So I've owned boats and been using different marine service
providers for a while now... 10+yrs. Overall, I have to say the industry is riddled with overpriced incompetence and a lot of the time when I hire someone to do a job I end up doing it a second time myself because they did it wrong. I'm not talking about people that sell marine gear
, I'm talking about boatyards
and workers that "fix" things.
Yes, getting it right is hard. Yes, you have to pay a lot to find good skilled workers. Problem is, in my experience, even when you're ready to pay the premium, they still screw it up. Quotes are often completely unrealistic, work
is often sub par.
However, recently, I had my one and only great experience. I got a quote from a boatyard for a haul out
, and bottom job. They did it on time, on price
and did a good job.
Additionally, I got a quote for replacing my two motors. The quote was made without seeing the boat
. They repowered the boat
on time and within 3000 dollars of the budget
. I was accounting for up to 20% difference in the quote but it was a lot closer than that.
I'm not affiliated with the yard or the engine
installer, but Scorpion Marine in Cape Canaveral and Marine Pro in Cocoa FL restored a little bit of my faith that there are honest businesses still out there in the marine industry.