I feel I have to comment again. I have talked to several of the guys who work here at Hartge's - all professional craftsmen in the finest sense.
I talked with one who does electrical work on boats here in the yard. He tells me he has never - that is never
- seen an electrical wiring job which was done correctly, neatly, professionally, or safely by an amateur.
I, who do mostly varnish work, can echo his sentiments - though I can't say 'never' I have to say seldom.
I want to point out that if you are going to marinas who employ yard workers who are 18 or 22 years old, wear their pants around their crotch, have a constant sneer on their faces, and tattoos of godawful demons, well, you are getting no more than you deserve.
I am sixty-two years old and when I see comments like this:
IMHO all hired boatyard projects require adult supervision if you want them to turn out well, and it will always cost more than the estimate.
That is why I do almost everything myself, it's less frustration and it get's done right.
I am insulted.
Adult supervision? You say that to me face to face and I'm going to smack you. My wife tells me not to get so upset, that maybe you just misspoke - well, maybe so, but on behalf of all of the professional craftsmen who care about the work they do and the product they put out - I take umbrage.
I'd like to know what you do for a living that makes you so much better that you, as an amateur, can do better work than a professional.
I'd also like to see your boat. I'll bet it isn't as fine as you claim.
I feel sorry for the guys who have had sloppy work done on their boat. Yeah, it happens. It happens in every field. I've been given bad advice by lawyers. Heard misdiagnoses by Doctors. And I've never been too happy about dentists - (though my current one's real cute and I can forgive her a lot.)
All I can say is, walk around the yard first before you contract your hardly earned money. Look at the workers and look at their work. If you're happy with slovenly workers and slovenly work, pay your money and don't complain about it.
If your standards are a little higher than that, keep looking. There are competent yards with competent workers out there. If you will give your business to them, maybe the incompetents will take notice.
I don't want the entire marine industry to get stereotyped like the used car dealers with the plaid sports jacket and cigar and the smooth talking sales pitch. (They are not all like that either.)
It's easy lump an entire group together and condemn them all as one. This is known as prejudice. Open your eyes. Cut it out. Kwitcherbitchin. You always deserve what you hire.