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Shredrick McGnarlson 12-09-2013 04:17 PM

Free Maintenance Help in Baltimore/Annapolis Area
I'm inexperienced, younger, and looking to learn.

I acquired a boat 2 years ago and am becoming overwhelmed by it ( I'd be happy to explain acquisition story if interested.) I think I have reached the saturation point learning from books and the internet and it is time to learn by doing. If you or anyone you know could use a young eager sailor to do work on their boats, help, or just observe please let me know.

Ideally I'm looking to get more experience with:
Diesel Engines
Standing Rigging
Electrical Systems

Although I'll help on just about anything, even your head.

I'm in Baltimore City and have a car. I'd be happy to provide a resume to those interested to characterize me a bit better .

T37Chef 12-09-2013 05:09 PM

Re: Free Maintenance Help in Baltimore/Annapolis Area
I've learned a lot over the years from others by hanging out in the marina yard doing various projects of my own. Others often being the marinas employees or other owners. As far as engine knowledge, I always ask the mechanics whom I hire if they are okay with me watching them and asking questions along the way, most don't mind because they charge by the hour :)

I would be happy to help you learn how to scrap teak on my boat ;)

eherlihy 12-09-2013 05:18 PM

Re: Free Maintenance Help in Baltimore/Annapolis Area

Originally Posted by T37Chef (Post 1204585)
I would be happy to help you learn how to scrap teak on my boat ;)

Er..., do you mean scrape teak? If you're scrapping the teak, then I'll take all of it...:D

eherlihy 12-09-2013 05:22 PM

Re: Free Maintenance Help in Baltimore/Annapolis Area
OP. I would suggest that you focus on addressing issues with your current boat. When everything is working well, it is likely that others will ask you how you did it, and then you'll get the opportunity to gain more experience.

If you are working on a specific project, post it here, and you'll get LOADS of advice. Some of the advice may even be good.

You can also troll SailNet to find people that are working on a problem, and asking for advice. This is a great time to try and wrap your head around someone else's problem, devise a solution, and see if the OP adopts it...

jimgo 12-09-2013 10:01 PM

Re: Free Maintenance Help in Baltimore/Annapolis Area
I'll echo what eherlihy said. Ask lots of questions here. And more importantly, tell us the story of the boat so far so we know what you're doing. There are LOTS of us in the not-too-far-away range from you, so you can get some good, local advice in addition to the bigger-picture stuff. As you're doing things, you'll meet people who need help, or who can help. That's how it starts.

Capt Len 12-09-2013 11:52 PM

Re: Free Maintenance Help in Baltimore/Annapolis Area
When offering work for learning the better source could be the well maintained older boat(I'm partial to woodies) If the skipper hasn't sunk it yet, He/she's probably a wealth of info on what goes wrong and what to do about it.Even the major screw ups can be educational/entertaining to the discerning student. That said, not to waste too much time not working on your own vessel

chucklesR 12-10-2013 09:39 AM

Re: Free Maintenance Help in Baltimore/Annapolis Area

I'm in Pasadena - you are welcome to come learn on my boat - I'm good with diesel, electric, epoxy, gel coat, wood, rigging - standing and running.
In fact I'm working on all of that this winter and spring.
Time permitting I'll trade you time for time - you come help me and I'll come help you. Nothing makes the work easier than dividing it in half.

You need 10 posts before you can send a private message - bump up your count and send me a PM. You can search for threads I've started/posted in and you'll find I'm real.

I'm also in chat here most days.

Ajax_MD 12-10-2013 10:14 AM

Re: Free Maintenance Help in Baltimore/Annapolis Area
I'm a little farther away from you than Chuckles, but I'll also extend an invitation to teach you what I know.

I can teach you about engine work, electrical, plumbing, fiberglass repair and standing rigging.

I'm not an "expert" but I am at a level that most owners should be at, for most regular maintenance.

You can PM me once you get the minimum number of posts to unlock the PM function.

rbyham 12-10-2013 10:52 AM

Re: Free Maintenance Help in Baltimore/Annapolis Area
I think your idea to apprentice is a good one. There is an advantage to learning from an experienced if not expert hand rather than the DIY trial and error method.

I did this years ago with an auto mechanic. Started out handing him tools and grew to become a p/t employee. Along the way I earned his discount on parts and time in his bays on slow days to work on my car. Those were college days. He was a good teacher and I learned much.

But I also agree that this forum gives us access to tons of expert opinion and the SN community has been a huge help to me with first real boat... Either way you cannot lose.

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