Thursday, July 7, 2011

The "Grill Man"

Do you need to cook a pig?  Do you want a good old fashioned heavy duty grill?  Enter the "Grill Man" in New Bern, NC.

Actually I don't need to cook a pig.  I am always willing, however, to go to a pig roast.  In fact, at my last pig roast I got the opportunity to "sip" a bit - if you know what I mean.  That was quite an experience for this Yankee boy!

So why do I mention the "Grill Man" in what is, at least most of the time, a sailing blog about cruising?  Like the homeowner who wants custom cabinets for their kitchen, sailors occasionally need a lit bit of custom work done to fulfill their vision.  In my case it was a custom plate to hold the air conditioning duct work into a hatch when in port.  I wanted it to be rigid and waterproof, hence the need for a stainless steel plate.  Danny over at The Grill Man fixed me up with the plate in the photo above.

Why did I decide to install a home use portable air conditioner in Reboot?  The answer is pure money.  A 6720 BTW carry on through the hatch air conditioner sells for $1,399 at West Marine.  A built in 5,000 BTU marine air conditioner ranges from $1,799 and up. I spent $325 for this 10,000 BTU floor mounted air conditioner at Lowes.  Yes, it is a pain in the neck.  Yes, it is unsightly and in the way.  Yes, I have to figure out where to store it when underway (which, of course would also be required for the "carry on" air conditioner.)  But the difference in price was compelling.

I selected New Bern, NC as a port to work on Reboot as it has a good reputation for excellent marine services, inexpensive dockage, and a friendly town.  Both Harvey Smith who worked on my engine and Danny at The Grill Man have certainly fulfilled New Bern's reputation.

Crash!

It has been raining most of the last three days. Everything is slippery. It is well known among cruisers that falling down the companionway ...