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Crevalle 26 Open Special Edition Catastrophic Transom Failure.

Old 05-19-2018, 03:46 AM
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Yikes.

$140k+ for a bay boat.......and the engine damn near falls off. Something wrong with both of those statements on their own. Put them together and good lord.

Good luck to ya BW65.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:22 AM
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Originally Posted by bsh102 View Post
Holy crap, that would be a uneasy trip back to the dock and than rage would creep in once it got out of the water. I sure hope Crevalle steps up and makes this right.

After three days of back and forth with the president of Crevalle Nick Engels they are only willing to do what they are legally bound to do.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:26 AM
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Propbend on here had us all thinking they were top tier boats
They love to throw that phrase around to justify the high sticker price but the reality is Crevalle is a midrange boat at best.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:30 AM
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Originally Posted by captain28570 View Post
I priced one here LA a few years ago with a 350 without Electroincs for under 100 grand.

Damn they have raised the prices .

Sorry OP that transom is toast and not top tier quality.

Hopefully they come too their senses.
Thanks but they refuse to do anything more then the minimum required.
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Old 05-19-2018, 05:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluewater65 View Post
After three days of back and forth with the president of Crevalle Nick Engels they are only willing to do what they are legally bound to do.
In other words, under the warranty, they can “repair or replace” and they are going to go the repair route?

I think I would consider 1) letting the Coast Guard know about this since they address vessel recalls Defect Notification and 2) possibly letting Boat US know (if you are a member) since they can sometimes help out.

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Old 05-19-2018, 05:40 AM
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Family friendly boats focused on reliability, durability, and excellence in design.

the only thing family friendly about that boat is if your family hates your guts and you have a large life insurance policy
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Now that they have been exposed on here, they need to do 3 things, make a redesigned hull to handle that power, give OP one and get on here and start explaining their new and improved boat or this will not end well for them. That's bad....
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Originally Posted by billablehours View Post


In other words, under the warranty, they can “repair or replace” and they are going to go the repair route?

I think I would consider 1) letting the Coast Guard know about this since they address vessel recalls Defect Notification and 2) possibly letting Boat US know (if you are a member) since they can sometimes help out.

Good luck.
it would be a bit of a risk, but possibly contact your insurance carrier and see if they can deem that boat unworthy of bring insured and then you have a claim on lack of suitability or use of the product

and if the boat has a loan contact the lender and again perhaps they can decide they no longer wish to finance it and try and pull the loan from the dealer (sort of like if a car buyer defaults in X number of days the lender pulls the commission for making the loan back from the dealer)....but of course in this case you are trying to get the entire financing pulled which is probably quite a reach and impossible for the lender (even if they wanted to), but it does turn up the heat on the dealer and lets them know that they might have a harder time financing that brand of boat in the future at least with that lender

and with the insurance carrier route you run the risk of them simply dropping you and then you have to worry if you can get insurance if you are stuck with that hull "rebuilt"....but of course that carrier might also decide that brand of boat is not worth covering for anyone if that is how they build and stand behind a product

again both are QUITE A REACH, but might as well start making all the waves possible because not a chance in hell I would take that hull back
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Sub'd cause this is a good one...
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How old is the boat? Who rigged it?

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Old 05-19-2018, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by gumpire View Post
How old is the boat? Who rigged it?


I traded in my new 26 open for this one Jan 2018. It was rigged at the Crevalle factory.
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This isn’t going to end well for someone, hope it’s not the OP. Good luck, glad you made it back to port safely.
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How long has this been going on. I think they used to have a section under boat manufacturers on this or another website that is gone now. I remember reading something about livewells not being sealed to the cap and water getting in because of that. There may be more out there than others want to talk about.
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When you see this kind of stuff its crazy,
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Unbelievable!! My nephew and I just looked over the new 26 Crevalles and he almost pulled the trigger on one down in the Keys last month. So glad he didn't and will not for sure now. Very poor engineering and lousy customer service response!
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I’m in the market for a large bay boat and I’m striking them off my list.
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:27 AM
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Sorry this happened. Crevalle management had an opportunity to do the right thing.

They chose the route of a cheap uncaring a hole.

I looked these boats over closely at the Miami show. A lot of bling to convince guys that these are top tier boats. Guess what they are not even close. These boats are $50-75k overpriced. From what the photos show the construction of that transom is laughable at best. Rarely can any start up truly be a top tier boat. They are only as good as the $9 an hour guys building most boats out there. Bottom line there are only 4-5 top tier bay boats period. The rest is a bunch of hype.

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Old 05-19-2018, 09:55 AM
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I'd have put everyone in life jackets and ran that motor off the transom...
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Old 05-19-2018, 10:15 AM
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This is the first I have seen and we have been selling them for 4 years. Including several with 400s, and dozens with 350's. Crevalle builds what I consider to be great boats and while this one has had a failure I am confident that crevalle would make things right if given possession of the boat and an opportunity to do so. Nick has been mentioned above and he is honestly one of the top guys in the boating industry just for something like this and he has both the experience and education to back it up. I suspect crevalle wants to get the boat back to diagnose what has happened. If they can't make it right and/or bullet proof I am confident they would build you a new boat. No company is gonna just build someone a new boat with out performing there due diligence to find out what happened and what the cause of failure was. People make mistakes, accidents happen, sometimes components are defective. Lots of variables that have to be inspected.

These boats ride very well for bay boats and many of our customers fish them offshore as well. Albeit some of them a little too far out in too rough conditions in my opinion. We have to keep in mind that all vessels have their limitations.

I will say that the dual power poles on this setup didn't help the situation if the engine/jack plate mount bolts had worked there way loose. The extra leverage of them being so tall and flopping around make me nervous in every application when bolted to the jack plate no matter what brand name is written on the side. There are a lot of bolts back there and I have seem them get loose very frequently with this setup. We always tighten all engine mount bolts, jack plate bolts, and power pole brackets at initial 20 hour service. Trust me, they work there way loose, I have seen them as much as as 3/16" out in some cases (Nor-tech, Fountain, Contender, Crevalle, etc. etc.). This is some thing all new boat owners should keep an eye on. Mercury recommends at every service and at minimum every 100 hours. I am not saying this is the cause, but typically fiberglass doesn't fail without blunt force or without other components starting to move. If things started moving and separated the hull to deck joint in front of the motor I can see this happening. As far as construction I have seen coosa used in the past, but this looks like solid glass and structural urethane foam core(note the bent screws still in place in the foam board). I can follow up with factory and find out what the schedule is. Although looking at the pics my opinion is that the existing transom could be repaired and could potentially be made stronger than it ever was with some solid glass and other components. Fiberglass is some strong stuff.

Bluewater,

Be patient, You are dealing with a bunch of stand up guys at Crevalle. It is a very unfortunate situation and I hope no one was hurt. I am confident crevalle will make things right.

Feel free to call me I would be glad to help if I can be of any assistance. My cell is 251-709-3457 (Chris)

Tight Lines!

PS: To the guys saying Crevalle is not a well built boat I recommend you go to the factory in Wildwood, FL and go see for yourself.

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