Is it the quality or me?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by New Horizon, May 11, 2022.

  1. New Horizon

    New Horizon Member

    Nov 1, 2018
    420 Aft Cabin MY 1997
    Twin 3116 Cats.
    It seems things just break or stop working every spring for no good reason. When I put the boat in heated storage last fall everything worked perfect. Get in the water this week and two shower sump pumps not working (Cleaned them thoroughly before storage. Every year it seems I have to replace either the switches or the pumps? Rear air vibrating excessively. Not sure what is going on there yet. When I start the engines electronic noise comes through my speakers on the bridge. All was fine last fall. The Gremlins are very active this year. Anyone else feel this kind of pain in the spring?
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  2. Phil S

    Phil S Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2020
    2004 300DA
    5.0 Merc MPI
    Bravo III

    2022 KL Tender
    6hp Mercury OB
    It's always something!

    This year I took off my own shrinkwrap -- both so I didn't have to wait, and so I didn't have to hunt around to see what they broke in the process of removing it :mad:

    I'm surprised you can only get a year out of the shower sumps :eek:
  3. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    Yeah, shower sump pumps have been a regular fix/replace in my boating career.
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  4. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    My dc Cig Lighter socket was fine; not working after launch, and the Tachometer that was fine, went haywire over the winter. Thanks to techmitch for the solution.
    So ya, you’re not alone.

    JB MARSHALL Active Member

    Aug 1, 2015
    Mystic CT
    2009-48 Sundancer
    Cummins QSC 8.3
    I agree, every spring launch it’s another two or three problems that were not present at the end of the season 6 1/2 months ago :(
  6. TTG

    TTG Member

    Dec 24, 2019
    2003 360DA
    Mastercraft Pro Star (ski boat)
    Checkmate 185 (river boat)
    Twin 8.1 Inboards
    I can relate. Shower sump and leaks at the fresh water manifold for galley and head faucets. No issues prior to storage. And the expensive part was on the port motor—the water pump housing. All good now but jeez! So yeah. Gremlins.
  7. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
    I also agree, there is always something that worked on November that doesn’t work now in April. Everything is meant to be used and sitting idle in sun zero temps can’t help.
  8. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    2006 340 Sundancer, Garmin 7610, xHD 24" Radar, Shadow Drive AP, VV703
    Merc 496 Mags
    Bravo III Drives
    Yup - Raw water pumps all good when winterizing, started up back in late march and went for run, Port engine pump had blown shaft seal, dirty bay water sprayed everywhere. Always something. I have just learned over the years to expect things to be in need of attention and count my blessings when they are not - after all, as my mechanic always states - It's a Boat.
  9. Jus Cruisin

    Jus Cruisin Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2021
    Lake St Clair - MI (Belle Maer Harbor)
    2004 390 DA
    It's not just boats. I've had plenty of hot rods, classics, 60's muscle and the ones that sit, break. The ones that were "exercised" regularly didn't much, anyway. In the car business, used cars that sat for extended periods had the same fate. We called it "lot rot".
    I'm getting launched tomorrow hours away from home. My fingers are crossed that nothing "broke" over the winter that'll keep me from heading north with it tomorrow afternoon.
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  10. mquiet

    mquiet Well-Known Member

    Aug 4, 2009
    North carolina
    1999 480 Sedan Bridge
    Caterpillar 3196
    This is always an issue when items are not run regularly. Southern boats have more sun exposure but we use them year round and don't seem to have the gremlins. I used to leave up north and it was the same. I guess those that need to winterize should just sell us their boat s at a huge discount.
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  11. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    Agree to lack of use, especially with things that require water, lubricant and such on a recurring basis.
  12. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    10' Aventus RIB w/ 9.9 Merc
    Cat 3196
    Good luck on your initial ride back up to Anchor Bay. That is a beauty of a boat!
  13. Jus Cruisin

    Jus Cruisin Well-Known Member

    Oct 6, 2021
    Lake St Clair - MI (Belle Maer Harbor)
    2004 390 DA
    Thank you. Getting a little bit anxious/nervous today. I just want to get tomorrow over and have the boat bobbing in my slip at Belle Maer.
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  14. hughespat57

    hughespat57 Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Rock Hill, SC
    300 Sundancer 1994, trailered tri-axle LoadRite roller
    Mercruiser 5.7 260HP Alpha One Gen II, twin
    Some problems are quality, some are age, some are previous owners...
    If you have a 2015 or newer and have regular problems yeah a fair amount of that is quality and workmanship have declined. And I would certainly be frustrated as well.

    We span the 1990's, 2000, 2010, 2020. That's four decades. And some have older.
    My 1994 is now 28 years old, going to have to move the 300s to the "Classics" forum.

    I have components that are obviously OEM and still work fine.
    Refrigerator going strong.
    I seem to have the original or very old sump and bilge pumps and still going strong.
    Then I have blowers that are obviously much newer style and they squeal like a stuck pig when I start them.

    I have 2015 Alpha outdrives (and need to swap out the transom units I got with them) due to heavy electrolysis the PO ignored.
    The water heater was rotted inside and out, now new with stainless shell .

    But at 28 years old I'm not at all surprised some thing just stop working.
  15. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    Kind of like us, at 55 years some things squeal, ache and some just stop working...especially from lack of use.
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