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    2016 VR6 transom leak- Warranty?

    Good evening everyone. Well my first summer of boat ownership with this boat I would say was generally a success. I came on here a couple times with some issues that I’m still trying to work out but unfortunately I woke up to a call from my marina a couple weeks back saying a fellow docker noticed my bilge pump is coming on every seven or eight minutes so I pulled the boat and did a visual and didn’t find any hull damage. I’ve worked the past 14 overnights so the boat just sat in my driveway. we ended up having some heavy rain last night and when I woke up this morning I found a puddle in my driveway and found that I had water leaking out the bottom of where the bravo iii mounts to the boat.

    obviously it’s a seal and shouldn’t be that terrible of a job but is this something that should be covered under factory warranty? i’m the second owner so it’s my understanding the warranty is no longer lifetime but it’s down to 10 years for the hull warranty. Do you believe this would be a covered defect? Boat has never had the outdrive removed previously.

    Any assistance or recommendation would be appreciated.
    I’m in Toms River NJ and don’t have a Bayliner dealer that close and I’m assuming a dealer would be the one that has to do the repair if in fact it is warranty related correct?


    -Dylan

    #2
    Ensure it’s actually the transom seal, that’ll be a fairly big job. Maybe it’s a connector block gasket or mercathode seal. Those are both at the very bottom of the gimbal housing.
    Dave
    Edmonds, WA
    "THE FIX"
    '93 2556
    Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

    The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
    Misc. projects thread
    https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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      #3

      Without removing the drive this is what I see. I’m doubting anything but the main seal. My biggest concern if this is covered under the limited 10-year second owner warranty. If not I’m going to have a heart attack.

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        #4
        Originally posted by NJVR6 View Post
        Good evening everyone. Well my first summer of boat ownership with this boat I would say was generally a success. I came on here a couple times with some issues that I’m still trying to work out but unfortunately I woke up to a call from my marina a couple weeks back saying a fellow docker noticed my bilge pump is coming on every seven or eight minutes so I pulled the boat and did a visual and didn’t find any hull damage. I’ve worked the past 14 overnights so the boat just sat in my driveway. we ended up having some heavy rain last night and when I woke up this morning I found a puddle in my driveway and found that I had water leaking out the bottom of where the bravo iii mounts to the boat.

        obviously it’s a seal and shouldn’t be that terrible of a job but is this something that should be covered under factory warranty? i’m the second owner so it’s my understanding the warranty is no longer lifetime but it’s down to 10 years for the hull warranty. Do you believe this would be a covered defect? Boat has never had the outdrive removed previously.

        Any assistance or recommendation would be appreciated.
        I’m in Toms River NJ and don’t have a Bayliner dealer that close and I’m assuming a dealer would be the one that has to do the repair if in fact it is warranty related correct?


        -Dylan
        Harbour Yacht Club And Marina is in Mantoloking "501 Route 35 South, Mantoloking, NJ 08738" (732-793-7975) which is a only a few minutes from Toms River. Otherwise it Lake Hopatcong Marine (973-663-3977) which is long ride from Tom River. Either one should be able to help determine if your under warranty. Lake Hopatcong Marine are very friendly and may be bale to help you out. I can can't speak for Harbour Yacht, I have only stopped by to look will on vacation at OB1.




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        2016 Bayliner 215 Deck Boat
        Mercruiser 4.3 220 HP MPI Alpha 1 Gen II

        Sold 2003 SeaRay 176 SRX Bowrider
        Mercruiser 3.0 135 HP Alpha 1 Gen II

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        Restoring 1970 Salem Skiff 13.5 foot
        1992 Johnson 40HP

        40°55'22.9"N 74°39'11.9"W

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          #5
          Originally posted by NJVR6 View Post
          Without removing the drive this is what I see. I’m doubting anything but the main seal. My biggest concern if this is covered under the limited 10-year second owner warranty. If not I’m going to have a heart attack.
          Judging from your pic that does look like a failing transom seal. Seems odd on 4 year old boat.
          🤔
          Dave
          Edmonds, WA
          "THE FIX"
          '93 2556
          Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

          The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
          Misc. projects thread
          https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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            #6
            Originally posted by builderdude View Post
            Judging from your pic that does look like a failing transom seal. Seems odd on 4 year old boat.
            🤔
            The worst part is this boat while “4 years old” has only had ONE SEASON in the water. Boat was used under 100 hours in fresh water the first year it was bought, then it sat in a heated warehouse for just under 3 years winterized as the bank repo’d it and had a lengthy estate to work out. It got three months in salt water by me when out of nowhere it started taking on water. Needless to say I am livid. Boat has around 220 hours now and already needs the engine pulled. I doubt Bayliner will make any effort to make good on this. This is my first and last Bayliner.

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              #7
              You could look at possibly of snugging up the inner transom shield bolts. Maybe they were never tightened properly from the beginning.
              Dave
              Edmonds, WA
              "THE FIX"
              '93 2556
              Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

              The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
              Misc. projects thread
              https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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                #8
                So you bought a repo'd boat, on the cheap, previously owned by parties unknown, put over 120 hours on it with no issues, but now have an issue - and your first thought is to blame the manufacturer.. whom you have not contacted but "doubt Bayliner will make any effort to make good on this". Drive bellows eventually wear/rip and have to be replaced - a place to look first I suppose...fwiw (shop can run 300- 500 +parts to replace...depending..)

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                  #9

                  I’d be surprised if the main drive shaft/u-joint bellow failed after only 4 seasons but I guess it is a possibility, however OP’s pic does show water seepage at the transom seal area.
                  🤔
                  Dave
                  Edmonds, WA
                  "THE FIX"
                  '93 2556
                  Carbureted 383 Vortec-Bravo II 2.0:1 18 1/4x19 P

                  The rebuild of my 2556 https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...76?view=thread
                  Misc. projects thread
                  https://www.baylinerownersclub.org/f...56-gctid789773

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                    #10
                    It's a boat..........ya might wanna check your attitude. I am not trying to be a A HOLE....I have that down pat. Just trying to nudge you to think a little different, man life can be a drag if ya go around always looking for someone, or something....to blame. Ya know some folks never even get to have a boat, and they dream of a boat........standing on shore just looking, and dreaming........some day.

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                      #11
                      Any damage to the front surface of the outdrive? Ever hit anything? When it leaks like that sometimes that’s the cause, hitting something that pulled the outer transom plate away from the seal. If not it may be more of a Mercruiser issue than a Bayliner issue. Won’t know until it’s investigated. This is why some people hate I/O power in boats they just have a lot of places to leak water at the transom.
                      88 Four Winns 200 Horizon 4.3 OMC
                      98 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4.0/Selectrac
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                        #12
                        Here is how close your local Bayliner dealer is. You really should take the ride over there.
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                        QuickChek over Wawa
                        Taylor Ham not Pork Roll


                        2016 Bayliner 215 Deck Boat
                        Mercruiser 4.3 220 HP MPI Alpha 1 Gen II

                        Sold 2003 SeaRay 176 SRX Bowrider
                        Mercruiser 3.0 135 HP Alpha 1 Gen II

                        Sold 1988 Sunbird 170 Bowrider
                        Evinrude 88 Special

                        Restoring 1970 Salem Skiff 13.5 foot
                        1992 Johnson 40HP

                        40°55'22.9"N 74°39'11.9"W

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                          #13
                          Please keep us updated! This is extremely unfortunate. Hope it is something they cover. Boat is way too new.

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