Last week I had a yard do a tune up of my engine
on my 1997 Catalina
270. They called me at my office and told me my motor
mounts were shot. I should have waited until I had the chance to go down and inspect them myself but I was in the middle of a very busy time at work and wanted the boat ready for Memorial Day weekend so told them to go ahead and replace them and ensure the engine
was aligned properly.
Having acted like a fool I am now doing the thinking I should have done before acting. I don't recall
mounts going unless you do something like going aground hard. I have not done that or had any other kind of collision
. I suppose over time they can go with normal age and use but this boat is only 8 years old. I suppose the prior owner could have done this but I had a throrough survey
by a reputable surveyor
just last May when I bought it. I suppose when I worked on the engine I could have failed to notice it. I suppose the 4 times I got caught in severe and sustained thunderstorms last year could have strained them but I can't believe rough weather
and seas can cause that. I suppose the yard could have lied in order to make more money
on an unnecessary job but they are awfully backlogged for work to be interested in that.
It seems to me that the best explanation is that the yard where I had the boat on the hard
dropped the boat while moving it to launch it this spring. If anyone had the patience to keep reading this far I have two questions:
1. Is it possible the mounts could have gone bad through fair wear and tear after only 8 years?
2. If they went because of some traumatic impact, where should I look and what should I look for to inspect for other damage to the boat now that it is in the water
(very muddy water
that will not allow much if any visibility going underwater with a mask)?
I will be very grateful for any advice.