This summer I had the water
pump for my AC replaced. Worked great. A couple of weeks ago, I had to get my boat hauled out for a little work and now the pump is burned out. Because of my travel schedule, the contractor I hired (based on a number of recommendations) is the one that took over the boat and went from slip to yard and back to slip. All I had done was replace the prop, cutlass bearing and new zincs while it was out. Because a prior contractor had turned on the AC this summer without opening the thruhull, burning out the pump, we had specifically asked the new contractor to pay attention to the AC and it's condition so we could avoid a repeat.
The AC was turned on when I got back to the boat but no water pumping through it. It's got power, thruhulls are open and clear, etc. The contractor tells me it's not uncommon for a haul out
to leave the pump unprimed, which I don't really know about since the pump itself sits below the waterline. I'm not sure how it could remain unprimed.
The contractor tells me there is absolutely nothing he could have done that would lead to this pump burning out. But here's the thing, he was very careless. He left the boat unlocked and with the keys in the ignition. He also backed the boat into the slip but left the spring line so long that the stern got pushed under the dock
and rubbed. Fortunately, my neighbor in the slip is a liveaboard
and all around decent guy and took care of things before it could get stolen or any real damage done.
Consequently, I'm thinking the contractor may have been in a huge rush, got careless, and done something he shouldn't or not done something he should have.
Any opinions out there?