Author: Story and photo by John Lewis

Avoid drilling holes in your boat

Once I settled on a Tayana 37 pilothouse boat as my choice to allow me to tick off the primary item on my bucket list (circumnavigation), I set out to find a suitable used boat.

Benefits of a pilothouse boat

Thanks to an early introduction to the books of Eric Hiscock, the primary item on my bucket list has always been circumnavigating in my own boat at least once.

Relentless wear and tear

Before we left San Francisco on Active Transport, our Tayana 37 pilothouse cutter, we made quite a few decisions that were based both on prior experience and what we were able to learn from other voyagers.

Installing an exhaust temperature alarm

Before we left on our six-year circumnavigation, we spent a year commissioning the boat and never once thought about the benefits of an exhaust temperature alarm.