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Old 06-28-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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well...I haven't posted much on my problems with the new boat...it's been a few little things here and there that needed to be repaired per the punch list....one problem we've had problems with was the b3 drives kept making more noise...as we used it more and more the drives kept making more noise till I said to the shop ..pull the drives....
so..they found that the bellows were installed wrong ...not enough glue or something but anyways..the bellows and the gimbal bearings were shot...28 hrs on the boat and the drives needed serious attention...as it turns out..it was covered under warranty...friday the mechanic came out to the boat and replaced the bellows/bearings...drives top end rebuilt and re-installed....they had to replace the top shaft and u-joints from water intrusion into the bellows...the couplers were good..but the gimbal bearings were completely shot....

we sea trailed the boat yesterday and everything worked as advertised.......

so...now we're ready for our 9 days on the boat in the canadian gulf islands....we're heading out on the 2nd of july...won't be back till the 11th...I'll run to the boat today to get things ready to go...final loading of some gear and we should be ready to hit the water....

hope everyone has a great/safe time this 4th of july....I'll check in when I can scab a wifi connection out there....I'll also post a few pic's when I can or when I get back home..

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Old 06-28-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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Hey Steve
you are the second person I know that had that problem with the glue on the bellows on a new boat thus needing the parts changed.
I have been trying to get used to the noises from the BIII drive after having alpha one's.
What type of noises did you hear and at what speeds and or turns? I have a bearing noise at idle but goes away as you speed up, I just can't get used to this noise. I have no vibration on turns.
Hope you have a wonderful trip.
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:45 AM   #3
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if your bellows is leaking ...water will get into the gimbal bearing and rust it out...that noise is on top of the drive.....it's usually at idle..doesn't matter if you turn the drive or not...it basically sounds like a growling noise when the drives are in neutral or drive...doesn't matter......that's what gave us the idea that the bearing was messed up..had the drives pulled and the bearings showed serious rust...

this is the port drive bellows and bearing



this is the STBD drive bellows and bearing



both drives out...looks pretty pathetic doesn't it!! :wink:



now if I can get my Sat TV to work in the mid berth.... :mrgreen:


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Glad to hear you're back in business before the looming trip. Enjoy your run North! 8)
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Well I think I should have ours checked while under warranty.
The other boat I was mentioning had to have it done twice because the dealer only glued one end of the bellows thinking the other end was OK.
Hopefully they checked both ends of yours.
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