The True Tale of Harrisons Sport Shop

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Took my boat in June of '05 to Harrisons Sport Shop They are still "working" on it. It's not a fancy boat, it's an old boat. It's a good boat, solid, always covered and garage kept. The upholstery is shot but you can still sit on it. One of the seats needs a new support, maybe two. It's not an expensive boat but it's my boat. I spent several grand to purchase it and several more to have the motor rebuilt in '94. Compression is still good and last time it run, it ran good. Mice chewed the ignition (spark plug wires) while in storage the last few years. It was properly winterized and I manually rotated the flywheel and re-fogged the cylinders on occasion. The lower unit needed fresh grease which I had a tube of and the power trim probably needed a fill because that didn't lift the engine, but used to when I last used it.



Harrisons Sport Shop has called me ONCE about this repair. I've initiated contact in all previous contacts. About 2 months ago they wanted to find a distributer and install that because it was not running right. I stopped by last Saturday since I had heard nothing in 2 months, I presumed they would be finished with the repair. Nothing has been done. The cover has blown off the boat and not replaced. The boat is now 12" full of wet leaves and misc. items (trash) that I didn't deliver to them with the boat. Wet leaves will soak through to the wood decking under the carpet and ruin and rot the wood, causing me to have to replace the deck. I was promised last Saturady, before noon, that the boat would be covered. That was four days ago and these are the photos I took today of my boat, still full of wet leaves. We're supposed to get 1-4 inches of show 2nite.

The kicker. I paid about $200 to have this boat detailed and waxed before I took to in for repair so it would be ready for the water as soon as I got it back and it was running. Wasted money.

It's one thing to be late on a repair and have problems finding parts for an old motor. It's another thing to not provide ordinary and reasonable care of someone else's property. And it's another to lie and say you are going to do something Saturday and not do it at all.


Update - July '06
Harrisons Sport Shop finally said come get it in January or Feb of 06 I think. "We don't know how to fix it. We'll take our parts out", they said.

I zipped over to get it, tossed what was left of the cover in their trash. Closed out the repair ticket, no charge, Thank you! I later learned that Harrisons Sport Shop had not removed their parts so I made off with a set of plugs, new wiring harness and several new ignition wires. I felt guilty until I looked at these pictures again of my boat full of leaves and recalled a seat support that I'll have to rebuild right away because it was surrounded by leaves and rotted.

A trusted advisor in other matters suggested that I try McCabe's Marine north of Goreville near Rt 37 & Rt. 148. Gary said he thought he had a trigger for this model in stock! Four weeks later, he called and said come get it it runs great. I sure wish I'd have know about Gary and McCabe's Marine a year ago. They are smarter and closer to my house. The work was done in a timely fashion and they understood the problem.

But that's not the end of this story! We got out on the water and "Ole Blue" started right up, idled a little rough but after I got going she like it. We zoomed around for nearly 45 minutes (see photo) and the moment I snapped that pict with the cell, it sputtered and died like we had run out of gas. The squeezy bulb was soft and when I withdrew my hand, it had way to much gas on it. We'd sprung a leak in the old bulb and she was sucking air. The started made light spinning noises also and was not engaging the flywheel. We got a tow back to land and now I've got a new bulb, a rebuilt starter from K&K near Rt 13 and Pittsburgh. We're ready to go.



Except now we've made an offer on a 23' cruiser in Evansville!

Update - it had a cracked head! Paid for a mechanical inspection to learn that. Needless to say, we didn't buy it. The dealer seemed a little embarassed to be selling it for this guy... We'd have bought it except the guy wanted to "fit it himself" and not pay for the Mercury Mechanic to fix it. I feel sorry for the next guy. Still looking. Maybe.