well thanks for the cheerful thought of hiring a lawyer. i try to avoid hiring lawyers at all costs. have you ever tried suing the (state) government
?? this is not exactly a big contingent fee case...by the time i paid a lawyer $400 an hour and $150 in filing fees
to draw up a complaint to sue the government
, i could afford a nice $398 worth of new tools to do it myself . i could even buy me the -strut puller' fancy internet
tool and learn some fun boat things in the process. (things would be a lot simpler if i lived near a mechanic who had cutless bearing tools... )
(1) hire a lawyer $400 an hour out of my pocket , spend a few thou and lose the case because most governments have figured out how to avoid being sued for employee ineptitude ...
(2) file an insurance
claim with $1000 deductible and lose my $280 a year no-claims credit....
(3) take my nice tool box to the boat while it's on the hard some sunny 60 degree day . stop at homedepot and get me some bolts threaded rods and washers , a maple dowel rod and a new hacksaw blade. take off prop shaft, cut out the old cutless bearing with hack saw, 'tap haha' the old bearing out. buy new bearing for $49.(plus $5 freight.) take prop shaft to be laser aligned. get prop shaft back, put new cutless bearing in freezer
for 24 hrs, have a beer
or 2 waiting for it to chill . install new cutless first, or maybe install prop shaft first. i'll figure this out later .
cost : probably a lot less than thousands for the lawyer, or a grand for the insurance
and look how much fun i can have.