About 3 weeks ago I took my buddies out for a day on the water.
We went to a lake that I have been on as a guest, but never the captain...
They pulled me a ways...but they are not seasoned pullers, so I let go after a short set.
When I got in the boat, they said that they had hit something big time.
We trailered the boat and checked out the rudder and prop...everything looked okay.
I have had the boat out 3 or 4 times a week since, and only noticed a slight vibration when the boat is really slammed.
When I reached the 100 hour mark I took it in and asked them to check out the vibration...
Come to find out....they must have hit a stump right on the water intake for the engine
there is wood logged up in there....
stress cracks all around it and also around the strut....which is bent
all in all.....the 'Bu techs have to pull the engine, repair the cracked stringers, replace the strut
and re-glass the whole rear bottom of the boat
$7700.....claim on insurance
there is only a chance of getting her back by Labor day
from now on...we stay on "our" lakes
...unless it's me or the wife drivin
I don't blame them...coulda happened to any of us
...and I made sure that they dont feel responsible
....but havin someone who is financially responsible for the boat..drive...makes me feel somewhat better