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    • [EXPIRED] Great Words about Panama City Marina

      There have already been any number of references here on the "Northern Gulf" page of the Cruisers' Net about why Panama City Marina is one of the best facilities going. If you should need more proof, however, just read on!

      My husband and I were delivering our recently purchased 1985 Gulfstar Hirsh 45 from Sarasota to Chicago this summer.  After a week long delay (and a replacement autohelm) we left Sarasota and with light winds on the nose, and motor-sailed to Apalachicola.  As we were coming into the dock our engine overheated.  We floated into Miller Marine and were referred to Harry, a fine diesel mechanic who replaced a raw water pump and gave us the name of someone in Panama City, in case we had further problems.  Our engine had years of no or little use or maintenance and we were experiencing several smaller problems as well as burning more oil than “usual”.   We were on our way to Pensacola and near Panama City when the engine overheated again.  We were towed into Panama City Marina.  Bill Lloyd and the staff at Panama City Marina were extremely helpful and generous with their time and attention as they referred us to Jimmy at Boatworks of Northwest Florida (the same person that had been suggested by Harry in Apalachicola).  We had the fresh water pump replaced and a diesel leak was found from the fuel injection pump.  It did not appear to be leaking into the engine, so we were supplied with plenty of diapers and after the week of repairs (these things always seem to happen on a weekend and then you wait for parts!) we were on our way.  We had no sooner left the channel when the engine lost all oil pressure.  We were towed back into Panama City Marina for the second time!  We cannot say enough good things about Panama City Marina.  We were frustrated, running out of time for our delivery, and well into exceeding our boat budget.  Bill Lloyd and his staff went out of their way to accommodate us and to help us.  We felt welcome and the marina became our second home after deciding to have the engine replaced. Panama City Marina deserves high honors!
      Francie Scott
      Mike Sheridan
      Anam Cara
      Gulfstar Hirsh 45
      In transit from Florida to Chicago

      There have already been any number of references here on the "Northern Gulf" page of the Cruisers' Net about why Panama City Marina is one of the best facilities going. If you should need more proof, however, just read on!

      My husband and I were delivering our recently purchased 1985 Gulfstar Hirsh 45 from Sarasota to Chicago this summer.  After a week long delay (and a replacement autohelm) we left Sarasota and with light winds on the nose, and motor-sailed to Apalachicola.  As we were coming into the dock our engine overheated.  We floated into Miller Marine and were referred to Harry, a fine diesel mechanic who replaced a raw water pump and gave us the name of someone in Panama City, in case we had further problems.  Our engine had years of no or little use or maintenance and we were experiencing several smaller problems as well as burning more oil than “usual”.   We were on our way to Pensacola and near Panama City when the engine overheated again.  We were towed into Panama City Marina.  Bill Lloyd and the staff at Panama City Marina were extremely helpful and generous with their time and attention as they referred us to Jimmy at Boatworks of Northwest Florida (the same person that had been suggested by Harry in Apalachicola).  We had the fresh water pump replaced and a diesel leak was found from the fuel injection pump.  It did not appear to be leaking into the engine, so we were supplied with plenty of diapers and after the week of repairs (these things always seem to happen on a weekend and then you wait for parts!) we were on our way.  We had no sooner left the channel when the engine lost all oil pressure.  We were towed back into Panama City Marina for the second time!  We cannot say enough good things about Panama City Marina.  We were frustrated, running out of time for our delivery, and well into exceeding our boat budget.  Bill Lloyd and his staff went out of their way to accommodate us and to help us.  We felt welcome and the marina became our second home after deciding to have the engine replaced. Panama City Marina deserves high honors!
      Francie Scott
      Mike Sheridan
      Anam Cara
      Gulfstar Hirsh 45
      In transit from Florida to Chicago

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