Than is good for both if both use it equally. My friend co-owned an
airplane in the early to late mid 80's. His partner flew the plane much
more than he did. Seemed my friend was spending a lot of money and not
flying so much although he was going out for 3 or 4 hours weekly at a
minimum. He ended up selling his half and purchasing another all by
That can happen if the partership isn't set up well. My partner does
fly about 60-80 hours a year more than I do, as he's 5 minutes from the
airport, and he does 2-3 Connecticut to Texas trips each year. Part of
our agreement includes him paying for the storage, as I drive farther.
We bill EVERYTHING hourly, so I don't care.
This includes an engine rebuild and major maintenance reserve,
insurance, taxes, etc... Also, the longer the trip, the better the fuel
mileage, as the airplane spends a lot more time fully leaned out at
altitude. About the worst consumer of fuel per hour is touch and
recurrent check rides.
We knew each other before the plane, and both of us have been in
business partnerships. We sat down and pre-determined every possible
way we could part ways, and set the resolutions to paper in a legal
document. Lots of people don't want to do this, but it's really
important. If you can't deal with bad endings up front, they'll be
worse down the road. Our agreement covers everything from one of us
destroying the aircraft, and dying in the process, to one of us not
being able to make a payment, to divorce, to forced relocation.
My plane partner is also a partner in a very successful bicycle shop,
and he owns a boat in a partnership with another guy.
The bottom line are the people involved and the willingness to get by
all the possible negative outcomes up front.
Personally I keep a limited amount of tools, but then my rig is
"smaller" (25 ft). I know a (former) co-worker that full-times in a DP,
pulling an enclosed cargo trailer. It contains both his toad (a
micro-car) and all his bench-top tools, lathe, table-saw, etc. They also
use the trailer as a patio
Personal e-mail is the n7bsn but at amsat.org
I have plans on the drawing board for something similar where I'll live
in my truck camper and keep a pretty complete metalworking shop in my
24' enclosed trailer when I go into "hermit mode" on some property I own
as global civilization implodes due to the economic tidy bowl swirl.
On Fri, 06 Feb 2009 16:56:35 -0800, Too_Many_Tools wrote:
You might want to take a look at Proxxon tools, also sold relabeled by
Micro-Mart, and others of that ilk. If those are too small, you can do a
lot of woodworking with a small scroll saw.
Other than that, you're probably going to have to use a lot of hand tools.
My 1945 South Bend 10L is a special shipboard model built for the Navy. The
only thing special about it is that it has (or had) two motors -- one 110
Vac, single phase, and the other DC. You could flip the primary belt from
one to the other to change motors. The DC motor was removed before I got it,
possibly before it was sold surplus, so I never got to see it. The machine
also has a base that's heavier than anything in the contemporaneous South
Bend catalogs, but that may have been just a general military issue item
rather than anything special for shipboard use.
Anyway, I could see running this thing on board a big carrier or battleship,
but I wonder what it was like trying to get a uniform finish while aboard a
destroyer in a rough sea. d8-)
Maybe TMT could make room for one of these...
The Workshop Book by Scott Landis has a chapter on small/portable
shops. A few of RVs. Not sure about boats. And a story or two about
people who have tiny shops at home and basically use hand tools. Or
when traveling to jobs use hand tools.
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