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Re: Cutless Bearing Sledge Hammer Installation
I used to get paid quite handsomely to oversee the yard work on a fleet of tugs at a commercial shipyard. This kind of thing does not just happen in yachting. Everything from adding nonexistent personnel to charging for work never done; it's all in the realm of possibility at a yard of any sort. At the yard where the PO had work done on my boat, they couldn't align the engine because the shaft brake disc was too big, so they just did nothing; for years! But they charged the PO time and time again for shaft alignment, because the PO kept insisting that the shaft needed alignment. Funny thing, though. The boat had a MaxProp. The shaft brake was a bit redundant anyway, don't you think?
A knowledgeable and reliable yard is a gem, getting harder and harder to find. It is very important to be a knowledgeable owner, these days.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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