Is anyone else have issues with their Extreme Shallow? We really like the boat but are having some issues with it. I assume itís all about working the bugs out.
The first issue was the rubber exhaust hoses attached to the engine (Optimax 200) that leads to the exhaust pipe was not able to support the heat being produced by the engine. A thumb sized hole was burned through both rubber hoses on the back side. The boat was dropped off with the dealer here in Fairbanks and they repaired the hoses. The following weekend the port side hose burnt through again and the starboard side almost burnt through. Having a hole in the exhaust hose results in significant power loss. There is still enough power to steer and get back to the boat launch but not much more. Itís difficult if not impossible to get on step.
I returned the boat to the dealer and they repaired the hoses according to Mercury recommendations that Kingfisher failed to follow (at least thatís what I was told) and itís no longer an issue. The exhaust pipe coming from the muffler side was extended into the rubber hose beyond where the heat burnt through but still attached to the engine with rubber hoses to allow flexibility.
The next issue was with the aluminum piece that bolts onto the underside of the Stator below the jet. The bolts were not secured with Loctite and we lost one so the aluminum piece dropped down and could have been caught into the reverse bucket preventing it from going into forward position. This would have more than likely required the operator to go into the water and move the piece by hand to so the bucket could move. The dealer used bolts that were a Ĺ longer and used Loctite so they would not back out again. Weíll test it this weekend.
Other than the few issues we have enjoyed the boat and prepping for a Yukon trip soon.
The folks at ďThe Boat ShopĒ have been great throughout the process and made warranty repairs to the boat with no issues. They truly have taken care of the customer beyond the purchase.