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

Thanks guys. The engine is a Universal 5416. Yes, I can DIY some of this, and that would be MUCH easier if I was at my home slip. Unfortunately, the boat is "en route" at ChucklesR's slip (bet he's sorry now! ). I can try to get her moved to a marina not far from there and (hopefully) be able to do the work there, but it's not exactly a convenient location for DIY (it's about 2.5 hours, each way, from home).
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

We have a Davidson 40 racer on our dock with a 20 HP outboard on the back... not ideal, but they really only need it to enter/leave the marina for the most part.

Not ideal..... but doable....

Jimgo, was the survey and out-of-water one? Were you present? Tough go but don't write everything off yet, including some kind of recompense from the "Surveyor".
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

I'm only sorry for your troubles.
If it had gotten towed to a marina in the first place you'd be out an additional 45 a day charge for storage, wouldn't have helped a bit.
Since towing is 'free', why not look for a slip/haul up towards you (north chesapeake area) and have it towed there?
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Lots of good advice above (except going with an outboard). Calmly assess exactly what is wrong and do it yourself. Look at it as an opportunity to get to know the boat. In the long run, if you have to depend on marinas and $80/hr help, it will make owning a boat too expensive. Part of owning a boat for us who cannot afford servants is learning how to fix it.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Yes, survey was in water and out of water. I was there, but I have (or had) no idea what I'm looking at when it comes to an inboard. The surveyor didn't think the hoses were too bad; the marina thinks they are horrible. No mention was made about the motor moutns, nor was there any discussion of the shaft misalignment or the related damage. I would have thought that he would have picked up on those.

I don't think an outboard is in the cards. It will either be a fixed inboard, transmission, etc., or probably scrapping the boat.

I still haven't ruled out that something happened (crab pot/line/etc.) that caused the shaft to seize and, thus, the damping plate to explode, but I'll need to pull her before we can make a determination there.
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

I agree with most of the posters here, "dont give up the ship"!

If this is the boat for you, the repairs might not be so bad. I just replaced the transmission (with used ~$500) all 4 motor mounts (~500 new) and damper plate (~$160 new). All that with the engine in the boat. if you have decent access, and depending on the engine, this is a 2 day job (for an amateur like me).

My engine is a Yanmar 2QM20. Here are pictures

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So if the boat is otherwise the right boat for you go for it. And be glad that this happened now and not on your maiden sail with the missus!
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Just fix it, don't restore it. Time to download a manual, load up your tool box and sleep in the boat for a few days while you replace the damper plate. Leave everything else until later, handle it as an emergency repair until you can get her home and look it over at your leisure. A long weekend and you have to boat running and operational again..
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

I suggest get it to your home pier and work on it for the summer. Yes fix the dampening plate, and the rest of it can wait till later. Change the transmission oil.
Get back to the PO with what happened. Most reasonable people would rebate you a portion of the purchase price.

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

We have, in the past, fabricated a temporary outboard mount in order to get a boat home where it could be more easily worked on. This might be an option for you even if only to get the boat home... for that matter a couple of hundred bucks for a good mount, 4 holes and a backing plate and you're on your way. It can be removed and the holes filled and faired post repairs.

It could also be something as simple as a couple of 2x6s clamped to a swim ladder...
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Re: Apparently I'm not meant to have a boat...

Can't sail it home huh? I deliver broken sail boats all the time, it's a niche I've found in the delivery game, I bring a little out board and dinghy along to hip tow in and out of tight spots and sail it when I have the sea room. If there is wind I can sail, if not I hip tow. I hip towed a 32 foot Cal with a 2.5 nissan 10 miles in to an anchorage last year. Might be the way to go if you have a dock at home and the boat is 2 and half hours away, sounds like a 2 day sail and a short hip tow up a channel or something like that.
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