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Unlike most of you, I am not mechanically inclined. The last thing I tried to build—make that tried to assemble—with my own hands was a propane-fueled barbecue in 1999. Through it lasted on its wobbly legs for many years, it was not a thing of beauty.

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Got a do-it-yourself project in mind for your go-fast boat? There’s never been a better time to get after it. Photo from the 2019 Cigarette Owners Rendezvous sponsored by Performance Boat Center by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.


Since then, I have owned many such barbecues—all ordered and delivered assembled. The extra money that it costs has been a fair trade-off for not killing myself, my family and friends, or my neighbors in a propane explosion. As Clint Eastwood said in Magnum Force, one of his many Dirty Harry series movies, “A man has got to know his limitations.”

On the handyman/assembler side of life, I certainly know mine. I suck.

But you’re not me. You can actually build, fix and generally improve mechanical things. And in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic when social distancing is imperative, now might be the perfect time for the go-fast boat do-it-yourself project you’ve been thinking about.

Cherilyn Teague of Teague Custom Marine in Valencia, Calif., agreed, though the company temporarily has closed its showroom.

“People who are trying to stay home or can’t be at work will still want to work on their boats or their cars, so I definitely think there could be an increase in DIY projects,” she said earlier this week. “Do-it-yourselfers are a big segment of the customers we cater to. We sell all types of aftermarket parts and fittings, as well as some other times that also are appropriate for automotive applications, and not just boats.

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