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Author:  JohnnyK [ Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Rudder issue

Had my first hiccup in a little over 200 hours. We were surfing and the steering out of the blue got real tight, not only turning left(prop rotation). Got the boat out of the water and the rudder shaft was split almost in half. First thought was that I must have hit something but prop is perfect. Has anyone heard of this? Have a great dealer that said they never heard of it so they are going to battle with Malibu to get it replaced under warranty.

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Author:  mustgofast [ Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Rudder issue

Curious what theory they could come up with. Seems wierd

Author:  JohnnyK [ Tue Aug 07, 2018 10:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Rudder issue

I am very curious as well. I will let you know when the dealer calls me back. The only thing I can think, which I could be wrong, is when we are heavily weighted for surfing it has always been tuff to turn left. Which I was told it’s from the prop spin, I could only think over time that it just eventually broke from the strain of the sunken boat.


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Author:  mustgofast [ Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Rudder issue

I certainly hope not as I have to crank damn hard left to hold the line when we're sacked out surfing too...

But that shouldn't put shear force on that part unless there's an alignment issue and you'd think it would be common then. WEll let us know what you hear.

Author:  A22owner [ Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Rudder issue

If it is sacked out enough that the entire gate is under water when extended it acts like a huge rudder which is pretty hard to fight against.

Author:  mustgofast [ Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Rudder issue

A22owner wrote:
If it is sacked out enough that the entire gate is under water when extended it acts like a huge rudder which is pretty hard to fight against.


Agreed so what did they tell you?

Author:  JohnnyK [ Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Rudder issue

I am still waiting to hear back from Malibu. They wanted the rudder back, which as of Friday the dealer was still waiting on a rma. I had to buy the rudder in the meantime which was a lot better than I was expecting, around $350 for the part.


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Author:  mustgofast [ Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Rudder issue

Any luck hearing back yet?

Author:  SomeYeahoo [ Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Rudder issue

JohnnyK wrote:
Had my first hiccup in a little over 200 hours. We were surfing and the steering out of the blue got real tight, not only turning left(prop rotation). Got the boat out of the water and the rudder shaft was split almost in half. First thought was that I must have hit something but prop is perfect. Has anyone heard of this? Have a great dealer that said they never heard of it so they are going to battle with Malibu to get it replaced under warranty.

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Yea, my rudder fell off between 200 and 250 hours (2015 T23). The dealership suspected it had been installed wrong. It was replaced under warranty, even after the warranty period. I had to stand on the swim deck with a paddle steering for 20 miles to get back to the marina. By the way, these boats go pretty straight at about 13 mph, straight enough they can be steered with a paddle anyway.

Author:  JohnnyK [ Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Rudder issue

mustgofast wrote:
Any luck hearing back yet?


Talked to the dealer yesterday, the warranty claim is still pending. Malibu might have sent it back to the rudder manufacture. Hopefully hear something back in the next couple of weeks. I paid to get the new rudder on. So boat isn’t sitting in the garage on 90 degree days. Not much boating days left with warm water

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