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The Year of the Boat: Beauty, Imperfection, and the Art of Doing It Yourself
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The Year of the Boat: Beauty, Imperfection, and the Art of Doing It Yourself [Format Kindle]

Lawrence W. Cheek

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"There is the challenge of making something oneself, then there is the struggle with perfectionism and its tendency to leach pleasure from the enterprise. Cheek's writing style is apt: somewhere between pur practical advice from lessons learned the hard

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Lawrence Cheek decided that he had to build a boat. Not just any boat, but a beautiful wooden sailboat. This despite the fact that he barely knew how to sail and that he was the master of so few woodworking skills that it was frightening. The Year of the Boat is a memoir about what when on in that suburban garage—a roiling process of measuring, cutting, gluing and sanding that was punctuated with supreme satisfaction, utter frustration, and plain bewilderment. From figuring out how to actually read a set of marine blueprints to learning the fine art of applying epoxy to getting the mast to stand up straight, this is a captivating adventure into the wilderness of doing it yourself. The author tacks an intelligently digressive route as he touches on such topics as the invention of the retractable keel, the esteemed tradition of garage enterprises (think Hewlett Packard), the Platonic ideal sailboat, the hegemonic rise of fiberglass, and the pleasing shape of a rudder. Building a boat turns out to be the antidote for chronic perfectionism (hence the boat’s name, Far From Perfect).

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 516 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 290 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1570615446
  • Editeur : Sasquatch Books (5 avril 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005DXR7A0
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Book that is Worth the Read (and Price) ! 7 février 2010
Par Paul J. Sniadecki - Publié sur
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Well written book about: building a wooden boat, sailboats in general, and dealing with issues of being "perfect." Read it soon, and enjoy the real-life adventure the author encounters.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Boat building as therapy 4 novembre 2008
Par Andrew Otwell - Publié sur
This is an enjoyable little book, with some really wonderful meditations on craft and beauty. At the best points, you'll really be able to smell the wood shavings and epoxy.

But despite how often the author describes how difficult the project was, I found myself at the end thinking, "well that wasn't really so much work after all." The shop talk is not the point: Cheek really wants us to know how emotionally difficult the whole thing was, which more than a few times comes across as pretty self-indulgent. At times, he's fully aware of how building a boat in one's garage as a sort of self-inflicted life lesson *is* actually pretty self-indulgent thing to do, but there are just as many points where I wanted to just tell him to get over himself.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 10 octobre 2008
Par Tim - Publié sur
Great Book ! The author does a great job describing the emotional roller coaster ride while restoring a wooden boat. Good mix of humor. Easy read, will make you smile if you've done it.

I also recommend "Restore your Wooden Boat by those who've done it" particularly Chapter 3.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Year of the Boat 29 mai 2008
Par Scott Matthies - Publié sur
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not a how-to manual, but a description of how he found himself building a small wooden sailboat as a first time boatbuilder, punctuated with philosophical musings and stories of learning to sail and other related experiences. I identified completely with the author in that I followed the same path of dreaming about the Haven 12 1/2, wondering about Sam Devlin's Nancy's China, and then getting realistic and choosing Devlin's Zephyr. The book is a well-written, personal memoir and should be read by anyone whose ever toyed with the idea of building a wooden boat.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read this book only if... 17 janvier 2009
Par Frank Thomas - Publié sur
Read this book if you are not planning to build a boat or read this book if you are planning to build a boat. In either case you will learn something about yourself as the author learns about himself in the process and cracks open a window into his soul.

I got this book because I was planning to build a boat. Instead I began building, maybe rebuilding a little bit of me. It was a joy to read.

If you are not planning to build a boat you will learn something about yourself and get to thinking about why you do some of the things you do. What motivates you to start something and maybe what motivates you to not.

If you are planning to build a boat, this should be required reading as your first assignment. It will help you sort out some important things about yourself first. And it will inspire you to appreciate the process of creating a boat as much as having a boat.
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