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Re: Learning to maintain
If I were to do this whole boat-ownership thing again I would definitely have started sooner and started smaller. My first boat was a 34-footer at the age of 33 (my age). The boat was too big and too complicated for level of skill. That said, I learned; not fast, but I learned. It's not rocket science, but neither are the skills and challenges negligible.
This bring up one issue which really irked me early on. The number of times I heard a fellow boat owner tell me, "it's easy, it's quite simple, it's basic ...". Well, let me tell you, It's Not That Easy!
It's easy if you already know what you're doing. It's easy if you come to the problem with a lot of previous experience or applicable skills. But if you've barely handled a wrench, let alone had any experience with engines, plumbing, electrical, or fibreglass, then it's not that easy.
Yes, get all the books. Yes, take all those courses (Mack Boring is terrific!), and most of all, ask fellow boaters for advice and help. Most are more than willing to lend advice and help if you show you're actually trying to learn. But don't tell someone their problem is easy. It may be easy for you, but clearly it isn't for them.
Why go fast, when you can go slow.
Last edited by MikeOReilly; 01-21-2013 at 12:09 PM.