Originally Posted by Palarran
For some reason, I thought they didn't allow you to do your own work.
How do they haul out
the boats? With a travel lift
, rail, or crane?
Okay, let's clear this up.
Apparently, at some time in the long distant past, LMC would not let owners do some of the work.
River Bend is still like that the last time I checked, and so are other yards . . . you HAVE to let them do a bottom job, etc. So, there are a few yards that still do the forced work thing. That always kind of felt like extortion to me and I was never happy about yards doing that.
Well, some yards have gotten reasonable and stopped all that foolishness.
LMC has been straight-up and easy going for years now. All they do is haul, pressure wash, block, and launch, period.
They are out of the yacht servicing business and they let the onsite independent contractors who rent space on the yard do your work, (or offsite contractors can come in if you choose). Or, again, you can do it all yourself.
Also, at one time, I heard rumors that there was some requirement long, long ago to buy materials at the yard's shipstore. That is no longer the case either.
It is very simple, they haul you and splash you and what you in between is up to you and you alone. All you have to do is comply with very reasonable "no surprises" rules. So, in a word, it's AWESOME at LMC.
They have several wells of various sizes, SEVERAL NEW marine
travelifts with remote
control operation (really cool). They haul massive megayachts all the way down to little pocket cruisers.
They are skilled. They use new plastic on the straps every time they lift. They know where to put jackstands. They are friendly. They are professional. It's a fine experience. They make us feel 100% welcome and appreciated. They take great care to do a good job.
AND the showers are big and clean.
Moreover, they just refurbished the Captain's Lounge and it has three living rooms worth of FINE furniture you can melt into, a big flat screen
with cable and surround sound and it is a great place to recharge and relax after a long, grueling kick-ass day in the yard.
Sarah at the front desk, who schedules haulouts and reservations is one of the friendliest people in the yachting industry . . . a model, invaluable employee who is demonstrative of what GREAT . . . not just good, but GREAT
service is all about.
It is hard to explain just how awesome it is to be standing in the office in line next to a person with a 50 million dollar yacht and get treated just as well with my needs for "little old Indigo Moon
Again, I cannot give any higher recommendation.
Hope this helps,