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What is required to be a boat mechanic What license from the

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What is required to be a boat mechanic? What license from the state of CA? Any Schooling? Bonded? Insurance? License? Does the license fall under automotive license or plumbling since the boat is in the water or auto? I need to know. Does the mechanic need to get my signature on a estimate? Anf after $500 does he need an approval in writing after $500? I am worried I think I got cheated on a bill and what wasnt done with a unlicense person and have no one to talk to. PLS HELP
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Captain Dave replied 9 years ago.

Hello. I have done a check of California laws and cannot find any requirement that a marine mechanic be licensed. Nor am I aware of such a requirement in any other state. Typically a marine mechanic will have some formal schooling (e.g., Marine Mechanic Institute), but could also learn on the job as an apprentice. There is no requirement for bonding or insurance, although in my opinion it would be foolish not to be insured - bonding really protects you, not the mechanic, so it's a "nice to have". The signature on an estimate helps to protect both parties, but is not a requirement. It actually offers more protection to the mechanic, because without it you can refuse to pay (although he may have your boat).


If you would like to give me more details about your specific problem I may be able to help a bit more. Why do you think you were cheated?