In May of this year I purchased a new ( to me ) 26 foot Hydra Sports with twin 225 Yamaha f225’s. I was operating the boat and picked up a tarp or plastic sheeting that caused an overheat. The motor was torn down by my local Yamaha dealer and it was determined that the tuner gasket on the mid section had failed allowing the crankcase to become flooded. The motor is a 2005 f225txr with approximately 115 hours on it. I explored various options ( Currently pursuing legal action against seller and broker that’s a whole other discussion) The choices were new motor, new power head, heads, parts, assembly ( when added up would be cheaper to buy new motor ) or rebuild the damaged motor.
I made a decision to have the motor remanufactured by www.oneoutboard.com
blackbird industries in PA. I made that decision because the motor was in running condition when the gasket failure occurred. I had researched them and actually spoke to them previously about rebuilding triple optis on a fountain that I was considering. I spoke with both Mike Sr and Jr and asked what my options were. Considering that the motor was already disassembled they both suggested having them reman and assemble the complete motor and ship it back as one complete unit.
The motor was picked up and approximately 2 weeks later it was delivered back to my dealer by fedex. It was packaged and crated well. Only two issues 1. The cowl sealing gasket was missing and 2. A sensor (oxygen?) was sending a fault and needed replacement. Not even worth a call to 1outboard in my opinion as it was easily solved.
The F225 was hung and I was able to put about 4 hours on it during break-in and it seemed to run well.
I was having a new through hull transducer installed and tech noticed a puddle of oil under motor. Shop called me and showed me where it was leaking down the shaft and water contamination in the oil. A call was placed to 1outboard and I didn’t get a warm fuzzy feeling from them while asking about warranty coverage. A follow-up conference call was made by my shops service manager and me to Mike at 1 outboard. After hearing the bad news Mike said he would have his truck returning from Florida pick up the motor today.
It cost $5800 with shipping to have the motor rebuilt by 1outboard two weeks ago. I really have no idea what they did to the motor.I am still waiting for a parts breakdown that i requested. I know that 1outboard is a sponsor on THT so I decided to post my experiences here for this community to see. I am upset that I have lost nearly the entire season with my new boat and it is a major inconvenience to have a newly rebuilt motor experience a failure BUT I am a realist. I know that things can and do happen to even brand new motors and that is the reason why reputable companies offer warranties on their products. Mike from 1outboard had stated that they would repair this motor and honor their commitment to the customer through their 1 year warranty. Additionally they verbally agreed to cover the removal and rerig of motor which is approximately 4 hours of labor quoted by my shop. If they honor that commitment and correct the problem I will be a happy customer
So the way I look at it 1outboard.com can take a bad experience ( for me and them) and turn it into a positive one. As we all know it’s not the problem but how the problem is corrected. This is an opportunity for 1outboard to “make it right” for this customer and get me back on the water. My old 88 Johnson on my skiff is getting tired guess it’s time for that one as well once I get my offshore rig back on the water.
I anticipate a positive outcome
To be continued
3 year lurker now new member