Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Workboats at TYC

Virtual sailing is not just about sailboats. There's a pretty amazing work boat show at Tradewinds these days. I haven't had the time to write about it till now, but Ahab (the harbourmaster) says it'll all be gone soon, so hurry up, go see.
The poster
One of my favourites in this boat show is a very detailed fishingboat. There's so many gizmoes there, I won't mention any of them, cause then this post would never end. Looks like a trawler. I wonder what kind of fish it'll catch.
It would seem there's not only loads of fishingboats and coastguards in SL. There are also pilots, buoy maintenance boats and tonnes of other special purpose boats. This next one is a very special hybrid, which I've never seen before - in either lives...
It's the loungy trash-boat, - or is it the trashy lounge-boat?? It's a good thing there's no virtual smell in Second Life, or I'd probaby be wearing a gasmask on this picture. There's all sorts of garbage in this one. In the back there's another sweet fishingboat.
Huge building for maintanance
Then there's this huge building for maintenance. It is not a dry-dock but at least it never rains in here. Very usefull when refitting. Note all the details with cables on the wall and stuff.
A little south of the building, there's a classic river boat; You know the one with that huge wheel at the back. Very nice build. It just needs a jazzband to make the picture complete. From where I stand I can see a travelift with a tug.
Travelift and tug
Talk about a heavy load. I never saw a travelift that size, but a bit of searching reveals that some travelifts can handle 150 tonnes or more. I'll admit that I didn't check who built it, but the tug looks like an Ana-thing. Can't really explain it, but Ana's builds has a certain touch...
Here's an overview of the entire thing. Lotsa stuff so see, adore or explore. Ahab even dug up some ancient builds from Balduin Aabyes Yacht Design. Just hold your breath cause many of these boats are constantly spitting out black diesel-smoke even though they are moored.
After all that exploring there's nothing like a little break in the sun. Ok, perhaps a beer would be nice too. A boatshow that hasn't a beer-booth is really not a true boatshow, is it? Anyway, this boat is also an Ana-thing; It's the Bandit 50, if I am not mistaken. It's a really nice and super classic cruiser in a 70-ish design.
More relaxing
Ok, maybe there are other nice ways to relax in the sun. Now, if only I could get a coffee, a cupholder and a hardcopy of that new magazine about virtual sailing...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Fun in the kitchen

Craig and me having fun in the kitchen
Dunno what the h... happened here. Really.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Secret spots

We all have our secret safe spots; Quiet rooms or mental places to go to when everyday life is too chaotic. In the world known as RL, these zen-spaces has become almost a collectors item. SL is full of those spots, and I love them.
Gotta love those blue colours
Sometimes hard racing can do the job: Clear the mind. Erase worries and stressfactors because it is so immersive. Sometimes a quiet place is more appropriate. For instance it is quite impossible to think straight about something while racing. Except for racing itself of course.
Remote beach
Billionaires can buy an island. Ordinary people cannot. SL comes to rescue. In SL everyone can afford a private island. Even better: It's not even neccesary to own an island for yourself. There's loads of remote beaches with only the view, the ocean sounds and an occasional bird flapping by.
Crazy? Hmm... I don't think so. It's a matter of convenience; Add a bit of imagination maybe ;-) Who'd have time to visit a real remote island once every week? In the virtual world you can have a quiet moment anytime you need it. Had a bad meeting? Need a five minute break with your mind at rest? Just click teleport and you're there. Too weird? Then check how Taru uses whil...