Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: SF Bay area
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Like many others have suggested, I do all my own work on my motor, which is worth <$200. It takes forever. I spend hours reading forums, getting books from the library, looking through my SELOC manual, trying out one test, not understanding what the results of the test are telling me, staring at the thing, taking bits off and putting them back on, etc. In one trip to the boat to work on the motor, I can get at most one simple operation done.
I would love to have had it all done in 10 hours but I don't have enough free time in my schedule, the right tools, a good workspace, or the know-how.
On the other hand I have enough experience to know that motors can have a million things wrong with them and that when you start trying to test/fix one thing, you discover several other things that must be done first.
s/v Laelia - 1978 Pearson 365 ketch
s/v Essorant - 1972 Catalina 27