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08-01-2015 12:35 AM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

A do it yourselfer and perfectionist. If I am unfamiliar with a task I will research it, get the service manual for the item in question then get the equipment and tools to do the job. Never do anything to good enough, make sure it's done right, including breaking it .
06-24-2015 11:15 AM
capt jgwinks
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

I never pay anyone to do anything I can screw up myself.
06-24-2015 10:41 AM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

Very much so. Unless it is some sort of extreme repair my boat, cars and bikes never see a shop. I do it myself.
06-11-2015 12:35 AM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

Originally Posted by 2Gringos View Post

Sadly, in most cases I find that the work I do myself is much higher quality than what I can hire. And for the same money, I end up with the tools and knowledge to be more self sufficient.
On my first boat when I had a bad head, oil in the coolant etc. I was looking for someone do work on the engine locally. (I had zero experience with tearing an engine apart) The closest I got was one guy telling me "My apprentice has always wanted to overhaul an engine." WTH?

I decided if it was going to be an idiot doing the work it would be the idiot paying the bills. Bought the parts, service manual, tools (very nice torque wrench) and took lots of pictures as I took it apart. Piece of cake!

Boat ownership brings the McGyver out.
06-10-2015 09:32 PM
Re: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?

Doing things for yourself has certainly become a lot less intimidating in this age of mobile devices, easy video access (YouTube ) and fast-response blog sites! Accomplishing things of my own accord brings tremendous satisfaction as well increases the margin of safety should I ever require the skill with no one available to help.
04-01-2015 11:16 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 10:15 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 10:58 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 07:59 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 02:13 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
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