tyson McLeod
 What a huge trophy! That's going to hold a LOT of beer!
 Hi there - we have just read John Wellsford's article to your website and thought we would send you another picture of the model made to replace the original "Ddraigg" which was the first Navigator of John's design to be built (by previous owner) and has now returned to sail Auckland waters once more! This "mini-Ddraigg" has undergone some modifications and now sails extremely well on local pond and lake when light conditions prevail - she also has a small outboard motor which runs on 2AA batteries and pushes her along quite nicely! The photo shows the bay at Plimmerton with a few other of the craft which participated in the event in March. Regards, Frank and Gwynne Tilly