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Perfect or Good Enough?


One of the many things I enjoy about the high quality comments we get here at AAC is that I draw pretty much endless inspiration for new posts from them. In fact, if I wrote a full post every time a comment inspired me, I would be posting twice a day…and have no life.

The inspiration for this post came from the several comments about the above photograph of a manifold I built on Morgan’s Cloud pointing out that:

  • The hose clamps holding the large cockpit drain hoses are too long.
  • The curve in the hose feeding the manifold is kind of tight and that, together with several 90 degree fittings, will have at least some effect on flow rate.
  • The hose at the bottom would be better routed behind the seacock, although actually it does not interfere with the handle.
  • It would be better and more elegant if the whole manifold were built from bronze fittings (or maybe Marelon), rather than a mix of CPVC schedule 80, bronze, and Marelon.

And you know what? The commenters are absolutely dead right on every single point.

But…you knew there was going to be a but, didn’t you?

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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