Originally Posted by Tellie
Cantaxsailor, it is a gift. I know several people who have that gift. I almost hate people that have it, they make it appear so easy when for us mere mortals at times it can be quit frustrating. I wish I had it.
Cantx & me have more in common than known before that posting
. Cantx...guessing like You, never been "called" a BS'er(at least not to face, probably behind the back...whatever) exclusively because when folks ask
"How do I do such & such?"
"where's Your boat" (as we walk...) "why do You want to do this?"
"Because....fill in the blank" (rule 1, made sense, good answer)
Sometimes the STUPIDEST things (like drilling holes thru the cabintop using predrilled BACKING PLATE as template, TAPING IT IN PLACE
so it won't move once situated EXACTLY where it needs to be...)
until, like Cantx, I'm looking at it, not the wealth of information some people "expect". When I See "it"
Curing their dilemma usually(not always, just most times)becomes easy.
Showing is always
easier than telling.
In scenario above, drilled exactly 1 hole & was gone.
(He had 300+ to do...knew "where" just not "how") Also pointed out to measure & mark so as to not damage BULKHEADS, or other interior
items, cabintop mounted. It was completely misunderstood what he initially asked for...almost gave him really bad info; LQQKING
fixed that. When somebody's about to punch 300+ holes in deck/cabintop, I'd rather not be the guy later called a "BS Artiste" for having given bad info. When leaving he KNEW how to properly Bed
, add cap/crown nuts on inside, Reason for "fender/flat/lock washers in order, cut off flush & have a crackerjack installation
(read=LOOKS as GOOD as it IS
Sure, it takes a little time, (plenty invested it, in me, formerly) dealing w/the "stupid" stuff like wire slap inside masts is always fun, the "engineer" commentary when close is usually the best of all...."but, what about"...."good question, hadn't gotten that far yet, remember what we're doing is probably going to be unaccessible for the next 10-15-20 years, so the longest term quality option is always my choice
(nobody ever argues/questions that).
IF/WHEN a newer/better mousetrap comes along (from Shamwow to that "windshield washer squeegee Dealybob for inside auto windows being advertised on TV now
), It's not out of bounds & I'll try it. Just won't bank on "newfangled" taking place of tried & True for a pretty good while.
Working on 4th GPS
, now chartplotter
, interfaces w/AH & even tells You water
TEMP. & Depth
Still keep the sextant on the same boat
(along w/charts for where we are, and where we're going).
Latter requires no
electricity, satellites, can't
be re-programmed to give "dis-information" in a time of war, etc., only an understanding operator
That's just me.
Until You've completely salvaged a boat, mast
, rebuilt pumps, winches, in the case of whole boats cutting it to pieces as it was beyond saving, many things done by marine
engineers make no sense to the common/layman looking at the design(from the outside). When You've looked at the pieces and HOW (&WHY) they put it together, by taking it apart
well, it's enlightening. Nothing takes its place.
(as Walter Brennan in "the guns
of Will Sonnet" Used to say:
"No brag...just fact"; read=no "bs" allowed)