Originally Posted by ShinyShoe
Guy collecting is likely to give one of three responses:
You missed a number of other possibilities:
- **** off we asked you to service the engine not preach
- nothing to do with me, I'm just collecting it
- aye - i'll let them know, with such apathy you know they won't
I think Jim's "Duty" to his customer (and the public) goes beyond what you suggest - simply letting them know there is room for improvement is not enough IMHO. I certainly wouldn't want to be helping the MAIB with an enquiry or explaining to the Coroner why I had given it back with just a polite warning. We wouldn't accept that from a gas fitter or a car garage so not sure why we would on the water.
If I was servicing the engine I would expect replacement (or at least removal) of the kill cord. I'm not sure I'd want those flares in my workshop either - so I assume the boat will be going back in a much safer state. I have some sympathy with the club "management" - as others have highlighted they probably have nothing to do with the day-to-day maintenance of the boat and the users are probably disinterested too. Then they sent the boat for a professional service thinking (like a car) that it sorts everything - but actually unlike a car most only look at the engine. Imagine if your car service ignored a blown bulb, bald tyre, or dodgy brakes. What would cars be like after several years of just getting an oil change and some new plugs?