Justifying Costs

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I was thinking about the cost of services and utilities we use everyday. Why do we pay so much, for Hydro Electricity, Water and Gas? If we actually weigh out the amount of convenience against the daily cost, I’m sure it is more than reasonable.

leadwaterI should think paying for good water is one of the easier cheques to write.

So how do they arrive at the total cost on an invoice? This is a good question especially if your shelling out the bucks for things you don’t see or directly touch and sometimes take for-granted. Take for example the gas bill you pay every month, even without consumption. How do they figure those charges? Well, in research I found we are all covered with emergency service 24/7 free of charge. Like if a tree in a wind storm knocks your meter silly, they fix it no charge even though it is on our property. Would you want to have to repair the gas meter own your own? Not when their interest is in control of safety, longevity and planned maintenance. Hydro and Waterworks with similar policy for their product.

2575774839_9c9647441fSwing the balance scale to other expenses and compare. The example being your vehicle maintenance and find the manufacturer does not keep charging you after the product is delivered. Do you think it would be cheaper to have them charge you monthly regardless of use? Or it might be cheaper to wait for something to wear out and break. I think it would take a lot of justifying to arrange how much to pay per year, either way. So here we are with two sides to the necessary evil costs of ownership. One of the costs you get to sweep under the carpet and the other is demanded in order to keep utilities flowing.

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From my perspective, I get to see where a utility charge for annual service would be handy. I also get to see where the Leisure Boat Lift products can withstand many seasons with zero maintenance and only get to service them on demand. I’ll probably never completely resolve this part of the boat lifting business. It is big business as long as the sun shines and temperatures soar, and small potatoes when the weather is cold and snowing.

What does it take to prolong life and smooth operation to your Leisure Boat Lift? Simple as it may seem, preparedness is the key and it is expensive. To do ‘what, when and how,’ especially on the water front is a timely matter. We have no less than tens of thousands of dollars trucked and towed to a boat launch, leaving a fully equipped fabrication shop with store front back on dry land. Our contest is to keep every aspect of the business running to it’s fullest potential in less than 6 months running time of high demand. In twelve months of the year, overhead commands those necessary bills, taxes and insurance to be paid.

Next time I’m obliged to answer the question of ‘what maintenance do we provide for our minimum charge?’, I wonder if a brochure prepared as a “quick answer guide,” would be appropriate. The list of what services we handle, is extensive, expensive and takes precious time to explain. It will always remain the consumers call, but awareness and friendly advice upon inspection, at minimal cost is never a bad idea.

Upkeep is our duty, for 29 years of production in the light of the future, lifting family vessels at a lake front setting. Leisure Boat Lift owners are not disappointed. www.leisureboatlift.com Lake front maintenance.

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Habitat Home and Living Room

We often literally walk on the beauty of our surroundings in haste of  other concerns. As information becomes more the ‘focus’ in our lives, we tend to “miss the trees for the forest” obscuring our vision.

Thinking that may be stated backwards, defense is within this posting.

           So often text messaging, emailing, phoning & faxing, through daily routines leaves little room to look up and out at what really is your space. What is home and what is habitat? Who cares?

What a great question! Who does care? Who is it that really could care less? Possibly every living thing on the planet that has not been swallowed by the age of correspondence. They just have very limited resources for communicating concerns to the holder of the latest technology that they’ve just been stepped on or ignored. Granted sometimes this can go a little overboard and off the handle as crusading tends to come from limited yet powerful positions.

So we have  two extremes that seem to be drifting further from each their own interests. Keeping things aligned with Venus and Mars, of coarse, a pipe dream. ( look that one up on Wiki.) Caught in the middle, the over zealous, the over concerned the over cautious along with the unselfish, the misunderstood, the unheard and mostly the unseen.

Knowing about a little bit of everything would surely help slow down the discernment of  how well your surroundings are at this point and what impact our being here will have on the thin crust of the earth we will certainly be contained in and leave for others to tread upon.

Learning then legislating. Listening then responding. Collecting  and absorbing then reason and result. Too easy but so difficult. Ever had to hurry up, then wait? Both easy yet difficult. Not in a life time, can we say yah and nay in the same breath to direct the way our home and habitat become the living room we dream of or expect. We can be more diverse in our thinking, though it takes time. Our actions could be less in haste. Time is of essence and held dearly in a balance. Using time wisely has always been good policy.

With the wealth of knowledge at our finger tips, search engines begging for your single word questions and a broad library of opinion to digest, richness could be measured in health and happiness for the great and the small. Discover  more of the living room held so delicately in the “balance” of life as we know it. Play and work within.

Here is a STARTER KIT ( Click ) straight from the home of the Okanagan. Enjoy and reap the benefits just being slightly more informed with history and disclosures available. You’ll only say “gee i didn’t know that” ….once.

