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Old 02 May 2007, 18:16   #11
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Lymington, bath road I think
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Old 03 May 2007, 01:35   #12
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Last year there was 3 at Calshot. Sorry just seen Tims post

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Old 03 May 2007, 04:10   #13
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I flush my engine after every trip, but I know far more people that dont. Also when I had my hard boat on my swing mooring that wouldn't get flushed from the start of the season til the end, I never had a problem with it.
Flushing your engine is obviously recommended but how quickly does it deteriorate if you don't and if you were buying a boat that was advertised as having the engine flushed after every trip, is there anyway you'd be able to tell?
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Old 03 May 2007, 11:33   #14
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A tip given to me but one I haven't tried is to:-

Once you've finished your trip for the day. Turn the engine off and go and get your car and trailer. This will allow the engine to cool. Once the engine is cool start it up again and get some fresh seawater in it. After a few seconds turn it off, so you now have seawater in your cooling tubes that won't crystalize or evapourate.

As I said I haven't used that system but it was passed on to me by a commercial boater who had been doing it for years as his boat was left in a marina during the summer and only taken out to get serviced and cleaned at the end of the season.

Also having said the above. My last engine which was a Yamaha had a nasty habit of getting the pee tube blocked with crystalized salt even though it was washed out regularly. Didn't cause the engine to overheat just a bit of worry on my behalf until I'd worked out what was happening.

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