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Most boaters are DIYers but there comes a time when some repairs require a good mechanic. I installed a Grunnert engine drive refer 25 years ago and it has worked quite well... until last year.. when the flow thru condenser (plastic) split. I attempted to glue it back together then seal it when it leaked...many times over last winter and gave up and called Peter from Helm Yachts who is a traveling mechanic who services refrigeration, electronics and I believe rigging. He had repaired the compressor once before.

I knew this would be a spendy repair, but the alternative was a new install (more spendy) or.... ice.

We set an appointment and I would bring the boat along side a dock... He comes with his own foldable dock cart full of all the tools and parts, gas bottles of Freon and Nitrogen, portable digital scale, gauges, vacuum pump, copper tubing, flares tubing bender,and replacement drier... a portable refrigeration shop!

In my case the replacement flow thru was $750 and he decided to use a used SeaFrost... taller but less diameter. This required several new copper tubes and flare fittings. I watched him work, assisted if he needed something...

After he removed the old flow thru he installed the sea frost and cut and bent the
tubing and connected it to the existing system. Lo and behold the old freon had leaked. So he had to pressurize the system with nitrogen and find the leak. He did and tested all the flare connections old and new. When it passed the pressure test... he then had to vacuum the nitrogen out of the system and add 2.4#s of freon. He replaced the drier... checked the pressure at the compressor and then we fired the engine and the refer. WOW.... the system worked very well... better than it had for years as it was probably working with too little freon.

The actual rebuild took him 4 hours. He disappeared to get some more tubing and chatted apparently with a friend.

Very neat worker... amazingly so. Very careful to not damage the boat. I can't say enough about what a great mechanic he is. Naturally he is a sailor and rebuilt his own boat!

Peter works from the East End of LI... but he drove to Northport to do the repair. And we will charge for travel time.

5 ***** completely satisfied. Highly recommended!
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Sounds like a great experience. Nice to know there are still competent marine techs out there!
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Sounds like a person who takes pride in his work.
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He did a good job and didnít break anything else on the boat in the process? Heís worth his weight in gold. Few and far between. Great to read of these stories.


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One tell was how organized he was with his tools. He told me every tool has a "pocket" in his huge soft tool bag and so he never leaves with an empty pocket or missing tool. And he has some very nifty tools... for tubing that I've never seen... but this is work I don't normally do. And a bunch of tricks for making flares work (not leak). This is a person you can learn from.
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Much better than vendor trashing. I don't use many contractors, but I've never felt abused. I've gotten a few quotes that I refused.

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One tell was how organized he was with his tools. He told me every tool has a "pocket" in his huge soft tool bag and so he never leaves with an empty pocket or missing tool. And he has some very nifty tools... for tubing that I've never seen... but this is work I don't normally do. And a bunch of tricks for making flares work (not leak). This is a person you can learn from.
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2.4lbs of refrigerant? That is a larger boat reefer system than I am used to working on.

It's great that you found a good marine professional. Personally, I think they are rarer than hen's teeth. I am dealing with the aftermath of a new to us boat that has been in the hands of the "best marine professionals in the Caribbean", according to the PO.

I could show you pictures of their work that would curl your toes...

Attached is one. Note that the breaker just lying on the floor in free space isn't the bad thing about this.

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Every tool in its place. Time is valuable and looking for tools is a waste of time.
You have a SnapOn roller tool cabinet on your boat? Dude, I bow to you! I'm lucky if I can find where I stashed a set of tools buried in several lockers.

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You have a SnapOn roller tool cabinet on your boat? Dude, I bow to you! I'm lucky if I can find where I stashed a set of tools buried in several lockers.

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I have tons of tools scattered in various boat locations... Pete had all his non power hand tools in a soft back back case.., clearly heavy... but portable. It's big and not that easy to stow and who wants to drag that to your project. My box wrenches, rachets live is separate place.. my handy tool bag is over stuffed and I have a hard case with way too many hand tools which is too heavy to move around.

Yeah... searching for your tools is a waste of time.

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