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Old 07-16-2002, 04:21 PM
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Appreciate your sentiment Dean. For the Record, Bruce is only involved for nine of the eleven months. The first two a different marina attempted to repair it, with unsuccessful results.

Bruce was able to determine my engine died because of the prior owner's mechanic using wrong parts. Because this mechanic was in both engines, Bruce suggested we also inspect the second engine. After numerous scheduling conflicts, we finally got the second engine out of the boat this spring. In hind-sight, he may have put the first on hold waiting for the second.
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Old 07-16-2002, 04:25 PM
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Cord: you owe me a boat ride. And I understand I should wear a life jacket and water wings when riding in your boat
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Old 07-16-2002, 08:01 PM
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Chart-- Wait a minute ,, did you say that Bruce is a one man show? Because he told me that he had 3 different shops, and machinists( that had my two motors half done in March, and when he delivered them back to me they hadn't even been unpacked), and was so busy keeping his guys going. My next question then is, why is he all over god's green earth picking up parts, motors, and boats???? If I was a one man shop with the amount of work that was available to him, I'd damn well stay in my little confines all winter and try to complete the things that I promised to do. I've been very quiet about what happened to me, and frankly compared to Dave1972 very lucky--- my association with Bruce only cost me $130 and 4 months of my time, not to mention the $100 + in phone bills. But like Dave1972 he lied every other time I talked to him on the phone, right down to 2 weeks before he was going to drive 14 hours to get my boat to put my just about finished motors in. I don't know what clicked( same weekend as Dave1972 picked up his problems) but he called me and hinted to the truth, I'm sorry, but in my humble opinion, if I would have thought as optimistically as some of you guys are about your projects I can almost assure you that my project would not have seen water this year. The $130 is the difference in what it cost me to ship my motors to St. Louis and what he reimbursed me for that cost, when I met him in Detroit he was supposed to repay me in full, but said that he needed money to get home, and that he would send a cheque that week, - never heard from. Again--- cheap lesson learned!!!! He needed that money more than me.
I f it is true that he is going to work for someone else that's great!! As long as there's some management involved, as was said early, it "sounds" like he knows his stuff.
And that's all I have to say about that

P.S. Good luck to everyone with ongoing projects, I know what it's like-- with any luck I'll be in the water this weekend--FINALLY
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