Hi Monte et al,
Quite frankly I wouldn't have known if my SD60s were cone clutch or friction. I sent an email
to Thierry of Catco, FL about getting warranty assistance. His response:
"Cone clutches are a delicate subject and are not always easily replaceable under warranty - especially at 600 hours.
However, I do not understand why Yanmar USA advised you to contact me to handle warranty replacement. Yanmar warranty first needs to be authorized by Yanmar and then work needs to be performed by any Yanmar-authorized facility of your choice. In that case, Multi-Tech, Catco or even Lagoon would not be options Yanmar would work with.
This means that you can work with your local Yanmar dealer."
I thought he was accurate about the type of clutch being the operations mgr for Multitech Marine
, Catco's FLL headquarters for receiving and doing OEM mods on all their lagoons. At any rate:
I took possession of the 450 last November. It already had almost 500 hours! First she left France
with a Capt with a terminally bad back. He bailed on the delivery
in Calais. It took almost three weeks for Catco/Lagoon to get another crew. The winds were light and they apparently motored or motor
sailed across the Atlantic. We now keep the boat in Tortola, on the hard
in Nanny Cay. After being launched the Capt had the clutch(es) fail upon docking
at Soper's. My mngmt company quickly got parts
and when I arrived, I was informed I have new clutches (and $4000 less capital). The Tortola Yanmar rep did not offer warranty help, and I was told all the SD60's need the clutches replaced after about 600 hours (mine were at 610).
My last boat was in BVI charter, and FP Bahia
with SD40s, I replaced the cone clutches after 8 years of apparent abuse. My new baby I treat so carefully. Never a quick shift from Forward to reverse. Engines get used less than 1 hour a day when raising sails
and dropping anchor
So if anyone knows best tactic to convince Yanmar Tortola to authorize warranty replacement let me know. I did contact Yanmar USA who also said I must work with my local Yanmar dealer.
I have so many other tales of "breaking" in a new Lagoon. This post is too long already.
2015 Lagoon 450 #371