I totally agree. The worst part is they estimated the job at 4 to 6 hours, which I thought was on the high side, but didn't want to nit pick. Unlike most bearings, where the hold down screws just press against the bearing, these tap into it. Drilling and tapping should be pretty darn easy. Removing, cleaning the grease out of the max-prop and reinstalling should be about 90 mins. Just to clarify, the boat was already on the hard for all of this.
It was a complete rip-off and I was held hostage to pay it so I could get launched and move the boat to it's summer marina. I won't publish the name of the marina in the Bay (although I'm tempted), but will respond to anyone local that sends me a PM and wants to avoid it. They have a clear reputation for over billing hours, which is why I asked for the estimate. Obviously, I have no intention to winter there next year and am glad to spread the warning.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.