I went to look at it and it is 'uh well used. $200 is manual jackplate territory so it is priced appropriately.
Zach - yeah, CMC sells guide washers and all small parts at a reasonable price. A rebuilt (20 second) actuator/pump unit is $200, a new (8 second full stroke version) is $300. So even at $450, for a totally rebuilt unit - I felt it was a pretty descent deal.
The problem is that one of the main guide bolts holes is stripped in the aluminum plate. Hard to explain if you haven't seen one, but bottom line it needs a major piece of Al to be replaced. Not sure of the price, or if CMC even sells it, but it probably makes the unit worth about $100. I believe the seller honestly didn't know it was stripped - he said he would not sell it as is, and will replace the piece if it's available and still sell at $200.
After looking at the way it's built, I'm not sure I want a CMC anymore. the guide bearings beat into the aluminum pretty baddly. It's probably not a big deal and maybe all jackplates are made that way, but I need to research a bit more. The owner ran his bass boat in lake st. clair in rough water and admitted it was pretty beat, but it just didn't look good.
Does anyone know if detweiler's use the same set up?
Thanks for the advice, IanZ - you were rignt on the money.
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