Boat Hacking Publications

Nomadness Report - eBook – $15.00 → Add to Cart

A Compendium of Boat Hacking and Gonzo Engineering

Nomadness Report Compilation - cover imageThis is a compilation of all 22 issues of my publication about the Nomadness project, which was published in PDF form from April 2011 until January 2013. This book is 196 color pages with a table of contents, and covers 2 years of projects on the boat as well as a lot of technical detail about systems.

You can get a sense of the contents by browsing the descriptions and “contact sheet” thumbnails below. If you find yourself wanting more than a few of them, the book is a much more cost-effective solution; otherwise, you can pick up single issues for a couple of bucks, on average.

Nomadness Report Individual Issues

If you’d prefer the a la carte approach, this section will let you choose individual issues using a shopping cart… and after PayPal checkout, it will send you non-expiring download codes to acquire the PDF files. These are listed chronologically, with a brief description of each. Each issue is represented by a “contact sheet” of thumbnails of the actual pages so you can get a sense of what’s there. These are fun and geeky, with lots of useful technical details and links to sources.  You can scroll to the bottom to view your shopping cart… or check out immediately from any add-cart action.

Issue #1 – Apr 24, 2011 – 5 pages – $.50 → Add to Cart

  • New development facilities, including the impractical commute, brief look at mobile lab, and the La Conner moorage/lab/shop setup
  • Adding a deployable seat to the companionway steps
  • Current lifestyle projects: water heater, magnetic curtains, and adjustable bed
  • Notes on upcoming projects and features

Issue #2 – May 3, 2011 – 6 pages – $2.00 → Add to Cart

  • Shacktopus intro and big picture – the underlying intent (and historical context) of the ship network, including a quick look at the overall architecture drawing.
  • Brion Toss rigging inspection – photo/caption
  • NMEA 2000 fuel monitoring – 2-page article about replacing ancient swing-arm analog sensors with a Wema & Maretron N2K solution.
  • A word on complexity – addressing the comments of folks who think all this is a bit over-the-top

Issue #3- May 10, 2011 – 8 pages – $2.75 → Add to Cart

  • Shacktopus (ship network) complete overview, including server applications, all the Arduino nodes, data streams, and random devices. This is a substantial article that lays the groundwork for the ship network project.
  • Photo/caption: the RopeTie hitch
  • Photo/caption: the Microship video turret
  • Peek at the Nomadness data point library (FileMaker Pro)

 

Issue #4- May 19, 2011 – 5 pages – $1.25 → Add to Cart

  • Underwater profile and need for Redneck Bow Thruster
  • Expedition Medical Chests
  • Meet Ben Willmore, fellow technomad
  • Another take on step seat
  • Brief note on the piano
  • The Oil Change from Hell
  • Yanmar harness debugging
  • 11×17 documentation standard

Issue #5- May 25, 2011 – 9 pages – $2.50 → Add to Cart

  • Special 9-page Issue on the Polaris Mobile Lab, covering the 24-foot Wells Cargo platform, insulation, carpentry, installation of furniture & fixtures, dealing with the parts-storage challenge including a wall of 755 small-parts drawers, and the marine-grade AC/DC power system with solar charging and genset. This machine has inspired numerous other portable workspace projects, and was featured in a 4-part series in Make: Online.

 

Issue #6 - June 1, 2011 – 7 pages – $2.00 → Add to Cart

  • Magnetic curtains
  • Boat physical substrate (including lines & sailplan)
  • The Zen of boat projects
  • Project management tools
  • Southco soft draw latches

 

 

 

Issue #7 - June 8, 2011 – 8 pages – $2.00 → Add to Cart

  • Reverse engineering notes
  • Bizarre plumbing
  • Microship memories
  • 4-page Boat interior walkthrough, including future lab zone
  • Tribute to my dad

 

 

 

Issue #8 - June 17, 2011 – 4 pages – $.50 → Add to Cart

  • Nickel generators and yak shaving
  • Follow-ups on mobile lab, magnets, and management tools
  • Start of solar array and other cockpit mods

 

 

Issue #9 - June 27, 2011 – 6 pages – $2.00 → Add to Cart

  • The death of excuses… the move to perfect facilities
  • Waterworks design overview, including the Water Fixer carbon filter & UV sterilizer, Katadyn 40E desalinator, complete schematic of the fresh water plumbing system, and some comments on the related Arduino node.

Issue #10 - July 18, 2011 – 7 pages – $2.00 → Add to Cart

  • Checkmark – a project management tool for the Android
  • Feature article on GPS trackers and dataloggers, including discussion of APRS, some previous tracks of Nomadness, and a look at the hardware. This is a key component of my system, and you can see my location on a live map here.

