Originally Posted by cgilley
Weavis - it was NOT irreverent. I keep seeing people as questions about refit costs, engine repairs
, cat engine seized is this a good price
, etc, etc. The numbers quoted were BIG to me. With the blatant thread hijack with the reference to capitalism, there's a lot of good information and opinions in the thread.
I'm not weavis, but I'll give it a shot (without shouting
Refit costs and engine repairs have much to do with LABOR costs. That's why so many of us have learned to DIY, plus it gets done right. I have had two instances in the past 17 years that I've owned this boat where "trained professionals" have screwed things up that I've had to fix. No more. I do it all myself. I simply won't let anyone else work on my boat (except for dodger
repairs which I simply can't do, although many have gotten quality sewing machines and do so themselves).
Engine costs are high because of specific parts
needed for any given engine. Not much different than a car. The cost in TIME to disconnect everything related to an engine is huge. We (my son & I) recently spent over a week to remove & replace our muffler
riser. I got the muffler
for the cost of shipping
from a nice internet
friend who was trashing his old one that was in great condition only because the inlet ports
for his own engine replacement project
required bigger ones. My cost $40. A new one is $300.
I could have made a new exhaust
riser for <$100 plus $50 for the insulation
, but chose to buy a new pre-made one (specifically for my boat's design/layout) with insulation
for $400, figuring the savings on the muffler would almost even out, plus 'cuz I saved the cost of designing one with regular pipe.
I buy everything I need now from a well stocked hardware
store that has both metric and SAE stainless steel
I don't buy green propane
bottles or batteries from West Marine
either. I found a local supplier for batteries that are high quality and I see them every five or or six years.
I got smart and learned how to keep my costs down by what my wife says she does every time she goes grocery shopping
: comparative shopping
I needed a new water
heater two years ago. The internet
found me a range of prices from $260 to $395 for the same damn unit!!! But I did my own research
and homework, and have shared that experience with folks who get on internet boating forums
and ask how they can find the best price on something.
So, unless it's a specialty part specific to a boat or a major part of the boat, like an engine or rigging
, one CAN find less expensive options. Having someone else do the work will drive the cost through the roof, unless, for example, you're like zeehag in Mexico
and have found great local guys who do superb work with good service
for a reasonable price. But you have to go find them, they don't come to you.