Reviews: Raritan Marina

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  • Review for Raritan Marina

    Reviewed by: Neil Goldberg on Aug 20, 2019
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 30'
    Draft: 3.5'

    Rating: 5

    Raritan Marina's owner David Reni and company are excellent mechanics, who don't take shortcuts and deliver excellent results at a fair price.
    I have a 32 year old boat which had not been in the water for 16 years. I have been working on restoring it for the past 4 years. I am a capable d.i.y.er as far as plumbing and electrical work, but I am not a marine mechanic. The restoration is ongoing.
    Prior to the first launch, a major leak was discovered due to a badly corroded set of Wye pipes. These were replaced quickly and efficiently. The engines ran on "mickey mouse" ears without leaking.
    On first launch there was considerable leaking from the starboard outdrive. A sizable gap was discovered between the transom assembly and transom which had gone unnoticed.
    An Alpha 1 transom assembly was ordered at considerable cost, I thought, to replace a BADLY corroded part. The assembly included new Mercruiser everything, not third party parts. Shift cable, gimbals, tilt sensor, hydraulic cylinders etc. This thoroughness showed good judgement on David's part, and has resulted in a solid repair that David stands behind.
    All of the rubber bits that allow the outdrive to tilt and steer were replaced.
    The last part of this tale of woe is that there was a detail that a mechanic had missed when the Wye pipes were installed. It resulted in a small but persistent leak. Errors happen, not to be taken personally.
    Raritan Marina/ David Reni identified the source of the leak, on the opposite side that had the transom assembly replaced and because he is a stand up guy, is yanking the engine again to access the part and is warrantying the repair. The last marina I was at would have blame shifted and had not been honorable.

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  • Review for Raritan Marina

    Reviewed by: Donald Reeder on Aug 16, 2018
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 31'
    Draft: 3.0'

    Rating: 5

    I hit a submerged log on 7/20/18 and destroyed all the starboard running gear including the rudder. Dave handled the insurance company taking pictures and handling the claim. He told me it would take about 3 weeks. Parts took longer than expected but not a lot. Back in the water in about 4 weeks. Not bad considering the damage. Runs smooth as silk. I'm very pleased with the results. Everything was handled professionally and he even had the deck cleaned when the sea trial was over. I would say the whole process was more than fair and he was honest about the minor delays.

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  • Review for Raritan Marina

    Reviewed by: Donald Reeder on Jul 17, 2017
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 31'
    Draft: 3.0'

    Rating: 5

    I had my boat bottom blasted, filled and barrier coated, and 3 coats of bottom paint applied. The shafts, rudders and trim tabs treated. Can't say enough good about Dave. I picked up 4 MPH and almost 300 RPM at WOT. All this and I was in the water on May 2, 2017 even with all the rain we had. I would highly recommend Raritan Marina to anyone. Great and timely service from someone who really cares about doing the job right. Always helpful and concerned about the needs of his slip renters.

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  • Review for Raritan Marina

    Reviewed by: Todd Lehder on Jun 6, 2017
    Boat Type: Power
    LOA: 20'
    Draft: 0.0'

    Rating: 5

    I've been relying on David at Raritan Marina to keep my boat running since it was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. He's assisted me with fiberglass repair, engine service, detailing, electronics upgrades, canvas work - he does it all. Most importantly, he is fair, honest, helpful at solving problems and always willing to give me candid advice. I wouldn't trust my boat to anyone else.

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  • Review for Raritan Marina

    Reviewed by: Gene Lucas, My Yacht , on Aug 20, 2016
    Draft: 0.0'

    Rating: 5

    Great Place! Quick Turnaround Time on all Service, even emergency situations!

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