I am thinking solar boat thoughts as I eat lunch at Howick Beach.
It’s just a one minute drive from my house which is one minute from Howick town where I purchased my Subway lunch. I am still trying to organize putting Borderline up on the mud where I can work on her easier. I am building a system of pipes that I will attach to the dock to hold her in place as the tide goes in and out.
Here are the pipes being drilled and cut to length outside my workshop in the back yard. Note that some precision tooling is required.
You might wonder how I learned to use this precision equipment. My fantastic dad, who I have already mentioned, was useless with tools, mostly due to the fact that he was legally blind. That left my brother Bill who was a great role model when it comes to the use of tools but then there was Leslie Crockett.
I just finished reading a biography of David Crockett (Davie Crockett) and I am certain that there must be some relation between these two great men. Leslie Crockett was a little, short man with curly hair, a club foot and an eye for the ladies. Despite being short, Leslie was a giant of a man and a wonderful mentor to my brother and me as well as to his sons and all the others who hung around “The Garage”. Crockett ran Crockett’s Garage for many years and I spent a significant portion of my life hanging around there using all Leslie’s tools for free and absorbing Crockett wisdom.
I learned a lot from my professors at university but I never had a teacher that came close to Crockett. Every young person should have a mentor like Leslie Crockett. Leslie died in 1976. He would have loved the electric solar powered catamaran project. I hope to use ESPcat as a platform to mentor local youngsters in the finer arts of boating, ecology and solar energy. It would be nice to give something back and repay some of the kindness I received from a great man.