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TOPIC: Dont be one of those guys

Dont be one of those guys 18 Mar 2017 12:52 #1

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Tacoma Wa I have a long time buddy who has Aarons marine, his shop is slow now. DONT BE THE GUY who pulls his boat out the 1st sunny day and expect it to run great ( it dose not), take it to a shop and expect them to fix it now. everyone dose this at the last min and gets pissed because the back up on repairs are a month out. give these repair guys your boats now and avoid the wait time. JUST SAYIN.

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Dont be one of those guys 18 Mar 2017 13:25 #2

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We all do it though. I have customers that wait until spring to start thinking about new panels, and I get backed up weeks at a time. Meanwhile, I'm behind getting my own boat ready. :)

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Dont be one of those guys 20 Mar 2017 04:21 #3

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I bought my 2859 in March and brought it to a local shop to fix it. (Wouldn't go into gear)
Told him to take his time, I have another boat.
Called him after 4th of July to see if he got around to it. Nope. He apologized, forgot about it. Finished it after Labor Day. New shift cable and shift bellows.
I was not impressed.

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Dont be one of those guys 20 Mar 2017 12:28 #4

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Nature of the business and always will be. Not much anyone can do about it. Anyone in the business knows very well what to expect and need to live with it or change to something more regular in nature.

I disagree with your does not run great when first launched. Only reason it will not is because you neglected to fix/tune things that did not already work well before layup. I have never launched to have my boat not run well in over 20 years of boating. Once put the drives on visa versa but was my own doing. :blush:

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Dont be one of those guys 20 Mar 2017 15:18 #5

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With nearly 3000 boats moored at the Port of Everett and Dagmar's, plus a very popular boat ramp, TowboatUS and Good Samaritans are very busy bringing boats back to port. Many of these appear to be well maintained, but appearances can be deceiving. Nothing beats using any machine regularly and often. I know there's a good share of the country that can't do that and they are hopefully less casual about preparing the boat each year.
Just my observations.

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Dont be one of those guys 20 Mar 2017 15:42 #6

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green650 wrote: Told him to take his time, I have another boat.


There's yer problem right there... :)

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Dont be one of those guys 20 Mar 2017 16:23 #7

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SomeSailor wrote:

green650 wrote: Told him to take his time, I have another boat.


There's yer problem right there... :)

Totally agree. I always tell them I need it yesterday.

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Dont be one of those guys 20 Mar 2017 17:15 #8

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Prices are often less in the Jan - March time. Seattle Boat has 1/2 shop rates in January

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Dont be one of those guys 20 Mar 2017 17:42 #9

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SomeSailor wrote:

green650 wrote: Told him to take his time, I have another boat.


There's yer problem right there... :)


My sentiments exactly.

He's only doing what you told him 'green. This one is your bad :(

I hope that if you are giving him negative feedback you include your own part in the story. Who the heck forgets that they have a boat in the shop???

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Dont be one of those guys 20 Mar 2017 21:24 #10

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I think Joe's Point was twofold, one being don't wait for the rush, and two, the boatyards/mechanics etc are slow right now, so help them out too.

In the Vancouver area, trying to get services is darn near impossible these days at any time of year. I have called 7 companies about installing a TV lift, and have not received a single call back. Last year it took over 300 days to get a new flybridge enclosure completed, and now I have been waiting since December to get some gel coat work started, never mind completed! All this time our boat is in a boathouse, out of the weather and good lighting. I think I'm fairly easy to work for and always pay on time.

Honestly, the marine trades around here totally suck, their unreliability is becoming legendary. We had a totally different experience late in 2015 when preparing to bring our 5788 home from Anacortes, a number of trades were used down there, and they were all timely and priced fairly. I am now considering getting additional work done down there.

I like to buy local, but not at any price in terms of time and cost.

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Dont be one of those guys 19 May 2017 00:59 #11

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Hey Folks,
Newbee here, to boats and Seattle Area. My boat happens to be at Aarons right now in Tacoma, or should be shortly. Just bought the boat, and needed to get some things done while it was still out of the water. Being a newbe to all of this, I was wondering how early is too early in this area to get the spring maintenance done? My boat stays in the water in a boathouse at Hylebos. I just bought it, and haven't figured out yet if taking it out of the water for winter is required, or preferred, or not required. (please feel free to chime in on that and educate me). I'm just wondering for next year, when I should take it for service, assuming will go back into the water in the boathouse. Thanks for helping a new guy.

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Dont be one of those guys 19 May 2017 01:00 #12

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Also, any recommendations on other shops in tacoma appreicated. Also need some upholstery work and bamini top enclusre work done. Thanks guys.

Ed

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