{Stus-List} "Cheaping it"

Peter Deppisch peter.deppisch at sympatico.ca
Wed Jun 10 21:16:53 EDT 2009

Ditto for the IT Industry!!!!!!!!!!!!
S/V Tangerine

Schiller wrote:
> 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)
> Corsair
> "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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