I have always been comfortable with tools (father was a plumber / pipefitter and always had lots of tools around, which us kids
usually used for purposes other than what they were desined for).
My brother, however, was born a mechanic
(and picked that profession).
we would both owrk on our snowmobiles, and later cars. I am decent with tools, but he was born to wor on things.
After I woudl strip a bolt that was hard t otake out (head now mangled) he could still take it out. Just had a knack.
Besides courses, try to spend time with someone who is known to be good at working on theor boat or car. Buy some beer
. Ask the guy questions. Notice the way they hit the wrench or ratchet to loosen tight bolts without stripping them.
And definitely read as many "used if you can fund them" boat / engine
/ electrial system books
as you can.
Definitely learn to bleed your fuel
system, change filters, oil
, impellers, etc.
There may not be a mechanic
handy when you need one.
Just this morning I went to start my motorbike (1600 cc engine
takes some cranking power) Noticed smoke while starting it. Took of seat to see where it was coming from. The negative battery
connection was a bit loose and had some oil / dirt on it, which was smoking with the current
draw. My fault for not doing better maintenance and having them spotless. But, still feels good to be able to know why it was smoking, be able to clean / sand the connections in less than 5 minutes, and have the bike then start without the smoke.