this is a serious design flaw. action of drive puts tremendous strain on this area. and they haven't done anything to reinforce it.
We have been round and round on this subject.
First... It is not a "design" flaw. We built many years worth of product before this issue began to appear.
Yes, we have made several changes to reinforce the area. It is primarily a materials and process issue that was 99% solved by summer 2006. We added a small brass fitting at the load point to capture more material and strength in molding. We provided retrofit kits at no charge that reinforce older product. We have been changing materials and have even created our own materials testing requirements for plastics vendors.
Fyi... We have not had a failure of this type on a boat produced in about a year now, so... 99.999% cured? I hesitate to promise 100% before more data is acquired, but we are certainly well on our way to 100% on this problem.
they said it couldn't be repaired.
It's not that it can't be repaired... It's that we don't feel comfortable suggesting a repair to an area below waterline. A failure of the repair could lead to real problems for a user. We would rather replace at no charge or at the minimum offer the highly pro-rated replacement hull as you received.