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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (K.D.)

    KD, didn't know that but I have owned 6 boats in the last 12 years and I have always used the armour all on the seats. My Mastercraft and Ski Nautique both saw more water time than my bass boats have and the seats in them never had a problem (except for fins on the boards). I will try something else to see if that works then. Thanks for the heads up.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (Tagg007)

    [B]----- Transcript of session follows -----
    ... while talking to mail.skeeterboats.com.:
    >>> DATA
    <<< 550 5.1.1 <jstone@skeeterboats.com>... User unknown
    550 5.1.1 <jstone@skeeterboats.com>... User unknown
    <<< 503 5.0.0 Need RCPT (recipient
    )[/B]

    Has Jeff changed e-mail address recently ????
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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (PJ)

    I spent the 200 and something for a new butt set and the base broke in half the first year!!!!!! They acted like I was abusing the seat. You would think that they would stand behind there replacement parts a little better than that.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (SLIM-285)

    I think Jeff changed it when it got out what his email was. It will do no good to write to them, and complain. I have been hastling with them forever about the seats, and they pretty much said.." Oh well, tough luck". That is customer service at its best. We Pay their salary, and they could care less. Ranger, Bass Cat, and Legend are looking better, and better all the time due to thier exceptional customer service. Skeeters are great boats, but when you need help with something you can't get it. When You have a problem with Ranger; you call them up and it gets taken care of no matter what they have to do.




    Modified by Skeeter20I at 2:56 PM 1/29/2008



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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (DarHans)

    Mr. Young is the same guy that once told me "We don't need you, we sell all the boats we can build." Skeeter won't address your problem, and customer service does not exist with this company. I have an FX210 with lots of problems since day one... no satisfaction at all and they dropped the model to boot with no anouncement or offer to continue supporting it. Next boat BASSCAT for sure.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (papadish)

    Man, I understand you're upset. I would be too if I had that type of treatment. My question to you is: What exactly is wrong with the boat? I know you said that its the hull. But did it crack on a big wave, porsity (airpockets), delamination (seperation of the composite material) or a paint issue? I watched the video and I don't see anything of concern. I am just curious to know, not saying you don't have a valid right to be upset. I would just like to know.

    thanks,

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (papadish)

    <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by papadish &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Mr. Young is the same guy that once told me "We don't need you, we sell all the boats we can build." Skeeter won't address your problem, and customer service does not exist with this company. </TD></TR></TABLE>
    sorry but that's only hear say and can't be verified as a letter or email could be. I'm not saying it's not true or possible.....just hard to believe since it seems you devoted so much time and energy in trying to bring Skeeter down because of your frustrations, which by the way I do understand.
    As far as your boat in the wind video....any boat that size will rock in winds like that, and with a drift sock tied to it which will give that tug effect.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (BjBnet!)

    There are always two sides to every story, and Papadish I find that very hard to believe that he'd say exactly those words, but in any case I've taken down the link to your website.
    We do not allow bashing of any boat brand or person on the BBC.

    If someone has a legitimate problem with their boat then they're welcome to post and discuss those problems, but outright bashing without us being able to hear the other side just isn't permitted.

    Many of the boat manufacturers, Skeeter included, monitor the BBC, so they would be aware of legitimate concerns being discussed here.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (Al from Canada)

    Sorry Guys I did not intend to turn this post into a Bashing of Skeeter; but merely express the current status of a situation that I had hoped to change with Skeeter for the betterment on thier consumers that are post warranty period.

    With that said, please help me maintain the level of this post with helpful and informational replys which support our need to have a resonable OEM solution for replacement seat covers/parts thru Skeeter.

    In the end I think that this post will help Skeeter evaluate thier customer service and not chaulk it up to Bashers.


