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cdewet
05-18-2006, 01:54 AM
Man, I haven't been on the site in a while. Good to catch up on some of the threads.
Anywho, I've been busy. Just moved to SA (South Africa) from USA. Brought the boat with me.
Now I have a question. Is it OK to use my 1985 MC S&S in salt water (lagoons, etc.)? I'll trailer it and rinse with fresh water after every run, but still wondering. Is there a conversion kit or something to make it a closed loop cooling system?

erkoehler
05-18-2006, 02:12 AM
The salt is going to wear on many parts of the boat at a MUCH faster rate than fresh water will.

However, if salt is all that is available, be sure to rinse the engine with fresh water after ever use, they also make a cleaner type substance to use, check overtons.

Also, don't hold back on the 303 and wax..... :steering:

Don't forget to rinse down and clean the trailer.

BuoyChaser
05-18-2006, 01:08 PM
i've actually contemplated about holding onto my 1985 and using it up in Vinalhaven Maine, and island off the coast of Rockland...Lobster capital of the world, use to be granite capital...most of DC is made from this granite...

anways some great inlets and bays that are usually GLASS...would love to drop the boat in and take a few rips every summer when we're up there...just would freak about all the rust and damage that could happen from being on the ocean, especially to the prop shaft and fins...

even setup the slalom course...how would skiing on salt water feel though, would it be fast???

certainly plenty of buoys to spin around with all the lobster pots...

rodltg2
05-18-2006, 01:14 PM
my first attempts at a slalom course in 2001 was on a salt water lagoon. hard to compare now since it was at my first tries at it.. ididnt worry to much about the salt . i used the lagoon for about 2 summers and didnt have any damage. i just washed well, and used a fresh water lake on the weekends..

jayderwin1
05-18-2006, 01:21 PM
check skidim.com i am pretty sure they have a closed loop fresh water radiator system.

jayderwin1
05-18-2006, 01:22 PM
how much is gas there? and is fresh water hard to come by?

M-Funf
05-18-2006, 01:32 PM
I've taken my S&S on the local river. It's "brakish" water, so I wash it down good when I take it out of the water. The marina has a washdown area with a hose and everything. I think my trailer will take more of a beating than the boat.

I also try to make the last outing or two of the season on fresh water to get it really flushed out...

Heat Exchanger conversions are pretty simple. I think it only takes a water to water heat exchanger (like a double radiator with salt water on one side, fresh on the other) and two pumps. You could even put antifreeze in the engine side...

pq2
05-18-2006, 01:34 PM
jay, i cant find the radiator on the page, does the system have a special name. :confused:

M-Funf
05-18-2006, 01:53 PM
I've been thinking about adding a fresh water closed cooling system myself. Not because I'm worried about the saltwater in the engine, but because I don't have to worry about "dry" starts. There are lots of freshwater kits out there.

Here are a few:

Orca Marine (http://www.orcamarine.com/)

Boatfix (http://www.boatfix.com/freshkits.asp)

Mesa Marine (http://www.mesamarine.com/)

PPT (http://www.perfprotech.com/store2/productslist.aspx?CategoryID=657)

Oh, and I think that Jabsco makes a double stacked impeller pump that could simply replace the single impeller pump...

Good Luck

pq2
05-18-2006, 01:57 PM
thanks, i wash the motor with salt off each month and with fresh water every weekend, but we think thats not enough

M-Funf
05-18-2006, 02:18 PM
Here's a couple more options:

inet marine (http://i-netmarine.com/fwc/fresh.htm)

Crusader HE (http://www.go2marine.com/product.do?no=97971F)

east tx skier
05-18-2006, 04:41 PM
I haven't checked the links M-Funf posted, but the long and short of it is that you can convert to a closed loop fresh water cooling system.

cdewet
05-19-2006, 08:48 AM
how much is gas there? and is fresh water hard to come by?
Gas is about $3.20/gal. Will just have to cope with that somehow. Freshwater is not too hard to come by. Only when you are close to the coast. I have a few spot to ski fresh water, but it is just over an 1.5 h drive away. Salt water lagoon is about 15 minutes.

Thanks for all the advice guys.

jsonova99
05-19-2006, 08:59 AM
i've actually contemplated about holding onto my 1985 and using it up in Vinalhaven Maine, and island off the coast of Rockland...Lobster capital of the world, use to be granite capital...most of DC is made from this granite...

anways some great inlets and bays that are usually GLASS...would love to drop the boat in and take a few rips every summer when we're up there...just would freak about all the rust and damage that could happen from being on the ocean, especially to the prop shaft and fins...

even setup the slalom course...how would skiing on salt water feel though, would it be fast???

certainly plenty of buoys to spin around with all the lobster pots...

BuoyChaser, we've got a place in Searsport. My Dad is going to bring is Bayliner up instead though. It's no MC, but it's better than nothing, and it's a whole lot better than trailering a boat 1600 miles!