log from ground zero. A detailed maintenance log is a habit
that should not be sacrificed.
Step 4: Not For Men Only
I realize, as I chat with men, that taking off to the islands
and getting away from it all is very inviting. However, if you
have a wife or significant other, please listen carefully. She
probably will not define simplicity like you do. We tend to be
sick of the business world hassles and imagine a hammock on
a deserted island between two coconut trees with a drink in
hand as the ideal.
Beware that during our daydreaming, our wives are worrying
about hot anchorages filled with mosquitoes, no place to put
frozen goods and living in sweltering Laundromats—not to
mention hurricanes in the fall and cabin fever in the winter. If
you plan to own a boat and have your family use together, I offer
this advice: The man may decide to buy the boat, but he is wise
to let the wife pick out which one. Also, if she wants a particular
creature comfort that is not important to you, get it anyway.
For this reason, we got the countertop Susan wanted, as
well as a new washer and separate dryer. The aging water
heater was replaced, too. The point is, our wives are less
The saloon was renewed with a gorgeous cabinet behind the helm and silestone countertops in the galley. The drop-down spice rack is a
nifty feature and a wife-convincer. At right a carved detail at the bow displays evidence of a dewy morning.
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