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As seen in Speedboat Magazine’s Nov/Dec 2018 Issue.
Bravo 1 Sticks in Forward
Is there any reason my drive would stick in forward? I can sometimes get it out using some force on the shifter, but sometimes I had to shut down the engine and then it shifts back to neutral. It shifts to reverse and back to neutral without any problems. It also appears to work fine once it is shifted into forward but won’t come out. This is a new boat to me, and I’ve only been out twice in it. It kind of did it the first time out, and then was a real issue this last time. Docking is really not fun. Here are the specs: Bravo 1, twin BBCs with B&M supercharger (circa 1989), hydraulic steering, drive showers.
Syd Crawford Poughkeepsie, NY
As seen in Speedboat Magazine’s September 2018 Issue.
Got a weird one for you. I am stumped.
I was working in a buddy’s boat last weekend. He bought a bare hull and stuck a 496 and Bravo One drive in it that had been sitting around for a while. The interesting thing is it will run fine for several minutes, then slow down, then seize. When I hit the key, it seems pretty well seized. Let it cool for a few minutes and it’s good to go again. No funny noises or anything.
At first, I thought it was water reversion and hydro locking, but it happens even at 2,000+ rpm. Plus, I pulled the plugs and there is no water in the cylinders.
As seen in Speedboat Magazine’s August 2018 Issue.
Metal in My Oil Filter
I recently had my engines rebuilt by a so-called reputable engine builder in California. After about 10 hours of running, I decided to change the oil. After removing the oil filters, I noticed a lot of metallic material in the oil filters. It looks almost like metallic in paint. There was also evidence of the material in the oil that was drained from the pans. So, I removed the valve covers and noticed quite a bit of the material around the valve springs. I was told that the valve spring retainers were titanium.