Cost of a Service
Part of my plan in bringing 'Quicksilver' down for a couple of months was to have the engine serviced at Boat & Jetski World in Willenhall, West Midlands, which is where I brought it. Well I rang them yesterday and asked the price of a service.
Now bear in mind it is a 15hp Mariner, 2 stroke, 2 cylinder 260cc, which has done about 40 hours since new in 2000. Basically it is a very simple 'engine on a stick', easy access, electronic ignition, no oil change.
Their quote: £90.00 + parts!!! "What!" I gently exclaimed to the lady at the shop. "I think you must have this wrong, I'm not asking for a refit of the QE2. My turbo diesel Ford Mondeo has a intermediate service at £80.00, and that is a darned sight more complicated, AND that includes filters and oil."
"Well there shouldn't be many parts needed", quoth she.
Strange be it to tell, they did not get my business. Caley Marina at Inverness quoted me £22.00 per hour. I can't by any stretch of my very fertile and lurid (not to mention SICK) imagination, see how it could be more than 2 hours work to service said engine.
So folks, ye mariners of vast experience, are they trying to rip me off, or is £90.00 to grease my nipples the going rate for mugging a poor miniature boat owner?
Miniature refers to the boat of course, not the owner.
Keith (saving up for a SONAR [note, NOT a fish finder because that sounds too much like a toy]) Hart