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Old 03-21-2019, 11:41 AM
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So you want to save $ by doing your own oil changes and winterization, but when it comes to resale value, do you think you can get more $ from a "professionally maintained" boat with service paperwork vs. one with just receipts for buying oil and filter kits? I'm betting its a wash when you get down to the #s.
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Old 03-21-2019, 11:52 AM
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As long as you have proof of it being done, I don’t see why anyone would care for routine maintenance.

Now rebuilding an engine or fiberglassing the transom then it matters pro vs joe.
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I just bought a boat that was DIY maintained and it didn't bother me at all. I had a certified mechanic check the motor and once he blessed it I was good to go. I would not have paid any more for the boat if the seller said it was professionally maintained.
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The thing is that it needs doing no matter who does it-In terms of resale as long as you have records that the work was done.No difference
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:12 PM
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As a buyer I wouldn't pay any more for a "professionally maintained" boat. My personal experience is that I will need to fix whatever the last person did to the boat / motors either way...
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:13 PM
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there are some DIY'ers that do a better job than the tech at the marina, there are some techs at the marina that do a better job than the DIY'er! its not about who does it, its the overall picture of how well everything is taken care of.
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Originally Posted by uncljohn View Post
So you want to save $ by doing your own oil changes and winterization, but when it comes to resale value, do you think you can get more $ from a "professionally maintained" boat with service paperwork vs. one with just receipts for buying oil and filter kits? I'm betting its a wash when you get down to the #s.
Not even close. No one cares about that stuff except to beat you up over price.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:15 PM
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I’m most cases, but not all, “professional” equates to haphazard and shortcuts.

DIY = pride.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:18 PM
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do those of you who DIY everything really keep receipts of every case of oil and every oil filter that you buy? I've been doing my own maintenance forever and never even once thought about keeping a receipt.. Does it really matter that much? You can normally look at a boat and tell if its been kept up or not..
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:19 PM
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I'd feel better and pay a slight premium for a boat that has excellent service records by a highly reputable mechanic vs DIY. If they were not perfect and not by the best in the area no premium as maintenance is something that should be done, you don't pay a premium for maintenance. I know there are allot of incredibly handy guys on here but I'd still rather have my boat fixed by a pro over some guy I don't know that I would have to take their word for the fact that they know what they were doing.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:23 PM
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Originally Posted by uncljohn View Post
So you want to save $ by doing your own oil changes and winterization, but when it comes to resale value, do you think you can get more $ from a "professionally maintained" boat with service paperwork vs. one with just receipts for buying oil and filter kits? I'm betting its a wash when you get down to the #s.
some professionals provide shit service, skip things, do them wrong, cut corners, etc

i would much rather buy a boat from someone knowledgeable and meticulous who did their own maintenance

oil changes and winterization are pretty straight forward, more complicated repairs i'd probably want to see a receipt from someone certified in the make/model. some manufacturers do say certain things cannot be done by an owner and a pro needs to handle. check the manual.

i dont think id value a professionally maintained boat any differently from an owner who maintained themselves but i would want to see detailed service records including dates, hours, what was done, etc
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:28 PM
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I can tell a well maintained boat from a carelessly maintained boat (records and receipts help but are not necessarily gospel). I don't care who did the maintenance....as long as it was well maintained.
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I'd feel better and pay a slight premium for a boat that has excellent service records by a highly reputable mechanic vs DIY. If they were not perfect and not by the best in the area no premium as maintenance is something that should be done, you don't pay a premium for maintenance. I know there are allot of incredibly handy guys on here but I'd still rather have my boat fixed by a pro over some guy I don't know that I would have to take their word for the fact that they know what they were doing.
your one of those guys that only lets the dealer service/work on there car, but doesnt realize when there car goes in for an oil change, that the kid in the back changing the oil has no certification at all and paid a premium price for this "pro" to change his oil!
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I'll make sure to list my boat here in 20 years when ready to sell! "All annual service performed by quasi pseudo non-professional with a high speed internet connection, YouTube, and an account on THT. Willing to photoshop receipts if needed."

Thanks for the input! I am inclined to do regular stuff myself. Though fortunate to have a Zuke mechanic close by.
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I just went threw this last year when I bought my prepared boat. I looked at one boat I loved that was completely maintained by a shop, however the owner didn't take great care of it. The next boat was meticulously maintained by the owner, had every record from dates he bought oil etc. Plus the guys cars and house were meticulous. Was a no brained to me. It's really about the owner and not the mechanic....
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Originally Posted by Rolandt03 View Post
your one of those guys that only lets the dealer service/work on there car, but doesnt realize when there car goes in for an oil change, that the kid in the back changing the oil has no certification at all and paid a premium price for this "pro" to change his oil!
So true and that kid has ZERO vested interest in your boat. Generally speaking ,If it's a Friday he's thinking about the weekend, and if it's a Monday he's probably recovering from the weekend. In both cases the work you get probably was sub par..but it happened at the dealership its all good right? lol

I do most all of the regular maintenance on my boat. I don't meticulously save every receipt but then again I'm not worried about resale either.

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Should the title of this post have been:

Commercially Maintained vs DIY

Big difference between profession maintenance and commercial maintenance.
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Originally Posted by alloyboy View Post
Should the title of this post have been:

Commercially Maintained vs DIY

Big difference between profession maintenance and commercial maintenance.
very true!
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Sure does matter.

When I see "professionally maintained" and all the receipts, I know that about half of the invoiced work, or less actually, was performed and of what was performed 1/3 was done haphazardly.
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Originally Posted by Catching Chrome View Post
I just went threw this last year when I bought my prepared boat. I looked at one boat I loved that was completely maintained by a shop, however the owner didn't take great care of it. The next boat was meticulously maintained by the owner, had every record from dates he bought oil etc. Plus the guys cars and house were meticulous. Was a no brained to me. It's really about the owner and not the mechanic....
My boat was owned by a former fighter pilot/retired airline captain/engineer, he passed away before we bought it, but you've never seen the records on a boat! Boxes and boxes, every oil change, wiring diagrams, manuals for everything!! Plus spare parts, he was a very meticulous man, I wish we had met!
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