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OK, this is just a rant. Not asking for anything, not trying to make any point. Just freakiní frustrated over what should be an easy job.

Iím just trying to replace a defunct transmission cooler. Sprung a leak in the salt water cycle. No problem. Should be an easy replacement job. Four hoses. Easy peasyÖ

Was given a newish cooler by a friendly dock mate. Turns out the transmission line fittings were the wrong size. No problem. Same fellow had another one. This time the water lines were the wrong fitting. No problem. Found some reducer nipples. Also turns out this one is little longer than my old one. No problem, just cut some hosesÖ.

Turns out, this nothing job has now taken me four days, and Iím still not finished!!! Itís nearly impossible to reach, I spend 1/2 the time retrieving brackets and clamps and other bits that I keep losing (actually, my wiry spouse does most of the retrieving ). And Iíve finally figured out I need to either cut up and buy all new hoses, or buy the proper-sized cooler, which is what Iím probably going to do now after spending four days fighting with these other ones.

Why is nothing ever easy on a boat

Why go fast, when you can go slow.
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I repainted the transom moulding after repairing a couple of dings; it all went very smoothly.
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Mike,

You are not a cruiser until you sit in your cockpit some day and cry out of sheer frustration. And then continue on with the voyage. Donít ask me how I know! Itís like women who have lots of children, child birth/repair is awful, but we keep doing it because.... well because there is so much fun in getting there.
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A 20 min land based repair is 4 days on water...
Parts availability..gopher time..contortionist trials...
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Nothing is ever easy because the previous owner took the easy way out instead of doing things right. Case in point...see attached.

Hang in there, Mike. Remember, things are always darkest right before it gets... pitch black..
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Mike, the definition of Cruising is "Fixing your boat in a warmer climate." Nothing, absolutely nothing, goes the way you plan, especially when it comes to boat repairs and maintenance.

I was supposed to leave on a 4-day sail with the relatively young gal that is my daughter's roommate tomorrow morning. Well, the very first thing that went wrong was my damned knee blew out when I climbed out of bed. This was followed by the realization that I only had to blood pressure pills left and the prescription wasn't due to arrive until Thursday. The icing on the cake was that the gal that was supposed to go with me can no longer go because her doctor prescribed 4 days a week of physical therapy following her shoulder surgery. Think I'll start drinkin' early tonight!

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Mike, the definition of Cruising is "Fixing your boat in a warmer climate." Nothing, absolutely nothing, goes the way you plan, especially when it comes to boat repairs and maintenance.

I was supposed to leave on a 4-day sail with the relatively young gal that is my daughter's roommate tomorrow morning. Well, the very first thing that went wrong was my damned knee blew out when I climbed out of bed. This was followed by the realization that I only had to blood pressure pills left and the prescription wasn't due to arrive until Thursday. The icing on the cake was that the gal that was supposed to go with me can no longer go because her doctor prescribed 4 days a week of physical therapy following her shoulder surgery. Think I'll start drinkin' early tonight!

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it's 5 O'clock Somewhere!

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Thanks guys & gals (except you Paul Ö ). With every new problem I learn a little bit more. Wish I could learn less and cruise more, but I wouldnít choose any other life (at this point; never say never ).

Gary, I definitely heard the beers calling early today. Am deep into my second bitter and heavy IPA. Given all my pains and bruises I figure I need ibuprofen or more booze Ö I think I'll stick with the organic painkiller
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law... it always takes 3x as long as you thought it should take.

pay attention... someone's life depends on it
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