I was running the camera that day. Good reminder to check your bolts before and after every trip. When we got back to the hotel that night there was another guy in the club that checked his jackplate and it was also broke. Luckily his motor was still attached and he could do some preventative maintenance before launch the next morning!
Yeah--he headed home the next morning and took it to his mechanic. He fogged(?) the motor and had it in his shop for a few weeks. It has run flawlessly ever since. We just finished up a 3 day trip at table rock and you would never have known that motor spent about 3 hours under water.
Curious did it totally break off that it sunk? or did some of the cabling hold onto it.. Because if it sunk, how the heck do you retrieve that?
It hung by the cables until we drifted to the bank. A boat came out with airbags, tied them around it, inflated them and raised it up. 4 of us put it on the back deck. New cowling and plastics covers it looks new and runs like new. The recovery guys seems like they do it quite often at Truman if you know what I'm saying. #Stumpy I would take that motor anywhere.
How did it actually break, at the brackets attaching to the hull or motor, or was the break at the center extension, or did the bolts shear.
I have an 8 inch rite hite on the 96 - 186 I bought last spring, and I am a little concerned.
He notes above that the jack plate was most likely cracked and then it finally gave out during the rough water ride. My 1996 181 had a rite hite on it when I bought it and it was the first thing i replaced for piece of mind. I went with a Rapid Jack.
I wish the OP could explain the break. I've compared the mounting bracket(angles) of the Rite Hite and several other brands. The mounting bearing surfaces are fairly close in size, the thickness is the same. So center spacers are different, Rite Hite uses the tube and other brands use plates, do the tubes crack.
I'm wondering if the failure was galvanic corrosion, in the bolt. A low quality Chinese made stainless bolt could have corroded and sheared or the owners may have have over torqued the bolts. Most stainless steel bolt / nut should not be affixed with more than 45 pounds on a torque wrench.
I hope others that have seen Rite Hite jack plate failures would reply.
Sorry I didn't see your question until now. It was actually failure in the bolts. This particular model didn't have through bolts. Just one side you screwed the nut onto, so there was no replacing them (if that makes sense, you didn't have access to the bolt head). It appeared that the a couple of the bolts had been cracked for some time based on the coloring, and the last 1 or 2 gave way that day in rough water.
I will say that I have ran a couple Rite Hites since then, but they all had the through bolts that could be replaced if needed. I never had an issue with any of them. I wish I would have taken a picture of this model after the failure.