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1 Week Ago 02:58 PM
Curious Sailor
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

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Originally Posted by Moke View Post
I think that part of owning a boat, unless you are a multi-millionaire is to do things yourself. I have been sailing now for almost 10 years and do more and more myself. We just bought a Cape Dory 36 with lots of brightwork. That is what I need to learn to do. Maybe the question should be "Do you do your own brightwork!" That is where the real DOI comes up.
I agree!
1 Week Ago 02:24 PM
SVAuspicious
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

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Originally Posted by Shockwave View Post
It really depends on the scope of the job and the skill set required. Sometimes it is less costly to write a check then DIY. Electric, fridge, engine, paint... I've seen dangerous work that should have been done by a qualified technician and lousy work that destroyed the value of the boat. By all means do maintenance yourself but be brutally honest about the job you are considering doing. Safety, value and time spent working vs time spent enjoying your boat.
This is a really important point.

I have a lot of customers in electronics and navigation who "sign on" as my assistant. We do the fussy bits together and I leave homework assignments. I've taken the same approach on systems out of my expertise. If you are polite and listen carefully you can likely find people to work with that will treat you similarly. You learn and need outside support less and less.
1 Week Ago 01:59 PM
Shockwave It really depends on the scope of the job and the skill set required. Sometimes it is less costly to write a check then DIY. Electric, fridge, engine, paint... I've seen dangerous work that should have been done by a qualified technician and lousy work that destroyed the value of the boat. By all means do maintenance yourself but be brutally honest about the job you are considering doing. Safety, value and time spent working vs time spent enjoying your boat.
1 Week Ago 08:59 AM
Moke
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

I think that part of owning a boat, unless you are a multi-millionaire is to do things yourself. I have been sailing now for almost 10 years and do more and more myself. We just bought a Cape Dory 36 with lots of brightwork. That is what I need to learn to do. Maybe the question should be "Do you do your own brightwork!" That is where the real DOI comes up.
3 Weeks Ago 05:51 PM
Mark1948
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

Bob, $$$ in fixing our mistakes and doing the skilled tasks.
3 Weeks Ago 11:24 AM
SHNOOL
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

FRP is tough stuff, but only as tough as what you apply it to. Just an FYI...

We used it to line the sheetrock walls of our dog room (as the dogs jump on the walls playing around and we wanted them, the dogs and the walls, protected)... it takes the abuse well (many vets use it in their waiting rooms), and is quite tough, but a sheet of it has almost not strength at all against impact (kind of like any paneling), and it gets more brittle the colder the temps. Not sure how well it'd work in a rigid dodger configuration. Lots of reinforcement I imagine to prevent it from bending much. I'd actually not apply it to bare studded walls, but instead over sheetrock, if that is any indication.

Also the best things to use to cut curves of it are a roto-zip tool, or a dremel with a reinforced cutoff wheel. Blind rivets I imagine are your friend with them with large head washers (as the gelcoat splinters/cracks when you apply too much pressure to the surface).
3 Weeks Ago 12:37 AM
Curious Sailor
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

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Originally Posted by josnyder View Post
For sure! About to tackle a hard dodger for my Pearson 31. I want to use something called FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Panelling). Looks pretty easy to work with and have find some other people who have documented their work with FRP for a dodger.

This is a good start to figuring out this project:
Homemade Hardtop | Cruising World

Thanks,
Jordan Snyder
s/v Base Camp
Finding Jordan - Home
Never heard of FRP... But that sounds awesome! Thanks.. I'm going to check it out....
3 Weeks Ago 03:43 PM
josnyder
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

For sure! About to tackle a hard dodger for my Pearson 31. I want to use something called FRP (Fiberglass Reinforced Panelling). Looks pretty easy to work with and have find some other people who have documented their work with FRP for a dodger.

This is a good start to figuring out this project:
http://www.cruisingworld.com/homemade-hardtop?image=0

Thanks,
Jordan Snyder
s/v Base Camp
www.findingjordan.com
12-05-2015 10:15 PM
Curious Sailor
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

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Originally Posted by capt jgwinks View Post
I never pay anyone to do anything I can screw up myself.
Lol! Ain't that the truth!
12-05-2015 10:14 PM
Curious Sailor
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

Definitely yes..
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