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View Poll Results: Are you a do-it-yourselfer?
Yes 519 96.47%
No 19 3.53%
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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.
Well stated! This is us too, other than installing our new Yanmar 3 years ago.
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Getting some help with re-powering in two months, other than that, she's my biznotch
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So far I have done everything, from building a new galley, making counter tops, even making teak mouldings from boards. I have scrapped off all the paint on my bottom, epoxy coated it, repaired a rudder. Done fiberglass work. Engine work I am not the best on, But my youngest son is very much the gear head .....
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I most often do it with my wife, sometimes myself
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while i do not especially enjoy it.. i am way broke, and what i do have is time..

time to rip something apart (incorrectly), repair it (in a hurry), get back to the job at hand (which gave birth to ten others), realize the one hour job will take three days, buy supplies (drop two of them in the bilge), find the 4200 i had is hard (go shopping again, glad that i can be efficient by replacing the two bilge dropped items and another tube of 4200 in the same trip), mis-mark my holes to drill (discovered after i drilled them), find my epoxy resin (but not the catalyst), etc.

all the time watching everyone else grab all the sunny, 12knot wind days sailing..
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That would be yes...I could have bought a new $1000 trailer to go pick up my boat, but noooo, instead I bought a $200 trailer and hacked it apart, and put another $300 into it to get it ready. I needed it NOW as I'm picking up the boat next week, and there were no trailers near me that would work.

What I did here was hack out the two middle cross beams, and lower them by 7", giving the keel clearance. I also made new bunks, new lights, wiring, tires, winch, and chains.

After the hacking...


After painting, looks so much better...


The boat I bought, $2000.
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Well those things I feel comfortable with anyways
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Depending on Time and money, I will try to work on just about anything.

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Oh yes, hardly anyone still living that can do it for me:


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Most definitely - I do just about everything myself.

Other than enjoying being able to fix or renew things, and saving money, I think it's important to learn the boat and her systems thoroughly.

That way, when on a trip and something breaks, you can put things right without having to tie up somewhere waiting for a yard to be able to schedule you in (assuming there's one in the area and you can actually make it there!).

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