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Tracker targa v17 sc


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09-21-09, 03:46 PM   #1  
Tracker targa v17 sc

I just bought a 2005 Tracker Targa 17SC in July. It has a 2007 Mercury 75 four stroke EFI on it. I picked it up friday June 5th 2009 it was a friday. Saturday I had it on the water and was fishing. Left it tied to the dock saturday night. Woke up sunday morning and the boat was under about 2 feet of water in the back and nose was almost straight up. The olny thing stopping it from going down was the motor was touching bottom. Brought it back sunday night they had it a week and put a automatic Bilge pump in said it wouldnt happen again just rained alot witch it did. Took it out the next saturday and that auto bilge pump ran all day long! So I looked in the back and the 2 holes that are under the motor to drain water out of the boat are sitting under water. Water is constantly leaking into the boat and right there in front of the motor is the round black plastic cap that unscrews and you can reach down into the boat where the pump is. So in a sense the boat was sinking it self. So dealer took it back and tried to water tight and seal the cap. Got it back a week later still no change. Water still leaks in all day long. They want to rewire the boat and put the 2 batteries up front to lift back of boat up. but i had a 200lb guy up front fishing all day sunday and it still didnt help. I got about 2 inches of clearence from water coming in over the back by the motor and thats with a 1/4 tank of gas. It is 9/9/09 three months later and I still havent heard anything. They say they are working on an answer. That was the major problem, i lost two rod tips putting my rods in the rod holders under deck, broke tips right off cause they got caught up in there on electric motor wires under deck. 80 dollar rods. Then I looked at one of the seats up front and the stitching on seat came completely out and seat is coming apart. Dealer told me its not there problem they are on my side its trackers job to fix it. 3 months and no word yet? Not sure what to do with this boat? Motor is Great love it.. This tracker is a problem boat from hell. and it was suppose to be BRAN NEW never been on the water just a hold over boat sitting on lot. they were asking $18995.00 for it i paid 15,000 after a $3000 rebate and down payment and it sank the next day!!!! You can probably tell what I think of Tracker BOATS, this was my first one!! I asked about the Lemon law and they said it doesnt matter as long as they are trying to fix the problem there is nothing i can do????? I heard back from the factory today they said its normal and they will only stop the leak into the bottom of boat by sealling the wet well cap!!!




 
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09-21-09, 03:49 PM   #2  
They say this is ok??


 
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09-21-09, 04:02 PM   #3  
So my question is this?

Does anyone know how far above the water line your wet well drain holes are suppose to sit?

 
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09-21-09, 08:15 PM   #4  
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That is not normal to sit that low in the water. There is a yellow coast gaurd tag inside somewhere. It should say hp limit and possibly motor weight limit. I would say the motor weighs too much for the boat.

As far as moving batts I would say it's just fixing the symtom not the problem. I do think the auto bilge pump is a good idea for any boat.

As a patch fix you could seal the hatch but I would want a better fix. Wave wackers might also help waves from coming over the back.

 
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10-17-09, 06:58 PM   #5  
too much weight

what they told you was BS. I have a this same exact boat and that is not a common problem for me. 2005 Targa SC. I have a 2 stroke 90 hp merc and a 45 pound kicker motor and two manual downriggers in the back with 2 batteries in the box and don't get that kind of water coming into that area unless two guys are standing back there with the livewell full of water.

Water will come into this area but if your not overloaded it should not be coming over that well cap. It will continue to leak into the hull if so.

I love my boat though. Do all kids of fishing in it and it has performed well overall.

Good luck.

-Brian

 
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10-17-09, 07:05 PM   #6  
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oh, one more thing. Did you take this picture with any substantial water in your hull? water in the hull will cause this sinking look.

Maybe there is another leak and they are looking at fixing the wrong problem? That cap is not water tight, nor would I expect it to be.

Might be worth filling part of your hull with water and the drain plug in on the trailer and let it sit in a dry area and water for other possible leaks? Just don't put too much water (keep below the fuel tank and floor of course).

just a idea/thought.

 
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