Took our new 22SSV Supra out today for the first time. Threw her in the water. Turned the engine on and tons of water started coming in. I turned the engine off and found the front hose off. After getting it tight, I turned her over and again, water started coming in. Found the rear hose. Didn't put it together at the time, but later realized the boat wasn't de-winterized like I was told. Winterizing is new to me as our old boat we kept in the water year round (salt water boat). Put two of the break in hours on her and loved every minute of it. Weather was 70 degrees and sunny (great for Seattle area right now). The boat purred. Can't wait to get behind it for a tow.
We bought the boat new. We opted to waive the test spin due to the weather being absolutely crap the three weekends we tried. He did sit with my in the boat and go over everything. When we got home yesterday I went over everything. I think the salesman is pretty top notch, he was just told some misinformation. With the rather large cover Indmar puts on the top of the engine, it's not easy to see the hoses. If I would have thought about it, I would have checked it. Not a mistake I will ever make again.
rule #1. Take all decorative plastic covers off the engine so you can easier diagnose any problem that may arise at the lake. I have al plastic off my boar engine and my car engine. It is all for looks but I dont show off my engine so I dont car about form over function. I need to see what is going on if there is a problem, not the manufacturer's name and model of engine, I already know that stuff.
Jeff- Gonnasons did the same thing to me last year...Iím assuming that is where you went. I went to put the boat in for the season and thankfully opened the engine cover and noticed hoses laying everywhere...
Always double-check EVERYTHING you have them do. I like Kevin (sales) but their service isnít up to par.
I have heard of others with misgivings regarding the service. Some friends of ours take their Moomba down to Portland to AWS. I will give Gonnasons the benefit of doubt and try. I have talked with Kevin about what i heard about the service. Kevin was awesome to deal with regarding buying the boat. It's our first inboard, and boy are we sold. the boat just sings. Docking was interesting. I knew it would be different so I was very slow and methodic and had no issues.
I wouldn't take your boat to any dealer for non-warranty work. There are a couple of exceptions like Bakes and Pacific Nautiques, but in my opinion you are lot better off finding a good marine mechanic. I recommend Doug at Eastside Services in Issaquah. He is an amazing mechanic with fair prices and quick turnaround. He might not be the best for working with ballast and perfectpass stuff, but for engine, transmission and drive related issues he is awesome.
Brett, Thanks for the advice. Issaquah is a little far from us down here in Gig Harbor, but something to consider. Friends of ours take their Moomba to AWS in Portland. They meet halfway at Koppert Lake and take his boat from there to their shop and deliver back at Koppert when done. Might be something to consider. I like having service done at dealerships though as they tend to know more about the boat specific by brand.