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Old 23-07-2011, 09:04   #1
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Snead Island Boatworks

I will be taking my Cheoy Lee Offshore 41 to Snead Island Boatworks to have my masts refinished among other things. I was wondering if anyone has had any dealings with this repair yard?

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Old 23-07-2011, 09:30   #2
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Re: Snead Island Boatworks

We have been dealing with the Alderman's for upwards of 18 years and heve always found the work done at SIBW to be pretty good but not inexpensive. You must "stay on-top" of the work or extra's will creap in and nothing is cheap. For what it's worth, this isn't a great time of year to be stripping and refinishing (a) spruce mast(s). Between the heat, humidity and afternoon squalls it will be tough to get the moisture content of the timber below 15%. I am assuming they are going to dismount the mast(s). With that, you might tell Gary or the yard foreman--Steve- that you'd like to have the work done in the boathouse and not on saw horses in the yard. They'll bitch about it, but your mast will turn out much better for it.

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Snead Island Boat Works Inc continues to profit from the reputation the old manager, Steve Austin, earned them. When you bring your boat to Snead Island Boat Works there is little chance the manager, Bill, will conduct quality control. He often relies solely upon the information given to him by employees. If you are looking for him, you can usually find him operating the travel lift, instead of checking to make sure your boat is being taken care of. The son in law, Talmadge Mathews knows very little about boats, and even less about management. Gary Alderman, while he was once the backbone of Snead Island Boat Works, has little involvement in the day to day operations of his company. Gary Alderman will usually "fix" the wrong doings at the yard on the tail end, by adjusting the billing. For the sixty to ninety dollars an hour you will spend at Snead Island Boat Works, you are much better off taking your boat elsewhere. You have been warned. To all future Island Packet Yachts 'Chainplate' and 'Tank' job owners, be sure you personally remove your cushions. To all past Island Packet 'Chainplate' and 'Tank' job owners, you might get itchy when you sit on your cushions because they were not removed before fiberglass was ground (Loafers Glory, Wanderlust, among many others).
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