ez Drive FAQs

Will the ezDrive void a boat manufacturer’s warranty

No, ezDrive is now Offered as Optional (OEM) Equipment by 7+ Major Boat Brands and Counting. Also, according to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and the Federal Trade Commission, a vehicle manufacturer cannot void the warranty of your vehicle due to installation of an aftermarket part unless they can prove that the aftermarket part was the cause of or contributed to the malfunction of the vehicle (15 U.S.C. 2302 (C)).

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act Claims Legal Opinion
Generally speaking, the law considers pleasure boats, even luxury yachts, to be consumer goods. As a result, the owners or “consumers” of pleasure boats are offered protection under the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act. This law was enacted by Congress to make warranties on consumer products understandable, to protect consumers from warranties that are deceptive, and to make warranties enforceable by law. If a vessel comes with a warranty, that warranty must comply with the Magnusson-Moss Act. Our law firm offers the knowledge and experience to skillfully assert the rights of pleasure boat owners under this Act.

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Furthermore, most manufacturers only offer a warranty for products which they manufacture and this limited warranty in almost all cases does not cover any components which they do not manufacture. Manufacturers will not normally warranty damage to a boat caused from aftermarket products. However ezDrive protects your investment with a $1,000,000.00 “Products Completed Operations Hazard” warranty which covers ALL physical damage to tangible property arising out of the use of the ezDrive product. This insurance coverage has never been called upon and is automatically applied to your purchase of an ezDrive thruster, whether you are a boat manufacturer to which we have supplied hundreds of units, a dealer or a retail customer.

Will an ezDrive thruster fit on my boat?

Yes, the ez Drive thruster is available in adaptations to fit on virtually every boat.

Where does the kit mount?

ez Drive mounts directly to the transom of your boat above the boat bottom so as not to interfere with the wake and ez Drives are available in many configurations to specifically match to your boat.

What is the continuous operation time of an ezDrive?

ez Drive will operate up to 10 minutes continuously with a safety reconfirmation after 3 min 15 seconds.

What comes standard in the box?

All ezDrive Thruster Kits include mounting hardware, main circuit breaker, IP rated iBox with communication cable, illuminated joystick control & stainless steel safety grates.  The following image shows the standard packaging for the “Horizontal Classic – Curved Stainless Steel Model” with Power Flow Nozzles.

Is the ezDrive Thruster easy to install?

Yes it can be installed by any marine shop or individual who is handy with tools. The ez Drive kit includes all the necessary parts,  Optional battery cables may be purchased if necessary. The install kit also includes a step by step installation manual, interactive animated manual and telephone support. Check out the QR codes under the model you are interested in to see an overview animation of the installation

Is the ezDrive system ignition protected?

Yes, the system comes with all components for ignition protection.

Is the ezDrive corrosion resistant?

Yes, The ezDrive Thruster system has endured 500+ hour salt water spray test with no corrosion. And, additionally, is pressure tested and sealed for more than 10 PSI to ensure a completely sealed system. The ezDrive thruster is a completely sealed motor system requiring no service and designed to operate in salt and fresh water conditions. The housing is made of marine grade and deep anodized aluminum and special industrial composites. The motor employs rare elements for increased power and the propeller is a flexible composite for durability and quiet operation. EZ Drive housing are constructed of  stainless steel/aluminum housings with 5 or more water proof sealings to prevent water penetration and reduce noise and vibration.

If I have difficulty running the control wire from the I-Box to the helm location or any other wires, what is a good tool to assist?

One tool that helps is a fiberglass wire running kit such as this:

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You can also remove the connector from the end of the control cable, run the wires and then reinstall the connector to the wires.

How long is the ezDrive system warranty period?

The ezDrive warranty is 2 years. To be eligible for the ezDrive warranty, your thruster must be registered within 30 days of installation.

How do I control my ezDrive Thruster?

The ezDrive system comes standard with an illuminated directional “rocker” switch. ezDrive is also available with an illuminated joystick system that is rated at IP 69 K, the highest rating of dust protection and waterproofing available. Also available for some models is a modified throttle control with an ezDrive actuator switch.

Does the ezDrive thruster push the boat in both directions?

Yes, the ez Drive thruster is bi-directional.

Does the ezDrive have any effect on my boats performance or wake?

No, the ezDrive is above the hull bottom and causes no drag or wake distortions. On some boat models, the ezDrive can be intentionally used to help shape the wake for a customized wake experience!

Do I have to install and additional battery?

No, under normal operating use your existing battery provides sufficient power to operate the ez Drive as well as your engine and entertainment components. e Drive will operate with only 10 volts.

Can I install the stand-off bracket underneath my underwater light installed on my transom?

The stand-off bracket especially on a Malibu must be mounted as close to the horizontal upper ridge as possible and all the way to the starboard side as close to the vertical ridge as possible to be most effective (in that corner). If the underwater light is in a position that won’t allow you to do this, the light should be moved in order to accommodate the thruster in this location which is the best. Our complete kit will provide you with step by step instructions.