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How to do your own marine survey

I just posted Marine Survey 101 on my site. It ia a large article with over 90 photos of what to look for when in buying mode. It is aimed at the inexperienced boater with the goal of showing how to weed out the junk in order to avoid having to hire a surveyor more than once.
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I just posted Marine Survey 101 on my site. It ia a large article with over 90 photos of what to look for when in buying mode. It is aimed at the inexperienced boater with the goal of showing how to weed out the junk in order to avoid having to hire a surveyor more than once.
Good work Poker - that will be useful. Did you include a method of compensating for the rose coloured glasses? That's always been my biggest problem. I seldom have trouble finding the problem areas but all too often say to myself "that's an easy fix", "I can take care of that", "they only cost a few bucks" etc. but never tot them all up for either time or money.

I have never really learned, at a gut level, the distinction between having the ability to do something and the capability or capacity of actually getting same done.
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Re: How to do your own marine survey

Nice Boatpoker!
I wonder if Sailingdog has read your page yet!
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Re: How to do your own marine survey

A very helpful post indeed. I've bookmarked the page for future (and current) reference. Thanks!
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Good work Poker - that will be useful. Did you include a method of compensating for the rose coloured glasses? That's always been my biggest problem. I seldom have trouble finding the problem areas but all too often say to myself "that's an easy fix", "I can take care of that", "they only cost a few bucks" etc. but never tot them all up for either time or money.I have never really learned, at a gut level, the distinction between having the ability to do something and the capability or capacity of actually getting same done.
Yea. Me too!

Even when I double my numbers for $s and time.

Ability????

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Re: How to do your own marine survey

a great article, boatpoker! even though i don't intend to buy another boat ( i'll keep my nimble30 express ) it reminds everyone of things to watch on their on boat.
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Re: How to do your own marine survey

VERY interesting article, boatpoker.

However: "This fella should read up on the Hindenburg."

The Hindenburg did not explode because of the hydrogen fuel, it has long been proven that the disater was because it was painted with a new thermal aluminum paint, which essentially was the same as THERMITE. That's right, the classified German analysis of the incident, duplicated years later (like tne years ago) shows that the airship was painted with thermite. The hydrogen flame would have gone "poof!" upwards and spared the airship, but the entire skin was painted with thermite, and that's what did sucha great job burning.

Memo: Be careful about using metal-rich silver paints on your airship. Or boat.

And in my limited understanding "a microsecond later the diesel fuel will ignite and try to send the piston in the opposite direction. " No, really, one microsecond after a combustion event has started, the cylinder will still be in the compression stage, which it normally IS in when the fuel-air charge ignites. The ether will cause a slight pre-igntion or "ping" which is quite normal and tolerable in engines. An awful lot of tractors and big rigs and construction equipment are started with ether in cold weather, you can thank the cheap-ass boatbuilders who didn't order cylinder preheaters for this.

I'd be more concerned that a can of something flammable was stored without restraint in an engine space.

Niether of which should detract from a very nice piece of work!

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And in my limited understanding "a microsecond later the diesel fuel will ignite and try to send the piston in the opposite direction. " No, really, one microsecond after a combustion event has started, the cylinder will still be in the compression stage, which it normally IS in when the fuel-air charge ignites. The ether will cause a slight pre-igntion or "ping" which is quite normal and tolerable in engines.
That's exactly what I thought - the piston speed in a diesel is pretty low even when it is revved up - when you are trying to start a recalcitrant engine, the piston will hardly have moved between the time the ether flashes and the fuel flashes.
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