I have become a very jaded after several years in the Med. Back home I can't say I was once "ripped off". Any jobs that came in over the quoted estimate were only because unforeseen problems had been encountered along the way and I feel it is not the contractor's responsibility to wear the cost of that.
On the water
is has been a vastly different experience and I have become so wary of ANY work done. It started within a few months of purchasing
the boat six years ago. The stern gland was leaking and needed to be replaced. We organised a haul out
, paid a couple of thousand euros to the yard and mechanic
and subsequently found only the hose clamps had been replaced! Thank goodness we picked this up before we were put back in the water
The most recent was during our last haul out
. Only contracted out a minor job but it underscored the problem of having work done here. We had spent a month on the hard
antifouling and replacing the anchor winch
etc. Lack of equipment
and a decent workshop meant many tasks were a slow process. With only days to go before launching, I approached the marina workshop to quote on cutting 3 small bits of aluminium (10cm cuts, 8mm thick, I'd pre-marked the cutting line on each) and to bend a thinner sheet (to act as a protecting deflector on the new windless motor). Quote was: "50 euros per hour, expected time half an hour". 25 euros seemed high, but exhaustion was taking its toll. To cut a long story short I was presented with a bill for 2 hours labour!!!!!!!!!!
I think here in the Med many tradesmen consider anyone with a boat to be fair game
for being ripped off (either with quality of work done or fee charged). As a result we have done 99% of all work on our boat personally over the last 5 years. Not what we initially envisaged, but we have learned a lot and all maintenance
has been to the highest standard giving us safety
and peace of mind.