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Old 07 August 2011, 16:30   #1
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Bad weekend - outboard damaged - advice please.

Hi there,

After using the rib this weekend I was unlucky to hit something on my way back to port. Although only doing around 15 knots, the gearcase smashed, but thankfully got us back to port.

Obviously the lower casing needs replacement along with gears etc, but is the impact likley to have damaged other areas of the engine? I'm worried that the impact shock may have damaged elsewhere.

Any ideas on costs and where to take it for repairs (I live Merseyside).

Many thanks for any help.

Mark
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Old 07 August 2011, 16:35   #2
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WOW ! Impressive photos for all the wrong reasons! Dint think I have seen one that bad that has still kept running. Think you were lucky to get home on it!

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Mrdeli,

Does your insurance cover damage to the leg/engine from underwater obstructions ? Mine does, albeit with a hefty excess.
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Old 07 August 2011, 16:46   #4
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Yes I think I was pretty luck to get back - funnily enough it ran prefectly - probably best not to try any wakeboarding with it just yet though!!! When i saw the oil in the water I was worried it might overheat - when I got her out the water, I realised that the gears were being plenty cooled!!

I'll check the insurance tomorrow and I'm pretty sure it will be covered - i guess if it's not theres not much point in having cover!!
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where to take it for repairs (I live Merseyside).
I used the Powerboat Centre in Aughton, near Ormskirk to get a dead motor running again. They weren't cheap but they did a decent job.
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I'll check the insurance tomorrow and I'm pretty sure it will be covered - i guess if it's not theres not much point in having cover!!
Well in that case, being rather crude about it - you don't need a really good mechanic who can save the working parts from the gearbox and rebuilt it all economically. What you want is a decent Suzuki dealer who will replace the lower leg and confirm the drive shaft and powerhead end are all in order.
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Hi there,

After using the rib this weekend I was unlucky to hit something on my way back to port. Although only doing around 15 knots, the gearcase smashed, but thankfully got us back to port.
I'm impressed the box ran at all like that , without seizing solid ? how long did you run with it like that ?
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