With the project list under full steam ahead, Epoxy and fiberglass are a daily experience. Somewhere in the learning curve perhaps at the end we will have a new mount for the anchor, a propane locker, a hard dodger and a super secret project. During this time I am getting familiar with the West Systems Epoxy that has been riding around for the last couple years waiting on us to get time to do these projects. One thing negative so far is that the six10 tubes are only 1/3 full! Other than that all else seems as expected. Stay tuned for a whole blog page on a couple of those projects. With step by step photos.
The Bad - Raymarine Autotiller and Raymarine Warranties!
I'll try to keep this one short. Raymarine has refused to warrant our auto-tiller! It came with a two year warranty and was purchased in March 2011! They refused to warrant it due to water intrusion. It would appear that water entered the unit through the button or the LCD display. If you have moisture in the display beware the gathering gloom, oh such impending doom. Please keep in mind when it rains take your damn Raymarine Auto-tillers down below because they are not engineered to withstand the elements with in which they were designed to do. Please keep this poorly engineered POS in a secure location like the store with which you are thinking of buying one! It will not perform in the world of cruising! This is the second one I know of personally that has failed due to this reason. So in recap: DO NOT BUY THIS POS! If you already own one please practice safe tillering and use protection.
Anyone want to buy a Raymarine Cricket Bat?
The Ugly DHL's drive-by looting! For those of you that don't know DHL they became the German Post office a few years back. They also made an assault on Fed-ex and UPS here in the US. In trying this they partnered with the USPS to deliver their rural packages, Suddenly the cost of shipping with the USPS went up drastically and we found the new Flat Rate Boxes at the USPS, A DHL favorite! (Shipping from Germany to USA almost doubled when they took over the Luftpost.) So what does this have to do with anything? MONEY OUT OF A CRUISERS POCKET. I prefer Fed-ex over the counter! Always cheaper and includes $100 of insurance but, this town is not FedEx friendly.
In an effort to buy a new tiller pilot, NO NOT A DAMN RAYMARINE!, we have sold some of the items we are not using on the boat. First you must decide if it is economy or priority, economy often only saves 10% and takes twice as long. Then you must decide if the delivery guy tosses it out with out care, he electronically verifies, the recipient signs or insurance. Then you must pay the exorbitant amount but their credit card machines never work so you have to hand it to an employee that makes 3 times minimum wage. Then it is handled by the poor chaps only making 2 times or more than minimum wage. Then if something goes wrong and it does about 5-10% of the time in my experience you have to talk to someone making 4 times minimum wage. With all those pensions, holidays and other paid days off, no wonder they charge so much and are still loosing money.
Here is a recent event:
9-15 All decisions made and package sent off with a tracking number with hopes that all would be good. ($13.80 to send a fishing reel) USPS expected delivery date 9-18!