My boys have been a huge help in restoring the Stargazer., But they have been exposed to tools and hand work their entire lives.While some of the replys here at derected to millenials. and the want it now attitude. I do see young guys out there trying there best to either fix up and old boat, or get a little more hp out of the old jap cars. perhaps its that parents dont instill what good hard work will pay off. more like get off that phone and go out sailing or motor boating.my dad tought me these things at a young age.and proud to be able to fix just about anything. what I am trying to say is more input from parents. then whats on that stupid video game. we need to help and give them our expierance. if there parents don't cause there to busy,I would rather buy my son a old sailing scow and help him fix it than a phone
The boat was severely damaged in a winter storm in 2013, and the owner couldn't afford the repair bill (~28,000 Euro's) for a 40 year old vessel.Jesus! I have no idea what they were saying, but that was a damn depressing video! Pretty looking boat, but she obviously had some real damage.
That's awesome Pateco! You just revitalized my hope for the future!!!
I am proud of both of them, and they have done the cars with their own money. However I think the 16 year old, Tristan may be a little too confident in his skills. For the last year he has been crawling the internet buying the bits an pieces needed to do an engine swap on his 1990 300ZX. He wants to swap it for a Twin Turbo, and he's 90% there on the parts list. I think I may end up being pulled into this project though. LOL They both deserve this award.That is they way it sould be knowlege handed down. Kudos to you and your sons. they will be better men for it!!
And the car manufactures are making it harder and harder to work on your own cars.... I have a 2012 Silverado.... and was baffled the first time I wanted to check the radiator fluid.... It is a CLOSED system... it is not just closed but they hide the entire damn thing under a plastic shield so you can't even see it.... I can't even add fluid (or look at it) without going into the shop. Pisses me off... I talked to an engineer at Chrysler who said manufacturers are going towards closed systems because the thermostats work better when at the bottom of the flow cycle bla bla bla bla.....The lack of DIY skills doesn't just apply to many millennials.
I manage an auto repair shop, and it amazes me how many men have no idea about their cars/trucks, other than simply putting fuel in and driving them. (What ? I need to check the oil ?)
CFOs/Accountants. Manufucturers have learned that they make more money servicing them, than they do selling them. Sealed transmissions that never need to be checked (until an axle seal fails and all the transmission oil slowly leaks out without you realizing it) The mid-late 2000 Chev Equinox series has a book time of over 2 hours to change a headlight bulb (because you need to take the whole grill/bumper cover off to get the headlight out).Who the F designed these things anyway?
Leeward,I first learned how to fix a tire on my bicycle.... Then check oil and fuel and plug on our gas lawnmower (which I was using on my own)... then my dad bought me a 50cc Honda Mini bike..... then i looked under the hood of family cars. Now I tackle damn near anything, because I have enough overall knowledge and CONFIDENCE to simply figure it out.
Heck, I have no formal auto training, am completely self taught, and have been managing a shop.
Many younger people in my neighbourhood ask me: "How do you know how to do all this stuff ?".
I had never repaired a boat before this one. It was in decent shape but I've done bulkheads, fiberglass repair, wiring etc, since I bought it. Lord knows what some poor guy without the skillset, a helpful mentor, or deep pockets to pay a professional, would do.
I even see fallout in new young auto technicians. Without clear instructions, some of them are scared to tackle jobs on vehicles that they haven't seen before, even though they have the actual knowledge to do the task.
I know that my natural abilities are above the norm, but a lot of it is simply because I was allowed a chance to tackle things, occasionally fail them, and learn.
Yet, as @pateco has implied, the modern era, with it's ease of access to information has been slowly making a difference. Not just for those of us who need advice on how to best tackle a job, but also for those who have never done anything like it before.
It's places like this forum, that give me hope that people will still be self-sufficient long after we are gone.
Heck, even the less useful youtube channels, by the narcissistic and more extreme gofundme/patreon types, are evidently inspiring people to buy old boats, and go sailing. Amen to that.
You are right on the money !Also, because they built them themselves, they have a respect for the money and effort that went into them.
Teach your kids to be self sufficient and confident, and they will do amazing things.
Absolutely! When I'm retired I want to liveaboard. To keep myself occupied I might flip boats at the marina.Give me an old sailboat to work on and I will be (and have been) happy throughout my retirement!
For me it started with a go-kart my dad bought me for my 8th birthday (Sears Catalog). It had a 3.5 hp engine on it. Dad came home from work and found me in the garage with the engine strewn across the floor in pieces.... he took one look and said "It better still run when you put it back together" HAhaha... it did... a little rough but it still ran. I then moved onto bikes....... then my dad bought me a 50cc Honda Mini bike.....