    UPDATE:

    Jeff Stone had committed to me in our last conversation last week that I could expect an update from Skeeter early this week. To date, I have not gotten a call for status. Will give them the rest of the week to meet thier commitment to me, then I will pick up the phone and call Jeff directly.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (DarHans)

    actually Darryl, I'm enjoying your "travels" very much and appreciate you are taking the time to share your thoughts. As I first posted, your comments are very well put without sounding like someone who's really pissed off and you managed to keep it professional like.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (DarHans)


    <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by DarHans &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sorry Guys I did not intend to turn this post into a Bashing of Skeeter; but merely express the current status of a situation
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    gee Darryl if you didn't want it to turn into a Skeeter bashing exercise you maybe should have held back on some of your previous comments

    <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by DarHans &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I
    Bottomline: Skeeter gives the Finger to Boat Owners not in Warranty and we are forced to roll the dice
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    if that's no bashing then I give up

    I for one am hoping they have a rethink and consider supplying genuine replacement seat covers, not warranty replacements but simply sales so we can maintain our boats in the condition they deserve. With people stirring the pot like this I can understand why they might not be very cooperative, maybe if we all ease up a little and don't come the heavy the outcome might be better

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (PJ)

    DarHans,

    What year is your boat?

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (BjBnet!)

    <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by BjBnet! &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">actually Darryl, I'm enjoying your "travels" very much and appreciate you are taking the time to share your thoughts. As I first posted, your comments are very well put without sounding like someone who's really pissed off and you managed to keep it professional like.</TD></TR></TABLE>
    Agreed!




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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (PJ)

    <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by PJ &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">


    gee Darryl if you didn't want it to turn into a Skeeter bashing exercise you maybe should have held back on some of your previous comments

    if that's no bashing then I give up

    I for one am hoping they have a rethink and consider supplying genuine replacement seat covers, not warranty replacements but simply sales so we can maintain our boats in the condition they deserve. With people stirring the pot like this I can understand why they might not be very cooperative, maybe if we all ease up a little and don't come the heavy the outcome might be better

    PJ</TD></TR></TABLE>

    have you ever heard the expression the "squeaky wheel gets the greese". If you don't voice your frustration then you will not be taken care in situation like this. I don't thinking he is bashing I thinking he has a valid point. Most businesses when given the opportunity will get out of having to spend money, give away product or fixing a problem. They do this because it costs money.

    I think the post is very well stated in a professional manner. I hope Skeeter addresses the issue cause we spend too much money on our toys not to take care of them.

    I also want to say welcome to the BBC, this is a cool site and don't take my comments the wrong way.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (Tagg007)

    <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by Tagg007 &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">
    have you ever heard the expression the "squeaky wheel gets the greese" </TD></TR></TABLE>

    yep familiar with that one as I am with "the customer is always right"......unfortunately it's generally the consumer only that believes in these, the retailer is generally more realistic

    as I've said I'm as interested in anybody in a favourable outcome with this one 'cause I want to replace the torn seats on my ZX190, I just don't want to "rock the boat" so much as to turn the Skeeter bosses away.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (DarHans)

    Sorry that I cannot let my Skeeter experience go. I will refrain from saying anything bad about them here. Mr. Young did say that.... after he tryed to Darth Vader me on a speaker phone. I will admit I was a bit furious and probably pushed him a bit. You have to get your blood up a lot just to get to talk to him.
    History of my Skeeter FX210:
    Bought in May of 2004
    Hull disintigrated in 3 months.. blew chunk of gell coat out of port bow
    When they Swapped my Yamaha 300 to new hull they got hook under flywheel and bent it. They delivered it that way to me and I didn't know about it until my mechanic found it while fixing a minor problem with throttle.
    Yamaha replaced it and checked the engine for possible damage.. none. Yamaha is terrific... hard to believe they own Skeeter.
    Skeeter replaced 04 hull with 05 hull but somehow kept the same HIN number
    05 Hull cracked below waterline first time out.. multiple long horizontal cracks Port side stern.
    Dealer fixed it the first time..
    Hull cracked again first time out... worse even this time.
    Skeeter fixed hull this time in Texas
    Hull cracked again 2nd time out
    Skeeter told me any hull will crack if you hit a wave just right and the cracks are only cosmetic... heard that one a lot... like they are challenging your manhood or something.
    The cap, where you would usually expect stress cracks, has none. Perfectly Pristine. This boat spends it's life in my garage and has only 123 hours in 4 seasons on big water. 50% of the hours were idleing.
    That's how she sits now.
    Skeeter had a really good thing with the FX210. This hulll handled well, the 300 power is perfect to drive safely on big water. It fishes nicely. I personally have yet to ride in a better riding or handling bass boat. It just does not hold up and will not hold any value in the long run... and Skeeter's warranty has no teeth for the consumer.
    Skeeter quietly discontinued the FX210.. why?
    The video on St Clair is just to show people what St Clair can be like.. more about the Lake than the boat. Shows how even the biggest BassBoat looks pretty small on Big Water.

