Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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Re: The Maintenance Learning Curve to Competence Conundrum
Skills that being a boat owner has forced me to learn:
Bottom maintenance - sanding and applying bottom paint. Learning to use filler to fair a keel
Engine maintenance - learning to winterize an inboard diesel. Oil and fuel filter changes. Glow plug testing and maintenance,
Steering - how the steering mechanism works. What a rudder quadrant is, how to remove it, how to remove and install a rudder.
Electrical maintenance - how salt water and DC volts don't really get a long. How to make a marine electrical connection that lasts (longer than a year)
Rigging - how to remove and replace running and standing rigging
Winch maintenance, including learning how heavy metal parts can bounce into the water.
And a whole bunch of other stuff.
The internet is really your friend. If you have a question, most likely someone (maybe even on this list) has done it, can tell you what to watch out for, and might even have a youtube video for you to watch and learn.
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY
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