However, astute readers of my previous post will have noticed something:
- I whined about the use of silicone rubber as caulking under the caprail
- I last exposed the caprail to daylite in 1998.
In the 16 years we have been responsible for Eolian's care, I have learned some things. No, that's inadequate. I have learned A LOT. And the inappropriateness of silicone rubber is one of those things. While I may have whined about our Previous Owner using silicone rubber for simply everything (liquid duct tape?), I was guilty of bringing this nasty stuff aboard too.
But that is one of the purposes of this blog - to keep others from making the mistakes I have made.
- Leave the silicone rubber ashore (except where explicitly required - by Beckson for installation of their ports for example).
- Hubris can result in embarrassment
Years ago when I was a kid, I used to read Flying magazine. I particularly enjoyed a long-running series of articles entitled "I Learned About Flying From That." Each article was written by a pilot, who humbly admitted to having made a mistake, and then having lived, told about it in the hopes that others would not have to make the same mistake. I thought then that it was a good format, and I still think that now. This series of postings is my attempt to recreate that article series with a new subject and new technology.
(If you would like to help others to learn from your mistakes, please send your article to: WindborneInPugetSound at gmail dot com)