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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:08 am 
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We have a 2017 Mirage Island Tandem. It was only used for a few month last season (purchased new Labor Day weekend 2018), and we’ve just started using it this season.

I’ve found the Mirage Drive’s difficult to shift into reverse (actually, now it seems impossible!) on both of our drives.

Last year, we were able to get them to shift, but not easily.

I’ve read the FAQ, and understand that the paddles need to be within a certain “range” (not down completely or up against the hull). However, they won’t shift even with a lot of pulling and it doesn’t seem like it should be that hard to get the fins to flip around.

Since both of these are exhibiting the problem, I can’t imagine they are broken. Is there something else to try?

Do they need to be specially lubricated or something?


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:19 pm 
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This has been reported and extra effort on the shifter line was required. You can try soaking the drive to reduce mineral buildup during storage... Maybe use your hand to assist the fin/boom in shifting while pulling on the cord.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:25 pm 
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Interesting. We have basically pulled as hard as we could. One of the cords actually pulled off the lever and we had to re-attach it.

Even with the drives out of the water, we couldn't rotate the fins. It's almost like there's a lock mechanism that isn't disengaging properly.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:55 am 
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Frozen... corrosion or something... Maybe some penetrating oil up under the boom areas.

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