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Old     (midwesty)      Join Date: Aug 2003       07-19-2006, 8:06 PM Reply   
dealer says that the shaft cpmpletely split, it didnt bend and i never hit anything,it was just a rider in tow
Old     (boarditup)      Join Date: Jan 2004       07-20-2006, 6:06 AM Reply   
Yes, it can and does happen. Defect in casting, usually.
Old     (midwesty)      Join Date: Aug 2003       07-20-2006, 7:20 AM Reply   
so, my boat is 2 years old and no warranty, i dont feel it is my fault. do you think i have any way out of this with the manufacturer?
Old     (rodmcinnis)      Join Date: Sep 2002       07-20-2006, 10:04 AM Reply   
I had one snap once. The wife was driving the boat, manuevering up to the houseboat, idle speed. Hit reverse to check the speed and it snapped! Fortunately she was going slow enough that the impact with the houseboat was negligable.

Mine broke right at the coupling, inside the boat. It was about 10 years old and I suspect that the alignment was not correct so I wasn't too surprised.

Generally a shaft breaks due to misalignment or an out of balance prop. If your boat is only two years old, and you have never hit anything, then I would suspect that the engine wasn't aligned properly from the factory.

You should at least talk to the dealer, see if he can get some help from the factory.


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