Gee I didn’t know that!

Many thanks to Royal BC Museum

Hard Work, Will It Survive?

Internet Quote,” Once Working Hard Drive Now Not Recognized”

Imagine. Just for a minute. All of a sudden, a situation changes without consent. What will happen? The short answer is, ” just about anything that ever could!” So why is that? Albert Einstein will help out on this post a little bit. ” The only reason there is such a thing as ‘Time’, is because everything can’t happen at once.”

In the case of  Hard Work, just maintaining an existence ( rather than reaching some sort of goal,) short cuts generally get first attempt. As time goes on, avenues once perceived to be open, will on occasion become obscured. How can this be prevented? It can’t. Not even Lottery tickets will help. The only way of getting through a situation, is by analyzing how it was created. Use resourcefulness to work smart as well.  Albert wasn’t so dumb.

Just wearing protective gear takes strength.

The point? To each of us, the grass is always greener where ever you look except where your standing. That can’t be fixed but if you take the time to look from outside the box, maybe life in general will offer less stress, anger and greed.  As technology increases very rapidly, it is ‘like an axe in the hands of a repeat offender’. Never really satisfied if you “dream on.” So think of history and don’t leave it to the book worms in this case.

A good account for well-being, is the sense of accomplishment. For that, many of us seek recognition. That’s not a bad thing. ( Thank you Martha.) Whether it be a full bundle perfect sticks for a cooking fire, a great big bag of Return for Deposit recyclable, a completed work of art, a finished rec-room or starting the engines of a newly purchased yacht, there is a height of  exuberance. All bang heads on the same height of ceiling. All stand on the top rung of the ladder. It is human. Being recognized of accomplishments tend to lead toward improvement, betterment and a higher sense of well being. At times, like enjoying cotton candy, unless you win an award for the sickest tummy, it can get to be a bit too much, if anything.

Example. Think of this scenario: A ‘Return for Deposit’ venture, coming in for the day. Boxes and bags right full. And then, nobody cares and no one wants to make it worth your while. You’d feel let down and confused, wondering why you put in all that effort, let alone think of working that hard again. That just got real boring. All said and done, other avenues will be sought out. Guess what piles up and even plugs up? Hard work, in so many words. Some cases a very long intertwining and extensive artery of  Hard Work shrivels and dies . That’s a fact. Check recent global events, with hard work going unaccounted for. No one wants to do It and no one seems to appreciate It or want gladly to pay for it.  So it rests.

Sleeping, within the walls of a large global population, is a Giant. It is waking up. Its name is Hard Work. Born naked and full of intrigue, naturally It will wander, even to the 4 corners of the earth. (Remember the earth was flat, until the Queen of Spain decided to “buck up” for Chris’s Adventure.) First thing It wants is to survive.  It is  hungry and thirsty. It is human. It looks for substantiated reason to exist. Hard Work is very much aware of how green the grass is on the other side and wonders how that grass became so green. Betting on more Hard Work left behind, Its off to have a look.  Traveled for what seemed for ever, Hard Work finds the grass is not greener. It finds no valour in persistence. Sits on Its’ thumbs.- ‘Might as well go for a soda.’ ( Thank you Kim Mitchell.)

Perspective. Wake up! Hard Work needs nurturing, recognition, and to be patronized. It carries a double edge sword. What will It do to maintain? How will Hard Work survive?

Not all of the expressed opinion  here, is necessarily the full view of the owner of this blog.

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>>>>Not for the faint of heart  Video 1

>>>> Not for the faint of heart Video 2

Best Kept Secret.

Work on “Leisure Boat Lift.” Often referred to as the most enviable position in qualified trades. A good job, in  industry. Good in  the commercial trade world.  Many times comments within ear shot proclaim, “wow what an excellent job” and “what cool stuff!” Nice to hear of course. A form of compliment, and admiration. Any work on the the lake is enviable. Right? More on hard work and inclimate weather, in posts to come.

Truth be known. Every job has its ‘story,’ so here is a partial post of what is behind the scenes today, to bring light on the subject of Leisure Boat Lift.

Start off with owning a boat and having access to lake front property and a dock. Yes this is how Leisure Boat Lift started. Work at a 1980 established welding business, with the 1977 16 ft. runabout tied to the dock, and be notified mid way through the day, the boat has sunk. Word has it, the wind has come up big time and the waves have filled the boat which is hitting the lake bottom and careening the bow under the wharf deck.

