Wow guys, thanks! I do try hard to be as accurate as possible but with many things there are just multiple answers and my stuff becomes opinion
like everyone else. As I have always said DO NOT JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT!! Do your own research too.
I agree whole heartidly with the sentiments about about "professionals" and that not all "professionals" are good or strive to be the best at what they do. I think a lot of this is because many of these guys are getting paid $12.00 -$18.00 per hour while the yard is billing them at $90.00 to $120.00 per hour. At those billing rates they simply can't do the job in the manner they might, if it were their own boat they were working on. Because of this the job often gets done poorly, the boat owner complains, and $hit flows down hill to the service tech. Customer angry, yard owner angry technician dissatisfied... It is a vicious circle that can lead to complacency and frustration.
I was lucky enough to be able to do this as "side work" for over 20 years, and used the side earnings to fund my own boating "habit". I did this while working a very "white collar" job (hydronic (manufacturers rep), phama & biotech industries).
Getting sick and tired of the big business BS I pulled the plug a while ago and have been able to concentrate on this full time. It's great to be my own boss, not the baby sitter of many or even a few. I now answer only to myself and my customers... It's easy!!
Because of what I did for suit & tie work
, lots of "science" and GOBS of BORING clinical reading & research, I have a tendency to do LOTS of research and not stop at something and accept it as a "because that's the way you do it"
answers. I actually don't mind reading installation manuals even though most are written like GARBAGE....
Whether that level of research is good, or bad, for "marine work" is debatable....
I am happy folks like what I write and photograph but please don't just take my word for something. I am only human and CAN & DO make mistakes.... I usually try to correct them but it happens...
While this may seem like a simple job, it really is,
if you stop learning you are just being lazy. Saw this all to often in the medical field. Even with this "simple" field I have found you can never stop learning if you don't want to.
Most of the guys I compete against are not college educated and don't hold a degree above a tech school. My customers seem to like that I can converse with them on their level on things other than fixing their boats. It has allowed me to not yet need to advertise, even in a bad economy, I like that.
While I get Calder and find it easy to read and understand MANY of my customers don't. Folks often like easy
and that is where I try to differentiate myself from others. I also believe ANYONE can DIY if only shown
how not told
Again, thanks for the kind words!!!