DIY Vs. Professional Jet Boat Repair
Being a boat owner means investing money into repairs at some point. It comes later rather than sooner, however you have to know it's coming. The question is, would you do the work yourself or hire a professional?
When my husband and I were first married, we obtained an older fiberglass vessel as a present. To say this is a money pit is a serious understatement. The issue? We ended up purchasing it and used the cash for a newer boat because we didn't want to, you understand, sink. But we learned a ton throughout the project and we frequently apply that learning experience to our brand new vessel.
What type of projects in the event you choose on your own and which ones should you employ? Use logic in knowing the difference by assessing the job before you start.
1. Can I do this?
Should you really feel as though you can do this, then that's a fantastic beginning.
2. Do I have the resources to accomplish that?
Renting or buying new tools will be a cost that might make this job more expensive in the long run. But if you already own them can cheaply lease them you still have the chance to save money.
3. Have you got time to do this?
If you've answered yes to the first two, now ask yourself if you even want to do the job or have the required time to do it properly.
If you have answered no to any of these questions, cover a specialist. But if you are still feeling convinced, then performing mild repairs yourself might be a great way to spend the weekend.
4. Inboard Engine Work Skills and Tools?
Here's a word of caution when it comes to repairing your inboard for a DIY job. These engines require special tools and a more extensive knowledge base than the usual normal outboard. If you are untrained, there is a very good chance you may do more harm than good. These repairs will not be cheap but, trust me, it is going to be way more expensive if you mess something up because you are not familiar with the elements.
5. Fiberglass Experience?
Small fiberglass repairs are easy enough to perform yourself. But it's still tricky because doing it outside leaves your boat exposed to the components and morning dew. But doing it indoors creates fumes which can persist for a very long time depending on the venting.
However, the part visible to the eye is the gel coat, that's the thin layer of resin that gives the boat its glossy color. Thankfully, most light scratches are only in the gel coating and can be sanded out. When they penetrate the core, they need to be filled and this can be tricky if you do not have the correct resources. An expert store is built for this type of repair along with the associated fumes, but it's not always affordable.
Whatever issues arise, you're equipped to manage them. Whether that is making the repairs yourself or using the crucial fingers to dial a phone, you've got this covered and you will be back to the water right away.