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post #13 of Old 07-26-2011
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Another important choice is "choosing your battles". Certainly, it's not wise to plan on redesigning an older boat or working toward making it perform differently from it's design. I like things to look nice on my 1973 ketch, but my primary tasks are for function,- pretty always comes in second. I also work toward ease of function. As I age with my boat, I'm working toward the "geriatric vessel" that will allow be to stay aboard in the future. My first liveaboard boat had no windlass, no bimini, no refrigeration, no air conditioning and I coundn't stand up straight inside the cabin. Amazingly, my wife was with me then as she is now, but we couldn't live that way now like we did forty years ago. We've reached a balance in retrofiting. We're keeping up with our needs and our needs change over the years. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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