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  1. centrofinatic

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    No kidding. Snapper fishing is fun but would love to get offshore this year.
  2. centrofinatic

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Yeah we were '2nd' in line for a slip at Breezy so we booked Kon Tiki.
  3. centrofinatic

    More Yamaha SHO woes...

    Sorry for the delay, but I have some pictures to share. These are of the old trim-tilt assembly that got removed. The two small pieces are the pieces of the tube that had to be cut with an arc welder and could not be removed from the base of the assembly. You can also see the corrosion at the top from the original part that caused problems at the top a few years back. Yamaha truly did a disservice to their customers by making an error like this in the first place, and then denying it was an issue and not correcting it. Feel betrayed after many years and $$ of loyalty.
  4. centrofinatic

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Still hoping a slip at Breezy opens up...but not looking good. We did get a room at Kon Tiki though.
  5. centrofinatic

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Well, the crazy twins and I are registered! Hoping for a slip at Breezy but looking at other options.
  6. centrofinatic

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Anyone heard of anyone possibly not coming and giving up their slip?
  7. centrofinatic

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Where exactly are you staying? I'm still #2 on the waiting list for a slip at Breezy.
  8. centrofinatic

    More Yamaha SHO woes...

    Will do guys. Ill get pictures of the old part that seized up (and was able to be removed) and the most recent one as well.
  9. centrofinatic

    More Yamaha SHO woes...

    Got the boat back yesterday and all the old parts, including the two pieces of the frozen tube and the old assembly with the remaining part in it they couldn't get out. Yamaha is not done hearing from us. I'd really like them to demonstrate to me what it is, as an owner, that I could have done to prevent this, and explain why this never seemed to be an issue with the 4 other Yamahas I've run and maintained. Also would like to see those specific instructions in the manual. Glad to have the boat home and usable again... but I'm now wondering what is the next domino to fall...
  10. centrofinatic

    More Yamaha SHO woes...

    This is exactly what has happened with us - steering started to go and that's how we discovered the tube had seized. Unfortunately this time, despite time with an acetalyne torch and an air-hammer, they can't get the part loose. Only solution is an entire new assembly. Not happy about it at all. As long as Yamaha has been in business, they should know two different metals causes electrolysis. Heck, I bet even most 2nd graders know this.
  11. centrofinatic

    More Yamaha SHO woes...

    The more people I speak to and the more I dig, the less optimistic I become. Unreal. Contrast this to when they used to build better products and actually stand behind them. A couple years back at the Miami Boat Show they recorded Jeanne and I on tape for a promotional video. We went on and on about how we've chosen and stuck with Yamaha due to reliability, safety and confidence in the product and customer care. Man, do I wish I could do that video now....
  12. centrofinatic

    More Yamaha SHO woes...

    A few years back we had the trim/tilt tube "seize" up. Long story short, Yamaha, in their wisdom, had opted for regular versus stainless steel (which the newer replacement part 'suddenly' changed to a year or two later). This is an part with no zirc fitting, nor any other way for the user to maintain. Yamaha never did a recall nor publicly admitted to the problem. We were lucky and the dealer was able to heat and pound out the older part and replace it with the newer version, though I heard stories of completely frozen parts and nightmares with the dealers trying to work with Yamaha corporate. Fast forward to present-day. Our trim/tilt stops working 3 weeks ago. Boat and motor are 6.5 years old (2013) with just over 500 hours on them. Turns out the reason for the failure is a frozen similar "steel" part near the base of the assembly that has since been changed to stainless with no warning and no reason why. Instead of a @$575 trim/tilt motor, which absolutely failed due to the frozen part, we are now looking at having to replace the ENTIRE ASSEMBLY. $3,000. AYFKM??? Called and spoke with Yamaha - "sorry Sir, we can't do anything for you". They said almost verbatim to our dealer who went to bat strongly for us prior to my call. I bought Yamaha and my family and I have been loyal to them since the mid 1980's, owing and running everything from a 90 4-stroke, twin 200 HPDIs, my dad's 1988 225 2-stroke (still running strong) and our 2013 250SHO. I've had things happen in the past, but never without a satisfactory resolution. I'm not used to a lack of responsibility and customer service like this. This seems like a new thing for them. This particular item is a part that can't be maintained by the user, and was the manufacturer's decision to place two different metals together in a saltwater environment. Once someone at Yamaha realized there would be issues, they changed the replacement parts to the correct material, but they never issued a recall. It is my opinion that my feelings here are justifiable. Every outboard I've ever operated has been maintained to near perfection, and all scheduled service/maintenance completed at Yamaha dealers. Other than simply venting my frustration, my question is this - has anyone else had this issue and gotten any resolution from Yamaha?
  13. centrofinatic

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Where in Key Largo?
  14. centrofinatic

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Just confirmed we are #2 on the list for a boat slip. Fingers crossed.
  15. centrofinatic

    2019 Keys MOT at The Breezy Palms

    Jeanne and I just moved to Stuart a couple weekends back, hoping she can secure the time off, but we have a room already!!
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