well,after shorting out some wiring on my boat a few weeks back(and feeling completely stupid about doing it!),i finally got it into the shop at knox marine and got it fixed today. their shop is a bit of a drive for me(around 95 miles one way)but it was really worth it.they scheduled me in for a service appointment at 11:00 am and actually got started early on it. they chased down the bad wiring,replaced it,checked all of the other wiring(including the motor) to make sure that it was okay, then hooked the hose up to the motor and ran it just to be sure that it was charging. after that they wired up my marine radio with quick disconnects(even did it so even I couldn't hook it up backwards!!!) so i can remove it from the boat. besides the very friendly service,the cost was great! the total charge was only $112!!! i had contacted another shop here in central ohio and was told that they would look at it but there would be a 3 HOUR MINIMUM SERVICE CHARGE on it(@ $90 an hour!).i had no problem with the hourly rate but the 3 hour minimum really irked me. anyway,i may not spend alot of money each year having my boat serviced but from now on knox marine will be the ones doing the work.they have a customer for life! thanks guys!!!