Book Review – Ten Degrees of Reckoning

CapnRehab Rating: 2 stars out of 5 – Didn’t like it

CapnRehab bookstore for Ten Degrees of Reconing

Ten Degrees of Reckoning

It’s another book that wasn’t what I expected.  I guess I should spend more time reading reviews before I actually buy the books Amazon recommends for me.  I didn’t particularly like this, because I was expecting to read a survival at sea book.  However, I did read the entire book.

I hope this doesn’t sound crass, but here is my review:

A little bit about sailing with a family, a little bit about the horror of sinking and being the sole survivor, a lot about enduring life after and how hard it is to hold international shiping companies accountable for the damage their ships do.

An OK book if you like sad stories about broken people, and their attempts to make a difference and prevent further tragedies by starting a foundation.

Wow, that does sound crass – but I have to be honest about my book reviews, and that’s how I feel.


CapnRehab is going south

I have a new job and am heading to Tampa to stay.  Don’t want to put a lot of details, but it looks like a really good company in the computer services industry.   Heading down in two weeks, so lots to get done.  First on the agenda is finding a place to stay.

Wish me luck.

I will finally get warm…

These have been pretty constant temperatures all day.

UpperMarlboro .vs Tampa Temps

Tampa .vs. UpperMarlboro Temps

Book Review – Flash Foresight by Daniel Burrus (with John David Mann)

Warning for sailors interested only in sailing books. This is not a sailing book but it is definitely worth reading.


Flash Foresight: How to See the Invisible and Do the Impossible

Wow, what a book! While I read this the ideas were poppin!

I read half this on the plane heading to a job interview, and finished the rest last night. It’s pretty amazing stuff. His basic premise is that if you take the things you are certain about you can project from them things about the future. His specialty is technical change.

I’m not EVEN going to try to explain what the book says, but basically, there are 3 major developments driving change.

  • Processor Speed – doubles every 18 months, no end in sight
  • Memory – cheaper all the time
  • Storage – cheaper all the time

These 3 are the biggest drivers to technology change, and they are in a stage of development where they are making what used to be impossible, now possible.

He lays out a framework for applying what you already know for sure and convert it into action steps.

If you want to take some of the guesswork out of your future, and are willing to think about it, then

Planned work, job interviews, upcoming domain move

I’ve been spending a lot of time looking for a job and interviewing, and not much (OK, any) time working on the sailboat. I think I need to change that and at least get outside some. I’m becoming a little too crabby to be around.

Next project is to get the trailer operational. Here is my plan of attack:

  1. Get the trailer lights working
  2. Take the boat to a boat yard and have them lift it off and store it temporarily (Maybe have the boatyard paint the bottom? $600)
  3. Get a metal shop to lower the keel support (mechanism is completely rusted), this metalwork is a little lot beyond me.
  4. Get the trailer inspected for registration
  5. Go to the MVA and get permanent tags
  6. Haul the boat back home.

I’m also working to move this blog to my own domain. Having a few problems there, and will update you as soon as it’s up.

Down to 1 boat

I did it.  I gave it away.  Common sense took hold and Craigslist helped me find someone that wanted a project boat.  So Say goodbye to my ex O’Day 23.

I’m actually OK with it, and the guy getting is seems like a nice guy.

My new (to me) O'Day 23

My ex O'Day 23

I’m now down to one sailboat and two motors.

Me and my new sailboat

Me and my remaining O'Day 22 sailboat


Decision Made

OK, I finally got the titles to my boats.  That means I’m good to go to give the 23 footer at the marina to a deserving non-boat owning person.  I put an ad on craigslist, and also replied to an ad of someone looking for a free boat.  The guy responded today, I sent some pictures and he says he wants it.  We’ll be meeting later this week to hand over the title.

Looks like my days of owning two boats are numbered.   – That’s a good thing.

The Boat Hauler stumbles

Coming home from a .NET computer user group meeting last night, the power steering went out.  Actually, everything went out.  It was an hour drive home and it happened about 3 or 4 minutes from home.  (Lucky me) The truck was still running, just turning was hard.  I was able to pull into the driveway and realized the temp was redlining and the battery charge was zero.  I suspected the serpentine belt had broken, so I promptly went inside.  (It was dark and about 20 [f] degrees! )

This morning I popped the hood and found out the the belt WASN’T broken, just off.  And there is some oil sprayed around.  A pulley was loose too, but Since it had only “warmed” up to about 30 [f] I didn’t probe too deep.  Now a job like this should be something CapnRehab should dive right into, right?  WRONG.  CapnRehab is a warm-weather rehabber.  So – Off to the Garage with you – mister broken truck!

(Note: at 186,000 miles, you expect a few things to break now and then.)

(Note: I alse expect another 120,000 miles!)


Truck heading to garage

Truck heading to garage