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JamesMusslewhite last won the day on February 17 2016

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About JamesMusslewhite

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    Emperor of the Moon, Inventor of Atmosphere
  • Birthday 03/06/1958

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    Purok 7, Cabunga-an, Cagdianao, Dinagat Island
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    I will not donate
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    Horticulture, Agriculture, computers, farming, fishing, scuba, hiking, sight seeing, making local friends, hugging my wife, and raising lobsters

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    James E. Musslewhite

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  1. Yep, nothing impresses the ladies like a big piece of well sculptured wood...
  2. When I was around 13-14 years old I built one of the old wooden models. Then while watching the old McHale's Navy TV shows I started thinking about incorporating the two designs together. A sixty to sixty-five footer with all the comforts and amenities of condo could be built for the price of an average 4-bedroom house here which you would never have full-title. If the old lady and her family gets too damn big for their britches? Well you can just raise the anchor, give the international sign language for ''Your All Number One!'' and then simply move to where there are better neighbors.
  3. Or drop a couple big diesels in the engine compartment.... they can't kidnap yah if they can't catch yah...
  4. I will be covering that in the second video which will cover the topography of the island and what will be done to utilize the high-tide/low-tide flows entering and exiting the saltwater pond to power small floating paddle-wheel platforms to generate power, placement of the windmill generators and placement of several solar arrays. This is necessary hear as well because we must have one of the worse power companies in the country connected to this facility. One of the main things I wanted to incorporate into the design of this facility is the ability to remain fully operational even during long-extended brownout events, and being constructed where it is a necessary to virtually free of local power grids. This is why I have focused primarily on 12v/24v pumps, aerators and lighting. This facility is designed to be at a fraction of the cost of traditional hatcheries and the ability to be built in more isolated rural areas is what will attract investors to want to build these here in the Philippines and in surrounding countries.
  5. Still working on the tanks, We put it on hold during the rainy season as it was just just too dangerous boating heavy materials and workers from the city to be island. Then we were hit with a 7.2 and 5.9 quakes only weeks apart. The workers were needed in the city to help damage repair. I have been busy though working research, writing and working on sketches, drawings and diagrams. Some of that were diagrams for fabrication of the metal racks which will be used for the grow-out trays, larval cones, protein skimmers and sand filters; and locating the 12v/24v aerators and pumps. Oddly enough I have had to put that on hold for the last four days to write-up a feasibility study, it government wants to throw a grant at the facility. Seems they have been looking for a fishery project to fund and they caught wind of this place. I tried to do a Readers Digest on the facility which I have been able it down to 14 pages of tightly written size 11 font script. I was looking on the net for some prices and I remembered I had posted a list of the different AC marine pumps, so I opened the tread to get the list and saw there was a new post form a member and felt since I was here I should check my threads and respond to those who posted. It has been a nice diversion from writing this feasibility study as I been working on it from the time I wake to the time my head hits the pillow for the last four days now. I will take the final draft in the morning for my partner to pencil-whip and then I can make the corrections and submit the study. The topography here is unique and the guy who had built the old hatchery here did millions of pesos worth of upgrades to the island including the saltwater pond, Being able to utilize the old 2-story structure, not having to dredge a saltwater allows this project to turnkey between 7-9 million pesos which is cheap; perhaps half or even a third of what it would cost in another location. We have about 1.3 million invested in the project so far, but there must be 3-4 million invested by the previous hatchery. So this is a really good project for the Department of fisheries to take up and grant. If they reward the grant then I will be working at a non-stop neck-breaking pace until the middle of next year. If so then this thread will be getting real interesting, real quick. I have also been working on a 6-part YouTube video series which is basically a Lobster 101 walk-through on the biology, physiology and life cycle of the Panulirus ornatus (‘tiger') lobster and will cover lobster 'grow-out' aquaculture and hatchery technology. The 26 page script for the first video is completed and I have loaded most of the slides, drawings and short video clips on the ProShow Producer program. All I have to do now is do the voice over work and sync the slides transition timings. So with luck I will be uploading 'Part 1' in the next couple of weeks. I am try to keep each video down to around 30 minutes pay-time but there is a hell of a lot of information needing to be covered on each of the six topics. Once it is uploaded I will post a link here.. .
  6. I often have members on mu Philippines Farm and Gardening facebook group that are offering the Asian 'Tiger' prawn seedlings so they are available, perhaps contact your local fisheries.
  7. It is nice not having to travel up to Manila. Though there is an issue with the last Visa entry stamp being in the old passport. I have heard most BI office want expats to take both old and new passport to the main BI office in Manila to renew the Visa and there have them re-stamp a new entry stamp.in the new passport. I was luck because the local BI office here in Surigao City is so small and I have been here so long that the BI offer renewed my passport allowing me not to have to travel up to Manila. Of course I was also 6 weeks 'over-stay' status as my new passport was being processed. Others may encounter this issue a passport renewal. Or not. .
