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  1. You might have something there. I checked the outdrive level.....no oil. I assume the level has to be checked with the trim down?
  2. Its nice to hear advice that I generally follow. There is always a bit of humanness we have to add to the equation. For instance, today, I went to get my trailer from the mechanics yard (a free storage) having decided to part ways. But he came out and was friendly enough and when I asked, "I assume you dont want to work on my boat anymore, is that right?" He said, No, Ive been slammed. He apologized and and somehow I summoned up the wherewithal to look past his dismal personal record of customer service. I could excuse his behavior but I dont like to and would never treat someone like that myself. The only personal connection I get from people is when showing them my intergrity is intact and I care about the kind of work I do because I know they care. When they reflect that back its uge. You see, hes an independent, and as such hes probably never been told he should always call people and explain even if hes unable to make a date/time. A few words in my direction would have let me know that he values my patronage and regardless of any personal circumstances hed be there for me. More than anything I hate being blown off. Well, he blew me off, I felt the sting, que sera. But if he doesnt turn it around I am going to haul the boat to BumFk Idaho to make sure its done right. As I was writing this a call came in from the guy whos 300 miles away asking when am I bringing it. He comes highly recommended AND he has good interpersonal skills. Win win.
  3. Im making plans with a transporter to haul it 300 miles to and from because I wont reward a person who cant seem to get out of his own way by going back to him and expecting better. In my situation I cant draw a direct line to the last mechanic who worked on it. Ive had it on the water 4 hours since the drive was replaced and its doing the same thing that insurance paid 12k deer to repair. The mechanic wont return my call which probably signals what he thinks of the situation.
  4. #%^$&%$ nice youre paying attention!. Unfortunately the mechanic isnt. Yea, a Volvo certified mechanic who returned the boat with a crimp in the throttle cable and said he noticed it but eh AND his last repair isnt going so well. And he hasnt returned my call since he put me on a schedule for August 21st and then bailed. I havent heard from him and really why would I call him, he knows. So, do I court and reward a guy with his history OR go my own way. Here, hold my beer and watch.
  5. Im simply saying serious conversation takes place when the boat is stopped and everyone is seated facing each other together in the aft area. I thought he raised the idea of a missing port side lounger on a 310 because of the optimal seating and conversing position he had. Its a subjective decision but one that he feels he will miss. Given his particular needs Im sure hes right. I mean how does he get himself, his first mate and 2 dogs AND the captain in the forward seats of a 310? I might have misunderstood. Im perfectly fine in my digs but Im not comparing it to anything previously owned because its my first boat. I dont agree with your comment on the helm seating and good visibility but that may be a different subject. Its just ok, imo. Im always standing because of the responsibility AND it gives me the best view possible. Its similar to looking for and finding the elusive Kodak moment, for me its standing and seeing as much of the lake scape as possible. I know, I know, more words.
  6. I had something else in mind. Theres nothing wrong with the comfort of the seats or the boat configuration in general. At least nothing Ive not been able to overcome. Since you raised the question you wont have any problem answering it too. Your personal preferences will help you make your choice.
  7. I have a 2010 310. With the arrangement you're talking about, conversation definitely doesn't take place in any meaningful way when under way without shouting. A fourth person is left standing in front of the berth door to compete with the din and the captains attentions elsewhere or rides it out alone aft. Its fine when in the no wake zone. What is nice is when anchored the table has seating for 4 and/or 2+2-3 with the afts electrically fold out lounge. Im 6'4" and am not comfortable sitting at the helm mostly due to the visibility having to look through the w/s rail and so I stand virtually the entire time which puts me in a position to have to look back and sideways toward my guests. Sitting in the 3 seats facing forward while on plane gives a view point that doesnt do it justice, The fold down bolsters do help sitters with a better view and we leave them down. Leaving the center windshield open lets the helm breath while shutting it somewhat quiets the area and assists conversation.
