replacement cost of Bravo III lower unit?

Discussion in 'General Maintenance/Repair Questions' started by searaypuget, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Korkie

    Korkie Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 2, 2016
    Leonardtown, MD Potomac River / Chesapeake Bay
    340 Sundancer 2006, Garmin 7612, xHD Radome
    Merc 496 Mags, Bravo III Drives
    Careful on the +tax. Here in Maryland, labor is not taxable.
  2. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Big ones!
    I think the price is outrageous. Painting for 1200? If he charges 150/hr, that's 8 hours for a drive that comes pre-painted? Is he adding additional epoxy paint with a gun? Spray paint at 20/can? I'd nix that line item. The line item for prop removal should be included in the labor for the drive. It's almost double counted in my mind. The actual time to remove those props is 15 mins. I think the actual price should be between $6k-7$k assuming the drive is sub $6k.
  3. New Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    Potomac River
    2006 280 Sundancer
    Twin 4.3 with Bravo 3 out drives
  4. searaypuget

    searaypuget Member

    May 21, 2017
    2008 Sundancer 280
    496 Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drive
    I drove to the yard to go over the line items. I did ask about $250 for the prop removal and reinstall and was explained to me that it takes 2 hours to remove and reinstall. The was required to inspect to better understand the condition of the bearing. I did let them know 2 hours is just ridiculous. As for the painting, they explained it takes about 8 hours to prep the whole unit including the new lower unit then they apply epoxy. So it is more than painting the upper unit. It is not clear to me if sanding and painting the new unit is a must. As for the retail price, I did ask if I could source them from other stores to save $2K since other store could ship it free at a discounted price and was told then I would still have to pay for the full MSRP to the shop as they need that 30% mark-up. At least they are very honest and upfront about it. I asked if it would be possible to negotiate either the price of the work and was told it was non negotiable. This turns out to be a lot more headache than I thought. it is a hassle to move the boat to a different shop but if I could save a couple of Ks, I think it is worth it...
  5. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Big ones!
    I'd move it to save 2k. While I understand everyone needs to stay in business, 'reasonable snd customary" come to mind in thi situation. As mentioned, they should make a $1000-$1500 on a cake job like this.

    Can you do the work yourself? Friend? Have you looked up mobile marine mechanics? Craigslist?
  6. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    What if he removes the drive and then tells you that the bellows need to be replaced........according to his math that would be an additional $2700!

    Get your boat out of there!
  7. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Big ones!
    No joke!

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