Never be afraid to say “I don’t know.”
On the subject of learning something new (see yesterday’s post), I have never been afraid to say “I don’t know.” Dozens of times during martial arts seminars with my coaches, when a question was posed to the group that I knew no one had the answer to, I would be the one to put up my hand and say “I don’t know.” IMO, admitting that you don’t know an answer does not mean that you are stupid. Continuing to go on without learning the answer when the information is available does!
So, on that note, here is a boat thing that I only recently learned about: dorade boxes. While I’ve, of course, seen them on countless boats, I’ve never sailed on a vessel that had them installed. I recently read an article that said something to the effect that all real bluewater boats had dorade boxes, which is why I even bothered to look them up.
Note: I saw a Facebook status message that said something to the effect that, when you ask me a question about who someone is, or how something works, I’m going to assume that Google is broken. Funny, but true. The answers are only an internet search away. Don’t be lazy!
Anyway, fresh air in a boat is good, and if dorade boxes / cowl vents allow fresh air to get inside while keeping the water out, that seems like a great thing. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, no Amels were built with such a feature.