Date: 18 March 2015. Hiring Expertise.
Living aboard for a budget boater
means we need to be able to fix a great variety of systems. It's
impossible to stock everything needed for all contingencies though we do
our best. I've got a pretty decent tools inventory however there are
times when I simply do not have the tool required to do the job
And all too often knowledge is lacking
too. For proof positive of that, I remind myself that I chose that
man I married. What was I thinking?!? But I digress...
As for paying for stuff you can do yourself? Well,
we're not getting any younger and frankly knowledge is
valuable. With effort we should be able to rent the tools or supervise muscles that
can do the physically challenging work.
For instance, I am more than
willing to paint the bottom of Seaweed. There is no way in Neptune
I'll ever sand the bottom of this boat. It's a filthy job and I
won't do it.
But sometimes it's not the
knowledge that is lacking. The willingness is there but the tools
for the job are not. That happened to my dad too, long ago. You see,
we'd blown a head gasket on that first diesel.
Side Note: I don't recall the
original motor brand, but it was followed by a Perkins. The final
was a Cummins. Over a span of nearly 50 years, three diesels is I
suppose about right...