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post #15 of Old 09-28-2017
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Re: Custom Built On-board PC / Boatputer Advice

Originally Posted by maplemale View Post
And I'm not 100% sure how busy my new full time cruising life is going to be with just taking it all in. Even so... I have some apps I've written which are going to partially support the sailing budget. I have to continue supporting those when it comes up.
Trust me, unless you are buying a million dollar gold plater and have the big bucks rolling in every month, you are probably going to be plenty busy learning the skills it takes to keep a family cruising boat going. Incompetence is the watchword for the majority of the yacht/boat maintenance and repair people, and if you can afford the good ones (once you have found them), you still have to get slotted into their busy schedule.
The sailing is the easy part. Even the navigating, anchoring and docking are kindergarten level education nowadays. If you are anything like most of us out here, you'll be a diesel engine mechanic, electrician, plumber, rigger, fiberglass/steel/alloy technician and possibly a refrigeration/A/C technician in a few short years. Then there's the pumps; bilge, fresh water, toilet, sewage, engine sea water cooling, engine fresh water cooling, generator sea water cooling, generator fresh water cooling, deck wash down, sea water supply and high pressure if you have a watermaker. Whoda thunk there were so many pumps in the life of a modern cruiser? They all need maintenance.
So anyway, un-busy? One can only hope. lol

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