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Old 04-02-2015, 04:42 PM
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Is it me or would you expect a brand new $170,000 boat to have workable cleats?

Take a look at the crap the builder left on my cleats. I didn't even realize it till I ruined a new set of dock lines. Over $100 down the crapper in the first moments of ownership.

There is actually a piece of jagged welding wire sticking up. I emailed them, but they blew me off. I sent these photos to my dealer who also sent them to the factory and they blew him off as well.

I might add that this is just two of the 7 cleats on m,y boat.

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Those cleats look kinda homemade. Are they galvanized? If not they could probably be filed smooth pretty easily. Not that you should have to do it yourself.
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stainless reacts on aluminum. highly corrosive. hence the galvanized cleat. want shinny cleats need to have a glass boat
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$170k and that's a rolled gunnel splatter paint boat..??

Sorry, that was my first thought after looking at the pics..

Who is the manufacturer...

We haven't had an Epic boat thread in about 10 hrs....literally...
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
$170k and that's a rolled gunnel splatter paint boat..??

Sorry, that was my first thought after looking at the pics..

Who is the manufacturer...

We haven't had an Epic boat thread in about 10 hrs....literally...
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Spill the beans
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
$170k and that's a rolled gunnel splatter paint boat..??

Sorry, that was my first thought after looking at the pics..

Who is the manufacturer...

We haven't had an Epic boat thread in about 10 hrs....literally...
I'm guessing it's a North West aluminum boat. Maybe Washington state.
With that said I'd break out a file.
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Looks like weld splatter and somone may have cranked a tie down strap on there and mared the mettal.
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I'm guessing aluminum hull with welded cast aluminum cleats?
20min with a dremel tool should solve the problem.
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It would be helpful to know the make of the boat...
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Who did the acceptance inspection?

Shame on them as well.

Trust but verify.
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I'm keeping quiet on the manufacturer for NOW.
I have a good guy in the company who is trying to work out a few things for me--so I'll try to be as fair to him as I can.
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I don't think anything is worth complaining about if you can fix it yourself in 20 minutes. I bet it took you longer than 20 minutes to post the thread and pictures. Huge overreaction IMO.
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If that's all you have to cry about you did very well.
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Originally Posted by TexomaPowerboater View Post
I don't think anything is worth complaining about if you can fix it yourself in 20 minutes. I bet it took you longer than 20 minutes to post the thread and pictures. Huge overreaction IMO.
How many 20 minutes jobs do you have to do on a brand new boat before its ok to complain;?
I would be upset also.
Could cause a pretty good slice in a finger if you caught on it.
He also said he ruined 100 dollars in dock lines. Should he just eat that?
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Originally Posted by TexomaPowerboater View Post
I don't think anything is worth complaining about if you can fix it yourself in 20 minutes. I bet it took you longer than 20 minutes to post the thread and pictures. Huge overreaction IMO.
If I'm spending $170 large, I damn well don't expect to do any repairs. This ain't a Bayliner.
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Originally Posted by triumphrick View Post
$170k and that's a rolled gunnel splatter paint boat..??

Sorry, that was my first thought after looking at the pics..

Who is the manufacturer...

We haven't had an Epic boat thread in about 10 hrs....literally...
Yep,
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I would be more pissed about the lack of customer service. It's a small issue..chit happens.. But the manufacturer should be looking to help not ignore you.
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Originally Posted by parrott View Post
How many 20 minutes jobs do you have to do on a brand new boat before its ok to complain;?
I would be upset also.
Could cause a pretty good slice in a finger if you caught on it.
He also said he ruined 100 dollars in dock lines. Should he just eat that?
YES, eat it up. It's not a big deal. Once you buy a $170K boat your no longer allowed to bitch about losing ropes or 20 minute fixes. There is not a builder out there capable of making a flawless boat.

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