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Old 26-10-2007, 15:57   #1
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What's Wrong with This Picture?

I don't know if the following picture, from today's 'Lectronic Latitude, is worth a thousand words or not, but it certainly says it all . . .
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I Paid How Much per Hour for This Work?

October 26, 2007 Southern California


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"It can be an upside down world if you don't supervise work on your boat.
Photo Courtesy Richard Drechsler
2007 Latitude 38 Publishing Co., Inc."

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For the rest of the story, go to:


Latitude 38 - The West's Premier Sailing & Marine Magazine

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Old 26-10-2007, 16:06   #2
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Probably installed by an illegal who can't even read.
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Old 26-10-2007, 17:31   #3
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Maybe the owner wanted all the gauge needles to point straight down when in the proper operating range.
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Old 26-10-2007, 18:00   #4
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Or he's going to sail the Southern Hemisphere...
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Old 26-10-2007, 18:21   #5
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This isn't a Cat is it?
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Old 26-10-2007, 20:17   #6
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You know how in cramped quarters when you have to bend over to see something and your head is kinda upside down..well maybe? Nah...nevermind.

How does something that stupid even happen?
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Old 26-10-2007, 20:23   #7
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That is really, really pitiful.

What would worry me is what we can't see.

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Old 28-10-2007, 00:39   #8
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you pay some one to do a job you expect it is done right
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Old 28-10-2007, 03:05   #9
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Maybe the guages are so low you have to bend over to read them and it is easier this way.

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Old 28-10-2007, 03:34   #10
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The installer was hanging from the boom by his feet while he was installing this. I believe this would merit a good old fashioned keelhauling. Can we still do that? LOL
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As John Vigor says, "Think inverted."
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Nothing wrong with that picture. Nice teak ceiling eh.
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Dan, you must have hired one of our local boatwrights. SOP for these guys is to start that thousand dollar job, tell you they need to remove something for "access", then tell you that $10000 piece they just removed needs to be completely rebuilt.This news usually comes right about the time they complete taking everything apart.
I used to get solicited to work on other people's boats when I was working on my wood boats in the yard. I thought I solved that problem by keeping a level at the top of my tool bag, or sitting around the scaffold somewhere. Oddly enough, these guys that can't seem to put stuf together the right direction until they are sure you are out of money, are the only ones who noticed it.
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Dan, you must have hired one of our local boatwrights. SOP for these guys is to start that thousand dollar job, tell you they need to remove something for "access", then tell you that $10000 piece they just removed needs to be completely rebuilt.
I am pretty much a time vs. money guy now. I like odd-jobbing on the boat but frankly, I'll pay to get stuff fixed and save my weekends for sailing.

You all probably remember my pulpit issue. Someone crashed into it and it's off the boat. Our regular mechanic took it upon himself to straighten it, weld new feet and anchor bolts on it and actually has done a decent job.

The problem is I didn't ask him to do it. Well I discussed with him and told him I need a quote to fill the 4 holes in the deck, mount the pulpit and touch up the paint.

I got the quote in the mail yesterday. $1,800 bucks PLUS materials and the cost to repair the pulpit which is still unspecified. I laughed out loud. This guy is nuts. He's also out of a job as this is the last straw.

His $1,600 bottom fouling job (of July) which was supposed to be 4 coats is already showing the primer after one cleaning. I haven't paid for that and don't plan to.

I am meeting this clown on Saturday to pay him up on what we really owe him, get our pulpit back and wish him good luck in his future.

I am debating whether I pay him a token for the pulpit repair, which as a mechanic myself I consider fair enough. The guy's trying to make a living. It's not entirely his fault he's an diot.
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