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Old 15-04-2018, 16:12   #1
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Be carefull with Yanmar!

Be carefull with Yanmar!!!
I have bought Leopard Catamaran with Yanmar engine and SDrive 60 gear. It was a disaster, numerous malfunctions (insted of ahead it went astearn and mamy more surprices). None out of 5 Yanmar services in Croatia, Spain, Carribeans could repair that, services have charged me for attempt eventhought everything was within gurantee period. I lost like 6 charter weeks, including cross Atlantic transfer. Another Leopard had even bigger problems.

I heard that it was a a whole defective lot. If enyone had the same problems (2016/2017) with Yanmar SD- we can join forces

Nobody feels responsible for this loss. This is not tha company that acts responsibly. Be carefull.
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2 posts and both to have a whinge.
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Old 15-04-2018, 20:04   #3
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Sounds like whomever installed that engine did it wrong. Talk to them.
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Be carefull with Yanmar!!!
I have bought Leopard Catamaran with Yanmar engine and SDrive 60 gear. It was a disaster, numerous malfunctions (insted of ahead it went astearn and mamy more surprices). None out of 5 Yanmar services in Croatia, Spain, Carribeans could repair that, services have charged me for attempt eventhought everything was within gurantee period. I lost like 6 charter weeks, including cross Atlantic transfer. Another Leopard had even bigger problems.

I heard that it was a a whole defective lot. If enyone had the same problems (2016/2017) with Yanmar SD- we can join forces

Nobody feels responsible for this loss. This is not tha company that acts responsibly. Be carefull.
Well it is difficult to comment on the "many more surprises" without knowing the detail but I am finding it hard to understand why the "ahead / astern" shift issue would not have been picked up at the commissioning tests of the engine (if new) or at survey (if secondhand). You know, those tests that are carried out before money changes hands!
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Old 15-04-2018, 20:29   #5
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My Yanmar is almost 20 years old and runs like a champ
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Be carefull with Yanmar!!!
I have bought Leopard Catamaran with Yanmar engine and SDrive 60 gear. It was a disaster, numerous malfunctions (insted of ahead it went astearn and mamy more surprices). None out of 5 Yanmar services in Croatia, Spain, Carribeans could repair that, services have charged me for attempt eventhought everything was within gurantee period. I lost like 6 charter weeks, including cross Atlantic transfer. Another Leopard had even bigger problems.

I heard that it was a a whole defective lot. If enyone had the same problems (2016/2017) with Yanmar SD- we can join forces

Nobody feels responsible for this loss. This is not tha company that acts responsibly. Be carefull.
Maybe sailing is not for you??
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Old 15-04-2018, 21:37   #7
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I tend to lean more towards DDabs as I have many friends and colleagues that have Yanmars and/or replaced their dying engines with them both new and rebuilt and I've never heard of any issues as they are just rock solid and very reliable. I have to assume that the person who installed it mucked it up.. Hope this helps and the best of luck..
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Old 15-04-2018, 23:12   #8
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Hello all,
there is a well documented issue with "some" SD 60 sail drives. We replaced our old Yanmar 40 (8500 hrs) each with new Yanmar 40 plus new SD 60 Saildrives. Started getting issues after 50 hours of gears not engaging first in the Stb leg then later the Port leg. Had several mechanics look at it and finally repaired by agent on the Gold Coast here in Australia. It was a known fault which required the whole clutch assembly to be replaced. The local distributor kept a spreadsheet of all owners reporting the same problem.
We have since sold this boat and upgraded but the new boat has the old SD 50s.


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Old 16-04-2018, 09:06   #9
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Leopard= probem???
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Old 16-04-2018, 09:11   #10
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Re: Be carefull with Yanmar!

The ahead/astern is a simple adjustment in the throttle/shifter - it is a "frequent" problem when less experienced people install a folding prop and don't set the shifter correctly.

I'm no fan of Yanmar, but this sounds like whomever set up your shifter, just did it wrong. Possibly the shifter was configured for a folding or feathering prop and you used a fixed prop - or it was configured for a left hand prop ahd you used a right hand - or something like that.

I've picked up a few boats for delivery with reversed shifter and adjusted them in the pre-departure checkout - asking the owner at the end if they want it put back incorrectly as I found it. :-)

Spend some more time learning your boat - at least enough to find a qualified mechanic - and while Yanmar has its faults, this isn't one of them.
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I'm I missing something? It sounds like a problem with the transmission controls installed ass backwards?
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I lost like 6 charter weeks, including cross Atlantic transfer. .

Nobody feels responsible for this loss.
Another CF as 'Yelp'. Way to contribute!

They are not responsible for your lost revenue. It would be unreasonable to assume so. No facts or detail provided. Simply 'shouting into the abyss'.

Fwd Going into reverse and nobody can figure it out? That seems almost unplausible. It's not magic, these are mechanical devices with gears and rotational direction.
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Re: Be carefull with Yanmar!

Such a reaction to such a simple problem suggests to me that the OP is still at the stage of confusing the buying of a boat with the buying of a car! Could it be that service people are sensing that and suddenly become "too busy" to sort out the problem? :-)

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Old 16-04-2018, 10:06   #14
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Re: Be carefull with Yanmar!

There were well known problems with the come clutched on the sd50. The sd60 uses a more standard clutch and I have not heard of problems with that!

And by the way, good luck prosecuting yanmar. They deny, deny, deny.
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My Yanmar is over 20 yrs and still running great.
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