where i come from, they call it 'boat abuse'
i spent all of last week up in Va. re-commissioning/de-winterizing my boat. i slept in all the berths, and worked on all the systems (replacing burnt element in hot water heater..etc)..learned how much load my shore power will carry before kicking out (i have an oil filled radiator style heater), i came back one evening from dinner, and it was a balmy 26 in the boat.uh huh..1500w and a circulating fan was too much).
as i was alone most of the time, i had the opportunity to walk the yard, and shook my head at all the neglected boats in and out of the water. the powerboat across the dock from me has about a 1/4 in bow line, the rest were a collection of mismatched, undersized lines. i saw this anomaly on several boats.
i frankly don't understand owning a boat, paying to keep it somewhere, then ignoring it.
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