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sjofagel 04-16-2011 04:17 PM

Word to the Wise
I have cruised from Halifax to Trinidad over the past 15 years. In all I have found boat yards to be reasonable, if not exceptional in most places. Over the past few months however, I have found the first one that I would recommend you avoid -- New England Boat Works in Porstmouth, RI.

This place is the most dishonest, deceitful and inept boatyard operation I have ever experienced. Thank god I am out of there for good.

Although my contract was specific about relaunch already paid, they refused to honor it. They replaced my batteries (my boat name was written on them) with old spent batteries that were no good, they moved my boat in the middle of winter and gashed the topsides, and they managed to lose my binnacle cover instead of cleaning it as I asked.

But the worst, is the guy who runs the place. He calls himself "Scotty" -- which is a name that on one over 12 should ever call himself. He is an arrogant, abusive liar.

These guys have no love of boating, they just love money, and they don't care much if they screw you to get it.

There are many great marina/boat yards in Narragansett Bay, do yourself a favor and skip this one!


Minnewaska 04-16-2011 04:30 PM

Reputation for grossly overcharging for work as well. Could have warned you. Their storage fees are usually enticing and they have tons of room in a very well protected harbor. Once you are in, the gates come down behind you and the beatings begin. Sorry. Been there, done that with NEB.

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