Originally Posted by twistedtree
I'm guessing the problem was a cable that got knocked loose, probably by someone who you paid to fix something else.
On the offhand chance the end of your sentence was supposed to imply I often pay for mechanical or electrical boat related services, nothing could be further from the case. I only employed a mechanic this time as the boat is for sale, and part of the contract was that the generators be "certified" by an Onan repair facility !
I suspected it would be a complete waste of money from the get go, but nonetheless agreed just to get the contract thru. Only later I find out the mechanic was highly suspect in his knowledge base, especially on the electrical end of things. But at least the buyer got his "proof" the generators are in excellent condition.
As an aside, all I ever got was a credit card charge for $730.... no invoice explaining the hours, O ring costs, nothing. An email to the company about this received no response.
The mechanic spent less than 3 total hours on the boat. Travel time I would estimate at maximum 45 minutes x 4 (2 trips) but it should have been 45 x 2, since the second trip should have been completely unnecessary if he simply had the O ring with him, or went to the hardware store* just 2.5 miles away to fetch one.
Amazing, isn't it ?
*This Tru Value hardware store has the motherlode selection of O rings, btw. I went there on Thursday for something else and while there asked to see what they had in O rings which confirmed what I suspected.