Riverbend Marina and Boatyard up the New River in Fort Lauderdale
have had a shaky reputation in the past. People went there for price
and deals rather than quality. It was dirty with un-paid surfaces and a travel-lift that was often broken or had flat tires
Not any more:
The place changed owners a little while ago and it has been cleaned up.
Brand new remote
controlled travel lift
(You listening Carl?) new faces and paved lots.
After I took a customer's boat there a few months ago and noticed
the changes, I took my own boat in for a bottom job and some other minor stuff last week.
Turned out the minor glass job on the keel
was a bit more extensive than I first thought. I had the yard do the work and they found soaked and delaminated layers of fiberglass
. They kept digging deeper and deeper to find good glass. As the days came an went and the hours went up, I got uneasy
thinking about the final bill.
To make a long story short, the yard could have soaked me with a pretty big bill and plenty of lay-days and other charges.
Instead they were more concerned about doing the job right and presented a final bill that was almost pleasant.
All the time they were friendly and professional.
Based on the above I can highly recommend River Bend Marine
Center in Ft. Lauderdale, 1-(954) 523-1832
(No, I don't have stock in the company