I agree with you comments reference the dealers you have mentioned although I like the people in liverpool power boats they actually get a contractor in to do the mercury work and I have not been impressed with him.
I have also had one dealing with MES marine which I will be honest was not a good experience and was the worst of the lot!
Not had any dealings with any setups in North Wales and would be interested to know who they are, what brand they deal with and what their reputations are like!
I read this post last evening and was a bit confused, In all the many years of knowing Ian from LPB I have never known him to get a contractor to do any of his engine work......I rang him today and this is his reply which he has asked me to post...
It has been brought to LPB attention that a comment has been made on the Ribnet forum as to how we conduct our engineering department within the business.To put the matter straight LPB make the following comment...
We liverpool Power Boats DO NOT sub-contract work out. All work is carried out by LPB trained staff in house. At times when LPB is busy (which is the majority of months) and unable to take any more emergency jobs on we will pass on a referral to the customer of another engineering company who may be able to carry out the requested work. On most occasions LPB referral is Tony from Outboard andHydroplane Services who offer a mobile service. Upon looking into the comment made by "Wackywoodies" we LPB have never viewed or worked upon "Wackywoodies" engine. In conversation today with Tony from OHS he has informed LPB that he has viewed "Wackywoodies" engine and has placed his diagnostic software on his engine. When the software was connected to the engine it was rejected and the software informed that the more up to date software was required to carry out diagnostics on the engine. This in its self is a mystery as previously with engines of this age the software used was more than capable of the diagnostic work required therefore raising the question of whether there are more underlying issues?. The later software upgrade is the Verado which can be purchased for a number of thousands of pounds from Marine Power. LPB and OHS are not willing to invest in this software at present as there are few Verado in the North West area. "Wackywoodies" engine should in theory if it is true to as to where the engine has been purchased(i.e. from a dealer on a well known internet buying website) should be under warranty with the supplying dealer. Tony attended this engine and did not charge for his service. He has advised LPB that the engine is in a very sorry state with one of the main faults being that the starter motor was permanently engaged.
The above underlines LPB initial thoughts and feelings from the beginning when in conversation in store with "Wackywoody" as to why we did not wish to get involved with this engine!.
LPB hold all the diagnostic software for Evinrude E-Tec, Yamaha and Johnson four stroke engines. Mercury software can be obtained on loan from E.P.Barrus for the modern Verado engine that is within the manufacture's warranty period. When there is a issue with an engine which is outside of the supplied warranty period, E.P.Barrus are not obliged to loan software on very old second hand engines.
Ian Liverpool Power boats