Common DIY mistakes

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Common DIY mistakes

Postby Blake » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:15 pm

Hey, Chuck!

What are the most common mistakes boat owners commit when they take on repairs or renovations on their own?

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Re: Common DIY mistakes

Postby capn chuck » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:56 pm

The biggest mistakes I see are when folks seriously underestimate the time or expense of a major repair. Next would be tackling projects that they are either not equipped for or just don't have the skills. Some things are better left to the professionals. I have seen some pretty scary things done to boats. Many folks don't understand the potential safety hazards of taking on a project without thorough knowledge. Even with the smallest project a logical organized plan is key to success. Know your own abilities, layout a step by step plan to accomplish your task, check it over a couple of times before you start, gather all of the materials you will need before you start, and plan to encounter problems along the way. Chuck
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Re: Common DIY mistakes

Postby grahamdouglass » Thu May 15, 2014 10:19 pm

I have to agree with Chuck. I started, what I thought was a simple painting project on my 41 Marine Trader. This involved painting my Head with Bright side, and tub with Perfection. Also I am painting my topsides. My Flybridge and my cabin and inside gunwale. The topsides job includes removing all teak trim, aerials, instrument brackets. The job which is being done under a full winter cover, started in February. It might be done in mid June. I just finished the first top coat and I noticed some paint sagging. I have put on three coats of prime coat and have sanded and faired each coat. The job is exhausting both mentally and physically. Mind you, when the job is done it will look like a new boat, but the job is for more time consuming and exhausting than I could ever have imagined.
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