Yes, maybe I am being a bit macho. Though TIG-- that's never struck me as macho. Oxy acetylene is macho, thick leather, sweat dripping off of your face, oodles of red hot metal... And stick welding at least has smoke and huge sparks flying everywhere. TIG has always seemed a bit girly to me, completely clean, thin gloves, a tiny little spark of light... I've done it on my kitchen table.
I've evolved, over years of boat ownership
, to doing pretty much everything that I can myself. Because ... other people so often disappoint. So I am concerned about finding someone good. Since I know how to weld aluminum myself, I guess it would just be especially painful to not be able to find someone who is good at it. Or pay someone who is bad at it and watch them screw up. Or wait days for someone to not show up.
So that's the main reason.
But maybe it is misguided. If finding a good aluminum welder every once in a while is as easy as finding a good diesel mechanic
, no wait, that won't work, as easy as finding someone to paint
the bottom, well... then it is indeed foolish to bring my own equipment
So that's what I don't know. I'm hoping to learn that from you guys -- is it easy to find someone that knows what they are doing?
The boat actually has "room" right now. Well, it has a dive compressor
, AC, genset, three dive tanks
, and other things that are soon going into a boat-yard sale
(if they'll let me). So a big tupperware full of TIG stuff and a single
argon tank will not get in the way, though I do worry about wrecking nice things with salt
And I already feel like I am going "lightweight" by not bringing the desktop
CNC mill, as much as it will pain me to not be able to cut my own parts
out there. The wife says that bringing a mill is absolutely ridiculous, whatever my fantasy of being able to make my own blocks, parts
, or art from beach findings. I'm hoping to give it to a friend with an agreement that I can send them NC files to run and mail the results to me...
So.. I don't know. I guess it depends on how easy it is to find people. But even still, if it's cheap
to ship the stuff to where the boat is, then I feel like I may as well bring it and can then ditch it if it gets in the way. I sailed a complete darkroom from San Diego
last time, and only used it twice. So maybe the welder will be like that.