Dilignece, 34′ Seahorse “John Henry” 2002
Diligence was hauled last week for bottom paint and zincs (13 in all, as she’s steel.) My experience with the front end of the operation was less than pleasant.
The total including paint at $300 a gallon was going to cost about $1,500. I agreed to have them do the work, as my back isn’t as strong as it used to be.
I was to pick up the boat on Monday. Arriving a earlier than planned, I went to polish the wheel and smear some goop on it.
After finishing I went to the office to settle up, only to find a bill for $2,080. Politely I asked for an explanation. I was told that it took two gallons of paint instead of the one.
When I asked, “Why didn’t you call?” the manager said give me a minute. When he returned he offered to adjust the bill as they had only used 1.5 gallons of paint.
So the question is: Do they always round up? How many others have their jobs rounded up and is this profit center common practice at Seaview North unless the question is called? Either way, I have problems with their ethics.
SEATTLE — In recognition of the start of National Safe Boating Week, May 18-24, 2013, the Thirteenth Coast Guard District is emphasizing boating safety for all Pacific Northwest boaters.
In conjunction with the North American Safe Boating “Wear it! Always wear your life jacket!” campaign, the Coast Guard reinforces the following boating safety messages:
- Take a paddler education course. Paddlesports are the fastest growing segment of recreational boating, with more than 300,000 paddlecraft (primarily kayaks) now being sold annually. Paddlecraft are an extremely affordable entry point to recreational boating. Like any other watercraft, paddlers should seek out paddler education before heading out on the water. CLICK HERE to obtain more information on paddlesport safety.
- Wear a personal floatation device/life jacket at all times. The law states you must have a PFD for every person on board, but the Coast Guard suggests you go one step further and wear your PFD at all times when boating. It is much more difficult to locate, access, or don a PFD at the moment the accident occurs. CLICK HERE for more information on personal floatation devices/PFDs.
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Folks on Western Explorer
Visitors aboard Sea Lion
The past few weeks I’ve been doing some trips with the Whale and wildlife folks in Friday Harbor. I’ve actually known most of them for years. Some of the captains are former students.
What I have found is that these operators is that they are truly interested in sharing and preserving the very unique resource represented here in the Salish Sea.
A lot of the employees ride along on days off when there is space. The cooperation between companies on and off the water is truly amazing. They work hard to balance the customer experience by sharing info, not getting in each other’s way and giving the animals space so as not to impeed.
Once you’ve seen whales in the wild, you’ll never go to a park.
(I’ll be able to balance the occasional delivery, my grand daughter and the whale wacthing business. Diligence will be in in Friday Harbor for the summer. I’ll still hang out at The Doctor’s Office. Look me up if you’re in town.)