DO NOT HIRE Stephen Lain AKA “northtexascrappiehunter”. He is a flat out crook!
Let me explain....
Back in December I asked him to do a 500 hour maintenance on my boat motor. He told me he needed $2000 up front because he needed to order all the parts. I gave him the cash and 3 weeks later he came to my house while I was at work to do the work. I got home early and he said he had already done all the work on the motor. I ended up paying $2750 for everything that day. 3-4 weeks later I had a lower unit go out, I took it to a very reputable motor service place at lake fork and told them to check the 20 or so items that Stephen was supposed to have done. When my lower unit was put in I went and spoke to the owner and he said my suspicions were correct. He said nearly everything on the list had not been done, they even pulled the parts off and showed me. For example the fuel/water separator was the original and had rust marks. They also told me that everything that was on the 500 hour list that Stephen was supposed to do would require about 2 days for a certified Yamaha tech which Stephen is not.
When I confronted Stephen he denied it for several days. He finally admitted to ripping me off and not doing 90% of the work he was supposed to do. It’s been 6 months. I have asked him to pay me what he stole from me and he dodges me at every chance and only has excuses for not being able to pay me back. Right after this happened he closed his business, says he filed bankruptcy, and moved from a house in Corinth to somewhere near lake fork. I seriously doubt I am the only person he did this to.
Stephen Lain is a LIAR, a CHEAT, and a CROOK. He should be banned from TFF. I hope people see this and do not do business with this guy and get ripped off like I did. People should know that Stephen will rip you off if given a chance. I have the text messages to prove everything that is stated above.