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post #81 of 134 Old 08-09-2011
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I can't stand paying someone to do something I think I can do myself. I am not afraid to tackle new things either. Yes, I've bungled some things but everything has usually come out well. So yes, I am a do-it-yourselfer on the boat and in my home.

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post #82 of 134 Old 08-13-2011
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The value of "Here hold this and/or hand me that" is highly under rated. I grew up riding horses, there are two types of horse owners, those that muck their own stalls and those that pay others to muck their stalls, the same applies to boats. What keeps the marine industry alive are the people that have more money than time. If I had more money I would pay a "profesional" to help me.

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post #83 of 134 Old 08-16-2011
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I take it "do-it-yourselfer" means someone who either designs and/or makes stuff himself or doesn't pay someone to do stuff on his boat, not someone that does it allllll by themself with no assistance...ever. I am "technically/mechanically orientated" but just sometimes a helping hand makes the differance between possible and/or feasible and not.
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post #84 of 134 Old 08-20-2011
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I've always been a jack-of-all-trades. It's actually a curse because I can't see paying another guy to do something that I can do, just a little more slowly. From building computer to installing heating systems (final check by pro), reupholstering the boat to rebuilding my SUV front end, I do it all.
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post #85 of 134 Old 08-21-2011
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With household or boat repairs/improvements, my theory has always been that if I try it and screw it up, I can always just call the guy who I was gonna call in the first place. It usually works out fine and I have a nice assortment of tools that I bought with the savings. I do know my limits, though. EX: when I remodeled my kitchen, I did the demo, cabinets, tile & plumbing, but I left the running of 220 power and installing the granite to professionals. On the boat I do pay someone to wash it because my time is worth more than that (weekly washdowns for $ 50 per month). But other jobs I try to do myself. Recent ones include replacing the treads on my boarding ladder and rigging new lifelines.

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Doing "it" yourself or not? I simply mix the parts of time, money, tools, and skills I have in the currently available proportions. If the recipe doesn't look like it will result in a good batch of cookies, I call an expert.
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post #87 of 134 Old 09-27-2011
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With the exception of sails, partner and I can tackle the rest. I started in woodworking on boats in the late 60's and early seventies when I could actually afford to buy Teak or Honduras.....and most boats really were wood.
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post #88 of 134 Old 09-29-2011
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Exactly if a man made it a man can fix it is my motto. So i give most things a go have to keep the boat bucks to a minimum. FOR ALL THE TOYS...
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Yes, I am a DIY guy. I have always wanted to cruise further than my local cruising grounds, Gulf Coast Florida, but I had a limited knowledge base about boat repair. One of the things I did to educated myself was to work in a boat building business for a year. This has given me the confidence and skills I needed to repair fiberglass, engine and electrical systems. I want to travel to places where there may be no repair facilities available or insure that repair issues can be kept within a reasonable cruising budget.


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I figure that doing it myself has saved me over $15,000 in the last couple of years, add another $5000 to that if you include seeking out and installing equipment.
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