As some of you know, my grandmother gave me her Newport 33, which is in FL, and I have been getting it prepared to be transported to NC. I have spent $3500 with a repair service, my mantra being "this engine needs to have a reasonable expectation of going 700 miles". They left with it yesterday and got TWO before it was overheating at any rpm over 1600. Turned around went back, the captain called, I called - no one was mad, just sort of irritated, and "hey, let's get this fixed because we have a limited time window here."
The guy on the phone then told my captain that "he quit." The capt thought he was the mechanic, and called me, so I called the office - turns out it was the OWNER, and he refused to go back on the vessel! When I called to find out why (I have paid them upon every presentation of invoice, had a very good working relationship with the mechanic and the guy in the office) he said I was "difficult" had yelled at 2 of his employees (just so you know, even my kids laughed at that, since I have a hard time yelling even when it's justified!), then he went totally ballistic, dropping the "f" bomb and screaming in the phone when I had the audacity to say "it's his job, isn't it?" to his lament about all the work the mechanic had done (but didn't do a sea trial on that work). I mean BALLISTIC, and said I had no ethics, etc etc etc.
OK, so here's my question (rhetorical, really!) - as far as I know I paid $90 an hour for the guy to DO HIS JOB, so saying it IS his job isn't an insult, is it?? And asking for a boat to be ready to go 700 miles and getting 2 isn't exactly cause for celebration, esp when $3500 has been spent to date??? The weird thing is that this repair shop has worked on this boat for 12 years... there's never been a problem. The capt who is delivering the boat has never heard anything bad about them. But my contact in the place was MORTIFIED, and the ripple effect has already begun, so they guy may just have sunk his own ship.
And btw, turns out it was the FUEL FILTER, which was changed in late June but certainly should have been checked given my scenario and parameters. Thanks for letting me vent!