Thoughts and Qualifications
I've been working on outboards and sterndrives
since 1973. I perfer working on boats that are at
least eight years old. The reason for this is that
people get the boats for less money, and are
willing to spend more money fixing them up. I like
repairing gearhousings for outboards and sterndrives
the best. I'm good at it, and fast. I have all the
special tools required to repair gearhousings.
I also have most of the special tools for repairing
Mercury outboard powerheads. I have a microfiche
viewer and most of the microfiche needed for looking
up parts. I have service manuals but not all I need.
I have a source for NLA and used parts.
I'm familar with most of the problems boats can have.
I'm good at getting the job done right before the
boat leaves the shop. Things usally go smooth, and
unexpected problems are rare. I like to see the expression
on customers faces when they walk into a clean and orderly
shop. I think customers are more likely to authorize work
to be done, and will pay more if the shop is clean and
inviting. I like boats to leave the shop cleaner than they
Estimates I create include an itemized list and charge for all
shop supplies used in the repair, such as greases, locktite,
rags, compounds, ect. The labor I charge includes all the time
used getting the boat out the door. I like to see all the hours
I spend at the shop billed out. I can do most jobs in less time
than the flat rate manual allows. Charging for the evaluation
required to create an estimate is usally accepted by the customer
as a good value for their money.