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I feel your pain but, I'm not clear on what the real dispute is.
From what I can gather from your posts so far, you already paid for the engine and the Bill is for labor and material to install. You didn't obtain a quotation, rather it was an vague estimate, I assume on a time and material basis? Did you sign a release that allowed him to start work based on the estimate? ( I have to sign a contract/release for any work done on my boat by the yard)
The engine has now been installed but not tested because it's on the hard, and needs some work to fair the exhaust port.
Is the fairing of the exhaust port something the mechanic would do? Or would that require another contractor? Was the hole necessary to install the engine properly?
I think it's important to understand exactly what resolution you are seeking?
It sucks, that the season is lost, but I don't think you can expect a bill reduction or compensation for that. While you were very badly treated IMO, in a sense, you allowed it to continue, The mechanic could have been discharged the 1st time.
The mismatched name of the boat sounds like an clerical error but probably doesn't relieve you of the debt.
If you didn't receive the corrected/adjusted invoice ask for a copy..and go over it with the mechanic. If the sea-trial is on the invoice and it hasn't taken place yet, it's reasonable to ask to have it removed. Are there any other discrepancies?
It sounds like all you need to do is fair the hole, splash the boat and start the engine..and negotiate a fair settlement of the bill. I get that you are pissed, but throwing money at a lawyer will not get the season back for you. Do you think there's enough money in... actual..dispute to make it worth the time, energy and expense?
Best of luck to you! There's always next season and you will have a new engine!
Last edited by Tempest; 10-03-2011 at 09:58 AM.