- Report: #878097
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: St. Martin's Power Boats
St. Martin's Power Boats, Ohio United States of America
St. Martin's Power Boats St. Martin Powerboat Model F-11, Ohio
*Consumer Comment: CROOK
*Consumer Suggestion: Authorized Dealerships
*Consumer Comment: Design Flaws in watercraft
*Consumer Comment: 2009 F-11
*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Official Response from the Company
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The boat does not respond to trim changes or prop pitch changes. St. Martin dealers acknowledge the problem and suggest adding three 50 pound bags of water softener salt in plastic bags to the front of the boat as trim ballast. This is only a 202 pound boat. This fix does little to solve the problem.
I added the the suggested 150 pounds to the bow of the boat and then sat on the nose of the boat during operation (I weigh 195 pounds) which did hold the nose down during operation. Anytime 345 pounds of ballast is required to trim a 202 pound boat there is a serious design problem. This added weight exceeds the weight limit of the boat assigned by the Coast Guard .The top speed of my boat is 5.4 MPH on GPS. Average speed for this size boat should be about 15+ MPH.
As a Mechanical Engineer I am familiar with design flaws. After two years of attempting to make this poorly designed junk function I have given up. I can not sell this boat to someone else with a clear conscience . The alternative is to cut the boat in half and dispose of it as hazardous waste as it can not legally be put in a land fill.
Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) are not engraved on the right rear of St. Martin boats as required by federal law. A Manufactures Statement of Origin is issued with the boat--but that number is not on the boat hull. This is probably done to avoid legal responsibility as the boat could not be
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 05/03/2012 07:04 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/St-Martins-Power-Boats/-Ohio-/St-Martins-Power-Boats-St-Martin-Powerboat-Model-F-11-Ohio-878097. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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