The July Latitude 38
is now on the street. If you can get your hands on a copy and turn to page 81, you'll find a nice story about the Flyin' Hawaiian
. Though the story is somewhat dated, now, because of the necessary lead time to get it in the mag long before the issue was printed (about a week to ten days ago), it's still worth reading.
The article mentions that the exorbitant cost of marine-grade components forced the builder
, James "Hot Rod" Lane, to resort to more cost-effective workarounds. For example, the article indicates that when "...he saw the price
of marine-grade running lights and chain plates, he and Michael [his son] built their own."
Okay, that sounds good. What else?
Because he couldn't afford actual masts, he adapted what he could find. The article goes on to state, "...he found that all sorts of discarded gear
could be utilized simply by applying some ingenuity. For example, the big yellow cat is equipped with a decades-old commercial-grade radar
with a six-foot array; an old but reliable GPS
; passive water
heaters adapted from pool-heating panels
; two 750-gallon/day watermakers run off a pressure-washer pump; a 1932 searchlight with a hand-blown 400-watt bulb; and a compass
from the sister ship of the Exxon Valdez."
You have to admit, the Lanes personify the saying, "Where there's a will, there's a way." And it certainly appears they'll never go thirsty.
Some of Mr. Lane's friends have advised him that he should do some sea trials, but he thinks otherwise. "I'll do my trials on the way to LA," he said. Assuming they make it that far, Mr. Lane intends to cash in some used sails
at Minney's in Newport Beach
before shoving off, bound for Hawaii
Attached is a picture included in the article. In it, you'll see Michael, Hot Rod and Hot Rod's mother, identified in the caption as "Grandma Carol" standing on the, uhm, back porch
PS: If you can't locate a copy of the July Latitude 38,
you can download a copy from their website, here: Download Latitude 38