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When your diver 'goes bad".

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When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby Jaxfishgyd » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:36 pm

Been using Matt for several years now...... Always did good work for me and all the other boaters who used him. Well, until the last year or so... Had my boat hauled out last week for bottom paint. Had Matt clean the hull 8 days earlier... Here's a few pictures of the haulout.. He was paid to maintain zincs, including two zincs per shaft... There are no zincs... And look at the prop... I now need to buy two new (OK, used props). Thru my complaint and those of others, he has been banned from several marinas, with more saying they will be too. "Live and learn"
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby Jaxfishgyd » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:44 pm

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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby Robin » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:51 pm

That is dreadful. Easy to get away with in underwater work unless you notice a drop in speed or take a swim yourself and looksee ( has that croc gone away?) has he billed you for the zincs that were never fitted because that is theft is it not? Are the props recoverable as spares at least? Was he insured to make it worth getting an attorney suing the bugger? At Halifax, no contractors are permitted without their first providing proof of liability insurance and not given gate keys without it. This guy will have done all local contractors a disservice as trust is hard won and easy lost. :(
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby Jaxfishgyd » Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:44 am

I actually remember this accident as we lived in Jacksonville at the time and drove pass the wreck. The diver was the driver
http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stori ... PScEGe1tdh
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby scallywag » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:38 pm

I hired a diver when I was docked at a marina. He did an excellent job. When I brought the boat home, I pulled it up on the bank and discovered one flat shell type creature. I did not blame the diver because of shape of the creature. I think it just blended into the propeller. The rest of the hull was spotless. I am appalled at the service that is presented in this post. Wow....I hope his name is posted at the marina for others to see.
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby CaptForce » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:57 pm

I used a paid diver once because I wanted to replace my prop in the water and I didn't want to put out the money for the required prop puller tool after I found that I was unable to remove the prop with the tools I had. I have an oil-less compressor from Harbor Freight, in line filter, food grade air hose 50', regulator and wet suit, weight belt- mask, fins, etc. I like to take my time inspecting, cleaning and having access to ALL of my boat!

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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby scallywag » Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:45 pm

CaptForce...You are a jack of all trades. :lol:
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby Jaxfishgyd » Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:25 am

I'm not jumping into this water !!! One local diver wears an electric shark vest when diving on boats around here... Between them and the gators, He never know what he'll see...
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby RTB » Sun Apr 23, 2017 10:36 am

One of the divers here was not happy to see a manatee near the boat he was going to dive. He says they get "friendly" if you are in the water with them....something I never had heard about.

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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby Jaxfishgyd » Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:47 am

Well have been looking for props.. The 'best deal" I had found was $800 for the port prop, and pics of it showed it was in worse condition than mine is now...
THEN................................................
I posted on a Hatteras site and a guy I've known (from online only) is GIVING me TWO props that are in very good shape!!!!! He's getting out of boating due to age, and has a 40' semi trailer full of boating 'stuff'....... Looks like right at $200 to have them shipped down.... But then he said his cousin is going up there for a visit and will bring them back to me...... See Ralph, being a nice guy pays off sometimes !!
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby tex » Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:13 pm

Man, that's a real bummer about the diver. Frankly, most of the work I've contracted out to someone has been sub-standard, but this example sets the standard for sub-standard. Here's hoping your bottom isn't damaged and that the free props work out. Bucky is also on the hard and I'm paying the penalty for a horrible bottom job at Indiantown a couple of years ago.
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby RTB » Sat Apr 29, 2017 8:23 pm

Jaxfishgyd wrote:Source of the post Well have been looking for props.. The 'best deal" I had found was $800 for the port prop, and pics of it showed it was in worse condition than mine is now...
THEN................................................
I posted on a Hatteras site and a guy I've known (from online only) is GIVING me TWO props that are in very good shape!!!!! He's getting out of boating due to age, and has a 40' semi trailer full of boating 'stuff'....... Looks like right at $200 to have them shipped down.... But then he said his cousin is going up there for a visit and will bring them back to me...... See Ralph, being a nice guy pays off sometimes !!


I'm always nice. Karma is always on my mind. Do unto others..... I have to admit though, that people will use you if you are nice. Maybe Karma will bite THEM in the butt! A big shout out to SOS Divers in general. They just finished a big job here. Pulling and replacing the 44" wheels on a 94' M/Y here at BLM. A bit slow perhaps, but got good cred from the owner. A really challenging job for those guys. The SOS guys aren't too active from what I'm seeing as far as general bottom cleaning yet (at least here). I'll post new info if it becomes available.
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby Jaxfishgyd » Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:55 pm

Ralph,I was contacted by Morningstar marina up your way about Matt..... They were very interested in my information on him....
Tex, what's the latest timetable on you leaving ??
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby Jaxfishgyd » Sun May 07, 2017 8:50 pm

FINALLY got good news..... A man on my Hatteras site has two props that will fit my boat... Both have been balanced and still in the shipping crates they came in..... Best price I've found before this is $1600 for two that needed to be fixed and balanced.... I'm getting these for $1,000 which INCLUDES the $200 shipping... Still not cheap, had the diver DONE HIS JOB.... but, I'll be mobile soon......
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Re: When your diver 'goes bad".

Postby RTB » Mon May 08, 2017 9:34 pm

Perfect! Break Out Another Thousand! (Boatspeak). Best wishes with the new props. I hope they work out well for you. Let me know when you're going to make a run to Brunswick. Getting kind of hot, and the COLD BEER is tasting mighty fine after work these days.

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