Get your ass in gear

I am fuming. We’ve been in this marina since August 29th. We had our replacement lifeline stanchions shipped down ahead of time at extra expense so the marina could do the fiberglass and gelcoat repair and get the new stanchions installed well before our rigging arrives. When the crate gets here we could simply hook up the perfectly measured and swaged lifelines and the deckwork would be done and out of the way of the rigger. Despite nearly daily reminders to the marina management, not one minute of work has been done on this boat in five weeks. The crate had to be packed and shipped from Florida without accurate measurements for the portside lifelines, and there is no swager available anywhere nearby to cut the lines to fit. Today when we spoke with the marina manager and again begged him to get the fiberglass work done, he shrugged and said we could just use spectra line instead of stainless steel lifelines. “YOU’RE MISSING THE POINT!!!!” I said, and it all went downhill from there. We’re replacing the damaged lifelines, and to do that his yard is supposed to repair the fiberglass. Which they aren’t doing. We want to make a trip back to the states for the holidays and we don’t even know when these idiots will get off their asses and do the work! And of course our permit extension expires again in less than three weeks.

We asked where our rigging and other replacement parts will be stored until the rigger gets down here to install it.

“Can we talk about that when it gets here?” he said.

“Do you have a secure place to keep our stuff?”

“I don’t know what we’re talking about until I see it.”

“A mast, a boom, rigging, sails, all the other parts.” As if he doesn’t already know exactly what’s coming.

“Can we postpone this discussion until the stuff gets here?”

“Do you have a secure place to put our stuff?”

“Can we postpone this discussion until the stuff gets here?”

“Do you have a secure place to put our stuff?” Why can’t I get a straight answer?

“I can’t promise you that. It’s a big yard and people are in and out of here all the time.”

WHY ARE WE HERE???? They won’t do any work, he can’t guarantee our stuff won’t disappear, and on top of all that, he’s being obstinate as hell! He’s become Sergeant Don’t Bother Me It’s Not My Problem And Stop Being A Bitch. I can’t believe this approach ever works for him. It’s no wonder the marina is half empty.

We’ve been very patient waiting for our mast to be built and shipped but this situation at the marina is inexcusable and infuriating and if it causes us any more delays my head might explode. I admit it, I had a bit of a cry this afternoon. Please send virtual hugs.




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9 Responses to Get your ass in gear

  1. Please accept a virtual hug, Marce.

  2. Marjorie

    So sorry! I can’t claim to know what it’s like for you guys, but it sounds wretched. Best of luck from here on out. And I hope you get a little understanding from some quarter.

  3. Diane Sanderbeck

    {{{{{VIRTUAL HUGS}}}}}

  4. liz

    A cry was certainly in order. You both have and continue to be stalwarts in my eyes! Peace and the here’s hoping the energy at the marina changes!

  5. Carla

    Crap!!! It makes be wonder if all these indifferent people are expecting some kind of ‘under the table’ payment.

  6. Your cousin Jan

    Hugs to you all

  7. Tom Coulombe

    You both have been threw the ringer with those Tico’s
    Praying that its all down hill from here out.

  8. Jim

    Suggest you get hold of Mack Sails very quickly and let them know what’s going on – can they send their best person who is able to work with locals there? Also strongly suggest you store everything but the largest pieces on your boat, certainly the furling gear and sails and all the hardware. A common practice is to wait until the pressure to finish becomes so great (and they have your stuff) that you must grease their palms to get it done. sorry to be so blunt – when you have time read Michener to understand – I know you’ll find this offending, but they are accustomed to “white, wealthy and privileged” yacht owners graciously sharing their good fortune (their view of the world, not yours)
    Good luck

    • Jim, the marina management are all American. Most of the workers are American. Most of the yacht owners are American. I really don’t think it’s a Tico thing. It’s just damn incompetent management.

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