Unfortunately we live in a world of spin, and even outright dishonesty. Insurance companies do not demand "no DIY" - if the boatyard wanted DIY they would buy a policy that covered DIY. That may cost more - I just don't know. But how convenient to blame the "evil" insurance companies for blocking DIY and forcing customers to pay the yard for all of the work. Similarly, the EPA does not insist that only "professionals" remove the bottom paint
, only that environmental contamination does not occur. Putting a disposable tarp down to collect the dust, then disposing in a HazMat dumpster is acceptable. There is a long history
of yards bundling haul/pressure wash/block/launch for a package price
, and when considering the cost of the filter equipment
to process the collected water
I feel that is an acceptable approach. My experience with boatyard paint
jobs is not good, with prices too high and quality too low, but of course that is not always the case. I strongly prefer to do my own paint job with my own paint (some yards require that the paint be purchased from them if they allow DIY - yet another way of squeezing out more income). These days just finding a DIY yard is difficult enough - I will (reluctantly) agree to a package that includes the full bottom job if necessary - but don't like it.
My feeling is that the impoverishment of the middle class in the U.S. is killing cruising, which in turn is putting financial strain on the boatyards
, who try to make it up by squeezing more money out of each haulout - which drivews more customers out of sailing in a downward spiral. The industry is thus changing to cater to the wealthy. IMHO this is a very unfortunate outcome.
An earlier poster mentioned the demand by marinas
to put the marina as an insured on boat policies. This seems to me to be a very bad idea for us. Without the extension if there is a claim your insurance company will be on your side in arguing claims, sometimes against the marina, but with the addition the marina becomes their customer as well. This is great for the marina, but is this fair? The marina insurance company may demand this as it makes resolving claims easier for them, but it seems to me to be an abuse of power: individually we are helpless to fight this. Broadly speaking this is part of a very widespread abuse of consumers with "agreements" which we are required to accept in order to purchase
goods and services, and which rig the system by forcing us to give up our rights. I am not a lawyer, but that is how I see things...