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  1. It's taken quite a while to find resolution to this. The lower unit was removed and put in line for inspection. That alone seemed to take over a month. I reached out to Mercury Tech Support and initiated a claim. After the unit was on the bench, it was disassembled. Photos were taken at each step along the disassembly. It appeared the the upper gears had totally "grenaded" as a phrase I commonly use. After lengthy back and forth conversations and ecm scanning, there hasn't been any defined reason as to why this happened. It was shown that no alarms had gone off and ignored, nor was the boat abused in any way. The conclusion is that a new lower unit should replace the original one. Cost was still significant to me, though Mercury paid 30% of the new cost. Still 9 big duckys out of my pocket. I must also add that this was the Bravo III X model. I certainly wish to thank Mercury for stepping up to help with this situation. They could have easily thrown up their hands and say that it's out of warranty, which it was, and step away from the situation. I received the boat back a few weeks ago and its back in the hydro hoist at the marina. After the new unit was installed and I had gone for a test run, the first thing that I noticed was how smooth the engine drive felt. It's alarming that over the past 4.5 years that through slow progression, a degree of roughness or vibration began. Something was obviously wearing in the drive line and i keep second guessing myself as to what I could have done to prevent this. Everyone I've spoken to say that only change the gear lube annually, which I've done every spring. I suppose that I can only chauck this up to bad luck and some help from Mercury.
  2. If I may ask, do you recall as to how many hours were on the unit prior to failure? Thanks...
  3. I spoke to Mercury Marine Customer Service department, have gotten the ball rolling. Passed on the information as to the dealership handling the disassembly. The rep hinted around that possible there may be some help from Mercury, hope to find out soon.
  4. Haven't heard back from the mechanic yet. Just a bit of background on the maintenance. Every late spring, I would pull the boat from the water and replace all fluid and filters. Wash and wax the hull, never had to winterize the boat due to my location. Always completely drained the entire lower unit oil, reservoir included. On numerous occasions, I would from different shops and or mechanics, inquire as to if the lower unit ever had to be removed for any reason. I was always told no, just change the gear oil. Just prior to the failure, we had taken a typical short ride up the river we always cruise and about half way up our trip, I began hearing what can be described a flapping noise at low rpm's. Concerned, I immediately turned around and headed back to the marina. Didn't make it, but was fortunately close to a local sheriff's patrol boat whom had shown great courtesy and professionalism in towing us back. Kudos to the St. Tammany Sheriff's Marine Patrol! After getting towed again to a nearby back down launch and pulling the boat onto my trailer, I inspected the duo prop for anything unusual. Nothing to be seen except for the shaft being locked up. Reservoir of gear oil is still full, no alarms sounded. Wingnut, thanks for the advice, hopefully I'll see some resolution and help from Mercury.
  5. I have a 2014 Sunesta 264. 8.2 liter, Bravo III, 4.5 years old with 140 hours on the clock. Recently, the lower unit completely locked up, killing the engine. Had to be towed in to the marina. I've serviced the engine and lower unit every year with new fluid, boat is used mostly in fresh water and sits above the water on a hydrohoist. Seems to me that this failure is premature. Would have hope to get more time and hours out of it. Mechanic has removed the lower unit from the boat, waiting to find the bad news.
  6. BigRiver


    Question...Is the SeaDek material similar to the material installed on the newer Chaparral's? Though mine is less than 2 years old, the center main section has lost it's adhesion and has come off.
  7. I have a 2014 264 with the Merc 8.2 At this point, I'm very satisfied with the engine performance and economy. If you're spending near 100K deer on a boat, economy isn't a major concern, to me at least. One disadvantage the Merc has is the cost of changing the water impeller. I've been quoted a figure between 400 to 500 deer, while the VP is considerably less. Also, I might add it's likely in my wrenching abilities as I perform the standard fluid and filter changes. Another factor to look at is, your local dealer and mechanic. Are they Merc or VP oriented? Some places favor one or the other I understand.
  8. Mooredriven, it's my opinion that in understanding HydroHoist's official determination of weight classes, is that it's somewhat objective and relative to what really constitutes lifting any given boat out of the water. To possibly understanding HH's claim of lifting a boat, the level of lift my be 12 inches below the rubber air lines going to the tank. In my case, I'm only a few inches, which really don't bother me. In HH's determination, I would bet that they'd see my combination as being slightly less than favorable. I had this lift used on my previous boat, which was a lighter, 20' Wellcraft, with the lift tanks actually more than half out of the water. I took a gamble that the lift would work and ordered the 264 over the 244. In my case, my 264 is 1200 lbs. under the 6600 lift rating. (5400 / 6600) My 5400 number is stock boat with smallest engine. Add to that the big block engine, arch, wet bar, fuel, water and a few sorted items we keep on the boat. You can see how my lift performs and to what degree is the performance. Hope that this helps......oh, and BTW, Congrats on the boat, Buddy!
  9. I have the HydroHoist 6600 3 tank shallow water model, supporting a Sunesta 264. My stock dry weight is 5400 lbs. if I remember correctly, with the addition of the 8.2 big block, arch and wet bar. Not really sure the total weight, but with 10 gallons of fresh water, 80 gallons of fuel, along with my weight of 210 lbs., the lift picks the boat out of the water allowing the out drive to almost trim all the way down and still clear the water. The tanks are out of the water to the level of a few inches above the hose connections. I want to say the HydroHoist's estimates are fairly conservative in their weight allotments. Here's a few pics....
  10. This is the company that I ordered from. Very good quality, very soft fleece and best of all...Made in America! http://www.mecoastmarine.com
  11. Thanks, We enjoy using the lights, but it's not often that we stay out on the water till dusk. The brand of lights are Lumitech that were offered at the dealership, different colors were offered but blue seemed as a good choice. No, the Quick and Quiet was actually off at the time. I've found the even with the system turned off, a small portion of sound and pressure emits from the side exhaust. Kinda like it that way, still sounds tough but not overly loud. I had asked about placement and it was strongly recommended using the transom due to the lights always being submerged and easier to mount and service when needed.
  12. About the only costuming done to my boat was added at the dealership at the time of purchase last year. These blue LED transom lights were installed and actually work very well. You can see them on either side of the lower unit in this photo. http://vid180.photobucket.com/albums/x190/Bigriver07/Sunesta%20264/IMG_1868.mp4 Here's a pic taken last summer at dusk.
  13. Weather was great yesterday in south Louisiana, took a ride out on the Tchefunta River.
  14. Goes to show than money doesn't buy common sense or boat handling skills, maybe buys that mega million yacht, but the skills are not for sale, you have to earn them.
  15. BigRiver

    Bow Cushion

    Just catching up with this. app…yes, my 264 has the bow filler cushion. It's a 2 piece unit that sits flush in height with the port and starboard forward seats. As others have mentioned, I store the 2 pieces on the port side aft of the passenger console seat. The 2 pieces are supported by means of 2 stainless poles that lay in cradles on each side. The poles sit perpendicular to the keel, meaning that are port to starboard. Also, up front, center on the keel, is a about 5 inch square stainless plate that flips out of it's resting area which happens to be the forward cooler box. This plate lays flat to support the forward leading edges of both of the cushions. Hope that this helps.
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