Join Date: Apr 2005
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Here are the facts as I've learned them through many years of servicing, maintaining and upgrading my own boat and working in boat yards.
Everything, everything on a boat is broken, you just don't know it yet.
Any repair undertaken on a boat will cost three times as much as the original estimate. Further, it will take three times longer than the original estimate. In addition, you will discover, on commencing the repair, three other repairs which will be necessary to perform before starting the original repair. These three new repairs will follow the same rules as the original repair.
If there is a part which is no longer available, this is the part which will be broken. Or be dropped overboard.
I am being overly optimistic.
In addition to the cost and time spent affecting your own repairs, you must add the cost of torn or soiled clothing, skinned knuckles, bumps, bruises, sprains, tools you must purchase that you will only use once - though you will use it more than once, because the same item will break again. Add to your estimate the bill for the chiropractor and the psychiatrist.
If you hire the work done, all of the above still applies but you must add $85.00 per hour.
The best way to enjoy a boat is to develop and maintain a friendship with someone who owns a boat. If he asks for help in boat maintenance, claim you have no skills. If he insists, screw up. Contribute rum, fuel, and many compliments on the owners skills and his boat.
Saltwater Suzi and Cap'n Larry
"A sailboat is a fickle mistress. You’ve got to buy her things. You’ve got to understand everything about her. What you don’t know she’ll use against you." -Captain Larry
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