A customer called to get an estimate on fixing the heating and AC components in a boat.
The sailboat and cabin had not been used in almost ten years and the guy didn’t know what to expect from the heating and AC components.
I didn’t know what to expect either. It was one of my first times evaluating a boat and the heating and AC equipment. I actually found the equipment to be entirely similar to a heating and AC unit you would find in a home. The owner of the boat was not very happy when he found out that the heating and AC components were not any good. They needed to be replaced entirely. The ocean water had ruined all of the machinery. Clearly the last person using the boat had not been careful to properly maintain the heating and AC equipment. This type of equipment can be extremely expensive to replace and the cost for the repairs and installation of new equipment was going to be $1,700. When the guy heard the price tag, he started to get upset. He told me that he paid that much money for the boat, and believed he was getting a great deal. I didn’t know what to say to the guy. The ocean water completely destroyed the equipment and there was absolutely no way that I could save any of the heating and air conditioning system. The guy never called me back to complete the work, so I have no idea if he got the equipment upgraded or if he simply decided to ditch the boat.