Successful Launch: A Primer for the First-Time Boat Owner

boating in Ft Lauderdale

If you do your research before spending your money on a boat for the first time, simply talk to almost any long term boat owner beforehand and they will invariably advise you that boat owning can be an expensive but enduring love affair.

Cost is one of the primary considerations but there are a number of other upfront and ongoing considerations that you need to factor into your finances, before you take the plunge and set sail off into the sunset.

Affordability

It can quickly become far less enjoyable to own a boat if it becomes a drain on your financial resources.

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Why eat, sleep, train, repeat is not enough

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Eat, sleep, train, repeat.

Sound familiar? It’s the mantra of the modern sportsman and it’s one that any serious athlete will instantly recognise. The tales of men with modest talents who have raised their game through sheer force of will are legion. Whichever sport you follow, there’ll be a dogged grinder’s tale to tell of solitary hours working at the game, long after everyone else has quit the gym or the practice ground and headed for the comforts of home.

There is something noble about those tales: John Riggins, Ray Lewis, Tom Brady, Jimmy Connors… Everyone will have their own favorites, and it’s no more than fitting that the names that come to mind arrive with a misty sense of sentiment about them. These are the guys who were not born to greatness or who had greatness thrust upon them; these guys dug success out of the sporting bedrock with their own blood and sweat.

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Drink of the Week: The Algonquin

the Algonquin.As a teenager, I found myself seriously infatuated with an older women. So great was the age difference that she had actually been dead since I was in kindergarten.

Legendary wit and poet laureate of dissipated enlightenment, Dorothy Parker was probably the most interesting of the literary lights that graced New York’s Algonquin Hotel’s famed round table of notable quipsters. The informal gang o’ pals also included humorist Robert Benchley (Parker’s platonic bff), and critic Alexander Wolcott. Another great wit in the group, Harpo Marx, like Teller after him, never said a word when the cameras and microphones were on, but apparently could chat up a storm on his own time.

Now, to be honest, while the Algonquin crew and especially the wondrous Ms. Parker definitely enjoyed more than their share of cocktails, there’s no evidence they actually ever sipped a single Algonquin. Still, they should have. It’s a dry, sophisticated drink, a fruity twist on the Perfect Manhattan that’s a really solid addition to the cannon of Prohibition-era beverages.

Yes, we have no indication that they ever had the drink, but also no proof that they didn’t. I chose, therefore, to print the legend. Let’s just assume that the woman who we are told said ““If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised” and the man who opined that “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker” enjoyed an Algonquin together. It’ll taste better that way.

The Algonquin

2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce pineapple juice
1 ounce dry vermouth
1 maraschino cherry (desirable garnish)
1 mint leaf (optional, but intriguing, garnish)

Combine your whiskey, juice, and vermouth in a mixing vessel with the usual ton of ice. Some think you should stir it, but I say they’re wrong. Shake the dang thing vigorously and strain into a large, chilled cocktail glass. If you want smaller portions, or have small cocktail glasses, simply use 1 1/2 ounces whiskey to 3/4 ounce each pineapple juice and vermouth. Toast which ever Algonquin Round Table member you choose, but I choose the amazing Dorothy.

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The particular example of an Algonquin pictured above was not crafted by your humble boozescribe, but comes courtesy of ace mixologist, Ian, at my neighborhood watering hole, Tonga Hut. Following my instructions, Ian added a high-end Luxardo maraschino cherry and threw on a mint leaf on top, departing from the classic recipe with a Tonga Hut trademark.

Making the drink at home, I had good luck with a number of different brands. Like Ian, I found that using 100 proof Rittenhouse Rye yielded an excellent result. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Old Overholt — increasingly the default rye at craft bars nevertheless — but it still yielded a decent, if slightly more astringent, beverage. I also enjoyed killing my bottle of sweet Redemption Rye for an Algonquin’s sake.

As for vermouths, I vacillated between your basic Martini and the fancier Dolin’s. The former was smooth and relaxed while the latter added a bit of spice. Oddly enough, I think I lean towards a simpler, dryer rye for an Algonquin.

The most dramatic difference, oddly enough, was between two different brands of canned pineapple juice. (It’s against my religion, Lazy Bumism, to actually cut up and juice an whole pineapple.) There was a fairly precipitous drop in the quality of my drinks when I switched from Trader Joe’s shockingly delicious not-from-concentrate, which brags that it tastes like it would if you squeezed it yourself, to your basic Dole’s. I’m not an expert on the finer points of pineapple juice but I can tell you that the better tasting pineapple juice resulted in the better tasting Algonquin.

  

How to Dress Like a Man

lawyer in law library

It’s a strange fact of modern life that many young men have no clue how to dress well. Like learning how to cook instead of eating out or buying packaged meals, learning to dress well is an important life skill that appears to be fading from modern life. This creeping obsolescence would not matter if there were no consequences, but men who don’t learn how to dress well are unlikely to find professional careers or marry women who have a sense of style.

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Samsung vs Apple: The Heavyweight Bout

iPhone 6

It’s the battle that everyone looks forward to each year. It’s the rumble in the jungle of the tech world. The Thriller in Manila. And it’s here yet again, just in time for Christmas.

For years now Samsung and Apple have been hammering it out to be king of the smartphone, both have thrown enough punches to be considered the best, but their latest releases couldn’t be further apart from each-other.

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