I work on marine systems, including electrical work, refrigeration, air conditoning, sanitation, and heaters.

Service Philosophy

Confidence on the water is priceless. The more you understand your boat, the more confident you’ll be away from the dock. My work is functional, robust, and as easy to maintain as possible. I enjoy educating owners about their boat’s systems and help them get to their preferred level of self-sufficiency.

Sometimes a system that is easy to work on has higher installation costs, but saves time, money, and trouble in the long run. For instance, when you need to change out a heat exchanger 10 years from now, you’ll be happy I put in those drain valves to get the antifreeze in a bucket not in the bilge!

Likewise, taking the time to label wires can save tremendous troubleshooting time in the future. Positioning a fuel filter where it’s easy to access will help you change it on time and preserve the life of your furnace.

Services Offered

  • AC and DC electrical equipment and wiring: anything from adding a USB outlet somewhere handy, to complete rewiring and design of a full system with solar, generators, inverter-chargers and shore power connections.
  • Heating: Service and installation of both forced air and hydronic systems. Webasto and Espar are the brands that I work on most often.
  • Refrigeration service and installation; fabricating iceboxes or converting existing iceboxes into refrigerated compartments.
  • Air conditioning and reverse-cycle service and troubleshooting.
  • Plumbing
  • Sanitary Systems: manual, Vacuflush, and macerator toilets; holding tanks and hoses.
  • Galley equipment, including propane appliances.
  • Watermaker service, troubleshooting, and pickling.
  • General maintenance and checking in on your boat when you are not able to.
  • Other projects: does your boat need something that isn’t on the list? I’m always happy to consider other projects and will be open and honest about whether I have the resources to help you out or need to refer you elsewhere.

At this time, I do not offer fiberglass/gelcoat repair, painting, or metal fabrication.

Rates and Service Areas

My rate for all services is $100 per hour. My service area is Clallam County and Jefferson County, with occasional exceptions.

No travel charge within Clallam County. Once I cross the county line, I bill my hourly rate, plus 62.5 cents per mile for vehicle maintenance and carbon offsets. This means travel charges to Port Townsend and Port Ludlow are about $125. Quilcene and Brinnon have a discounted flat-rate travel charge of $50.

If you need to minimize your bill, please let me know and I can talk to you about ways you can help me do the work faster, such as by removing personal items, floorboards, or cabinet doors before I arrive, and showing me any unusual wiring runs, seacock locations, etc. –every boat is unique! Also, lots of photos ahead of time can help me anticipate what spare parts and tools to bring, eliminating the need to come back another time.

Some boat owners like to watch or participate in work being done on their boat. I think this is great practice to become a confident boat owner. I’m happy to educate you or delegate tasks of the project, but please be aware that my bill will include instructional time at the same rate as service time.