Originally Posted by zengirl
It would be nice to have a thread where names can be listed by state. If good work is done at a good price or a case like this. When it's not passed on someone else gets screwed. Car Talk has a base like that and no matter where you are in the country ( I was on the road for five years straight) if you have car trouble you can always find a good and trusted mechanic. I think a lot of folks will say info can be found on Active Captain. Yes, some, but not a definitive list. CF would have to set up a referral page we log into and add our favorite or not favorite folks.
I can't agree more. Something like a Yelp for the boating
industry and yes I agree that Active Captain doesn't cut it for what is really needed. The list could be broken down by service
category like sail making, electrician, rigging
, motor repairs
etc. Should be an open contribution but moderated so as to watch our for vendors posting
self serving trash. Also like Yelp there has been a problem with competitor vendors getting on and pretending to be a service
buyer and then trashing their competition. Maybe if you had a requirement that real name and phone
number must be supplied to a moderator or acesable only by a moderator who in the case of a disputed posting
could check the validity of the poster. Shouldn't stop honest postings as in the USA truth is a defense against defamation. Also would stop the lying competitor since he could end up being exposed and then in legal
. The internet
is a great resource for the benefit of the group but it needs rules to protect from the bad guys.
Now regarding the boat owner in Sydney
who looks like he is being ripped off by a disreputable marine
mechanic I would bring in another mechanic pronto. Ask your insurance
company for a reputable mechanic and explain what is going on. They may be very helpful and have someone they use for investigating claims. Otherwise hire another mechanic even if you have to get him from out of the area and pay for his travel and get him to check the motor
as well as talk to the original mechanic. I would have him take notes of what he finds and what is told him and then have it witnessed by a justice of the peace ( from my days in Australia
I think thats what they call them). Then go with your information to the small claims court and file a claim. You won't even need a lawyer if you gather the right evidence and get yourself a good new mechanic. Make sure you don't compromise the independence of his testimony by promising him to give him the work to take over from the old mechanic. This is something you could do after the case but not before. I would hit the mechanic up for all your out of pocket costs including hiring the other mechanic as well as your lost
enjoyment time on the water
which could include a percentage of your boating
costs for the 3 or 6 months for marina, insurance
etc. etc. Handled right you will get out of this and teach that son of a sea urchin a lesson.