For some people, the "crappy situation" could be a toxic personal relationship or a dead-end job. For us it was the companionway stairs.
relocated the air conditioner (more detail here) to improve engine access. Last week we ripped out the old stairs and, inspired by the graceful stairs on El Galeon built a prototype of their successor. The final will be made of teak after we come back from Annapolis. For now, we're making small adjustments and road testing the new layout. It will have four small steps instead of three steep ones in a nod to our commitment to grow old still living aboard.
|Stairs on El Galeon, for inspiration|
|After prototype. (yes it will have a back panel to keep out engine noise and heat!) Four small steps, evenly spaced, and plenty of toe room.|
|Continuing to fine-tune: a little less slope, a little less width|
And even with the unesthetic prototype, we are appreciating the more comfortable stairs. Can't wait for the final version!