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Old 06-05-2013
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Re: The Maintenance Learning Curve to Competence Conundrum

Learn by watching and doing. Pay yard first time and watch closely. Keep mouth closed as they are on a clock at $95/hr. Once they leave look it over and go through sequence of job in my mind. Always find out favorite liquid of every yard monkey. At end of day approach with beer/Capt Morgan etc. and sit with them and learn. Still a total newbie but slowly getting it. Also find fellow cruisers very helpful. I get them up the boson's chair then when I need the same they get me up. New area - chat up everyone. Try to offer a drink or a bite with ones who seem skilled and friendly. Very easy to tell. Just look at their boat.
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