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Book Review: The Happiness of Pursuit

Posted by Bo | November 13th, 2014

Book Review: Happiness of Pursuit

When I was a kid, the greatest adventure I knew was trying to avoid my canine nemesis, Bruno, on the walk home every day from Elm Street Elementary. The cool kids were the ones who were dominate at video games, it seemed. Sure, there were books about adventure, but those were written by book people, and back then, published book people were the esteemed literati, not regular people like me.

Then came the internet and it was suddenly easy to find stories of people who were living life differently–lives of non-conformity, if you will. People like Corbett Barr, Tim Ferris, Colin Wright, and the guy I’m talking about today, Chris Guillebeau. These were just normal people who were living real life adventure, not just video game adventure.

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Galley Remodel Project- Pt. 4: We’ve got granite!

Posted by Bo | October 7th, 2014

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This is Part 4 of the Galley Remodel Project that turned into much more than a project involving the Galley. If you’d like to get caught up, check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 then come on back over here.

I probably spent way too much time stressing over the countertops. I mean, what material should you use on a boat? And what color?!

It took some soul searching, but I think it was my mom who finally convinced me to just break down & go with granite. It didn’t hurt that my neighbor’s $300k boat had the same type granite I was looking at using.

I paid the local granite shop a visit and we worked out a deal that involved a sum of money and a sunset cruise for their employees. Then, I figured that since I was doing the kitchen, I might as well go ahead and do the bathrooms too, right?

You’re beginning to see how a $150 faucet turns into a $6,000 refit, aren’t you.

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Galley Remodel Project- Pt. 3: The Fridge & Freezer

Posted by Bo | October 5th, 2014

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This is Part 3 of the Galley Remodel Project that turned into much more than a project involving the Galley. If you’d like to get caught up, check out Part 1 and Part 2, then come on back over here.

When I was researching L’Attitude, I spent a good bit of time reading through the previous owners’ blog. They’d spent several years cruising the Caribbean on her, so I knew I could learn a lot from their experiences. One theme seemed to be the troubles they’d had with the fridge and freezer situation.

The boat had a fancy system by which the fridge and freezer ran off either a 120volt compressor or a separate engine driven compressor. In theory it sounds like a brilliant idea. In practice, it made for an insane mess of tubes and wires both in the icebox and in the engine room.

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Galley Remodel Project- Pt. 2: Repairing the Fuel Tank

Posted by Bo | October 3rd, 2014

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This is Part 2 of the Galley Remodel Project that turned into much more than a project involving the Galley. If you’d like to get caught up, check out Part 1 first, then come on back over here.

What does a fuel tank have to do with a Galley Remodel Project, you ask? It’s a boat, so, everything.

The systems that make up a 42′ boat aren’t cut and dry in nice separate compartments or closets like they might be in your house. No, the fuel tank had been a source of much frustration until we finally A) Located it, and 2) Realized it was the reason the bilge had a couple of gallons of diesel fuel sloshing about freely.

In the early days of my boat ownership, I was somewhat clueless about these things. I was told my boat had a port fuel tank, a keel fuel tank, and a starboard fuel tank. I was told the keel tank would likely leak and I should drain it totally, ensuring no diesel in the bilge. So I did. Only, the bilge gathered more diesel.

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Galley Remodel Project- Pt. 1: The Demo

Posted by Bo | October 2nd, 2014

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This is part 1 of a 5 part series on the Galley Remodel Project that turned into much more than a project involving the Galley.

As I may have told you before, when I bought L’Attitude (almost exactly 2 years ago!!), her faucet leaked. I don’t mean it dripped a little. I mean, more water landed outside the galley area than inside the sink. So one day I went to Home Depot and I dropped a bill or two on a fancy new kitchen faucet.

Back at the boat, faucet in hand, I open all the drawers under the faucet and begin the process of unhooking the old faucet. Only, this clearly proved to be a job not well suited for hands the size of mine. Frankly, I can’t imagine anything with paws larger than those of a petite squirrel would be able to maneuver the fittings required to replace said faucet.

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