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Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« on: December 13, 2011, 12:52:56 AM »
Worth a read for all you guys embarking on projects this winter....by John Turpin

http://www.wwpotterowners.com/JohnTurpin4.html
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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2011, 04:36:49 AM »
Mike:
  That was a great book that I read back in the mid- 70's. Thanks for reminding me of it...I may have to get a copy.
  John Turpin really strikes a chord with me in that short writing. It may explain why I can put so many hours into something so non-functinal as brightwork. Why? It's simple- I love it. It can also explain why I can get almost as much satisfaction from working on my 23 as I do sailing her.
  Alongside  "Assembly of Japanese bicycle require great peace of mind" should be "Be where you are."
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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2011, 08:51:14 PM »
Yep, I got a big kick out of the "great peace of mind" bits as well. So true.
We all could heed that advice in nearly anything we do in life.  

"Be where you are".  Perfect.

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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2011, 11:00:18 PM »
"I am where I am" - Tim Gardner, 2011 - with a little peach & rum.
"The sea is selective, slow at recognition of effort and aptitude, but fast in sinking the unfit"  - Adm Felix Riesenberg.

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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2011, 04:39:54 AM »
Or "I is what I is". Peach and rum...sounds yummy. Recipe?
I could have used that advice when, in the early 70's, I was a mechanic working on foreign cars.
"To work on English cars requre great peace of mind." Yeah, but it had a way of removing any peace of mind one might have!
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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2011, 08:20:57 AM »
Bob,

Recipe:
One large tumbler filled with ice.
pour Peach flavored - no calorie - soda water to 3/4 level
fill remaining vessel void with any white rum.

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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2011, 10:58:34 AM »
I still seek purity in mind and traquility of soul.

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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2011, 07:26:05 PM »
Thanks, Tim. I'll try it out maybe during Christmas break. (I shut down the business for the week for a sanity break).
Newt: That's why I sail. It truly detaches me from this crazy world, at least for a short time. I can see why some guys never want to go back!
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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2011, 04:57:36 AM »
After "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" came Robert  Pirsig's second novel/philosophical writing "Lila".  The method of travel, as the  hero pondered quality and morality,  was the sailboat.  So I  guess "Lila" could very well have been " Zen and the Art of Sailboat Maintenance".  Pirsig then spent his years sailing the Atlantic according to Wikipedia.  So the moral is: write a best seller then sail your dream.

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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2011, 06:46:34 AM »
Bob, Make sure you have some "Island Music" playing in the background when consuming a Peach'n rum.  Otherwise your senses will become confused and you may fall down.

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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #10 on: December 16, 2011, 06:54:02 PM »
Better yet, Tim:
  I'll drink my first one while watching the CLR 2011 video. What an experience! Maybe I'll preface the event with the CLR 2010! Next best thing to being there!
  I was checking out reviews of Lila...sounds pretty good. I'm afraid to re-read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance again...I already check out too many BMW bikes on Craigslist. There's a 1975 R902/6 right here in NJ.
  One can have too many toys. Mine's my sailboat.
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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2015, 02:55:33 PM »
Well, it's been Four years and four days since this post was commented on, but I'm going to bump it up anyway.

After reading the article in Post 1, remember this before beginning your winter boat projects:

"Assembly of Com-pac Yacht Requires Great Peace of Mind"

Bob23, no fear the 2015 CLR DVD will be on it's way in a couple days so you can relive this memory from the past.The DVD is late this year, but it too required Great Peace of Mind! :)

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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2015, 05:40:40 PM »
Ahhh...grasshopper. I'm patiently awaiting the CLR DVD from this year. I hope the names were changed to protect the drunk! It was a great time, to say the least!!!!!

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Re: Zen and the Art Of Sailboat Maintenance
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2015, 10:45:45 PM »
After "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" came Robert  Pirsig's second novel/philosophical writing "Lila".  The method of travel, as the  hero pondered quality and morality,  was the sailboat.  So I  guess "Lila" could very well have been " Zen and the Art of Sailboat Maintenance".  Pirsig then spent his years sailing the Atlantic according to Wikipedia.  So the moral is: write a best seller then sail your dream.

Lost my copy of Lila years ago. Great little book.

I must have bought 50 copies of Zen and the Art and gave them away.