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post #20 of Old 06-05-2013
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Re: The Maintenance Learning Curve to Competence Conundrum

Not really a new rule, but an amendment to Jim's #2 - it should say AT LEAST twice as long, not merely twice as long as you think. At least in my case.

I'm an electrical engineer and I had done some woodworking before I bought my boat, but in my case, over the last (almost) two years, I've learned to:
1) How to make a boat move while under sail (sort of)
2) Splice rope
3) Make standing rigging on a small boat
4) Sew and tune up a sewing machine (and, probably more accurately, how to rip seams out without completely destroying your work)
5) Install gromets (though that's harder than it would seem), snaps, and the like
6) Inspect a wide variety of materials
7) Change the impeller on an outboard motor (and, more accurately, the fact that there IS an impeller)
8) Rebed hardware

Almost all of that was learned either here or at the Catalina 25 Owner's site. I owe a lot to the members of both forums!

- Jim
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