Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Right or wrong, the mechanic has a reason for thinking they are right or they wouldn't have filed the lien. There is no one on the water without a collection of miserable boat yard experiences.
I once received a refund after paying an inflated bill in full. I was hanging in the slings waiting to take her away when presented with a bill for twice the estimate. Pay it or no splash. I paid, but wrote to the President and threatened to post my estimate and bill on the Internet for others to see how long they claimed a very straightforward job took. This was routine maintenance, by the way.
If he had a counter argument, I'm sure he would have just come to the forum or Active Captain to dispute his position, but he knew his guys were wrong. He refunded half the bill that I already paid in full.
You might consider having a discussion with them that you plan to out the details, copies of your bill, name of the yard and mechanic, etc. However, I would not threaten anything I wasn't will to do and you will have to consider their rebuttal, which only you know at this point.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.
Last edited by Minnewaska; 10-03-2011 at 10:22 AM.