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helton333
12-22-2010, 04:31 PM
I had a fin break (ok, the truth is it was cold out and I was bored so I tried to bend it back knowing full well how dumb that was..) on my underwater strainer on a 2003 205V.

It has 4 holes on the strainer, but only 2 have screws - doesn't look like the factory even drilled the rear holes - does this need marine sealer or something on the flange? Also, when I replace, will I be able to do it all from under the boat or do I need access to it from deckside (where the heck is that, like under the drivers seat or something) to re-attach the hose?

I attached a photo

east tx skier
12-22-2010, 04:45 PM
Those look like screws, in which case, I'd coat the threads with 3M 5200 or the like. You should be able to open your motorbox cover and follow your raw water hose to the thru hull fitting. If these are thru-bolted, it should be easy to see there. I'd be surprised if that piece is anything but screwed on. Thru-bolting it would be extreme overkill.

Sodar
12-22-2010, 04:46 PM
You will need access from inside the boat, without question.

Whether or not you need the extra 2 screws is your choice.

You will need to use some 3M 4200 to seal the new strainer. You will see where they used the sealant at the factory when you remove the old strainer.

helton333
12-22-2010, 04:55 PM
Thanks - will do.

helton333
12-22-2010, 04:57 PM
Would you add the 2 screws - I could predrill it - add them fairly easily (hard part would be finding magnesium screws) - definately came from factory without - oversight???

Sodar
12-22-2010, 05:23 PM
Not sure they are magnesium. They are probably just brass or bronze. Any marine hardware store will carry them (West Marine or well stocked hardware store)

east tx skier
12-22-2010, 08:03 PM
You will need access from inside the boat, without question.

Whether or not you need the extra 2 screws is your choice.

You will need to use some 3M 4200 to seal the new strainer. You will see where they used the sealant at the factory when you remove the old strainer.

4200. 5200. Whatever it takes.

Sodar
12-22-2010, 08:13 PM
4200. 5200. Whatever it takes.

5200 will take the fiberglass with it if it ever needs to be replaced again. Stuff is STRONG! 4200 is a little less permanent.

east tx skier
12-22-2010, 11:53 PM
5200 will take the fiberglass with it if it ever needs to be replaced again. Stuff is STRONG! 4200 is a little less permanent.

Really? I have used it with the speedo pickups and it has always peeled right off when I needed it to.

Sodar
12-23-2010, 05:07 AM
Really? I have used it with the speedo pickups and it has always peeled right off when I needed it to.

That's cause you wax your stuff more than the lead poster. 8p

But yes, 5200= permanent and 4200= watertight, but removable is needed.

bturner2
12-23-2010, 09:15 AM
I've had a lot of luck using a heat gun when removing items sealed with 5200. Once you get it warm it'll peal back enough to use a scraper of putty knife to pry it free. Would have to agree that 4200 is much easier to remove though.

east tx skier
12-23-2010, 11:50 AM
That's cause you wax your stuff more than the lead poster. 8p

But yes, 5200= permanent and 4200= watertight, but removable is needed.

That's true re: my stuff. But my boat only gets waxed about 2x per year on average.

helton333
12-23-2010, 12:03 PM
when you wax, I have some scuffs on the back from wakesurfing, what would you cut those with?