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UNHAPPY BOAT OWNER

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I would like to know if anyone had problems with Lake Sport boats. I bought a boat in Pierre Part about two years ago. I used it probally 4 or 5 times. The boat stayed in a shed. When I came back from Thailand,I decided to take my kids fishing,but the fishing trip didn't last long when I noticed water was coming in the boat. Electrolysis had set in the boat where ever it was touching the running boards. I spoke to the owner of Lake Sport boats and he wanted to SELL me another one for a good price. I was insulted by his reply and responded by telling him I have a boat that is still under warranty! Owner of Lake Sport said that is not covered under warranty. I know the factory was hit by a tornado, but what should I do?

UNHAPPY BOAT OWNER
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   Butch
I would think that the company who built the trailer would have some liability. I don't know all the details but I was told that the chemicals they use to treat lumber now days will attack Aluminum. This isn't the first time I herd of this with Aluminum boats.
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we bought a lake sport from a boat dealer in addis not to mention any name a few years back. 6 months old transom started to crack. boat was rated for a 150 and had a 115 on it. brought it to the dealer and they sent it to arkansas factory. 6 weeks later got boat back. 2 months later more cracks that were worse. sent it off again. got it back and started to crack they wanted to send it off again but we said no it was under warranty and under a year old. we wanted the boat replaced. dealer and factory both refused to honor the warranty. brought them to court and they ended up paying the boat off and giving us our money back for what we had already paid on it. i have not ever heard much good about lake sport. good luck!
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You don't have a problem with the hull or trailer you have a wireing problem. You have a short sending a charge to the hull witch causeaes electrolysis to eat your hull
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   2DEEP4U
Some of the treated lumber used on boat trailers contain chemicals which react with aluminum. If the corrosion is only happening where the boards come in contact with the boat then this is the case. The manufacturer may not be aware of this problem.
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   BIRD DOG
My best friend bought one 3 years ago,it is the best boat he has ever bought!It has like a million hours on it and no problems.Sounds like you have a wiring problem.
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it's not your boat or wiring with electrolysis. The chemicals that they use nowadays to treat the boards used on trailers because of the EPA (thank you Congress) react in a negative way when your aluminum hull makes contact directly with the wooden boards on your trailer. I have had this issue with my Alumacraft hull twice. The second time I found out why. Google "aluminum boats corrosion" you will find a wealth of info.

It's not the mfgr's fault, you could possibly go after the trailer mfgr, but you'd prolly be better off fixing the boat and putting plastic/composite bunks on the trailer.

If you look at your trailer bunks, I guarantee you will have wood directly in contact with your hull.

The owner of Skipper B trailers in Marrero made a post about this a while back.
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   LONG GUN
TREATED LUMBER CHEMICALS ARE EXTREAMLY CORRISIVE TO ALUMINUM.
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I installed steel roofing for about 15 years. A friend of mine stripped his roof with treated 2 x 4's AGAINST my advice. A year later you could pull the screws out with your hands.The chemicals had attacked the carbon steel screws. He had to rescrew with stainless steel screws.(very expensive). Just a warning to all...
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   A_Lansing
Dear Unhappy Boat Owner,

Sounds to me like you have a very serious problem. The way I see it is that while you were in Thiland Jody was popping holes in your old lady as well as your brand new Lakesport. You should have bought an Alweld like Jody has. He's going fishing this weekend.
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   David C
Dear unhappy boat owner. It appears to me that your boat may have caught something you brought back from Thailand. My recommendation would be to rub it down with penicillin but make sure to wear gloves. If you made it to Thailand and back without catching anything you sure don't want to blow it now. I don't think your old lady would buy the story that you caught it from your boat. My only other suggestion would be 4 or 5 bilge pumps and an extra battery. If that doesn't work, I'd get rid of the running boards. They may have caused all of this mess. All kidding aside, I do have a buddy that use to drink Natural Light and throw his cans in the bottom of the boat. He now drinks Bud Light after finding out that the yeast in Natural Light was the leading cause in stomach ulcers in 95 out of 100 men surveyed. He believes that if it can eat a stomach liner than there is a possibility it could eat away the bottom of his boat. Hope this helps.
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The chemicals that they use nowadays to treat the boards used on trailers because of the EPA (thank you Congress) react in a negative way when your aluminum hull makes contact directly with the wooden boards on your trailer.

- Pool Deck
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