Originally Posted by seafrontiersman
I had the unfortunate experience of living in the Mobile area while overseeing the last three months of construction of my current ship and I got to know the area and the people well.
BE VERY CAREFUL of ANYTHING the good people in that neck of the woods tell you, particularly if they stand to make a profit from an underhanded deal or a kickback. Otherwise, the marine services folks (or anyone else as far as I can tell) will provide you VERY poor services and/or materials and charge you premium prices for it.
My advice is to NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THOSE PEOPLE!
Wow, I am sorry that you were disappointed in the Mobile area.
I was in Turner Marine for two years for repairs after Katrina, on the hard and in a slip. I never considered myself taken advantage of by anyone at any time while there. I found the people in Dog River extremely nice, down to earth, very friendly and helpful.
Keith Turner at Turner Marine was and is one of my favorite people. He has gone out of his way many times to assist me, and work around my needs. He made it possible for me to complete my repairs and helped me set up a place to stay on ROSA while in the yard, on the hard, saving me expense and time.
Donnie Brennan and Tom Copeman at Diversified Marine are as good as it gets anywhere. Donnie was boatwright to the China Olympics and is an awesome person and a ranked sailor. Tom does woodwork like no one else I have seen. They do not do surveys at all but know the players in the area. I would trust the two guys with my life and infact do as they did most of our repairs.
That said, I was not overly impressed with the surveyor we used. We picked him on our own without consulting with others. We made that decision from here in Slidell, LA. He was OK and did a fair report but was not as responsive as I like.