For my part, I'm afraid all of my doing is going to be virtual for the foreseeable future. Many of you were kind enough to ask for updates on my ailing steel trawler Bossanova. After almost a year on the hard because of sudden and severe galvanic corrosion, my boat deserves a decision. I've gathered enough information to, well, throw in the towel. Two estimates (both approximately $45,000) for doubling the plate on the bottom would allow me to keep her afloat indefinitely but also would make her very difficult to sell. (And since I'm as tied to the dock as most of the employed, I'd already developed lust in my heart for something a little faster and easier to single-hand, like a lobster boat.) One estimate proposed puddle-welding the pits but overlooked the likelihood that overall wastage of the plate would require cutting and cropping in many, many places — and the cost of that was wide open and frighteningly unknowable. A fourth estimate came from New Orleans — thanks to Jay Coyle's introduction to the generous Billy Smith of Trinity Yachts, who was able to get me an estimate from someone he trusts to do it right: gas-freeing the boat, cutting out the old plate and replacing it with an all-new bottom of five-eighth-inch steel. The yard he spoke with could manage this for about the same price as those estimates for doubling the plate here in the Northeast — so let me tell you, I spent a fevered weekend calculating the steps it would take to get Bossanova seaworthy enough for a 2,000-mile voyage of several months. I imagined the thrill it would be to cast off this summer, stopping at great towns along the way and keeping Yachting readers fed and watered via an excellent satcom setup. Visions of oyster po' boys, ice cold Abitas and the Lost Bayou Ramblers danced in my head.