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    Getting Boat Lifted First Time

    We plan to have our outdrives serviced as soon as weather permits this Spring. This will be the first time I've been through this, although I went with a friend who had his done. This is a big deal to me and I will be watching every step of the way.

    Are there specific things I should watch for, or ask the technicians during the service? Our boat is fairly basic; twin Mercruiser 140hp with Alpha outdrives. No thrusters, so no lines to replace. There have been no signs of issues (engine temps, lower unit reservoir levels), although a neighbor claims my starboard drive is a little noisy. But this will be year 10 and it's time. The company has a good reputation and I trust them. I'm just want to get the most out of this trip and I'd like to watch for any pitfalls.

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    Which outdrives? Alphas or Bravos?

    Are they going to put it on a stern lift, a full lift, or pull it out on a trailer?

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    Alpha drives. They have a very good full lift that can handle boats larger than our 73 footer.

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    I am assuming they are doing a full service - replace water pump (not just impeller), boots, and cables. Also, check the transom assembly and gimble bearing and alignment.

    You need to find out how close to the action they will let you be. At the very least, I would want to visually inspect my hull - I do not know if they will let you get under the boat while it is on the lift.

    You need to fully test how it shifts before you accept the job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easttnboater View Post
    I am assuming they are doing a full service - replace water pump (not just impeller), boots, and cables. Also, check the transom assembly and gimble bearing and alignment.

    You need to find out how close to the action they will let you be. At the very least, I would want to visually inspect my hull - I do not know if they will let you get under the boat while it is on the lift.

    You need to fully test how it shifts before you accept the job.
    Your assumption is correct, they will do all the service you listed except I have to ask, where are the water pumps you speak of? In the outdrives? I knew the impellers were down there on the Alpha drive.

    They will let us get very close to the action, as they did on my friend's visit. We can safely get to most of the hull, and I've even known some dock neighbors who have pressure washed down there (which seems like a waste of time to me) while their work was in progress.

    Great suggestion on testing the shift cables before leaving. Thanks for the feedback. Very helpful.
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    By water pump - I mean the impeller and impeller housing. They should replace them both.

    Pressure washing is not a bad idea. It will let you take a closer look at the condition of the hull. It does make a mess though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilpo55 View Post
    some dock neighbors who have pressure washed down there (which seems like a waste of time to me) while their work was in progress.
    Oh yes pressure wash, get that funk off the bottom.
    Also gives you a great chance to view and replace the Sacrificial Anodes, Zincs, if there are any other, than on the out drive.
    Not sure if you have any, at any other location, on your boat.

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    Just a follow up to this story; I made my trip to the lift in mid-April and things went very well. No problems or leaks were found and only the planned normal wear items were replaced, including anodes as mentioned by BananaTom. The only glitch afterwards was issue with the shifter cables, which they caught themselves during testing. I took a pressure washer, but they allowed me to use their larger one to clean the hull. Probably to get me out of under their feet. I'm good to go until the next time. Thanks to all for the feedback!

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    It is cool to see the hull of the boat.

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