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ABA Boat Maintenance & Repair Questions and Responses

The information contained herein is the opinion of ABA member and marine mechanic Tim Harrington of Madison Marine Service, Harwich, Massachusetts. Tim is responding to a question solely based on the information an ABA member provided. Neither ABA, nor Tim Harrington, nor Madison Marine Service assume any responsibility or liability for events that occur due to actions you or others on your behalf take based on the information given in Tim's response.  You are proceeding at your own risk.

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Towing/Trailering

Q. I have pulled my 2001 20' Astro Bow Ride for the season In the process of trailering my boat, I have discovered that the lower unit hydraulics will only bring my engine to its regular trim point - where it normally stops. When I push the switch further to bring the engine up to its farthest point, it does not operate. I checked the switch on the throttle and it seems to be working properly. Also I checked the hydraulic fluid and it is almost full. I believe there must be a limit switch near or on the engine. Am I right? If yes, where is it, and if not, what else should I check? Thank you.

A. I think you will find on your throttle control your trim switches are working the way they are suppose to. On the arm of the control is a button that is used as a trailer switch that will bring your drive to its highest point and then you will find you can trailer your boat.

Q. I would like to buy Sea Doo, but the problem is I don't want to tow it. I am wondering if it would be possible for the Sea Doo to sit on the transom of my 326 CarverMY?

A. You state that you have a 326 Carver and want to know about putting a Sea Doo on the transom rather than towing it. I would first think about the weight of the Sea Doo and check with Carver yachts on the lay-up and structural integrity to weight ratio. Either way, you will have to figure out a way to lift and secure the Sea Doo to the transom and swim platform. I am trying to picture how you can do it with the width of a Sea Doo. It may be that it could be done properly and safely for transporting purposes with some hull modifications. The modifications could be expensive. Towing may be the lesser of two evils.

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