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post #19 of Old 09-08-2018
shananchie
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Re: Is the boat yard screwing you? stories

By far, the worst boatyard I've encpountered in 40 years of sailing is [Edit] Fl.

The owner offers "bottom job specials" at a low price, then does a bait and switch once you're on the stands. He pressures you to get sandblasting and an epoxy barrier coat -- not actually needed unless you have bad blisters -- and slow walks you if you resist. He wants several thousand dollars extra for the work.

If you continue to resist, he hits you with a huge bill for sanding the bottom -- mine was $1,400 -- and piles on extra charges that were not part of the original estimate.

There are also complaints around the Internet and in marinas and sailing clubs about questionable work, inflated labor charges,, etc. My estimated $500 cutless bearing replacement on a Catalina 320 turned into an $1,800 job in the hands of his expert yard crew.

Word is getting around [edit], but owners of large boats such as catamarans are stuck because he has the only Travel Lift in St. Pete big enough to haul them. Some owners of large boats are starting to go to Tampa to avoid having to do business with [Edit].

If you're considering [Edit], you can find complaints at activecaptain.com, Google, Yelp, ripoffreport.com and probably other web sites.

Last edited by Donna_F; 09-09-2018 at 11:57 AM. Reason: Edited pending moderator review of thread.
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