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Sea Lion Jumped Aboard Godfrey’s Sailboat in SoCal Waters, 1980s

In putting together two pages on Godfrey Stephen’s little sailboat for Tiny Homes On the Move, I came across this photo (in the 600+ photos he has sent me over the years), and asked him about it. This happened in the ’80s, when he was sailing down the Pacific Coast for Mexico.

Lloyd, after leaving Avalon, Santa Catalina…I anchored for the night off Dana Point.… Under way early in the madrugada (way way more beautiful a word for dawn), this little Merbeing, after several attempts, came bashing with a huge splat right under the safety pipe rails onto the steel deck. I raced  below looking for the camera, wood stove going, coffee on the make, self steering set, (my sailboat) s/v Mungo sliding toward San Diego. In the noise of looking for the camera, this creature (later told is a stellar sea lion by its ears )
found her way to the top of the hard dodger.

   On stepping into the cockpit, what greeted me was a growl and very bad breath!  After a while shooing her away because, if the boat jibed, the mains’l boom would have clocked her. Chasing her flopping up the deck to the starboard bow. She started sleeping. I stroked her incredibly soft fur.  Nothing to feed her.

   In the quiet of sailing, I could could feel her heart beat (faintly echoing) in the metal deck. She slipped silently over the side just off the Scripps Institute—amazing. Suddenly I felt so incredibly alone.

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Floating School in Nigeria

“The ‘Makoko Floating School,’ a triangular form in section constructed with a parallel series
of timber A-frames on a platform supported by emptied blue barrels. The 3-story structure contains classrooms on the middle level
in enclosed volumes flanked by public green space and playground below, and an additional open-air rooftop classroom above.

   Rooftop PV cells on the roof collect solar energy, and coupled with water catchment systems, make the dynamic educational facility partially self sustainable.

   Slender wooden slats create a shading device along the outer envelope along with well-ventilated spaces to maintain a comfortable interior environment.…”

By NSE Architects

From Designboom here.

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Plans for Lightweight Dinghies

“The Stasha is the World’s lightest nesting dinghy weighing in at about 10 kilos (22lbs) making it child’s play to launch and retrieve. The Stasha is an elegant design and is a delight to row and great fun to sail. Despite it’s light construction it is surprisingly strong.

The Stasha is made of two halves with a simple locking mechanism allowing it to be easily assembled on deck, on shore or even in the water. As it’s made from so few materials it doesn’t cost much to build.”

These little boats (4 designs) have Dacron skin. Click here.

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Flat Earth Kayak Sails

From Godfrey Stephens this morning. If I had an ocean kayak, I’d sure get a sail. Hmmm…wonder if one of these would work on my 12′ aluminum boat. Use the wind when it’s there.

https://www.flatearthsails.com/na.html

From Anthem cafe in Puyallup, overcast warm Monday morning. I’m getting ready to spend a day doing one of my favorite things: driving on unfamiliar country roads looking for barns to photograph. I love small American towns. It’s good for us coastal sophisticates to get out into the Other America once in a while.

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