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Old 11-10-2017, 10:37 AM   #1
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Question Mechanic near Moore Haven, FL?

Hi all,

I'm looking for a mechanic near Moore Haven, FL (just west of Lake Okeechobee). We have the boat out of the water at Glades Boat Storage and need a rudder shaft seal replaced along with a generator oil leak diagnosed and fixed. We are nine hours away otherwise I'd take a crack at it. Any suggestions for anyone in the area or within an hour or so? Thanks for the help.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:51 AM   #2
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Shearwater Marine, Stuart. Expensive but competent.
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Mechanic near Moore Haven, FL?

I think River Forest Yachting Center has a service dept.

River Forest Yachting Centers of LaBelle, FL and Stuart, FL
1992 Williams Rd, Moore Haven, FL 33471
(863) 612-0003
https://goo.gl/maps/n8ABbDLNDmC2
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2 years ago the staff at River Forest LaBelle removed my shafts, had one replaced and the other reconditioned, replaced 2 cutlass bearings, inspected the shaft logs (determined that replacements were not necessary), repacked packing glands, and realigned the two drives. I had my engine surveyor do the recommended engine work, including the Westerbeke generator, but I'm sure River Forest can help you with your engine's needs. I was very happy with the work done and the outcome. We delivered the boat from there to Maryland with confidence and without problems related to anything they'd done.
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The reccomendations above sound good, travel time from Stuart would be a killer.
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The Glades yard should have an approved contractors list. Give them a call.
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Old 11-11-2017, 06:11 AM   #7
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I live within spitting distance of both , R-F would be my choice , but bring your wallet.
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Old 11-11-2017, 05:42 PM   #8
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Crusader Bpats (ANDY Grant) has his place on the south end of that property. Heís an old time boat builder and great mechanic who I would trust with your Jon in a heart beat. Best thing he is honest and reasonable. Walk over and ask him for an opinion. Let him know your a friend of the guy with the Gotcha on the Miami River.
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mike of big o marine services is the best mechanical guy I have ever used. he doesagreat job and knows all the best labor in that area. his number is 863.228.7903.
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Andy Grant is on the back of the boatyard 863-228 2786. Removed my transmission and had it rebuilt last summer, also changed intermediate and cutlass bearing for me.
Competent and reasonable.
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I'll add a recommendation for Andy Grant. I did business with him for over 15 years when he was down in the Keys building Crusaders. I see him at Boat Shows every year or so, fair, very competent, get it done guy

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Andy Grant does have a good reputation , a "mechanic" from a boat yard list might be iffy.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll give them a try. Andy Grant is the only recommendation Glades had and he's too busy to return calls unfortunately.
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Keep calling Andy, many times he is on the road doing repairs. Iíve brought him down to Miami to do fiberglass work and he does a lot of work in the Bahamas.

Try. *(863) 228-2786‬ In case he is not in the shop. He is a boat builder by trade and has built the Crusader for 30 years but can repair anything at a very reasonable rate.
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