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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Here's a brighter version of the aft sling placement picture:
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

That shaft is long out of the boat . I'll bet the sling pulled up on it torquing the coupling connection to he tranny. Good job with the video.

I don't like the way the strut looks either unless that's just growth.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

I shot the video because I thought my kids would enjoy seeing our boat fly. Never thought it would help for something like this.

Dave, I think that's mostly growth on the strut (if we're looking at the same thing, the support for the prop shaft that houses the cutlas bearing).
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

For pete's sakes, dropping the boat would make me vomit. It does look like either the life failed or the operator did something wrong. It didn't seem like the sling slipped to do that. If they pulled it back up immediately following, my nickle is on operator error.

That vid may really come in handy, if your upcoming inspection draws any connection.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Seeing that they placed the sling under the shaft, and forward of the strut, it looks like the strut itself would have stopped forward motion. That would be less likely to cause transmission damage than what I was imagining.

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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

In looking at the video, it doesn't appear that the aft lifting strap moves all that much during the fall. Now, whether it was properly located is another story (it may, for example have been across/under the propellor shaft).
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Your two shots of the aft strap are a bit inconclusive.. looks to me that if the strap is on the shaft it is barely so, right at the exit point. I think the front strap was released during the 'drop'.. so operator error seems likely.

Closer photos of the suspect areas/alleged damage would be good!
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Faster, I wish I could give you more pictures; that's all I have. Its funny, because I feel like I take WAY too many pictures most of the time. Then I get into situations like this, and think I don't take nearly enough!

The surveyor for the insurance company called me yesterday. They want the marina to disassemble the engine to see if there is anything else going on, and to give their expert opinion of what happened. If no accident has happened, I'll have to eat those costs, which I'm not thrilled about, but it is the most fair way to have the problem diagnosed. The surveyor spoke highly of Haven Harbor, which made me feel good, too. Hopefully the marina will be able to get to the engine soon; I know they are backed up with Spring conditioning work. I'll let you know what happens!
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Thanks for keeping us all in the loop Jim.
At the very least this is making all of us (or at least me) cast a hairy eye on how insurance works.

I would think that since you've made a claim, and have a valid reason to believe it was accidental (no long term signs of rubbing etc) they would front the money to prove otherwise or just pay up.
That's like saying if I hit a log I have to show the log and prove I hit it.

I'd have a hard time swallowing the entire cost of the yard doing the engine pull - that is something you could do your self; maybe you can negotiate that down.

Sad news is if it's proven to be an 'accident' that caused the transmission to blow they are still likely to call it a total.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

I guess I'm missing what is covered here. If the skipper caused the damage, is it insured? Does it have to be an event that was beyond anyone's control. Confusing.

Anyway, did you use a broker/agent or buy direct from an insurance company? These are circumstances where having a broker/agent can really pay off. The technically represent the insurance company, but have a higher vested interest in keeping you as a client.
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