A couple dropped by last week to look at one of the boats in my stable of previously loved (read: used) vessels. The pair live aboard a motorsailer on Lake Union — an enviable living arrangement — smack in the middle of thriving, cosmopolitan Seattle, just like Tom Hanks in the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle.
This is the first in a bimonthly series of articles by Capt. Lou Boudreau, who went to sea with his family at the age of 1, when they started a business running schooner charters in the West Indies. He spent much of his life at sea, sailing aboard Ramona, Bluenose II and Le Voyageur and skippering Atlanta and Mariette. Boudreau is the author of The Man Who Loved Schooners and other books available at caribeebooks.com.
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If you do any sort of woodworking for your boat, keeping a sharp edge on your tools is very important. Sharp tools produce better work, cut with less effort and can be safer to use because you do not have to force them, so there is less pressure behind the cutting edge.
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