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Old 03-16-2019, 01:30 PM
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Iíll keep this fairly short and sweet. Went to look over a new boat before purchasing it. During the walk around, I found a couple issues I wanted fixed before signing anything. One issue was the outboard had clearly made contact with the ground at some point at the dealership. The skeg was the only apparent place of contact. Is it too much to ask for them to replace the lower unit, or should I be content with a brand new motor having been damaged? They offered to file that area down and repaint it, but can I be certain there wasnít some other internal damage from shock?
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Iíll keep this fairly short and sweet. Went to look over a new boat before purchasing it. During the walk around, I found a couple issues I wanted fixed before signing anything. One issue was the outboard had clearly made contact with the ground at some point at the dealership. The skeg was the only apparent place of contact. Is it too much to ask for them to replace the lower unit, or should I be content with a brand new motor having been damaged? They offered to file that area down and repaint it, but can I be certain there wasnít some other internal damage from shock?
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Do you have any idea of how many skegs have made contact with the ground or a rock and none of these ended up with the outdrive being replaced. Either let the dealer file it down and repaint it or look for another boat.
I guarantee you'll hit ground or a rock before you have a boat for a year and you will not replace the lower unit.
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Pictures would help. Is it bent ? Or just scratched.
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Old 03-16-2019, 01:56 PM
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I know Iím likely going to hit something in the water at some point. Just curious if I should be concerned about just how and what it made contact with.

Pics below. Lighting wasnít great, so this is all I got.
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It's a fair question, but your pic isn't showing up yet.
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Pending seeing the pics, just have the dealer write up a couple sentences on his letterhead about the incident and that should lower unit issues surface in the next X hours, they will repair/replace at no charge to you.
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Sorry. Trying to post pics from mobile device but they donít want to upload. It did not appear bent, just scraped up metal and missing paint.
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Scratched up skegs happen and no, there will not be unseen damage from "shock". Instead of touching them up you might ask him to add skeg guards to cover the scratches.

Asking for a new gear case is not even remotely reasonable unless the dealer wants to swap one off of another motor and just hope that whoever buys the one with the scratched skeg isn't concerned about it.
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Old 03-16-2019, 02:13 PM
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Itís telling me I need 10 posts to upload photos, so I guess I wonít worry about it. I assumed the consensus would be that itís a non-issue. Just looking for some reassurance. First-time buyer here if you guys couldnít tell.
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You can upload the picture at tinypic.com and post a link here.
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Originally Posted by Eric365 View Post
Instead of touching them up you might ask him to add skeg guards to cover the scratches
Personally, I wouldnít have them add a guard... They would need to drill into your Skeg, which compromises the integrity of it...

Also, Skegs are designed to give or breakaway in a lot of different contact situations which can save your shaft and/or gearing...

Adding a guard could counter act that design...

Guards are not designed for covering up cosmetic issues, but are for broken Skegs with large amounts missing...

Even with that (broken ones), Iíd still recommend having them repaired instead of adding a guard...

Most competent Prop shops can handle the job...
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Kimber, throw a couple of posts on the test area at the support link at the bottom of forums list.
Then check out the 2 step photo posting link on the boating site for how to. You need ten posts to attach photos.
Or buy a wheel or anchor subscription for future use , it’s cheap and no adds will drop on you.
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I wouldn’t add a Skeg guard on any of mine. It gets sanded clean after use a couple of inches up anyways. Have them touch it up to look like new and it’s still new.
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Do you have any idea of how many skegs have made contact with the ground or a rock and none of these ended up with the outdrive being replaced. Either let the dealer file it down and repaint it or look for another boat.
I guarantee you'll hit ground or a rock before you have a boat for a year and you will not replace the lower unit.
Guy panics when he sees a new motor on a new boat at the dealer. Wants a new lower unit.

Guy has a new boat with a new undamaged motor. He hits a rock. Does he run out and buy/install a new lower unit because the other one has some scuff marks?
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I've seen an outboard skeg dragged 20' up a concrete ramp and work fine for many years.
A little touch up is all it needs.
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Or, in true THT fashion, lawyer up and sue 'em for a new boat even though you haven't bought it yet!
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Guards are not designed for covering up cosmetic issues, but are for broken Skegs with large amounts missing...

This is incorrect. Skeg guards are not stiff enough to work without an intact skeg underneath, they just fold over if you run them through the sand. I've seen it happen first hand more than once. They are specifically intended to make an ugly, scratched up skeg look a little prettier. That said, I don't care for them either, they serve no real purpose. It was just a suggestion if the OP is that worried about a scratched up skeg.

As somebody else said, in true THTer fashion, you could just threaten to badmouth them online and write bad reviews unless they give you a free boat. With a new gear case of course.
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Reply to this and you'll be up to 10!

I don't agree with the skeg guard suggestion. If it's not really damaged, smooth it out and paint it.
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I completely understand it is not a big deal but it would still chap my ass.

I try to keep my stuff looking like new as long as possible.

Not a big deal but it would still piss me off.
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Haha only on here will someone tell you to buy the motor with the damage. I love it. The same guy is going to tell me heíll buy a car with a dent in it? Because you know one day youíll get a dent? Typical.
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