The Year of the Boat: Beauty, Imperfections, and the Art of Doing It Yourself

The Year of the Boat: Beauty, Imperfections, and the Art of Doing It Yourself

Lawrence W. Cheek


Lawrence Cheek determined that he needed to construct a ship. not only any boat, yet a stunning wood sailboat. This even though he slightly knew how you can sail and that he was once the grasp of so few woodworking abilities that it was once scary. The yr of the Boat is a memoir approximately what whilst on in that suburban garage—a roiling strategy of measuring, slicing, gluing and sanding that used to be punctuated with superb delight, utter frustration, and undeniable bewilderment. From knowing easy methods to really learn a collection of marine blueprints to studying the effective paintings of using epoxy to getting the mast to face up directly, it is a desirable experience into the desert of doing it your self. the writer tacks an intelligently digressive path as he touches on such themes because the invention of the retractable keel, the esteemed culture of storage agencies (think Hewlett Packard), the Platonic perfect sailboat, the hegemonic upward push of fiberglass, and the unique form of a rudder. construction a ship seems to be the antidote for persistent perfectionism (hence the boat’s identify, faraway from Perfect).

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