What do the famous boat and equipment manufacturers say about warranties?
WARRANTY STATMENT LANGUAGE and disclaimers are all generally worded very similar.
"MODIFICATION and ALTERATION" - "EXCLUSIONS and LIMITATIONS"...it's in there!
Warranties are drafted to protect the mfrg. from you and you from yourself for installation damages created after the boat left the manufacturer.
Highly resistent to adhesives - Polyethlyene cutting boards may not be UV stabilized and quickly deteriorate
NOTE: "Starboard™" is a high quality, UV stabilized, proprietary polyolefin thermoplastic and does not recommend using adhesives
only without fasteners when fastening to itself or other substrates."Starboard™" has a very high thermal expansion rate (heat/cold)...it moves alot ...Expands and Shrinks...and can easily separate itself from an type of adhesive bond attempt.
EXAMPLE: Transducer mounting board glued to a hull which has been sitting in hot sun backed into cool water can easily "fracture" the bond = adhesive failure. How? The transducer mounting board and adhesive shrink and swell at different rates in accordance with temperature and moisture exposure.
Abrading (sanding), undercutting, "dovetailing", thread-cutting simply creates more surface area of the same material
*(provides no advantage for transducer optimization)
"…that water intrusion or associated damages occurred from mounting this type of accessory (transducer), would the Ranger boat warranty accept responsibility and cover repairs or replacement for this type of claim upon determining that leaks actually occurred at the transducer mount screw holes?
Sent: Fri 10/30/09 3:57 PM
"The installation of a transom mounted fishfinder itself would not void the warranty, but any damage deemed to be caused by or resulting from its installation would not be covered under Ranger warranty. Hope this helps. Thanks again and let us know if we can be of further assistance".
Famous maker Transducer Mfgr.
[Disclaimer from LEI installation manual]:
“…or for any loss or damage resulting from any other cause whatsoever. We will not under any circumstances be liable to anyone for any special, consequential, incidental, or other indirect damage of any kind".
PO BOX 129, Catoosa, OK
(Lowrance and Eagle products)
Carolina Skiff "Modification and Alteration" Warranty Statement and Explanation
Stingray™ Boat Co.
Warranty Information: (excerpt)
This Warranty does not cover the following:
“(d) Options and accessories installed after the boat was manufactured by STINGRAY, and/or any damage caused thereby:"
Transducer Mount. "Rooster-tail" containment
An expression of indecision
You've seen 'em look just like this
Checkmate Power Boats (warranty excerpt)
"This limited warranty does not apply to: damage or effects
of such damage caused by the installation of engines,
accessories or other equipment installed by anyone other
than CHECKMATE MARINE, INC."
Triton Boats says: December 02, 2009 12:58 PM To: Captain Chris
Subject: Re: boat warranty
"Captain Chris, Triton's warranty does
not cover the installation or damage caused by an external transducer mount through our warranty statement. Only hardware factory installed is covered regarding electronics".
Transducer installation is justifiably intimidating to many installer/users.
Many dealers will not install transom transducers...the liability is simply too great
(Don't forget to ask him for his "stand-alone" transducer installation liability warranty statement)
- Incorrect multi-attempt installations are common and result in many unnecessary screw-holes and, of course, boat damage
- Damage is always caused by “mechanical fastener” transom-transducer installations
- The installation of “plastic cutting board-type mounts” create a damaging installation
- Common installations oftentimes create difficult or impossible transducer sounding adjustment capabilities
- Transducer upgrades almost always require a new set of damaging screw-holes
(click the photos below to enlarge)
2010 Carolina Skiff
DVL water in hull.
Transducer Photos - Transducer Mounting Boards - Transducer Mounting Plates - Gizmos - Rig-a-Rounds
This gentleman had an idea.He says,
"the light went on!"
Transducer Installation FACTS
Read Your Boat Warranty before installing your transducer. Damages created after your boat left the factory, from installation of equipment not installed by them, could likely be damages (leaks, water-soaked flotation) and costly repairs you'll wind up financing alone. Insist that your dealer read it also!
...a toilet flange, of all things!
Polyethylene transducer mounting boards - Plastic transducer mounting blocks - Poly plastic cutting boards
(*Transducer mounting boards are not "Teflon" and they aren't "Nylon"...they are polyethylene and just as "unstickable" as the next)
All sorts of
It's difficult to believe, that these boat owners ever intended commit these atrocities to their boats, but they have!
A boat with a cutting board for a transducer mounting plate probably has a cinder block in the bow for an anchor
When your dealer offers to install your transom transducer, ask him for his written liability statement.
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SternMate™ transducer mounting system can easily be installed on most all boats. Some of the types of boats that use transom-mounted transducers for fish-finders, depth-finders, sonar and fish locators are:
All-Purpose Fishing Boats Aluminum Fishing Boats Fish and Ski Bass Boats Bowriders Flat Boats Bass boats Center Console Closed Bow Runabouts Welded Boats Center Console Closed Bow Runabouts Center Console Closed Bow Runabouts Cuddy Cabins Deck Boats Houseboats Dinghies Electric Boats Multi-Hull Power Boats Catamarans Jet Boats Performance Boats Pontoon Boats Stern Drive boats Cruisers Skiffs I/O Inboard-Outboard Walkaround boats Sailboats Runabouts Outboard boats Electric boats Row boats Fishing boats Fiberglass boats Steel boats Painted Wood boats
Marine electronics manufacturers of fish-finder, transducers, depth-finder, sonar and fish locator, transducer mount equipment:
EAGLE Furuno Garmin Humminbird Lowrance Norcross Marine Northstar TechnologiesSI-TEX Raymarine SIMRAD Northstar Tacktick Uniden Navionics Standard Horizon
Disclaimer: The aformentioned marine electronics manufacturers do not endorse SternMate products.
"...Our factory warranty doesn’t cover any type of modification or alteration, which includes mounting transducers to the transom...
...If water does leak into the screw holes created by himself or another person, this would not be covered by our warranty. Our warranty only covers manufactured defects in our workmanship".
Emily J. Snyder Warranty Department
Carolina Skiff, LLC
Transducer Installation Consequences