{Stus-List} "Cheaping it"

Schiller schiller at btc-bci.com
Wed Jun 10 20:03:50 EDT 2009

Hell, I could say the same thing about design engineering.  We never 
have enough time to design and test a product, but we always have time 
to redo it.

Neil Schiller
1970 Redwing 35, Hull #7
(C&C 35, Mark I)
"former Rocket Scientist"

Robert Skene wrote:
> There is an old saying about farmers...but it could pertain to almost 
> anybody:
> "A farmer never has enough money to do it right -- but he always has 
> enough money to do it over!"
> Regards
> Bob Skene (ex-farmer)
> On Wed, 10 Jun 2009 08:49:20 -0700 (PDT)
>  "Dennis C." <captbuy at yahoo.com> wrote:
>>  As a guy who is around boats, works on boats and generally just 
>> likes "messing about with boats", I see a lot of less than optimum 
>> decisions made by boat owners, including me.
>> OK, me first.
>> On the trip from Mandeville to Pensacola, the engine oil pressure 
>> reading began to increase, finally pegging out at over 100 psi.  I 
>> figured it was a bad sending unit or secondly a bad gauge.  
>> Provisionally I decided to do an oil change and filter change 
>> and anchored and did so noting nothing abnormal.  When I got to 
>> Pensacola, I located a Westerbeke distributor and found out a sending 
>> unit was $70+.  I couldn't find the resistance specifications for it 
>> to locate a "universal" unit.  Heck, a sending unit is a sending 
>> unit, right?  Being in a particularly unusual "cheap" mood, I went to 
>> a local auto parts store and got a 0-100 psi sending unit with the 
>> correct thread size and installed it.  The gauge still pegged out.  
>> $15 bucks down the drain.  I called my buddy in Mandeville and 
>> ordered a new OEM gauge and sending unit.  Installed the new sending 
>> unit and gauge this weekend and the readings are normal again.  It 
>> was the sending unit.  I
>> kept the old gauge as a spare.
>> A few weeks ago, my 2nd "cheapie" air conditioner cooling water pump 
>> died.  This $50-60 pump came with the original air conditioner.  I 
>> installed my spare "cheapie" pump (the 3rd pump in 7 years).   I just 
>> never upgraded and always carried a spare.  Now I'm upgrading to a 
>> $250 Dometic pump which should have much more longevity.  I will keep 
>> the 3rd "cheapie" as a spare. 
>> My buddy called me tonight to tell me about a boat having electrical 
>> issues.  In particular, the refrigeration system wasn't operating 
>> properly.  On investigation, the owner had replaced the two 4D house 
>> batteries with a couple of much smaller series dual purpose 
>> batteries.  Heck, batteries are batteries, right?  The owner wasn't 
>> happy with having to pay my buddy a couple hours labor to tell him 
>> he's a dumbass and he should go buy some 4D batteries.  (Well, I'm 
>> sure he said it more tactfully.)
>> I had that same discussion with one of my clients.  He wanted to do 
>> the same thing.  I told him that not only would he adversely affect 
>> the electrical system on his boat but that he would decrease the 
>> boat's value.  Fortunately, he listened.
>> Point:  every time you "cheap" something, you pay twice, once for the 
>> cheap shot and then again for the right way.
>> I could go on and on.  It's a lesson we never seem to learn.
>> Sorry for the rant.  I just hope it prevents someone from paying a 
>> little bit now and then a lot later.
>> Anybody else want to share similar experiences?
>> Dennis C.
>> Touche' 35-1 #83
>> Mandeville, LA
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