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Old 12-01-2012, 19:35   #31
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Re: How Hard is it to Install Marine Electronics ?

Another thought... sometimes dealer installed packages are a bargain. Usually due to most everyone being optimistic about how long something will take. You might just find out how much they want to install it all, if it's a real bargain, then let them do it even if you have to tidy up a couple of things! (specify it all be done per abyc) for insxtance: let's say the dealer asks an installer for a price, the installer says 100 hours at $30 per hour. If it takes him 200 hours to do it, then you got a bargain!
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Old 12-01-2012, 19:52   #32
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Another thought... sometimes dealer installed packages are a bargain........//

..... let's say the dealer asks an installer for a price, the installer says 100 hours at $30 per hour. If it takes him 200 hours to do it, then you got a bargain!
This is where....Bangladesh?

The going rate around the Chesapeake is $75-$125/hour.

And, I might add, for many owners that's a bargain as compared to the real DIY costs, including f---ups, insurance difficulties, surveyor assessments, and other downstream problems.

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This is where....Bangladesh?

The going rate around the Chesapeake is $75-$125/hour.

And, I might add, for many owners that's a bargain as compared to the real DIY costs, including f---ups, insurance difficulties, surveyor assessments, and other downstream problems.

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Agree on the costs being in that range (75-125 is the same here in San Diego). But paying someone else to do it isn't really going to insulate you from problems. There's definitely a higher quality of work on average coming out of the yards compared to being done by owners at the dock but it's far from guaranteed.

The whole concept of "paying others so it's done right" implies that the person you're paying will do it right, which isn't true enough to be relied upon.
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Re: How Hard is it to Install Marine Electronics ?

I agree with that. You've got to shop around. Get references. Ask others.

Unfortunately, many "professionals" are out of their league, don't care, are sloppy, or are otherwise challenged when it comes to doing a professional job.

Nevertheless, there ARE good ones out there and, 9 times out of 10, they'll save you money in the end.

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Still gotta watch everything they do... recently saw a "professional" team arrive to service a mega-yacht on the hard near us. The team was from all the way from Istanbul (and that's in Marmaris - 12+ hour drive).

They serviced some other stuff, and then started changing the zincs on the props. All was proper until they covered the zinc base in silicone and injected some silicone into bolt holes!!!

That does two things:

1. Renders zinc useless as there is no more metal to metal contact with the prop.
2. Prevents prop greese from coming out the bolt holes as needed.

They were all wearing matching clothes, had a nice car with the logos, and acted like true professionals.

Pitty about the yacht.
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This is where....Bangladesh?

The going rate around the Chesapeake is $75-$125/hour.

And, I might add, for many owners that's a bargain as compared to the real DIY costs, including f---ups, insurance difficulties, surveyor assessments, and other downstream problems.

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It's just an example...not real numbers... Although some of the brokers I used to know had people who didnt have a store front, (usually cruisers who were home to build the kitty again!) who were a lot cheaper than the Marine Electronics storefront down at the marina!
and yes, beware of fancy Vans and people with matching coveralls! The guy who knows anything is back at the storefront and he's paying those guys $10 an hour!
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