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Driveshaft Sheared - Recommended mechanic near Pittsburgh?


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Hi all,

I have a 1995 Malibu Sunsetter and I just had it out on Chataqua for the first time not realizing how shallow it was and I'm not sure what happened but at high speed I didn't feel any impact and it felt like I suddenly lost thrust. I got the boat to the launch and saw that my driveshaft sheared right where the prop and shear key sits. Does anyone know how I should go about getting a new drive shaft and does anyone have a recommended a mechanic near Pittsburgh? I've managed to rehab quite a bit myself but I'm learning through this forum and youtube every time, but I'm not sure I'd be cut out for this fix.

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Hey Jim

I had the same thing happen 30 years ago with my New 1992 Sunsetter w/ a 350 magnum. Shaft and prop both gone. 

It was a blemish in the rolled SS shaft right at the key. My neighbor at that time worked in the aero space industry. He took one look at it and determined the  air pocket in the rolled steel.

The good thing was the boat was still under warranty so Malibu replaced the shaft and the prop. 

My dealer sent a driver 60 miles to pick it up and returned it the next day ( great dealer)

I was so paranode about this happening again with a trip to Lake Powel coming up that my dealer lent me a prop shaft to take on the trip. 

The deal was if I use it I bought it, if not just return it in the package. (Great Dealer) 

Give Malibu a call and see if they can refer you to a manufacturer . The 13X13 prop my be hard to find but I see them pop up  in the classified now and then.

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All the Good independent mechanics that I used when I had my marina and boat dealership have since retired.

But Robbie is who most of us use now when we have a Broken Inboard. They do good work, they  tell you when to bring it in and then they fix it on time.

I new Robbie and his father and they have been a stand up place for Sooooooooooooooo Many Years.

just my .02 

 

good luck

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3 hours ago, JimBoat88 said:

Thanks so much all! @JB-FOOT I called Robbie and left a message. If you're looking to sell the prop I may take you up on that! Has it been refurbed before?

Unfortunately, another crew member already called dibs, and no, it's original 

If for some reason, he doesn't like it when I let him try it. It can be yours.

 

However, I won't be bringing it to him until after January 3rd

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1 hour ago, Kenw said:

@JB-FOOT Thanks. I was wondering about that myself. 

I was thinking I was trailing to either The Nav Company or Boat House Marine

Not far past BHM is Buckeye Sports Center. Long ride for you but they are a great dealer.

Steve B.

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22 hours ago, Steve B. said:

Not far past BHM is Buckeye Sports Center. Long ride for you but they are a great dealer.

Steve B.

Thanks Steve

I'd probably go to BHM, Since my boat came from Ron's Marine when James was a partner there

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41 minutes ago, Kenw said:

Thanks Steve

I'd probably go to BHM, Since my boat came from Ron's Marine when James was a partner there

Long time since I've heard Ron's name. What a great dealer back in the day.

Steve B.

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