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Old 04-30-2015, 02:33 PM   #1
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Default Murphy's Laws of Boat Projects

  1. The more awkward the location you need to work in, the more times you'll need to crawl in and out of the space to get tools and parts to complete the job.
  2. Regardless of how many trips to the store to buy parts and fasteners, you will almost never have the correct sized screw, bolt, nut or washer that you actually need.
  3. If you buy a part or fastener and have it available you will not need it.
  4. You will invariably realize you are either missing a part or fastener 5 minutes after the store closes.
  5. When you arrive at the store to purchase a part or fastener (if they are open) they will have every size except the size you actually need.
  6. The store will have a large variety of nuts and bolts, however rarely will they have both the nut AND the bolt in the same size.
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7. With amazing frequency, your total for the project will be right around $1,000.
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8. Don't mess with Mrs. Murphy
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Murphy was an optimist.
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I would like to add the 4 bolt theory. The first three bolts will come out easy except for the fourth one, which you will spent as much time on that fourth one as you did on all three.

Always do the hard one first....
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Boat electronics: After metering out every inch of wire on the boat, the problem was always the first thing you checked, but didn't notice the problem (i.e., breakers, switches, fuses)
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9) You will get thru with an upgrade and say, "I wish I would have done it a different way".
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It's along the line of my 'theory of threes'. You will estimate a job will take you 3 times longer than a professional. The actual time to completion will be 3 times the estimated time.

Professional: 3 hrs.
Estimate DIY: 9 hrs.
Actual DIY: 27 hrs.
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10) no matter the size of your boat you will always want one 2' bigger.
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It's along the line of my 'theory of threes'. You will estimate a job will take you 3 times longer than a professional. The actual time to completion will be 3 times the estimated time.

Professional: 3 hrs.
Estimate DIY: 9 hrs.
Actual DIY: 27 hrs.
How true, how true!!
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