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Kinda Irked…

My favorite boat, a Stratos 274 bass boat, started having problems with the lower unit a few weeks ago. More to the point it was not fully engaging into reverse when shifted. The decision was made to take it into the shop, even though we are in the middle of the pre-spawn for bass, white bass, crappie & many other fish in the area. I’m now regretting that decision.

We took the Stratos into Norman’s Outboard Service in Onalaska, TX on Friday the 4th of March 2011 and we were told it would be a week and a half to two weeks turn-around time on the repair. Feeling confident about the gentleman’s qualifications that runs the shop, though a bit uneasy about not having the boat that long (especially during this time of year), we left the boat for repairs.

I started counting the days at about day 3, wondering if getting the repairs done right now was the right decision. After all, I can live without reverse for a while. It’s just a little more hassle launching and bunking the boat really. But I waited patiently day after day, for fourteen very painful days…

I decided to call Norman’s this Friday, 18th of March (two weeks after dropping my beloved boat off). The pleasant woman on the other end of the line informed me that Norman’s shop help was MIA, Norman had fallen behind his schedule and the work had yet to be started on my boat! Great, what I was fearing came to reality… boat stuck in the shop during the spawn!!! I wanted to say much more but I just said “that’s disappointing”.

Now call me silly but if I were a boat mechanic falling behind schedule on repairs, in Texas, during the spawn, I would SURELY have someone get calls out to the boat owners to inform them of such… But maybe I’m just thinking from a customer’s point of view…

We were planing on getting to Toledo Bend to meet a friend this weekend and make a pre-run next to O. H. Ivie before our club rally at Ivie on the 4/27/11 through 5/1/11. I guess either I should trust my instincts or shops should be more forthcoming…

That’s my social rant for now, I’m irked……………………… 

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