Editorial March 2008 Issue

The Do-It-Yourself Dilemma

Every time we revisit our bottom paint test I have nightmares. One recurring theme is that my boat needs a haulout soon, but the only boatyard around is a plush affair with a swimming pool, sauna, and waterfront restaurant. I need to pay an annual membership fee to be able to use the yard, and even for members, the haulout rates are astronomical. The yard’s exorbitant labor rates for various jobs are boldly posted on the office wall, along with a policy that forbids any do-it-yourself repair work. I must buy my paint from the boatyard at 50 percent more than I would pay at the local chandlery.

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