    This boat was dream of mine... I wanted to buy the best possible Bass Boat for the water I fish I worked hard to buy it and wanted to love it for the rest of my fishing days... I'm 55 going on 56. It was, and is, the biggest disappointment of my life.

    Once again, I saw this topic which calls for a Skeeter Revolution... I realize this is a fan site more than a site for expressing problems... That's why I started my own site for those who have real problems... and not just Skeeter... I think the Marine Industry gets away with stuff that would kill the Auto Industry in a heartbeat.
    I have said my peace and feel better about it. You won't hear me "whining" here again.
    Thanks for listening,
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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (papadish)

    I don't think you were whining, I was curious to know what exactly happened to your boat. I would be upset too.

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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (Tagg007)

    PJ: Perhaps you have a point.... My comments were meant to be easy to read and to position the point, not to bash. However, I can understand that they may have come across as such.


    Just so my fellow Skeeter owners folks know;
    I am not doing this for me. I am trying to be a reasonable voice of the consumer for the betterment of our experience. While in the end I may be successful in obtaining a resolution for my issue, that could have been easily addressed as a single consumer issue. (Squeaky Wheel gets the Grease) However, I am not interested in a solution for me, as I saw this as an issue across the Consumer line of Post Warranty period consumers; By reading posts over the years I recognized this as a much larger issue that needed to be addressed.

    Most companies will take notice and appreciate logical and reasonable input. And I found this to be true with Skeeter Executives. Anything less than the above could be ignored and why I was trying to keep this post up a notch. ENOUGH SAID.

    BTW - I have found out that Jeff/Robert and other Skeeter employees regularly read this forum. This was based upon the obvious inputs of my conversation with them today. However, I have seen posts of folks asking what consumers would like to see in the next Skeeter generation. So take note, you do have a voice!


    UPDATE:
    Got a call today from Jeff Stone and Robert Young, we spoke at great length and had a positive conversation.

    Here's the Whole Banana:

    Skeeter is in the process of developing a method to obtain covers for owners who wish to have OEM products. This will happen per Jeff Stone and be made available to post warranty consumers to obtain a Quality OEM replacement cover to allow consumers to use a reputable upholstery shop to recover their seats.

    In my opinion and based upon personal experience and input from shops; The Single hardest part of the upholstery business is re-creating the cover. With having Skeeter develop and produce covers, we should be able to obtain a replacement cover and achieve a quality re-upholstery job. I do, and would expect Skeeter to limit availability to boats that are within the 5 year window as they need to avoid having to carry unique materials, etc. However, this has yet to be determined. If they come back and go beyond this period, would be a huge win for other consumers.

    Many things will need to occur at Skeeter to deliver the procedure and will take 60-90 days for implementation. But I am told it will happen.

    Will keep a close watch and will contact Jeff Stone and Tim@Yamaha to obtain updates. I expect to have contact with them in the next 30 days for updates. Will keep you posted.

    Respectfully,
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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (K.D.)

    <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by K.D. &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">DarHans,

    What year is your boat? </TD></TR></TABLE> I'm curious too

    I was recently very disappointed with my local upholstery shop’s work on my vintage Skeeter (1994) – had the opportunity to speak directly with the person doing the stitching, he said that all the foam on by bench seats all separate pieces…
    Long story short, the seat re-cover does not look OEM – :(
    I too would have bought a manufacture’s seat skin had it been available.




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    Re: Skeeter Seat Covers - Need Owners Rebellion Writing C ... (JohnKTKim)

    JohnTKim,

    I'm not sure why he won't answer that question. Here is a copy of an Instant Message he sent me...

    <TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote &raquo;</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">(1:56 PM 1/31/2008) DarHans: Hey Kelly,
    Did you need soemthing from me? You have posted twice on my Skeeter Seat Cover post.</TD></TR></TABLE>

    I informed him that Yes, I'd like to know what year his boat is. He didn't respond back again. I'm not sure why but for someone to be trying to drum up people to support his cause and contact Skeeter on his behalf, you'd think he'd be upfront with the info.


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