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issues with Panda genset
Hello Mr. Douglas,
My name is Dick Taylor
I could sure use your guidance.
I am on my fourth Catalina sailboat and have enjoyed them all.
I have an issue with this one and would appreciate your sending me in the right direction for assistance.
I bought Catalina 400 #309 in Annapolis in July 2007 from the original owner.
The engine had 149.4 hours and the Panda 4200 had 26.7 hours Due to our Lake Texoma being flooded I wasn't able to bring the boat to Texas and commission her until early September of 2007.
In June this year the Generator failed. It has 112 hrs.
There is no one on our lake certified on these generators.
I called Panda and after talking to the technical dept. starting chasing fuel problems. After a series of tracing fuel lines, changing filters, changing fuel pump, etc; it turns out to be the governor has backed out.
I have a very experienced Catalina person working with me " Greg Rentfro".
We had talked back and forth with the tech. dept at Panda all day and did not seam to be getting anywhere. I called for the sales dept. and talked to a gentleman named Jeff to see if there were any exchange units available or if there was anything he could do. He said there were no exchange units but that he could probably sell me a new unit for $8000.00.
Greg, then spoke to a gentleman at Farymann and was told that there had been a few instances but rare that this has happened. It requires an engine breakdown to repair.
I know that the boat is out of warranty but I would surely think 112 hours on a generator is barely broken in.
I would hope that Panda might assist but have no idea who to talk to.
BY the way, I had a Catalina 22 # 12469 new and raced spinnaker div. a few years.
The Catalina 34 #13 from the original owner.
A very good fiend of mine still has her.
Then I cruised on a Hinckley 42 for a few years and sold her.
Next was a Catalina 36 #1957 from original owner And now the 400. She is a very nice boat.