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Rig repair DIY 23 69.70%
Rig repair Hand away 10 30.30%
Engine, steering, mechanics DIY 32 96.97%
Engine, steering, mechanics Hand away 6 18.18%
Sails DIY 13 39.39%
Sails Hand away 18 54.55%
Hull, deck, fittings, interior DIY 33 100.00%
Hull, deck, fittings, interior hand away 3 9.09%
Electronics, electricity, charging etc. DIY 31 93.94%
Electronics, electricity, charging etc. Hand away 5 15.15%
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Old 29-10-2009, 04:31   #1
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DIY Repairs

How many of you do repairs yourself. Now I'm not talking about repairs that require special tools, like some rig work, but "standard" repairs. electronics, hull, rig, sails, engine. Anything from changing a broken impeller to changing a cylinder head gasket while under way.

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The only thing I don't feel comfortable to even try to repair are the sails. Don't have a sewing machine either and I'm sooooo slow using a needle.
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Old 29-10-2009, 05:20   #3
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Ive owned a boat for 7 weeks, Ive sailed it 3 times, Since then Ive replaced the prop shaft, resealed the prop strut. Replaced the stuffing box and the cutlass bearing,Aligned the engine, Repaired the rudder, faired the prop strut, fixeda blister and re wired the tach, the fuel guage and the engine panel. I cant imagine the costof owning a boat if you cant work on it yourself. I did have the yard do the bottom paint, I dont have enough time to do that.
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I'll pretty much do everything myself that I have tools for and hand off other stuff.

Examples: Rudder blade core is soggy: I'll pull and reinstall the rudder,but i'll have the 'specialist' fab the new blade and vacuum bag the glass on.
I could do it but without the right tools it'd take me too long and the result wouldn't be as good.

Replace shaft log: I'll source the materials and pull/install the tube, but the machinist will have to fabricate it.

Awlgrip the sticks: Just pay the yard.

The time/$/result analysis is something I usually do with a "big" job.
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Jack of all, master of none, anal enough to make wires look and behave better than new.
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Old 29-10-2009, 10:11   #6
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If you are going cruising, you are going to be in places where there are no boatyards. What you DIY, you know how to fix.
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I would do it all if I had all the tools.
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I didn't include DIY Electronics because I don't repair radio/SSB/radar/GPS/Chartplotters. I do, on the other hand, take care of batteries and install electronics and wire things and do wiring projects.
I usually hand off sail repairs because of the machinery requred for many projects.
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