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  1. I checked out a more drive line related forum and the issue is very real with many claiming the mercruiser were fine in fresh water but abimsal in salt, I can only hope later models had this resolved but the rig I'm looking at is 5 years old has seacore yet suffered the salt build up and transom plate failure. This boat spent 18months in salt and 4 years is dry stack, the dealer advised that's about right?
  2. I'm still being told it's the transom plate that fails and weaps' necessitating engine out for replacement, another mechanic said it was normal 5+ years on the mercruiser 8.2?
  3. Ok, I'd heard the hose gets compressed due to salt crystals, but local dealer said he had an in situ fix ? He then said that as you noted the transom plate will still corrode where a hose connects and thus necissates removal to replace the transom plates. I can't quite understand how Mercury can in this day/age design such poor equipment. The dealers quoting $10k for both out, fix & service? Im yet to buy this boat so if this is necessary the $ go down.
  4. Hi, I'm just looking to buy one of these too. Have you heard if issues with the inside transom plate corroding? FYI the hour meters are in the tacho window.
  5. Local dealer principle has said nearly all the 327 SSX he sold required transom plate replacement due to failure where a hose passed through the hull. The 2012 model I'm looking; he's suggesting allow for engine out repairs $$$$ Is this a real reoccurring issue with the mercruiser installations cheers
  6. All a learning curve, seems Chapperal use a vinyl ester resin in the hull construction which reduces the likelihood of osmosis. good thing!
  7. Just in response to Iggy, good point, Mercury dealer was quite skeptical of boats in Sea pens which haven't been sealed, seems a clear epoxy is the aesthetic choice whereas a antifoul likely the better. Any issues with the Chapperal hulls wrt osmosis?
  8. I propose to have a full survey plus have Mercury inspect the drive line. The issue that's thrown me is the transom plate, the chaparral dealer has advised me that all the 327's he has seen suffer with corrosion where the hoses go through the transom plate with the only fix being engine removal, he also mentioned the Teflon seal but advised this can be rectified insitsu. With an estimated A$20k cost for engine removal & transom plate renewal I'm hoping to avoid this, or at very least price down my purchase. is this routine, is a 5/10 year engine out normal - I'd hope not? cheers
  9. Good morning. I'm new here so please excuse my ignorance. I'm currently negotiation to buy a 2012 - 327 SSX, the boat is fitted with twin mercruiser 8.2 DTS B3X stern drives. The boat has lived in a sea pen all its life and never anti fouled, it has been outdoors in a relatively humid environment, the boat appears to be in very good condition and has done only 210 hours, I have been in dialogue with the broker who has confirmed service history including a recent service this includes water pumps for both engines. A Chaparral dealer has warned of transom corrosion issues with the 8.2's on the 327, advising of connecting hose problems where the conections are cast to the transom plate and these corrode, particularly on boats kept in dry storage and used in salt water, apparently there is also an issue of Teflon seals being crushed by salt build up again causing over heating problems. His advise is allow for this repair which is an engine out and expensive. I guess my question to other 327 owners have you had these issues, is it a once off fix? I've read many test reports which are highly favorable of these boats. Are there any other issues I should be aware of as I'm buying a 5 year old boat, there are no warranties as you will imagine. The boat is in Queensland Australia. many thanks