No doubt about your observation. It's very hard to get good work done, much less your money's worth hiring out. It's truly unfortunate. Not only that, but instead of having people who know what they are doing, they often assign some guy who was a burger flipper last week to do it....with little instruction!
If I hire out I want a written quote on what will be done.... specifics. "2 hour sanding" "3 complete coats of xxxx Bottom Paint" etc.
I will no longer hire anything out that I cant be there to watch either.
I once left my 47 ft mono in a dry storage
in E. Florida
for the summer. I had about a 3" wide x 4 foot long section at the water
line of maybe 30 tiny blisters
. I contracted the yard to simply gouge them out minimally right away so they could dry all summer. I called them end of summer to let them know when I would be launching in october and asked how it went. They hadn't done it yet. 2-3 weeks later when I arrived, they had ground the whole area, some of it 1/4" deep, also well above the waterline, which would require fairing and a hull
repaint.. I had it out verbally with the yard manager, and he hadn't even seen it, he just sent a rookie bozo on down to do it. At least I got them to fair it in for me. I ended up raising the waterline 5" above the boot stripe and launching. This was a well known name yard on E Florida
Another example: My friends had a 48 ft aluminum cutter
completely repainted in one of the big megayacht yards in E. Florida. Cost them $20k at the time. We cruised the Caribe together. By the time they got to Trinidad it had to be redone.