seems our alleged worker has become entrenched into marina mafia issues and now charging much higher rates than agreed upon in original deal. funny how working within marina mafia controlled companies has changed his outlook. now we need someone who can do these jobs for the agreed upon fees.
the rate of return here is 98 percent, aka 98 percent failure at sea. wow impressive isnt it. and for this the workers demand more than agreed upon and demand no accountability. so. our goal is to repair that which can be repaired fore transiting to another locale for completion of this massive project. yeah i picked wrong city for repairing. this is essentially a border town as shown in their attitude towards people in general–transients donot need to have good works done to their equipment as there is no responsibility factor in the mix.
the best electrician is located in cihuatlan, some 300 miles south of here, as is the injector pump repair man and the good engine builder. i came to mazatlan for the use of yard on south side of town, and for use of reasonable repairing… no longer available here. the flustration is in the creation of a working propulsion system, both sail and machine. sail is in repair shop and masts and booms are being repaired most slowly.
ancillary issues develop as waiting is the only activity in mazatlan.
ships and sailors rot in port.
mechanics here are dime a dozen but skill level is grossly lacking. for example, one year and 4 workers later my mizzenmast is almost ready to re rig. almost. however the mast step is still unfinished and electricals still need to be relocated from area of mizzenmast to a realistic placement of panel. the engine work has been procrastinated due to supporting issues relating to shaft tube and packing gland support issues–yes that again…..some things do not change but morph into other issues ..it is a boat, after all….and my 3 yr refit seems to need 5 more years or more… sad situation for a port with alleged yards and workers. unfortunately the workers are low skill and reflect badly on the area as a result..
yes we still looking for relief and assistance in this project from the other side of town, where working ships are repaired, skillz are better and pricing not so delusional. …
doug siddens said:
Z, I feel your pain. We had about 13 years of refit in Oriental NC at SailCraft Service. Sometimes the then owner would want me to pay for his workers mistakes. After the yard sold the new owners were extremely tight in standing by the previous owners work. We got through it and are now in George Town, Exumas, Bahamas.
Z, I feel your pain. We have completed about 13 years of refit in Oriental, NC at SailCraft Service, recently sold to new owners. During our time there the past ower would attempt to have me pay for his employees mistakes. Other issues might be using incorrect materials that did not become apparant until after installation was complete.
I enjoy your comments.
Peter Mirrasoul said:
While I’ve followed some of your comments Cruisers Forum, I lost track of your wanderings. It appears you’re currently in Mazatlan. Good on ‘ya, Zee! It’s good to see you’re still out there enjoying cruising! Fair winds and happy sailing, lady!
yes we are in mazatlan refitting without use of the authorized ripoff services with robbin XXX robbin XXXX and robbin XXXX or other marina mafia influences. we watch the birdees fall prey to these robbin influences and wonder why so many return to same fail businesses for repairs. fortunately there are mexicans doing these jobs now without the impressively gringo pricing involved.