RPM BOATING BLOG

BOAT TECHS OR BURGER FLIPPERS? #1

It always amazes me how there are so many boat dealers and virtually none of them do a thorough job on repairing your boat. Heck, when you look to purchase a new or used boat from one, they don't bother to tell you the very best way to take care of your expensive purchase. All they seem to care about is the "ringing the cash resister".

We just took in a late model (09') boat to sale that a dealer in Floresville, TX just finished installing a new 4.3V6 in a customer's boat due to a freeze crack. The customer forgot to drain it. Ok, so accidents happen. This dealer charged the customer $7,000.00 which should only have been about $4,000.00. The customer brings me the boat to sell for him and guess what? I would have to say that in my 53 years experience in the boating industry, that I have never seen a more sloppy and halfassed job. The rear motor mounts were missing three parts each, and of course the engine was out of alignment. The front motor mounts were still loose, (both sides) exhaust manifold to head bolts were never tightend (remove with fingers), no plug installed in oil pan where crank sensor would go, oil drain tube leaking, rear main one piece seal leaking, etc. Should I continue on with the problems we found? How about the filler hose to the gas tank was left completely loose? On top of this, we are questioning the newness of the engine, looks more like a used one since the rust is as prevelant as the paint. The dealer said they purchased it from Donavon, but Donavon does not show a record of this engine.

The customer is a really nice man and doesn't seem to be too upset although I told him I would not represent this boat in our sales line up unless he agreed to make it right. 

Please be careful when dealing with service providers or dealers, that they are not burger fippers in disguise. Make sure they are thorough and experienced.  Don't be afraid to ask quesitons, especially then it's a big ticket item. The boating season is here and you don't want to end up with it in the shop when it is supposed to be in the water tied up at your favorite spot. If you need advice or another opinion, feel free to call us at 830-865-3251. Ask for Pat. He'll do you right.

How do you want your boat, greasy and stale or fresh and tasty? #2 Of course we're talking about boats and not burgers. I promise my next blog wont be about burgers.

Keep your boat like you keep your car or truck. Like your wife, boats need TLC too, more so than a car. Dont cover them (sort of) or neglect them mechanically. You will pay dearly for it later. Keep it out of the sun and well ventilated for protection from mildew. A breathable full covering boat cover is the best. Dont forget to use 303 protectant from mildew on all the vinyls and plastic surfaces. Compound, polish, sealer glaze and wax the gel coat surface to seal it from stains and mildew as well. When it comes to sell or trade, it will possibly draw as much as it sold for new.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG. #3

Finally, the long waited season has arrived. All of nature's colors are fresh and vivid. How about your boat? Is it fresh and vivid? Get that baby ready to go, time's awaste'n people! Give it a bath, a good polish job, charge the battery and fill the tank.

But before you take it to the water, put it on the hose and make sure everything works right. Check the oil, fire it up and check for proper temperature. If it's a little warm, probably should have the impellor replaced before the trip to the lake. Check the tires, wheel bearings, registration, licsense plate, etc. so it doesnt cost. When everything checks out, go have a blast!