  8. I had an entirely new outdrive installed in March, '17. It appears that the outdrive is showing signs of the same or similar failure but it could be altogether different. When lowered into the water rainbows of oil appear on the water surface. Theres heavy oil migrating thru the transom to underneath the engine on the same side. How long is the warranty for Volvo outdrives? It was bought directly from them and installed by an approved dealer and Volvo certified mechanic.
  9. For what its worth, late but with hopefully helpful information. Websters Marina -122 opposite side of the bridge from the very popular center of SML at Bridgewater Marina. $10 to launch. Other places are Crazy Horse Marina.
  10. It would be to hard to laugh or cry about how this thread as led to this post about our boating experience. 20k deer were put towards a trailer and repairs in this one instance. 12k deer was covered by insurance. 4 months later and 4 short trips on the water and the boat is in the same condition as it was before I started down this road. Oil film on water and outdrive oil migrating to under the starboard engine. This isnt a complaint or a tale of woe. Its the stark reality of owning a big Volvo on Smith Mountain Lake and the challenges of finding a reliable technician who can do good work. Even if I admit to this first boat being like drinking water out of a fire hose its telling how our experience of depending on people who represent themselves as knowing what they do when it comes to fixing boat problems has led us to this point of dropping the boating experience. All I ever did was to follow SOP with maintenance and drive it. But No Mas. Rentals only.
  11. A Volvo mechanic pulled the starboard out drive and found a rusted hulk, no oil, a blown bellows, and a deformed oil seal gasket. That explains the heavy oil underneath the engine. Ive kept the preventative maintenance intervals at the recommended spec of two years but will likely have it done every season now as insurance to avoid costlier repairs.One new out drive later and the engine overheat situation still needs to be addressed. He can see bubbles migrating thru clear hoses he installed to the sea water pump indicating an air leak somewhere between the transom and the pump. How rare is that! Since Im at a home dock every time the drive gets pulled a trailer has to be found along with a place to park it. So far so good. But the long term prospects may include buying a trailer, something I was hoping to avoid. The only good that has come out of this is Ive finally found a mechanic worth his salt and will be on the water in time for good weather. Ive arranged for an adjuster to survey the damaged pieces but have resigned myself to him finding wear and tear items were responsible.
  12. Later
  13. Thx. Ive worked with Tim in the past. No problem whatsoever. I was going to have them do the winterization. I put in for service at the end of season. It had to do with the starboard engine overheating. I spoke at length with the mechanic. He was to bring his laptop tooling in an effort to chase down what I had spent the summer on isolating the problem. (its documented in another thread). The date came and went. Strike one. I called. The mechanic said Tim was out of town and he had to answer phones and would be out the next week. Im right across from them. He then asked if I would bring it to him. Strike 2. There were so many impediments to his coming out and being straight forward in his approach it would have been better if he had said, "Im sorry, but I dont want to work on it." He knew the many steps I had taken and knew from that he would be up to his waist in kimchi. Im not comfortable dealing with or wondering about peoples competence when it comes to engine repair. Ive wrenched for over 30 years and I understand when Im being told they are out of their depth. Its not an indictment of Magnum at all. I didnt have the heart to tell Tim just asked him to cancel the service and have gone in another direction. Its really unfortunate to have a dealer so close yet be unable to rely on them. Especially since most marinas think Chaps are a headache in their Merc world. Thankfully not everyone feels as that mechanic does. Not everyone will have the needs I have either. After 3 years at the lake I now have 2 mechanics that are worth their salt and have identified the problem and what may need to be done. Its a far different world living in tiny Roanoke than in Northern Virginia being between a Chap dealer and a Sea Ray dealer. If I had a $ for every time I was told by a mechanic "its fixed" or "its the impeller" well , you understand. Every one of those times I learned something which allowed me to rely on myself more.
  14. Did Schoffner install a cover for you too?
  15. I am all ears and if I can disabuse you of something you've assumed before you read what you believed was wrong then I will. What's the concern? Am I missing missing something completely obvious?