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Hourly rate for Brightwork

I really need to work on the exterior teak on my boat, and got a quote from a local shop. I thought I needed to have my hearing checked, when I was told the rate was $70/hr. Last time it was done, was around $25/ hr.
When I told a painter friend, who is an excellent craftsman ($12/hr), he was just amazed people actually pay that in the marine business.
Any recommendations for reasonable craftsmen in the Deale area?
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Re: Hourly rate for Brightwork

I'd imagine the $75/hour rate includes all materials and shop supplies and you're getting someone that is a trained pro under hire of a company (insurance, etc)

Where as the other rates, you're providing materials and hiring just the labor and taking on the risk if that worker gets injured on your jobsite. Plus, its probably a "cash" rate...if you 1099 the guy, I'll bet the hourly rate goes up.
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I'd imagine the $75/hour rate includes all materials and shop supplies and you're getting someone that is a trained pro under hire of a company (insurance, etc)

Where as the other rates, you're providing materials and hiring just the labor and taking on the risk if that worker gets injured on your jobsite. Plus, its probably a "cash" rate...if you 1099 the guy, I'll bet the hourly rate goes up.
No, the $70/hr was without supplies, labor rate only. I can see that rate for a diesel rebuild, but for a paintjob??
The $25/hr was also a marine contractor, labor only.

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Getting a quote from a "shop" you're going to pay. $75.00 per hour is actually within the average shop rate. You'll need to find a specialist who basically does brightwork and trim and get a job quote. Depending on how you like your wood, and your length, you could be looking between 500 - 10000 bucks so make sure you know what you want before you agree letting somebody touch your wood.
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snip: you could be looking between 500 - 10000 bucks so make sure you know what you want before you agree letting somebody touch your wood.
Always an excellent strategy.
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Re: Hourly rate for Brightwork

As an Flight Instructor and boat owner, labor rates for the marine trades simply amaze me. The guy that maintains several airplanes I fly is FAA certficated as both an Aircraft Inspector (AI)(can determine serviceablity of the airframe) and Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic (can do the work, but not sign off for return to service). He has about 25 years experience on a wide variety of aircraft on top of his certificates. His shop rate is $65/hour. He does all the work himself, so he's not just signing off work performed by less skilled labor.

When it comes to boat service, you get billed $60+-$75 an hour for the most unskilled, yard monkey, possessing absolutely zero knowledge of your boat or its systems. No wonder skilled guys are so hard to find in the marine trades. If we boat owners will pay that rate for some guy the yard can pay minimum wage, why hire someone with some skill that commands a higher rate? From what I've seen, it seems most yards/contractors keep a minimum of skilled guys around and use flunkies for the balance of the workforce, but bill the same rate regardless of qualifications.
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Re: Hourly rate for Brightwork

Our rate is $40 and actually too low. Maybe someday we'll get up there with the big dogs....
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Re: Hourly rate for Brightwork

In my part of the world (central Florida) semiskilled boat labor is $25.00 an hour where as highly skilled like a diesel mechanic is $90.00 an hour. Where the lines get blurry is when you hire the semiskilled to replace your fuel filters or tell the diesel mechanic that as long as he's here to clean your fuel tanks.

There's no way sanding and varnishing should cost $70.00 an hour in the middle of a depression.
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Re: Hourly rate for Brightwork

If you want to move the boat 15 miles or so, I's check out Scott's Marine on Whitehall Bay. His rates for hauling and painting are much lower than anyone else's.
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I will come over from Uk to do the work for you for £40 per hour,you pay accommodation and flights, or.....bring it over here loads of cheap labour!! :-)
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