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Old 05-19-2020, 08:03 AM
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Default Any need for a mobile mechanic in the lower keys?

I was playing around with the idea of coming through the keys once a month or so and offering full services on yamaha and suzuki outboards in the winter/busy season
Full diagnostic capabilities on all suzuki and yamaha engines through current year models. I have a service truck with a 5klb crane and a small work skiff so it would all be able to be done on a lift at your house
I know what shops and dealers charge down there and how hard it is to get anyone to do anything down there as well. My hourly rate is half of what most places are charging these days.

If i can get enough business drummed up in advance for each trip i can bring all parts and service/maintenance items with me at my cost

Thanks for any input
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Not to rain on your parade as I applaud any entrepreneurial endeavor, but you may want to check with the Monroe County officials before committing to offering your services. They are a different animal when it comes to allowing outsiders, they may require permits, licenses, copy of insurances, etc before they allow you to perform work. Don’t know if that is the case or not, but need to check red tape involved.
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I have some friends that live down there that are helping me out with some pre work planning. You are right, They have some different rules down there.
I plan on being legal as can be, not just a shade tree blowing through town
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One word!
Logistics!

Over come that aspect and if your good you will be fine until I read this!

"coming through the keys once a month or so and offering full services"

The above comment would be a hard sell to me no matter my local.

Good luck none the less.
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Do you have any interest in setting up A full time operation marathon on down? Gary cannon retired richer than most doctors and lawyers. I would love to invest in a full time operation down there.
Ever need service in the summer? Good luck. I had my intrepid at shelter bay and even as a customer I had to wait months.
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Originally Posted by wangotango321 View Post
Do you have any interest in setting up A full time operation marathon on down? Gary cannon retired richer than most doctors and lawyers. I would love to invest in a full time operation down there.
Ever need service in the summer? Good luck. I had my intrepid at shelter bay and even as a customer I had to wait months.
I do all my own service for this reason. Pretty simple once you have the tools.
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
One word!
Logistics!

Over come that aspect and if your good you will be fine until I read this!

"coming through the keys once a month or so and offering full services"

The above comment would be a hard sell to me no matter my local.

Good luck none the less.
understood. It would have to be test and trial at first hence the once a month for a week,2 week trip. Would love to have consistent business down there. I stay busy up here but I would love to have something down there full time.
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Originally Posted by weatherconch View Post
I do all my own service for this reason. Pretty simple once you have the tools.
truth be told, Iím not trying to target the locals. I know a lot of guys down there and self maintenance is king. Iím looking for the snowbirds/boat owners that just want to get on the boat and go. Thatís what I do a lot of here. A lot of my customers donít even want to hear what is wrong, as long as the boat cranks and runs when they want to use it thatís all that matters to them
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It can be very hard to get locals to show up and communicate. I would have a hard time using someone only there for a short period of time. What happens when I really need you if I break down? Price is a low consideration on my list.
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I wouldn't want a Mechanic that wasn't based locally. I just had some service done on my Suzuki and they had to come back out 4 days later after I took the boat out. I would have been pissed if I had to wait a month for them to come back out.
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Originally Posted by wangotango321 View Post
Do you have any interest in setting up A full time operation marathon on down? Gary cannon retired richer than most doctors and lawyers. I would love to invest in a full time operation down there.
Ever need service in the summer? Good luck. I had my intrepid at shelter bay and even as a customer I had to wait months.
I would love to. As mentioned before logistics is a must. Right now I operate out of my truck. With my crane and air compressor, Iím 100% on site at your door service. Canít tell you how many Yamaha midsections i do in driveways. People around here really love being able to keep their boat at the house safe and sound and sound and not worry about theft or their boat filling with leaves or sinking in the trailer etc. My truck really keeps my overhead nonexistent so I can keep my rates at around $65/hr. Right now I would love to not just blow through town and hope for work but schedule appointments for certain dates, come down and work can to canít, help people out, make some honest money doing what I love

