This is something we probably all fight with from time to time… I know I certainly do. I want to do it all myself… everything. Part of this comes from being a perfectionist (a goal I’ll certainly never obtain on this earth). You know the old line… if you want it done right, do it yourself. Well, often that’s not true.

So, where do we draw the line? I want to build a boat… That desire is contradictory to hiring out a lot of the work (not to mention I don’t have that kind of money). On the flip side, there are some things I may just not be able to do.

I don’t have a sawmill, and it’s not in the cards to have a field of trees that I own, thus cutting trees and milling my own wood probably isn’t practical. Could I learn that? Sure. Does it make sense? No.

(Of course you could ask if building a boat makes sense at all… no, but…)

For a simple boat the list of items you can’t do yourself may be small, but it may exist. I may need help turning it over. It makes a lot more sense to ask a few friends for help flipping it instead of spending days building frames and hoist points.

For a larger craft, not getting help on the right things/systems can mean big safety issues. Do I know marine wiring? No, I may do the work, but I’ll need to get some advice and assistance. I can probably find most of it in the texts, but sometimes its better to talk to a knowledgeable person, or get them to look your plans over, or something.

Do I know marine design? No… would I like to learn? Yes, and maybe someday I will, but if I’m trusting my families (and my own) neck in this thing, having a marine engineer or the like check the figures would be a good idea (assuming I’m not using professionally drawn plans, which we will assume are correct).

When I’m doing web design or turning up web sites, should I provide ever function from my own system? Sometimes, yes, but often, no… other companies provide email, hosting, advertising, whatever much better than I ever could. I need to remember that and use them when appropriate (and deciding when is appropriate is my job as designer).

Where am I going with this? I don’t really know, but just trying to throw some thoughts out there and remind myself that sometimes I need to ask for help 🙂