Hurley H3O - Long Term Experience

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  1. SmilingMonkey

    SmilingMonkey Member SILVER Sponsor

    216
    Oct 12, 2015
    Narragansett Bay
    2016 Sundancer 350
    8.2L, Bravo 3x, DTS, Axius
    Anyone have any long term experience with the H3O? How well does it hold up, etc.
     
  2. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    The winch that comes with it should be stainless. Mine started rusting within weeks (on fresh water) and leaves rust flakes all over the place every time it use used. I'll be ordering a stainless winch. The main pole that the winch goes on seems a bit flimsy, but it has not bent yet (it just looks like it might). Other than that it has held up well.
     
  3. Ahoy Malloy

    Ahoy Malloy New Member

    25
    Nov 10, 2015
    Cincinnati, OH
    2005 420 SD
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    I have had an H 30+ for two seasons and I've had no issues.


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  4. SmilingMonkey

    SmilingMonkey Member SILVER Sponsor

    216
    Oct 12, 2015
    Narragansett Bay
    2016 Sundancer 350
    8.2L, Bravo 3x, DTS, Axius
    Thanks guys!
     
  5. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Member GOLD Sponsor

    293
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    I have only had mine on season but I will second that the manual winch is the weak point. Mine rusted nearly immediately, and became dangerous because the pawl that switches from forward to reverse would get stuck between. My dinghy is fairly light so my plan is to remove the winch and setup a block and tackle from the end of the winch pole.
     
  6. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the defective pawl. It can be very dangerous when it malfunctions because if you let go while winching up expecting the pawl to work and it doesn't, that winch handle starts flying and it's a broken arm waiting to happen! I'm sure Hurley does not make the winch, but they should consider changing suppliers. And picking a stainless winch.
     
  7. Ahoy Malloy

    Ahoy Malloy New Member

    25
    Nov 10, 2015
    Cincinnati, OH
    2005 420 SD
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    I did not get the manual winch. I have had no issues with the motorized one.


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  8. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    Good call by you! I was worried about getting power to it...
     
  9. Ahoy Malloy

    Ahoy Malloy New Member

    25
    Nov 10, 2015
    Cincinnati, OH
    2005 420 SD
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    My transom locker has 2 plastic access discs about 6" in diameter. I drilled through the middle of one and ran my lines into the engine compartment. Obviously I store the winch in the locker which keeps it out of the elements. Worked out great and is completely reversible by buying a new disc. A little silicone around the line and call it a day.


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  10. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    Makes sense. My ER is a long way from the transom locker!
     
  11. Ctsearay

    Ctsearay Member SILVER Sponsor

    836
    Apr 19, 2009
    Milford Ct
    2002 360 Sundancer Twin 8.1's Tender
    10ft Hardbottom Walker Bay Genesis with Johnson 15 Hp
    Twin Pleasure Bringing, Fire Breathing Mercruiser 8.1 HO's
    I'm toying with the idea of putting the electric winch on it. I haven't mounted the system yet been sitting on it for 2 years now so I haven't even tried the manual winch yet.
     
  12. Converse48

    Converse48 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2006
    Chesapeake Bay
    2010 McKinna 57 Pilothouse
    QSM-11
    When you do go to install it, re-measure the mounting template that came with it. The template that came with mine was off by 1/8" on the primary centerline measurement, making for a frustrating install (to say the least).
     
  13. Ahoy Malloy

    Ahoy Malloy New Member

    25
    Nov 10, 2015
    Cincinnati, OH
    2005 420 SD
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Funny you should say that. My template was also off. The install was very difficult because of that. It resulted in a lot of Dremel work and a mallet. I have never tried to remove the harness from the mounts... I don't think I could if I wanted to!


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  14. Phasma

    Phasma Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    135
    Sep 17, 2016
    West Michigan
    2003 360 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1s Horizon
    I installed the H3O this year and so far good luck. I agree about the manual crank pawl as I have a couple of bruises to prove it may need some tweaking. I also have to say I love this thing as before I couldnt load my hard bottom dinghy with a 4 stroke. Maybe Hurley's next gen H4O will address the couple of issues. I really can not complain though. Good product
     

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  15. Phasma

    Phasma Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    135
    Sep 17, 2016
    West Michigan
    2003 360 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1s Horizon
    I installed the H3O this year and so far good luck. I agree about the manual crank pawl as I have a couple of bruises to prove it may need some tweaking. I also have to say I love this thing as before I couldnt load my hard bottom dinghy with a 4 stroke. Maybe Hurley's next gen H4O will address the couple of issues. I really can not complain though. Good product
     
  16. rmlsll

    rmlsll Member

    132
    Oct 11, 2009
    Saugatuck MI / Cape Coral FL
    340 Sundancer 2004 /
    240 Sundeck 2007 /
    10' Zodiac
    Twin 8.1 merc,. V-Drive /
    5.0 merc., bravo 3
    I built my own version of the H3O, and used a worm gear winch instead of a ratchet style. Instead of the supplied winch handle I use my battery drill to run the the winch.
     
  17. Doc O Rock

    Doc O Rock Member GOLD Sponsor

    193
    Mar 23, 2016
    Lake St Clair, Belle Maer Harbor
    1999 380 Sundancer
    twin 7.4 Merc
    Pictures, please!
     
  18. rmlsll

    rmlsll Member

    132
    Oct 11, 2009
    Saugatuck MI / Cape Coral FL
    340 Sundancer 2004 /
    240 Sundeck 2007 /
    10' Zodiac
    Twin 8.1 merc,. V-Drive /
    5.0 merc., bravo 3
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  19. SmilingMonkey

    SmilingMonkey Member SILVER Sponsor

    216
    Oct 12, 2015
    Narragansett Bay
    2016 Sundancer 350
    8.2L, Bravo 3x, DTS, Axius
    awesome soultion @rmlsll

    We've been using our H3O all season and love it. So far so good.
     
  20. cstinehour

    cstinehour New Member

    19
    Dec 16, 2017
    2008 350 Sundancer, Raymarine C120
    T-VD 8.1 S Horizon DTS MPI MIE (T-370 hp - 276 kW)
    I never thought of using a drill motor. Great idea! I've been using the Gilmore-Kramer SS winch with no issues. It was on a trailer for my sea-doo's that I bought used and I converted it over. They are pricey if you have to purchase new. Sears has a SS model for half the price around $220. I might change the cable to a floating dingy tow rope.
     

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