This happens twice in one month and damage is getting expensive. What to do? Okay, get the boat out of the water every time you use it. Oh boy, that would really be a pleasure. Jockey for position at the boat launch? Not pleasant.  So how about lifting the boat clear of the water after using the boat, each time? Bet there is some lifters for sale at the dealers, in the middle of British Columbia, somewhere. Well a quick 500 mile trip around to each of the retail boat sales establishments rendered a count of 19 lifters sold in 6 months. Figures from a list compilation including 24 businesses and only 6 of them knew any thing much about “Shore Stations.” Time goes on, friends with information suggesting to do this and that, finally getting a glimpse of the Trojan Hoist for car and truck. Now we have some thing for an idea! https://leisureboatlift1dnr.wordpress.com/2011/01/13/the-spark/

With a full machine shop facility, the wheels begin to turn. Metal is acquired, cut and formed. Sparks fly and spray gun flailed, voila. Something that sort of looks like it might just lift a boat while securely adjusted on a lake bottom, beside a dock. Interestingly, again friendly input such as ‘ you know what you should do’ gives momentum to the project in more ways than one.

High Flying LBL 1988 Courtesy Morning Star <<<Click on

       It doesn’t take long for the local businesses to become involved, unselfishly at their own time expense, encouraging research and development. Eventually after a number of lifting failures, unscathed at least, Leisure Boat Lift takes off, literally for the last time by air. It becomes a viable product to fabricate, handle and market. In the least, locally with in the realm of lakes affording lake front luxury.

       So who would like to buy a Leisure Boat Lift? Everybody of coarse. Even people without boats had a good mind to own a Leisure  Boat Lift, just as soon as they could see how well the Lifters stand the test of time. That shouldn’t be so hard. Just build a whole bunch and install them in the neighbours’ lake front for free and wait about 5 years. Well you certainly don’t go far on ‘wait and see.’ Found that out right o’ way. Back to work, specialty welding, pretty much anything. Enjoyed endless summers with the old http://www.campionboats.com/ 16 ft. model, safe and sound. Friends and neighbours the only great ambassadors for Leisure Boat Lift. A year or two or three later, slowly but surely inquiries turned into sales and support.

Four Things Older Now 2011 Courtesy of DNRLBL

This excerpt1, is basic Leisure Boat Lift history. Posting with regard to the time between 1985 and 1989.

Not as it seems –

It can be hard to install and work with Leisure Boat Lift under a smaller roof.

Although having a roof over top your boat may seem ideal; as it does help protect against the elements, there are a few things that can be overlooked when deciding on a roof to go over your boat.

A problem that can come with having a roof is simply losing it – wind can pick up, and some models of roof aren’t planted steadily enough and can get picked up and thrown away by the wind, causing all sorts of damage.

A roof over your boat also comes with its own maintenance, cleaning and care like any marine product. In some cases, they’re known to become hosts to many birds as well (shown above) which might not be the most pleasant company to have on your deck.

Fins underneath –

A matter that’s been resurfacing in the past few weeks, as the installation season begins, is people requesting Tournament Kits for their Leisure Boat Lift. That’s great when you know you need it. A Tournament Kit provides the extra height needed for the propeller and fins to clear the lift, as well as a different style of stopping board that the fins rest on.

Gorilla Brackets (Right) are sometimes needed to give the boat extra height above the lift.

Most new tournament-style boats will have large fins underneath the bottom and it’s easy enough to tell if you’ve got them – just take a look under the hull. If you don’t know, just check next time you’ve got your boat out on a trailer. It’s important to know this so that if you do decide to get a boat lift for your boat, that it be equipped with a tournament kit or Gorilla Brackets to rise it from the water even further. Although the fins are important, the even bigger problem that can come from having an improper lift is damage to the prop. The prop needs to be able to clear the lift or have the fins stop at a board to avoid any damage.

A Finned Tournament Boat without a tournament kit.

One owner hadn’t known he had fins under his new boat and nearly let that get away on him – luckily no damage was done, but you can see how close the fins and prop can get to the lift without Gorilla Brackets. The brackets adds many inches of height to the boat when lifted, taking away the chance of denting any fin or prop.

A prop shown on a boat, the lifter without Gorilla Brackets.

Okanagan Waters and Winterization

Murky waters caused by spring run off from the water shed from the mountains.

Some waters in the Okanagan area can become quite murky and dull-looking – this is due to run off from the melting snow held in the mountains. This water fills the lakes, stirring up a lot of muck around creeks and the lake bottom. This happens every year – really nothing to be concerned about. All it really does against our crew is lower the visibility during an installation, but this is of little concern to us and our diving equipment.

But it is important to know that this is all a part of winter ending and starting a new summer season with Leisure Boat Lift. A good season requires a properly winterized Leisure Boat Lift, which is simple enough – cradle lifted out of the water, and a cover over top of your tower and drive.

A cover can be as simple as a big plastic utility/garbage bag tied over the top of the lift tower, or if you’re looking for something excellent in covers – Capricorn Upholstery in Vernon caters to the design of a fabric fitted top for a Leisure Boat Lift’s electric drive.

A properly kept LBL over the winter.