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Old 10-18-2020, 03:14 PM
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An independent mechanic I know was describing to me how some of his customers are clueless (when it comes to boats not generally!) and pay him to do just about everything - even launching and recovering the boat at the beginning and end of season.
And it got me wondering - if you know nothing about maintenance and therefore nothing about what could go wrong, would you actually enjoy your boating more?
Of course it would cost more and your boat would look pretty crap by the time it’s five years old, but would it be a case of ‘ignorance is bliss’?
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Spending money=not fun
Working on the the boat= fun
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your independent mechanic friend has too much going on in his head...those are the people who pay his bills and he should be happy they dont have a clue...

"zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" great book...working on your own machines is a form of relaxation and recreation for many of us...
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As the others said, working on the boat is enjoyable for me. I sit at a computer 50-80 hours a week on average for work so physical work/labor to me is relaxing and enjoyable. Even if money wasn’t a factor I’d still do my own work on the boat.
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Doesn't seem to be asking about working on boats.

Yes, 100% to the OP's q.
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your independent mechanic friend has too much going on in his head...those are the people who pay his bills and he should be happy they dont have a clue...

"zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" great book...working on your own machines is a form of relaxation and recreation for many of us...
HE’s perfectly happy with them being clueless, it means he gets paid for the easy work as well as the not so easy stuff - it was ME pondering if people who don’t know how stuff works and therefore don’t worry about things, simply relax into their boating more than us ‘maintain everything to the n’th degree’ types - which probably makes up the bulk of THT membership - the ‘ignorance is bliss’ boaters probably never even consider the existence of a boating forum.

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Ignorance is bliss....yeah, I can totally see that.
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Yes. Boat ran great for years. Then I got so perfectionist I started detailing every nook and cranny and chasing a really non critical mechanical issue... got nearly a third the cost of repower in to fixing this issue that would pop up every so often... 6 months down the rabbit hole. Mechanic put the effort in and replaced all the parts needed, prior gremlin is gone. I noticed a big change in performance. Did anyone else on the boat notice? Who knows lol. Runs better than ever! The old issue is gone and that perfectionist or neurotic lol seek to have it juuuust right feels justified now. Maybe easier if I just left in a rack, paid the man to ice and hose it every trip and service it there every year.
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Originally Posted by acassidy View Post
Spending money=not fun
Working on the the boat= fun

Evidently you have not worked on enough boats.


Working on the boat sucks.
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Boating would be much more enjoyable with a huge bank account and people doing all the work .
Storage on a rack and placed in water when I want to go.. Would be my dream.
But I don’t have one of those accounts so I do my own.
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Originally Posted by Dacman View Post
Boating would be much more enjoyable with a huge bank account and people doing all the work .
Storage on a rack and placed in water when I want to go.. Would be my dream.
But I don’t have one of those accounts so I do my own.
I found out that when my boat was on a rack I would find reasons not to bother using it, now its on a lift at my home I can and do use it at the drop of a hat. The problem for me is that I like to do my own maintenance but its not happening with the boat on a lift and an outboard.
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Ignorance is bliss....yeah, I can totally see that.

Being unrich and mechanically inclined is a blessing.... and at times, a curse. There are times I wish for ignorance

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Same with medical stuff. A relative's (who I won't name) biggest worry when she was pregnant was if the baby would be ugly. As a doctor (and my wife is a doctor also), I know the thousands of things that can go wrong with the pregnancy and with the baby. Ugly is the least of the problems. She was much more relaxed than my wife.
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I enjoy working on stuff and take pride in doing a lot of stuff myself. I just replaced the motor in the lock actuator in my truck. I new lock actuator costs about $250-300. I bought an electric motor for $5 and watched a youtube video and fixed it. Feel the same way about the boat. I enjoy piddling with stuff on the boat, I think getting the boat ready and launching/retrieving the boat is part of the fun. Major mechanical work, I will leave to the professionals.
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I am not like everyone, I have been working on boats as a hobby for 30 years and really enjoy it. In that time I have read every book I can find on the subject and I have restored 6 (4 were Whalers) and on my 7th, a 24ft Whaler. It is really my biggest hobby; 2nd is fishing. That being said, not sure I would want to do it for a living and I am no where nearly as knowledge as many on this board (and is why I like this board). But for me If I would be bored if I owned a new boat and had someone doing the work for me. Now outboards are another story. They are not fun to work on and would love a new one.
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I'd like to get on the boat and have it run perfectly all the while believing it was some kind of magic that let it do what it does, instead of having the constantly running check list of things that could go wrong running through my head.
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Yeah. I bet. Interestingly, and not to derail the thread too much, but there's a case to be made for being overly cautious, too.
I'm pretty cautious in general when boating. Most of the time with 1-3 kids and the wife in my 24' single screw. I've yet to make the 48 mile trip to Catalina Island after 13 months of ownership. I'm still learning the boats quirks, and am not in a rush, BUT my neighbor (unnamed) rented a boat for the day, maybe a 21 single screw OB and went straight to Catalina and back without even a hesitation. He said he had a great time. Took the wife, little kids and dog, too. I asked if he had a radio on the boat, and he said he had his mobile phone ready to go. I cringed inside. But sure as chit he had fun and I don't think he really knew what could happen IF the boat had any issue. Crazy, if ya ask me. As they say, ignorance is bliss
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Ignorance is bliss, and works great ...until it doesn't.
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Reading THT darned near ruined my boating experience. I had no idea all the things that can go wrong or tear up or malfunction til I read this forum.
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Hmm I personally like working on my boats. It's fairly mindless and is relaxing. Work in a high stress job so wrenching on stuff is so nice. Knowing I can run hundred+ miles with no worries is super nice too.

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