Wow, what a fantastic response yesterday. With over 3,000 visitors and over 7,000 hits.. and some great comments, thanks rabbit for the idea. As selfishly driven as it may have been.. I was also taken by some great comments that did not make me feel alone. Like, “you will never have a dry bilge” .. There was a theme though.. Gas, Oil and safety. Even though I think what Rabbit was looking for was the sort of tips and tricks advice like getting a carb started or how to use a dollar bill to clean the points.. My favorite trick.. Varnish tricks.. All the stuff folks that have been down this trail..Rabbit trail… The top thing folks talked about concern on issue though. SAFETY! Check the bilge, Smell for gas…. ” Lift and Sniff” and ALWAYS CHECK THE DRAIN PLUG was a favorite. I think thats one that is learned by trial and error.. Do it wrong once and you will never forget.. And another small but cool tip.. Keep the bilge clean. that way you can spot oil in the bilge and follow where its coming from. Oil and wood are bad.. The damage on the inside of your hull is far far worse than the damage outside. Wood rot for water and oil soaked frames are the number one reason major repairs happen.. There was also a great thread on the “Black Box” way to think about classic boating.. Here is that comment from Mike M.
My guiding principal is “Vigors Black Box Theory”…I’ll summarize it here….
“The basis of the theory is that there is no such thing as fortuitous luck at sea. The reason why some boaters survive storms or have fewer accidents than others is that they EARN their luck by diligent and constant acts of seamanship.
Aboard every boat there is an invisible black box. Every time the skipper lifts the hatch, checks the bilge plug or takes any seamanlike precaution, he or she earns a point that goes into the black box.
In times of stress, in heavy weather or other threatening circumstance where human skill or effort can accomplish no more, the points are cashed in as protection. The skipper has no control over their withdrawal. They withdraw themselves, as appropriate. Those skippers with no points in the box are later referred to as “unlucky”. Those with points to spend will survive – but they must start immediately in their effort to replenish their savings, for the sea offers no credit”
This excerpt is from the excellent book “The Practical Mariners Book of Knowledge” by John Vigor.
Don’t take anything for granted and don’t rely on anyone else to do your checking. I always ask my kids to “sniff” for me just to get them used to it. I make up another reason to open the hatch and follow behind them….
My personal favorite theme of comments were the just enjoy yourself and wave at people alot..
I love it..” the Woody Wave” is a big deal, its all part of the lifestyle. How the hand is treated, slow arm lifted wave.. No spazzy shaking.. More on the Woody Wave later.. Please keep adding any insights you may have. Its feels great to know that everyone has the same issues and fears.. Many of us are new to this. We make mistakes and dumb moves.. As long as no one gets hurt.. It should be fun..