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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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#29 on the Bucket List: Ride in a Helicopter

Posted by Bo | September 24th, 2014

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Several months ago I was working at the Southeastern Conference’s Baseball Championship Tournament, as I’ve done for the last few years. During one of the games, I was sitting with an old co-worker/friend and the topic of bucket lists came up.

He was going through several tough life changes, and he’d determined that it was time for him to create a list of his own. So there we sat, in the press box at the stadium, him going through my list and me through his.

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