Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
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Unfortunately, a lot more has become disposable, as opposed to repairable. The cost of repairing a lot of goods today, like DVD players, TVs, and such is actually often higher than merely replacing them.
The skills and tools required to overhaul a carburetor are not all that specialized, and it is well worth learning to do, especially if you plan on cruising in foreign areas, where such skills and parts may be even more difficult to find. That said, in less "civilized" areas of the world, repair shops are often easier to find, as the need for repairing, rather than replacing is much higher.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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