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Old 05-15-2020, 08:39 AM
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Default Boat Detail, Maybe It's Me, Expectations To High?

Ok maybe it’s me, embarrassed too even ask?

Just picked up my boat that was detailed hull and top side, less the cabin but cockpit yes. I was not around during the process. The hull looks great the topside probably had some sanding, compounding and waxing. It looks better but not as good as I thought it could look. They did the curtains glass and the metal also. So let’s say we are talking about a boat around 28 to 30 feet in decent shape and you were going to spend 1k not the exact amount, SHOULD I need to come back and clean up all the left over wax and touch up a few other spots that were missed??? Just looking for some help, maybe my expectations are to high!




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call them back and they can correct these things in about 10 minutes
these guys operate like an assembly line its the only way they can make money at $20-$25 a foot
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I would not be Happy! I'm a very detailed orientated person.....and because of that I do anything that I can (which is everything) myself.

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If what was paid for was a wash, I would be satisfied with the results. If you paid for a detail (which it sounds like you did) I would not be happy as they did not pay close attention to “details”. Call em back
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Did the 1K include the exterior as well, if it did that is pretty inexpensive.
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I would be unhappy with those results. Have you spoken to the detailer about it? If so does he think it’s normal to leave that way, or does he agree it needs to be addressed?
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I have yet to find a "detailer" to meet my expectations.
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Yes, I would be unhappy.

I had mine "detailed" by my local marina a couple years ago...didn't feel like loading her on the trailer, taking her home, and devoting 6+ hours on it.....$650 later? I'm pissed.

Now I just do it myself, that way I'm only mad at me.
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I think your concerns are valid. That doesn’t look like a detail to me, it looks like a wash/polish/wax.

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That’s why I do most projects myself. It’s one thing to have it look bad it’s another to have paid good money for it. If it’s gonna look like crap I’m going to do it!

Looks like they forgot to QC their work.
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maybe its me, but from those pics i dont even see where any gel coat was detailed?
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No one is ever going to do it as good as I can do it myself. That's my motto when it comes to detailing. If you invest the time, the right supplies, and the right tools to work with, you'd be surprised how well you will do. All those things you notice in the pictures may not be noticeable to someone else but to you they are, and obviously important enough to you that you will take the extra time to hash out those details with precision. You do this because it's YOUR BOAT. I'll pay someone to do the hull because that's not as detail oriented as the inside, plus I need to haul the boat out of the water either way, but everything else, no way. Rather than do it all in one day, pick out sections each weekend or whenever you can make the time. One day just focus on the helm, then move on to another area the next time. Do it in sections. You'd be surprised how well you will do. You'll get the great sense of accomplishment once your finished, learn some things along the way, and save money. This issue you may have however, is taking her out to get dirty afterwards.
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I would be less than pleased. The detailer would be hearing from me.
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On one hand, they certainly could have done better. On the other, I wouldn't let my boat get that bad.
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I have not paid contractor yet. I will contact to discuss but the boat is now moved and would be difficult for them to correct. As with most things in the MARINE world we go from nothing to 100 mph and COVID hasn’t helped - One day nothing now everyone is opening up. I don’t feel I put them under UN due pressure we have had a few weeks to do this. I have no plans on shorting the contractor or looking for a huge savings from the job. But would I use them again, probably not. I can throw compound and wax on a boat as an owner, guess I was looking for a little more this time with a pro? The boat was just coming out of being laid up so wanted her cleaned before splash time. The boat is an 02 in good shape for my eyes it’s not as much about hey that isn’t shinning enough its more of the attention to wiping this that and the other down, tho the hull looked alot better then the topside. Again maybe it’s me.

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Originally Posted by Ct Contender View Post
Did the 1K include the exterior as well, if it did that is pretty inexpensive.
It sounds like he paid around $30 a foot. Not exactly cheap. Id expect better work. Try to be there when they are finishing up so you can inspect the work before they leave next time.
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That looks like they just power washed it !
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Lol detailers, after missed appointments, sub par work and excuses. I do it myself now and get the kids to help.
Great excuse to kill some beers and enjoy some music.
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Originally Posted by lyman24 View Post
I have yet to find a "detailer" to meet my expectations.
I've been boating for 20 years and I have yet to find a detailer that did anything more than a half ass job. I feel like I'm taking $500 and throwing it in the GOM. Gonna try a new one next that is highly recommended.

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