Monthly Archives: March 2011

From the Archives: 1958 43′ Wheeler Sport Fisherman “Boma”

1958 Wheeler sport fisherman

I came across this advertisement for this magnificent 43′ Wheeler a little while back. The copy reads:

Boma is the roomy, seaworthy 43’ Wheeler Gulfstream Sport Fisherman built by the Wheeler Yacht Co. for Alberto Adura of Havana. She has fast, clean lines. Her low freeboard aft is ideal for fishing. Below: Her spacious teak cockpit, flying bridge and wide side decks are evident. The semi-enclosed salon has three section aft drop curtain with zippers and plastic inserts, convertible dinette, wide hinged settee and cabinets for Hi-Fi and radiotelephone. The boat is powered by two 4-71 GM turbo diesels.

*BOMA* A Wheeler 43’ Sport Fisherman

Latest addition to the fleet of seaworthy, modern boats built by the Wheeler Yacht Co. of Clason Point, New York 72 N.Y., is his 43-foot Wheeler Gulfstream Sport Fisherman owned by Alberto Adura of Havana, Cuba. She is powered by two 4-71 GM turbo-diesels, draws 3’ of water and has a 13’3” beam.

In accommodations the boat has crew quarters for two and a private stateroom with bath. The cabin is air condition. Convenience is enhanced by the large closets and stainless galley.

In fact, comfort was kept uppermost throughout the boat. The dual control flying bridge has a swivel steering seat. In the spacious teak cockpit there are two fishing seats with reversible back rests. In addition, two Rockaway sail fish chairs are provided.

Flush fish tanks and live well have been installed. Other fishing accessories include outriggers, gin pole, belly rail and fishing mast with lookout seats.

Special equipment includes electric refrigeration with “hold over” plates, Monel fuel and water tanks, 65 watt Ray Jefferson radiotelephone, Kelvin and White compass, Bendix automatic steering, Onan auxiliary generator, Surrette batteries, Hi-Fi, Sperry engine contro.s, Bendix depth recorder, engine alarms, Groco bilge and auxiliary pumps and a La Marche Constavolt.

All I can say is they just don’t build ’em like they used to.

Ruggedizing a notebook – the Jersey way!

ruggedized notebook
WTF??? Ah, just me, up to my usual again.

Once upon a time I had a wonderful Toshiba Portege. It was a lovely little ultra-portable notebook computer, lightweight and tough as hell. Constructed entirely of titanium, it could withstand all sorts of day-to-day rigors, including being thrown in an unpadded messenger bag, getting dragged to and from various boats, and frequently supporting 16 pound cats who thought it was an ideal heating pad when the cover was closed. Sadly it had limited memory and ran Windows 98 (I told you it was years ago!) and though after eight years of relentless use it ran perfectly, it could no longer meet the demands of newer programs.

Every notebook I’ve owned since that Toshiba has seemed flimsy in comparison and none have survived nearly as long. I’m not abusive to my computers, but they do lead active lives. I realize there are there are true ruggedized notebooks, but they are excessively expensive. The only other computers built as well as that old Toshiba are the Apples, which are lovely indeed, but even if I was remotely familiar with the Apple OS they’re not exactly cheap. And after repeated cat-applied pressure caused the demise of the display on my latest notebook I needed a computer and I needed one fast. Fortunately I had an old HP running Windows XP that I used aboard the boat for running a single GPS-linked chart-plotter program. Being that navigation is presently low on my boating priorities I borrowed that computer. However, I was concerned that it too might succumb to the same oversized-cat induced damage, and since keeping the cats off has never worked, I decided some ruggedizing was in order.

rugged laptop

The old Toshiba’s strength was in its metal case. And while I tossed around the idea of grabbing some sheet-metal and the welding tools to build the HP an armor case, I glanced around for a faster, simpler solution. And there it was, hanging on the garage wall… an old license plate. I traced the cover’s width with a sharpie, then placed the plate in the vise along the marked line. A few taps with a rubber mallet, flip, repeat, and I had a perfectly fitted, lightweight but rigid laptop protector. It’s attached with a few 3M Command strips so it is removable if necessary. It can now withstand the sustained pressures of snoozing cats and has turned an unremarkable old notebook into a distinct and amusing conversation piece wherever it’s seen.

