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dhlaw posted 09-02-2002 10:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for dhlaw   Send Email to dhlaw  
I have twin 225 year 2000's on my 28 Conquest. Yesterday I experienced a major failure in the lower unit resulting in a hole being punched in the side of the unit and all systems came to a grinding halt. The motor wont even turn over. No damage to the prop, oil is seeping from the hole, I just have never heard of a unit failure such as this. This boat is babied and very well maintained. I was 43 miles from home and it took me 8 hours to return. I am kinda bummed out, but i do have an extended warranty through Interstate. I hope they are easy to work with...
John from Madison CT posted 09-03-2002 08:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for John from Madison CT  Send Email to John from Madison CT     
Bummer, the Optibomb blew up.<G>

Just kidding, lower unit failure happens. Be glad you have a warranty since it would probably be $4K if it came out of your pocket.


DCPeters posted 09-03-2002 10:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for DCPeters  Send Email to DCPeters     
Thankfully you had a second motor.

I wonder if this changes your comment from two days ago in another post "Also, fear not these are good motors and I now am very satisfied with my Optis."

Glad you made it back.

dhlaw posted 09-03-2002 12:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for dhlaw  Send Email to dhlaw     
I'll never post anything like that again....... It appears to be a bearing failure that lead to a pinion failure and subsequent puking out of parts. The unit was full of oil, no water in it, seal were in good shape. I wonder why this happened.
DCPeters posted 09-03-2002 02:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for DCPeters  Send Email to DCPeters     
It's one problem with new Whalers. No wood to knock on for good luck.
lhg posted 09-03-2002 04:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Assuming the failure wasn't from neglect, Interstate is OK on warranties. I had 4 year extended warranties from them on my Mercs, and they always responded. But with my 200 EFI's I didn't need enough warranty work to even pay 1/3rd of the warranty cost.

Blowing out a lower unit is rare. But you can't blame it on an Opti powerhead. The lower unit doesn't know what kind of powerhead is driving it!

If you'll forgive me, I believe the 28 Conquest is too heavy a boat for dual outboard power. Something that heavy 10,000#'s plus, puts a lot of stress on a couple of measly 225 HP outboards, any brand.

homey posted 09-03-2002 07:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for homey  Send Email to homey     
Sorry to hear about your luck, Good thing that Mercury warranty. Yamaha makes great 250's and they are very reliable.

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