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And to all of you , thanks for the input.
keep it coming. Itís definitely going to help me determine if I want to take such a huge undertaking and make a go out of it.
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Originally Posted by wangotango321 View Post
Do you have any interest in setting up A full time operation marathon on down? Gary cannon retired richer than most doctors and lawyers. I would love to invest in a full time operation down there.
Ever need service in the summer? Good luck. I had my intrepid at shelter bay and even as a customer I had to wait months.
I would love to. As mentioned before logistics is a must. Right now I operate out of my truck. With my crane and air compressor, Iím 100% on site at your door service. Canít tell you how many Yamaha midsections i do in driveways. People around here rally love being able to keep their boat at the house safe and sound and sound and not worry about theft or their boat filling with leaves or sinking in the trailer etc. My truck really keeps my overhead nonexistent so I can keep my rates at around $65/hr. Right now I would love to not just blow through town and hope for work but schedule appointments for certain dates, come down and work can to canít, help people out, make some honest money doing what I love
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It can be very hard to get locals to show up and communicate. I would have a hard time using someone only there for a short period of time. What happens when I really need you if I break down? Price is a low consideration on my list.
thatís going to be the hardest part to figure out. I have a good setup here in Mississippi on the coast and am available around the clock. Being able to get to a repair in the keys is one of the biggest blocks in my plans. The world would be perfect if it was only ever just oil changes and fuel filters right? Lol
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Originally Posted by wangotango321 View Post
Do you have any interest in setting up A full time operation marathon on down? Gary cannon retired richer than most doctors and lawyers. I would love to invest in a full time operation down there.
Ever need service in the summer? Good luck. I had my intrepid at shelter bay and even as a customer I had to wait months.
Yes, and Gary was only charging about $100 per hour when he left after Irma. . Now, local mobiles are charging about $130-$140 per hour, and know far less than he does.
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Originally Posted by ChannelTwo View Post
It can be very hard to get locals to show up and communicate. I would have a hard time using someone only there for a short period of time. What happens when I really need you if I break down? Price is a low consideration on my list.
I totally agree with the general sentiment of this post, but once you have a relationship, you will get the service and attention you need. My boat mechanic recently came to my house when I was out of town, grabbed the boat off the lift, took it to their shop to do a repair, and then brought it back. It will be hard for you to form relationships like that. Moreover, almost no one provides any service to the entire keys. Itís 130 miles long. People wonít go 8 miles during certain times of the year. Neither will you after a while...
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PM me.
I like to do things others aren’t doing. Some of the biggest pains in the asses for busy boat owners is haul outs for repairs or service. Mobile is good but limits repairs if boats are in water. Rich guys rather pay then take half day to screw around with things.
Gary was so busy he was impossible to get at times so always an opportunity especially if you offer a white glove no hassle A-Z experience.
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I actually think it would be a great thing to have available down there. A lot of us vacationers are not going to be around to build any relationships with any local shops and a lot of times run into problems that are just a little out of their scope, but with the right support could get them back on the water (or even just back to their trailer) to enjoy the rest of their vacation. We used a mobile guy down there during a vacation years ago (think his name was Alvin). He diagnosed and repaired a bad wiring harness that would have ended the boating portion of my trip and also fixed a fuel issue on a boat for another person in our group. Basically he saved the trip and we were able to make memories because of it.
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My limited experience with mobile mechanics down there taught me one thing - if you DO plan on doing this, please PLEASE do an awesome job, work hard, and don't "take off" when the weather is nice. Try to offer service on as many different makes/models as you can. Have extra parts, props, hubs, etc.

I had a HELL of a time finding anyone who would answer my calls, and the few that did claimed they don't work on Johnsons (all I needed was a spun prop taken care of). Ended up finally just doing it myself.

I understand this is pretty common down there.


Edit - maybe you could initially take on jobs via the internet, FB, etc. where you build up a number of scheduled jobs before you got down there, so you know what to get (parts), can plan out your days, etc. Then if you have the time you can take on "add ons".
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My limited experience with mobile mechanics down there taught me one thing - if you DO plan on doing this, please PLEASE do an awesome job, work hard, and don't "take off" when the weather is nice. Try to offer service on as many different makes/models as you can. Have extra parts, props, hubs, etc.

I had a HELL of a time finding anyone who would answer my calls, and the few that did claimed they don't work on Johnsons (all I needed was a spun prop taken care of). Ended up finally just doing it myself.

I understand this is pretty common down there.


Edit - maybe you could initially take on jobs via the internet, FB, etc. where you build up a number of scheduled jobs before you got down there, so you know what to get (parts), can plan out your days, etc. Then if you have the time you can take on "add ons".
I live right next door to a boat ramp here , ever since I started offering mobile service here in Mississippi, I havenít caught a fish in 3 years trying to keep everybody else up and running. My contender just sits. My old lady stays pissed off that we donít ever go boat riding anymore

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