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Yanmar Found Guilty
Ed Sherman, a long-time boating engine guru, has posted an article about an MSA from YANMAR regarding their saildrives. What Ed writes is this:
Several months ago I posted a multi-part series here entitled "Keep Your Drive Alive". Why? Because there have been quite a few issues with saildrives corroding away. We know why, and I discussed all of the issues during that series. Apparently the issue has become prevalent enough that Yanmar America is responding with a very detailed service bulletin that not only describes the problem, but offers up the same information I had provided here. If you have a Yanmar saildrive, I strongly suggest you take heed and look this over carefully. Since the bulletin is also intended for end users, I'm placing it here in it's entirety.
Here is a link to the actual PDF of the bulletin
However, what isn't pointed out in Ed's article are the facts of the matter, which are:
- The MSA was only published 9 days after Yanmar was found liable for fraud and DTPA violations by a TX jury after nearly 4 years of litigation in NJ and TX.
- That Yanmar knew all this stuff in 2005/2006.
- Their own expert, Wards Electric Marine, told them this stuff in 2006.
The evidence admitted at trial just concluded shows they 'chose' not to release any advisories to protect boaters!
If you've had corrosion problems with your 2006-2010 Yanmar Saildrive, it would be very wise to make sure you have all your receipts and contact your local Yanmar dealer. This may also apply to older saildrives, but you'd have to check.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 05-20-2010 at 03:51 PM.