Date: 4 February 2015. Silent Lessons.
[Posted late because of bandwidth issues.]
An online discussion recent occurred
and it has relevance to those making purchases of expensive gear, up
to and including live-aboard boats. Parts of the conversation are also valid
when hiring expertise. The original gent asked how to know which
yacht was the best.
Because he will become a first-time trawler owner he wasn't sure
how to determine value, nor indeed if the boat he wanted would suit
Thereafter a lively discussion
about the practicalities of hiring
boat brokers ensued. One captain had particularly good advice.
Bill Watson on
"Ask a lot of questions and deploy the power of silence after you
get an initial answer. The urge to fill the silence is sometimes
overwhelming, and you may find out things the owner originally had
no intention of telling you."
Bill's a wise man. His method is
one I've used
to my advantage on a number of occasions...
For instance, when it came time to
buy a windlass for Seaweed I wanted to know which brand was better. Only two
were within my budget and would fit in the spot allocated on the
foredeck for said unit.
Even then I ended up having to
move my Samson post aft. It's now raised on a lovely chunk of mahogany
gifted to me by Linda's fellow Bob Guthrie. (They have a really cool
Egg Harbor named Sportin' Wood.)