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bben posted 07-02-2006 09:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for bben   Send Email to bben  
Well, I have been enjoying my new Montauk now for about 30 hours of use and was wondering what you all think about when to get its first service done and what it entails - I also have a few dealer fix items (fix gelcoat at bow, fix latch on livewell). Is 30 hours too soon and what will/should they do? This is my first boat, and while I am a do it yourselfer with casrs, I was thinking of letting the dealer do this (at least until I better educate myself). Thanks for any thoughts.
Moe posted 07-02-2006 10:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
The service manager at our dealership told me just to change the oil and lower unit lube from the break-in, and make sure there's no water in it.


bigjohn1 posted 07-03-2006 08:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigjohn1  Send Email to bigjohn1     
Congrats on your new boat that I am certain you still have an ear-to-ear grin over. I would recommend thoroughly reading the Merc owner's manual for your engine - that is where the service periodicity is contained. I would recommend this for two reasons:

1. You'll get familiar with the type of service required and the interval.
2. You have a second "source" of printed factory information and can compare this to what is recommended by your dealer.

As much as it pains me to say this, I would not place blind faith in your dealer where servicing is concerned. The marine industry has many, many honest and forthright dealers but just like in any industry, there are a few bad apples as well. I don't mean to scare you, rather give you a dose of reality. Check your manual to see what the FACTORY requires for maintenance at this point (30 hours), then call your dealer and ask what they recommend. Hopefully, both sources say the same thing, if not, you can ask for clarification to your dealer.

FRSam posted 07-05-2006 07:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for FRSam  Send Email to FRSam     
Ben my dealer out here on the west coast told me to bring in my 150 Montauk after 20 hours for the first service. I'd planned to bring it in this week. He's asking $150.00 for the first service.


Dick posted 07-05-2006 12:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I just checked the owners manual for my new 60 Merc 4 stroke and the first mention of a service is at 100 hours.

Talk to your dealer and find out what they going to do for that $150.00.

FRSam posted 07-06-2006 10:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for FRSam  Send Email to FRSam     
THANKS Ben - will do.

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