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Seems more like a Cheapskate Award than a Darwin, since it at least worked, and didn't kill anyone.
But at what cost cheapskateness?? A truly dicey maneuver which, if botched, could've hurt someone, or sent the mast down through the hull and into the riverbed like the spindle from Hell, but saved a $200-300 yard bill from deserving local businesses?
Math time--9 hours, about four people, so 36 hours to save, let's say, $270., that's $7.50 per hour, plus they still have "some weeks" to go to sort out the rigging (while the yard would've done it in an hour or so).
So-- two weeks' time to save a $300 yard bill. You could've gone ashore, worked a min. wage job, earned what, about $500 take-home, and not owe a big favor to your two volunteers.
of course, it wouldn't have been nearly this exciting. Nor would it have made the paper.
PS, edit. Now I see clearly. This 40-odd LOA boat has an *outboard* hanging off the transom? This is true cheapskateness, the act of saving money has outstripped the question of whether doing so is cost-effective, it's a religion in itself. so, never mind....
Last edited by nolatom; 08-05-2010 at 03:58 PM.