Originally Posted by David M
I have been skippering commercial
boats for over 25 years now and you just have to trust the people who are hauling your baby out of the water
that they are going to do their job correctly...which they do 99.5% of the time. The fact that boatyards do screw up occasionally is why they also have insurance
Kick back, have a beer
and just watch and learn.
heh, perhaps there is a higher standard in the commercial industry but I have seen some really interesting travel lift
fiascos and witnessed/been victim of many boat yard screw ups. I no longer subscribe to the theory that "they know what they are doing". In fact it seems to me that the marine
industry in general is not a meritocrcacy. I dont understand it but I have seen some really amazing basic mistakes
made by riggers, mechanics, travel lift operators, brokers, and the like.
I dont think doing things yourself can hurt, any error you make is a learning
experience and you're less likely to err because you both care more and are more paranoid about your inexperience. The "pros" often screw up due to professional hubris IMO.
Also removing or slacking a stay isnt exactly rocket surgery.
Of course that is just my anti-dogma dogma. If you want to do it yourself go ahead. If you want to pay instead, you can do that too. I just dont think paying guarantees a better outcome. :-)