Gene, well . . . I guess between the reverse physiology and the bait tossed out one or two post after you, here I am. Let’s see, we should start from the beginning, shall we? Two years ago, I did a bunch of glass work to your boat, and you thanked me up one side, and down the other. I worked around your schedule and you had nothing but kind words. Thank you!
Let’s fast forward to the fall of 08. You called and asked if I could take a look at some work you had. Not a rudder as this post indicates, rather a mast base with hair line cracks. When I arrived at boat, you needed to go to lunch. So you did, and I returned. Upon your return, you and I looked over this mast base area and explained I would need to go below and look up from the inside. We did pull back a few panels and could feel uncured resin (tacky) from a previous repair. See the vintage of your boat, I would expect all resins to have cured by this time. I did suggest we do (destructive testing) to investigate further why this area was as lively as she was.
You asked the additional cost for destructive testing indicating roughly 6 to 8 hours. Immediately you shook your head, stating “I just want the cracks fixed – I’m past my budget now” turned and walked away. Obligated as a professional, it is my duty to inform you of the down fall of anything that may arise from not doing a destructive test. I am unable to make suggestions on things I cannot see Gene, do you understand this? This being the case, we went topside. Mast base was clearly exhibiting sign of movement. It was also clear in about 2 seconds that the rigging was not tuned properly. Anyone with no knowledge could see this base was very lively at one point in its life thus reflecting damage as she has.
When I described the repair, you and I sat down discussing how, who, and what! All the nuts and bolts of what was to be expected! You agreed, I agreed. Seeing has how I had a good relationship with you prior, I waved any retainer or even a signed contract, I trusted you! So then, you have pictures sent to you via e-mail never ever seeing the finished job, first hand!! In fact, as I post this you have still not looked at the finished job or even laid a foot on the boat!
At first it was the factory separation pattern you complained about along the mast base. As per our conversation, I would make the repair to look like factory….and I did. Then after seeing the pictures, you wanted that 1 inch spread feathered out to 4 inches. And I did that, too! Without looking at the books, I do know I invoiced you for the additional time, minus 40%! The trigger in all this was the color match to the gel-coat. Gene, I can do wonders with a bottle of pigment and a few rags, but your gel on this boat is so far in neglect, it’s a wonder you even have any left. However, I did as per protocol, wet sand back to good gel I found on a hatch base, and make the exact color! When spraying gel, heating, wet sanding, etc, it looked fine on the hue and shade part of the color. The issue is, when you have NEW gel next to OLD gel, regardless of an exact pigment match, you will always see a difference as one is NEW, the other OLD!
Its also note worthy for your readers and sympathizers to know, I also ask you on 3 separate occasions to join me in a walk around. Two times you ignored me, the 3rd time you said “NO”! If you are un-willing to make a step in a direction of your complaint, why then would you not assist me? And to slander me, this is unacceptable Gene. Just because you may be lacking in funds or having personal issues, please do not take it out on me. You are displaying vicious behavior leading me to ponder a deeper agenda you may have. Nefarious in nature or not, it’s a complete opposite than the good relationship we once had.
So once again, I will appeal to your better judgment for all to see, “would you like me to do a walk around, with you, when you see the job for the first time”?
Please, to all, accept my apologies for responding to what I feel is useless destructive bantering. I will not subscribe or continue to display my thoughts on this issue, further! However, if anyone should want to discuss things like functional adults in a gentlemanly manner, you know how I can be reached. Thank you, and be well to all.
Last edited by CanAm800; 02-08-2009 at 03:49 AM.