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04-01-2015 10:16 AM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

I do everything on my boat myself excepts for a few things. I usually have a friend who has done fiberglass for boats for over 20 years help me just to be sure that it is done right and strong. Otherwise, sail, mast, rudder, and everything else I do.
01-01-2015 09:15 PM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

retire at 66 on feb 24 2015 1st on the bucket list is sewing lessons gonna make some stuff for my boat.. The ultimate man cave.
12-31-2014 09:58 PM
Capt Len
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

Invented the term'upcycle '40 years ago while repurposing old buildings fine wood into my project. Masts and spars out of the forest, Teak blocks from a dumpster table. Actually bought sails ,ropes and engine but all else built with loving care from repurposed stuff. I still go to 'you tube thane sail past' to remind me . Arrgh.
12-29-2014 06:59 PM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

I'm also a serious thrift store shopper. Bought a nice 2' cube dorm fridge and an almost new microwave at the local goodwill for a total of $32. Both work great, just need to build them into the boat now. And fix my A/C panel. Got a very nice double paddle for my kayak for $7 too.
11-14-2014 01:13 PM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

As a semi retired shipwright I have to I just don't trust others to do a high quality job I am accustomed to doing
11-14-2014 12:49 PM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

It's hard to believe some people can own a boat and not work on it.
Money talks!
10-25-2014 07:06 AM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

You bet. Got started as a kid fixing my bike, graduated to cars and motorcycles, built tons of model cars and planes, built and flew gas models, learned knots and splicing from my dad, learned how to take care of myself in the woods thru boy scouts and in the water thru the red cross. Learned morse code and how to use a map and compass in scouts, went thru aeronautics ground school and the US Power Squadrons class while in high school and then went to the CA Maritime Academy. Learned a lot about boats there. Went back to school and became a veterinary technician for several yrs, got certified as a Master Goat Farmer, managed a herd of up to 400 goats at Oregon's largest (at the time) grade A goat dairy. Installed car stereos, CB radios and got a Amateur Radio license. Went back to school and became a computer technician for a few years. Worked in a couple door shops along the way and picked up some woodworking skills, not to mention enough scrap wood to build a bunch of boats. Mucked my own stalls when I had horses too. There's always something I can't do myself, then I go looking for the more experienced person and become a more experienced person myself.
03-09-2014 12:10 PM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

I too do what ever I can, sometimes asking friends for help. I am not afraid to try new things and find a lot of topics are covered on YouTube. The things I know I can't get, I call in a professional.


Mandolin, Bayfield 36 out of Rock Creek, Chesapeake Bay.

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03-09-2014 12:06 PM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

I do what I know how to do and I am willing to learn what I dont but most important I know when to ask the wife for help!
06-20-2013 12:04 AM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

Like others on here, I will pay to watch a pro do it the first time, and then do it myself the next time. I think that fixing stuff, or coming up with ingenious solutions to problems or maintenance is half the fun.
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