Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Noank, Connecticut, USA
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Re: The Yard Guys
There are individual professionals and "yard guys". Either can work for someone else, nothing wrong with being an employee. If, for some reason, you cannot do your own work, then you better damn well know who is working on your boat.
Once, in all my boat owning days, I hired a yard to send a yard guy to work on my boat. It was an emergency haul out, no car, not sure I would need more tools or parts, and I was told I was not permitted to do my own work in that yard. I was there for most of the work, being a pain in the ass, making sure everything was done right. He was friendly and explained what he did or was doing along the way. After launch, he came out to my boat to check more than necessary. He got a generous tip.
Staring at a ball of wires, not knowing what the hell goes to what, must be scarey. When my mast is stepped/unstepped, I am there and I connect or disconnect everything. Anonymous "yard guys" don't touch my stuff. I prep the rigging for unstep, re-rig when stepped.
If I rip off my rudder, a "yard guy" sure as hell won't be putting my boat back together. I might have to hire someone if the work is beyond my scope, but my insurance company will be paying the best craftsman I can find to do the job. He might work for a yard, nothing wrong with that, but he will be the best I can get my mitts on.
'88 C&C 30 MKII