Of course you don't want to go off half cocked. Depending upon your predilection, you might follow the Sherlock Holmes approach, i.e, "Well, Watson, this looks like a two pipe problem" or if into SciFi, the example of Slippery Jim DeGrease, the Stainless Steel
Rat, and sit back in the cockpit
with a glass of "Old Thought Provoker".
In other words, unless the boat is sinking you usually have time to sit back and consider your options. I've frequently found that a bit of thought (well OK with a small thought provoker
) has allowed me to do a good repair with less effort and mess than my first knee jerk response.
Don't worry. You'll pick it up.