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Old 06-22-2018, 07:08 PM   #21
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Nobody drives my boat at the yard but me. That said, the yard I normally use, moves the boat into the slings with plastic tipped boat poles, pushing and pulling on cleats and other metal deck fittings. If you think about it, what are the odds that anyone in the yard has any amount of experience operating your make and model of boat? If the boat needs to be moved under power, the person with the most experience driving my boat will do it.

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Legally I don't own the boat yet. Not until we go through title. It really was not the fault of the guy driving the boat. No one driving the boat into the slings could have seen this area. The fault is in the yard not having fenders along their finger dock, and the guy that was supposed to be fending going off station.

The attitude of pretty much every person at this yard basically sucks ass. I will not likely go back there.
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Old 06-22-2018, 07:26 PM   #22
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Think I'd ask what the discount is for the scratch and dent model.

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Old 06-22-2018, 08:27 PM   #23
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My question, is this just kind of a way of life with our boats? Some dock (etc?) crashes are inevitable, you just repair and get on with it?
Yes. 'fraid so. Just sigh and move on.

Having said that, I'm right this minute on tenterhooks because a prospective buyer and my broker are about to head off from our berth without me there, for a sea trial. Deposit paid, so far all good, but I just hope there is no boat rash after it all. I offered to go to drive out and back in, but the broker said in his experience, on sea trials, it went better without the owner there, because being protective of their vessel, if any negative comment is made, some owners sometimes leap in and over-react, and the sale gets killed as a result. I hope I'm above that, but who knows? However, I offered to answer by cellphone any questions the buyer might ask, where the answer is unique to the boat, so we'll see. I hope I don't end up wanting to say, "I told you so".
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Old 06-22-2018, 08:27 PM   #24
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One fender for a 65' boat? For ANY boat? Sometimes I'm amazed at things that happen. But, they do happen and all you can do is deal with it. That's why you go slow. Less crunch.
We deploy five fenders to a side, covering the boat's length.
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Yes. 'fraid so. Just sigh and move on.

Having said that, I'm right this minute on tenterhooks because a prospective buyer and my broker are about to head off from our berth without me there, for a sea trial. Deposit paid, so far all good, but I just hope there is no boat rash after it all.
PS. All went well, the sale is proceeding to Insurance survey. So far so good. No boat rash.
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PS. All went well, the sale is proceeding to Insurance survey. So far so good. No boat rash.
Fingers crossed for you. Hope all goes well.

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Old 06-23-2018, 12:17 PM   #27
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PS. All went well, the sale is proceeding to Insurance survey. So far so good. No boat rash.
Share you trepidation at others operating it though. I have a friend who when she was young went for a test drive to purchase her first new car. She was in a wreck and the car had to be towed back with her and the salesman getting someone to come pick them up. She did not purchase the car.

Most sea trials in South Florida are run by paid captains. That solves the concern over operating and the desire not to have the seller there. Real Estate agents also prefer owners not being home. If home, they want them to just stay away from the potential buyers.

I knew of one home in a small town in Mississippi owned by an artist, with a studio behind it. The home was painted pink and the colors inside were unique to say the least. They lost a few potential buyers when she heard them talking about changing the color of the house and she refused to sell to them. The realtor learned to make sure she wasn't home and, if they encountered her, to not mention changing the colors.
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If you think about it, what are the odds that anyone in the yard has any amount of experience operating your make and model of boat? If the boat needs to be moved under power, the person with the most experience driving my boat will do it.


In this case the odds are very good. Brand new owner may never have run that particular boat. A Yard that does commissioning for that Yacht builder may have seen a few of them.
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Old 06-23-2018, 07:49 PM   #29
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The attitude of pretty much every person at this yard basically sucks ass. I will not likely go back there.

That is really too bad. Which yard is it? (I only ask since I’m in the same general area). My local yard had some management changes and I was not particularly pleased with them the last time I was there. Nice folks, careful with the Travel Lift and blocking, friendly and helpful, but not really great on follow through at times.
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Good luck Pete on your sale. Re fenders on the dock, just left my boat at Boat Works for lift in morning, their docks have the best padding I have seen anywhere, no worries about boat rash.
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:14 PM   #31
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At least someone was responsible. Haul out at my marina (Corpus Christi Marina), they are not. They ding your boat it's not their responsibility to fix it. I do everything I can not to use them.
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Bob- I feel for you. I like canal boat yard. Maybe you can pm me and let me know the yard to avoid.
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Makes you wonder what they would have done if you were not there to see the damage. My guess is, nothing.
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