Keep ’em or lose ’em?
As I write this post, I can glance to my side and see several dozen reference books on a shelf. This library, comprised almost entirely of technical and guide books, was one of the things that we brought with us from ZTC onto One Love. While the guide books for the areas that we cruise end up dog-eared from use, the technical manuals on diesel, electrical and boat systems remain almost like new. How, with all of the repairs that we do on our boats, is that possible? Is it because I know so much that I never have to look anything up? Hardly! It’s because that in this day and age, in this cruising area with plentiful internet access, I can always Google the information I need, or even better, “phone a friend” via email or IM.
So, with items always competing for space on our boat, the question needs to be asked “should I hang on to these books or pass them along to another cruiser who might get more use out of them?” Something for me to think about.