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Topic Review (Newest First)
09-10-2014 10:33 AM
Pupil2Prodigy
Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

great article-
11-19-2013 10:01 PM
darksails
Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

Quote:
Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
LOL...all true!!

Let's not forget the rule of 3's....

When one thing breaks...2 more will shortly follow...and always at night in choppy seas.
then go ahead and add another 3 for good measure
10-27-2012 07:23 PM
awahl
Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

...very apropos to the endeavour I'm considering...
...a 30 year old Endeavour 32,. that is...
05-06-2012 07:40 AM
ilikerust
Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

The propellor shaft and coupling that were perfectly aligned when you removed the engine from the boat will be hopelessly out of alignment when you put the engine back in the exact same spot where it previously sat.

(Actually, in reality I had the opposite experience - they lined up perfectly when the engine when back in, but just sayin' - I do know people who experienced this mysterious syndrome.)
05-05-2012 09:45 PM
twenty1knots
Re: Murphy's Laws of Boat Care

Starting a small project by yourself usually turns out to be a two man job.
02-13-2012 10:15 PM
captainbr I was taught Murphy's 7th law - Buoyancy is inversely proportional to cost.
Examples - a chrome plated winch handle, your favorite pair of prescription sunglasses
02-05-2012 11:16 PM
fallard One of your defenses against the inevitability of Murphy catching you on a cruise is to have an adequate towing policy, as we found out last summer.

The annoying part of this story is that we had 2 unusual mechanical failures within a half hour that involved parts that were professionally installed less than a year before. The most serious problem was loss of raw water cooling as we were motoring dead upwind against an increasingly foul current. We lost time attempting to diagnose the raw water problem, thinking it was a blockage (sea weed, plastic?), but to no avail.

We attempted to beat to weather, but our estimated arrival was after 10:00 PM in an outer harbor that was exposed to a contrary wind direction that day. There were other complications that made it sensible to call for a tow that got us into the inner harbor at Cuttyhunk by 7:00 PM.

Bottom line: A towing policy can save you time and money when Murphy has your number.
01-21-2012 08:49 PM
DrivinSteve
Murph's Law

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dumah View Post
Murphys Law of seaborne mechanics states:
Anything that can go wrong, will starting with the most expensive, least accessible part at the most inopportune time;
Cheers Dumah
You forgot "least obtainable".
Oh no mon, we got none a deeze on da island, gotta come from da states, gonna take 2 weeks.
01-01-2012 09:39 AM
Rockter Things don't always work against us.
I had a motor begin filling its sump with seawater one week after I had arrived back for wintering at a place callled Peterhead in Scotland in 1998.
It took me some time to fix it, but man, it could not have happened at a better time.
If that had caught me at the start of the season, I would have been in big trouble, with a big American crew arriving and on holiday and no ship to sail. Well, we could have sailed but we weren't going to motor far.
Sometimes we get lucky.

Rockter.
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12-11-2011 08:52 PM
Capt Len If the world is round , how can anything be square?
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