Funds for Japan – stats…

I would like to thank everyone who participated in my fundraiser for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I realize many readers may have purchased Last Exit In New Jersey without knowledge of the fundraiser, though over the last week I definitely saw an increase in sales. I would also like to thank any bloggers, tweeters and Facebook friends who took the time to share the information, both for myself and other authors participating.

So here is a breakdown of the sales totals for the month of March:

Seller                               # sold                 royalties
Amazon U.S.                     100                  $35.00
Amazon U.K.                           6                       2.10
Barnes & Noble                       6                       2.40
Smashwords                             1                          .56
Total sales                             113                 $40.06

As I previously stated, though I announced the fund-raiser March 13, I am including the sales from March 1st through March 20, 2011.

And below is a portion of the information from I received from the American Red Cross for this donation:

Gift Amount: $40.06
Tax-deductible Amount: $40.06
This organization’s tax ID is: 53-0196605
Tracking Code: 1555-8047-1-4559293-******

This letter serves as the tax receipt for your gift. Under the United States Internal Revenue Code, The American Red Cross is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions. Please see Internal Revenue Service Publications 526 and 1771 for official Federal government information on charitable contributions. Our tax identification number is 53-0196605. For reference purposes, you did not receive anything of value from the Red Cross in return for this donation. If you have any questions about your donation, please contact us at or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

(I am not posting a screen shot as that also contains confidential personal information.)

Again, I would like to thank all involved. While this donation alone might not be much, combined with the donations from individuals, other authors and groups, they all add up to make a difference.

Raising funds for Japan – calling all other Indie authors…

The following is a repost from author JH Sked from London, England:

Raising funds for Japan – calling all other Indie authors

The images from Japan are heartbreaking. For all the problems we might have, the majority of us still have homes, clothing, and access to food, water and medical supplies as needed. Despite being one of the most resilient nations on the planet, Japan is going to need a lot of help over the next couple of months, if not years. Being cash poor, I can’t afford to donate money. What I can do, though, is donate every sale from WolfSong for the next week (maybe longer if I raise some decent funds) to the Red Cross fund.

So that’s every cent of author profit from the sale of the e-book (tree version is still way off, I’m afraid), from every site it’s on, once the sites have taken their cut. If you’re an author and you’d like to join in, please do. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a couple of hours, days, or the full week – every little bit will help. Give me a shout in the comments or the join the twitter feed #write4japan.

I’ll post the stats and amount raised here next Sunday – let’s get the ball rolling a bit. I’m keeping the price as is, simply because there are a lot of people in the same financial situation – unable to donate the amounts you want to, but able to fork out between under a dollar (0.99c) or pound (0.71p) a pop.


— Me again.
I was unable to copy the links to the sales sites of each sales outlet for WolfSong. Simply link to the author’s blog and you will find them all. And I am pledging the same. In addition to the coming week I will be donating the royalties from my sales so far this month, and will post the amount raised.

Update: 3/15/11 – At $.99 a book I earn $.35 per sale, and the current total just topped $30. I will update as this progresses, and I would like to thank everyone who has donated aid, both here and through any other groups or organizations. I’ve already made a personal donation to the Red Cross; (text “REDCROSS” to 90999, and you can make a $10 donation to the organization;) this will be above and beyond that. For additional ways to help, go to:

Rex, Post-shearing…

And here we have the much lighter, much sleeker, now sheared Rex. The groomer says it’s a shame I couldn’t sell his fur by the pound.

And for anyone wondering, our vet’s best guess is he’s half German Shepherd, half Basset Hound. He weighs in at over 50 pounds, can run like a rocket on those short little legs, jumps over 3 foot obstacles with ease and swims like a duck. An odd dog indeed.

Rex – pre-Spring shearing…

It’s March. Mud season. Shedding season. And warm enough for Rex to swim in the pond season. Which is why March is also Annual ‘Shear the Dog’ month.

Here we have a collection of hair with a dog somewhere underneath. This photo does not do justice to just how plush and dense this fur is. During the winter this dog is in heaven and lounges in snow drifts. But as the temperature rises he is less comfortable and begins to drop tumble-weeds of fur that roll across the kitchen floor. Daily brushings do nothing to aid the situation… so it’s time for it to come off.

Next post… Rex after shearing!

Things that make me smile…

zombie apocalypse

Yes, this makes me giggle – which says something about me, doesn’t it?

Should I be concerned?

Or should everyone else?