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khbritten 12-01-2006 04:23 PM

Bay Area boatyard experiences wanted
 
Hi, all -

Having just moved our boat to San Francisco Bay, we are seeking picks and pans for local boatyards. Since they are close, I am particularly curious about Bay Marine and KKMI in Richmond, but all other recommendations and warnings are welcome.

thanks!

Ken

Gene T 12-02-2006 11:28 AM

I have heard good things about KKMI and would try them if I were near by.

Fstbttms 12-02-2006 01:23 PM

KKMI is a world class yard, great work and facilities. It ain't cheap tho'.

Gene T 12-02-2006 01:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Fstbttms
KKMI is a world class yard, great work and facilities. It ain't cheap tho'.

Well, cheap and bay area boat yard don't really go together. It would be nice to know how much of a difference in price for same services from various yards. Some yards just mess things up, what is the cost for that. I know of some bad things that have happened at Nelsons. I have had work done at Svendsens and have been very impressed, but again not cheap. How much more? I don't know. How well does the yard do of prepping and putting on bottom paint? Do they get the bottom of the keel properly? What cost for quality?

khbritten 12-02-2006 11:54 PM

Bay Marine is $75/hr for prep, and KKMI is $82. Not a big difference, and for damn sure, neither cheap! It's been my experience that sometimes less pretentious yards (especiially in Southern California!) actually give better service, and I am trying to find one of those...

Gene T 12-03-2006 12:52 AM

In my experience yard hourly charges are useless in comparing final costs. Svendsens charged me 350/gal for bottom paint and KKMI was advertising the same paint for 250. You also don't know how fast their workers are or how many supervisor hours are charged. Over the years I have found the lowest cost jobs occur during the busiest season, simply because they are working faster and are more efficient, resulting in lower total hours.

Fstbttms 12-04-2006 02:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by khbritten
Bay Marine is $75/hr for prep, and KKMI is $82. Not a big difference, and for damn sure, neither cheap! It's been my experience that sometimes less pretentious yards (especiially in Southern California!) actually give better service, and I am trying to find one of those...

Give the Berkeley Marine Center a call. Small yard, low key and I'm certain considerably cheaper than KKMI (although now that I look at their web site, I'm not so sure ;) ):

http://www.berkeleymarine.com/

bestfriend 12-05-2006 09:47 PM

We just brought our boat back from KKMI. They did a great job, although it was expensive. Right now they have a free haul out when they do your bottom paint. We got out of there under $1400, that included new zincs and some basic blister repair. Also, everyone there is happy, so they treat their workers well. Even the guys grinding the blisters would stop and talk to me, taking the time to explain stuff and checking to make sure there was no dust in the cabin. I would stay away from Nelson. I have heard bad things, and every time I have wandered in there, I get a bad feeling. Svendsens gets good reviews and they have everything you could ever want right there. Its an amazing compound.
khbritton - did I see you out on the Bay yesterday (monday) by Angel Island?

khbritten 12-05-2006 09:57 PM

EBLB - Nope, wasn't me, though I wish it were. Thanks for the report - just the kind of info I was after. In fact, it's exactly the job I need. How big is your bottom... let me rephrase that... boat?

bestfriend 12-05-2006 10:13 PM

Well, my girlfriend says its shrinking conversely to my age....but seriously, shes 34'. They used Trinidad. Not much wind yesterday. We were bringing her back from the yard and I saw a boat like yours motor past.


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