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Has anybody ever had Mercury outboard work done at South Bay boat and tackle.

 

If so, any feedback?

 

Thinking about bringing my Mercury outboard to them for impeller and fuel line assembly replacement, and potentially a detail.

 

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Pro Marine Services on Sandy Creek does awesome work.  Give Tommy a call. 

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I used Southbay. My trim/tilt ram cracked. I needed a new sleeve and to have it rebuilt. They were $600 including parts out the door and had the boat back in a week. Everyone else I contacted wanted double that and a 4 week lead time. I 100% would go back there. I sent a friend there for his boat that had some motor issues and he said for what he had done the price was more than fair.


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I used Southbay. My trim/tilt ram cracked. I needed a new sleeve and to have it rebuilt. They were $600 including parts out the door and had the boat back in a week. Everyone else I contacted wanted double that and a 4 week lead time. I 100% would go back there. I sent a friend there for his boat that had some motor issues and he said for what he had done the price was more than fair.


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Great feedback. Any idea where they get parts from?

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That I’m unsure of, I brought in photos and the part numbers I found on line and they did the rest. I assume they ordered right from mercury


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I thought about bringing my boat there for some rigging but after talking to them and realizing they didn't know there was such a thing as a 24 volt trolling motor (requiring two 12v batteries hooked into a series) and arguing with them briefly that this is in fact how it's done, and NOT by hooking into a "24 volt battery" as they put it.....I figured I'd go elsewhere for service/other misc rigging.

 

All that aside, I like that shop and buy tackle from there sometimes,  and the two guys who run it are pretty cool. That discrepancy though showed me they didn't really know what they were talking about, so why trust them with other electrical rigging?

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Is it not the two twins in their mid 20's who own it anymore? One of them was there about 3 weeks ago when I went in. 

 

Again, I like those guys and their shop, but that instance is what made me look elsewhere for rigging. For simple service I would consider them because they are a 5 minute drive from my house. 

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I am one of the owners of South Bay Boat & Tackle. I can assure you I Know the difference between 12V and 24V. I have Personal Rigged over 50 boats. Also we are a Authorized Repair center for Minn Kota/ Cannon. 

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I've got nothing but good things to say about South Bay Boat and Tackle. They changed the main seal and u-joints in my Alpha One outdrive and did a great job at a reasonable price. Have recommended them to a number of other boaters for all kinds of repairs.  A handy place for bait and tackle too.

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Nobody likes working on force outboards.


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I really like the twins in there but the kid is a dick... I believe he told us... No, just buy a new one... Then it was "oh come on just do that yourself" and this was to my father that this was said

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Try Pugsleys. He might work on it..... I don't have any experience with them, I stopped going there when jerry left.


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I take my Mercury down to Seager Marine in Canandaigua and i have nothing but good things to say about them.  I bought my boat from them and had them tune up the engine a couple years ago.  Sent my father there and he had a good experience there as well.  Little bit of a drive but can take the boat for a test run after they fix it.  

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I also just had a bunch of work done at Seager's and was very pleased with the work. I will try South Bay next time, if they have since figured out there's such a thing as a 24v trolling motor and what a battery series is then I'd probably trust them to do my end of year maintenance. 

 

 

 

 

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Krux5506 I’m confused about your comments about South Bay not knowing the difference between 24v and 12v systems. I’m betting they know the difference from my personal conversations with them. But if you know soo much about putting batteries in series and know so much about 24v systems then when didn’t you install it yourself? One should not blindly criticize and bash a business online especially if your just being a YouTube hero. You maybe giving them a bad review just because you are not knowledgeable. On a side note South Bay is about the only tackle shop with a decent lake tackle selection left here in Rochester


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