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April 05, 2017 03:43PM
Now I love my boat. Well, unless I'm spending the day with my grandkids and their guests pulling them on a tube - in which case I hate my boat. The fighting... banghead

BUT... maintaining is the most frustrating thing EVER. Boat owners.. is it like this for you?

First of all... the cost. You know how they give restaurants $$$$ for very expensive. If I were to do that to reflect the cost of even a minor boat part you'd have to scroll down for a half an hour to get to the bottom of the $'s.

Next... you can't. Maintain it that is. You can't find parts. As near as I can tell a few hundred manufacturers are involved in making one boat.... and 99% are out of business now, even if you bought your boat last year... so there is no one to contact.

I'm trying to replace my Bimini Tops. I got 7 years out of them and in the California sun I consider that nearly record breaking... they wore well. But now... time to replace them. Called my boat manufacturer and got this reply, "We change our suppliers often so we have no idea who made yours".

I called about 6 online companies that sell Bimini Tops... got this reply, "You can't do that".

There is no standard... I'm beginning to think even the same model of boat, built the same year, next off the line after your boat was built, or just off the line ahead of your boat.. will not share a single common component.

So... it's to the 'custom' shop I go.. meaning... I have to sell this board to the Chinese to raise the money. You might wanna pick up a copy of "How To Speak Mandarin"... and soon. - JamesJM


JamesJM335April 05, 2017 03:43PM

  I used to work at a Marine dealer

Atlantic Ram132April 05, 2017 04:07PM

  Well, it's running...

JamesJM123April 05, 2017 04:19PM

  Same with jet skis....

sstrams109April 06, 2017 02:59AM

  contact Bass Pro Shops

JoeMad125April 06, 2017 06:32AM

  I'll give it a try, Joe... but frankly...

JamesJM103April 06, 2017 11:27AM

  BOAT is an acronym....

Rampage2K-130April 08, 2017 09:10PM

  It's like owning a horse

IowaRam129April 09, 2017 05:08AM