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ejkjell
11-23-2007, 04:35 PM
I'm looking for a device to hook up a garden hose to the engine to flush it this spring before I put it in the water. My dealer uses a little connector that connects directly to the engine on one of the coolant hoses. I have also seen the plunger devices that attach to the bottom of the boat. Any thoughts on those? I have a '04 Prostar 197.

Footin
11-23-2007, 04:54 PM
The one that looks like a plunger is a "Fake-a-Lake", I use one and think they work well.

JohnE
11-23-2007, 05:03 PM
I use rubber hose and clamp it to the raw water intake and the garden hose based on the advice of MYMC. Worked great.

Chief
11-23-2007, 06:08 PM
http://www.foreandaftmarine.com/7-0418.htm

External flush connection for about twenty bucks. Use in conjunction with perko flush pro and you will never have to lift your engine cover to flush again.

School Skier
11-23-2007, 07:32 PM
I disconnect the raw water hose and put a long clear non crush type hose to the intake. I use a large drum and fill it with water and let the water run even while the engine is running. Never had a problem with it. JimN used that on our boat many moons ago and I use that method when ever I have to start the engine out of the water.

mc79
11-23-2007, 10:33 PM
Flush Pro 1" or Flush Pro 1.25" installs in-line with the fresh water intake. It works well, $57 at www.skidm.com. You can also use it to suck aintifreeze out of a bucket for winterization. Installation beside/below the engine can be a bit tight. I marked the fresh water line, removed it from the boat before trying to squeeze the line on to the Flush Pro. Another tip, use a brass garden hose "quick connect" coupling to attach the hose.

dmayer84
11-23-2007, 10:47 PM
If the bunks cover the intake like they do on my x10 the fake a lake will not work. What I put together is a ball valve on the intake side to shut off the intake and then connected to it running towards the engine a connection for a garden hose. I just dont trust the plastic on the flush pro, I think someone on here had theirs start leaking on them.

Patrick Hardy
11-24-2007, 10:18 AM
I have a few questions about this topic. where do you place the water inlet fitting / external flush connector on your boat? How long does the whole system take to install? Have there been many complaints about this system leaking? Thanks for any input.

TRBenj
11-24-2007, 10:44 AM
Flush Pro 1" or Flush Pro 1.25" installs in-line with the fresh water intake. It works well, $57 at www.skidm.com. You can also use it to suck aintifreeze out of a bucket for winterization. Installation beside/below the engine can be a bit tight. I marked the fresh water line, removed it from the boat before trying to squeeze the line on to the Flush Pro. Another tip, use a brass garden hose "quick connect" coupling to attach the hose.
Or you can skip the flush pro altogether and build your own for $15. All you need is a 1" (or 1.25") plastic Tee, 2 hose clamps, a NPT to GHT fitting, and a garden hose valve. Mine has the quick disconnect built in.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/TRBenj/strainer_hose.jpg

dmayer84
11-24-2007, 11:05 AM
Or you can skip the flush pro altogether and build your own for $15. All you need is a 1" (or 1.25") plastic Tee, 2 hose clamps, a NPT to GHT fitting, and a garden hose valve. Mine has the quick disconnect built in.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/TRBenj/strainer_hose.jpg

My setup is pretty much the same but all metal and below the quick connect I have a ball valve so the water doesnt start going out the intake, or allow air into the system.

Patrick Hardy
11-24-2007, 11:17 AM
That looks pretty easy to do.Thanks for the pictures that helps a lot. Does anyone else have pictures of their set up? Thanks if you do.

mc79
11-27-2007, 12:29 AM
I have a few questions about this topic. where do you place the water inlet fitting / external flush connector on your boat? How long does the whole system take to install? Have there been many complaints about this system leaking? Thanks for any input.

jclose8 has a winterization powerpoint with pictures and descriptions of a home made connection.
http://www.tmcowners.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=20307
I used a pro-flush on my '79 PCM. The intake line flows from the tranny connection up the port size, then crosses the front of the engine to the intake impeller. I put the pro-flush on the port size on the bow side of the oil drain. Installation was a knuckle buster, probably because my hoses were old and did not slide onto the pro-flush easily. I marked the line and removed it from the boat to make the connections. One of those jobs that takes an hour on the first installation, 20 minutes on the next one.

bigmac
11-27-2007, 07:35 AM
If the bunks cover the intake like they do on my x10 the fake a lake will not work. What I put together is a ball valve on the intake side to shut off the intake and then connected to it running towards the engine a connection for a garden hose. I just dont trust the plastic on the flush pro, I think someone on here had theirs start leaking on them.


Like this:

http://mccollister.info/valvecock.jpg http://mccollister.info/valvecock2.jpg

H20skeefreek
11-27-2007, 07:44 AM
Or you can skip the flush pro altogether and build your own for $15. All you need is a 1" (or 1.25") plastic Tee, 2 hose clamps, a NPT to GHT fitting, and a garden hose valve. Mine has the quick disconnect built in.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e260/TRBenj/strainer_hose.jpg
Wow, that's a nice looking engine trbenj! (it's a shame it's not in a MC)

east tx skier
11-27-2007, 10:27 AM
Another alternative that works extremely well.

1 five gallon bucket.

About 3 feet of clear, flexible pvc hose w/ 1.25" inner diameter.

A ball valve fitting for the garden hose.

Hook the PVC hose up to the hull side of your transmission cooler or somewhere south of there and tighten it down with the existing hose clamp. Put the other end of the hose in the bucket. Drop the garden hose into the bucket, turn on the water, and release the ball valve. When the bucket is 3/4 full, start the boat and watch as it sucks down the water. If you're like me and have low water pressure, this is a good way to be sure the boat is getting all the water it can draw. I periodically have to shut it down and allow the reservoir/bucket to fill back up. Total cost is less than $10. Hooks up in less than 5 minutes.

I'm not fond of the fake a lake. Have had one fall over on me before. I don't like not being able to see the water source.

Sodar
11-27-2007, 10:36 AM
Here is what I made. It probably does not work well for the v-drive guys, but it works great on my direct drive.

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bigmac
11-27-2007, 10:49 AM
I use the same thing as Sodar, but hook it up to the intake line on my V drive after removing it from the intake strainer.

http://mccollister.info/fitting.jpg

pflcjl
11-27-2007, 11:33 AM
Looks like a great invention! Can you post the parts list for this..thanks....

Chas
05-29-2008, 05:31 PM
The first time I started my boat, the PO had a set-up very much like the one pictured above - hose adapter, hose clamp etc.

The problem was that I have very good pressure, so when I turn on the hose, water poured out of the pump seal. I thought it was bad, and added it to my list of things to buy and install. But as I started the engine, it sucked the hose flat. I opened the hose bib a little more until the hose rounded out again, and things went well. Water out the exhaust, normal temp on the gauge, and no more leak at the seal.

east tx skier
05-29-2008, 05:34 PM
Whoops, I already responded last year.