Learn to do as much work on your boat as you can. Even if you are pressed for time and/or have the money
to pay for it. None of those yard workers are gonna be out there in the middle of the heavy storm with your now inert vessel drifting onto a lee shore.
My dad paid the yard to keep up our '62 Pearson
Triton in working condition. He was a great dentist, my dad. As a mechanic - uh, no. We had no end of trouble after the yard boss waved at us, "take care, doc" at the beginning of the season.
When I took over the stewardship I pulled out scads of crappy work done by those jamokes. Steel
bolts holding equipment
and fittings. Wood screws holding the main sheet track to the after deck
. Mind you, they were SCREWS, not bolts. Into 1/4" solid fiberglass
with NO core
, backing or reinforcement. The wiring
was re-done by a reputable electrician who marveled that our boat hadn't caught fire and burned to the water
line. Promises made and fees
paid for the boat to be stored inside (NE Wisconsin gets a LOT of snow). The owners didn't know I had moved there and worked next door. I wandered thru the yard one day and came upon our beloved sloop
- covered with snow OUTSIDE. I told me dad and the next day they were out there moving boats around to get the evidence of their fraud into the shed 10' away.
And these folks did all this with a smile and a wave - like they were my dad's friends.
Those people are NOT allowed to touch my boat.