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  1. Thanks to everyone for all the response and ideas! I completely missed that the thermostat would not open with a hose trickling through the engine, so you probably saved me some big bucks. Since I am only looking at 5 or so days a year where the the temperatures fall just slightly below freezing, I'm just going to put two light bulbs (1 for backup) inside the engine compartment of my I/O engine when the forecast calls for cold weather. This should be easy to do and still allow boating all year (this Saturday 70 degrees in Charleston!). The ocean temperature is in the 50s, so I'm thanking
  2. Thanks @dwboater, I actually have the kit which is the most through way to go. But the main point it that I'd like to use the boat all winter and just prevent a freezing issue for the few evenings it is below freezing while out on my JetDock
  3. @Iggy if I lower the outdrive, it will be in the salt water. I suppose that would prevent it from freezing (the water will be well above freezing). Or, I could leave the outdrive up and trickle water into the hose inlet which would then flow out the outdrive and prevent it from freezing as well.
  4. Thank you for the great advise everyone. @Boatman609 and @Denny you made a GREAT point that I never thought of with the trickling hose idea -- The thermostat would be closed and not all parts of the engine would get the water! I completely overlooked that point! I'll likely go the bilge heater route. I'm thinking of just putting a light bulb in the engine compartment for those rare nights when it drops a few degrees below freezing. Will my outdrive be OK? The boat is on a JetDock with the outdrive in the raised position. I wasn't sure if the water drains automatically from the outdriv
  5. Thank you @chap243. I just move here from your neck of the woods. We probably only get 7 evenings of below freezing temps here and usually just a few degrees below freezing at the most. @Futzin' , I figured that the warmer water from the hose trickle might conduct through the engine even if some of the water wasn't directly in the flow path. I suppose I could always do double protection and put a light bulb in the engine compartment as well (I've got juice on the dock). I figure its only going to be 5 or so nights during the year, so not too much of a pain
  6. 1st year owner/Newbie. I keep my boat (2005 Chapparel 190SSI Sport w/ Volvo Penta 4.3 GL-D) on a JetDock at my home in SC. I'd like to keep it out there all winter, so I can take out the boat in the fairly common 60-degree weather during the Winter. But we do get an occasional light frost and I certainly don't want to crack the block. Let me know what you think about this idea: If the forecast calls for a freeze, I was planning to attach the hose to the engine port and trickle water though it until the outside temperature is above freezing. --Good Idea or Dumb Idea. When searching th
  7. As a conclusion to my original post, I finally tracked down the mechanic who added a scoop/thru-hull into the engine cooling system. This was done because (as many of you already figured out), there was some type of clog that wasn't allowing enough water from the out-drive to cool the engine. So, this thru-hull/scoop was installed as a cheaper way to get more water circulation through the boat. Now, that I understand it, the boat has been running great all season. I open the valve on the thru-hull when operating it. When I'm done boating for the day, I rinse the salt out of the out the
  8. Thanks Wingnut. I’m a compete newbie at this. Appreciate the advise
  9. Btdoctur, isn’t Dextron III made for automatic transmissions?
  10. Just purchased first boat: 2005 Chaparral 190SSI Sport with 4.3 GL-D 6 cylinder engine. It is low in power steering fluid. The manual calls for Volvo Penta power steering fluid PN 3851039 which doesn't seem to be available anymore. What should I put in there? Thanks!
  11. Thank you @Curt. Great advise and wisdom. Yes, single prop. When I purchased the boat a couple of months ago, I took it to the shop for full 3-year service (because I know nothing about boats). They removed the out-drive, drained it, and inspected it prior to filing back up with gear-lube. So, hopefully, it isn't clogged. In addition, they changed the impeller. Although the boat is in brackish water, it has always been elevated on a Jet Dock and never just sat in the water, so hopefully nothing too big was growing inside of it. Nonetheless, something must still be amiss if it overheats
  12. Update: Tonight I tried running the boat with the thru-hull closed, instead of open. I was only running just above idle speed piddling around the "neighborhood." The engine started to overheat in about 10 minutes. So, at that point, I opened up the thru-hull. The engine quickly and dramatically cooled off by 50 degrees in about 1 minute. So it does beg the question of why the standard out-drive inlets aren't functioning properly BTW @Curt outdrive is # 4202118793
  13. Curt, thank you for the link on the Merc Bravo 3 thru-hull modifications. Fascinating. The more I think about this topic, this is my conclusion. The vast majority of boat owners do not make this modification of adding a thru-hull for extra water. So, if my boat isn't getting enough raw water though the standard out-drive inlets, then I should first diagnose why that is happening in the first place. So, I'm going to run it with the thru-hull closed and see what happens. At least I don't feel all alone now with an unusual setup.
  14. Thanks @Curt, I'll try your advise and just keep the thru-hull closed all the time and keep a close eye on the water temperature. I don't believe this set up is stock. There is no mention of this setup in the owner's manual, otherwise, the flush instructions would have said to close this valve before flushing with hose. Also, I do have the original receipt of the boat purchase in 2005 and there is no mention of an add-on. @Lestat, how do you use your set up? Do you use both intakes simultaneously (out drive vents and thru-hull). Do you close your thru-hill valve when flushing?
  15. The mystery continues. I followed the thru-hull hose with my hand (it was hard to get a photo) and it comes up to a T that feeds into the suction side of the raw water pump, NOT the output side. The hose flush unit ultimately feeds into this same suction side as well (as expected). So, it sure appears like the thru-hull is for sucking up extra seawater in addition to the two outdrive vents. In aerospace, they call it redundant systems. So, is this a rare set up? Not sure why they would do it. The brackish river we are on isn't particularly dirty (just occasional seagrass floating a
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