You ever watch the work that gets done in the yard and think about the cost/value of it? I would actually like to get some of my boat work done by the yard, but here is my story:
The past week I painted my boat bottom in prep of launching. I carried out the work over 3 days consisting of:
- 6 hours to scrape the loose sections, lightly sand the bottom, prime areas than were down to the barrier coat
- 4 hours to tape and apply 2 coats of paint
to most of the hull
- 4 hours to move the stands and apply paint
to those areas and the nooks and areas that could not do well while using the large roller
I used almost 3 gallons of paint and the material costs including consumables was at least $750.
Yesterday while working on my boat I watched the yard bottom paint
the boat next to me, which just happens to be the same model. I know from the yard labor rates that they charge $688 labor plus supplies for this. The way they did it was:
- scape the loose sections (15 minutes)
- apply 1 coat and done
Total time sent at the boat, 2 hours (I was there the whole time)! And they only used 1 gallon of paint, but it was the same color as what the boat had so in the end couldn't really tell if sections got missed.
While I can see $688 labor for the work I did (and the yard probably would have been faster than a fat man with bad knees doing the work), I have a hard time accepting $688 labor for the work I watched them do!
And the yard makes a big deal about owners using a tarp and catching all the paint chips and not to drip bottom paint
onto the ground due to the EPA testing the storm drains (this actually added a lot of time to my doing my boat). Did the yard guy use a tarp, not a chance! In fact the trash can be used and let next to the boats had paint running out of the bottom of it later on.
So due to a bad knee I was thinking of having them wax my boat this year. The charge for that would be $602. But I've seen them wax other boats and I just don't think I'm going to be able to talk myself into it.