 

 

Issue #11 - August 5, 2011 – 7 pages – $2.00 → Add to Cart

  • Feature article on the Nomadness webcam, including setup details for the Axis 210 configured to send images via FTP
  • A look at previous video-hacking projects: the turret and crossbar from the Microship era
  • Brief note on tools of survival in economic turbulence
  • Update on new La Conner facilities

 

Issue #12 - September 7, 2011 – 6 pages – $1.50 → Add to Cart

  • Long-range travel plans
  • Selected resources (blogs, forums, hardware suppliers)
  • Inhalation… now that we’re settled in the new facilities
  • Arduino notes and sources

 

 

Issue #13 - October 6, 2011 – 8 pages – $2.00 → Add to Cart

  • Publication projects
  • Engines and thoughts of hybridization
  • Feature Arduino solar charge monitoring article by Daniel Collins of Alethia
  • A look at the boat’s lab region, ready to begin fabrication

 

 

 

Issue #14 - November 7, 2011 – 6 pages – $1.25 → Add to Cart

  • A philosophical rant on single-system perspective
  • Managing a complex engineering project
  • Intro to the console and lab mockup
  • The Fenix TK45 flashlight
  • Arduino update from Alethia
  • A facilities photo page

 

Issue #15 - December 12, 2011 – 8 pages – $1.25 → Add to Cart

  • The console physical environment (former salon of the boat)
  • Commercial 19″ rack frame choices
  • The homebrew rack option
  • Coroplast and wood mockup
  • Introduction to the 5 console equipment bays and their contents
  • Rack systems of yesteryear
  • 2-page photo extravaganza of console gizmology

 

Issue #16 - January 9, 2012 – 9 pages – $2.00 → Add to Cart

  • Announcement of Vancouver Island circumnavigation
  • Detailed 5-page hybridization analysis with four sets of graphs for major use cases
  • Designing a mesh helm seat
  • Kirsten discusses her involvement in the project

 

 

Issue #17 - March, 2012 – 16 pages – $3.00 → Add to Cart

  • Project refocus due to Vancouver Island expedition
  • AIS receiving station (and server feed) technical details
  • Circuit-breaker database
  • On-board Mac Minis and wireless Internet access
  • 29-year laptop contrast
  • power and heating maintenance notes
  • Microship availability for Canadian adventure
  • New navigation tools and Shipnet developments
  • Marine networking overview
  • Update on helm seat project
  • Commentary on the switch to monthly publication schedule

 

Issue #18 - April, 2012 – 13 pages – $3.00 → Add to Cart

  • Venturing into the San Juans (project home-base relocation)
  • Vesper WatchMate 850 AIS installation and testing
  • Feature tech article by Steve Mitchell covering AIS Class B handling on public servers as well as DSC call initiation on connected Marine VHF radios.
  • Temperature-controlled fans for computers in enclosed areas
  • Little Cod marine wood stove glass hack
  • Nomadness safe and battery alcove
  • A couple of tricks spotted at the Anacortes Boat Show
  • Develoment system update: email, security, and front-panel fabrication
  • Nomadness Emulation and Telepresence System

Issue #19 - May, 2012 – 14 pages – $3.00 → Add to Cart

  • New Friday Harbor dock, with many photos
  • New lab facilities (including a Bridgeport milling machine!)
  • Magnetic curtain follow-up
  • Private head compartment for Isabelle (the cat)
  • Solar array structure project underway
  • Power system and lab desktop project preview… and a few more
  • Companionway slide bolt, helm laptop rack, and other recent jobs
  • Guest feature by Scott Carle: step seat aboard Valkyr

 

Issue #20 - July, 2012 – 15 pages – $3.00 → Add to Cart

  • 9-page feature on boat lab desktop fabrication (1.5″ laminated structure, with magnetic fixturing and tool-cabinet wing)
  • Temporary chart plotter mounting
  • The delivery voyage from La Conner to Friday Harbor
  • Bow navigation light replacement
  • Preview of power project

 

 

 

Issue #21 - September, 2012 – 14 pages – $3.00 → Add to Cart

  • Geek’s Vacation Program
  • Forward solar array fabrication
  • Power system refinements
  • SSB installation
  • The growing antenna farm
  • Console directory
  • Potpourri of updates
  • Tools and tricks
  • Notes on current projects

 

 

Issue #22 - January, 2013 – 14 pages – $3.00 → Add to Cart

  • The view from above
  • The point of all this
  • Console use cases
  • Upper helm panel fabrication
  • The ship’s espresso machine
  • Automated radio check system
  • New nickel generators
  • Project updates: aft solar array, scratching mast, aero headset
  • State of the project – 2013

 

 

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