I once had a boat restored by a guy who told me up front that he wouldn’t give me a quote on how much it would cost to restore my boat. Like a trusting fool, I agreed. Now of course I know better now, but at the time I was new to all this. In fact being so badly screwed is one of the motivators to starting this entire brand, and why we are all so passionate about being open and free with information. I will add that I do believe in Karma, and thanks to many of you and some wonderful partners in this passion, that the universe has corrected all the bad with great joy!
So what’s todays story all about? Well, I was once told by another restorer, that if you tell them what it will really cost to restore there boat, they won’t do it. So the trick of the trade is to estimate low. Just the bottom and be as vague as you can be. Now, to be fair to restorers out there, it’s a two way street. The customer can sometimes be their own worst enimy. See they will shop around and fall for the low ball most of the time, thus forcing normally honest restorers to adjust how they approach a bid.
No one is getting rich on your restoration. Have you ever met a wealthy boat restoration guy? No. Because it’s hard work, loaded with pit falls and on top of that you are using someones emotional money. As in money that isn’t paying a mortgage or collage education. Just a luxury. And chances are they are doing this with skeptical permission from a spouse. So, easing them into the process is a viable strategy. But.. It’s a mistake to make if you are about to get the boat restored. Get a fixed price. Period. Ask your restorer to be honest and transparent. Below are some issues to discuss.
- How much per foot on a bottom job?
- How much per Frame if they are rotten and need replacing?
- All new fasteners? YES BTW
- 5200 bottom? have you done many before?
- Guarantee your work?
- How much to flip the boat and prep it for a bottom replacement?
- Hourly rate? For the jobs that are not large.
- Are you/they part of the our community? Have you checked out references?
- Can you give me several people that you have done work for?
- And the last one, because 10 seems like a good number. LOOK AT CUSTOMERS BOATS. Look hard and at as many as you can.
The difference between Uncle Morty and a company that does this a lot, is a massive difference. Know what you are asking for. Want a non show user fixem’up? thats one thing. BTW, EVERYONE starts that way. And then once you seriously get into it, wonder why your boat is sloppy or still leaking. The “while your at it” stuff will cost you insane money. Aim high, go for the quality first. You may be shocked at how reasonable it may be when you think about it in the long run.
Happy header Day!