  8. Thank you for the link, it is well worth bookmarking. I have always wanted to build a 3/4 size PT hull design pleasure boat.The boat was perfect for use in the islands and earned the reputation of being very dependable. The PT boat earned the name 'devil boat' by the Japs because they said that when you thought the sea was too rough for boats to operate, was when the 'devil boat' attacks. Most PT boats where 76-84 feet in length so a 3/4 would be around 55-60 feet. You could have a comfortable living space similar to that of a travel trailer, even after accounting for motor compartment, crew quarters, Bridge and galley. It would be like a floating hotel room and one could comfortably live almost full-time on such a boat. Add a jet ski, inflatable dinghy and motor 'Vespa' style scooter and you could really explore and enjoy these islands.
  9. The marine epoxies were multi-purpose 2-part which of course you have to mix and needs to be applied rather quickly. This was used at all joints and outside surfaces of the hull frame to add an additional bond for the marine plywood skin. I used a lot of clear epoxy which is a two-part sold in a 1 gallon can with a smaller can of hardener. This I applied quite thickly on all of the inner surfaces once the plywood outer skin was finished. In some areas as many as 5 thick coats were painted and usually took a couple of hours to sufficiently harden before we pained the next payer. After the clear coats had sufficiently dried and cured we flipped the boat and painted 3 thick layers of clear coat to all the surfaces of the hull and keel. After these layers had dried we pained all the inside surfaces with 2 layers of white pigmented epoxy primmer, and then 3 layers of white pigmented epoxy base paint. Then the boat was flipped and 3 layers of yellow pigmented epoxy primer, 2 layers of orange pigmented epoxy base; and then two layers of blue pigmented epoxy base was painted to the hull and keel at the waterline, and 3 layers of blue pigmented epoxy base to the accents and top deck. When all the painted surfaces had sufficiently dried and cured we added 2 additional layers of clear epoxy top coat to all interior and exterior surfaces of the boat. Some may think that seems like over-kill but the boat was built for heavy service often in shallow water with heavy rocks and corals. We have hauled numerous heavy loads of supplies which were being loaded and offloaded; such as hollow blocks, bags of stone and sand, plants, trees, as well as lengths of bamboo and heavy lumber. I still spent less than $400 for all the epoxy and epoxy primers, paints and topcoats; and I feel it has been money well spent. Now let me add this: The last layer of blue pigment epoxy we painted on the top deck, we added washed coarse mason sand into the paint and mixed it well, and then pained the top decking both forward and aft.. When that top layer was pained it had the consistency similar to drywall-spackling, and even with the 3 layers of epoxy clear coat being applied over this blue spackled layer, it allowed for a non-slip top deck even when wet you stay sure footed. I strongly suggest to anyone building a boat to do the same as saltwater spray, rain or heavy humidity/condensation can normally make the top deck as slippery as ice. It certainly helps avoiding unnecessary slipping which can case embarrassments, injuries or falling into or out of your own boat. Just a little advice. You will find that multi-function and marine rated epoxy and epoxy based painting products are readily available here in most big towns and cities here, as the Philippines is a boat culture. You will also find quality saltwater resistant hardwoods and quality marine plywood and sufficient assortment brass nails and stainless steel bolts, nuts and screws. I have probably have 80-90 thousand pesos invested in this 34 footer (not including motor), which is the price for a decent motorcycle here With regular maintenance the 'Arthur 1' will give me dependable service for decades to come. I am quite pleased with how the project came out as it is a good looking boat but has proven to be a real workhorse. My next boat build will be two or three years away but I am designing a wide-body 45-50 footer which will be needed for business, so the 'Arthur 2' is now on my drawing board. It will still be small enough to easily fit into the shallows but sea worthy enough to scoot around these islands. It has always been a wish-list item of mine to build a comfortable 65 foot cabin cruiser based on the hull design of a WW2 US Navy PT boat. That design has more than proven to be perfect for these waters around the Philippines even during rough water conditions. The living quarters would be like a 40 foot mobile home that floats; now that I could really enjoy in my retirement years.
  10. Perhaps think about adding two caps of Chlorine bleach every two to four weeks and get a small aquarium pump and drop an aeration stone into the bottom of your tank. This will add oxygen keeping the water from becoming stagnant and helps create water movement within the container. The small additions of chlorine will help to prevent algae blooms and slime to develop in the tank.
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu8bI_imLzE
  12. For the last few months I have rarely left this island other than a few days in Cebu are short trips into Surigao City. I have not traveled down South since last November. So if expats are leaving Dipolog I have no personal knowledge of this happening. This project here keeps me pretty focused on what's at hand here. It is even rare lately that I log onto the forum these days.
  13. Sorry guy, I really don't know much about the area around Dipolog so anything I could tell you is conjecture.
  14. I was a Hollywooder (81) and as our DI's would remind us quite often that USMC stood for 'You Signed The Morther-fecking Contract'... This simply meant to stop whining, shut-the-feck-up, grow a damn pair and get it done .
  15. Yep, sure he is, (say no more say no more, nudge nudge wink wink).......