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Old 07-09-2010, 05:33 AM   #1
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I just bought my first boat, a 1989 2300 s/c. We went out and put it in the water only to find out that it's great as long as you want to go in reverse!!!!! I've never owned a boat and no nothing about boats (learning fast) the boat looks good and the motor runs great. just no forward. My question is how much money do you spend before you give up? I paid 4k and am looking at about 3k in repairs.
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get a second price first.Boats are a bit of a money pit but reverse only is no good, but get her running make sure there is no other problems .good luck
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Bka,

I'm just a bit up the road from you in Fairfax, we boat out of a marina in Woodbridge.

Reverse only could be just about anything, from a cheap fix to needing to rebuild/replace the drive. Definately get another opinion.

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The shop that has it is the 3rd one to look at it. And the only one that would work on it within a 2 week time frame. So far the damage is a lower control cable and the gimbal bearing. I was told to replace the gimbal bearing they have to pull the motor that's the costly part. They were pulling the drive apart to check for any other damage. I'll know the total today.
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Pull the engine to replace the gimbal?

Do you know which drive you have?

The gimbal won't have anything to do with the drive not going in forward.
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The drive is a Alpha 1, The gimbal bearing seems to be s separate issue (about 4 inches of play in the steering). The lower control cable is basically shot it had been adjusted until there was nothing left to adjust, hoping that is the only thing holding it up from going into Forward.
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Replacing the gimbal bearing does not require removing the engine, unless the bearing is so stuck that the usual method (slide hammer) does not work.

I would ask the shop a leading question: "Why does the engine have to be removed"? If their answer is anything like "because that's the way it's done" you should consider paying them for their time and takign the boat to another shop. What shop is it at?

Check the links below. 1st one is about the shift cable, 2nd is about the bellows and gimbal replacement.

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http://www.sterndrives.com/replace_a...hiftcable.html
http://www.sterndrives.com/replace_a...e_bellows.html
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What dan said....gimbal bearings are not engine mounted parts but do not require the engine to be removed...

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Anyone know of any reliable shops in the Woodbridge / Stafford area?
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OK. now for the good news, as far as "forward" the control cable needs replaced.( I already knew that ) Thats all they are doing! Then the mechanic told me the slop in the steering was because the transom unit needs replaced. Again he said it would be around $3000. I told him don't worry about it I will take care of any other repairs this winter. I will have it back by next weekend! I'll be off work that weekend so I can it in the water!!!
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