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Moral Question...no, not that!

When is it sticking your nose where it doesn't belong and feeling like being a heel if you don't say something? As a spring-fall live aboard I see a lot that goes on at the marina and dock. Recently a diver came to the dock to do a first dive of the season on a boat that has been in the water all winter. Now, true, it is early in the season, so shouldn't be too much growth. But the diver was down-maaaayyyybe 5 minutes. Gathered their things and was gone. I see this type of thing happen all the time. I know you can't be present everytime someone works on your boat, but I encourage you, as a consumer to try every now and then to make an appearance when you know the workabees will be there. So when is it appropriate to say something and when should one just keep their mouth shut?
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I agree with Chuck, if it were my boat, I would want to know.
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yes....and that way you can find out who to avoid.
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without knowing what the diver was to do I would not say anything. Maybe he was just checking the bottom for growth in which case 5 minutes sounds fine to me. Tough call I'll admit.
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I would tell the boater how long the diver was there. Just as I would tell my neighbours on land how long someone worked at their house.

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That's a tough call, if you don't really know what his mission was, he may have been asked to just replaced a zinc, or just inspect the bottom for the condition of the BP.
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Reporting how long the diver was there isn't a bad thing... as long as you're being accurate about the length of their visit... If he was hired to just check on the condition of the bottom of the boat or replace a zinc, then five minutes may have been enough time... but if he was being paid to scrub the bottom, then it might be a problem... however, the person who owns the boat deserves to know how long the person was there... and if you find the diver was hired to scrub the bottom and says he had done so, while only being there five minutes... then you know who not to use.
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I would leave a note for the owner of said vessel - but I would most likely think they merely were checking the zincs in which case if they were good five minutes is more than enough time. At my marina that is a common thing (not so much the scrubbing the hull - but zincs because they seem to go shot after 3 months...
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And this is how I handled it. When the boat owners came down, I mentioned to them that I saw their diver. Asked which company it was and said, "Wow, they were fast-did you simply have them come and check the zinc? How much do they charge for just that service?" Long story short, I was happy I mentioned it. The diver was back the next day to "clean" the bottom of their boat. Something they should have done the first time around. Again, if at all possible, be there when someone is working on your boat. A surprise visit can sometimes be an eye opener.
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