We have only had our "big" boat for 3 years and many systems were new to us, however we were eager to learn. I like to think that both my husband and I have reasonable skills, work well together and know our limitations. We have done the vast majority of work on the boat ourselves which have included some larger projects like replacing the holding tank
, replacing all head/holding tank hoses, refinishing all exterior teak
, etc. My husband has great carpenter
skills, wood working skills and general mechanical skills. I have sewing skills and also make a good sounding board for projects and thinking through what we are doing.
I think our biggest deficit is electrical
skills, but we are learning
. We had one reverse air conditioner/heating unit that would cool but not flip over to heat. Rather than calling in the experts right away, we took the time to LOOK at it, examine the schematics, etc. We initially assumed it was a sensor that needed to be replaced that was responsible for flipping from cooling
. We figured the least we could do was locate the sensor and order the part. After examining the unit, it became clear that there was a wire hanging that wasn't attached to anything. hmmmm...where does this go? After we looked at the schematics, we determined where it was to go and problem solved!
So many things sometime just require some careful examination and looking at your boat and it's systems and being able to determine when something is not as it should be.