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I did a little submerged rock surfing... oooops! It would be easy to blame someone else but I was in charge so it's my responsibility. I realized we had gone wrong but wasn't quick enough to avoid the impact. Yes, I feel really stupid. Anyway we hit the keel and the rudder - the steering is now stiff, so I suspect that the rudder shaft is bent. 'Won't know what other damage there is until it is hauled. I did try to take a look but the water was so murky I couldn't see much.

'Looking for somewhere that can haul the boat, drop the rudder and repair any other damage. Either a full service yard or somewhere to haul with good onsite/nearby contractors that can do the necessary repairs. The nearest place is Boston Harbor Shipyard but I had a bad experience there so I am looking for somewhere else and the place I would like to go is just too far with a damaged rudder. I am looking for a recommendation and/or anywhere to avoid within about half a day or so of Boston. I did an online search and there are several possibilities but I thought I would ask before I picked one at random.

I have reported my indiscretion to the insurance company as I think it's going to be expensive but they weren't very helpful about where to get it repaired. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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I do recommend Brewer's Hawthorne Cove in Salem based on personal experience, nice people, reasonable cost in boat dollars. Dions in Salem has a good local rep. Marblehead Trading is good, maybe more boat dollars.

Custom Fiberglas in Weymouth does good quality work, from personal experience. Avoid Hewitts Cove in Hingham.
 

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Take it to Marina Bay, If you have Sea Tow (I don't know why anyone wouldn't spend the ~$200 a year for the piece of mind) have them tow you to Marina bay. Call the Marina first and let them know what you need. Aaron is the head mechanic I think (If hes still there), he's very nice and helpful when I had my boat there and needed it pulled a few times.
They have plenty of storage and a huge lift. Their shop is on site too with a dry dock yard on the property. Hope this helps.
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I do recommend Brewer's Hawthorne Cove in Salem based on personal experience, nice people, reasonable cost in boat dollars. Dions in Salem has a good local rep. Marblehead Trading is good, maybe more boat dollars.

Custom Fiberglas in Weymouth does good quality work, from personal experience. Avoid Hewitts Cove in Hingham.
Thank You! Salem looks good but Custom Fiberglass/Tern Harbor is much easier to get to - both initially with the boat and back & forth by land while there. I think I'll give them a call and see what they say. I like the idea of a short gentle motor, just in case the damage is worse than it appears.
 

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Take it to Marina Bay, If you have Sea Tow (I don't know why anyone wouldn't spend the ~$200 a year for the piece of mind) have them tow you to Marina bay. Call the Marina first and let them know what you need. Aaron is the head mechanic I think (If hes still there), he's very nice and helpful when I had my boat there and needed it pulled a few times.
They have plenty of storage and a huge lift. Their shop is on site too with a dry dock yard on the property. Hope this helps.
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I assume that you are referring to Brewer Marina Bay. I don't think that I'll need a tow - I was able to bring it back to Boston and put it on a mooring without assistance but I have BoatUS if necessary. Marina Bay is also close so I'll call them as well. Thanks!
 

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superslomo may be away from his computer. But he had work done on his boat at this place Buzzard Bay and Cape Cod Boat Sales, Boat Service, Dockage, Mooring and Storage - Neds Point, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

He had nothing but good things to say about them. It was a nice yard,and they treated us well when we were there.
Thank you for that suggestion but it a bit further than I want to go. I don't want to push things so it would be a day down to the canal and half a day or so to Mattapoisett. I initially thought that I would take it to Fairhaven but then decided I really didn't want to go that far. I'll keep it in mind for the future though.
 

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Have had nothing but good luck with Barton's in Marion. Brewers are excellent places to keep a boat. Great locations, landside and hauling services but have had nothing but bad luck with mechanical services. Both at Plymouth and Barrington. What happens now they have been all bought by the biggest marina chain in the country is anybody's guess.
 

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Have had nothing but good luck with Barton's in Marion. Brewers are excellent places to keep a boat. Great locations, landside and hauling services but have had nothing but bad luck with mechanical services. Both at Plymouth and Barrington. What happens now they have been all bought by the biggest marina chain in the country is anybody's guess.
Thanks for this. Marion is a bit further than I really want to go if there is a closer option. Dealing with the swirls and eddies in and around the canal is something that I would rather avoid with a stiff helm. I can steer the boat but it takes an effort. As for Brewers, I expect that, like many chains, irrespective of the type of business, individual locations vary depending on the quality of the people at that particular location.
 

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Custom Fiberglas in Weymouth does good quality work, from personal experience.
Just made the same recommendation on another board. One of the better all around maintenance experiences we've had since owning our boat. Their schedule fills up, so give Ritchie a call soon if you're interested.

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Thank you to everyone who responded.
I've arranged to get hauled at Custom Fiberglass tomorrow - good recommendations and also the nearest. First impressions were good and I'll report back on how it goes.
Thanks again.
Geoff
 
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