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Old 09-10-2017, 07:04 AM
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Hey everyone, new boat owner and to this forum, hoping I can get some help from you. My wife and I took delivery on our 2007 Regal 1900 with 52 hours and Volvo 4.3L this morning. We were excited to get out right away. Dealer had given the boat a thorough inspection before delivery and I checked the oil and connections myself, all good. We put it in the water, started like a dream, filled up on gas and headed out. Pretty quickly I noticed that the boat was very sluggish from slow speeds and seemed to struggle to get going or onto plane but once on plane moved along pretty well. About 10 min into our maiden trip, I had slowed to an almost stop and put it in neutral and the engine died. Had trouble getting it started at first but was able to coax it to run through working the choke. We rode a couple miles and found a nice place to anchor and hang out for a bit. A couple hours later when we were ready to take off, same thing. Had to choke and hold for it to run, if moved to neutral setting, it died immediately. I popped the hatch and saw a ton of this milky, sludgy residue. I grew up owning and riding jet skis so boat engines are a new concept to me and had no idea what I was looking at but knew it wasn't good at all. At that point we called in a tow boat and went back to the marina.

Boat was used and stored in southern IL so it definitely would have seen cold weather.

I would love any opinions on what could be the issue. I've read cracked block, intake or exhaust manifold. Mostly happens from improper winterization I believe. A rep from the dealership responded to me after hours today, apologized and re-assured me that they would not leave me hanging so I'm hopeful that we can get a peaceful resolution. Background: one owner boat. Man got cancer and boat was barely used, hence the low hours. He passed away and his kids are selling the boat on consignment. Again, dealer reassured me that they did a thorough inspection and testing.

QUESTION; If it were you, do I work with them to make it right or take this as a bad sign and insist they take the boat back and refund my money? We like the boat a lot but don't want to make a big mistake here.


Thanks in advance for the help and input!!
Old 09-10-2017, 07:13 AM
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Let them diagnose the problem and then see what they intend to do to make it right. If the engine is toast from a cracked block due to lack of winterization they only have one option...replace it. Don't get ahead of yourself..see how it plays out and go from there.
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2007 OR 2017 ?

If 2007 with 52 hours that has sat for a long time,I would be looking for bad gas /fuel filter/carb cleaning.
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Is there any warranty (written)? I expect not, especially on a consignment sale. Most used boat purchases are 'as is'. The only thing you can hope for is that the dealer is a stand up guy and will work with you. If he hasn't turned the funds over to the seller yet you may have a better chance. Any resolution at this time will be strictly 'good will' on the part of the dealer and seller.
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bad gas is my guess, that boat sat idle for a long time, boats like to be run
Old 09-10-2017, 07:30 AM
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Thanks for the responses guys!

Unfortunately I'm not able to post a picture yet (less than 10 posts) but I don't see how bad gas would cause the milky sludge all over the engine. Thoughts?
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No picture. Sludge is probably just oil/water the bilge from sitting up for so long. When you filled up it was probably E10 that put water/crude in the tank into solution and clogged the filter. No big deal. Clean tank or just let the filter do it's job and change out as needed. Relax. The dealer sounds like a stand up guy. Give them a chance to look it over. A little inconvenience for such a low hour boat will be worth it.

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As far as "insisting they take it back and refund your money" legally you have no leg to stand on.. It's yours.. Your time for due diligence ended when you signed the purchase sales agreement/ bill of sale. So, find a certified "Volvo inboard" dealership and have it diagnosed and corrected.

Welcome to boating and spending countless thousands of dollars.
Agree with the comment on bad gas...check all filters, and check the fuel in the tank for water intrusion/ separation/ condensation.
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I really appreciate the help guys. I'm not freaking out (yet) and would really like to work with the dealer. They have been great so far so I don't have reason to doubt them. Like I said, I'm new to this kind of thing so I get worried when there is a seemingly big problem this quickly. I will update the post once I have more info. Praying that it really is just bad gas, clogged filter, etc.
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If it was a cracked block or other freeze damage you would have over heated and/or filled up the bilge with water,

Oil will over time collect in a bilge, just happens. It normally gets washed out and is not noticeable. But having sat so long when a little water got it the bilge and sloshed around it found the oil. Wash the bilge with Dawn detergent a few times. Be as nice as possible to the dealer. He has no obligation to help but seems he will.
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Thanks again Gents!
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"I popped the hatch and saw a ton of this milky, sludgy residue."

Where did You find this? If it's on the Engine,Like coming out of the Valve cover Or blowing out the dipstick tube...Is it tan/brown looking?? The Block is cracked....
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Lone Ranger, I PM'd you a link to a photo of the engine since I can't post them yet (less than 10 posts).
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Did you pull the dipstick and check the oil after all this happened? If so, what color is it and what level was it at?
Milky oil in the bilge doesn't mean anything. Milky oil in the motor is a different story.
If you never mentioned the oil I would be leaning towards bad gas. Pull the fuel/water filter and see what's in it. Pour it in a jar and let it settle for a couple hours and see if you can see water.
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Mark, email me the pic & ill get it posted for you. sent u a pm...
pic would help greatly!
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Just wow!!!! Hold tight, pic coming!
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He sent it to me too. I am an OB guy. Above my pay grade here. Still appears to be 2 issues though.
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wow thats shooting out of the breather. no bueno.
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Originally Posted by Slater View Post
Just wow!!!! Hold tight, pic coming!
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I'd be there first thing monday morning asking for my money back.

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