Ok i can wait no longer.. here it is
DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH KARL from SLO CANVAS AND SAIL
after several emails with him, and surveying the people on another site who have used his services ... we came to an agreement of around $200 for a new Mystere 5.5 tramp (his quote, i never haggled at all). he said it would be about 100 off the regular price since he hadn't made one before and i would need to send him my tramp as a pattern (along with images and measurements)
I sent him my old tramp (actually my friends) in April with measurements.. he has NEVER done the work, he has been next to impossible to contact (his voice mail is never answered, usually to full to even leave a message, and he wont return emails.)
I have gotten through a few times to him and he has apologized, said he was busy and it would be done "this week"... never to hear back. the few times i have gotten through on the phone to his co-workers (or whomever they are) and i told them i need my tramp returned.. .NOTHING
i have now placed complaint with both the SLO BBB and the California States attorney/CA Dept of Justice. I HOPE THEY ARREST HIM and my next move is to file with the post office for federal mail fraud.
Then my next plan is to hire a lawyer and sue the jerk to recover my friends property. I have lawyer friends, but i want to hire the most expensive one i can find, on contingency so he has to pay 10000's for their fees.
I was polite and only pressed him to either do the work, or return my property. He was pleasant and accommodating on the phone, only to continue to blow me off.
I am very upset that i have to explain to my friend that i can't return his working trampoline and see what i can do to remedy that situation. Thank goodness i didnt send him my actual tramp as i would have been out of sailing since april.
PS His "Turn around time" was promised as - "We can build your trampoline within a few days of receiving the trampoline and boat measurements." That was april 6. he received the tramp april 8th....