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witness posted 11-02-2001 02:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for witness   Send Email to witness  
A guy in our marina had a new kicker installed on his boat at the beginning of the summer. Never used it, but used the boat offshore 2 or three times and a few close trips. After this he tried to test it in the bay, just to see how she would perform. It ran for a bit then kicked out when it got up to temp. The short story is when he took it to get repaired it was filled with salt precipitation. They speculate that the spray from the ocean running clogged the kicker.
I don't know if this is common, but it seemed to be the problem for him. He took the kicker off. I ask this just out of curiousity and to hear about others experiences, or non-experiences.
witness posted 11-02-2001 02:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for witness  Send Email to witness     
I guess I should re-read a 3rd time before I post. Here is the question... Is this phenomenia common?
andygere posted 11-02-2001 03:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
It's never happened to me, but my boat has only been berthed a few months. I ususally run the kicker once every few weeks just to keep the cylinder walls lubed, and so I know it will start when I really need it. I've considered using it to get from the harbor entrance to my slip (about 1/2 mile) so I don't carbon up my main motor during the slow put-put in.
kingfish posted 11-03-2001 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

Where had the salt precipitated? What had gotten clogged up?


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