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Makolab

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    '03 Signature 260
    5.7L MPI Bravo III
    Miami, Florida

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  1. Makolab

    Galley Faucet Signature 260

    I believe mine was the same as 951Tom. Replaced it with a generic. Cost issue. Same chrome color and it still looks good.
  2. Makolab

    Galley Faucet Signature 260

    I replaced mine a few years back and its not very difficult. Now, I don't know if the '96 is the same as my 2003 but to the lower left, as you are looking at the faucet and before you crawl into the aft area, there is a plastic cubby. Unscrew the cubby and you should be able to look up into the hole to see the faucet and the water lines. Replace it like you would a home faucet and make sure that you don't cross the hot and cold lines. Make sure that, whatever faucet you use, the handle clears the cabinet above the sink.
  3. Makolab

    Walkthrough Center Windshield Removal

    And its really small and in there. Dont lose the pieces. Dont ask how I know...
  4. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    Boat dude did say something about bravoitis. Said it was a real thing.
  5. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    Sorry it took so long for some pics. You can see the steering arm and if you look down the side, there is a rust line which leads the boat guy to think there is a slow leak in the seals. Those are the parts that he will replace as mentioned in the 3 choices. My wife and I have ruled out option 1. We want the leak fixed.
  6. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    He said that the gasket for the transom assembly was bad for sure. As the assembly was being pulled from the transom of the boat by the corrosion, the gasket stayed flat which is what allowed the water to run in so quickly. I sent him the video way before I took the boat in for any service.
  7. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    No pressure at all from the mechanic. He will do whatever I want to do. He's been my mechanic / boat guy for many years and I have a good relationship with him.
  8. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    I should have added that the boat is kept on a trailer in Miami Florida. Maybe that will help with decisions. Yes, it is a tough one. 3 g's is a ton of mullah but we all know what BOAT stands for.....
  9. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    UPDATE: So the engine and the outdrive are still off of the boat and my boat guy is cool about it. Said I could take my time fixing the genny. That's another issue. Here are my 3 options with his round about prices. Does not include installation since the cost for that will be the same for all 3 choices. Choice 1- Keep the old outdrive, clean it up of all of the corrosion, (does not appear to be pitted from the corrosion), will replace the water hose, spray paint with corrosion inhibitor and paint it. Does not address the small leak from the steering arm. Cost 500. Also includes the new gasket. Choice 2- Everything from choice one but will address the leak. Will replace the steering arm, seals and the shaft as well. Cost 1500. Mostly labor. Choice 3- Buy a whole new outdrive. Cost 3000. Wife and I rule out number one. We plan on keeping the boat for a long time. No plans to get rid of her in the future. BTW- It is a BRAVO 3 outdrive. Thanks for your input.
  10. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    I have not fixed the boat yet. It turns out that he gave me time to pick up the boat and to take it home so I could work on the generator and other small issues. Its definitely easier to work on anything down below without the engine or outdrive in. I told him that I was in no rush but I would like to fix everything before the install and he is cool with holding my parts until I am ready.
  11. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    The $1500 is a guesstimate. I am shooting high due to the labor cost. Parts also have to be ordered although I have no idea how or what that entails. I see from your post that the items you have listed are similar to what he was saying needed to be replaced. The new assembly includes EVERYTHING from shift cables, bellows, the arms to the outdrive, Im drawing a blank at the moment as to what those are called. He even said it comes with the anodes. I'll see if I can upload a picture or 2.
  12. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    Update: It appears that the leak is coming from the transom assembly. They had to take out the engine and they took the assembly off from the inside and the outside. There appears to be lots of superficial corrosion, heavier on the lower corners, and the steering mechanism has a lot of rust but my boat guy says it looks worse then it really is. It appears that there has been a slow leak from the steering rod that has worked its way down both sides of the assembly thus causing the corrosion issue. There is also a water inlet hose that the corrosion caused to collapse but I never had an overheat issue since water was still coming through but restricted. He will be cleaning it up to see if he can salvage it or if he ca rebuild it. Here is my next question. At what point would you fork out the money for a new assembly? Off the top of his head, my boat guy said that a new (not reconditioned) assembly could cost around 2700.00. He will give me an estimate for the reconditioning of the old one as soon as he checks it out. If a new one cost 2700.00 and the fixing up of the old one cost 1500.00, which would you do? My wife and I agreed that if there is only a 500 difference then we go for new. If there is an 800 difference then we are border line and if there is a 1000 difference then we would stick with the old one being reconditioned. What would you do and at what price difference do you walk away from the old one?
  13. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    Thanks for all of the replies. She goes in on Monday morning and I will post the outcome when I get it. Minimally, the manifolds are getting changed out.
  14. Makolab

    Serious leak from transom area

    The video that you saw was without the motor running. I did rule out the leak coming from the motor itself. At home, she is on a trailer, I put the muffs on and let her run for about 45 minutes to an hour. Bone dry bilge. My wife and I wanted to splash her so the video is of the boat sitting at the bock without the motor running. No need to start it when the flow is so much. Obviously, we had to pull her out and head back home.
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    Serious leak from transom area

    Im hoping its the bellows. Just had them done about 4 years ago but mechanic said we did not change the boot for the shift cable. I inspected it the best I could and the only one that looks more worn out than the rest is the one for the exhaust but water wont enter from there.
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