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ChocLabWhaler posted 06-26-2005 11:56 AM ET (US)   Profile for ChocLabWhaler   Send Email to ChocLabWhaler  
Did I really void my hull warranty when I made 2 screw holes in the hull for my depth sounder/fish finder?
2005 170 Montauk
rtk posted 06-26-2005 04:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for rtk  Send Email to rtk     
Why do you think that?

Say you installed the transducer and didn't bed/seal the screws. Over a couple of years water soaked into the screw holes and caused a problem. I would think a warranty claim would/should be denied because a faulty installation caused the problem.

A properly installed transducer will not cause any problems with the hull.

If they could not attribute the problem to the transducer installation then I cannot see how they would be able to deny a warranty claim.

If drilling holes in a Boston Whaler hull negates the warranty I am beat if I need to make a claim. Just drilled probably 20 or so holes in mine this spring for transducers and trim tabs. I'm not concerned, it's a boat and men drill holes in them.


Larry posted 07-01-2005 11:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for Larry  Send Email to Larry     
FYI-I was told by BW on two occasions that if I drilled a hole in the inner skin to mount a transducer against the outer skin that I would totally void my hull warranty. In such a senerio there is no chance of water intrusion and I am not sure how a two inch hole in the inner skin would weaken the hull. Maybe I worry too much but I will only mount to the outside of my hull using adhesives. I know that it is common practice to drill and screw things to the transom, but how are all those openings monitored to make sure they stay perfect over the years?
highanddry posted 07-01-2005 01:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
Yes, I imagine that drilling into the inner skin allthe way through to the outer glass is going to void the warranty. Yeah, I think so!
For transom mounting I do not think it can void the warranty to put two small holes and then seal it PROPERLY with a marine grade sealant. Obviously anyone including BW realizes that a center console boat is going to be used for fishing and diving etc and will have a Sonar unit. Stupidly, BW, does not provide an internal mounting area so therefore they leave no choice but to mount to the transom. I would like to see their refusal hold up in a claims court due to a couple of tiny holes,properly sealed to mount routine equipment--lol.
If you drill into the inner hull though to make a transducer well---you are in dangerous territory.
Larry posted 07-01-2005 03:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Larry  Send Email to Larry     
I think you misunderstand. It is very common to epoxy a transducer to the inner surface of a hull. In a hull such as a BW the cavity is then filled completely with epoxy. That section of the hull then has an intact un-touched outer skin and a full thickness epoxy section much more solid than foam. How is that any different than the common practice of oversizing screw holes and filling with epoxy before redrilling for a bolt/screw, except that this is water tight? BTW, I have never heard of any manufacturer voiding a warranty on even a through hull transducer. But we are not talking about a through hull here. BW makes a great hull but I wish they would make better provisions for normal add-ons.
highanddry posted 07-01-2005 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for highanddry  Send Email to highanddry     
Larry, yes I understand and I know that is how it is done with many hulls except with a Whaler the foam is integral with the hulll and is structural and secondly BW is not going to warranty that type of install. I agree that they should provide an option for this type install but they do not and I am pretty sure they will not cover you if you do it.
I also agree that I think if carefully done as you describe it would not harm the hull but still they are not going to cover you I bet.
Larry posted 07-01-2005 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Larry  Send Email to Larry     
Totally agree!

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