Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: my mother's basement
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Thank God we're home. And for the bottle of 15-year-old scotch
I forgot was here. Wahoo. I need it. It feels sooooooo good to be back home. Potential Liveaboarders should know the risk of losing home and hearth if their boat needs work by a boatyard.
I'm so glad I found the scotch, 'cause I just went through the itemized billing that is going to be sent to the insurance company. I will NEVER leave my boat in a boatyard for someone else to fix again. Cutting out and replacing stern tube took about 5 days. Pulling drivetrain and replacing took about 4 days. Fainleog has been here for 6 weeks.
Okay, so maybe they're busy. But it's the bill that's got me puking in my mouth.
Interesting how they are charging the insurance co for motor mounts I paid for. It took two hrs (@$85.00/hr) to remove a waterlift muffler that was only attached to the exhaust hose by one clamp. They list 3.5 hrs to clean the boat. They hosed the deck but the cockpit and the interior has got grease and dirt all over the place - never been cleaned. I even found a hose support clamp for the engine in the galley.
I was with the mechanic when we fired up the diesel - it took us about an hour 'cause he had to bleed the system. He buggered up the new oil filter I just put on so he had to replace it, and added a litre of coolant (which I don't think it needed-I filled it up after I replaced the head gasket). Billed a total of 6.5 hrs=$552.00.
There's the "Establish alignment of old stern tube"=8 hours, but the very best is an item that says "look at stern tube" for one hour. I was there. Three of us standing around wondering "how it could have happened".
And on and on. I need a shower. Or another scotch.
It's not my money they're stealing, but ewwwwww. Even the surveyor that told me I HAD to get the boat fixed right away (which was not true) and works with this crew gave me the willies.
It's a sad world, but did I mention that it's damned good to be back home and 15-year-old scotch is the cat's ass?