Which stereo system should I buy, based on the optimal combination of price, features, sound quality, and fewest unsightly wires to conceal?
...as well as...
Coffee?... or tea?? (okay, just kidding about that one.)
The corporate types and 'Six Sigma Practitioners' refer to this decision-making tool as a Pugh Matrix, but I like to refer to it as the 'help-I'm-going-all-neurotic-and-overthinking-stuff-again' or the HIGANOSA Method. (Acronyms -- all the cool kids are using them.)
To start with, I'll determine the criteria against which I will test each of my tow vehicle options. Here's what I'm thinking so far:
The best solution will have:
- minimum cost
- scalable solution (as in, 'will be capable of towing my next boat when I catch 'two-foot-itis'' and trade up to a Catalina 22, 25, or maybe even a 30-footer like my mentor Edward, an experienced blue water racer and intergalactically-syndicated sailing columnist)
- dependable long-term solution (will suffice for more than just 1-2 seasons)
- minimum chance of degradation of personal dignity
- supports regional trailer-sailing
I think that's about it. In some upcoming riveting posts, I'll brainstorm my list of options and assign each option a 'score' for each criterium. At the end of all this HIGANOSA-ing, I will have (a) finally written a few blog posts this year, and (b) more fully exposed the depths of my quirkyness to the internets, and (c) have a solid decision on what to do about towing Central Air this season. Believe me, you won't want to miss a minute of this.