[/QUOTE]I like doing everything myself so I get to know how to do it so if I ever do an extended cruise I'll be prepared. Hopefully in the future when I am a seasoned vet I'll be able to return all the favors by helping out all the other newbies with questions.]
Good luck. With some care, a good manual and common sense, you will save yoursef lots of dough and gain invaluable experience. You may not have a pro mechanic close by the next time you have trouble, so learn what you can while there is no risk to life or vessel.