"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.
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.
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