comes a time in every boat owner’s life when they have to take their vessel to a boat repairs shop. Similar to when you realize you need to take your car to a mechanic, taking your boat to a boat repairs shop isn’t fun. You know it’s going to cost you more money than you wanted to pay, and you also know it’s going to mean you can’t take your boat out onto the water for at least a couple of days. That being said, there are some really great shops out there that not only won’t charge you an arm and a leg, but they’ll get you back out in the water in no time. The key is knowing where to look and what you should be looking for. Here’s four things to look for in a boat repairs shop.

1. Reasonable. First, you want to find a boat repairs shop that’ll do the work you need at a reasonable price. As you might have imagined, there are a lot of shops out there that charge huge fees to work on boats. They do this because they believe that most of their customers don’t know what boat repairs should cost, so they charge them way more than it should be. All you have to do to see if the estimate is way higher than it should be is to compare it against a couple of other estimates from other companies. Don’t be fooled by boat repair shops that are looking to get rich at your expense.

2. Timely. It’s usually a good idea to pick a shop that’s going to do the repairs in a timely fashion. Boat repairs can sometimes take a great deal of time, but often that’s because the guys and gals doing the repairs take their sweet time. Make sure to ask them how long it’s going to be when you take it in, and then hold them to that timeline.

3. Experienced. It’s obviously a good idea to pick an experienced company if at all possible. The more experienced the technicians are, the more likely it is that they’ll be able to complete the repairs in the right way. You certainly don’t want to have to take your boat out of the water again just to have the same repairs made.

4. Helpful. Lastly, you want to find a boat repairs shop that’s actually helpful. This means that they’re able to identify the problem and resolve it. It goes a bit further than that, though. It also means that they’ll ask you questions about your boat and any issues that you might have been experiencing, because since you’ve already got it in the shop they might as well take care of any other issues as well. On top of that, the best repair shops will also ask you if you want any boat detailing done since you’ve already got it out of the water. Goodhue and Hawkins is one of the few repair shops out there that’s helpful in this manner, and it’s this helpfulness that’s precisely why they’re so popular.