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......I have found several people that I would consider the A&P equivalent of a marine mechanic.....
Must be worth their weight in gold!! I'm not saying that none exist, only that they are few and far between in my decades of experience.

Another difference in the marine industry is its entirely common that you must effectively use the yards resources to work on your boat. Many will allow you to bring in your own crew, if you pay the yard a vig, which I understand. However, that not only increases the cost, but many other vendors just aren't made comfortable coming onto the premises to replace the locals.

It's almost never the case in aviation that you are beholden to the resources on the field. Keeps them honest, without having a captive audience.


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Re: $95.00 an hour. phew

I used to know a tv repair guy who went out of business 30+ years ago. He had a collection of tv's that the owners wouldn't pay for after he repaired them.

What he told me was people need their car to get to work, do the shopping, etc. If it isn't fixed or they can't pay the bill to get it released they're in trouble.

Remodeling, tv repair, appliance repair they can do without even if it is inconvenient.

He also commented that the worst customers were the ones who actually had money.
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....He also commented that the worst customers were the ones who actually had money.
No doubt there are cheapskates in all walks of life. Sailors in general are known to have their fair share.

However, this swings the other way quickly. When a yard sees a 50+ footer come in, they typically lick their chops, assuming resources are limitless.


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Re: $95.00 an hour. phew

I just bought my first boat and I look forward to doing the work myself. I WANT to do the work myself. The problem is that I don't have a lot of experience doing handyman/plumbing/electric/mechanical work and while Forum posts and books are great, there is nothing like having someone who knows what they're doing there to make sure you don't screw things up.

I live and work in Silicon Valley in San Jose. Me and my friends we're all tech geeks.

I don't have the money to go to a yard and I don't want a stranger touching my baby. But I would like a trusted professional guiding me as I do the repairs myself. I guess that's going to be hard to find though as its like your local fisherman teaching you to fish. They would be essentially putting themselves out of business?

I suppose the best bit of advice I have received is to make friends at the docks with people who know what they're doing.
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Most yards will send you all the help you want at your disposal at their hourly rate. However, they aren't hired out as instructors. Its a real gem, if you find one interested in that.


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