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    Charter Member #415 Charter Member
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    1968 Switzer Shooting Star,1967 Switzer Shooting Star,1963 Glasspar G-3
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    Crazy Problem as a Boat Dealer

    Delivered a new 353 Formula last week to a good customer who trades every year,he is 300 miles away. He calls me disappointed, boat will only run 75 GPS, he expected 85+, I explained that we ran the boat at 90 speedo with props that were difficult to get on plane,some thing must be wrong with his props from his old boat, he thinks the hull has a hook,I tell him Formula doesn't build a hull with a hook,it's a prop problem. I next day air a set of 31's,32's,33's,34's,and a set of 5 blade Hydromotives and am prepared to drive down next week if yhe props don't fix the problem. He calls today,everything is fine,86 GPS with his old props. I asked him what he did, he said he reprogrammed the GPS from knots to MPH . Anybody that wants to get into the boat business,I have lots of stories like this that will talk you out of it.

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    Charter Member #927 Charter Member Payton's Avatar
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    At least he's happy, Now if you can just gett all those props back.

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    Banned cuda's Avatar
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    Deland, Florida
    He should have set the gps to Kph, then he would have been ecstatic.

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    Charter Member #232 Charter Member Audiofn's Avatar
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    1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
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    Carlisle, MA USA
    Originally posted by cuda
    He should have set the gps to Kph, then he would have been ecstatic.
    Put your best foot forward!

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    Member #9 Charter Member hp500efi's Avatar
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    Pewaukee, WI
    I hope he sent you a money order for the Next Day air charges along with all those props. . .
    Member of the Liquid Jungle

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    Official OSO boat whore Charter Member
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    Mequon, WI
    Hey, just be glad he admitted the mistake. He could have gotten a new set of props out of the deal!

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    Magic, tell me about it. I have been in the biz for many years (19) We should have our own section!

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    Gold Member Gold Member
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    2000 Formula 382 F-2
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    Feb 2002
    Norwalk, CT

    I've got a guy who is also kind of "disappointed" that his 353 is "only" running 90 MPH! (which is about 3 or 4 MPH FASTER than I thought it would run!) Wants to know why he can't turn 35" wheels? I told him no problem, we just need another 100 HP per engine!

    I hear you, though. Sometimes I wish I had stayed in my law practice!


    Total Marine

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member CigDaze's Avatar
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    St. Petersburg, FL
    That's funny as hell!!! ...Some people.

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    Registered Roger 1's Avatar
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    Kankakee Illinois
    Originally posted by Too Old
    Robert, don't make me drive to Jasper to beat some sense into you.

    The economy sucks............. Robert's selling boats.

    I'm going to make French Fries today.......Robert's selling boats.

    I have a bunch of min wage people to deal with daily........Robert's selling boats.

    Should I keep going Robert?????
    WAHHHHH...WAHHHHH...I`ll bet ''Robert'' does`nt get to wear those neat little cardboard crowns that you guys get to wear now does he!

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